GOP Set To Reward Gerrymandering Mastermind With Federal Judgeship

Thomas Alvin Farr–Nominee for Federal Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

In case you missed it earlier this week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on a plan by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and his fellow GOP Senators to reward a North Carolina Republican lawyer, Thomas Alvin Farr, with a lifetime federal judgeship. According to Maddow, the Senate vote is scheduled for Monday after Thanksgiving(Nov 26). The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

As Maddow correctly pointed out, Thomas Farr is the author of the racially gerrymandered North Carolina electoral map that a federal appeals court struck down for “targeting African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

Thomas Farr’s racially gerrymandered electoral map was struck down by a federal appeals court

It is because of Thomas Farr’s racially gerrymandered maps that electoral travesties like the one below are commonplace in North Carolina. In other words, no matter how well Democrats perform in elections, the GOP is assured control of the North Carolina legislature.

The effects of Thomas Farr’s gerrymandering in North Carolina

So while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is out there preaching bipartisanship now that the Democrats have taken over the House, behind the scenes and away from the limelight he is sticking true to form, packing the federal courts with radical right-wing judges with total disregard to the wishes of Senate Democrats.

Bottom line now that Democrats control the House, Senate Democrats must force concessions on some of these judicial nominees. Senate Democrats must make it absolutely clear to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republicans that rewarding Thomas farr with a lifetime federal judgeship despite his well-chronicled history of racial gerrymandering will make it impossible for bipartisan cooperation on other issues of importance. Simply put, Senate Dems must confront Sen Mitch McConnell on his phony call for bipartisanship right after the November elections.

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Roberts Supreme Court Helping GOP Disenfranchise Minority Voters

Conservatives on the Roberts Supreme Court

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has for a long time covered stories about the GOP’s various efforts at minority voter suppression, the latest one being the effort by North Dakota Republicans to suppress the vote of Native Americans in the state who were key to Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp‘s win in 2012. According to Maddow, right after Sen Heitkamp’s win in 2012, North Dakota state GOP officials embarked on a scheme to suppress the vote of her key Native American voting base.

The GOP suppression scheme of choice was to require all Native Americans to present an ID with a street address in order to vote, something they knew many tribal IDs don’t have because they live in reservations. According to O.J. Semans, Executive Director of Four Directions, a Native American advocacy group, “The street addresses is very common maybe in cities but on reservations, street addresses literally do not exist.”

So you ask, “Well @Emolclause if Maddow has covered a lot of GOP voter suppression stories why is this North Dakota case special?” Here’s why. According to Maddow, a very troubling pattern is developing. Unlike in previous cases where such blatant GOP voter suppression tactics were being easily struck down in federal court, now it appears that the conservatives at the Roberts Supreme Court are increasingly affirming these shocking GOP voter suppression tactics–yeah you heard that right–the conservatives in the Roberts Supreme Court are helping the GOP cheat in elections.The conservative majority at the Roberts Supreme Court knows full well that imposing the street address requirement on Native American voters in North Dakota will suppress their vote but they still affirmed the challenged GOP state law–the height of injustice.


Sadly the injustice by the conservative majority at the Roberts Supreme Court doesn’t end there. Maddow recently did a story about how Texas GOP officials are trying to suppress the vote of students at the predominantly Black Prairie View A & M University which is located in predominantly White Whaler County(you’ll probably remember Whaler County due to Sandra Bland). At issue here is whether the Black PVAMU students should vote in Whaler county simply because they attend school there. According to Maddow a decades old Supreme Court precedent already settled this issue in the Black students’ favor but now Texas @GOP officials are bringing the issue back because of a recent Roberts Supreme Court decision.

Maddow’s guest Mike Siegel a Dem congressional candidate said, “This very late change to the voting status of the students is something that would not have been allowed under the previous version of the Voting Rights Act. Texas used to be in pre-clearance and this is something that because its an impediment to voting wouldn’t have been allowed but for that recent Supreme Court[Roberts] decision that invalidated part of the Voting Rights Act.”

Bottom line one is left wondering what the founding fathers would think of the Roberts Supreme Court which is now literally helping a major political party disenfranchise voters of color? It is already very hard for Americans to respect the Roberts Supreme Court which now features Kavanaugh given his very shady confirmation process. Now that on top of that the court is literally helping GOP to disenfranchise minority voters, only God knows what the future holds for the once hallowed High Court.

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Trump Admin’s Flagrant Attempt At Dem Voter Suppression In North Carolina


As the media is engrossed with the ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the Trump administration is engaged in an effort that can only be seen as a flagrant attempt to suppress Dem voter turnout in North Carolina.

Mother Jones reports that the Justice Department working in conjunction with Immigration and CustomsEnforcemnt(ICE) has issued wide-ranging subpoenas to 44 Dem-leaning counties in North Carolina seeking voter information going back 8 years. They are apparently trying to catch immigrants voting illegally–a repeatedly debunked charge Trump made after the 2016 elections to explain how Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.


Because there is no “immigrants illegally voting” crisis, it is very troubling that DOJ & ICE would issue such wide ranging subpoenas to 44 counties right ahead of the midterms–counties that traditionally vote for Democrats. The county election officials have expressed concerns that this massive request for voter info right before the November midterms will negatively affect their preparedness for early and absentee voting for the midterms.  There is no other logical explanation as to why the Trump Admin would unnecessarily burden Dem-leaning states with such subpoenas this close to the midterms, other than they are trying to suppress Dem voter turnout.

Just recently there was a story about how the Trump Admin is denying passports to U.S. Citizens because their parents allegedly used “fake” birth certificates decades ago. One has to assume that there are a lot of similarly situated U.S. citizens in North Carolina and other states who for fear of being investigated for being a “fake” U.S. citizen will simply opt to sit out the midterms.

Bottom line this is yet another deplorable but not surprising move by the Trump admin against non-White immigrants. Dems and the mainstream media must call out this clear cut attempt at Dem voter suppression by the Trump Admin.

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Democrats Poised To Pick Up Congressional Seats In North Carolina

A special panel of three federal district court judges has struck down North Carolina’s congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered with less than three months to the 2018 midterms elections. This means  a new North Carolina congressional map will have to be hastily drawn before the midterms.




Republicans currently hold 10 of the 13 U.S. House seats from North Carolina thanks in large part to the gerrymandered congressional districts which favored the GOP. If a “fair” congressional map is adopted before the 2018 midterms, political pundits expect a net gain in seats for Dems and a loss for Republicans. Simply put, with a fair North Carolina congressional district map, the GOP will not win 10 of the 13 seats.

There is also a chance that this gerrymandering fight might end up in the Roberts Supreme Court which currently has only 8 justices after Kennedy’s retirement. Without a ninth justice to tip the scales, it is highly likely that the Roberts Supreme Court will either punt on this case or be deadlocked(4-4 decision) in which case the decision by the district court would stand–new congressional map for North Carolina.

Bottom line Dems must take advantage of this great opportunity to pick up as many congressional seats in North Carolina as possible. Put another way, Dems must flip NC blue!!

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Putin Told Trump To Stop Joint Military Exercises With S. Korea

From the beginning Yours Truly has maintained that there is something very strange/suspicious about the Trump/North Korea deal–that this is a Putin operation designed to help Trump politically, not solve the nuclear crisis

A bombshell 6/25/2018 segment on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show just confirmed Yours Truly’s suspicions. Turns out per Maddow, that Trump had initially wanted to end  joint military operations between the U.S. & North Korea but dropped the idea after pushback from Defense Secretary Mattis.

Later however, following a phone conversation with Putin, Trump abruptly decided to end the crucial joint military exercises that are meant to provide readiness in the unfortunate event North Korea launches a nuclear strike.


Even more troubling, and an issue that Congressional Dems should definitely inquire into, is the shocking revelation by Maddow that prior to Trump making the highly consequential decision on S. Korea joint exercises, neither Sec Def Mattis nor senior White House officials were consulted. In other words Putin simply told Trump to do it and he did it—fast!!


This is a very troubling development given that virtually all U.S. Intel agencies agree that Russia is not only America’s enemy but is actively working to inflict harm on America. The shocking report by Maddow that despite this threat, Putin is literally telling the U.S. President what to do with senior government officials seemingly left in the dark should be cause for great alarm.

Bottom line Congressional Dems must push for hearings on this issue

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