Handy List Of Iowa GOP State Senators Mad About Record Voter Participation Due To Mail-In Voting

Iowa witnessed record voter participation in its June 3rd primary elections as a result of a provision that allowed the secretary of state to mail absentee ballots to all registered voters due to the covid-19 pandemic. The noble goal of this provision was to save Iowa voters from going into crowded polling centers which would have increased their chances of contracting the virus. Given the ease and convenience of voting by mail, Iowans voted in record numbers, much to the delight of democracy lovers. Well, it turns out republicans were not happy with the record voter participation. They quickly moved in the Iowa state legislature to prevent universal voting by mail in the November elections–a clear cut effort at voter suppression.

On 6/10/2020 a bill that prohibits Iowa’s secretary of state from mailing absentee ballots to all registered voters for the November general elections passed the Iowa state senate by a vote of 30-19. Needless to say, all the 30 state senators who voted for this voter suppression bill were republicans. Because this is one of the most brazen acts of official voter suppression to date, we have no choice but to name and shame these 30 GOP state senators using our famous “handy list”.

Here’s a handy list of the 30 shameful Iowa GOP state senators who are mad that mail-in voting allowed record voter participation in the June primary elections, and are on a mission to prevent that from happening again this November.

Bottom line folks, there’s no longer any doubt that the unpopular policies of the republican party are increasingly turning it into a marginal/regional party. Republican party leaders have long realized that their only chance of clinging to power is to make sure as few people as possible vote, especially minorities who traditionally vote against them. Where, as here, we witness such a brazen attempt at voter suppression by elected officials, we have no otherwise but to loudly call them out.

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GA Governor’s Former Campaign Manager Is A Lobbyist For Voting Machine Company Responsible For GA Voting Debacle

Tuesday night’s edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show(TRMS) featured a segment about the numerous problems voters experienced when trying to cast their ballots in Georgia’s primary elections. As usual, the voting problems were concentrated in democratic party strongholds–urban areas where minorities live. The Maddow segment however threw in an interesting tidbit into the story and that is, the lobbyist for the voting machine company(Dominion) at the center of Georgia’s primary voting debacle is none other than the former campaign manager for Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp. The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

Maddow specifically said, “An electronic voting machine company[Dominion Voting Systems] hired [Governor] Brian Kemp’s former campaign manager to be it’s lobbyist, and then the Brian Kemp administration in Georgia, hired that company to replace all of the voting machines in every city, town and county in Georgia, all in record time–literally record time. The state had this board of evaluators that was looking at the various companies who were trying to get that voting machine contract. This board of evaluators looked at the different bids from the different companies and what they were offering. They did not pick the company that Georgia ultimately went with. They picked a different company altogether. But no, the state administration instead decided they would go with the company that Brian Kemp’s campaign manager was the lobbyist for. The company had never had a job this big ever, in fact there has never been a bigger job in U.S. election history. As the Atlanta Journal Constitution pointed out last November, what Georgia was trying to roll out here, was the largest and fastest roll out of elections equipment in U.S. history.”

Maddow’s segment raises the prospect that the Tuesday primary election debacle we witnessed in Georgia may not have been the result of some random or unforeseeable technical difficulties but rather, a well orchestrated plan of voter suppression by Georgia Republicans. Governor Brian Kemp is no stranger to allegations of voter suppression. As a matter of fact Kemp has been a constant target of election integrity/security advocates like Jennifer Cohn for years.

This troubling revelation that Kemp’s former campaign manager is the lobbyist for the voting machine company at the center of Georgia’s voting debacle should be cause for a complete and thorough voter suppression investigation. We simply cannot afford to wait until the November general elections to be “surprised” by the same voting machine problems.

Bottom line folks, there’s no longer any doubt that the unpopular policies of the republican party are increasingly turning it into a marginal/regional party. Republican party leaders have long realized that their only chance of clinging on to power is to make sure as few people as possible vote, especially minorities who traditionally vote against them. What we witnessed in Georgia’s primary elections was just the latest example of GOP voter suppression but it definitely will not be the last. If we are going to have free and fair election this Fall, it is imperative that the mainstream media and members of congress take voter suppression allegations like the ones in Georgia very seriously. Simply put, Governor Kemp must not be allowed to orchestrate yet another voting “debacle” in November for GOP’s benefit.

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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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GA Sec Of State Investigating Dems For “Cyber Crimes”

Georgia GOP’s long and troubling history of minority voter suppression has finally garnered national media attention now that its Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is one of the state’s voter suppression kingpins is running for Governor against a historic Dem challenger Stacey Abrams. There is intense media scrutiny on the Georgia gubernatorial race because if Dem Stacey Abrams wins, she will become the first female Black Governor of a U.S. State.


One would think that given the intense media scrutiny surrounding the GA governor’s race, GOP’s Brian Kemp would work tirelessly to hide his troubling voter suppression past. Instead we are witnessing the complete opposite. Just a few weeks ago, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow exposed a scheme by Brian Kemp’s office to take away the vote of 53,000 predominantly black voters.

GA Secretary of State Brian Kemp has also resisted calls by his Dem challenger Stacey Abrams and others for him to resign from his role as Secretary of State while he is running for Governor. Any reasonable person would agree that there is an inherent conflict of interest to have a candidate running for Governor while at the same time presiding over the state’s elections.

As if Brian Kemp’s troubling voter suppression past and his apparent conflict of interest are not enough, we now find out that literally 2 days before the November elections, his office has opened an investigation into GA Democrats for alleged “cyber crimes”.

GA Secretary of State Press Secretary Candice Broce said, “While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes.” If this is not the latest attempt by Brian Kemp’s office to kill Dem voter enthusiasm 2 days before the elections, I don’t know what is.

Bottom line, regardless of how the GA gubernatorial race turns out this coming Tuesday, Brian Kemp’s voter suppression tactics must be severely confronted. Simply put, no public official should ever be allowed to tinker with people’s right to vote with seemingly no consequences, as Brian Kemp has. If he is declared GA Governor on Tuesday, Stacey Abrams must immediately challenge those results. If however, Kemp and Abrams end up in a run-ff(most likely scenario), the Abrams campaign must strongly insist that he step aside as Secretary of State. He must not be allowed to run for Governor while his office investigates his challenger.

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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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Dems Must Confront Rebekah Mercer Over Cambridge Analytica

The bombshell revelation yesterday that former Trump Campaign Adviser Steve Bannon instructed Cambridge Analytica to research ways of suppressing the votes of key Dem constituencies should be very alarming to Americans, and Democrats in particular. It is well known that Cambridge Analytica is run in large part by Billionaire heiress & Republican Super Donor Rebekah Mercer, who is very close to President Trump and played a key role in his ascendancy to the Presidency. Both Steve Bannon and current Presidential Adviser Kellyanne Conway got their White House jobs thanks in large part to Rebekah Mercer’s sway with President Trump. You’ll remember that shortly after the release of the best selling book “Fire & Fury” by Michael Wolfe, which contained some very unflattering remarks about Trump that were attributed to Steve Bannon, Rebekah Mercer retaliated by pulling Bannon’s security detail.


It is very clear therefore that Rebekah Mercer, unlike many other GOP donors who supported Trump’s campaign, has remained actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Trump Administration, including meting out “punishment” when necessary, as we saw with Bannon. News therefore that her outfit Cambridge Analytica may have been engaged in voter suppression schemes targeting core Democratic voters must not be taken lightly.

The DNC must get to the bottom of Cambridge Analytica’s voter suppression schemes. At the minimum, the DNC/Congressional Democrats need to know what exactly Bannon asked Cambridge Analytica to do. Why is that important? Its important because even if it is later found that Bannon’s request never materialized, it may give the public a window into other voter suppression schemes that the GOP is engaged in elsewhere in the country. In other words Bannon’s request may provide a great reference point/lead to anti-voter suppression advocates on the kind of schemes they need to look out for.

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that Dems must confront the Mercers over Cambridge Analytica and other crooked schemes they are involved with.

The Mercers, like the Koch Brothers are a key part of the GOP Agenda and DNC has to confront them DIRECTLY, not through TV Ads. Bottom line, voter suppression is patently un-American and Dems must treat it as such, beginning with a call to #InvestigateTheMercers!!

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