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Democratic governors worry about threat to democracy but don’t see it as a winning message for 2022

Democratic governors worry about threat to democracy but don’t see it as a winning message for 2022

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Democratic governors are facing a messaging conundrum: they say American democracy may hinge on their elections in 2022, but they’re not sure they can get most voters to care.

Attempts to meddle with the certification of the Electoral College count and the partisan takeovers of the voting infrastructure don’t seem to be front of mind for an electorate drained by nearly two years of pandemic living and a creeping sense of economic panic, and that worries a range of Democratic governors gearing up for campaigns who gathered in New Orleans this weekend for grim meetings about their 2022 electoral prospects.
They see former President Donald Trump cheerleading Republican efforts to twist state election laws in the GOP’s favor. They fear he’ll launch another presidential campaign in 2024 and that a bad Democratic year in 2022 could remove bulwarks of the democratic systems meant to ensure impartial vote counts — and results determined by those counts.

But the dozen Democratic governors who assembled for an annual policy workshop and donor conference definitely don’t want to be the next Terry McAuliffe, whose campaign for Virginia governor went down last month amid a fevered effort to make his GOP opponent out as the horseman of a Trump apocalypse.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who chaired the Democratic Governors Association in the flush Democratic 2018 campaign year, has a different horseman in mind.
“We have to be Paul Revere every chance we get to let people know what is at risk and why it is at risk. We live it. Every time we eat breakfast we think about these things,” he said. “I don’t think you can be overly concerned about this. The American psyche has not recognized we were one vice president away from a coup.”

Inslee is not up for reelection in 2022 — he won a third term last year — but the other governors focused on next year’s races say they’re struggling with how to have this conversation with voters.
They think their commitment to fair elections should be a plus in the minds of voters. “Democratic governors believe that every single vote should be counted and that the results should be the results,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who became the new chair of the governors group over the weekend. “And I shouldn’t have to say that as an attribute, but you do, because there are people who are beginning to take positions who don’t believe that and almost would prefer an autocracy, as long as their person is in charge.”
For over a decade, North Carolina has been a Republican laboratory for voting rights cutbacks and gerrymandering. Cooper won in 2016 and again, by a wider margin, in 2020 without spending much of his campaigns talking about any of that. But that was before Trump started questioning the election results, and before his supporters stormed the US Capitol in January trying to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Even so, in his new campaign advisory role, his advice to other governors hasn’t changed.

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Democratic governors worry about threat to democracy but don’t see it as a winning message for 2022
By Edward-Isaac Dovere

Updated 0104 GMT (0904 HKT) December 13, 2021

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, seen here at a November news conference, was elected this weekend as chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2022.
(CNN)Democratic governors are facing a messaging conundrum: they say American democracy may hinge on their elections in 2022, but they’re not sure they can get most voters to care.

Attempts to meddle with the certification of the Electoral College count and the partisan takeovers of the voting infrastructure don’t seem to be front of mind for an electorate drained by nearly two years of pandemic living and a creeping sense of economic panic, and that worries a range of Democratic governors gearing up for campaigns who gathered in New Orleans this weekend for grim meetings about their 2022 electoral prospects.
They see former President Donald Trump cheerleading Republican efforts to twist state election laws in the GOP’s favor. They fear he’ll launch another presidential campaign in 2024 and that a bad Democratic year in 2022 could remove bulwarks of the democratic systems meant to ensure impartial vote counts — and results determined by those counts.

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But the dozen Democratic governors who assembled for an annual policy workshop and donor conference definitely don’t want to be the next Terry McAuliffe, whose campaign for Virginia governor went down last month amid a fevered effort to make his GOP opponent out as the horseman of a Trump apocalypse.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who chaired the Democratic Governors Association in the flush Democratic 2018 campaign year, has a different horseman in mind.
“We have to be Paul Revere every chance we get to let people know what is at risk and why it is at risk. We live it. Every time we eat breakfast we think about these things,” he said. “I don’t think you can be overly concerned about this. The American psyche has not recognized we were one vice president away from a coup.”
Inslee is not up for reelection in 2022 — he won a third term last year — but the other governors focused on next year’s races say they’re struggling with how to have this conversation with voters.
They think their commitment to fair elections should be a plus in the minds of voters. “Democratic governors believe that every single vote should be counted and that the results should be the results,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who became the new chair of the governors group over the weekend. “And I shouldn’t have to say that as an attribute, but you do, because there are people who are beginning to take positions who don’t believe that and almost would prefer an autocracy, as long as their person is in charge.”
For over a decade, North Carolina has been a Republican laboratory for voting rights cutbacks and gerrymandering. Cooper won in 2016 and again, by a wider margin, in 2020 without spending much of his campaigns talking about any of that. But that was before Trump started questioning the election results, and before his supporters stormed the US Capitol in January trying to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Even so, in his new campaign advisory role, his advice to other governors hasn’t changed.

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“Most everyday people are worried about their kids getting a good education, worried about getting paid for, making sure their roads are fixed, being able to connect to high-speed internet,” Cooper said. “The political process issues — I’ve never been a real fan of making them a central part of messaging.”
An incumbent Democratic governor hasn’t lost since 2014, Cooper pointed out optimistically, never saying explicitly he knows that without a turnaround in Biden’s popularity and the public perception of the economy, that statistic may not hold.

Several Democratic governors who were in office in 2020 played significant roles in staving off attempts to stir up challenges around the Electoral College certification.

The fear is that GOP governors in states with GOP-controlled legislatures will work together to change the electoral rules, potentially adding to the chaos and confusion about reporting electoral votes out of their capitals, regardless of who wins the next presidential election. In backing candidates who question the results of the 2020 election, Trump and his allies seem to be trying to lay the groundwork for an election infrastructure that could be more favorable to future attempts to overturn the outcome.
Tony Evers, the governor of Wisconsin — home to some of the most intense Republican efforts to seize control of election administration currently underway — said he doesn’t know how to avoid it, much as he might try.


“It’s probably the national issue that impacts every state, and our state in particular, because I am going to run a positive campaign on the stuff that we’ve accomplished — and we’ve accomplished quite a bit. But you can’t avoid the fact that I’ve already vetoed six bills that would make it more difficult for people to vote. Probably before the next election, it’ll be another 40.”

Evers said that, if nothing else, he hopes the Democratic base may be energized by hearing about threats to democracy and that that might encourage them to show up in ways Democrats rarely have for midterms other than 2018, when Democrats were motivated by Trump and retook the US House.
“It’ll be clear to the people that vote, that (in) this 2022 election, the 2024 (election) is on the ballot also,” Evers added, noting that Republicans in the state legislature have already pledged to bring back all the vetoed bills for the next governor, if they’re able to beat the Democrat in November. “That scares the crap out of people and it scares me too. So we’ll talk about it, but I don’t personally want it to be something that defines this campaign.”
As attorney general of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro is still in court fighting challenges to the 2020 results. As a candidate for governor currently unopposed for the Democratic nomination, he said he doesn’t see a separation between democracy issues and “kitchen table” issues.
“They’re inextricably linked,” Shapiro said. “If you’re trying to take away their vote or make their vote not count, then you’re basically saying they don’t get to be part of the conversation.”
“If you’re saying, ‘Are voters talking to me about the bills on voting rights?’ Probably not. But do they understand the link?” Shaprio said. “After I explain how voter participation and progress on these issues that make up election integrity affects all the other issues, I believe they do.”
Shapiro doesn’t know who his Republican opponent will be, but in a field of 14 candidates, all have said some variation of the sentiment that Biden didn’t legitimately win the election. That group includes Doug Mastriano, the state senator who organized the fake “hearing” about supposed election fraud in Pennsylvania last December at which Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani testified, and later tried to organize what he called an “audit” of the vote. Now he’s been singled out by a state report as one of three main Pennsylvania players accused of trying to help Trump subvert the election. There is no evidence of widespread election fraud in the 2020 election.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, also running for a second term in another closely divided 2020 state, said he is looking forward to talking proactively about election integrity and voting rights, citing for example, his restoration of voting rights to more than 70,000 felons who’ve served their time and expanding voting by mail. All that, he said, is part of the record he wants to remind voters about next year.
“This is an accomplishment that I’m proud of. We’ve increased access, we’ve increased security for voting. I think people want to know that,” Sisolak said. “They need to know that who’s in leadership in all the individual states is going to have an impact on the 2024 election. … It has a definite impact. The next president’s going to need to carry these purple states. That’s where it’s going to be decided.”
Whatever happens, Inslee said, the argument with voters probably won’t be won by Democrats talking about high-minded principles about democracy, however popular that may be among liberals on Twitter.
“The way to frame it is: There are people in Washington, DC, and in state capitals who want to take something away from you, which is your vote. You talk about it in personal terms: ‘They’re trying to take away your ability to express yourself.’ That’s the bottom line. Don’t talk about it from a systemic standpoint of ‘democracy.’”
But what it really comes down to, Cooper said, is Democrats figuring out how to win their races.
“If you’re successful in your election,” he said, “then those people who want to ignore the votes and do something else don’t get into office.”

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President Kais Dissolves Top Judicial Watchdog

Tunisia’s president dissolves top judicial watchdog

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Tunisian President Kais Saied has dissolved a judicial council that deals with the independence of judges.

Saied – who had dismissed the government and suspended parliament last July – said on Sunday that the Supreme Judicial Council was a “thing of the past”.

sassinations of left-wing activists in 2013.

His decision raises fears about the independence of the judiciary and caps months of his sharp criticism of Tunisia’s judges.

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Last month, he revoked all financial privileges for members of the top judicial council, which was formed in 2016 and tasked with ensuring the independence of the judiciary, disciplining judges and granting them professional promotions.

“In this council, positions and appointments are sold according to loyalties. Their place is not the place where they sit now, but where the accused stand,” Saied said in a speech in the interior ministry.

“You cannot imagine the money that certain judges have been able to receive, billions and billions,” he added.

The council’s dissolution comes on the ninth anniversary of the assassination of secular politician Chokri Belaid, with parties and organizations, including the powerful UGTT union, preparing to hold demonstrations later in the day to pressure the judiciary to hold those involved in terrorism accountable.

It is expected that Saied’s supporters also will protest in a second demonstration against the Supreme Judicial Council.

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“I tell Tunisians to demonstrate freely. It is your right and our right to dissolve the Supreme Judicial Council,” Saied said.

Saied’s approval of Sunday’s demonstrations comes even though a government decision to ban all demonstrations remains in effect.

Last month, police fired water cannons and beat protesters with sticks to break up an opposition protest against Saied, whose seizure of broad powers and declared plans to redraw the constitution have cast doubt on Tunisia’s decade-old democratic system and hindered its quest for an international rescue plan for public finances.

The president has initiated an online public consultation before drafting a new constitution that he says will be put to a referendum.

He has not brought major political or civil society players into the process.

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Has Apologiseda To Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia PM Morrison’s deputy sorry for calling leader a ‘liar’

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has apologised to Prime Minister Scott Morrison for calling him “a hypocrite and a liar” and said Morrison had rejected his offer to resign.

Morrison said in a statement on Saturday that he accepted Joyce’s apology.


In a leaked message, the deputy prime minister, who heads the junior partner in Morrison’s coalition government, said last year that he had never trusted Morrison.

“He is a hypocrite and a liar from my observations and that is over a long time,” Joyce wrote to a former staffer of Morrison’s Liberal Party who had alleged sexual assault by a fellow staffer.

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Joyce’s remarks further shake the political position of Morrison, who must call a federal election by May. His approval ratings have fallen over his handling of an Omicron-driven coronavirus outbreak.

“I want to apologise to the prime minister … I should have never written the text that I did,” Joyce told a news conference.

My view from the backbench about the prime minister was based on assumption and commentary, not from a one-on-one working relationship.”

Joyce became deputy prime minister in 2021 as the leader of the National Party, not as Morrison’s appointee. Joyce’s party, which has the power to remove him as its leader, did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

Morrison responded, “Relationships change over time. Politicians are human beings too. We all have our frailties and none of us are perfect.”

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Joyce’s text message, first reported on Friday night by Nine Newspapers, was sent through a third party to former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins. She had alleged that she was sexually assaulted in Parliament House in March 2019.

The political commotion comes just days after a controversy about an alleged exchange between senior Liberal Party members making derogatory remarks about Morrison.

Opposition Labor leader Anthony Albanese said it was “untenable” for Joyce to continue as deputy prime minister.

“I couldn’t care less that the Liberal Party members all don’t like each other,” Albanese said at a briefing. “What I do care about is the consequences of a government that is dysfunctional.”

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Trump ‘wrong’ to say 2020 election could be overturned

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Former Vice President Mike Pence has directly rebutted Donald Trump’s false claims that he somehow could have overturned the results of the 2020 election in the United States, saying that the former president was simply “wrong”.

In a speech to a gathering of the conservative Federalist Society in Florida on Friday, Pence addressed Trump’s intensifying efforts this week to advance the false narrative that, as vice president, he had the unilateral power to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.


“President Trump is wrong,” Pence said. “I had no right to overturn the election.”

Pence’s declaration marked his most forceful response yet to Trump, who has spent his post-presidency stoking the lie that the 2020 campaign was stolen from him. And it comes as Pence begins laying the groundwork for a potential run for president in 2024, which could put him in direct competition with his former boss, who is also teasing a comeback run.

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The relationship between the two men took on a new dynamic this week as Trump escalated his attacks on Pence.

In a statement Tuesday, Trump said the committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol should instead probe “why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval”. And on Sunday, he blasted Pence, falsely declaring that “he could have overturned the Election!”

Vice presidents play only a ceremonial role in the counting of Electoral College votes, and any attempt to interfere in the count would have represented an extraordinary violation of the law and an assault on the democratic process.

Pence, in his remarks on Friday to the group of lawyers in Lake Buena Vista, described January 6, 2021, as “a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol” and framed his actions that day as in line with his duty as a constitutional conservative.

“The American people must know that we will always keep our oath to the Constitution, even when it would be politically expedient to do otherwise,” he told the group on Friday.

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He noted that, under Article II Section One of the Constitution, “elections are conducted at the state level, not by the Congress” and that “the only role of Congress with respect to the Electoral College is to open and count votes submitted and certified by the states. No more, no less.”

He went on to call out those who have insisted that is not the case.

“Frankly there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” he added. “Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election. And Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024.”

The audience applauded Pence’s line about beating the Democrats in the upcoming presidential election, but remained silent when Pence said earlier that “Trump is wrong”.

Pence was inside the Capitol on January 6, presiding over the joint session of Congress to certify the presidential election, when a mob of Trump’s supporters violently smashed inside, assaulting police officers and hunting down legislators.

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Pence, who released a letter moments before the session got underway that made clear he had no authority to overturn the will of the voters, was rushed to safety as some rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence!”

The former vice president, in his remarks Friday, acknowledged the lingering anger among many in Trump’s base, even as he said it was time “to focus on the future”.

“The truth is, there’s more at stake than our party or political fortunes,” he said. “Men and women, if we lose faith in the Constitution, we won’t just lose elections — we’ll lose our country.”

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