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Wednesday Evening Owls: GOP cozies as much as Jim Crow with nonetheless extra voter suppression payments

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On Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Senate Majority Chief Mike Dugan launched a invoice repealing no-excuse absentee voting, which 1.3 million Georgians utilized in 2020, together with 450,000 Republicans. Beneath his proposal, solely a small subset of voters, corresponding to those that are out of city, disabled, or over 65 (a demographic that leans strongly Republican), will probably be eligible to vote by mail. The small proportion of Georgians who can nonetheless solid ballots by mail should get a witness signature on their poll and fasten a replica of picture identification, which requires entry to a copier or printer. The brand new regulation would make Georgia one of the restrictive states within the nation for mail voting.

Georgia Republicans wrote each side of the state’s already stringent voting legal guidelines and for a few years promoted mail voting, particularly exempting mail ballots from voter ID necessities as a result of they didn’t need their very own voters, who’re older and extra rural, to be disenfranchised. They abruptly had a change of coronary heart in November, when extra Democrats than Republicans voted by mail for the primary time.
 

The state Senate invoice comes on the heels of laws launched by Georgia Home Republicans final week that will eliminate voting on Sunday, a measure seemingly designed to suppress Black turnout by focusing on the Souls to the Polls get-out-the-vote drives organized by Black church buildings. The invoice has been dubbed “Jim Crow with a suit and tie.” […]

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The Phony Conservative Attacks on Child Credits, by Anne Kim. Joe Biden and Mitt Romney have attention-grabbing, vital plans to assist working moms. Conservatives say this may scale back work. Oh, please.

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“The Supreme Court docket 2013 ruling that gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act set in movement what many feared: the subjection of minorities, seniors, and low-income Individuals to unfair, punitive limitations stopping them from exercising their most elementary proper as Americans.”
          ~~Rep. Marc Veasey (2016)

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Each day Kos in 2012—Pew ballot: Individuals hate regulation, except they know what it does:

You have to hand it to conservative narrative-creator Frank Luntz and his Republicans. Hammer a theme lengthy sufficient, and it sinks in. On this case, “job-killing” rules, which a giant chunk of Individuals suppose is horrible. Try the newest Pew poll:

At the moment, 52% say authorities regulation of enterprise often does extra hurt than good whereas 40% suppose regulating enterprise is important to guard the general public curiosity. These views are much like January 2008, earlier than the monetary disaster and onset of the financial recession.

Final March, opinion was extra divided; 47% mentioned regulating enterprise is important to guard the general public curiosity whereas 45% mentioned authorities regulation does extra hurt than good.

A lot of the distinction between final 12 months and now’s amongst Republicans, spoon-fed by their elected representatives and changing into increasingly entrenched of their worry and hatred of presidency. Three-quarters of them share the opinion that regulation does extra hurt than good, and 83 % of self-identified conservative Republicans say regulation is dangerous.

However the numbers actually begin to erode when the survey will get previous the broad concept of regulation, and begins drilling right down to what the time period really means.

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