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Thu Jan 16, 2020, 04:14 PM

Donald Trump's new stealth plan to preserve white electoral power

Kevin M. Kruse Retweeted

Impeachment very important but also pay attention to this: Trump has new stealth plan to preserve white electoral power by excluding millions of people of color from political representation. This is next front in GOP war on voting.

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Reply Donald Trump's new stealth plan to preserve white electoral power (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Jan 16 OP
TwilightZone Jan 16 #1
CaptYossarian Jan 16 #2
TwilightZone Jan 16 #3
CaptYossarian Jan 16 #6
TwilightZone Jan 16 #7
GeorgeGist Jan 16 #4
redstatebluegirl Jan 16 #5
muriel_volestrangler Jan 17 #8

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 04:22 PM

1. It's not new and it's not stealthy.

The GOP has been doing it openly and overtly for a couple of decades now.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 04:28 PM

2. Is that what Ben Carson meant? Nein, nein, nein?

Nein blacks voting. Nein Latinos voting. Nein Asians voting.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 04:59 PM

3. That was Herman Cain

In his case, I think it was nein corporations paying taxes, nein rich people paying taxes, and the 9% poorest bearing the burden.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 08:40 PM

6. Looney Toons of a feather.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 08:42 PM

7. Agreed.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 05:01 PM

4. Stealth is not the word I would choose.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 05:25 PM

5. Steven Miller is at work again.

Amazing how that toad stays under the radar all the while directing the orange menace towards more and more white power stuff.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:20 AM

8. Specifically, the article is about counting only eligible voters for drawing state districts

While that doesn't directly affect the drawing of federal congressional districts, it could keep Republicans in power in states like Texas for the 2021 redrawing of federal districts - and without the protection of the Voting Rights Act this time, they'll have a freer hand to gerrymander:

On July 11, a visibly agitated Donald Trump appeared in the White House Rose Garden to announce that his administration was dropping its bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Supreme Court had blocked the plan two weeks earlier, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing that the administration’s claim that the question was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act “seems to have been contrived.” Civil rights groups said such a question would spark fear that the information would lead to deportations, causing a severe undercount of immigrant communities. Census Bureau researchers predicted it could lead to 9 million people not filling out the census. But, Trump said defiantly, “I’m here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”

Trump then made a move that could still turn citizenship data into a political tool to boost the influence of white Repub­lican areas. He announced an executive order calling on federal agencies to send all existing information on who is and isn’t a citizen to the Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau. Trump suggested how those details might be used: “Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter-eligible population.” For the past decade, Republicans have sought to exclude noncitizens from the redistricting process. Now Trump was going even further, suggesting that anyone who is not eligible to vote, including children, did not have to be counted toward apportioning representation at the state and local level.

It’s long been a bedrock principle of American democracy that elected officials represent all of their constituents, whether or not they are eligible to vote. Almost all congressional and state legislative districts are drawn based on their total populations, including voters and nonvoters, citizens and noncitizens, adults and kids. Yet while the 14th Amendment requires that congressional districts are based on total population, the Supreme Court has never definitively ruled on what the standard should be for state districts, although since the 1960s nearly all states have counted everyone. Drawing state legislative districts based on eligible voters instead of total population would be a huge win for Republicans, who tend to represent areas with fewer noncitizens. Democrats currently hold all of the 50 upper state House seats with the highest percentages of foreign-born noncitizen residents.
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If Texas takes Trump up on his offer to use federal data to only count voters, it would have profound consequences. Democrats need only nine seats to regain control of the Texas House of Representatives for the first time since 2002, but redrawing districts based on eligible voters would keep the state solidly red, shifting eight or more seats back to the GOP, according to an analysis by Andrew Beveridge, a professor of sociology at Queens College in New York. In the past year, Texas has gained about nine Latino residents for every white resident, and only 34 percent of the state’s kids are white. These demographics should help Democrats when new maps are drawn in 2021. But excluding children and noncitizens from the count would radically reduce the impact of demographic change. Moreover, the year 2021 will be the first time in half a century that Texas and other states with a history of racial discrimina­tion will not have to get their redistricting maps approved by the federal government under the Voting Rights Act. These changes, combined with a recent Supreme Court decision that federal courts cannot review partisan gerrymandering, could lead to an unprecedented effort by Republican-­controlled states to weaken Democratic power and sideline communities of color.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/01/citizenship-trump-census-voting-rights-texas/

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