Democrats – Knox Democrats Mon, 10 Jan 2022 03:33:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Democrats – Knox Democrats 32 32 January 6 isn’t America’s greatest threat – it’s the Democratic Party: Mark Levin Mon, 10 Jan 2022 03:08:40 +0000

Mark Levin slammed Democrats for trying to compare the Jan.6 Capitol riot to civil war and said the left-wing party was the biggest threat to America in Sunday’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” .

“Look at how the Washington establishment, the media, the Democratic Party, the Democrats in Congress, the universities and all have brought together the same organizations, the same people who pushed the collusion with Russia,… the dismissals and the beatings. ‘State … Now they tell us that January 6 is [and] … Was the greatest threat to America since the Civil War. Of course it is a dishlie. The biggest threat to America is the Democratic Party, ”Levin said.

President Biden with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the United States Capitol to mark a year since January 6.
(Stefani Reynolds / Pool via AP)

The Fox host then went on to highlight what he believed to be the Democrats’ grand scheme.

“Whether it’s slavery or segregation, whether it’s Jim Crow, whether it’s what they call democratic socialism or what really is American Marxism. They want to destroy and nationalize our electoral system, so that they can turn the whole country into California. And the Republicans can never win, “continued Levin.


The left-wing media are working in tandem with the Democrats to bring about this socialist revolution and conspire against the individual, according to Levin.

“They want to eliminate the capitalist system and replace it with… a socialist system. They want a centralized government, even though our Constitution is established as a federalist system to divide power to protect us. The whole purpose of the declaration is on the inalienable rights of the individual. The focus of Biden and the Democrats in the media is against the individual. “

Vice President Harris speaks at the United States Capitol to mark one year since Jan.6.

Vice President Harris speaks at the United States Capitol to mark one year since Jan.6.
(AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

In order for Democrats to bring about this revolution, they are targeting free speech, Levin said.

“If you have a different point of view, you dare not mention it in class today. You dare not mention it on social media. You will be censored. You will be banned. You will be destroyed. It is the nature of totalitarian regimes, not Americanism. “

President Biden wipes his eyes as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks on the United States Capitol to mark a year since January 6.

President Biden wipes his eyes as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks on the United States Capitol to mark a year since January 6.
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Levin did not apologize for the violence that occurred on January 6 and said those who were violent and attacked cops should be prosecuted, but he pointed out what he believes to be bias in the system. judicial.

“So what happened to Black Lives Matter? What happened to Antifa?… City after city destroyed people, killed people, [and] crippled. Ah yes, yes! – but it was above all peaceful, according to the press, ”he declared. “We conservatives oppose violence. We believe in civil society. We believe in law and order. January 6 is a demonstration of what Democrats believe in. What do they believe in? They believe in power. “

]]> Democrats and Cruz ready to face the Russian pipeline Sat, 08 Jan 2022 10:50:55 +0000

Democrats are heading for a showdown with Sen. Ted cruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Overnight Health Care – Brought to you by AstraZeneca and Friends of Cancer Research – Former advisers urge Biden to revise strategy (R-Texas) for his attempt to force the Biden administration’s hand on a Russian gas pipeline.

Within the framework of an agreement concluded by Cruz and the leader of the majority Charles schumerChuck Schumer Whether you like it or not, all the roads Democrats have to go through Joe Manchin Pelosi: It was “inexplicable” why it took so long for the National Guard to be activated on January 6 Biden, Obama to speak to Reid’s funeral in Nevada MORE (DN.Y.), the Senate will vote next week on Tory Burnout legislation to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport gas from Moscow to Germany.

Cruz needs the help of 10 Democrats to pass the bill through the Senate and has said he thinks his chances of reaching that threshold are “good”. But Democrats are raising red flags on the bill, even though they have already backed similar sanctions.

“I have spoken to a number of my colleagues, and they have raised serious questions about the Cruz Amendment. … It’s a bit much, ”said the senator. Dick durbinDick Durbin Democrats skeptical of McConnell’s offer to talk about electoral law Democratic agenda stuck in limbo Struggling Federal Bureau of Prisons director resigns MORE (D-Ill.), Senate Democrat No.2, asked if 10 Democrats would support the bill.

Cruz’s legislation requires the administration to impose penalties related to the pipeline within 15 days of the bill coming into force. But a big sticking point for Democrats, raised by Senators who spoke to The Hill, are restrictions on Biden’s ability to lift the sanctions, including the ability for Congress to vote to reinstate the sanctions if they do. are lifted.

“I have been opposed to Nord Stream 2. I am still opposed to Nord Stream 2. However, there are some things in the Cruz Amendment that are unprecedented. It gives me a break, ”the senator said. Ben cardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis Cardin Lawmakers discuss changes to counting law after January 6 US lawmakers assess new COVID-19 stimulus funding for businesses Former RNC chief Michael Steele opts against the governor’s candidacy PLUS (Md.), A senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine’s Virginia Democrats brace for a rare confirmation fight against Wheeler. (D-Va.) Noted that the foreign relations committee, on which he sits with Cruz, had been “fairly uniformly against Nord Stream 2” and in favor of sanctions, but “the question is, what are the conditions, l executive get the chance to lift the sanctions? “

The vote could be politically awkward for Democrats, forcing them to choose between supporting a president they align with politically or cracking down on a pipeline they oppose even if they don’t agree with Cruz’s tactics. Cruz also opened the door to lifting part of his blockade on Biden’s candidates if his bill goes through the Senate.

The Biden administration previously lifted sanctions against the pipeline company Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Russian company Gazprom. Voting for Cruz’s amendment would effectively support the decision to reject Biden.

Democrats have come under pressure from the Biden administration and its European allies to reject the imposition of financial sanctions on the pipeline.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken previously pressured Democrats to reject Cruz’s proposal last year when he proposed it as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill large-scale defense policy.

Blinken, in a speech this week, argued that the pipeline could be used as a brake on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, where Moscow has amassed troops along the border.

“This pipeline is currently not crossed by gas and if Russia renews its aggression against Ukraine, it would certainly be difficult to see gas cross it in the future,” Blinken said.

Germany is unlikely to certify the pipeline for operation in the first half of the year, according to the head of the federal gas and infrastructure authority, Reuters reported, citing regulatory requirements that have yet to be met. .

State Department spokesman Ned Price added that the administration is working with members of Congress and European allies “on a package of sanctions … which maximizes the potential costs to Russia if Moscow continues its aggression against it. ‘Ukraine’.

Highlighting the complicated diplomatic dance undertaken by the White House, the vote will coincide with diplomatic summits next week with Russia and other partners to address and ease tension on the Ukrainian border. Russia has amassed nearly 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, raising fears of an invasion.

Kaine, who said he is still reviewing Cruz’s legislation, acknowledged that the Biden administration was concerned about transatlantic tensions at a precarious time, but noted that a new German government and increased Russian aggression could “change. a little dynamic “.

“I want to know what the administration position is, but president obamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy & Environment – Virginia Prepares To Fight Trump Era Official Biden Honors Sidney Poitier The Hill: Biden’s 12:30 p.m. report released in 2022 MORE was a friend and I voted for things he didn’t like. We do our job, and then the chair does his job. … If he really doesn’t like what we’re doing, he can veto it, ”he said.

Nord Stream 2 pipeline sparked broad bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill over fears it might strengthen Russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich Putin Overnight Defense & National Security – White House responds to report on US forces NATO rejects Russian demands to stop expansion White House denies report that it plans to withdraw troops from Europe from Europe ‘Is morehand over Europe.

Senator Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne Shaheen Ukrainian President and US lawmakers stand together amid tensions with Russia Angelina Jolie returns to Congress to advocate for violence against women law Biden tries to ease tensions with appeal by Poutine PLUS (DN.H.), for example, recently co-wrote an op-ed with Sen. Rob portmanRobert (Rob) Jones Portman McCaul Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Latest Congressional Breakthrough The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Altria – Democrats see same games hoping for better results (R-Ohio) urging the Biden administration to “seriously reconsider the imposition of [Nord Stream 2] punishments.”

The House also previously voted to approve the Nord Stream 2 sanctions as part of its defense policy bill. But the provisions were removed from the final agreement between the House and the Senate.

If the Democrats block his bill, Cruz is already signaling that he will arm a “no” vote because the Democrats are lenient with Russia.

“Virtually all Democrats have voted several times for sanctions on Nord Stream 2. If it was a substantive vote, it would be unanimous or almost unanimous. There are several Democrats who have told me that they are going to vote for this, or that they are strongly considering voting for it, ”said Cruz.

Cruz added that supporting his bill “should be an easy vote,” before offering a likely glimpse of how he will characterize a defeat of the legislation.

“Every Democrat is going to have to make a choice,” he said, “if his partisan loyalty to the White House is greater than his willingness to stand up to Russia and stop Putin’s aggression.

House Democrats look at strategy focused on January 6 ahead of midterms Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:08:00 +0000 The Congressional Democratic campaign committee on Thursday rolled out a new homepage on its website with a banner stating that “Republicans incite insurgency” against a backdrop of photos of the pro-Trump crowd as they took storming the Capitol. The page also highlights the 139 Republicans who voted to quash the 2020 election, as well as GOP lawmakers and congressional candidates who may have promoted the “Stop the Steal” rally or movement.
This comes in addition to a new memo from the DCCC, obtained by CNN, promising to remind voters that many Republicans have not only fueled efforts to overthrow democracy by embracing former President Donald Trump’s election lies, but have spent the past year trying to minimize or reject attack violence.

“Extremist Republicans in the House only spread more lies to obstruct the truth about their role on January 6, and further welcomed violence in Congress by recruiting insurgents,” said DCCC chairman New York Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in a statement. “Their dangerous far-right extremism is responsible for this aggression that almost robbed us of our democracy, and Democrats will make sure voters know it.”

The effort comes at the start of what is expected to be a difficult election year for Democrats in the House and Senate. Many in the party believe it is imperative to continue highlighting the insurgency, presenting it as a continuing threat to democracy, especially as Republican-led states are pushing for further voting restrictions. Democrats are also trying to use the January 6 anniversary to fuel their stalled efforts to revise election laws.
But other Democrats, while they recognize the gravity of the deadly attack on Capitol Hill, believe there should be a stronger focus on portfolio issues and other concerns that impact lives. daily life of Americans. They are also skeptical that tying GOP candidates to Trump and the riots is sufficient electoral strategy, highlighting the recent Democratic defeat in the race for governor of Virginia.
Republicans, too, believe January 6 will ultimately not matter halfway through. Ahead of the first anniversary, GOP leaders encouraged members to focus instead on issues they believe will drive voter turnout mid-November, such as inflation, crime and school closings. .

“Look what people are focusing on, it’s really focused on what impacts their families, inflation, their schools and public safety, stuff like that,” Florida Senator Rick Scott said. , Chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee. “I think that’s the subject of the elections.”

When asked if he thought the election would rekindle voters ‘feelings about January 6, Scott replied,’ No ‘, before adding,’ Look, what happened was wrong. . I was here. It is despicable that people break into a Capitol. “

Democratic agents say they can talk about both economics and insurgency, arguing it’s not a choice proposition. They believe tying Republicans to Jan.6 is actually damaging the GOP in major suburban battlefield districts, where moderate and independent voters have been put off by Trump’s behavior. And while that was not politically beneficial, Democrats argue they have an obligation to the country – and the constitution – to continue drumming January 6.

“The stakes are clear – while Democrats fight for hardworking Americans and families, House Republicans deal with extremists and insurgents and are too dangerous to rule Washington,” the DCCC memo reads. “Right-wing extremism and the sinister politics of the Republicans have gone beyond divisive to become downright dangerous, and there is no way for Republicans in the House to escape blame for their role in the attack of January 6. “

There are signs that Republicans see downsides to having the insurgency front and center, with most of the party planning for a low-key approach to the anniversary.

Meanwhile, several senior Democratic officials are forming their own super PAC – dubbed “Stop Him Now” – which aims to tie Republican candidates to a possible Trump 2024 candidacy. The group launches Thursday, with its first ad featuring images of riot.

“We were alarmed by the growing conventional wisdom in our party that we should stop talking about Trump – alarmed by this and what was happening in our country,” Mandy Grunwald, a longtime Democratic consultant, told CNN. involved in the effort.

CNN’s Edward-Isaac Dovere contributed to this report.

The Richmond Observer – OPINION: Democrats’ expert disputes narrative of “fair” electoral cards Tue, 04 Jan 2022 16:01:27 +0000

You’ve heard the argument from Democratic politicians and their ideological allies:

North Carolina is a purple state, almost equally divided between supporters of the two main parties. The new congressional map of the state should reflect this fact.

The argument suggests that a fair card – free from partisan mischief – should be likely to elect as many Democrats as Republicans under normal electoral conditions. With the state adding a 14th seat to its delegation to the US House this year, that means a 7-7 split.

Any deviation from a 7-7 result should trigger red flags. If the map appears likely to produce a Republican advantage, it must mean that GOP cartographers have engaged in unconstitutional “extreme” partisan gerrymandering.

This is the Democrats’ argument. But it seems they forgot to talk to one of their top outside experts about it.

Jowei Chen is a political scientist at the University of Michigan. He compiled reports and testified on behalf of the Democrats of the NC and their allies. He spent hours on the witness stand in 2019 during a trial in Raleigh. He backed the Democrats’ attack on Republican-drawn electoral maps.

Now Chen is helping the political left again. As critics dispute North Carolina’s new electoral maps, Chen submitted 75 pages of tables, charts and written analysis. All of them relate to 1,000 computer simulations that he produced using standard redistribution criteria. Chen argues that Republican cartographers have strayed from maps most likely to result from a fair and impartial electoral redistribution process.

But there is at least one element of Chen’s work that could prove troubling to the Democrats’ narrative.

While Republicans ignored previous election results when crafting and debating North Carolina’s new congressional map, Chen judged his simulations against several recent North Carolina elections. North.

Perhaps the most relevant was the 2020 presidential race. North Carolinians cast 5,524,804 ballots in this contest. Some 99.6% of the people who voted in this election voted for the president. In comparison, 5,502,778 people (99.2% of all voters) voted for the governor, while 5.47 million voters (98.7%) voted in a race for the US Senate. hotly contested.

As Republican Donald Trump won the state’s presidential election votes for the second time in 2020, the result was near. Trump got 49.9% of the overall vote, while Democrat Joe Biden won 48.6%. Few would dispute that the result offers proof of a tightly divided state.

One of Chen’s graphics, on the penultimate page of his court submission, shows the impact to the United States House delegation from North Carolina if the choices of Congressional voters reflected their presidential choices .

In over 73% of Chen’s simulations, the new card would likely produce a 9-5 Republican majority. In 9% of the additional simulations, the GOP advantage would increase to 10-4. Some 16% of the sims would give Republicans an 8-6 advantage.

Here’s the kicker: Only 1.3% of sims produce a 7-7 card. Moreover, Chen shows no evidence that a simulation would produce a card favoring Democrats.

In other words, there’s a nearly three-in-four chance that a card based on fair and universally accepted redistribution criteria would give Republicans a good chance of having a 9-5 advantage in the congressional delegation. There is almost a 1 in 10 chance that the card will produce a 10-4 split.

There’s barely a one in 100 chance that a card is likely to give Democrats as many seats as Republicans in the congressional delegation.

Neither Chen, nor the Democrats who tout his work, are likely to draw attention to this conclusion.

But the result caught the attention of State Senator Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, one of the architects of North Carolina’s latest electoral maps.

“The Democratic Party has been complaining for months about ‘gerrymandered’ Congress cards,” Hise said in a December 16 press release. “But their own redistribution expert quietly told a court that fair cards had a high probability of electing nine or 10 Republicans.”

Bottom line: Democrats claim in their redistribution lawsuit that North Carolina congressional cards are an ‘extreme partisan gerrymander’, even though their own court documents admit fair cards have an 83% chance to elect nine or 10 Republicans, ”according to The Liberation of Hise.

It’s true that Hise focused on just one graphic in Chen’s long submission. Another graph, using the results of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s 2020 re-election, shows a much higher probability of a Congress card at 7-7.

But even when Chen focuses on the 2020 state attorney general race, in which incumbent Democrat Josh Stein was re-elected against a Republican who is running for the first time statewide, 88% of the cards fake produce a Republican majority, with 44% giving the GOP at least a 9-5 edge. Only 12% of those cards produce a probable 7-7 distribution.

As the courts deal with the future of NC electoral maps, judges must consider the low probability of a 7-7 split, even under the best electoral circumstances for Democrats.

Failure to consider pro-Republican evidence from a Democrat handpicked expert would result in flagrant injustice.

Mitch Kokai is Senior Policy Analyst for the John Locke Foundation.

Leubsdorf: Democrats are unrealistic on goals Sun, 02 Jan 2022 14:01:48 +0000

For months, Senator Joe Manchin’s refusal to sign President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill subjected the West Virginia Democrat to significant criticism from progressives in the party.

But Manchin is not the only one responsible for the deadlock that threatens to sink Biden’s legislative priority. Progressive Democrats, White House Biden, and party leaders have been unrealistic about how much spending could go through the tightly divided Congress.

The leaders of the left wing of the Democratic Party – and of the White House – cannot escape some responsibility for the deadlock. They have endangered BBB’s prospects by unrealistically demanding more spending than can pass a 50-50 Senate where administrative legislation needs votes from Arizona’s two independent moderate Democrats, Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona .

Progressives are demanding an immediate Senate vote, possibly to embarrass Manchin. Schumer said the Senate would vote earlier this year on “a revised version” of the House bill. If the goal is to pass BBB, these revisions better meet some of Manchin’s demands.

After all, this remains the best chance for Democrats to embrace popular parts of their agenda, like universal preschool, extra daycare support, expansion of Medicaid, expansion of Obamacare grants, and a range of environmental measures.

Manchin is in favor of fewer, fully funded programs for the 10 years of the bill; The Washington Post says they include universal preschool, Obamacare grants, and environmental measures. Washington Representative Suzanne DelBene, chair of the centrist NDP coalition, supports a similar, narrower approach. This would force Democratic leaders to make previously avoided choices and eliminate some more expensive proposals.

We could extend the child tax credit passed earlier this year, which many Democrats support. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said full funding would cost $ 1.6 trillion over the decade. The preschool and child care provisions would cost $ 752 billion, he said.

That wouldn’t leave room to expand Obamacare and Medicaid subsidies, include environmental provisions, or add paid family and medical leave.

Biden’s election and the conquest of two seats in the Georgia Senate last January encouraged many Democrats to believe that he could compete with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson in delivering large social programs. span. Congress has already passed two important measures, Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion relief bill to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan measure to address long ignored infrastructure needs. . But the more expensive reconciliation bill has always encountered problems.

The House finally passed, after multiple delays caused by Democratic internal struggles. But he stalled in the Senate, due to Manchin’s objections and opposition to the tax and immigration provisions the House added to get the necessary votes.

The recent acrimony increases uncertainty over whether Democrats can use their current control over Congress and the White House to embrace this key part of their platform.

Progressives must recognize that even a scaled-down bill would provide a platform of achievement for Democrats to run in the midterm election. Any bill would improve the lives of millions of Americans more than any bill.

Carl P. Leubsdorf is a columnist for Dallas Morning News.

Trump named resigns after scuffle with Democratic banking regulators Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:57:44 +0000

The Republican chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, who was appointed by former President Donald J. Trump, said on Friday she was cutting her term short after a clash with Democratic banking regulators.

Jelena McWilliams, who began a five-year term as president in June 2018, will resign effective February 4, she wrote in a letter to President Biden. She is also stepping down as a director of the FDIC board of directors. Ms McWilliams is the only Republican currently on the board, and her departure will add a second vacant position.

“Throughout my tenure, the agency has focused on its core mission of maintaining and building confidence in our banking system,” she wrote. “Today, banks continue to maintain strong capital and liquidity levels to support lending and protect against potential losses. “

Her exit came after Rohit Chopra, a member of the FDIC board and new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, complained earlier this month that Ms McWilliams had refused to acknowledge attempts by Democratic regulators to review the rules on bank mergers. Ms McWilliams called the conflict a “hostile takeover” by other board members in a Wall Street Journal essay.

Ms. McWilliams mainly adhered to Republican ideological lines during her tenure. That made her an obstacle to President Biden’s agenda to change the federal government’s stance on big issues like climate change and income inequality.

Democrats on the board of the FDIC, which is known primarily for supporting consumer deposits but oversees all banks nationwide, claimed Ms McWilliams was blocking majority attempts to set policy.

The partisan struggle atop the sleeping banking regulator, seen by some experts as part of a Democrats’ effort to topple Ms McWilliams, spread to the public in early December. Mr Chopra and two other Democrats on the board – Martin J. Gruenberg, a long-time member, and Michael J. Hsu, interim controller of the currency – voted by email to seek public comment on the issue of bank mergers. A statement about the claim was posted not on the FDIC website but on the website of the Office of Consumer Affairs headed by Mr. Chopra. The FDIC soon released a statement saying it had not approved such a request for comment.

A week later, after a meeting on December 14, Mr. Chopra said in a statement: “This approach to governance is dangerous and unhealthy.” By refusing to recognize the votes of other board members, he wrote, Ms. McWilliams had “attacked the rule of law.” She retaliated the next day, accusing other board members of trying to “wrest control” from the head of an independent agency. Banking sector groups called for calm and transparency.

Pat Toomey, a Republican who sits on the Senate Banking Committee, released a statement Friday criticizing Democratic board members for ending bipartisan cooperation that has spanned the 88-year history of the FDIC.

“The recent and irresponsible efforts of Director Chopra and Acting Director Gruenberg to take over the FDIC board of directors leaves a dark mark both on the FDIC and on their own personal records,” Mr. Toomey wrote. “I am deeply disturbed to see the administration support this extremist destruction of institutional standards and this unprecedented action to undermine the independence and integrity of our financial regulators.”

The CFPB did not immediately respond to a telephone message and email requesting comment.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene suggested Democrats moving to Red States should be given a “cooling off period” before being allowed to vote Thu, 30 Dec 2021 04:11:33 +0000

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted that Democrats who move to Republican states are temporarily banned from voting.Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images

  • Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said Democrats who move to the Red States should be temporarily banned from voting.

  • Florida and Texas received by far the largest influx of new residents from other states.

  • Greene also once again discussed a “national divorce,” where the Blue and Red states went their separate ways.

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday advocated that people moving from Democratic-leaning states to Republican-leaning states be temporarily banned from voting.

The MP tweeted that “brainwashed people” leaving California and New York “really need a period of reflection.”

“After Democratic voters and big donors ruined a state like California, you’d think it would be wise to stop them from doing it in another big state like Florida,” she wrote in a retweet. from a thread by a Twitter user who criticized Democrats seeking to move to the Red States.

The user suggested “actively discriminating against transplants like this through legislation” and “paying tax for their sins.”

Florida and Texas received the most new relocated residents from the United States between July 2020 and July 2021, according to the latest census data. Florida’s population increased by 220,890 people due to internal migration, while Texas’s population jumped by 170,307 people during the 12-month period.

During the same period, 367,299 people left California and 352,185 migrated from New York, the highest number of any state in the United States. Illinois came in distant third, with 122,460 people walking away.

In his tweet, Greene said the Twitter user’s suggestions would all be “possible” in the event of a “national divorce” between the Democratic and Republican states.

In October, Green conducted a controversial Twitter poll ask its subscribers if they wanted to separate the red and blue states. A close majority – 47.7% – of the 84,487 responses on social media supported sticking together. Another 9% said they were undecided.

But Greene later said in a podcast with Steve Bannon that the 43% who voted to divide the United States served as a “wake-up call” for Democrats and showed how “irreconcilable” divisions have become.

Representative Greene’s media office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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What is a Fair Trade NC Congress Card? Democratic expert says GOP would still win most seats | DFA 90.7 Tue, 28 Dec 2021 10:36:00 +0000

North Carolina is close to a state 50-50 in the US presidential and senatorial elections, so Democrats have said a fair congressional card should give them the edge in seven US House seats and Republicans the advantage in seven – or maybe a card that favors Republicans in eight seats and Democrats in six.

But Republicans say these are not fair cards.

To support this claim, the GOP points to an analysis paid for by the same groups that are suing Republicans.

In late November, University of Michigan political science professor Jowei Chen filed a report with the court in support of the plaintiffs in the state’s gerrymandering case, which is to be the subject of a three-day trial starting January 3. There are several lawsuits that have been combined, including one by individual residents as well as by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters.

Chen said that when he has a computer to draw 1,000 cards, a 7-7 split is extremely rare, occurring about 3% of the time. Chen determined this by overlaying the results of all statewide North Carolina elections from 2016 to 2020.

When only using the 2020 presidential election results, the computer only drew a 7-7 map 1% of the time.

A card that gives Republicans the advantage in eight of 14 seats would occur 16% of the time based on last year’s presidential election.

Chen finds that a Republican 9-5 card is by far the most common, occurring almost 74% of the time.

Republicans say their card, which gives the GOP the advantage in 10 of 14 seats, should not be struck down by the courts.

“You have received a lot from the Democratic Party and others, criticizing our maps, our impacts, saying we have gerrymandered the state,” said Republican State Senator Ralph Hise, who co-chaired the committee. redistribution. “And now you have their expert coming in and showing a strong majority that their cards produce nine or 10 Republicans if they draw fair cards on all 14 seats.”

Urban counties are divided in three ways

While Chen said a map with nine Republican seats was the most common, Republicans went beyond that. They created a map with nine safe seats and a 10e which leans republican. A map with 10 Republican seats was created in 9% of computer-drawn maps based on the 2020 presidential results.


Jowei Chen / University of Michigan


A 1,000-card computer simulation of the Congress of North Carolina shows that the most likely scenario is a card with 9 Republican seats and 5 Democratic seats.

So, Chen’s analysis suggests the Republicans took advantage of their advantage – or gerrymandering – to create their 10-4 card. They diluted Democratic voters in Mecklenburg, Wake and Guilford counties – the three largest in the state – by dividing those counties into three districts. In Guilford, headquarters of Greensboro, the seat of Democratic Representative of the United States, Kathy Mannings, has been eliminated entirely.

The three secure Democratic seats are in Charlotte and the Triangle, which includes Raleigh.

Guilford County Democratic voter Nicole Quick was one of the plaintiffs who hired Chen, with the help of former Obama administration attorney general Eric Holder, whose organization, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, has sued for what it sees as unfair cards nationwide.

“I think what they did was they tried to take these urban centers that have this great concentration of Democratic voters and dilute that vote,” Quick said.

Chen’s report criticizes the Republican card for having few competitive seats.

“Maximizing the adopted plan of ‘mid-range’ Republican districts necessarily comes at the expense of creating more competitive districts,” Chen wrote.

He added: “… in terms of the total number of Republican-friendly districts created by the plan, the plan adopted in 2021 is a statistical outlier compared to the 1,000 computer-simulated plans.”

But the report also suggests that if the court orders the legislature to draw a new map, Republicans may not have to change much, perhaps returning only a seat to Democrats.

Hise declined to speculate on what that card might be if the Republicans lost.

“If someone somewhere in the courts tells us to draw in different circumstances with new criteria invented, we don’t know what that result can be,” Hise said.

Bob Phillips is the executive director of Common Cause NC, which is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

He’s worried because the GOP is locked down for nine safe seats but is favored in a 10e seat and might even win an 11e.

“The third party analysis that I’ve seen and reviewed has made it very likely or should I say very well to be an 11-3 card,” Phillips said.

Phillips is particularly worried about a rural seat in the northeastern part of the state that the GOP has made more of a tossup, with a Democrat now favored by just 3.5 points. GK Butterfield has held this seat since 2004 and is a past Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He is not running for office and said part of his decision was because his constituency lost black voters.

“It’s fair to raise questions about a seat in the Northeast that has been centered where North Carolina’s so-called black belt is, and those are the majority minority counties.”

Is a proposed substitution map realistic?

In its lawsuit, the League of Conservation Voters are asking the court to use its own congressional card. He favors the Democrats in eight of the 14 seats.

But in his 1,000-card computer-drawn simulation, Chen never produced a single card with eight Democratic seats.

Princeton’s non-partisan project Gerrymandering gave the North Carolina congressional card an “F” rating for its fairness. This group said that in their computer simulations, a card with a Republican 8-6 majority was the most common.

Adam Podowitz-Thomas, a legal strategist with the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, told the WFAE earlier this year he viewed the North Carolina map as a gerrymander against the Democrats – but not the country’s most egregious example . He said a Republican-drawn map in Texas and a Democratic map in Illinois are worse.

Dave Wasserman, of the Cook Political Report, said he believes Republicans have a good chance of taking the house from the United States next year. But he said this year’s redistribution cycle hadn’t been so bad for Democrats, and the party is on the right track to have more districts won by President Joe Biden than in 2020.

In its lawsuit, the League of Conservation Voters are asking the court to use its own congressional card. This favors the Democrats in eight of the 14 seats to be filled.

But in Chen’s simulation of 1,000 computer-drawn maps, his simulation never produced a single map with eight Democratic seats.

Harris hits back at Democrats’ claims she is “prepared to fail” Sun, 26 Dec 2021 18:40:08 +0000

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Vice President Kamala Harris said on Sunday she did not think she was “prepared to fail” amid complaints from fellow Democrats that President Biden gave her an impossible portfolio in their first year in office .

During a pre-recorded interview with CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation,” Harris was asked to respond to criticism from Democrats that the Vice President would be given a wallet designed to work against her.


U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an infrastructure announcement at the AFL-CIO December 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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“No, I don’t believe I’m set to fail,” Harris retorted.

“I am the Vice President of the United States,” she continued. “All I’m dealing with is because it’s a tough problem, and it couldn’t be dealt with on another level. And there are a lot of big tough issues that need to be addressed, and that actually makes part of my career throughout my life. to deal with tough issues and that’s no different. “

Harris declined to say if she believed the exam was due to her being a black woman.

“I’ll let the others take care of it,” she said to Brennan. “I have a job to do, and I will do this job.”

United States Vice President Kamala Harris plugs a Prince George County electric vehicle into a charging station at the Brandywine Maintenance Facility on December 13, 2021 in Brandywine, Maryland.

United States Vice President Kamala Harris plugs a Prince George County electric vehicle into a charging station at the Brandywine Maintenance Facility on December 13, 2021 in Brandywine, Maryland.
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Harris’ defenders have criticized Biden for charging her with seemingly un-winnable issues like the border crisis. CNN commentator and former representative Bakari Sellers said, “His wallet is a trash. You give someone a wallet that is not meant to allow them to be successful.”

A recent staff reshuffle in Harris’s office has also fueled reports of a toxic work environment that has plagued the Vice President since taking office.

A former staff member who worked for Harris before being vice president told the Washington Post earlier this month that Harris is a “bully” who subjects his employees to “a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism. “.

“People are being thrown under the bus from the top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” a person with direct knowledge of how Harris’s office is run in June told Politico. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported, but a place where people feel treated like shit.”


Harris’ director of communications Ashley Etienne and senior advisor to vice president and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders recently announced their departure. Politico reported this month that other key members of Harris’s office were “targeting exits.”

The White House has played down the departures, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying it’s “natural” for staff to be ready to “move on.”

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“It sounds a lot like rock climbing, pushing a boulder while your arms melt,” said Amanda Litman of the liberal group Run for Something, which recruits young people to run for state and local elections.

Gaby Goldstein, co-founder of Sister District, a grassroots organization that supports progressive candidates in state legislative elections, noted that conservatives have rallied around state policy for decades. “I always say the Democrats are behind the party,” she said.

The Democratic Party’s late interest in lower-level racing grew out of its murderous experience in 2010, when Republicans mounted an anti-Obama backlash to oust hundreds of incumbent Democrats nationwide. Spending just $ 30 million, Republicans toppled 680 state legislative seats and 20 chambers, a stunning victory that put them in a position to redraw the electoral maps and strengthen their grip on those states – and their delegations to Congress. – for a decade.

“Democrats frankly weren’t prepared during this cycle,” said Kelly Ward Burton, who at the time headed the House Democrats campaign committee. Now chair of Mr. Holder’s redistribution committee, Ms. Burton has worked closely with several Democratic campaign groups in hopes of a different outcome than the current round of redistribution.

Part hard politics and part good government activism, the group’s strategy has been to break down the GOP’s “trifectas” to the extent possible – reducing the number of states where Republicans have full control over it. the process of redistribution, because they hold the government and the majority in the two legislative ones. bedrooms. They also ask candidates for state and federal positions to pledge to support “a fair redistribution that ends card manipulation and creates truly representative districts,” an aspiration that is sometimes in tension with more partisan goals. .

Halfway through the current redistribution brawl, the results of these Democratic efforts are mixed.

The long troubled Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee became a force under new leadership in 2016, creating the party to take six chambers in the 2018 midterm election. Since 2017, Democrats have toppled 10 governor’s offices, including on the battlefields of Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and won seven seats on the State Supreme Court. Five states have adopted non-partisan redistribution reforms, leaving mapping to independent commissions.

But the blue wave that Democrats counted on in 2020 never ended. Although Democratic groups have spent record amounts of money trying to win back GOP-owned state houses, their party ended in worse shape last year, losing both houses in New Hampshire. As a result, Republicans not only retained control over prices like the Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin legislatures, but they also retained the power to draw maps for 187 congressional districts, while Democrats control the fate of only 75.