GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘drop’ Trump
Newly leaked emails show former Donald Trump lawyer John Eastman urged GOP officials in Pennsylvania to reject thousands of mail-in ballots in a bid to ultimately overturn the election result presidential 2020, Policy reports.
“You would be left with a significant Trump lead that would strengthen the case for the Legislature adopting a Trump voter list,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, former Trump NSA General Mike Flynn claims he is being ‘harassed’ by the military trying to recover nearly $40,000 he was paid by the US-controlled TV station. the Russian government, Russia Today. The payment may violate the emoluments clause of the US Constitution.
And in New York, Donald Trump was ordered to pay $110,000 in fines as a judge lifted a contempt order against him stemming from a legal dispute over documents from the Trump Organization.
Wednesday’s decision comes after Mr Trump’s chosen Republican representative, Alex Mooney, beat fellow Republican David McKinley in a primary in West Virginia last night, while another Trump-backed candidate failed to the Nebraska governor’s primary.
Judge to block DeSantis redistricting plan in Florida
A congressional map approved by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it divides a district where black voters can choose their representatives, a state judge ruled Wednesday.
Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith said he would issue a formal order Thursday or Friday to stop the cards from taking effect in the November election. He made it clear that he would come out in favor of the voting rights groups challenging the cards.
Mr. Smith said the order will likely replace the DeSantis card with one of two the Legislature included in a bill and sent to Mr. DeSantis in March. The governor vetoed the bill and then recalled the Legislative Assembly in special session. The Republican-dominated House and Senate chose not to draw a new map and instead adopted the DeSantis map.
The challenge centers on a North Florida district now held by Democratic U.S. Representative Al Lawson. The district stretches from Jacksonville west more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) to Gadsden County and nearly half of its population is black.
Governor DeSantis’ proposal prompted a protest from members of the Black House as the chamber prepared to vote on the cards.
Mr Smith said he would issue his order as soon as he could so the state could immediately appeal it. It may be the state’s conservative Supreme Court that will ultimately resolve the dispute.
He said while the DeSantis map is more compact, the issue of allowing black voters to choose their representatives is more important.
“The district that has since been signed into law and signed into law by the governor is dispersing 367,000 African American votes among four different districts,” Smith said in a video call with the two sides. “The African-American population is far from being a plurality or a majority.”
The governor’s office drew up a map that it described as neutral on race and party affiliation, and which it said respected both the state and federal constitutions.
Mr Smith said his decision would be based on the state constitution, not the US Constitution.
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Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:42 p.m.
Watch: Kamala Harris announces Women’s Health Protection Act hasn’t passed
Leaving the room, the vice-president spoke briefly with the journalists.
“This vote clearly suggests that the Senate is not where the majority of Americans are on this issue,” Harris said. “It also makes it clear that a priority for anyone who cares about this issue, the priority should be electing pro-choice Democrats.”
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:38 p.m.
Statement by President Biden on the Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act
Once again – as fundamental rights are threatened in the Supreme Court – Senate Republicans have blocked passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that affirmatively protects access to care reproductive health. This failure to act comes at a time when women’s constitutional rights are under unprecedented attack — and it goes against the will of the majority of the American people. Republicans in Congress — none of whom voted for this bill — have chosen to obstruct Americans’ right to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families, and lives. To protect the right to choose, voters must elect more pro-choice senators in November and restore a pro-choice majority in the House. If they do, Congress can pass this bill in January and put it on my desk, so I can sign it. The protections that the Women’s Health Protection Act would provide are essential to the health, safety and progress of our nation. Although this legislation did not pass today, my administration will not stop fighting to protect women’s access to reproductive care. We will continue to uphold women’s constitutional rights to make private reproductive choices, as recognized in Roe v. Wade nearly half a century ago, and my administration will continue to explore the measures and tools at our disposal to achieve this.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:33 p.m.
Senate Democrats fail to pass legislation to protect abortion rights
The attempt by Senate Democrats to pass legislation codifying protections in Roe vs. Wade ended without ceremony despite the fact that many of them fear that the right to abortion is in danger.
Many senators from both parties walked in and out of the chamber, not remaining at their desks during the actual vote, as if to underestimate the lack of seriousness of such a vote.
Eric Garcia reports from the Senate Chamber for The Independent.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:28 p.m.
Report says watchdog investigating whether Texas misspent Covid aid in border crackdown
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has made immigration a core issue of his administration since taking office seven years ago, is under fire from a federal watchdog investigating whether whether his state misspent Covid aid to offset the costs of its crackdown on the US-Mexico border.
Operation Lone Star, the Republican’s massive security mission that sought to increase arrests along the state’s southern border, was reportedly partially supported by redirecting about $1 billion in public health and safety funds to the border, while the state continued to accept federal pandemic funds to replace some of that lost money, according to The Washington Post, who analyzed the expense records.
Johanna Chisholm has the details.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:14 p.m.
Background: How the “pro-life” movement killed Roe against Wade
Powerful legal groups, conservative Christian activists and right-wing figures have shaped an anti-abortion agenda in the hands of the US Supreme Court, reports Alex Woodward.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:11 p.m.
Louisiana governor opposes ‘grossly unconstitutional’ bill to make abortion a homicide
The governor – who signed several anti-abortion bills during his tenure, including a ban on abortion at six weeks pregnant – called the proposal by a Republican state lawmaker “problematic” and “manifestly unconstitutional”.
Alex Woodward has the latest.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 8:59 p.m.
Senate now votes on protecting women’s right to choose
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 8:38 p.m.
Marsha Blackburn says Justice Department should arrest pro-choice protesters
Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said the Justice Department should use a little-used law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1950s to punish Americans who protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 8:35 p.m.
Emails show Trump lawyer telling GOP officials to reject mail-in ballots in 2020 election
Newly leaked emails show Donald Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman urged Republican officials in Pennsylvania to discard thousands of mail-in ballots and recount the popular Commonwealth vote to show that Mr Trump leads there in an effort to finally overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 8:17 p.m.