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LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
May 28, 2023

Supreme Court takes on case about politicians blocking critics on social media

This will be an interesting case to follow

Can elected officials block you from their personal social media accounts?

Had Donald Trump won the 2020 election, we might have had an answer to that question by now. An appeal on the subject involving Trump was pending while he was president, but the justices dismissed it after he lost to Joe Biden and the case was moot.

On Monday, the court decided to take on the issue with a new set of appeals involving, as NBC News’ Lawrence Hurley put it, “much-lower-profile figures — two members of the Poway Unified School District Board of Trustees in Southern California and the city manager of Port Huron, Michigan.”....

In the Trump case that the Supreme Court previously dismissed, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump’s Twitter account was a public forum and that he violated the First Amendment by blocking critics' access to it. Trump appealed, but the Supreme Court dismissed the case as moot in April 2021, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing a concurring opinion that seemed more upset that Twitter used its vast power to remove Trump's account earlier that year. Thomas didn’t mention that the suspension had followed Trump’s fomenting of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
May 28, 2023

Barbara McQuade-Trump's last-minute Merrick Garland letter is a desperate pre-emptive strike


Beware of private correspondence posted on public websites.

Last week, lawyers for Donald Trump sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting a meeting to discuss the special counsel’s investigation into the former president. The letter comes as The Wall Street Journal reports that special counsel Jack Smith is nearing the end of his investigation into Trump’s possession of government documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence. The letter is a gimmick, a piece of propaganda designed to inflame passions and control the narrative. How do I know? The letter quite literally tells on itself. ......

The second tell is the tone. The letter states, “No President of the United States has ever, in the history of our country, been baselessly investigated in such an outrageous and unlawful fashion.” No serious lawyer seeking a meeting with opposing counsel would make the request while attacking their integrity. That line was written for, if not dictated by, Donald Trump himself. .....

The final tell in the letter is its motive — fear. Sources familiar with the case told The Wall Street Journal that a charging decision in the case may be near. MSNBC hasn’t confirmed this specific reporting, but defense lawyers involved in a lengthy grand jury investigation can tell when it is nearing completion, especially one like this in which they have litigated privilege issues for witnesses subpoenaed to the grand jury. This letter is a pre-emptive strike that Trump can use if he is indicted. He will cite the letter to show that even before he was charged, his lawyers were on record complaining of unfairness.

Those complaints may score points in the court of public opinion, but they are irrelevant in a court of law.
May 28, 2023

Kevin McCarthy's Freedom Caucus headache is just getting started

It is only a matter of time before there will be a motion to vacate filed against McCarthy

As far as the far-right House Freedom Caucus was concerned, voters might’ve elected a Democratic president, a Democratic majority in the Senate, and a narrow Republican majority in the House, but it was the members of the right-wing faction in the lower chamber who were really in charge......

But as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work. The conservative Washington Times reported:

Ultra-conservative lawmakers are up in arms over alleged details of a compromise that leaked out of the negotiations. Rep. Tim Burchett shared with fellow members of the House Freedom Caucus a document purporting to detail a list of spending compromises agreed to by negotiators. ... [Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House.

Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas said in a radio interview yesterday, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”....

This isn’t a prediction, per se, and I’m not saying the House speaker will necessarily be ousted by a relatively moderate bipartisan deal, should one come together. But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase "vacate the chair" a lot more frequently.

May 28, 2023

The key flaw in Ted Cruz's partisan take on civil rights history

Carnival Cruz is ignorant and mistaken on civil rights history and civil rights in general

It didn’t come as too big of a surprise when the NAACP issued a travel advisory for Florida this past weekend. After all, the state’s Republican policymakers, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, have taken a series of steps related to education, voting rights and diversity programs that moved the Sunshine State in a sharply regressive direction.

A day later, however, Sen. Ted Cruz thought it’d be a good idea to admonish the civil rights organization in a tweet:

“This is bizarre. And utterly dishonest. In the 1950s [and] 1960s, the NAACP did extraordinary good helping lead the civil rights movement. Today, Dr. King would be ashamed of how profoundly they’ve lost their way.”

Yes, the far-right Republican from Texas wants Americans to believe that he knows what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be thinking right now, and the iconic leader of the civil rights movement would be “ashamed” of the NAACP. We’re apparently supposed to take Cruz’s word for it......

If the Texas Republican were eager to prove otherwise, he could drop his deceptive take on history, start denouncing his own party’s voter suppression efforts, and even endorse measures such as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. What do you say, Senator?
May 27, 2023

The winner from the Texas Sand Sculpture Festival.

I heard about this competition from one of the architects who worked on the Houston Horse Track (this was a very long time ago). They won the year we were building the horse track. I am always amazed at these sculptures.


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