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 In February’s bitter freeze, many Texans were killed because Abbott was asleep at the switch. Now, just three weeks later, he’s maniacally thrown the switch for Covid to spread, condemning many, many more Texans to death. He’s the abbot from hell.

Meanwhile, the Republican attack on voting rights in dozens of states is making us mad. Right-wingers around the country know that their positions are losers at the ballot box, so they’re masquerading behind pious claims of “election integrity” while attempting to block millions of Americans from voting. (This goes way back, btw.)

We’ll be gathering further intel about actions you can take, but in the meantime, these bits will get you up to speed: And how about the filibuster? Now there’s an infuriating, anti-democratic practice** that’s long past it’s pull date or, as Hightower tweeted this week:"Filibuster" is a prissy word that bureaucratic, autocratic elites use to rationalize their control over the rest of us. Screw them! Let democracy flower!

In short, the filibuster allows a minority to stifle legislation that would help the workaday American majority and strengthen our democracy. For instance... 

This week the House passed the “For the People Act” -- “the boldest pro-democracy reform package… since the Watergate era” -- a bill that, if it does make it into law, would loosen the grip of big money in elections, establish nonpartisan commissions to end partisan gerrymandering, institute automatic voter registration, and a whole bunch of other reforms that are widely popular with the American people.

So how’s that looking in the Senate? Mitch McConnell and the GOP hate it, natch, so passage may be up to this guy. Turn up the heat.
 
 

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Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Definition, Summary - History.com
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Jan 26, 2021 — The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local ...

Section 4 Of The Voting Rights Act - Department of Justice
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When Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it determined that racial discrimination in voting had been more prevalent in certain areas of the ...

Voting Rights Act | Brennan Center for Justice
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The Voting Rights Act (VRA) was passed in 1965 to ensure that state and local governments do not deny American citizens the equal right to vote based on their ...

The Voting Rights Act | American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU
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Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has protected minority voters at the polls.In June 2013, in a huge blow to democracy, the U.S. Supreme Court struck ...

How The Voting Rights Act Came To Be And How It's Changed
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Aug 26, 2021 — Within a few years of its passage, the Voting Rights Act had paved the way for thousands of Black and brown voters to go to the ballot box.

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razoo » 15 Sep 2021, 4:41 am » wrote:  In February’s bitter freeze, many Texans were killed because Abbott was asleep at the switch. Now, just three weeks later, he’s maniacally thrown the switch for Covid to spread, condemning many, many more Texans to death. He’s the abbot from hell.

Meanwhile, the Republican attack on voting rights in dozens of states is making us mad. Right-wingers around the country know that their positions are losers at the ballot box, so they’re masquerading behind pious claims of “election integrity” while attempting to block millions of Americans from voting. (This goes way back, btw.)

We’ll be gathering further intel about actions you can take, but in the meantime, these bits will get you up to speed: And how about the filibuster? Now there’s an infuriating, anti-democratic practice** that’s long past it’s pull date or, as Hightower tweeted this week:"Filibuster" is a prissy word that bureaucratic, autocratic elites use to rationalize their control over the rest of us. Screw them! Let democracy flower!

In short, the filibuster allows a minority to stifle legislation that would help the workaday American majority and strengthen our democracy. For instance... 

This week the House passed the “For the People Act” -- “the boldest pro-democracy reform package… since the Watergate era” -- a bill that, if it does make it into law, would loosen the grip of big money in elections, establish nonpartisan commissions to end partisan gerrymandering, institute automatic voter registration, and a whole bunch of other reforms that are widely popular with the American people.

So how’s that looking in the Senate? Mitch McConnell and the GOP hate it, natch, so passage may be up to this guy. Turn up the heat.
 
 
good!, the reply is only about the title of the thread. it's what everyone is allowed to find out what is in it after passed. All those secret deals that cannot be passed in open session.

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