2020 presidential election

Gosh, Wonder Why Arizona's Republican AG Sat On Report Showing No Vote Fraud?

It is a mystery wrapped in a conundrum.

As yet another regular reminder that you should never trust Republicans when their lips are moving (or at any other time), the Washington Post reports (free gift linky) that former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich ordered his staff to do a comprehensive investigation back in 2021 of claims of fraud and irregularities and shenanigans and HOOPLA in Arizona's administration of the 2020 election. So how did that turn out, exactly?

Investigators prepared a report in March 2022 stating that virtually all claims of error and malfeasance were unfounded, according to internal documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Brnovich, a Republican, kept it private.

Instead of releasing the full report that debunked the Big Lie many Arizona Republicans fervently believed in, and ran on in the midterms, Brnovich issued a bogus "Interim Report" that just plain lied about the investigation, claiming it turned up "serious vulnerabilities" in Arizona's election processes.

Oh, yes, it gets worse, too: not only did that "interim" report leave out "edits from his own investigators refuting his assertions," Brnovich then sat on a second report from his investigators in September last year, an "Election Review Summary" that once again "systematically refuted accusations of widespread fraud and made clear that none of the complaining parties -- from state lawmakers to self-styled 'election integrity' groups -- had presented any evidence to support their claims."

Brnovich never released it. It only came to light after Arizona voters elected Democrat Kris Mayes to replace Brnovich. Mayes released the documents to the Post this week in response to a request from the paper. The Post notes that Mayes "said she considered the taxpayer-funded investigation closed[.]" Hooray for sunshine!

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Vote suppression

Whom Are We Jailing For Doing Democracy Now?

How about a nice grandma who's a community leader? Sure why not.

Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias this week brings us another true story of voter suppression at his Democracy Docket blog. Elias examines how Arizona's 2016 law banning ballot collection has done a bang-up job of making some Latino voters in the state afraid that if they make a mistake while voting, they may end up in jail. After all, that's what happened to Guillermina Fuentes, a 66-year-old grandmother in San Luis, Arizona, after she committed the unspeakable felony of delivering four valid absentee ballots from eligible voters to an elections office so they could be counted.

Ms. Fuentes, the former mayor of San Luis, had no criminal record but got one anyway when she became the first person convicted under the 2016 law. Compared to some election horror stories, like the cases of folks sentenced to years in prison for mistakenly attempting to register to vote (with help from elections officials, even), Ms. Fuentes at least won't spend a long time incarcerated; she was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation, during which she's barred from voting. But the insanity of it all is that her "crime" — delivering valid votes to the polls — was perfectly legal in Arizona until the 2016 law forbade it.

Also, not at all coincidentally, the law had very clear racist roots, not that the Supreme Court notices that anymore.

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Vote suppression

Wisconsin GOP Guy Brags About How Well Suppressing Black Vote Worked In 2022

How dare you accuse him of what he gloated about over email!

Robert Spindell, a Republican member of Wisconsin's bipartisan elections commission, is really proud of the work he's done to democracy. Not only was he one of the state's fake electors for Donald Trump in 2020 (he's facing multiple lawsuits for that one), but as former Republican Charlie Sykes explains at The Bulwark, Spindell is

one of those ubiquitous figures who shows up at every Lincoln Day dinner, fundraiser, and meetings of the Republican Bowling and Macrame Club. He is also the chairman of the GOP’s 4th congressional district in Milwaukee.

On top of that, Sykes says, Spindell "also, apparently, likes to put things in writing," including an email sent to about 1,700 Fourth District Republicans in which Spindell boasted about the impressive job the state had done in suppressing the vote in Milwaukee, where there are far too many Democrats and far too many people of color, as first reported by Urban Milwaukee.

That email is, even if you've never seen a Duesenberg automobile or a dictionary company's fact check, a doozy:

In the City of Milwaukee, with the 4th Congressional District Republican Party working very closely with the RPW, RNC, Republican Assembly & Senate Campaign Committees, Statewide Campaigns and RPMC in the Black and Hispanic areas, we can be especially proud of the City of Milwaukee (80.2% Dem Vote) casting 37,000 less votes than cast in the 2018 election with the major reduction happening in the overwhelming Black and Hispanic areas. [Emphasis added by Sykes in this and other quotes — Dok]

Spindell should be very very proud of the reduced voting in Milwaukee, especially in the "overwhelming Black and Hispanic areas." Was there more? Of course there was, because there is no longer a quiet part with these fucknuggets.

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Post-Racial America

'Ending Native American Reservations' So Offensive Even Montana Republican Stands Down

Rarely is the question asked: Is our Republicans learning? Haha, probably not.

We always like to recognize those moments when Republicans do the Right Thing, because positive reinforcement is very important to helping people change their ways. So we'll give Montana state Sen. Keith Regier at least a pat on the head, if not an entire cookie, for having the good sense to drop his plans to introduce a resolution calling on Congress to eliminate Native American reservations and replace them with something else. It might have something to do with the fact that an Associated Press story about his suggestion went viral last week for its WTF-ness, compounded by condemnation by the Montana Lege's American Indian Caucus and no end of ridicule on social media.

As the AP reported last week, the resolution,

riddled with racial stereotypes, is unlikely to pass and would have no practical effect if it did. But it’s causing tensions to surface at the Republican-controlled Montana Legislature that kicked off this week.

Native American lawmakers in the Montana Lege weren't just offended by the resolution's great big pile of stereotypes, which we'll discuss in a moment, but also by the fact that they had to even think about such a stupid proposal at all, as the AP reported, because there are real issues they want to address instead, like

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