Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education

‘When Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly “Law and Order” is all they can talk about!’ Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Esther Byrd to the state’s Board of Education, a move that will almost certainly serve to further politicize that appointed panel. A former Marine, Mrs. Byrd is currently the legal assistant and office manager for the Law Office of CordContinue reading “Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education”

Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet

The fringe politician making craven appeals to “America First” racists can’t stop talking about a notorious taped address. Facing simmering outrage over her decision to deliver a taped speech to a white-nationalist conference in Orlando last month, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin insisted she did not know the infamous Holocaust denier who organized the event. InContinue reading “Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet”

Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says she attended pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally

She urged Republicans to remove GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from House committee investigating insurrection Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas said in an interview published Monday that although she attended a rally on January 6, 2021, she “played no role” in planning the events that day and that she doesn’t involve her husband,Continue reading “Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says she attended pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally”

US Far Right Adore​s Vladimir Putin’s Christian Nationalism More Than Freedom and Democracy 

Lauren Witzke, the Republican Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware in 2020, gushed with praise for Vladimir Putin this week after the Russian dictator unleashed a military invasion against Ukraine. While somewhat shocking given the timing, Witzke’s admiration of Putin’s “Christian nationalism” has a long precedent among U.S. Christian ​right leaders, who embraced Putin as a “savior ofContinue reading “US Far Right Adore​s Vladimir Putin’s Christian Nationalism More Than Freedom and Democracy “

‘Every Asset They Have in US Will Be Frozen’: Biden Orders Massive Sanctions Against Russia

“This is going to impose severe cost on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time,” said U.S. President Joe Biden. Amid Moscow’s ongoing military attack on Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that Washington is imposing additional sanctions to limit exports to Russia, freeze assets held by powerful banks, and restrict the economic activities of oligarchsContinue reading “‘Every Asset They Have in US Will Be Frozen’: Biden Orders Massive Sanctions Against Russia”

Democracy in decline worldwide

For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) has recorded more autocratic states than democracies around the world. Civil society activists often represent the last bastion of resistance. Autocracies such as Russia and China on the one hand; democracies like the USA or Germany on the other. Is that the great conflictContinue reading “Democracy in decline worldwide”

The secret plan behind Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill: Bankrupting public education

Republicans seek to use “don’t say gay” bills to gut public education like they did abortion access Republicans widely view the “critical race theory” hoax as a crucial component to regaining the governorship of Virginia in 2021, so it’s not a surprise that the party is rapidly expanding its national war on educators under the guise ofContinue reading “The secret plan behind Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill: Bankrupting public education”

GOP conspiracy theorist who ruined $600k worth of voting machines running for Colorado Secretary of State

‘They are coming after me because I am standing in their way — of truth, transparency and elections held closest to the people,’ says Tina Peters Tina Peters, the Colorado county clerk and GOP election conspiracy theorist who was removed from overseeing county elections after allegedly helping two other Republican activists steal voting machine software, has declared herself aContinue reading “GOP conspiracy theorist who ruined $600k worth of voting machines running for Colorado Secretary of State”

GOP Law Blamed as Nearly 40% of Mail-In Ballots Rejected in Houston Area

“Mail ballots are people’s votes,” said a Harris County elections administrator who is “very concerned” about the anti-democratic effects of the Texas GOP’s new voter suppression law. As early voting continues in Texas’ primary election, pro-democracy advocates are sounding the alarm over the high rate at which mail-in ballots are being rejected as a result ofContinue reading “GOP Law Blamed as Nearly 40% of Mail-In Ballots Rejected in Houston Area”

Let’s talk about McConnell and Trump going to war – Beau of the Fifth Column

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