Masthash

#GOPmenace

Addendum 3 cont'd

Clarence Thomas’ Billionaire Benefactor Tied To SCOTUS Bombshell
The Supreme Court just gutted wetland protections after lobbying by Harlan Crow’s business interests
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/110498162127448374

Harlan Crow’s Minions Keeping Your Rent High
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/110753096166749366

#ClarenceThomas #SCOTUS #JudicialMisconduct #HarlanCrow #neofascism #DefundBillionaires #GOP #GOPmenace #DarkMoney #EcologicalDestruction #Sackett_v_EPA

Addendum 3
Seminal ProPublica bombshell article:

Judicial misconduct: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, billionaire Harlan Crow
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/110580597018243738

Above the Law: Supreme Court Rebuff Democrats’ Call for Thomas Probe
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/110908441313317762

Justices Clash on Congress’ Power Over Supreme Court Ethics
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/110968385691785556

#ClarenceThomas #SCOTUS #JudicialMisconduct #HarlanCrow #neofascism #DefundBillionaires #GOP #GOPmenace #MitchMcConnell #CitizensUnited #DarkMoney #LeonardLeo

Addendum 1

Why GOP Fell in Love w. Hungary
Central European country isn’t exactly right-wing paradise portrayed by Republicans
https://newrepublic.com/article/175368/why-republicans-love-hungary-orban

* Hungarian & GOP cooperation stretches back more than a decade
* deepened as GOP showcases Hungary as model of right-wing, anti-woke governance
* Orbán expands international profile, connection to international right

#Hungary #Orban #GOP #GOPmenace #fascism #neofascism #Bannon #Trumpism #CPAC #TuckerCarlson #FoxNews #disinformation

cont'd

Neo-fascism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-fascism
* post-WWII far-right ideology
* significant elements of fascism
* incl. ultranationalism, racial supremacy, populism, authoritarianism, nativism, xenophobia, & anti-immigration sentiment,
* also incl. opposition to liberal democracy, social democracy, parliamentarianism, liberalism, Marxism, neoliberalism, communism, socialism

Comment: neoliberalism, above, the malignant modern U.S. variant, i.e. anti-liberalism

#fascism #neofascism #GOP #GOPmenace

[thread] Neofascism

Fascism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
* far-right, authoritarian, ultranationalist political ideology & movement
* char. by dictatorial leader, centralized autocracy, militarism, forcible suppression of opposition, belief in a natural social hierarchy, subordination of individual interests for the perceived good of the nation & race, strong regimentation of society & economy
...

#fascism #neofascism #GOP #GOPmenace

Longtime Democrat, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson switches to Republican Party
Johnson joins Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker as 1 of 2 Republican mayors to lead a major Texas city
https://www.texastribune.org/2023/09/22/dallas-mayor-eric-johnson-republican

Mayor Eric Johnson: America’s Cities Need Republicans, & I’m Becoming One
While Dallas has thrived, elsewhere Democratic policies have exacerbated crime and homelessness
https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-cities-need-republicans-and-im-becoming-one-dallas-texas-mayor-965dbaa4

Eric Johnson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Johnson_(Texas_politician)

#Texas #Dallas #Eric Johnson #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #populism

A14 cont'd

DeSantis Recommends Against Boosters as Florida Tops U.S. for COVID Hospitalizations
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/09/desantis-administration-recommends-against-boosters-right-as-florida-tops-nation-for-covid-hospitalizations

* DeSantis’ presidential campaign plays up his handling of pandemic as bucking liberal orthodoxy for the good of FL
* championed faster reopenings
* appointed vaccine skeptic Dr. Joseph Lapado FL surgeon general

#DeSantis #Lapado #antivaxx #disinformation #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #CDC #PublicHealth #Florida #GOP #GOPmenace #EvidenceBasedMedicine #EBM #populism #neofascism

American Oversight Condemns North Carolina Lawmakers’ Secret Attempt to Eviscerate Public Records Laws
https://www.americanoversight.org/american-oversight-condemns-north-carolina-lawmakers-secret-attempt-to-eviscerate-public-records-laws

* would give legislators power to det. wh. records belong to public
* provision buried w.i. 100s pages N.C.’s draft budget
* would be devastating to N.C.’s right to know what elected officials are doing

NC lawmakers would be able to keep records secret w. new provision in state budget
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article279555444.html

#NorthCarolina #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #PublicRecords

Addendum 1

PragerU Right-Wing Playbook for Infiltrating Public Education Is Working
New Hampshire's school board voted to make right-wing organization's courses count toward graduation credits, despite vocal opposition
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/prageru-right-wing-education-curriculum-new-hampshire-1234825918

* Prager University Foundation looking to repeat its triumph in Florida across USA

https://persagen.com >> prageru

#NewHampshire #education #HB544 #CultureWars #GOP #GOPmenace #disinformation #PragerU #TPUSA

Dennis Prager speaks at Turning Point USA

[thread] New Hampshire, education

New Hampshire Law Banning Divisive Concepts Leaves Teachers Vulnerable, Students Unprepared
https://msmagazine.com/2023/09/19/new-hampshire-law-divisive-concepts-teachers-race-gender-dei

https://legiscan.com/NH/text/HB544/id/2238380
* "propagation of divisive concepts" 🤨

* HB 544 “Divisive Concepts” bill prohibits teaching of racism, sexism, materials that claim “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, wh. consciously/unconsciously”

#NewHampshire #education #HB544 #CultureWars #GOP #GOPmenace

[thread] GOP, politics, convention of states, Article V convention

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_to_propose_amendments_to_the_United_States_Constitution
* convention to propose amendments to U.S. Constitution
* aka Article V Convention, state convention, amendatory convention
* 1 of 2 methods authorized by Article Five of U.S. Constitution whereby amendments may be proposed

https://persagen.com >> search: ("article v" AND constitution) OR "convention of states"

#GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #USconstitution #StateLegislatures #StatePreemption #democracy

Addendum 16
Hedge fund billionaire/GOP megadonor Kenneth Griffin

Donor Who Backed DeSantis on sidelines re: 2024
Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin supported FL Gov. Ron DeSantis 2022 campaign
Has not backed a Republican for president

* Griffin gave DeSantis $5 million; dissatisfied w. presidential campaign

https://persagen.com >> search: "KenGriffin"
"Ken Griffin" AND ("leonard leo" OR desantis)
griffin AND citadel

#KenGriffin #DefundBillionaires #DeSantis #neofascism #GOP #GOPmenace

https://persagen.com/#q=%22Ken%20Griffin%22

"Ken Griffin"

Kenneth C. Griffin
Never Back Down
Republican State Leadership Committee
David Geffen
The Billionaires Behind the Crisis: How the Rich & Powerful Put Their Wealth Above Public Health
Billionaires: Existential Threats to Humanity
Paul Vallas
Elon Reeve Musk

Addendum 2

1/3 States Have an Election Denier Overseeing Elections
Movement to subvert American democracy far f. dead
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/09/one-third-states-election-denier-governor-attorney-general-secretary

*23 election deniers, 17 states serve as governor, attorney general, or secretary of state

@robertcotter
Election Denier Landscape: Election Deniers weaken free & fair elections
https://statesuniteddemocracy.org/resources/electiondeniers

#GOP #ElectoralFraud #GOPmenace #ElectionDenial #neofascism #democracy #voting #disinformation #Trumpism #Trump #DeSantis #LarryElder #democracy

Dark money: $2 million pours into Virginia
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/09/dark-money-pours-into-historic-virginia-campaigns

* GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin
* public funding of private education; 15 wk abortion ban
* Americans for Prosperity: Charles Koch
* cut taxes; block action on climate change; reduce gov. funding for social welfare

https://persagen.com >> search: "Americans for Prosperity"
"glenn youngkin"
"glenn youngkin" AND koch

#Virginia #GlennYounkin #GOP #DarkMoney #CharlesKoch #neoliberalism #AmericansforProsperity #CimateChange #GOPmenace

https://persagen.com/#q=%22Americans%20for%20Prosperity%22

[Displaying 1 to 30 of 97 items.]
Americans for Prosperity
Emily Seidel
Americans for Prosperity Action
Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta
Joe Manchin Gets Thousands From GOP Megadonor After Tanking President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act
Richard Fink
Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
Political Activities of the Koch Brothers
Citizens for a Sound Economy
Americans for Prosperity
Charles Koch Is Trying to Gut the EPA's Power to Limit Carbon Emissions
KochPAC
Steven Crowder
Charles Koch
Koch Family Foundations
Freedom Partners
CO2 Coalition
One Billionaire vs. the Mail
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
Thousands of Americans backed by rightwing donors gear up for protests
Inside The Group Therapy Session For Conservatives Who Hate Grover Norquist
Tea Party Movement
FreedomWorks
Bradley Foundation Bankrolled Right-Wing Reopen Effort Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Foundation
Tea Party movement
State Policy Network
FreedomWorks
Lisa Lisker
Louis DeJoy

$2 million ‘dark money’ pours into Virginia campaigns
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/09/dark-money-pours-into-historic-virginia-campaigns

* Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit founded by billionaire owners of Koch Industries
* known for efforts to cut taxes, block action on climate change, reduce government funding for social welfare

A3 cont'd

Montana Judge Ruled State Constitution Bans New Fossil Fuel Plants
Young residents won a lawsuit charging that construction of new gas power plant barred by state constitution
But “pro-climate” President Joe Biden arguing fiercely against letting SCOTUS hear similar case
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/held-v-montana-court-constitutional-right-climate-change-youth-generations-environment

#Democrats #GOP #GOPmenace #Montana #SCOTUS #ClimateChange #ClimateCatastrophe #DoJ #FossilFuels #Biden #corporations #DefundCorporations #neoliberalism #StructuralViolence

cont'd 3/

https://persagen.com >> search:
"cicero institute" OR "joe lonsdale"
"Reducing Street Homelessness Act"
"chip wilson" OR "pacific prosperity network"
"vancouver is dying"
homeless* AND discriminat*
"american legislative exchange council"

Billionaires, existential risk
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/111071729378344690

#JoeLonsdale #Musk #DefundBillionaires #homelessness #CiceroInstitute #corporations #DefundCorporations #neofascism #ModelActs #ModelLegislatin #discrimination #GOP #GOPmenace #capitalism

https://persagen.com/#q=%22Reducing%20Street%20Homelessness%20Act%22

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Cicero Institute
Vancouver Is Dying
Ken Sim
Involuntary commitment
Igniting Transformational Systems Change Through Policing
Pacific Prosperity Network
Vancouver_s Social Safety Net: Rebuilding the Broken
Discrimination against homeless people
Politicization
Joe Lonsdale
HelpSeeker Technologies
Eric Adams

Addendum 2

Billionaire megadonor couple funding election denial with extensive influence machine and dark money network
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/09/billionaire-megadonor-couple-funding-election-denial-with-extensive-influence-machine-dark-money-network-uihlein

* Dick, Liz Uihlein conservative megadonors
* est. vast network of dark money groups, conservative super PACs
* donated $250+ million to federal candidates, political groups since 2016

#Uihlein #neofascism #DarkMoney #neoconservatism #AmericanPrinciplesProject #DefundBillionaires #ChristianRight #superPACs #Trumpism #GOP #GOPmenace #AmericaFirstAction

Addendum 4

Wisconsin Republicans Vote to Oust Top Elections Official

* Senate GOP escalating fight over who can det. leader of group supervising 2024 elections
* Meagan Wolfe, 2019, unanimously confirmed by WI Senate
* suing to keep post
* yrs of criticism propelled by Trump 2020 election attacks

Meagan Wolfe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meagan_Wolfe
* U.S. election official; nonpartisan administrator of WI Elections Commission

#Wisconsin #MeaganWolfe #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #democracy #ElectoralFraud

A3 cont'd 2/

American Oversight Seeks Records re: Pot. Impeachment of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice
https://www.americanoversight.org/american-oversight-seeks-records-related-to-potential-impeachment-of-wisconsin-supreme-court-justice

* filed request for WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ comm. rel. to partisan efforts to impeach WI Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz
* including Vos' reported creation of panel of former justices to advise those efforts

AO request: https://www.americanoversight.org/document/records-request-to-wisconsin-state-assembly-for-communications-regarding-potential-protasiewicz-impeachment

#Wisconsin #Protasiewicz #RobinVos #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #democracy #AmericanOversight #ElectoralFraud

Addendum 14

DeSantis Spreads Vaccine Skepticism With Guidance That Contradicts CDC
CDC recommended at least 1 dose of updated COVID-19 vaccines for most Americans 6 mo/older
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/14/us/politics/desantis-covid-vaccine-booster.html

* DeSantis admin. advised Florida residents under age of 65 skip updated boosters 🤨
* “I will not stand by & let the FDA & CDC. use healthy Floridians as guinea pigs for new booster shots” 🤨 🤦‍♀️ 🤨

#DeSantis #antivaxx #disinformation #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #CDC #PublicHealth #Florida #GOP #GOPmenace #EBM

A5 cont'd

No Accident Poverty Just Jumped
Spiked after lawmakers let antipoverty programs expire
https://inequality.org/research/poverty-spike

* 60% incr. 2021-2022 b/c politicians allowed proven income support programs to expire
* frising prices, low wages, high rents, broken healthcare system
* w/o safety net/level playing field, financial security often out of reach for families

Income, Poverty & Health Insurance Statistics: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-kits/2023/income-poverty.html

#GOP #GOPmenace #poverty #ChildPoverty #HumanRights #inflation

Addendum5
See also A3 cont'd, above

Child Poverty More Than Doubled in 2022 After Congress Let Tax Credit Expire
https://truthout.org/articles/child-poverty-more-than-doubled-in-2022-after-congress-let-tax-credit-expire

* 2022: child poverty skyrocketed after lawmakers lewt pandemic stimulus provisions expire
* millions left to languish as pandemic/economic consequences raged on

Income, Poverty & Health Insurance Coverage in U.S. 2022: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2023/income-poverty-health-insurance-coverage.html

#GOP #GOPmenace #poverty #ChildPoverty #PovertyIndustrialComplex #DefundCorporations #HumanRights #inflation

A3 cont'd

Wisconsin’s Gerrymandering Is Sparking a Constitutional Crisis
Badger State Republicans’ desire to hold onto power is running afoul of democracy
https://newrepublic.com/article/175553/wisconsins-gerrymandering-sparking-constitutional-crisis

* Wisconsin the poster child for what happens when political party [GOP] wins 1 election, draws maps to entrench itself in power, does everything it can to keep itself in office forever

#Wisconsin #Protasiewicz #RobinVos #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #democracy #gerrymandering #ElectoralFraud

Ron DeSantis Promises Extrajudicial Killings at Border
Horrifying plan, if elected president
https://newrepublic.com/post/175570/ron-desantis-extrajudicial-killings-border

* laid out policy during interview w. Fox News' Sean Hannity
* DeSantis used phrase “stone cold dead” before when discussing border
* phrase the focus of a campaign ad by DeSantis superPAC "Never Back Down"

#DeSantis #neofascism #transphobia #GOP #GOPmenace #migrants #immigrants #MassMigration #HumanRights #FarRight #xenophobia #superPAC #NeverBackDown #ChrisJankowski #DarkMoney

Addendum 12

DeSantis Didn’t Disclose Trips Paid by Wealthy Donors
https://truthout.org/articles/desantis-didnt-disclose-trips-paid-for-by-wealthy-donors-report

* FL home builder Mori Hosseini; DeSantis directed $92 million l/o COVID-19 federal relief funds to pay for highway interchange that directly benefited a housing project of Hosseini
* John Cwik

DeSantis took undisclosed private flights and lodging through wealthy donors
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/09/14/ron-desantis-private-flights

#DeSantis #neofascism #transphobia #GOP #GOPmenace #MoriHosseini #JohnCwik #corporations #DefundCorporations

Addendum 4

Judge Knocks Down DeSantis' Gerrymandered Congressional Map
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/judge-desantis-map-florida

* DeSantis (R-FL) vetoed/rejected compromises
* called special session on gerrymandered map
* rebuked by FL circuit court judge
* violates FL constitution non-diminishment clause (prohibits reducing minority voters’ ability to vote for candidate of choice)

#Florida #DeSantis #gerrymandering #BLM #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #ElectoralFraud #VotingRightsAct #BLM #SystemicRacism #BlackLivesMatter

Addendum 3 cont'd

Federal court names special master to redraw Alabama congressional map
Court sees 'no reason' to give the state another chance to draw the maps
https://rollcall.com/2023/09/05/federal-court-names-special-master-to-redraw-alabama-congressional-map

Special master: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_master
* subordinate official appointed by judge to ensure judicial orders are followed

#Alabama #KayIvey #gerrymandering #BLM #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #ElectoralFraud #VotingRightsAct #transphobia #BLM #SystemicRacism #BlackLivesMatter #discrimination

Addendum 11

Once the leading alternative to Trump, turnover in the DeSantis team spells trouble
https://www.npr.org/2023/09/05/1197565074/ron-desantis-campaign-trump-republican-candidates-staffing-issues

* Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) one of most viable opponents to Trump for 2024 Republican presidential nomination
* polls far 2nd to Trump
* campaign struggled since beginning

#DeSantis #transphobia #CultureWars #populism #TransLivesMatter #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #FarRight #LeonardLeo #superPAC #NeverBackDown #ChrisJankowski #DarkMoney

Addendum 10

DeSantis Super PAC’s Urgent Plea to Donors: ‘We Need 50 Million Bucks’
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/31/us/politics/desantis-super-pac-audio.html

* super PAC’s chief strategist disparaged rivals, described expensive attempt to thwart Trump in Iowa

https://persagen.com >> search: "never back down"
"never back down" AND "leonard leo"
desantis AND "leonard leo"

#DeSantis #transphobia #CultureWars #populism #TransLivesMatter #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #FarRight #LeonardLeo #superPAC #NeverBackDown #ChrisJankowski #DarkMoney

Alabama Defies the Voting Rights Act
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/alabama-defies-voting-rights-act
https://msmagazine.com/2023/08/31/alabama-voting-rights-act-congressional-maps-black-voters

* Alabama Black voters, major SCOTUS victory 2023-06
* Republican lawmakers violated Voting Rights Act
* Alabama legislature passed map w. 1 Black-majority district & 2nd district in which Black voters constitute 40% of population

#Alabama #KayIvey #gerrymandering #BLM #GOP #GOPmenace #neofascism #ElectoralFraud #VotingRightsAct #transphobia

[thread] Utah special election

Will Utah voters vote in GOP primary Tuesday? Not too late to register
Candidate who wins will likely win Fall special election
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2023/09/01/will-utah-voters-turn-out-gop

* Washington County election administrator sums up early voting in GOP special primary election is going: “It’s slow”
* winner of primary election will face Democratic state lawmaker Kathleen Riebe 2023-11

See also [Ohio special election]: https://mastodon.social/@persagen/110662765514723258

#Utah #GOP #SpecialElection #democracy #GOPmenace

[thread] Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell is in the news recently:

U.S. Senate's McConnell freezes for 2nd time in public
https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/u-s-senate-s-mcconnell-freezes-up-for-second-time-in-public-appearance-1.6541364

Commentary

Republican party member Mitch McConnell weaponized the filibuster and in collusion with Leonard Leo stacked the U.S. Supreme Court with an ultraconservative supermajority.

#McConnell #neoconservatism #filibuster #SCOTUS #neofascism #neoliberalism #LeonardLeo #FarRight #democracy #GOP #GOPmenace #CitizensUnited #DarkMoney #CampaignFinance

Addendum 1

Former Fox executive argues Murdoch is unfit to own TV stations
https://www.npr.org/2023/08/09/1192824440/former-executive-murdoch-unfit-station-fox-news

* Preston Padden joined Fox broadcast network a few years after its launch; helped founder Rupert Murdoch make it viable
* generation later Padden joined a small band of highly vocal critics objecting to Fox's effort to renew its station in Philadelphia: Fox 29

#RupertMurdoch #DefundBillionaires #FoxNews #disinformation #CultureWars #FakeNews #FarRight #CultureWars #Trumpism #GOP #GOPmenace