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In Fun Trendlet, Ohio Dems Help Elect 'Moderate' Speaker To Republican Supermajority House

Well isn't this interesting!

In Ohio's state House of Representatives yesterday, Democrats and some Republicans voted to elect Jason Stephens, a moderate Republican, as speaker of the House, defeating a bid for speaker by the Republicans' preferred candidate, rightwing state Rep. Derek Merrin, who sounds like a guest star in The Rural Juror. That's the second time this week that an unexpected moderate candidate has suddenly won the speaker's gavel in a state legislature: Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House chose (former) Democrat Mike Rozzi to break a stupid deadlock; Rozzi pledged to approach the job as an independent, not caucusing with either party.

Why yes, the two surprise speakerships have fueled some pundit speculation that maybe Democrats and a few "moderate" Republicans in the US House might pull off something similar if Kevin McCarthy's bid to be speaker flames out and Republicans can't agree on anyone else. As Yr Wonkette has already argued this morning, that's a pretty crap idea, no thank you, unless maybe six Republicans step up and vote for Hakeem Jeffries, and then only if no one is injured by the monkeys flying out of Matt Gaetz's butt.

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Montana Republican Not Sure Why Native Americans Even Allowed To Vote If Tribes Want 'Sovereignty'

Also explains most 'conservatives' totally agree with him.

A would-be Montana legislator raised what he considered a really important question at a December 27 meeting of the Lewis and Clark County Republican Central Committee: Should Montana allow members of Native American tribes to vote in state elections?

Drew Zinecker, one of several Republicans hoping to be appointed to fill a vacant legislative seat, was Just Asking Questions: "If the reservations want to say they are independent countries … but they want a lot of handouts, why are we counting their ballots?"

Mind you, tribal sovereignty isn't about the desire to be an "independent nation" but about self-governance under treaty rights negotiated with the federal government. But Zinecker considered this a significant matter to bring up in his audition for a potential appointment to fill the District 80 state House seat, which was recently vacated by former Rep. Becky Beard (R) when she was appointed to a seat in the state Senate. Zinecker has served in a number of political jobs in Montana Republican politics, but hasn't run for office.

The Montana Free Press reports that Zinecker's remarks were met with "mixed applause" by the audience, during a discussion of "election integrity," which apparently Zinecker thought might be imperiled by letting foreigners from Native America vote. The problem, of course, is that Native Americans tend to vote for Democrats, an "election integrity" problem that the New Yorker notes has led Republicans to make voting more difficult for Native Americans on tribal land and Wonkette notes led troops-loving North Dakota to disallow military ID to vote, since Native Americans are the demographic most likely to join up and serve their country. Which is the US.

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January 6 Report: Trump Tried To Crime Boss State Legislators Into Stealing Election

Turned out, it was actually an offer they could refuse.

Time for the Second Installment of We Read the January 6 Select Committee's Report So You Don't Have To. Today we're on Chapter 2, titled “I Just Want to Find 11,780 Votes,” in "honor" of Trump's phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pressuring him to "find" enough votes for Trump to "win" the state's 16 electoral votes.


January 6 Report Is Real, And It's Spectacular

No Big, Just Trump Begging Georgia Secretary Of State To ‘Find’ Him 11,780 Votes

"All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state," Trump wheedled, alternating between phony statistics about vote fraud in Georgia — "It’s 4,502 who voted but they weren’t on the voter registration roll which they had to be. You had 18,325 vacant address voters" — and threatening Raffensperger and his deputy Gabriel Sterling if they wouldn't go along with his corrupt scheme to steal the election.

"All of this stuff is very dangerous stuff. When you talk about no criminality, I think it’s very dangerous for you to say that," Trump said, adding later, "That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan [Germany], your lawyer."

Trump also made upwards of a dozen references to Wandrea' Arshaye "Shaye" Moss and her mother Ruby "Lady Ruby" Freeman, the two election workers in Georgia whose lives were ruined after Rudy Giuliani spliced and diced a video of them counting votes, accusing them of pulling out a suitcase of ballots for Joe Biden and smuggling USB drives “as if they’re vials of heroin or cocaine.” Because racism really is the GOP's bag, baby. In fact, Freeman was simply passing her daughter a ginger mint as they worked late into the night to serve the people of Georgia.

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Use These New John Lewis Postage Stamps To Write To Congress!

Fine, you'll have to wait until they're actually available.

Yr Wonkette doesn't make a lot of predictions, but we're pretty confident in this one: When the US Postal Service starts selling its new stamp honoring Civil Rights icon John Lewis sometime in 2023, you're going to want to order it online or get down to the Post Office quickly, because unlike the real John Lewis, those stamps are going to sell out. The USPS announced the stamp Tuesday, along with other 2023 releases, although no date for the release was included in the announcement.

NBC News also reports that sometime next year, USPS plans a stamp honoring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, although no design has yet been announced. Don't expect a "notorious RBG" design, though, darn it.

Lewis died in July 2020 at the age of 80, after a life of fighting for justice and equality. The Postal Service announcement offers this capsule history lesson that covers the basics:

This stamp celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (1940-2020) of Georgia. Devoted to equality and justice for all Americans, Lewis spent more than 30 years in Congress steadfastly defending and building on key civil rights gains that he had helped achieve in the 1960s. Even in the face of hatred and violence, as well as some 45 arrests, Lewis remained resolute in his commitment to what he liked to call “good trouble.”
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