Thursday Open Thread | Federal judge rules there is no widespread voter fraud in Texas

A federal judge is ordering officials in Texas to stop removing people from its voter registration rolls after declaring that the state has not seen widespread voter fraud.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery made the order in a Wednesday ruling, stating that Texas had made a “mess” after the secretary of state’s office flagged about 95,000 individuals for a citizenship status review, according to NBC News.

Biery told officials from the 18 counties named as defendants that they could not remove people from the rolls without the court’s approval. He also ordered acting Texas Secretary of State David Whitley to advise officials in Texas’s remaining 254 counties not to remove voters from their rolls without court approval.

“As Robert Fulghum taught in ‘All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,’ always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes,” Biery said.

Biery condemned Whitley’s failed attempt to identify ineligible voters, saying in his ruling that state officials’ solution was “inherently paved with flawed results.”

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley was full of SHIT!

“Perfectly legal naturalized Americans were burdened with what the Court finds to be ham-handed and threatening correspondence from the state which did not politely ask for information but rather exemplifies the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us,” Biery added.

Biery’s ruling comes just over a month after Whitley’s office announced that it had identified approximately 95,000 suspected ineligible voters. The office said at the time that 58,000 of those voters had cast a ballot in at least one election since 1996.

The announcement led President Trump to renew his claims about rampant voter fraud in the state.

But the secretary of state’s office backtracked on the announcement after discovering that its original list wasn’t vetted properly and included U.S. citizens, according to NBC News.

At the beginning of February, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said he did not plan to investigate the 58,000 people flagged by the secretary of state as possible non-citizen voters.

Whitley’s office responded to the ruling by thanking the judge for acknowledging that “the list maintenance process was performed in good faith,” according to The Associated Press.

Last month’s announcement about suspected ineligible voters has thrown Whitley’s confirmation into question. The AP noted that every Democratic state senator has come out against his nomination.

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60 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Federal judge rules there is no widespread voter fraud in Texas

  1. rikyrah says:

    Column: Two black women will face off in Chicago’s mayoral runoff, but mostly white voters put them there

    By Dahleen Glanton
    Chicago Tribune

    Something historic happened in Chicago on Tuesday. By now, most people have heard that two African-American women emerged from a crowded field of mayoral candidates to land coveted runoff positions.

    That means Chicago will elect its first African-American female mayor on April 2. Regardless of who wins, both women will have accomplished a remarkable feat.

    As an African-American woman, I am particularly proud that our city will finally have a black woman at its helm. Of the 14 candidates in the race, Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, and Toni Preckwinkle, the longtime president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, were the cream of the crop.

    Both women are smart, politically astute and undeniably competent. I voted for one of them but at this point, it doesn’t matter which. Either would make an excellent mayor.

    So on Wednesday, each will begin renewed campaigns to convince voters that she is the best person for the job.

    There is no doubt that both candidates will garner the support of a large number of white voters. Their greatest challenge, however, could be with African-Americans.

    What makes this mayoral race so unique is that neither of the black women heading to the runoff was the first choice of voters in wards where the majority of the city’s African-Americans live.

    Preckwinkle won only four of the city’s predominantly black wards, according to unofficial results. Though she emerged as the front-runner, Lightfoot didn’t win any.

    Voters on the South and West sides overwhelmingly supported Willie Wilson, a black self-made millionaire who never had a real chance of winning citywide support. But Wilson won 14 predominantly African-American wards.

    Here’s the bottom line: In a race that drew only 34 percent of the registered voters to the polls, white people in Chicago decided that it was time to have an African-American female mayor. That has never happened in our city.

  2. Liza says:

    Yeah, I’m thinking this too. Trump would not be convicted in the GOP dominated Senate. But that is not a reason for the House to pass on the outrageous corruption of his so-called presidency. They just can’t let this go.

  3. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : February 28, 2019

    Billion: noun BILL-yun

    1 US : a number equal to 1,000 million; also, British : a number equal to 1,000 milliard

    2 : a very large number

  4. Breaking: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted

  5. rikyrah says:

    Cohen testifies SDNY conducting additional Trump investigations

    Rachel Maddow shares highlights from Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony and talks with Joyce Vance, former federal prosecutor, about the legal implications for Donald Trump after Cohen’s testimony about Trump’s involvement in illegal hush money payments.
    Feb. 27, 2019

  6. rikyrah says:

    Wow. He even found a way for the US to lose in Vietnam again.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 28, 2019

  7. rikyrah says:

    The enduring Republic

    Much of what Michael Cohen said in his testimony before the House Oversight Committee yesterday was shocking, in a country inured to shock. But it wasn’t surprising.

    It wasn’t surprising that the Republicans on the committee took over the role which Cohen occupied for ten years, that of Donald Trump’s fixer and consigliere.

    What they did—how they debased themselves, their offices, their institution, and their nation—will not be forgotten. When we again reach more civilized times, they will be held to account, if not in the dock of justice, then in the dock of history, as their cowardly, supine slavery to a man not fit to walk free among free people in this free Republic will be considered with the same opprobrium we reserve for the greatest of traitors.

    The shock lay in the detail with which Cohen laid out of Trump’s petty, grubby, small-time-crook malfeasance. We literally have a minor mob boss occupying the highest executive office in the land. Trump doesn’t even rise to the level of a Tony Soprano. He’s more like the relics found in Ghostdog: The Way of the Samurai, sad little men meeting to plot their crimes in the back of a Chinese restaurant. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he can’t wreak havoc. But he’s no grand criminal mastermind; he’s merely a schlub, a schnorrer, a crass little man who has conned the deluded into thinking he’s a world-historical figure. Historians in twenty years will wonder, mouths agape, at how so many people willingly, blindly followed this louche Pied Piper. (They can start by looking at the parlous state of our educational systems. They can continue by seeing what is preached from pulpits across the country, in the darker, forgotten recesses of the nation, forgotten recesses filled with forgotten people who wallow in their own pathology.)

  8. rikyrah says:

    San Francisco East?

    Column: What change in Chicago will look like: Mayor Lori Lightfoot
    By John Kass
    Chicago Tribune


    Lightfoot will need help addressing all that, particularly the fiscal issues, which are not her strong suit. She may consider reaching out to another reform candidate, Paul Vallas, who has the necessary financial chops and the respect of the oligarchs.

    Or, she could screw this up and listen to the downtown law firms, the same crowd that counseled the oligarchs to go with Daley.

    If I were still smoking, I’d enjoy one right now, and ponder the blunders of the C-suite types who backed Daley and not Vallas.

    They’re now masters of a city ruled by the hard political left in what could be called San Francisco East. And in political terms, April is just minutes away: Either establishment Chicago does nothing and waits for Preckwinkle and her public-sector unions to take control of Chicago and Cook County, or they go with Lightfoot.

    She’ll set the terms for those negotiations.

    Lightfoot is writing a new chapter of the Chicago Way, and her story is a historic mayoral campaign with no one named Daley in sight.

    The two African-American survivors in the April runoff come from the same left wing of the Democratic Party, but they provide ample contrast.

    Lightfoot is part of the new wave of politics. She’s lesbian and a savvy former federal prosecutor. Preckwinkle is competent, ruthless and elderly. She’s president of the Cook County Board and boss of the Cook County Democratic Party.

    New vs. old.

    The national media and the national Democratic Party will feel pressure to support Lightfoot. How can feminists and liberal Beltway media not support her?

    And how could liberal pundits not punish Chicago Democrats, particularly African-American Christian ministers, if any of them dare make Lightfoot’s sexual orientation an issue?

    African-American voters are socially conservative, particularly the churchgoers, a secret that most Democratic Party hierarchs and many in the national media are loath to mention.

    Some black clergy will be compelled to speak out. And how local and national media respond will form another story arc.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Put this muthaphucka in jail.

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson has rejected Roger Stone’s motion claiming that Mueller’s team tipped off CNN before his Jan. 25 arrest.Exhibits Stone provided “supplied no reason to believe that any contempt of court had occurred,” Berman Jackson wrote.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 28, 2019

  10. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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