Senator Amy Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, took her show on the road on Monday. She held a hearing in Atlanta, one of several red-hot centers of the current attempts by the Republican Party to turn the United States of America into a one-party state where that party is full to its gunwales with crazy people. This was the first field hearing by that Senate committee in two decades, which is an indication of what a dire emergency Klobuchar considers the assault on the franchise to be. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“They’re trying to find new ways to mess with the fundamental rights of citizens to vote,” said U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota and chairwoman for the Senate Rules Committee. “The way you get at that, you’re supposed to find salvation from the Constitution and the federal government. This is that moment.” … They said confining drop boxes to early voting locations will limit opportunities for workers to return their ballots. Absentee ballot ID requirements will have a disproportionate impact on Black voters, a higher percentage of whom lack identifying documents on file with election officials. And potential state takeovers of county election boards threatens fair oversight. “This is a recipe not only for voter suppression but for chaos in our democracy,” said U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Meanwhile, the extended farce out in Arizona makes Reverend Senator Warnock look like an actual damn prophet. Now, we have the Republican attorney general locked into a stalemated brawl with the Democratic secretary of state, a brawl that takes on an added intensity because both AG Mark Brnovich and SecState Katie Hobbs have plans for higher office. Brinovich is aiming for the Senate, and Hobbs is going to run to succeed Doug Ducey as the state’s governor.
The latest fireworks were touched off by a report in the Arizona Republic in which the newspaper revealed the pressure brought to bear on Arizona election officials by Rudy Giuliani, state GOP chair Kelli Ward, and a number of other Camp Runamuck gunsels. Hobbs jumped on this news with both feet, dispatching a letter to AG Brnovich in which she asked for an investigation into the newspaper’s allegations. Brnovich responded by sending an email back to Hobbs demanding she produce whatever evidence her office had about alleged illegal voting in the 2020 election.
The attorney general’s email response pointedly notes that Hobbs, a Democrat, hasn’t submitted referrals for double voting. It marks the first time in more than a decade a secretary of state has not done so…The email, sent Wednesday to the Secretary of State’s Office and obtained Friday by The Arizona Republic, was sent by Jennifer Wright, an assistant attorney general who focuses on Brnovich’s election integrity unit.
Also on Monday, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann disappointed some members of her caucus—and emotionally crushed a reporter from One America News—by telling them that, no, the Senate doesn’t have the power to hold a new election so that the former president* can win and be president* again. From Yahoo! News:
"We as a Senate body — we have the ability to subpoena information because we make laws. And we’re entitled to have the information to determine how to write those laws. That’s why we are successful in court, and that's what we’re doing. It’s all about election integrity. It’s not about the Trump-Biden race. It’s not about the Kelly-Martha McSally race," she added, referring to the presidential election and the U.S. Senate contest won by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.
Thus we see that the moderate position among Arizona Republicans in 2021 consists of a slightly less insane lie. Things are looking up.
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