[-] [email protected] 71 points 13 hours ago* (last edited 13 hours ago)

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"It would legalize the creation of human-animal chimeras," Hyde-Smith said of the bill on the Senate floor on February 28.

Uh, someone did explain to her that Duckworth is just a name, right?

e; I have no idea how to make a joke out of this one, but TIL her husband is related to someone who murdered a civil rights activists trying to register people to vote in the 50s, which appears to be one of a dozen connections they have to KKK-types

[-] [email protected] 2 points 13 hours ago

Democracy without any campaign finance laws is like capitalism without progressive taxation and antitrust laws, feudalism with extra steps

[-] [email protected] 3 points 13 hours ago

Sometimes I think everything that Democratic party leadership wants is just a compromise, regardless of what kind of policy they get out of it

[-] [email protected] 2 points 13 hours ago

I mean, that's one possible theory. That same professor speculates a paragraph or two earlier that maybe Biden's avoided doing this because dumbass moderates who pay attention to politics for about five minutes every year could view it as a power grab (which I really think we ought to be able to message through, but either way the point is this is one of a few theories).

[-] [email protected] 12 points 14 hours ago

"I guess it's good to be ~~the king~~ a US Senator" who just got done passing a tax law that was a massive giveaway to corporations and the mega wealthy to whom a couple of million dollars is just a rounding error, but I'm sure that's a coincidence /s

[-] [email protected] 10 points 15 hours ago

Where'd you see that? I'd heard it was the largest in Texan history but for US history there's one crazy outlier from the early 1800s in Maine that somehow burned over 3mil acres and I don't think this one has surpassed that yet


[-] [email protected] 3 points 16 hours ago

Oh I'm sure they exist, there's a lot of selfish scumbags in this country unfortunately. Thank goodness they only get one vote no matter how much money they hoard.

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 17 hours ago

If Biden seriously made that offer in b) I would be very strongly tempted to stay home on election day.

People keep lying to themselves and trying to believe that Trump is the problem and that he's not just the most visible symptom of a Republican party that crossed the line way back in the 1960s when they started campaigning to get the KKK's votes and undermining our foreign policy/national security for political wins. Haley, Romney, Cheney, etc. - they are all threats to the country as is anyone who collaborate with any of them.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 17 hours ago

If Romney endorsed Biden it would probably lose him votes

[-] [email protected] 6 points 17 hours ago

Is Senate Parliamentarian the title you're looking for?

[-] [email protected] 76 points 20 hours ago

And when they completely ignore her request (that she's making knowing full well she has no leverage to make it happen) she'll keep being a member of the Republican party and keep raising funds for them anyway

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The commission alleges that Trump’s fundraising committee and state Rep. Janel Brandtjen, a Trump ally, conspired in a scheme to evade campaign finance laws to support the Republican primary challenger to [state House Speaker equivalent, Robin Vos] in 2022.


Trump and Brandtjen backed Vos’s primary opponent, Adam Steen. Trump called Steen a “motivated patriot” when endorsing him shortly before the 2022 primary. Vos, the longest-serving Assembly speaker in Wisconsin history, defeated Steen in the primary by just 260 votes.

Steen is currently backing an effort to recall Vos from office.

The ethics commission alleges that Trump’s Save America political action committee, Brandtjen, Republican Party officials in three counties and Steen’s campaign conspired to avoid state fundraising limits in the effort to defeat Vos, steering at least $40,000 into the bid.

The ethics commission recommended that charges be brought against the Trump fundraising committee, Brandtjen, Steen’s campaign, eight other individuals and three county Republican parties. The commission alleges that those involved took advantage of Wisconsin laws that allow for unlimited donations to political parties, but then illegally steered the money to Steen. State law caps individual donations to Assembly candidates at $1,000.

Members of the ethics commission said in documents sent to county prosecutors that if they don’t initiate charges within 60 days, the commission will go to another district attorney or the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240223203433/https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/wisconsin-ethics-panel-recommends-felony-charges-against-trump-fundraising-committee-lawmaker

Some additional info in this one - https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/02/23/wisconsin-ethics-commission-alleges-illegal-scheme-by-trump-fundraising-committee-and-rep-janel-bran/72711365007/

Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240223203742/https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/02/23/wisconsin-ethics-commission-alleges-illegal-scheme-by-trump-fundraising-committee-and-rep-janel-bran/72711365007/

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Voters are filling two supreme court seats in two separate nonpartisan elections. Neither seat’s current occupant is seeking a new term, so at first glance it may look like the cycle will add two fresh faces to the court. But of the six candidates running for these two seats, four are already sitting justices on the court—they just want to shift into different seats than their own.

If justices who already sit on the supreme court win either of those seats, they would then need to resign from their current positions. This would create vacancies that would be filled by the state’s staunchly conservative governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a reshuffling that’s poised to accelerate the court’s shift toward a solidly right-wing majority.

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As more people end up experiencing homelessness, they’re also facing increasingly punitive and reactionary responses from local governments and their neighbors. Such policies could become legally codified in short order, with the high court having agreed to hear arguments in Grants Pass v. Johnson.

Originally brought in 2018, the case challenged the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, over an ordinance banning camping. Both a federal judge and, later, a panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck the law down, saying that Grants Pass did not have enough available shelter to offer homeless people. As such, the law was deemed to be a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

The ruling backed up the Ninth Circuit’s earlier ruling on the Martin v. City of Boise case, which said that punishing or arresting people for camping in public when there are no available shelter beds to take them to instead constituted a violation of the “cruel and unusual punishment” clause in the Eighth Amendment. That applied to localities in the Ninth Circuit’s area of concern and has led to greater legal scrutiny even as cities and counties push for more punitive and restrictive anti-camping laws. In fact, Grants Pass pushed to get the Supreme Court to hear the case, and several nominally liberal cities and states on the West Coast are backing its argument. If the Supreme Court overturns the previous Grants Pass and Boise rulings, it would open the door for cities, states, and counties to essentially criminalize being unhoused on a massive scale.

Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240223125412/https://newrepublic.com/article/178678/supreme-court-criminalize-homeless-case

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