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Member since: Thu Oct 10, 2019, 05:13 PM
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Former Election Official, voting rights wonk. We need lifetime voter registration from birth & citizenship, without any abridgments and a weekend national voting holiday. Let's get the 30% who never vote back voting for Dems.

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117th Congress - Who's on What Committees?

Every two years Congress, the House & Senate reassign members to all Committees.
Every committee gets a new assignment with each session of Congress (every 2 years).

Here is the listing, thank you Wikipedia, of every major committee, House & Senate's Chairs (D) and Ranking Membes (R).

Hope this helps everyone find more information about who is where and on what committee.
There will be a flurry of changes coming, and the dedication DU members show in following our federal government's activity and actions.

We cannot get enough information and we can help each other, by sharing good and comprehensive resources like the Congressional Committee membership lists. Good Luck and keep 'poking it with a stick'.


Good God! A Normal Press Briefing

it's been sooo long since we saw an actual, normal press briefing.
That was as normal as it gets.

Even with the Fox/Right winger 'pseudo-critical' questions. Which added the humor, I was looking forward to:

How come he didn't talk about Trump? (Airplane paint colors)
How come he didn't talk about Trump? (Impeachment)
How come he didn't talk about Trump? (She did mention General Services cleaning the White House of 'organisms')

Thurs Breaking FoxNews...

Biden White House Silent on Not Protecting Trump's Departing Letter. Claims telephony conspiracy!
(Any bets on whether Biden knows, or even wants to know, Trump's phone number?)

SkyNews UK calling Trump's leave "schmultzy"

hahahaha. shmultzy.

Watching on YouTube's SkyNews Live.

Can't wait to go watch France 24, it's English live news broadcast. Those French really like to call a bluff.

Smile more on Inauguration Day

We all deserve to have a good day today.
Share our happiness with everyone...by smiling more.

Smile at strangers.

Let every kid know, things are going to be better, just by smiling at them.

Rioters seeking pardons admitting guilt?

We all know how misinformation leads some into very dark actions.
The Capitol Insurgency is a perfect example of 'lemmings over the cliff' brainwashing.
Not understanding is not an excuse. There is 'cause & effect' for any action in our nation.

Knowingly entering a secure site (the capitol) which is clearly signed and guarded, and then after warnings to not enter..one decides to enter could not be misunderstood. Every single person, at the capitol, on Jan 6th violated at least one law.
Since then, there are many who are realizing the fact that actions have consequences.

Now, there is a flood of people seeking last minute pardons from Trump for their part in the coup attempt.
The pardon requests, since the coup attempt, will help the FBI find and indict many of the traitors.

When you request a pardon, you are admitting guilt to committing a serious crime.

Federal Elections Commission's Dark Era

Trump famously, or infamously, refused to fill the vacant seats on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) since he took office in 2017.
He finally nominated two, just a week before the 2020 Nov election. They were approved by the Senate on Dec 9, 2020.

The FEC could not monitor, manage or investigate
during the entire 2017-2020 period of time.

During Trump's term, they could not hold any meetings of any kind, as they did not have a quorum.
Only now, since mid-Dec 2020, the FEC can legally meet to discuss complaints, violations and give direction to it's investigative division to see if there might be any problems with any federal election campaign.

This includes many federal elections; the Trump-Biden race, but also one-third of the US Senate, which had two cycles and all 435 seats in the House, which also had two cycles-- all of which ran campaigns that the FEC is charged with monitoring and assuring that any criminal, unethical or even suspicious activity would be addressed immediately.
We had over 900 federal seats elected on during this 'dark era'.
...without any oversight!

Does anyone have any idea of how the new administration will 'play catch-up' and do a thorough review of all those campaigns?

I would like to see a complete audit of all GOPs campaigns.
Trump's history with money should always be 'suspect'and if the 527 (Citizens United) groups were funneling money into the insurrection, funding shady PACs and paying for things that are not allowed under FEC rules. We need prosecutions and prison time assured.

I do hope that Biden will bring attention to the FECs 'dark era' under Trump and we can see that all monies, were raised legally, spent legally and that any shady or criminal activity will be immediately and forcefully investigated and prosecuted.

Trump's Senate Impeachment is a good test for America

America has not fully impeached, with a Senate conviction and formal removal from office, an elected officer ever.

The highest ranking officer was Secy of War, Belknap, who was only a nominee with Senate approval.
He was not elected by a citizen vote. That case was a very different time, under very different sets of laws and precedents. We should move forward to prove our legal system can handle this simple, yet important, legal processes.
This is just a trial for a crime. The Senators are jurors.
Senators must respect being a juror and honor the law, over their own political 'futures'.
(This is the one slippery slope we face... A Senator who votes to protect their own re-election and not the crime's conviction or acquittal may be worse than a traitor. We have not tested this aspect, and we must let that occur to see if we can trust the Senate with an impeachment trial, or need to amend the Constitution to find a better pool of jurors)

A Senate Trial, should be given a full opportunity to be 'tested' and we wrangle through the complexities, which we've never confronted before.
If we can experience the variables, the legal challenges and set some new precedence; our republic will be better off going forward. We will be able to develop a more precise set of procedures for future impeachments.

This will be a learning experience, because it's un-chartered territory.
The trial could create important aspects of our Constitution.
We must be diligent about every step we take, so that;
--the defendants are given the greatest opportunity to prove innocence with tangible evidence, so we have greater confidence in our system's ability to assure the nation is protected from insurgencies, from the very bad actors who make take future office and that we can reduce another Civil War from occurring, and from unwarranted prosecutions, for less than serious reasons.

This impeachment, IMO, should go forward with remarkable and intentional transparency, remarkable protections for both defendant & prosecutors of the indictment. We can prove that America is fully prepared to calmly and effectively handle an impeachment of a duly-elected office holder.

Trump is just a failed test of democracy.

Trump and everything he's done, everything the GOP let him get away with...
are just another test of how resilient our democracy is.

The far-right, like the Confederates of the mid 1800's, have some illogical, emotionally driven reason to deny reality.
The South had some Biblical validation to own humans, which they could not prove. Trump also had no proof.

Why they've gotten as far as they have, seeing we did overcome them the last time and should have seen this one coming, is anyone's guess.

So here we are in 2020, and again have the same group of emotional dwarfs whining about something that has never happened. And it's doomsday all over again. All or nothing... again. No, it's a tiny gourp with tiny minds wanting major changes of reality...again.

A 'perceived' process mistake legally failed at every step in the courts- which is the process they are afforded, and that is perfectly OK to do. We expect that to happen, and it did...60+ attempts and they all failed to convince us.
They had no physical evidence to prove their point. Evidence is fact. Period.

Now they have gone violent, just like the South did in 1861, continuing to claim, the imaginary is just as real as facts.

Sorry, no, you lost and we want you to stop with this nonsense and get on with your lives. Keep it up and there will be consequences!

OK, you refuse to listen! Conviction and punishment is now in order.
Impeachment and other serious criminal charges, of the leaders, are filed with more coming....meaning the legal process is working, even though the far right wants to think otherwise. We expect them to resist and deny reality, that our laws are suddenly not their laws,
They are refusing to honor the laws they claim would prove them correct.
The courts said, you have no proof - so, no overturned election. We gave them far more times at bat than was really necessary.
But we trust our laws & legal processes; so we let them go at it, again and again and again. It has now stopped with violence.
They have no more chances in court, no more opportunities. They've chosen the one path that has only one direction.
Conviction of treason in the same courts they used.

Many convicts claim innocence. These traitors will be no different. It's never their fault, even with evidence of fact.
The GOP has always used finger pointing to shy away from it's own bad decisions. This is no different.

We must be immovable in our faith of our legal processes to convict treason, insurrection and abuses it fosters.
"Trumpism" "McCarthyism" "Neoconism" "Nixonism" are just labels for the GOP mistakes, errors and our own intentional... bad choices.

These current traitors/insurrectionists cannot be given any soft consideration, or let the GOP again use, the lamest of excuses.
"Moving too fast with impeachment?"
-- we cannot move fast enough to protect our republic and using the same levels of force we've used in the past.
In fact, the House & Senate could impeach anyone, using the minimal steps, within just a few hours if they wanted to.
Bill given to clerk, clerk has bill read. House Vote -- Done. Bill given to clerk, clerk has bill read. Senate Vote -- Done.
Neither has to hear arguments. The only time consuming aspect is getting the President & the Chief Justice, physcally, into the Senate chamber. We all know how fast the Secret Service can drag someone from point A to point B if needed.

"It was Antifa" (or Martian Unicorns) ... No, it was you Republicans and your right-wing traitors. Nobody else helped you.
"But half the nation thinks... " No, half the nation is not thinking, only a tiny portion thinks the election was fake, imaginary, never happened or stolen. That half also voted and they did not win, nor did they prove fraud of any kind in any court. 60+ rulings prove the fact of loss.
We are done, you had your chance and we will not let you try to blame others for your own actions. You were caught red0handed, on video and there is no denial left. You can be quiet because the timeout is coming, it's just the paperwork now.

We must be intolerant in defending America. We have facts, we have proof and those who deny, suspect and otherwise continue to play this imaginary slight, can and should be legally put into a very dire position for the remainder of their lives.

Some of those convicted in this insurrection should be put to death. All assets seized to cover the damages. And anyone associated with this insurrection should come under a long period of scrutiny; to assure us that this kind of bad behavior is quelled, suppressed and facts are forced down their throats with the broom-handles, flagpoles and fire extinguishers of justice.

Of course if something actually happens, in the future, that can be proven of actual election fraud ( like maybe gerrymandering is a crime) then we will let the processes run those full and complete courses....again. Because we trust our democracy to do just that.

They'll never vote again

All those Trumpies, who tried to overthrow the Capitol, hang the Vice President and destroy the buildings will be convicted of felonies, which in almost every state rescinds the right to vote in any election.

So while they were supposedly fighting for their voting rights, they were, in fact, doing everything they could to have that right taken away.

A brilliant lot of deep thinkers.
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Sat Jan 9, 2021, 11:56 AM (7 replies)

Trump's international properties being attacked yet?

Anytime there is a major American event, like Trump's coup attempt, we often see attacks at American-owned locations across the globe.

I have a simple question...

Has any Trump owned properties, outside the US, been attacked, burned, destroyed, seized or otherwise been made an example of by other nation's citizens, governments, police, students, etc?

on a side note, what are Trump's kids doing about this in those nations. I don't know how many properties Trump has outside the US, where they are and what the local sentiment is, in those other nations.
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Fri Jan 8, 2021, 09:45 AM (0 replies)
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