Ron DeSantis Wants Special Police Force For Elections, Which Sounds Perfectly Fine, Sure

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis said in his "state of the state" speech last week that Florida needs an entirely new police agency to combat election crimes, even though Florida doesn't have any election fraud to speak of. Nonetheless, DeSantis requested that the state legislature spend roughly $6 million to set up a brand new "Office of Election Crimes and Security" and hire 52 people to staff it, so they can “investigate, detect, apprehend, and arrest anyone for an alleged violation” of Florida election laws. The Vote Cops would be stationed at as-yet unspecified "field offices throughout the state," so they could roll into action when they get tips from "government officials or any other person.”

As of yet, no word on whether the Electoral SWAT Team will be equipped for high-speed pursuit or allowed to shoot to kill. (Haha, we are joking. It's Florida, so who knows!)

The Washington Post reports that so far at least, Florida Republicans have "reacted tepidly" to the proposal, so that's nice. Then again, all it would take for the idea to really have massive popular support would be for Donald Trump to mention it on Fox News.

Again, Florida doesn't have any serious issues with voter fraud, except perhaps for those three retired folks from the Villages, all Republicans, who were charged in December with voting in both Florida and by absentee ballot in other states in 2020. If the state had dedicated $2 million and 17 election cops to each of those miscreants, they might have been caught earlier.

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The Federalist Knows Who's Just Like MLK, And It Is Trump And The Insurrectionists

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we all know what that means: Republicans completely misrepresenting everything the man ever did and said in a desperate attempt to align themselves with him and, by extension, goodness in general.

Traditionally this is done via the repetition of the one and only thing he was ever known to say about racism, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." In Republicans' practice, this usually is taken to refer to white people's character, vis-à-vis the ways in which they benefit from white privilege. They used to do it by trying to claim he was a Republican, but it seems like they've given up on that in recent years.

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GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn, who’s about as smart as a bag of hair, turned up on Maria Bartiromo’s show Sunday to count all the ways President Joe Biden sucks. She claimed he’s already become a lame duck, pummeled mercilessly by the Supreme Court, the Republican Party and its interns, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. If that’s true, Republicans should just chill on a beach somewhere and let Biden continue walking into rakes until the midterms. However, Blackburn also believes all good Americans must ACT NOW to stop Biden’s feckless reign of terror.

We should note that during the leadup to the 2018 midterms, Democrats focused specifically on how effectively awful Donald Trump’s first year in office was. That seemed like a more consistent message, but Republicans are obsessed with painting Biden as Jimmy Carter 2.0.

Alas, Poor Biden! Fox News So Sad ‘Battered’ Biden Making Them (Try To) Hit Him Again

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Remembering The Dr. King Conservatives Find So Damn Inconvenient

If Republicans were capable of shame and intellectual consistency, Martin Luther King Day would prove uncomfortable for them. After all, they insist America’s founding was not rooted in white supremacy, and that the nation itself was never actively, aggressively racist. If that’s true, why do we need to celebrate Dr. King as a transformative figure?

Conservatives' favorite MLK quote — possibly the only one they know — is “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The key words here that conservatives ignore is one day, meaning it hadn’t happened yet. If America was already a post-racial utopia, Dr. King would've just been a guy who gave speeches. We might as well have a national holiday for the Four Tops.

Happy MLK Day! Prager U Sings The Praises Of Great Conservative Thinker, Dr. King

But let’s not waste time today dragging hypocritical statements from Republicans who’ll take a break from suppressing the Black vote to claim that if Dr. King were alive today, he’d resent almost everyone who’s Black and presumably host one of the Fox News prime time hours.

Instead, let’s appreciate Dr. King’s own words, which are more prescient than ever.

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January 6

Jan. 6 Committee Passes Out Subpoenas, Collects Court Wins, Kicks Ass

Haha, get her, Jade!

The January 6 Select Committee has been a bunch of busy bees this week!

On Tuesday it issued subpoenas to Trumpland lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell to discuss their role in the lead-up to the Capitol riot. Although the three were nominally acting as lawyers during the whole sordid affair, their loose lips may go some way to eroding whatever privilege claims they might have made. For instance, the Committee letters to Giuliani and Powell refer to reporting by Axios that they "urged President Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines around the country after being told that the Department of Homeland Security had no lawful authority to do so." Powell wasn't the president's lawyer, and, even if undertaken at the president's behest, Giuliani's conversation with acting DHS head Ken Cuccinelli is probably not covered by privilege either.

The Committee also subpoenaed Trumpland sycophant Boris Epshteyn, who was hanging out at the Willard Hotel with that hive of vipers and is "reported to have participated in a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6, during which options were discussed to delay the certification of election results in light of Vice President Mike Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay certification."

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GOP Blocked Voting Rights Again, And Joe Manchin And Kyrsten Sinema Helped!

This sucks AND blows.

Just as expected, Senate Republicans last night blocked passage of the big voting rights bill put forward by Democrats. Then, also just as expected, Democrats were unable to get all 50 members of their own caucus to support a rules change that would have moved the bill to a final vote, because of previously-announced opposition to filibuster reform by Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

Nothing about the votes was surprising, but it still stings, and it's unclear what steps to protect voting rights President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats may be able to take before this fall's midterm elections. You'd think they'd activate the mind control microchips in all the COVID vaccines to ensure Democrats keep the House and Senate, but hell, they didn't even do that to get Manchin and Sinema to modify the filibuster.

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National Politics

LIVE: Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress About Voter Suppression, In Case They Hadn't Heard

We'd ask Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin if they're listening, but it doesn't matter anymore.

The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is hosting civil rights leaders this morning to discuss voter suppression. It's even more important after what Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema helped their Republican friends do to American democracy last night.

Here, watch a hearing:

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