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Rachel Maddow Names The 'Petty' Donald Trump Move She'd Love To See Joe Biden Copy

This is so damn hilarious. If only wishing could made it happened.

“Get petty for once. It’s OK. This is a big effing deal,” the MSNBC anchor urged President Joe Biden.
President Joe Biden apparently isn’t planning on following in the footsteps of his predecessor, ex-President Donald Trump, in terms of having his name plastered on stimulus checks aimed at assisting Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks he should.

“It’s obviously sort of a petty move for a president to do something like that,” Maddow said Tuesday. “But honestly, as I get older, as I live through more and more years of Republican governance, I’m getting more and more petty all the time about stuff like this.”

Maddow noted how GOP presidents “put their name on everything” and Democratic presidents are “all modest.”

“If I was a Democratic president, I would put my name on that check with a big hologram on it, too, so it glowed when you open the envelope,” she said. “I’d make it like one of those greeting cards that plays a song when you pull it out of the envelope and it would sing my name.”

“I would put sequins on the thing,” she continued. “It would be all about remembering which party made this happen and which party all voted against it.”

“But like I said, as I develop an increasingly severe case of the O-L-D, I’m getting cattier and pettier with each passing day, and Biden is not doing that,” Maddow concluded. “It’s why somebody like him is president and nobody asks my advice on these things. Get petty for once. It’s OK. This is a big effing deal, as someone once said.”


Source:https://www.huffpost.com/entry/rachel-maddow-trump-biden-petty-move_n_60489e64c5b6cf72d092fc49

Andrea Sahouri, IA reporter, judge is granting a defense request to include a spoliation instruct

"The judge is granting a defense request to include a spoliation instruction, telling the jury that, if they find police and prosecutors intentionally destroyed or failed to preserve body camera video of the arrests, they are allowed to infer the evidence not preserved would have been favorable to the defense.

"When I look at the totality of the evidence, I believe there is substantial evidence that a jury could infer that there was intentional spoliation of evidence," Judge Lawrence McLellan said."

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/03/10/des-moines-register-reporter-andrea-sahouri-trial-verdict-george-floyd-black-lives-matter-protest/6933685002/

Latino civil rights group [LULAC] sues over Iowa's new election law

I'm so proud LULAC is working with Marc Elias on this lawsuit.

A Latino civil rights group, backed by Democratic attorneys, says it has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Iowa law shortening the state's early and Election Day voting, among other restrictions.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law Monday, saying it would create transparency, accountability and give Iowans greater confidence in their elections.

But the suit argues that the law, which cuts the number of early voting days by 9 and gives Iowans one less hour to vote on Election Day, violates the Iowa Constitution's protections for the right to vote, free speech, free assembly and equal protection.
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"Taken as a whole, the bill targets and restricts virtually every aspect of the voting process — registering to vote, requesting and submitting absentee ballots and even in-person voting on Election Day," the lawsuit states.


source: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/09/lulac-sues-iowa-voting-law-signed-gov-kim-reynolds-constitutional-rights-latino-civil-rights-group/4643153001/?utm_source=desmoinesregister-Daily%20Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_briefing&utm_term=hero

"Democrats will only get credit for doing the right thing . . . if people know about it"

Weird title, but contains good rsources.

How about some $1,400 chicken soup?
Published by Tom Sullivan on March 8, 2021
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Dan Pfeiffer reminds Democrats not to expect the rescue package to sell itself: “Democrats will only get credit for doing the right thing, and Republicans will only get the blame for doing the wrong thing if people know about it.”

That’s more challenging than it sounds, he adds. So far, few Americans know anything about the plan. It is up to us to make sure they do, Pfeiffer says and offers some tools:

Here are some assets to share on social media to help flood the zone with the good news of the American Rescue Act:

A video from President Biden discussing the provisions of the American Rescue Plan. https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1368243640787734537

A chart from the Center for American Progress breaking down what’s in the bill. https://twitter.com/capaction/status/1368254040035880963?s=10

A graphic from Senator Bernie Sanders to share with your progressive friends and family dissatisfied with the final outcome. https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1368256311549435911?s=20

A lot of research from the 2020 cycle showed that the more specific the information the better. This thread from Eric Levitz of New York Magazine has a lot of good information about the impact of the bill. https://twitter.com/EricLevitz/status/1368233889823678464?s=20

A lot of people are sharing images and news about their family and friends getting vaccinated. Let’s include a thank you to President Biden and Democrats and use the moment as evidence that elections matter.



source: https://digbysblog.net/

Controversial bills affecting Iowa's image, hurting business and workforce recruitment, leaders say

The farmers and evangelicals don't care because they'll still get their welfare from Grassley and Ernst.

Several bills circulating through the Legislature this year may be damaging Iowa’s brand and hindering the state’s goal of attracting and retaining top talent, some business leaders say.

In some cases, those bills have caused companies to cross Iowa off their list of places they were considering.

Bills such as those that would require transgender people to use restrooms of their assigned sex at birth in schools and those that would ban tenure at the state regents’ universities, are damaging Iowa’s reputation on the national and world stage, the leaders said.

Even if the bills don’t become law, they’re sending a message that Iowa is not a welcoming state, said Geoff Wood, founder of Gravitate Coworking, who raised his concerns during Wednesday’s Capital Crossroads meeting and discussed them further with the Business Record.
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During the Capital Crossroads meeting, Wood said the issue of Iowa’s brand is “really being felt in the entrepreneurial community based on what’s happening in the Legislature.”

“People are rethinking about coming to Iowa because of the brand they see with our state,” Wood said. “We may know a lot of these things won’t actually become law, but they’re one step from becoming law and maybe next session they will, so people are thinking those through.”

Rick Sanders, president and director of the Iowa State University Research Park, said during Wednesday’s meeting that ISU was in competition with Purdue and the University of Illinois on three different projects with companies that are considering moving innovation centers to one of the institutions.

“Three weeks ago we felt we were right there; now all three have dropped us … and two of them were bold enough to tell us one of the primary reasons they dropped us is what’s going on at the Capitol right now,” Sanders said.
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Article at: https://businessrecord.com/Content/Default/All-Latest-News/Article/Controversial-bills-affecting-Iowa-s-image-hurting-business-and-workforce-recruitment-leaders-say/-3/248/92678?fbclid=IwAR1kptBPZkiikssfbN0bbA6Jk07mFj2beO1ae_UjppwXoVyhwIHl6X_FKZY

Des Moines Public Works crews see 2000% increase in potholes reports.

It's bad out there...

Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said he expects this pothole season to be worse than usual, "We've received over 750 reports already this week and don't expect to slow down filling potholes anytime soon." To report a pothole you can call the Public Works customer service line at 515-283-4950, submit a request online or via the myDSM mobile app.


source: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/picture-gallery/news/2021/03/03/pothole-reports-increase-2-000-according-des-moines-public-works/6892230002/

The Supreme Court may be set to gut voting rights -- but Democrats can still stop them

I get frustrated when Dems don't use all the tools available to them. We need HR1 to pass.

The GOP-dominated SCOTUS longs to end the Voting Rights Act. Democrats can save it by nuking the filibuster
By AMANDA MARCOTTE

th the news cycle as nuts as it is — the constant pandemic news, the ongoing fallout from the Capitol insurrection, conservatives pretending to believe Dr. Seuss was "canceled" — it likely passed many people's attention that the Supreme Court listened to arguments Tuesday that may signal the end of voting rights as we know them.

On the surface, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee may not seem like a big deal. The cases address partisan fights over rules in Arizona disallowing third party ballot collection and requiring ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be thrown out entirely, regulations that don't seem, on their surface, like earth-shattering assaults on the ability of most voters to cast ballots. But voting rights experts fear that the particulars of the Arizona restrictions are not really what's at stake in the case, which is likely to be ruled on this summer.

Instead, the concern is that the Republican-majority Supreme Court is going to use these cases to issue a broad ruling that will be used to destroy what is left of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, opening the door to a flood of voting restrictions targeting the ability of certain classes of people — such as young people and people of color — to vote. If that happens, it could further entrench minority rule over the U.S., making it nearly impossible for Democrats to hold substantial power, despite routinely winning the majority of votes in federal elections.

The good news is that Democrats, at this moment, have the power to stop this from happening, by passing the For the People Act, otherwise known as H.R. 1.
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Source: https://www.salon.com/2021/03/03/the-supreme-court-may-be-set-to-gut-voting-rights---but-democrats-can-still-stop-them/

On a party-line vote of 30 to 18, the Iowa Senate approved Senate File 413

from the Polk County Democratic Party Weekly Memo...
The Republicans approved every method to disenfranchise voters that they could think of. They reduced the number of days to request an absentee ballot from 120 days to 70 days. They prohibited the Secretary of State from sending out absentee ballot requests. They prohibited county auditors from mailing absentee ballot requests unless they are specifically requested. Auditors now have 20 days to send out ballots instead of 29 days. Polls now must close at 8:00 PM instead of 9:00 PM. Ballots received after 8:00 must be discarded, even if they are postmarked before that deadline. That would have disqualified 6,500 votes last November. Auditors are restricted to just one ballot dropbox per county.

Only the voter, someone living in their household, an immediate family member, a caretaker, or an authorized staffer in a care facility can deliver sealed and signed ballots. People can only vote early for 17 days now. That number was 40 days before Iowa Republicans started cutting them down in 2017. County auditors can no longer set up satellite voting locations as they see fit. They can only be initiated by official petition. Lastly, registered voters will be moved to inactive status as soon as they miss one general election under the new legislation. Being moved to inactive status is the first step to being booted off the voting rolls entirely.


Source: https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2021/02/24/revised-gop-election-bill-would-exclude-thousands-more-iowa-voters/

Tyson Foods says it will vaccinate 'thousands' of its Iowa meatpacking workers this week

It's about time these workers were protected. Thank you Joe Biden for taking COVID seriously.

Tyson Foods announced Monday that it will vaccinate "thousands" of its employees at Iowa plants this week.

The company said in a news release that a business partner and local health organizations will hold on-site COVID-19 vaccinations at meatpacking plants in Columbus Junction, Council Bluffs, Independence, Perry, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.

Many of those plants, where a combined 13,000 employees work, were sites of early coronavirus outbreaks. Tyson Foods partnered with Matrix Medical to administer the vaccine to workers.

“We’re pleased to offer our team members convenient access to the vaccine, and we appreciate the state of Iowa recognizing the essential role they play in feeding the world," Tom Brower, senior vice president of health and safety at Tyson Foods, said in a statement Monday.
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more at source: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2021/03/01/tyson-foods-vaccinate-thousands-iowa-employees-week-covid-outbreak-matrix-medical-workers/6867363002/

Roger Stone-connected "Stop the Steal" group hasn't filed IRS reports -- and its agent disappeared

Pro-Trump group's registered agent no longer works at her law firm, and her LinkedIn page has been deactivated
By ROGER SOLLENBERGER

A political nonprofit with ties to longtime Trump associate Roger Stone, which was supposedly created to challenge the 2020 election results, has missed two federal deadlines to disclose how much money it spent and received before and after the election. Furthermore, the law firm that employed the group's registered agent told Salon that she no longer works there, and her LinkedIn page appears deactivated.

"Committee to Stop the Steal" was registered with the federal government as a 527 tax-exempt political organization on Oct. 16, a few weeks before the election, by a clerk at a Southern California personal injury firm called Jensen & Associates. The IRS does not require 527 groups to disclose their donors, but it does mandate that they publicize how much money they raise and spend, including in post-election and year-end reports. Committee to Stop the Steal has missed the deadlines for both.

Jensen & Associates is led by Paul Rolf Jensen, a friend of Stone's who has represented the right-wing provocateur in an array of matters for at least two decades. The firm's website appears to have been unattended in recent months, but an archived version from last February does not mention political work. While Jensen himself isn't listed on the IRS registration for the Committee to Stop the Steal, the group's listed address is a UPS Store mailbox located near the firm's physical address, and its custodian of records, Ashley Maderos, worked at Jensen for a time as a post-bar law clerk.
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More at: https://www.salon.com/2021/02/19/roger-stone-connected-stop-the-steal-group-hasnt-filed-irs-reports--and-its-agent-disappeared/
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