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Federal court strikes down Michigan districts drawn by GOP
The League of Women Voters and some Democrats had challenged the state's 162 legislative and congressional districts, but the final suit only targeted 34 of those districts. Michigan has 14 congressional districts.
[US District Court] found that all nine of the challenged congressional districts are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders "because they dilute the views of Democratic voters." The court reached the same conclusion for seven state Senate districts and 11 state House districts.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two partisan gerrymandering cases last month and is expected to issue rulings at the end of June.
Michigan judges urge Supreme Court to curb partisan gerrymandering
Justices have appeared wary of empowering courts to decide if political districts are too partisan, but judges who barred continued use of Michigan maps used part of their 146-page decision to make the case for intervention.
"Federal courts' failure to protect marginalized voters' constitutional rights will only increase the citizenry's growing disenchantment with, and disillusionment in, our democracy, further weaken our democratic institutions, and threaten the credibility of the judicial branch."
Michigan political maps illegally rigged to 'historical proportions', 2020 shake up, details

archived 25 March
[Congressional Representatives] urge Supreme Court to leave redistricting to Congress
Are they mental?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 10:36:36 PM EST
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MSNBC | Oliver North steps down as president of NRA, won't serve second term

CNN | Oliver North: 'Informed' I will not be renominated NRA president

NRA | NRA President to Step Down as New York Attorney General Investigates

WAPOO | NRA ousts president Oliver North after alleged extortion scheme against chief executive

NBC News | NRA President Oliver North stepping down as infighting roils the gun-rights group

VANITY FAIR | N.R.A. President Oliver North steps down amid "clear crisis" of leadership

POLITICO | NRA announces North's resignation on-stage as 'crisis' hits gun lobby

REUTERS | Oliver North steps down as NRA president amid dispute over 'damaging' information

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - [Immunized felon] Oliver North will step down as president of the National Rifle Association, North said on Saturday, adding he was being forced out due to his allegations that NRA leaders engaged in financial improprieties.
COURTHOUSENEWS | Russia's Butina Gets 18-Month Sentence for Conspiracy [TO COMMIT WHAT CRIME?]
Butina admitted as part of her plea that she began working with former Russian official Alexander Torshin in 2015 to create a back-channel of communication between U.S. political figures [?] and Russia, a mission that she carried out by infiltrating [!] the powerful National Rifle Association.
Girl Power!
[U.S. District Judge Tanya] Chutkan found that Butina's efforts were undertaken for the benefit of Russia at a time when the country was actively interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

That [Maria Butina] failed to register as a foreign agent made her all the more likely to establish the connections that she did, the judge added.

The government has conceded that Butina was not a spy in the traditional [?] sense, but says her clandestine work to collect information valuable to the Russian government nevertheless posed a national-security threat.

wait for it.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia handled Butina's prosecution, not special counsel Robert Mueller. Her name appears nowhere in the 448-page report Mueller produced summarizing the results of his investigation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 09:09:50 PM EST
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DCCC to meet with ["]progressives["] over controversial 'blacklist'[sic] policy
"It's important to show her willingness to carry on conversations [?!]," said Richard Rodriguez, a national board member of Our Revolution, who met with Bustos Thursday. "I'm sure she is also feeling some political pressure."

He pointed out that the meeting coincided with news that more than 40 College Democrats chapters had joined a boycott  of the DCCC over the vendor [sic] policy.

Don't "donate" a %#@*! dime until the odious passes the National Party Anti-Boycott & Divestment Act of 2019 or the Corporations Are Not People Act of 2019, whichever occurs first.

FEC FORM 3X DNC Services Corp./Dem. Nat'l Committee, financial statements
FEC FORM 3X Republican National Committee, Inc., financial statements

archived free trade
House Democratic Leadership Warns It Will Cut Off Any Firms That Challenge Incumbents
"This is the first time that they are ever making [antitrust violations] open policy."
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., d/b/a Democratic National Committee
final order Aug 2017
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., d/b/a Democratic National Committee
complaint May 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 09:52:13 PM EST
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HTML link error (above)

HTML link error (NEWSROOM/TRUMP/de jokes, 8-14 April 2019 )
"Democratic 'gangs' vs. Orangemen 'nativists'"
This last link is pertinent reading, in light of RTE headline news. The historical episode and setting described is no hagiographic display of The American Immigrant Experience. It is but one print from the plate of criminology "transported" from Old World to the new submerged in The Dream. Now I was going to let slide this RTE reporter's derogatory, faintly racist and ignorant epitome of civil disturbance in the US in consideration (read: value) of Mr NEESOM's pathetic sacrifice on behalf of NI prisoners and a host of his "followers", attesting to his indiscriminate sexual prowess. But I've detected over a decade of reading the several papers a pattern of obdurant prejudices I can no longer leave untreated. It presents in the public record's inability to reconcile the facts in hand --not over here, but over there in the event of momentary but pronounced incontinence. Here the patina of violence abandoned in the rise of Anglo-Irish respectability is a trivial matter, something to burnish before Sunday.

It's unclear if he was the intended target, but he was an associate of a gang member and that was good enough for the attacker. He was shot twice, in the shoulder and leg, but survived. Other innocent passersby, including young children and motorists, narrowly escaped injury.

This wasn't downtown Detroit, it was Drogheda.

I see RTE reportage (unlike the torrid Independent) has returned this morning to isolate the incident from the historical stream of pride and liberation, favored at the moment over selecting "new IRA" fall guys from the menu offered by your Tory "partners". Three homes targeted in Drogheda gang feud: That is some vicious "gang." They will surely "ruin" property values. That is some surprising demonstration "organized crime". The like typically reserved by G-men to bomb the shit out of NEW! "black extremists" in America. That is some fine legacy, confess. A sovereign people that can scarcely police a border without threat of British soldiers extorting their remittances from the States are casting aspersions on the ruin of others.

Helluva nerve.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 03:56:39 PM EST
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INDEPENDENT.IE | Gardai call for 24-hour armed units across the country as gang feuding spreads
In Louth, where the ongoing feud has resulted in high visibility armed patrols for months, CEC member Derek O'Donoghue said, "frontline members need and deserve more armed cover.
Not Dundalk, Baltimore Co., MD, USA, the other one.
[CEC member Derek O'Donoghue]msaid gardai in Louth, "have dealt with explosives and firearms finds, the threat of ATM thefts - which was prevented in Carlingford, guns being discharged in Dundalk and Drogheda, pipe bombs and petrol bombs and that's only since January this year."
"The ASU in the Northern Region are an integral part of the policing response to threats posed by feuding criminals in Drogheda, the spate of cross border ATM thefts and the activities of subversive groups in the NorthWest. The challenges are immense and the risks very real to frontline members."

He said, "the only effective solution is to ensure that armed cover is available in each division.

Policing is a grand tradition here.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 12:42:58 PM EST
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and their crazy cousins

this.empowerment(Kezia Dugdale), LABOUR SMP

She has also spent the last two years waiting for a trial to begin after she was sued for defamation by controversial pro-independence blogger Stuart Campbell. She had accused Mr Campbell of writing "homophobic tweets" but earlier this month successfully defended the defamation case after a sheriff ruled her claim was incorrect, but was protected under fair comment.

Man with gun arrested by armed police on Leith Links near primary school

It is understood the weapon involved was a soft pellet gun, which is not classed as a firearm, though police sources said seen from a distance it would look like a gun and could alarm people.
SNP: UK government 'stalling' on replacing EU cash for communities
After failing to receive an answer to her question to the minister in the Commons last week, SNP MP Alison Thewliss has written to the Chancellor for urgent clarity on the Shared Prosperity Fund and further BREXIT funding for local government.

Ms Thewliss said: "With the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, the Tory government's Shared Prosperity Fund remains a mystery, offering no answers on how much money Scotland will get, who will administer the funds, and what the priorities for it will be.

"Scotch-Irish" Heritage Tracker, USA: o, look. (index)
Dundee > Dundalk
Place names (toponymy) are the historical linguist's best friend. hmm, textile industry in the NEW! world. See search for old world "cotton", "fetish," and "corn" in Weinrich, Africa and the Discovery of America in the NEW! world, "plantations"; also "Beyond the Seas: Eighteenth-Century Convict Transportation and the Widening Net of Penal Sanctions"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 02:10:36 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 06:58:26 PM EST
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I am fond of Renee Parsons, without or without the salty critique of "pussy hat" culture.
The DNC Debates, the Media and Tulsi Gabbard

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 04:21:46 PM EST
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2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 orders for communication records, 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and testimonies by approximately 500 witnesses ... BY THURSDAY

It is unusual for committee [attorneys] to question a witness. But committees can generally make their own rules, and other panels have made similar exceptions. In a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year, for example, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an outside prosecutor to question a witness who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
m'k. Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr is kind of sort of like a rape "survivor."

House Judiciary Committee subpoena
Conspiracy by Democrats Falls Flat
Schumer claimed the hearings are "not a criminal trial"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 03:31:09 PM EST
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Tennessee Sued Over Crackdown on Voter [Registration]
[Complainants] say the law that is scheduled to take effect in Oct. 1 - about a year out from the 2020 presidential election - is vague, violates First and 14thAmendment rights and hands down draconian civil and criminal penalties for any group found violating its provisions.
Federal court strikes down Ohio congressional map as partisan gerrymander

Gerrymandering is unlawful and illegal in the USA.
because this is America
What surprises me is that anyone on the planet looks to the USA to be a paragon of "democratic processes."
Shelby vs. Holder

On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to use the coverage formula in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act to determine which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance requirement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2612 (2013). The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Section 5 itself. The effect of the Shelby County decision is that the jurisdictions identified by the coverage formula in Section 4(b) no longer need to seek preclearance for the new voting changes, unless they are covered by a separate court order entered under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 06:32:02 PM EST
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