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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

House Democrats overstepped their authority by asking state officials for information as part of an inquiry into allegations of voter suppression, top Republicans on the U.S. House's investigatory committee said Monday.

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The U.S. Constitution gives states the authority to determine the "Times, Places and Manner" of elections but also gives Congress the authority to make its own regulations or "alter" state election laws.

The Republicans also wrote directly to the officials in the three states the committee is focused on and suggested the inquiry was not legitimate. One of the state officials, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), told the committee last week he was rebuffing the request for information. GOP Reps. Chip Roy (Texas), Jody Hice (Ga.) and Michael Cloud (Texas) also signed Jordan's letter.

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#2 | Posted by activatemcafee at 2019-04-17 02:32 AM | Reply

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#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-04-17 05:23 AM | Reply

"One of the state officials, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), told the committee last week he was rebuffing the request for information. GOP Reps. Chip Roy (Texas), Jody Hice (Ga.) and Michael Cloud (Texas) also signed Jordan's letter."

they should all be subpoenaed to testify before Congress. Crooks all.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-04-17 07:06 AM | Reply

You mean like the Dems being upset when Trump wanted the same thing to happen and the Dems start crying about it? Oh, that's right, hypocrisy doesn't count unless it's against the party you don't like.

#5 | Posted by humtake at 2019-04-17 12:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Now if this was an investigation into so-called 'voter fraud', the Republicans would be standing in line to help, states-rights be damned.

OCU

#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-04-17 03:22 PM | Reply

It's so convenient how the Republicans are now all up-in-arms over this "overstepping of authority" by Democrats when they just sat on their hands back in May 2017 when Trump formed his 'Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity', headed-up by VP Mike Pence and the then Kansas State Attorneys General Kris Kobach, who demanded that the states provide them with detailed data on their state's voter rolls. Of course, there weren't looking into issues like voter suppression or attempts at disenfranchising specific group of citizens, NO, they were looking for the millions of illegal votes which Trump claimed had been cast in the 2016 election, something that the commission failed miserably in doing, mostly because those so-called 'illegal votes' simply did not exist.

'The most bizarre thing I've ever been a part of'; Trump panel found no voter fraud, ex-member says

www.chicagotribune.com

OCU

#7 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-04-17 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Its unfair how you found out we cheated!" is the GOP's best defense these days.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-17 04:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

""Its unfair how you found out we cheated!" is the GOP's best defense these days."

Exactly. Or, as I put it, You had no right to discover my wrongs!

#9 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-04-17 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yep that's what I had in mind Danforth.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-04-17 04:37 PM | Reply

The Republican Party got itself ahead in the long game of redistricting our politics to its complete advantage. In a strictly academic sense, it's a marvel of planning and execution energized by apparently limitless gobs of corporate money and the vast donations of the country's plutocrats.

The visionaries at the Republican State Leadership Committee, who designed the aptly-named strategy dubbed REDMAP, short for Redistricting Majority Project, managed to look far beyond the short-term horizon. They designed an audacious and revolutionary plan to wield the gerrymander as a tool to lock in conservative governance of state legislatures and Congress. It proved more effective than any Republican dared dream. Republicans held the U.S. House in 2012, despite earning 1.4 million fewer votes than Democratic congressional candidates, and won large GOP majorities in the Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina state legislatures even when more voters backed Democrats.

They saw the census year of 2010 coming from a mile off. They recognized the importance of electing state legislators for the purpose of redrawing maps so that they more easily could elect more members of Congress. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, at both the state and national levels, was asleep at the wheel. This masterful conspiracy has come at a terrible cost. Retrograde policies have been enacted by legislatures drawn so crookedly that even the United States Supreme Court recognizes it now.

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#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-17 05:09 PM | Reply

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