Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 13

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I appreciate Kemp seeking that Abrams concede. As an Abrams supporte,r I’d be doing the same if the situation were reversed. Kemp campaign: “Stacey Abrams can’t accept the fact that Georgians rejected her radical agenda at the ballot box, so now she’s desperately trying to steal this election in the courtroom.” “Stacey Abrams’ antics are a disgrace to democracy and completely ignore the will of the people. This is not how America works.” As the Political Insider pointed out yesterday, what is going on is exactly how democracy works. I commented last week that Kemp was not my Governor. And… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Kemp campaign quote. Partisan. ‘L’ word slinging. Put on your big boy pants and let the votes count.
“It’s incredibly shameful that liberal lawyers are doubling down on lawsuits desperately trying to create more votes for Stacey Abrams. They don’t want to win this election. They are trying to steal it,” said a written release from Kemp’s campaign.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Kemp’s incompetence and partisan hackery in his role as chief elections official bodes poorly for his performance as Governor.

Ellynn
Gregs
Gregs

I’m watching this with a great deal of interest. This is the beginning of accountability.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth
Ellynn
Ellynn

It’s bring your…Parents?… to work day. So. This is a thing now. (might have a paywall. it was hit and miss when I found it.)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mom-please-stop-talking-to-my-boss-parents-invade-the-office-1542042333?tesla=y

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Well that didn’t take long. The story has changed from Acosta “plac[ing] his hands on this White House staffer” to Acosta refusing to surrender the mic.

Where is ‘ low energy Trump/ He sure has been moping since a couple of days after “complete victory.”

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Rainy days and Mondays and Veteran’s Days always get him down. The only thing that brought a smile to his face was seeing Putin in Paris. http://time.com/5451539/putin-trump-thumbs-up-paris-wwi-commemoration/

Noway2016
Noway2016

So how long can the Acting AG remain the Acting AG?

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m sure Andrew will opine on this in better detail… An “Acting” appointment is 210 days under the Vacancies Reform Act. However; the Constitution requires “major office holders” to be approved by the senate. Mr. Whitaker has not been approved by the Senate. DOJ released a memorandum this morning saying the appointment is legal, and it has been done before by W Bush, and Obama (theirs were not major office holder appointments). Maryland is asking for a Judges opinion on a federal case, which regardless of outcome will allow a SCOTUS case. It will let us see if the 4… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

“An “Acting” appointment is 210 days…” Pulllll-entyyyyyyyy of time to appoint a Special Prosecutor to look into the Clinton Foundation. LOL!
Whitaker already said he saw the need for this. No wonder The Libs are in a panic!

Ellynn
Ellynn

George Conway III and half of the Federalist society (who are against the appointment) are now Liberals? How about Judge Napolitana?

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/11/13/judge-andrew-napolitano-matthew-whitaker-appointment-trump-unlawful

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, lots of Hat and No Cattle. It’s legal. Trump is always two steps ahead! He’ll pick up that there STE
telly- phone, ask the voice on the end of the line to “go secure” and there will be a directive given.
And if this does go to the Supremes, yall are gonna wish that meant Diana Ross. How do yall think Kav is gonna vote on this? tisk, tisk, tisk…

Ellynn
Ellynn

You need to look at this in the bigger then Trump picture. Almost all federal DOJ work is done in the name of the AG. Any federal trial currently under way, (like El Chapo) could be ruled invalid if Whitaker is ruled as an unconstitutional leader of DOJ by SCOTUS.

bethebalance
bethebalance

No one cares abt Hillary ‘cept her and her family and those who use her to foment or focus anger.
Most folks are worried abt the worst-case scenario Constitutional crisis that would resemble a Nixonian Saturday Night Massacre.
Me, I think Mueller has been prepared for such a crisis for a while, and nothing will be able to completely stop the public disclosure of the facts and/or criminal allegations already known by Mueller.
Won’t Whitaker and Mueller have to meet soon?

xdog
xdog

If nothing else, House committees would welcome Mueller’s testimony in public hearings.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ve got a feeling that an investigation of the Clinton Foundation wouldn’t turn up much. The Foundation’s monetary info is largely public as is and, as a non-profit, they’re subject to frequent audit. I think that you’d really be grasping at straws, not that it’s stopped anti-Hillary folks before.

bethebalance
bethebalance

They probably do an annual independent audit.
And the IRS has undoubtedly examined their 990s extensively already.
Also, probly all of Hillary’s available emails indexed alphabetically on Wikileaks.
But don’t let the math and evidence get in the way of propaganda!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m in the midst of a deluge of work, but I saw the ACP signal, so I’ll try and be brief… 210 days. Still not entirely clear that the appointment is legal. Despite OLC’s opinion, this is on some really shaky legal ground (this is the first time in my life I’ve ever agreed with John Yoo and I don’t know what to do with myself). While the term is 210 days, there are some loopholes that Trump can use to keep this already unconstitutional acting appointment active a little longer than that. My guess is that he won’t use… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Part of the jurisprudence will be how the Vacancies Act is reconciled with the AG Succession Act. Do they provide alternatives, or does one supersede? Either way, the decision will be in the discretion of judges– and by the definition of those who don’t understand what Judges do– it will be judicial activism.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I still want districts to be mapped out via computer algorithm to remove any partisan bias but I could still get behind Ahhnold’s initiative utilizing independent redistricting commissions:

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s War on Gerrymandering Is Just Beginning

The former California governor helped support multiple ballot measures this year that will change how legislative districts are drawn. He already has his eye on more reforms in 2020.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/schwarzenegger-will-back-more-gerrymandering-campaigns/575434/

They may or may not be completely independent but it sure beats what we currently have.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Here are some interesting articles on redistricting and votes:
Proportional voting and redistricting. Puts more emphasis on voter choice and less emphasis on party domination and control of candidates:
https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/4/26/15425492/proportional-voting-polarization-urban-rural-third-parties

NYT article, history of representation, districts and proposal to ad more House seats:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/09/opinion/expanded-house-representatives-size.html

Benevolus
Benevolus

Wed AM- Abrams closed the gap by another 2000 votes overnight, and another 1000 since 8AM this morning.
Kemp is now less than 8900 votes above 50%.

xdog
xdog

According to NYT, if Abrams wins every one of the next 20000 votes counted Kemp will still be over 50 percent.
https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/georgia-governor

Benevolus
Benevolus

At the current rate of about 70/30 to Abrams, I think there would have to be about 40,000 more votes for him to fall below 50%.

I think if (in theory) she were to get all of a possible 20,000 new votes, he would fall below 50%, barely.

Current total is 3,938,582, add 20,000 = 3,958,582. 50% would be 1,979,291. Kemp is currently at 1,978,170, so just shy of 50% of that new total.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Stacey is doing serious damage to her reputation by this continued tantrum. She can concede with dignity and still be a viable steamroller to destroy Perdue in two short years. If not, her chances for a future statewide office diminish.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Tantrum = wanting to make sure everyone’s votes are counted

Noway2016
Noway2016

Nope. Make sure all “legally” cast votes are counted. I’m sure that was just an oversight on your part.

Will Durant
Will Durant

A vote being relegated to being a provisional one through no fault of the voter should be considered illegal and the SoS in question should be held accountable.

Will Durant
Will Durant

There is going to be more protesting to come along with more court battles that were part of my predictions on election day. Much of this could have been avoided if Kemp had resigned to run for governor. What I see as a major voter suppression issue is that we had a SoS going on for years about the reliability of the current machines as late as September of this year. Then his office started exploring better machines for future elections. The ease of the machines being hacked was then the excuse used to withhold more than 1800 machines from… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Trivia:
Hiawatha was a colonial American Indian leader and co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy.

In 1950, plans for a film about the historical Hiawatha by Monogram Pictures were scrapped. The reason given was that Hiawatha’s peacemaker role could be seen as communist propaganda.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Deganawida was the ‘Peacemaker’, Hiawatha was the modern day equivalent of his Sec. of State.

Also the name of the Amtrack train between Milwaukee and Chicago. Easiest way in and out of Chicago from Wisconsin.