On Friday, the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted updated voter registration statistics in advance of the state’s June 5 primary, and the data shows a continuation of the same bleak trend line for Golden State Republicans that we’ve written about in prior cycles: The GOP is simply hemorrhaging voters, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of registered voters. Overall, just over 4.8 million Californians are currently registered as Republicans, representing 25.4 percent of the total electorate. That’s a loss of almost half a million voters—and a huge drop from the party’s 36 percent share—since the end of 1997, the first year for which statistics are available. And that drop comes despite the fact that California’s population has jumped from 32.5 million to 39.3
The upturn follows an aggressive advertising campaign by the party and coincides with an eroding Democratic lead in polls gauging midterm election prospects.
Author David Daley explained how Republicans seized power and used the gerrymander to rig the map to make themselves unbeatable for a decade. Video: Here is how Republicans rigged the map with the gerrymander. pic.twitter.com/DxbJJmkl39 — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 19, 2018 Daley said, “We are a closely divided 50/50 countries in so many […] The post Why Pennsylvania Matters: A Gerrymandering Expert Explains How Republicans Rigged The Map appeared first on Politicus USA.
John Oliver returned to the air with a message for Republicans. Oliver said, “F**k your thoughts and prayers,” as he discussed how the kids standing up in Parkland makes this mass shooting feel different. Video: Oliver said: We are back, which is exciting, although sadly, we must begin by addressing Wednesday’s heartbreaking events in Parkland, […] The post John Oliver To Republicans: F**k Your Thoughts And Prayers appeared first on Politicus USA.
Republicans stole the Second Amendment. Over the course of 30 years, the right waged a war on political, legal, and academic fronts to redefine that amendment, contrary to history, text, and precedent, as creating an individual right to bear arms. Of course, none of those efforts, nor their aggregate effect, would have been enough to accomplish the right’s aims without a far-right ideologue on the Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to codify them. The right’s misappropriation of the Second Amendment ranks among the most stunning legal feats in U.S. history.
Days after one of the most deadly school shootings in U.S. history, there are some signs that the National Rifle Association’s stranglehold on the Republican party may be loosening slightly. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), who touted an ‘A’ NRA rating during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign, called for “commonsense gun control” and questioned the need for semi-automatic weapons during an appearance on CNN Sunday morning. Former Rep. David Jolly, a Republican from Florida who ran with the NRA’s support and longtime GOP donor Al Hoffman Jr. have also echoed those calls. On CNN Sunday morning, Kasich said he asked a gun-collector friend of his if his Second Amendment rights would be eroded if he couldn’t buy a “god darn AR-15.” &
"Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this, we call B.S." Emma Gonzalez said. Gonzalez criticized Trump for overturning a measure implemented by former President Barack Obama. The post Emma Gonzalez Survived The Parkland Shooting And Now She’s Calling BS On Republicans And Guns appeared first on Politicus USA.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Friday registered voters in California have increased by more than 1.3 million over the past four years, with Democrats and those expressing no party preference growing. The report showed 18,980,481 registered voters in California on Jan. 2, 1,320,224 more than at the same time before the last gubernatorial primary. […]
Republicans are working quickly to downplay Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment, which was released on Friday and which focuses on 13 Russians accused of attempting to sway the 2016 election using social media. While the indictment itself outlines a number of troubling accusations that support the notion of Russian interference, many on the right have instead chosen to focus on several cherry-picked details to try and claim the special counsel’s investigation is unfounded. Bombshell indictment details Russian election interference operations The 37-page indictment details efforts to support Trump and undermine Clinton. The Republican National Committee debuted especially brash talking points on Friday afternoon, with spokeswoman Kayleigh
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward with the nomination of Michael Brennan to the Seventh Circuit, the federal appeals court for Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, despite a troubling record—and over a home state senator’s objections. What’s so bad about Brennan? Well, he’s not shy about saying judges shouldn't follow precedent. [A] 2001 piece Brennan wrote for National Review ... argued that judges appointed by George W. Bush should be free to only follow “correct precedent,” [and] that federal judges owe allegiance “to the Constitution and the laws of the United States, not to other judges’ interpretation thereof.” Brennan’s “guest comment” is rife with searing indictments of “judicial activism” followed by slippery rationalizations for—you guessed it—judicial ac