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    The first bill that was introduced by the House of Representatives after the government reopened was H.R.1 , which is officially titled For the People Act. The link below provides a good summary of all its benefits, but the short version is that it is a sweeping combination of election, campaign finance and ethics reforms designed to make voting easier, curb the power of big donors, and reduce conflicts of interest in all three branches of government.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/house-democrats-for-the-people-act_us_5c2eb491e4b08aaf7a97bff3

    In a way, this topic is closely tied to our prior discussions on taxes, but there is a reason that I started a new thread about it.

    The Center for Public Integrity published an article last week that makes clear WHY H.R. I is so important. The "bullet points" are as follows:

    1) In June of 2017, roughly two dozen wealthy Republicans told their congressmen that they were cutting off their donations until (1) the Republicans repealed and (2) passed major tax cuts. John McCain saved us from the first disaster, but he died before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in December. After the tax bill was introduced in November, donations to the Republican Party increased SIGNIFICANTLY. In 2 months time, those donations totaled $31.1 million.

    Among the politicians and PACs that benefited directly or indirectly from this flood of largesse were the Republican National Committee; Team Ryan, run by former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and the Trump Victory committee, which has ties with the RNC and state Republican committees. Also receiving a large share of the contributions were the Congressional Leadership Fund and Senate Leadership Fund, whose goals are to elect Republicans to Congress.

    https://publicintegrity.org/business/taxes/trumps-tax-cuts/did-billionaires-pay-off-republicans-for-passing-the-trump-tax-bill/

    2) A prime example of an ethics violation is how Mitch McConnell prevented a vote being taken on Merrick Garland's nomination.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624467256/what-happened-with-merrick-garland-in-2016-and-why-it-matters-now

    3)McConnell also twice blocked a vote that would have reopened the government. Instead of acting as a check on the executive branch of the government, McConnell has essentially become Trump's lap dog.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/15/1826513/-McConnell-blocks-vote-on-bill-that-would-reopen-government-for-the-second-time

    4) A list of large donors from 2009 and 2016 explain why certain industries have received favorable treatment from McConnell.

    https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/mitch-mcconnell/2016/10/24/updated-list-mcconnells-biggest-donors/92667300/

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    Looking at all your excellent research and issues; then I keep thinking about how an "paradise" this island is for idiots. If you love "corruption " then move to this "island"; Trump will welcome you with open arms (as long as you pay him and crawl up his butt). I bet even the Pope is jealous of him.

    The world around us must think by now that this whole country has become Jurassic Park, a la, la la land.

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    Dutch:

    Speaking of corruption, the news this morning just reported that a Florida court just ordered oil drilling in the Everglades to proceed. For now, I think the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still safe, but it's been under attack by oil companies for a while.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/2019/02/07/florida-court-orders-oil-drilling-in-floridas-everglades-to-move-ahead/?fbclid=IwAR3O5U1Vjm4XS__dC5JE0osI2i_RATlGxecx5ZxucSKiRWF2DXvY3UncBls#65d8272e2625

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    I wish them lots of luck; I used to be an Geophysical specialist at Shell Canada in the "60's". Since FL has become "land" not so long ago, it looks to me that if anything is found it won't be an "huge" find anyway. But yeah we've got pollution enough, so why not make it worse, at least DeSantis can pocket some more money and no one will notice it anyway as with Scott.
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    Although the link below has a reference to AOC, it is actually more closely tied to H.R.1. The title is " 50 ways to leave your donor":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bwnNp7Gj2Q

    Never forget the fact that she is now a member of the House Oversight Committee, and what our country REALLY needs right now is a 29 year old "ball buster".

    The next two years are going to be VERY interesting.

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    The biggest impediment to the passage of this bill is the filibuster. Since the filibuster is not going to be repealed, the sensible solution is to amend it so that it does not apply to bills pertaining voting rights.

    To put the battle in musical terms, listen to the video below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9G49X2oVyk

    Here's the original song, by Men at Work:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=something+down+undr&cvid=0919cb86d19e4a539bc88a3d781ab252&aqs=edge..69i57.5334j0j4&PC=DCTS&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dsomething%2bdown%2bundr%26cvid%3d0919cb86d19e4a539bc88a3d781ab252%26aqs%3dedge..69i57.5334j0j4%26FORM%3dANAB01%26PC%3dDCTS&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=56B77E16801CEEC9725556B77E16801CEEC97255&FORM=WRVORC

    Traveling in a fried-out Kombi On a hippie trail, head full of zombie I met a strange lady, she made me nervous She took me in and gave me breakfast

    And she said:

    Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover

    Buying bread from a man in Brussels He was six foot four and full of muscle I said, "Do you speak-a my language?" He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich

    And he said:

    I come from a land down under Where beer does flow and men chunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover, ye-aah

    Lyin' in a den in Bombay With a slack jaw and not much to say I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me?" Because I come from the land of plenty And he said: Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah, yeah)

    Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? Aah You better run, you better take cover

    Living in the land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? (Can't you hear thunder?) You better run, you better take cover

    Living in the land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? Oh, yeah You better run, you better take cover, e-ah Living in the land down under, oh-ooh Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? (Ya-ya, ya-ya, yaa, thunder)

    You better run, you better take cover Living in the land down under Living in the land down under

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The biggest impediment to the passage of this bill is the filibuster. Since the filibuster is not going to be repealed, the sensible solution is to amend it so that it does not apply to bills pertaining voting rights.

    To put the battle in musical terms, listen to the video below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9G49X2oVyk

    Here's the original song, by Men at Work:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=something+down+undr&cvid=0919cb86d19e4a539bc88a3d781ab252&aqs=edge..69i57.5334j0j4&PC=DCTS&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dsomething%2bdown%2bundr%26cvid%3d0919cb86d19e4a539bc88a3d781ab252%26aqs%3dedge..69i57.5334j0j4%26FORM%3dANAB01%26PC%3dDCTS&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=56B77E16801CEEC9725556B77E16801CEEC97255&FORM=WRVORC

    Traveling in a fried-out Kombi On a hippie trail, head full of zombie I met a strange lady, she made me nervous She took me in and gave me breakfast

    And she said:

    Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover

    Buying bread from a man in Brussels He was six foot four and full of muscle I said, "Do you speak-a my language?" He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich

    And he said:

    I come from a land down under Where beer does flow and men chunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover, ye-aah

    Lyin' in a den in Bombay With a slack jaw and not much to say I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me?" Because I come from the land of plenty And he said: Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah, yeah)

    Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? Aah You better run, you better take cover

    Living in the land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? (Can't you hear thunder?) You better run, you better take cover

    Living in the land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? Oh, yeah You better run, you better take cover, e-ah Living in the land down under, oh-ooh Where women glow and men plunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? (Ya-ya, ya-ya, yaa, thunder)

    You better run, you better take cover Living in the land down under Living in the land down under

    The filibuster is still the problem.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a statement on Tuesday announced a compromise voting reform bill supported by Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine (Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Alex Padilla (Calif.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Raphael G. Warnock (Ga.). The legislation, she said, would “set basic national standards to make sure all Americans can cast their ballots in the way that works best for them, regardless of what Zip code they live in.”

    This is a scaled-down version of the House’s For the People Act focused directly on the avalanche of voter suppression and subversion that Republicans passed in many states.

    The compromise bill is now called The Freedom to Vote Act.

    The most important provisions, however, have to do with preventing vote-counting shenanigans, phony election “fraudits” and the partisan takeover of election administration. These parts of the Democrats’ bill are aimed at preventing not only post-election chaos but also overt attempts to steal elections. These would protect the integrity and security of ballots and voting machines (in response to Arizona’s disastrous phony audit); require paper-ballot backups; set standards for professional post-election audits and for the recruitment and training of poll workers; and mandate cybersecurity protections and “a reporting requirement for federal campaigns to disclose certain foreign contacts” (in response to the 2016 numerous interactions with Russian officials by Trump campaign official

    Rachel Maddow mentioned last night that the Republicans tried to start an audit in Wisconsin, but an alert official in Dane County shut it down.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately declared no interest in it. He and his fellow Republicans remain dead-set against overturning new, Jim Crow-style laws and preventing the type of circus-like audits seen in Maricopa County, Ariz.

    Democrats — and Manchin in particular — need to take this “no” for an answer. Republicans aren’t interested. Period. It is up to Democrats to decide whether one party can exploit a Senate procedural rule to undermine the building blocks of democracy.

    Democrats have no choice. They either have to eliminate the filibuster entirely, or modify it so that it does not affect laws that effect voting rights.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/15/democrats-need-take-no-gop-answer-democracy/

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    All B.S. It is time to take the "money" out of any elections here. I wrote about that many times. It is the "money" which corrupts everything here. Wake up America, staying on this path will always lead to "corruption" and "power grabs" learn for a change from other countries who allow only elections without hoards of "money". Only "money' in an very limited amount should be spent to cover the actual cost of the logistics only. No candidate can become an "candidate" because they "raised" "x" amount of money. Only "qualifications and "background" should count. But not there in this la la land, they will never learn on how to do things the easy "honest" way and without "corruption". It is the "non-culture" here which loves "chaos" and "corruption" as well "honor" the "experts" in how to corrupt things, in order to draw from the "pot" so they can get "rich" and stay "rich". Another Space flight took of yesterday with very "rich" people on board, who don't know what to do with their money and just squander it in "space" , while the poor here sleep on the street and our government did spent "trillions" over 20 years "war" without getting anything back from it except "money" in the pockets of the "war industry" and lots of useless begging Muslims in return who barely know how to treat women etc.

    Looking at the the total "picture" of this country, then you might as well live in the Congo.