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Thu Nov 4, 2021, 02:42 PM

A note to Joe Manchin

A note to Joe Manchin
Joe, you know what you must do on voting rights. But will you?
https://robertreich.substack.com/p/letter-to-joe-manchin?

Okay, Joe. Enough evidence for you? The two major voting rights bills that you support — the Freedom to Vote Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act — have now been blocked in the Senate by Republican filibusters.

Of course you know that federal voting rights legislation is necessary to counteract the wave of new voting restrictions from Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country, all premised on Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen.

Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which you support. The original 1965 Voting Rights Act was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, on the dubious logic that it was no longer needed because states with a history of suppressing Black votes no longer did so. (Within 24 hours of the ruling, Texas announced it would implement a strict photo ID law, and Mississippi and Alabama soon followed.)

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On October 20, Senate Republicans blocked the Freedom to Vote Act, which you helped craft as a compromise bill. You had hoped to get ten GOP votes, enough to overcome a filibuster. But in the end not a single senate Republican voted to advance the legislation. The Freedom to Vote Act would set national minimum standards for early voting and voting by mail, create new requirements for groups not currently required to disclose their financial donors, and establish Election Day as a national holiday, among other things. It also included standards for states that require voter identification, something you said was your priority.

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Joe, you know as well as I do that the deck was stacked even before the post-Trump deluge of state voter-suppression laws. Registered Republicans make up only about 25 percent of the American electorate. But rural and mostly white Republican states like Wyoming (with 574,000 inhabitants) get two senators just as do diverse urban ones like California (with nearly 40 million). And Republican states have gerrymandered districts that elect House members to give them an estimated 19 extra seats over what they’d have without gerrymandering.

So without you, Joe, voting rights are dead. Without you, history will show that Republican senators were more united in their opposition to voting rights than Democratic senators were in their support of them. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of history, do you Joe?

Joe! Please! The future of our democracy is at stake.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 02:52 PM

1. He knows exactly what he is doing. He loves him some oligarchs.

Someone should ask what his cozy meeting with turtle on the senate floor was about yesterday.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 03:18 PM

2. Joe only wants to be on the right side of his donors

Super rich guy who will be even richer as a lobbyist.

Money grubbing scum who cares about nothing but his own wealth and that of his donors.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 03:45 PM

3. Some are beholden to

the bribing class. Make them talk about offshore money laundries.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 03:46 PM

4. Why am I getting a "403 Forbidden" in this thread?

The post I was trying for is:

K&R for, don't beg him. It only turns him on.






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