Voting News Flash


Curated, compact news stories for today's voting rights-minded Democrat.

Editing and Editorializing by Kedro/the HQ. Fourth Estate sources are within each post.

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// SUPREME COURT ALLOWS LA MAP WITH TWO MAJORITY-BLACK HOUSE DISTRICTS
  
// TRIBES IN SD TAKE A STAND, BAN NOEM FROM 20% OF SD FOR OUTLANDISH CLAIMS
 
posted: 05.16.24

On #VNF tonight - we start in Louisiana then head up to South Dakota:


1 ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Supreme Court allows new LA map with 2 majority-Black districts, likely giving Dems +1 House seat next term

2 ๐Ÿšท SD Gov Noem links local Tribes to cartels, gets banned by most Tribes (almost 20% of SD!)


#VotingNewsFlash


Sources:

1. POLITICO - Madison Fernandez

2. THE GUARDIAN - Lauren Gambino

// TRUMP STILL DOESN'T LIKE DEMOCRACY
 
// DEMS HOLD STRONG, KENNEDY WINS SPECIAL

// NOEM MAY BE DONE

// NEW LOUISIANA CONGRESSIONAL MAP REJECTED FOR NOW

posted: 05.01.24

Alright now, it's a #VotingNewsFlash


1 ๐Ÿคฆ Trump continues to lean into authoritarianism (new Time article)


2 ๐ŸŒŠ NY26 held by #Democrats , now-Rep Tim Kennedy wins special


3 ๐Ÿงจ SD Gov Noem sinks her own VP chances, maybe political career


4 ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ LA map w/ 2 majority-Black districts rejected for now

#VNF


Sources: 

1. TIME - Eric Cortellessa

2. TWITTER/X - @KennedyforNY26

3. VANITY FAIR - Bess Levin

4. DEMOCRACY DOCKET - Madeleine Greenberg

// FAKE ELECTORS (AND CO.) START TO FACE REAL MUSIC
 
// PP TO DROP $10M IN NC

posted: 04.28.24

With the steady stream of voting news lately, here's a #VotingNewsFlash with 2 select stories for #VNF tonight:


1 ๐Ÿƒ Arizona becomes the 4th State to bring charges to fake electors and company, stemming from Trump's 2020 loss to Biden


2 ๐Ÿ’™ Planned Parenthood to drop $10 million on North Carolina elections this cycle


Sources:

1. AZ CENTRAL - Stacey Barchenger - USA TODAY / ARIZONA REPUBLIC - Stacey Barchenger

2. WUNC NC PUBLIC RADIO - Colin Campbell

// MVP CALLS OUT TRUMP/REPUBLICANS IN AZ
 
// CRYSTAL MASON HAS CONVICTION FOR VOTING OVERTURNED

// KY REPUBLICANS FEAR DEMS, STRIP GOV OF POWER

// SWING STATES COULD SEE HALEY VOTERS FOR BIDEN

// $1.25M DUE FROM ROBOCALLERS TARGETING BLACK VOTERS IN NY

// CO REPUBLICANS FAIL TO IMPEACH SOS AND GOVERN

// EARLY VOTING NOW IN CT

posted: 04.13.24

It's a #VotingNewsFlash roundup - let's get to it! #VNF
1 ๐ŸŒŠ VP Kamala Harris has been active in Arizona, campaigning and calling out Trump/Republicans for stripping Reproductive Freedoms


2 ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Crystal Mason, TX woman given 5 year sentence for voting, sees ruling overturned by appeals court


3 ๐Ÿ’ฅ Kentucky Republicans perniciously strip Dem Gov Beshear of the power to replace Senator Mitch McConnell, should McConnell vacate his seat before his '26 retirement


4 ๐Ÿ“ข Swingers NC, OH, & WI show early hope for flipping Haley voters to Biden-Harris. And $25M raised w/ Presidents Obama/Clinton!


5 ๐Ÿ’ฐ Robocallers who tried to suppress Black voters in 2020 New York must pay $1.25 million


6 ๐Ÿ“‰ Colorado House Republicans fail immediately when trying to impeach SOS Jena Griswold (but they knew it would - why govern when theatrics are an option?)


7 ๐Ÿ† Connecticut fiiinally allows early voting


Sources: 

1. AZ CENTRAL - Laura Gersony

2. TEXAS TRIBUNE - Karen Brooks Harper

3. LOUISVILLE PUBLIC MEDIA - Joe Sonka // LOUISVILLE PUBLIC MEDIA - Sylvia Goodman, Joe Sonka

4. TIME - Colleen Long and Chris Megerian // ABC NEWS - Gary Langer, Christine FIler, David Sichinava // THE GUARDIAN - Chris McGreal // THE HILL - Lauren Sforza

5. UPI - Clyde Hughes

6. COLORADO SUN - Sandra Fish and Jesse Paul

7. ABC NEWS/AP - Susan Haigh

// AL-10 FLIPS BLUE IN SPECIAL ELECTION LANDSLIDE
 
// "THE TRAIN IS COMING" FOR TRUMP & CO., SAYS DA FANI WILLIS
 
// PATH THROUGH NJ SEN PRIMARY CLEAR FOR REP. ANDY KIM
 
// REP. ANNIE KUSTER TO RETIRE
  

On #VNF tonight - many headline-worthy stories, oh where to startโ€ฆ #VotingNewsFlash


1 ๐Ÿ”ฎ #MarilynLands flips AL-10 in special election landslide, giving Dems +1 US House seat. She lost 45/51. 6% in 2022


2 ๐Ÿš„ Fani Willis: "The train is coming" for Trump & company in GA Election Interference case


3 โ†—๏ธ Rep Andy Kim has clear path to winning Dems Primary for NJ Senator - with incumbent Bob Menendez skipping the primary and Tammy Murphy bowing out of the race


4 ๐ŸŒŠ Rep Annie Kuster (NH-02) announces retirement - adding to a growing list that allows for new Dems to arrive in Congress


#VNF


Sources:

1. ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Josh Moon

2. THE GUARDIAN - Edward Helmore

3. THE HILL - Al Weaver

4. KUSTER.HOUSE.GOV

// MAIL-IN BALLOTS IN PA: UNDATED OR MISDATED? WON'T COUNT
 
// UNCONSITUTIONAL MAPS IN SC REIGN FOR 2024 DUE TO SCOTUS DELAYS
 
// KARI LAKE GIVES UP ON DEFAMATION CASE FROM AZ ELECTION SPECIALIST
 
// INSURRECTIONIST 2020 TRUMP LAWYERS NOW FACE REAL, PROFESSIONAL FALLOUT

posted: 03.30.24 


5 ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ In Pennsylvania, mail-in ballots with undated/incorrect dates should not be counted - as an appeals court reverses an earlier decision. The case is likely headed to SCOTUS


6 ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ In South Carolina, SCOTUS delays hearing case of unconstitutional voting maps until AFTER the 2024 election๐Ÿค”


7 ๐Ÿคก Kari Lake, extremist election-denying MAGA candidate for AZ's Senate seat, gives up in defamation lawsuit brought on by top AZ election official


8 ๐Ÿ‘น Trump's insurrectionist lawyers face professional reckonings


#VNF


Sources:

5. NPR - Hansi Lo Wang

6. DEMOCRACY DOCKET - Madeleine Greenberg

7. AZ MIRROR - Caitlin Sievers

8. CNN - Katelyn Polantz

// REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO TARGET VOTER ROLLS OVERAGGRESSIVELY

posted: 03.23.24

It's a bonus #VotingNewsFlash - tonight on #VNF is a continually developing story we know well:


๐Ÿงจ Republicans and Trump Allies are increasingly targeting voter rolls.


HQ's Take: Protect your vote with Resistbot, by checking your registration, and with Protect Your Vote.


Sources: 

1. DEMOCRACY DOCKET - Madeline Greenberg 

2. DEMOCRACY DOCKET - Rachel Selzer 

3. AZ MIRROR - Caitlin Sievers

4. NPR - Ben Paviour

5. THE GUARDIAN - Alice Herman

// AL CLAMPS DOWN ON ABSENTEE VOTING
 
// WITH SINEMA OUT FOR AZ SENATOR, GALLEGO SHOWS EARLY LEAD
 
// FORMER ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICIAL GUILTY OF ELECTION FRAUD
 
// WI GOV TONY EVERS AND CREW FIX STATE'S OVER-GERRYMANDERED MAPS

posted: 03.22.24

Wow, there's been so much going on in Voting World! #VotingNewsFlash roundups aren't meant to be all-encompassing - that said, here's some curated, key stories:


1 ๐Ÿšจ Alabama clamps down on absentee voting assistance with now-felony-level punishments.
#VNF #Democrats #votingrights


2 โ†—๏ธ With Sinema not running for Senator again in AZ, this isn't hurting Rep Gallego's chances against MAGA-extremist Lake.
Many voters are still undecided; Gallego is showing a solid lead in early polling in a crucial race for Dems to maintain/increase their Senate majority.
#VNF


3 ๐ŸŒŠ A jury found a former deputy director of the Milwaukee Election Commission guilty of election fraud...in support of a Republican's anti-voting conspiracy theories.


4 ๐ŸŸช This past February, WI Gov Tony Evers helped deliver on a promise, fixing the State's overly-gerrymandered voting maps.
#VNF


Sources: 

1. AL.COM - Mike Cason

2. THE HILL - Caroline Vakil

3. WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO - Evan Casey

4. @GovEvers - on X/Twitter

// ARTISTS DISALLOWING THE "BIBLICAL DEVIL" TRUMP FROM USING THEIR MUSIC

posted: 03.08.24

Sinead O'Connor's estate is demanding that Trump stop using her music during his campaign (O'Connor once called Trump the "Biblical Devil".) #VotingNewsFlash
The next Spout has a list of artists, their families, or their estates who've asked for TFG to stop using their music while campaigning.


๐Ÿ”‡ Trump told to STOP using the music of:
O'Connor, Rihanna, Adele, Prince, Neil Young, Pavarotti, The Smiths, George Harrison, the O'Jays, R.E.M., Earth Wind and Fire, Queen, Pharrell Williams, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Free, Twisted Sister, Tom Petty, CCR, P!ATD, Phil Collins!


Sources: 

1. PITCHFORK - Jazz Monroe

2. BUSINESS INSIDER - Jennifer Hussein

// PARAMORE SINGER HAYLEY WILLIAMS CALLS OUT TN HOUSE GOP RACISM
 
// MIKE LINDELL LOSES
 
// CPAC: NORMALIZING, GLORIFYING J6
 
// DOUG JONES ACTS FOR DEMOCRACY

posted: 03.02.24

1 ๐Ÿค˜ 02/16: Hayley Williams of #Paramore takes on the TN GOP, where a Republican blocked honoring #AllisonRussell (a Black musician) but didn't block honoring Paramore.


2 ๐Ÿ†๏ธ02/22: Federal Court: Mike Lindell loses "Prove Mike Wrong" challenge, must pay $5 million.

 

3 ๐Ÿคก At CPAC this year, there was a J6-themed pinball machine
- HQ's Take: We can't ever let J6 become normalized. To that point:


4 ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Doug Jones, former AL Senator, acted in War Game, a film about "how close" we came to losing our democracy. He plays the AG; it premiered at Sundance in January.


Sources: 

1. THE TENNESSEAN - Melissa Brown and Marcus K. Dowling

2. FORTUNE - Steve Karnowski

3.  CNN - Eric Bradner, Aaron Pellish, and Kit Maher

4. THE HILL - Filip Timotija

// SCOTUS LIKELY TO FAVOR TRUMP IN 14TH AMENDMENT CASE
 
// SUOZZI LEADING IN NY-03 SPECIAL
 
// REP AL GREEN SAVES THE MAYORKAS VOTE
 
// AI-GENERATED ROBOCALLS OUTLAWED

posted: 02.09.24

4 stories up for this busy #HQvotingNews edition:


1 โš–๏ธ The Roberts Court is looking like they'll allow Trump to appear on the Colorado ballot. #SCOTUS #InsurrectionAct.


2 ๐Ÿ—ณ This Tuesday (11/13), #NY03 replaces the ousted #GeorgeSantos.
- Democrat #TomSuozzi has a good chance to reclaim the seat.


3 ๐Ÿฅ Rep #AlGreen left the hospital to cast the tying vote against the #MayorkasImpeachment and hand House R's another loss.


4 ๐Ÿค– The #FCC rules that AI-generated robocalls are illegal in a win for fair elections.
#HQvotingNews #DemsHub #VoteBlue


Sources: 

1.PBS NEWS HOUR - Marcia Coyle

2. CBSNews.com - CBS NY Team

3. THE NEW YORK TIMES - Kayla Guo

4. AP NEWS - Ali Swenson

// POST-REDISTRICTING, AL-02 VOTERS LEAN PROGRESSIVE

posted: 02.01.24

On this edition of #HQvotingNews -
#AL02 is the newly drawn #Alabama congressional district that heavily favors #Democrats.


Voters are seeking a #progressive agenda in a very competitive race:


๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Voting Rights
๐Ÿ—ณ Inflation
๐Ÿ—ณ Healthcare +

(Polling c/o: SPLC Action Fund / New Southern Majority)


Source: ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Bill Britt

// IN THE DEMS PRIMARY TO REPLACE SEN MANCHIN: A Disgraced Coal Baron and 2 Actual Democrats
 
posted: 01.27.24

A #WestViriginia focused #HQvotingNews

๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿ—ณ 3 #Democrats running to replace retiring Senator Joe Manchin:


1. Zach Shrewsbury: Marine/Community Organizer
2. Glenn Elliott: Mayor of Wheeling
3. Don Blankenship: Coal baron, loser as a Republican in 2018


HQ's take: ๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿ—ณ? More like ๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿ—ณ๐Ÿคก.

Sources: 

1. THE REGISTER HERALD - Steve Keenan

2. WOWKTV.COM - John Lynch

3. MOTHER JONES - Ali Breland

// BIDEN WINS NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMS PRIMARY
 
posted: 01.23.24

#Biden wins New Hampshire Primary.


HQ Take: Not a big surprise considering the weight of incumbency, his Presidential record, and popularity with Democrats vs the field.


Source: AP NEWS - Will Weissert

// FAKE ROBOCALLS IN NH
 
// WRITE-IN TO WIN FOR BIDEN IN NH PRIMARY

posted: 01.22.24

1 ๐Ÿค– A #deepfake robocall campaign in New Hampshire has a fake #Biden urging Democrats to NOT vote.


2 ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ The #NHPrimary is a write-in campaign for Biden - his name won't be on the ballot. Granite State Write-In and Granite for America PAC have mobilized for him.


#HQvotingNews


Source: USA TODAY - Karissa Waddick

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