This is what Democracy Docket helps with as of final Thursday:
Late Thursday, the New Georgia Challenge, Black Voter Matter Fund, and Rise filed a lawsuit towards Georgia difficult the passage of SB 202, a 95-page voter suppression invoice. Each the state senate and state home permitted the invoice with a purpose to rush it to Governor Kemp’s desk, who signed it at a televised press convention.
The swimsuit alleges that SB 202 imposes a mess of voter restrictions (like shortened time durations for voting in a run-off, banning line warming, restricted use of drop containers, and extra) that, when mixed, create a cumulative voter suppression impact in violation of the 14th Modification and Part 2 of the VRA. The swimsuit immediately challenges a number of provisions of the invoice.
For sure, the Senate must get it in gear and cross H.R. 1 to blunt these state-level abuses. However in the meanwhile, the GOP suppression legal guidelines are being fought on the state stage. There’s an ActBlue web page set as much as assist 4 organizations—Black Voters Matter Fund, Democracy Docket Motion Fund, New Georgia Challenge Motion Fund, and Rise—as they combat the Republican legislation that does all the pieces besides convey again separate water fountains (and that is probably not far behind). C&J is in for $10 apiece and we encourage you so as to add to the pot should you’re keen and in a position. The donation link is here. You may as well observe Marc Elias for updates on Twitter here.
For sure, the sooner they will get out in entrance of this insanity, the higher off everybody shall be. Many thanks.
And now, our characteristic presentation…
Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Be aware: I noticed a crocus popping out of the bottom in our again yard. Recognizing that we nonetheless have a number of chilly snaps to return, I took my large wood Thor mallet and pounded it again into the bottom, then coated it with a cinderblock till it’s protected. At some point it’ll thank me. I actually consider that. —A visitor observe posted by Martin in HR
By the Numbers:
Days ’til Undertake A Ferret Month: 2
First-time jobless claims final week, the bottom for the reason that pandemic started: 684,000
P.c of Individuals within the new ABC Information/Ipsos ballot who approve of President Biden’s dealing with of the Covid-19 pandemic: 72%
Estimated portion of American adults now vaccinated: 1-in-3
Variety of Brazilians dying each hour from Covid-19 as its demise toll tops 300,000: 125
P.c probability Spain is beginning a pilot program this fall to strive a nationwide 4-day workweek to stimulate home tourism and create flexibility for workers: 100%
Size of our summers by the 12 months 2100 attributable to local weather change, in response to analysis in the journal of Geophysical Analysis and Letters: 6 months
Pet Pic of the Day: And the Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing goes to…
CHEERS to the sound of freedom. The Dutch container ship with the world’s complete provide of bathroom paper was finally scraped off the bottom of the Suez Canal and despatched on its merry approach yesterday morning. Right here’s footage of the historic second taken from our home in Portland, Maine:
What occurs now: the Egyptians will return to working the canal as normal, and Individuals will return to not having the ability discover the Suez Canal on a map as normal.
CHEERS to the re-releasing Elizabeth Warren’s kraken. There was a lot that was irritating concerning the earlier administration, however one of many saddest issues was watching the fast de-fanging of the Massachusetts senator’s Shopper Monetary Safety Bureau. The Trumpbot in cost, being evil, mainly turned its objective on its head and began utilizing it as a protect for swindlers. However not anymore. With Democrats in cost, regular ‘Murcans have their watchdog back:
[The Biden] administration has pinpointed the company as a key weapon in his arsenal to handle racial disparities in entry to loans, capital and credit score, a part of main marketing campaign guarantees to Black Individuals and different folks of coloration who’ve additionally been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 disaster.
Consultants mentioned a completely staffed, enforcement-focused CFPB offers Biden an important software to advocate for lower- and middle-class Individuals who’ve lately, and throughout the pandemic specifically, been preyed on by monetary establishments and subjected to doubtful lending and debt assortment practices.
“There may be going to be a cop on the beat once more,” mentioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who helped create the company. “The Trump workforce, they tried to clarify they had been there to assist huge banks and massive cash lenders, not households. However the Biden administration is targeted on utilizing it to stage the taking part in discipline.” … The Biden administration has already made strikes to assist return the company to its unique mission.
So in the present day our authorities works a bit of higher than it did yesterday on behalf of common Individuals. Or as Republicans name it: a horrible, horrible, no good, very dangerous day.
CHEERS to nice moments in disappearing stuff. On March 30, 1858, the pencil-with-attached-eraser was patented by Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia. Then issues got a bit ugly:
In 1862 Lipman bought his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000, who went [on] to sue the pencil producer Faber for infringement.
In 1875 the Supreme Courtroom of america dominated towards Reckendorfer declaring the patent invalid as a result of his invention was truly a mixture of two already identified issues with no new use.
I’ve little doubt that former Trump cupboard members are writing their memoirs utilizing each side of their Lipman pencils. One finish to make up their very own historical past, and the opposite finish to erase the actual historical past.
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CHEERS to Infrastructure Week! Look, look, look, look…I get it. I do! You’ve got been duped so many instances over Infrastructure Weeks that by no means occur that the very point out of it’s akin to that f*cking Shepard boy crying “wolf” each 5 minutes. (FYI: He is been fired and despatched off to affix his grandmother on an ice floe.) However this time it is actual. Look, it’s on NBC News and everything:
President Joe Biden will lay out the primary a part of his multitrillion-dollar financial restoration package deal this week, specializing in rebuilding roads, bridges and different infrastructure, adopted by a separate plan later in April addressing little one and well being care.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Sunday the administration’s plans to separate the package deal into two legislative proposals, a part of an effort to get assist from congressional Republicans. However she provides that “we’ll work with the Senate and Home to see the way it ought to transfer ahead.”
Biden will launch particulars in a speech Wednesday in Pittsburgh about his proposal for federal investments in bodily infrastructure, a problem that has drawn Republican assist regardless of wariness over a dear package deal so quickly after passage of the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 reduction plan. […] Through the presidential marketing campaign, Biden pledged $2 trillion in “accelerated” investments to shift to cleaner vitality, construct half one million charging stations for electrical automobiles, assist public transit and restore roads and bridges.
It is the oldest truism in politics: you need to win reelection? Repair the rattling potholes.
JEERS to taking your non-existent relationship too far.
Forty years in the past in the present day, on March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan, together with Press Secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, acquired shot by some whackjob who needed to current a dead-president-skin rug to Jodie Foster as a marriage present. At first they didn’t assume Reagan’s wound was critical, however one thing about dropping half his blood prompted a diversion to George Washington Medical Center. The remainder (“Honey, I forgot to duck,” “I hope you are all Republicans”) is historical past. By the best way, anybody care to take a guess as to what group the president from the now-union-hating occasion was lavishing reward on on the Washington Hilton that day? The AFL-CIO. Don’t that simply boggle the thoughts.
Ten years in the past in C&J: March 30, 2011
JEERS to the din in Des Moines. A bunch of potential Republican presidential candidates acquired collectively for a discussion board in Iowa Saturday and skim a bunch of poll-tested speaking factors off of teleprompters involving god, weapons, gays, going Galt, and glorifying The Gipper. However the one factor they centered on greater than anything as they addressed the ultra-conservative viewers: groveling.
And only one extra…
CHEERS to the galaxy far, far-off that simply retains on far, far awaying. The episodic Star Wars collection The Mandalorian, which gave the world the present of “Child Yoda,” proved that placing George Lucas’s saga on the small display screen may very well be far, much more compelling than the flicks (Episodes 4-7 excluded). So it is thrilling to listen to that the adventures of the unique trilogy’s most important characters (Ben, Darth, Luke) will be gallivanting across the sands of Tatooine on the top of the Empire’s energy once more:
The “Obi-Wan Kenobi” collection at Disney Plus is making ready to start manufacturing, with the collection additionally including a number of new forged members.
Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Good friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie have all joined collection lead Ewan McGregor, who will reprise the function of Kenobi from the “Star Wars” prequel movies. Particulars on who the others will play is being stored underneath wraps, although Edgerton and Piesse will possible be taking part in the function of Owen and Beru Lars, Luke Skywalker’s uncle and aunt, whom they performed in “Assault of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” all however confirming that Luke will play a task within the collection someway. It was beforehand introduced that Hayden Christensen would return within the function of Darth Vader.
The story begins 10 years after the occasions of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” the place Kenobi confronted his biggest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his greatest good friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Manufacturing begins Thursday. Within the immortal phrases of the Tuskan Raiders: Aieeeeeeeee hee hee hee!!!
Have a tolerable Tuesday. Flooring’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about in the present day?
Immediately’s Shameless C&J Testimonial
After spelling his title once more and telling the VP that he’s 5 years outdated, Harris mentioned “I assumed you had been ten!” “Why?” Invoice in Portland Maine mentioned, because the veep greeted the opposite youngsters.