Vrede too wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:16 pm
Protect our right to vote! Ask your member of Congress to vote yes on H.R.1, the For The People Act
Vrede too wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:33 pm
If you were running for federal office in 2020 -
1. What issue would be most important to you?
2. What issue do you think would give you the best odds of winning?
'Beating Trump/Repubs' doesn't count since we can't know who will be running and it's boring.
1. A restoring democracy package - ending Citizens United, corporate personhood, partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression.
2. Healthcare/Medicare for all.
Action now defunct.
Response from Senator Tillis
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about S. 949, the For the People Act of 2019. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, on March 28, 2019, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced S. 949, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. If enacted, this legislation would federalize the election process, impose certain mandates on states, and reverse the decentralization of the American election process. In addition, this bill would undermine the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the integrity of elections, to participate in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives. Lastly, this legislation would require disclosure of presidential tax returns, make Election Day a federal holiday, and make changes to our current campaign finance system.
NOTHING wrong with any of that.
A similar bill, H.R. 1, was introduced on January 3, 2019 by Representative John P. Sarbanes (D-MD) in the House of Representatives. This companion bill to S. 949 passed the House of Representatives on March 8, 2019, by a party-line vote of 234-193.
http://www.blueridgedebate.com/forum/vi ... ney#p88846
Vrede too wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:17 pm
... That they lost most Americans years ago on the issues and that the only things that have kept them in power are dark money, gerrymandering, massive voter suppression and even Russian assistance. Rather than respecting democracy and reforming, this (Kavanaugh) is their last gasp attempt to impose their hateful extremism for a long time into the future.
Repugs detest democracy.
I have serious concerns with this legislation because there is no question that Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution enumerates that the states – acting through their elected officials – possess the right to tailor their specific election laws to protect the integrity of the democratic process and maintain public confidence in our elections.
We've now got the exact opposite of that.
The federal government should not mandate a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to provide states with the flexibility necessary to create and administer laws that fit their needs.
Why not, especially when federal seats are at stake? The only reason for state flexibility is to gain partisan advantage one way or the other. He stomps on state control on a host of other issues including guns, women's rights, sanctuaries, etc.
As a supporter of transparency and good government,
I believe a robust debate is needed on these issues; however, that discussion must be a result of bipartisan negotiations. Please know that, if S. 949 comes before the full Senate, I will keep your views in mind....
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Liar, he knows:
"On March 6, McConnell indicated to journalists that he would not allow the bill a vote on the Senate floor ..."
There's been no Repug proposal for "negotiations", instead.