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November 30, 2021

Mayor Michelle Truitt resigns as Mayor of Millsboro – read article below

https://www.coastalpoint.com/news/millsboro-mayor-michelle-truitt-resigns-in-surprise-move/article_1d326308-516f-11ec-ac7c-5374b13c5578.html

July 30, 2021

Heritage Action for America – Critical Race Theory Town Hall 7/29 (Reviewed by Drew Sunderlin, President, 41st District Republican Club & PAC)

I hope you got the chance to attend this VERY informative town hall. Approximately 400 people attended a well presented panel discussion on the real meaning of Critical Race Theory. In my opinion, the highlight of the discussion was when Xi Van Fleet (who grew up in China during the Mao regime) took the audience through her life experiences in communist China. Every single effort the Chinese government undertook to destroy classes of people in China is the EXACT playbook the Critical Race Theory advocates are employing right here in the United States. 6 presenters on the panel explained their reasons for being there and each one had both troubling experiences, but uplifting messages to convey. The bottom line is if we do nothing to combat this cancer that is being injected into our culture, then we are destined to loose our democracy and become another socialist nation. Parents should get involved in their children’s education. Contact the principle of the school, teachers and administrators and demand to see their children’s curriculum and lesson plans. Before COVID most parents had no idea what their children were being taught. When learning went virtual many, but not all, agendas were exposed. This cancer has been permeating through our educational system for decades and now has reached a fever pitch. Stand up America! Get involved with your school boards and take your country back before it no longer exists as we have known it.

If you wish to see the town hall, click on this link: https://youtu.be/grDvnN83gRo..

Critical Race Theory, Georgetown, 7/29/21

 

June 15, 2021

Pro-Life News

Important, disturbing news: Planned Parenthood is planning to open in Sussex County.

 

According to the Delaware Family Policy Council, Planned Parenthood is expected to open in SEAFORD by the end of August at 800 Health Services Dr. We need to war in prayer.

Per Senator Bryant Richardson, who serves the Seaford area, “This is terrible news. We do not want them in our county. Not in our state either. Some cities are declaring themselves Sanctuary cities for the unborn. There are 31 of them in the United States…. Maybe we can ask the City Council for Seaford to become a sanctuary city for the unborn. Better yet, maybe the Sussex County Council members will make our county the sanctuary county for the unborn…. We need to pray hard about this and act.”

June 10, 2021
 “We the People” started as a group of the Republican members of the 38th District about 4 week ago.  They gather each Wednesday at 8:30 AM on the Bethany Boardwalk at the base of the flag pole.  They take 5 minutes out of their week to salute the American Flag by saying the Pledge of Allegience and sing “God Bless America.”  This is their way of showing support and appreciation for those who risk everything to keep us free and safe in our communities and abroad.  The group started with five participants.  Each week the attendance has grown.  People who were “recruited” on the spot in previous weeks are now showing up just to join in now.  Please join us! All are invited – no matter party affiliation. There is no minimum or maximum age.  Just be one of “We the People!”
June 7, 2021
More detail from our friends across the aisle (new map by our “FRIENDS”- bad news for them) about RE-DISTRICTING due to 2020 Census:
From the Cape Gazette:
“There are some districts upstate that have 11,000 voters, so don’t be surprised when we close down a district upstate and move it down south, because that’s the only way we can fix this,” said Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf[.]
Schwartzkopf said definitely one new seat in the House of Representatives will be allocated to the area, possibly two.
Boy, when he pals around with his Republican friends, Speaker Pete sure does adopt a lot of Republican ideas, and this time he has definitely taken to the idea that not every person counts.

 

4/3/21

Delaware: Senate Passes Mag Ban & Handgun Licensing Bills

Yesterday, the Senate voted 13-8 to pass Senate Bill 6, to ban magazines over an arbitrary capacity limit, and also voted 13-8 to pass Senate Bill 3, to impose a Maryland-style “handgun qualified purchase card” and a handgun transfer registry, in Delaware. These bills now advance to the House for further consideration. Please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE SB 6 and SB 3.

 

Senate Bill 6, the so-called “Delaware Large Capacity Magazine Prohibition Act,” bans possessing magazines with a capacity greater than seventeen rounds of ammunition. Such arbitrary limits are not grounded in public safety and, instead, restrict law-abiding citizens who use these magazines for various purposes, such as self-defense and competition.

Senate Bill 3 requires prospective purchasers or recipients of a handgun to first have a “handgun qualified purchaser card,” which requires a training course. While those with a carry permit are exempt from the training requirement, they are not exempt from the license. The approved permits only last for 180 days each, requiring citizens to continuously apply for new permits in order to maintain the ability to acquire handguns. In addition, it requires information regarding prospective handgun purchasers be made available to state law-enforcement, and does not prohibit law-enforcement from retaining records of purchasers, and of the firearms purchased. This provision essentially creates a state registry of handguns.

As the nation’s leading provider of firearms training, NRA knows the important role that high-quality firearms education plays in the safe and responsible use of firearms. At the same time, NRA understands that gun owners are a diverse community with a variety of educational needs. That is why NRA opposes mandatory and one-size-fits-all firearms training policies that can act as a barrier to the competent exercise of Second Amendment rights.

Again, please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE SB 6 and SB 3.

4/2/21

TAKE BACK OUR SCHOOLS – INSIST THEY EDUCATE NOT INDOCTRINATE

A message from the Eastern Sussex Republican Clulb

Take Back Our Schools

2/25/21

MILLSBORO, Del. – The North Millsboro Bypass project is still in the design and planning phase, but drivers could be just four years away from a quicker drive around town.

Route 24 traffic typically bottlenecks through downtown Millsboro during rush hour. Project Manager Mark Whiteside says the distance of the bypass would be longer, but the commute would be quicker.

It’s almost becoming a parking lot and what we need to do is get some of that traffic out, especially the truck traffic,” Whiteside says.
The bypass will start north of Millsboro at Route 113 and four bridges will be constructed.
“Going over SR 20, Fox Run Road, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and the Millsboro pond, as well as Gravel Hill Road,” Whiteside says. “That new road will connect to SR 24 west of Mountaire Farms.”
“The question is for the town, will it be enough?” says Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “At least to start it will be a two-lane bypass. It won’t have two lanes in each direction.”

 

OPINION

S O S 
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS
The Green News
July 6, 2021
(emphasis added)
                                                            
Our students are threatened
Our country is threatened. 
Our way of life is threatened. 
We must come to understand what is going on in our schools. We have to understand what our kids are being exposed to in our classrooms. It’s our duty as parents and citizens of this great country.   
Our schools no longer put reading, writing, and arithmetic first. Now it’s social engineering that’s number one in the classroom, in the halls, and on the playing fields. It’s everywhere. Academics have become secondary. Nation and citizenship have become relics.
Today our students face social issues never seen before in the classrooms. Educators assure us academic standards are being met but that is because the bar by which they are measured is lowered. 
Everything is now measured thru the lens of social justice. And, justice is measured by race, color, and gender. 
Today, students face what can be called a quadruple threat. There are four damaging programs being applied to education and the nation – Deep Equity, Critical Race Theory, Cancel Culture,  andTransgenderism. Each one attacks America from a different angle. Together they reject and disavow our Founding Values and political system.
Deep equity changes how our students are taught. No longer do we seek to maximize each students learning. Now we seek equal outcome among students. A former School Board member put it this way “Deep Equity is all about racial, ethnic and economic outcome parity”. This is social engineering, not education.         
Critical Race Theory is another threat to education. It’s very direct and simple. All white people, no exceptions, young or old, male or female, are racists. White people can’t help it. According to the false history of The 1619 Project, it’s in our DNA.   
The third leg of this quadruple threat is Cancel Culture. This is also very clear and direct. We must erase all of our past history. It’s “not fair” to look back at what has happened in history and make comparisons. Learning from past mistakes would be impossible.
Finally, we come to #4 – Transgenderism. This program completely changes our understanding of the male/female duality of life. It rejects biology and replaces it with a new concept of sex/gender. Your feelings under transgenderism override the physical. You can be anything you want. Some say this will ultimately replace the concept of family.  
These four programs, all in many of our schools, are destroying our way of life and our belief systems from the inside. It is happening because the average American citizen claims to be too busy to keep up with what is going on. The people pushing these programs may believe it will make for a better country. But others just seek absolute power which will absolutely corrupt and destroy our way of life.
I will leave you with two thoughts. The denial of reality and apathy are our greatest enemies. And another from Thomas Jefferson “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” 
 
John Green

May 22, 2021

A column by Senator Bryant Richardson, 21st Senatorial District

How Can Senators Ignore an 

Overwhelming Show of Support?

 

Last week, I mentioned that I was caught off guard when I found out my ultrasound bill, Senate Bill 108 (SB 108), was being heard in the Senate Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee (SLOSC).

 

I had notified the SLOSC chairperson that I had already made a commitment to attend the Banking & Insurance Committee hearing that was meeting at the same time and would not be able to attend.

 

Because of a technical problem in joining the Banking & Insurance Committee hearing, I was able to tune into the Senate Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee hearing. 

 

That was when I found out SB 108 was on the agenda, the only bill on the agenda.

 

As the author, I asked for the bill to be tabled and instead be heard at a future date, so that I could inform proponents about a hearing date and time. 

 

The request was denied. 

 

Other senators (who have been serving much longer that I have) told me they have never heard of such a request by the prime sponsor of a bill being refused.

 

During the hearing, the only members of the public registered to speak about SB 108 were all opposed to the bill. 

 

My question is: How did the opponents know of the hearing date and time, but not one proponent?

 

This makes you wonder about the effectiveness of the posting of notices of the hearings.

 

Following a one-hour discussion about SB 108, SLOSC chairperson Kyle Gay said she would accept written comments about the bill via email for the next 48 hours.

 

During that 48-hour period of time, 1,545 emails arrived in my inbox. Of that total, 1,540 emails were in support of the senate bill, 992 from females and 548 from males.

 

There were, in fact, emails sent in opposition. How many? A total of five.

 

Following is a sample of one of those emails in support of the bill.

 

I have had two abortions. I asked both doctors very specific questions: Is there a heartbeat, and is it formed yet?

 

Both times I was fed the same lie. A few years later when pregnant with my son, I saw him on ultrasound. Beating heart. Arms and legs. Same age as those I had aborted. 

 

I can’t express the degree of anger and betrayal I felt. I would never have made the choice I made had I been told the truth. Don’t allow this to happen to another woman. Treat abortion as every other medical procedure. Don’t remove a woman’s choice. Empower her with all the facts.

 

The letter is from Leslie Dean, a registered nurse in Delaware and Maryland, a forensic nurse examiner and an obstetrical nurse sonographer.

 

Then came the Friday ‘vote’

When the notice to vote on releasing the bill from committee was sent out on Friday, the following documents accompanied the request:

• A letter from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposing SB 108

• A second letter from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposing SB 108

• A letter from Christiana Care opposing SB 108

• A letter from the Delaware Nurses Association Board of Director opposing SB 108

• A single letter in support of SB 108

• Two documents containing 61 emails, 58 in support of SB 108 and three opposed.

What I find concerning is that there was nothing said about this being a ‘sampling’ of the emails. I cannot imagine that all others on the SLOSC did not receive a similar number.

In fact, another member of the SLOSC, Senator Brian Pettyjohn, told me he received 1,693 emails in that 48-hour period of time, with just seven opposed to the bill.

What about the opposition?

Following is an excerpt from one of the letters from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

 

Government serves a valuable role in the protection of public health and safety and the provision of essential health services. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) supports this proper role of government. Laws that veer from these functions and unduly interfere with patient-physician relationships are not appropriate.

Laws that require physicians to give, or withhold, specific information when counseling patients, or that mandate which tests, procedures, treatment alternatives or medicines physicians can perform, prescribe, or administer are ill-advised.

Interestingly, one of the the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists letters notes:

More than 25 states (as of January 2021) have passed ultrasonography requirements on the provision of abortion care. The earliest laws date to the mid-1990s. These laws require an ultrasound to be offered and/or performed prior to an abortion.

Here are my thoughts

I am not surprised that organizations representing doctors and nurses would be opposed to government mandates. However, responsible legislators do indeed have a major role in making sure patients’ rights are protected.

And let me add one more fact. There is also an organization called the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians. Its website includes these words:

We are the largest organization of pro-life obstetricians and gynecologists in the world. We know what it is like to practice good medicine in a hostile academic environment. We understand the need for absolutely accurate and scientifically irrefutable information.

 

The Courts weigh in

 

Courts have ruled that: 

 

As the patient must bear the expense, pain and suffering of any injury from medical treatment, his/her right to know all material facts pertaining to the proposed treatment cannot be dependent upon the self-imposed standards of the medical profession.

 

True consent to what happens to oneself is the exercise of a choice, and that entails an opportunity to evaluate knowledgeably the options available and the risks attendant upon each.

 

Though the physician may feel strongly about the correct course of action, It is the prerogative of the patient, not the physician, to determine for himself/herself the direction in which his/her interests lie, and that requires full disclosure of the nature of the procedure and all the risks and alternatives which a reasonable patient would need to make an informed choice. 

 

Even complications occurring only 1% of the time must be disclosed.

 

What now?

The bill was NOT released from committee. Three senators are keeping the bill from being released. They are:

 

Senator Kyle Evans Gay: Kyle.Gay@Delaware.gov

Senator Marie Pinkney: Marie.Pinkney@delaware.gov

Senator Stephanie Hansen: Stephanie.Hansen@delaware.gov

 

If one of the three had even voted ‘unfavorable’ on the bill, it would be allowed a hearing in the Senate. 

 

This is no longer an issue of a right to abortion. This is about the right of women to make an informed choice.

One percent

Think about that one percent risk that the courts have ruled physicians must disclose to their patients.

If physicians did this, children would be saved and many women would be spared heartaches by learning too late their decisions were not based on the evidence. 

 

Maybe not one senator would change the way he or she would vote as a result of a hearing on the Senate floor. 

However, I would like to think that those who say they are for a woman’s right to choose would recognize the importance of the ‘right’ of a woman to be fully informed about the risks and consequences of her decision.

I feel at peace advocating for the unborn, those who have no voice unless we speak out for them.

When I read God’s Word, I believe every life is precious, that God cares about each and every one of us at every stage of our lives.

I cannot imagine being silent on this issue. Silence can be seen as acceptance. A civil society must protect the most vulnerable and innocent.

Joe’s Long Decline

By Sally Zelikovsky – americanthinker.com

In their desperation for a president they could manipulate and in her zeal to be FLOTUS, the Democrat Party and Jill Biden offered Joe Biden as a sacrificial lamb to gain power — forcing the rest of us to watch, in real time, the disintegration of a human being suffering from dementia.  As far as I’m concerned, this is elder abuse that ranks right up there with the criminal actions of Democrat governors in sending tens of thousands of seniors to their early graves via COVID.

They can prop Joe up, but he increasingly stumbles in interviews, his public appearances are shorter, his press conferences nonexistent, and his jogs up to the dais have been replaced with him tottering off stage like Tim Conway’s Duane Toddleberry.

Not only does Kamala escort him off stage after standing legs athwart, masked in black like the Hand of the King, but Jill, the quintessential helicopter spouse, is ever-present, holding his hand.  They call it affection but it is really for backup.

This is astounding behavior for a POTUS and FLOTUS but common among spouses in denial or trying hide what is happening at home.  Jill is the latter — clearly by his side for reinforcement and to whisk him away when the time is right because he won’t know when to leave a situation, where to go, or how to extricate himself — as we saw when he asked for questions at a House Democratic Caucus event and the live feed was abruptly terminated.

We saw Jill swoop in when he faltered in a Univision interview about kids in “facilities” on the border.  She interrupted clarifying they were “shelters” and insisted it was being handled “in a more humane way.”   Turns out that Jill has been tasked with supervising immigrant family reunification at the border— appearing more co-president than dutiful First Lady. This goes way beyond the routine reading, online bullying, and diet initiatives of recent First Ladies.  With life imitating art, one wonders if 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t starting to resemble House of Cards?

This is not okay.  The President is indisputably on the decline and no one seems to care about his well-being or the nation’s security.

Stress and anxiety don’t cause dementia but can exacerbate a dementia patient’s confusion. It can be brought on by something as mundane as a large family gathering, a change in routine, a fall, a visit to the hospital, or stress from a job.  While “sundowning” or decompensating after a family event are common fallouts from stress, the real challenge is the accumulation of stress and anxiety over time that leads to confusion and, ultimately, delusions, which, in turn, can foster increased levels of anxiety that can exacerbate the confusion experienced and result in even more delusions, and so forth and so on.  It’s a hellacious cycle. It goes without saying that the daily pressures of being POTUS dwarf anything we normally experience.  On a given day, Biden will encounter bustling mobs tending to daily White House routines; multiple meetings; travel; calls with congressional members, party leaders, governors, and leaders of foreign nations — all disruptive and potentially triggering to an elderly dementia patient.  We already see, only six weeks into his presidency, that early bedtimes, calming fires, strict routines, limited schedules, and lowered expectations for public appearances, cannot fend off the effects of this disease.  As POTUS, there is no escape from the stress on which dementia feeds.

Take much for these daily stressors to snowball into the kind of monster that sometimes can only be controlled with heavy-duty medications like Seroquel, which is basically a pharmaceutical lobotomy, or Depakote to control outbursts and agitation, both of which cause incredible fatigue and listlessness.  A president cannot function taking these medications.

For Joe Biden and every other dementia patient, this disease doesn’t improve, stabilize, or go into remission.  The remaining days of those afflicted are a downward spiral of “new normals” to which loved ones have no choice but to adjust.

The real issue for Biden isn’t what we see, but what is happening behind the scenes. He might pull off a ten-minute address reading from a teleprompter — albeit with increasing difficulty and such strain on his face and in his voice that it hurts to watch.  But afterwards and behind the Oval Office doors, is when the bedlam begins — repeated questions about where he is, what is going on, who is with him; difficulty recalling events; garbled speech; and temper tantrums.  Some withdraw; others become belligerent. Speech is nonsensical, anxiety acute, and paranoia common. As Biden himself would say:  this is serious business, folks.  No joke.

How does this end?  Biden will be forced to resign probably within six months, a year at the latest.  If the powers that be meet any resistance from the Bidens, they’ll threaten to 25th Amendment him and Congress will determine his fitness to hold office.  That requires a 2/3 majority vote each in the House and Senate — a higher bar than the alternative of impeachment, which requires a majority in the House and 2/3 of the Senate to convict/remove.  While impeachment is a viable alternative, it requires high crimes and misdemeanors.  Thus, to force Joe’s hand, those in charge will circle back… to his Ukraine and China “dealings.”

Faced with tying up Congress with a messy 25th Amendment process that puts his health on full display or an ugly impeachment with all that implies, Joe will capitulate and resign, and Kamala will be president.  Under the 25th Amendment, her pick for VP requires a majority vote of the House and Senate.  If they wait until the mid-terms to force Joe’s resignation and they lose the House, House Republicans could stonewall vote after vote and the VP position could remain vacant.  Not only would we lack a VP, but there wouldn’t be anyone to break ties in the Senate — all the more challenging if the Senate remains at 50-50 or close to that after 2022.

Then again, even if Kamala is installed before 2022 and the House approves her VP, it’s highly likely the Senate vote would be tied… and there won’t  be a VP to break the tie!  According to the Senate website, in the absence of a VP, the President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate but authority to break ties lies strictly with the VP.

I’m not sure if this constitutes a constitutional crisis or just a conundrum, but it would be choppy nonetheless.  Congress would likely craft legislation to fill the vacant veep position.  That would raise hotly debated amendment concerns but, given the last four years, we should be used to the extraordinary when it comes to the Constitution and political warfare.

I don’t foresee any whistleblowers revealing the behind-the-scenes truth about Biden’s condition, but that’s okay. It won’t be long before the cat’s out of the bag and Joe is out of the White House.  We’ll just have to wait-and-see what happens next.

 

 

3/30/21

It’s now the beginning of April 2020 and time to start focusing on the 2022 elections. We have many State Legislative offices up for grabs as well as a Congressional Seat. Time to:

  • Register more Conservative Voters
  • Recruit more volunteers and Candidates
  • Begin to build our Campaign Chests

Here’s a view of the national picture:

The fight to retake at least one — or hopefully both — chambers of Congress next year is the number one priority for members of the Republican party.

That’s especially true if the GOP wants any shot at shooting down the long list of radical, ultra-progressive legislation planned by President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress.

Luckily for Republicans, the future seems to be increasingly bright, as according to Breitbart, a newly-released poll from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) revealed that the GOP is “in good shape” to win back the House in 2022.

As it stands, Democrats are barely holding a majority in the House, with only 221 members to the Republicans’ 211, meaning that a matter of flipping 11 seats would secure a majority victory. But given the current state of partisan politics and the American people overwhelmingly rejecting the socialistic ideology of the modern Democrat party, it’s not a stretch to predict that Republicans could see a 2010, Tea Party-level flip in the lower chamber.

Latest NRCC Poll Delivers Incredible News For Republicans Heading Into 2022 Midterm Elections (thefederalistpapers.org)

Doug Parham

3/18/21

This prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their

Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the

Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this

is what they heard:

 

“Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and

to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: “Woe to

those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done.

* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

* We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.

* We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism.

* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.

* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building

self-esteem.

* We have abused power and called it politics.

* We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.

* We have institutionalized bribery and called it sweets of office.

* We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it

freedom of expression.

* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and

called it enlightenment.

 

Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every

sin and set us free. Amen!”

 

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during

the prayer in protest.

 

In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is

pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls

responding negatively.

 

The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this

prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

 

With the LORD’S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and

WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be

called “ONE NATION UNDER GOD.”

Drew Sunderlin
President/41st District Republican Club & PAC
P.O. Box 867
Millsboro, DE  19966

3/5/21

HR 1, if passed, could bring this country to one party rule.  Everyone should read the article below “37 Things to Know About HR1” and voice your opinion to our Federal legislators before it is too late!

Here are 37 key points:
  1. Federal control over congressional elections: The bill begins by declaring that “Congress finds that it has broad authority to regulate the time, place, and manner of congressional elections under the Elections Clause of the
    Constitution.” The Constitution actually gives primary authority to the States, but allows Congress to “make or alter such Regulations.” The House Democrats interpret this provision as dramatically as possible to override the states.
  2. Declaring that “States and localities have eroded access to the right to vote”: The bill declares that photo ID, “burdensome” voter registration procedures, purges of ineligible voters, restrictions on vote-by-mail, rules against felons voting, and other measures that states and municipalities have taken to guarantee the integrity of elections are, in fact, “restrictions on the right to vote.” It also suggests these are forms of “racial discrimination” and “systemic racism.”
  3. Restricting challenges to H.R. 1 to the federal court system in D.C.: The bill declares that the only courts with jurisdiction to hear challenges to its constitutionality, or to the validity of regulations promulgated under the law, are courts within Washington, D.C. — a notoriously Democrat-friendly jurisdiction. That minimizes the chances that any challenges could be brought to more conservatives courts, or to judges appointed by past Republican presidents.
  4. Automatic and online voter registration: The bill requires every state to make sure “all eligible citizens are registered to vote in elections for Federal office” unless individuals opt out. It also requires states to make voter registration available online. It allows voters who have no other signatures on file with the state to supply their signatures when requesting a ballot. The state may not request more than the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number.
  5. Protection for illegal aliens who are registered to vote: The bill protects non-citizens from prosecution if they are registered to vote automatically and never made an affirmative declaration that they were U.S. citizens. Agencies that register voters are not required to keep records of who declined to affirm their citizenship.
  6. Changing personal information at polling places: Voters are allowed to change their address and other information at polling places, other than on Election Day itself, and are allowed to cast regular, not provisional, ballots on that basis.
  7. Same-day voter registration: “Each State shall permit any eligible individual on the day of a Federal election and on any day when voting, including early voting, is permitted for a Federal election—to register to vote in such election at the polling place … [and] to cast a vote in such election.” The provision includes a clause that requires same-day voter registration to be implemented in time for the upcoming elections in 2022 — when Democrats fear losing the House.
  8. Preventing states from purging ineligible voters from rolls: One section of the bill is called the “Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off Their Enlisted Rolls in States Act,” whose acronym is the “SAVE VOTERS Act.” It restricts the criteria that states may use to strike voters from the roll, and requires that voters and the public be notified first. The bill also makes it more difficult for states to remove voters from the rolls through “cross-check” with other states unless they have extensive information corroborating the voter’s identity. It also restricts “third parties” from challenging voters’ eligibility unless they have “personal knowledge” of ineligibility — and punishes challenges with up to one year in prison for each violation. The U.S. Postal Service is also required to remind people who fill out a “hard copy change of address form” to update their voter registration.
  9. Registration for minors (under 18): States must register citizens to vote, voluntarily or automatically, as long as they are over 16 (even though they cannot vote yet). Automatic registration will apply to students who register for courses at college. The bill provides funds for “States to carry out a plan to increase the involvement of individuals under 18 years of age in public election activities in the State.” High schools are also required to provide voter registration information to students before graduation.
  10. Prohibiting the publication of misleading information: The bill makes it a federal crime to “communicate or cause to be communicated information” that is knowingly false about an election, and designed to discourage voting, within 60 days of and election. The sentence: up to five years. The bill also makes it a crime to claim a false political endorsement.
  11. Reducing prison funds to states unless they register ex-convicts to vote: Under what it calls the “Democracy Restoration Act,” the bill says that all felons can vote unless they are “serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility at the time of the election.” Ex-convicts have to be notified of their eligibility to vote up to six months before their release. All federal funds for building or improving prisons can be withheld if states do not comply.
  12. Mandatory early voting: “Each State shall allow individuals to vote in an election for Federal office during an early voting period which occurs prior to the date of the election, in the same manner as voting is allowed on such date.” Early voting must begin no later than 15 days before Election Day, including weekends, and must allow for 10 hours of voting each day, including some hours before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  13. Nationwide vote-by-mail, without photo ID: States are required to provide for absentee vote by mail in elections for Federal office — and “may not require an individual to provide any form of identification as a condition of obtaining an absentee ballot.” A signature can be required — but not a witness signature. And once an individual applies for vote-by-mail once, he or she must be considered to have applied for vote-by-mail forever.
  14. Unlimited “ballot harvesting”: States “shall permit a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot to the post office, a ballot drop-off location, tribally designated building, or election office so long as the person designated to return the ballot does not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots” and ” may not put any limit on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return.”
  15. Allowing 10 days for ballots to be accepted after Election Day: The bill requires States to accept any mailed ballots postmarked before, or on, Election Day, if they arrive within ten days of the election. It allows states to expand that deadline.
  16. Paying for postage for mailed ballots: The bill provides that “the State or the unit of local government responsible for the administration of the election involved shall prepay the [return] postage on any envelope provided” for an application to register to vote, an application for an absentee ballot, or the return of the ballot itself. All election materials are to be treated as first-class mail, regardless of the postage paid.
  17. Prohibiting state election officials from campaigning in federal elections: The bill prevents “a chief State election administration official to take an active part in political management or in a political campaign with respect to any election for Federal office over which such official has supervisory authority.” This provision appears aimed squarely at states like Georgia, where the involvement of secretaries of state in elections has been controversial in recent years.
  18. Creating “Campus Vote Coordinators” at colleges and universities: The bill requires colleges and universities to hire an official whose responsibility would be to inform students about elections and encourage voter registration. Those institutions that “have demonstrated excellence in registering students to vote in elections for public office” will be eligible to receive additional grants from the Department of Education as an incentive to boost registration efforts.
  19. Gutting photo ID requirements: The Bill requires states to substitute photo ID requirements by allowing would-be voters, in person or by mail, to submit a “sworn written statement, signed by the individual under penalty of perjury, attesting to the individual’s identity and attesting that the individual is eligible to vote in the election.” Such voters are to be allowed to cast regular ballots, just like voters who present photo ID — not required to case provisional ballots.
  20. Making absentee voter boxes available for 45 days: “In each county in the State, each State shall provide in-person, secured, and clearly labeled drop boxes at which individuals may, at any time during the period described in subsection (b), drop off voted absentee ballots in an election for Federal office.” Subsection (b) is 45 days before an election. The boxes must be “available to all voters on a non-discriminatory basis” and “during all hours of the day.”
  21. Mandatory curbside voting: States may not “prohibit any jurisdiction administering an election for Federal office in the State from utilizing curbside voting as a method by which individuals may cast ballots in the election.”
  22. Restoring federal supervision of states under Voting Rights Act: The bill declares: “The 2018 midterm and 2020 general elections provide further evidence that systemic voter discrimination and intimidation continues to occur in communities of color across the county. (The “evidence” is not provided.) It goes on to say Congress should restore those provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that were struck down in 2014 by the Supreme Court.
  23. Encouraging statehood for DC, and representation for territoriesThe bill complains that D.C. is not yet a state, adding: “The United States is the only democratic country that denies both voting representation in the national legislature and local self-government to the residents of its Nation’s capital.” The bill also appoints a commission to study the “disenfranchisement” of the U.S. territories, pushing for congressional representation and presidential votes.
  24. Federal control of congressional district maps through “independent” commissions: Notwithstanding evidence that “independent” redistricting commissions are actually run by Democrats for their own partisan advantage, the bill makes it mandatory for states to redraw their congressional districts through such commissions, not through state legislatures. Commissions are required to show “racial, ethnic, economic, and gender” diversity, as well as geographic diversity.
  25. “National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions”: The bill creates a commission to study elections and produce a report after 18 months with recommendations for improving elections. The commission will consist of ten members, only four of whom would be selected by the minority party, allowing Democrats to dominate.
  26. New reporting requirements for companies: The bill identifies limited liability companies (LLCs) as a potential conduit for foreign donations to domestic super PACs, and suggests Congress require LLCs to identify their owners.
  27. Candidates required to report “foreign contacts”: “Not later than 1 week after a reportable foreign contact, each political committee shall notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the [Federal Elections] Commission of the reportable foreign contact and provide a summary of the circumstances with respect to such reportable foreign contact.” The FBI would then notify the House and Senate intelligence of these “foreign contacts.” The provision does not apply to foreigners who are part of an effort to observe U.S. elections as a part of international monitoring.
  28. New disclosure for corporations: The bill codifies the DISCLOSE Act, long a pet project of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who aimed to restrict corporate participation in elections. The section requires corporations to certify that their political activities are free from foreign interference, including showing that those involved in political contributions are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Notably, these restrictions on corporations are far more strict than the rules pertaining to citizenship in voter registration.) Corporations spending more than $10,000 in an election cycle must file detailed disclosures, including for independent expenditures that are not coordinated with campaigns.
  29. Oversight of online political advertising: Citing the supposed influence to Russian trolls on the 2016 election, the bill expands disclaimers for online political advertising, under a provision called the “Stand By Every Ad Act.” Online platforms are also required to maintain detailed records of attempts to purchase political advertising space on the platform. Foreigners are prohibited from political ads. The bill requires the Federal Elections Commission to conduct “an independent study and report on media literacy with respect to online political content consumption” to determine whether Americans can be fooled by political advertising. The bill also prohibits the use of “deepfakes” — digital impersonations — in campaigns, without disclosures to the public that the relevant media have been manipulated.
  30. Deportation for “aliens” who violate election laws: Using the term “alien,” which Demcorats have tried to outlaw in other contexts, the bill defines foreigners who have tried to interfere in American elections as “deportable.”
  31. Removing restrictions on IRS targeting: The bill appears to reverse provisions that restrained the Internal Revenue Service from targeting tax-exempt organizations and their donors, which were applied after the IRS scandal of 2013.
  32. Attacking Citizens United and free speech for corporations: The bill declares the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United to be “erroneous,” adding: “The Supreme Court’s misinterpretation of the Constitution to empower monied interests at the expense of the American people in elections has seriously eroded over 100 years of congressional action to promote fairness and protect elections from the toxic influence of money.” It recommends “the Constitution should be amended so that Congress and the States may regulate and set limits on the raising and spending of money.”
  33. Gift cards and reimbursements for political donations: Under a pilot program called “My Voice,” the bill creates a federally-funded voucher program that gives individuals $25 to donate to the candidates of their choice. It also provides for federal matching funds of 600% of the amount candidates for federal office receive in small-dollar donations.
  34. Allowing politicians to use campaign funds for personal use: Under a provision called the “Help America Run Act,” the bill legalizes what had previously been considered a violation of federal law, and allows candidates for federal office to use campaign donations for personal expenses such as child care — as long as they do not already hold federal office.
  35. Changing the composition of the FEC to become partisan: The bill reduces the membership of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) from six to five members. Only two members can be associated with a particular political party, meaning that the fifth member is theoretically independent — though nominated by a president associated with a party. Several former FEC members have written to Congress warning about this change and other related provisions.
  36. Changing conflict of interest rules to bar Donald Trump from running: Though “Trump” is not mentioned, the bill tightens rules around conflicts of interest for the president and vice president that would make it hard for Trump to run again. It requires the president or vice president to divest all financial interests that could pose a conflict of interest for them, their families, or anyone with whom they are negotiating or who is seeking employment in their administration.
  37. Changing FEC rules to require Trump (or other presidential candidates) to provide their tax returns: “Not later than the date that is 15 days after the date on which an individual becomes a covered candidate, the individual shall submit to the Federal Election Commission a copy of the individual’s income tax returns for the 10 most recent taxable years for which a return has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service.”

 

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