Republican lawmakers in Washington and around the country are increasingly embracing measures to limit voting access after losing the highest-turnout election in American history. The party’s embrace of restrictive new measures and rollbacks of popular vote-by-mail and early voting programs that enjoyed bipartisan support just a few years ago is a reflection of the new incentive structure facing the Grand Old Party. Rather than recalibrating positions after an electoral loss to better appeal to the vast middle, Republicans today appear to see more advantage in excluding as many voters as possible from communities likely to vote Democratic. ADVERTISEMENT In Georgia, the GOP-controlled state House this week voted to strictly limit absentee and early voting. In Arizona, the Republican-controlled state Senate approved a measure to remove voters from a permanent absentee ballot list if they do not vote in two consecutive elections. Republicans are working on another measure to … [Read more...] about On The Trail: GOP’s tyranny of the minority
On 22 February, the US Supreme Court refused to take up cases questioning the constitutionality of a Pennsylvania state court's decision to extend the ballot-receipt deadline in the 2020 November election by three days, contravening a decision made by the state legislature. Nevertheless, Justice Clarence Thomas dissented insisting that these cases provided the court "with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority non-legislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle ". US Supreme Court Faces No-Win Situation "It's unclear why the Supreme Court refused to address the serious legal questions concerning the actions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court," says Techno Fog, an alias for a US lawyer and blogger. "I suspect a couple reasons. First, they consider the issue to be moot with Biden being elected. Second, they don't want to touch anything having to do with the 2020 election." By 6-3 vote (over dissents from … [Read more...] about What Risks Stem From the US Supreme Court’s Refusal to Take Up the 2020 Pennsylvania Election Case?
A US federal judge has shot down US President Trump’s campaign team’s attempt to block the certification of votes in the state of Pennsylvania. The judge issued the order that also refuted claims of widespread irregularities for mail-in ballots. The news comes after President Trump has refused to concede the election despite other leaders worldwide already recognising Joe Biden, a democrat, as the president-elect. Pennsylvania may have been Mr. Trump’s final hope for arguing against the election results, as the state holds 20 electoral votes. In an attempt to bring the issue into court, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, made an appearance in the court, for the first time in decades, to argue the case. But the US District Court Judge Matthew Brann wasn’t having it. In his order, he detailed Trump’s request for the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million votes. Judge Brann ruled that Pennsylvania officials indeed could certify the election results by showing that Mr. Biden … [Read more...] about US federal judge shoots down President Trump’s attempt to block Pennsylvania vote certification
PHUKET: As Phuket continues to stumble through the fog of beach rules following the National Council for Peace and Order’s cleanup last year, it is refreshing to look back on simpler times at Patong Beach. Just a decade ago, as the island geared up for its first high season after the tsunami, a total of 1,000 masseuses rolled out beach mats and got to work on 1,000 tourists for what was reportedly the world’s longest massage. There is something striking about the photo; no beach umbrellas, chairs or loungers. And despite the presence of more than 2,000 people on the beach, it looks beautiful. The lead story, however, has nothing to do with the picture on page one. It is, in fact, that masochistic, perhaps even necrophilic, dead horse that just keeps on keeping on: airport taxis. Ah… yes, even with the taxi mafia allegedly being swept up in island-wide raids last year, the issues of taxis to and from the airport continues to rage on. Nonetheless, the November 5-11 issue of the … [Read more...] about A Decade Ago: Airport taxis at it again
US President Joe Biden has made a statement warning that America could reinstate sanctions on Myanmar in light of the military takeover in the country. Myanmar's military detained National League for Democracy Party (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials on 1 February, citing fraud concering the NLD's recent landslide election win. © REUTERS / STRINGER Myanmar's military checkpoint is seen on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Biden's statement on Monday said "the international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians". tak lama lagi ada laa tu negara Timur Tengah yg diaorg serang.. pic.twitter.com/FKJi9ZtQTn — AkuStatik™ (@the_k1NN) February 2, 2021 Recalling that Washington had removed … [Read more...] about Biden Threatens Myanmar With Sanctions Over Army Coup, Vows to ‘Stand Up for Democracy Under Attack’