Democracy Happy Hour — December 7, 2022

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Democracy Happy Hour, December 7, 2022 - Meeting Recordings & Chat File:

Fix Democracy First 2022 End-of-Year Fundraiser – Gifts available at various donation levels - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate

Democracy Happy Hour Upcoming Topics/Schedule:

Dec 14 – Is the US a Republic, Democracy or Both?

Dec 21 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week - Holiday Break

Dec 28 NO Democracy Happy Hour this week - Holiday Break

Jan 4 – January 6th: Two Years Later

Jan 11 – Democracy Legislation in 2023: What Can We Expect?

Jan 18 – The Influence of Fossil Fuel Lobbyists w/ James Browning from Global Energy Monitor  

ACTIONS & EVENTS:


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National Actions/Links:

  • ACTION ALERT: Electoral Count Reform Act (ECRA) Senate Bill S.4573 –

Moore v Harper Opening Arguments Links:

Democracy in the News Links:

Warnock Beats Walker, Giving Democrats 51st Senate Seat - https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/12/06/us/warnock-walker-georgia-senate-runoff

House Jan. 6 Committee to Issue Criminal Referrals, Chairman Says - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/us/politics/jan-6-committee-doj-criminal-referrals.html

Jan. 6 report details emerge as panel enters final phase. What we know about next steps. - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/12/03/january-6-report-details-what-we-know/10794233002/

DOJ wants ‘all’ transcripts and evidence in House January 6 probe, Garland says - https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/30/politics/merrick-garland-news-conference/index.html

Top Trump adviser Stephen Miller testifies to January 6 federal grand jury - https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/29/politics/stephen-miller-testifies-january-6-federal-grand-jury-trump/index.html

Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials for Trump communications - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/06/jack-smith-trump-communications-subpoenas/

Appeals Court Scraps Special Master Review in Trump Documents Case - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/01/us/politics/trump-special-master.html

Trump faces peril in docs probe after decades of scrutiny - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/trump-faces-peril-in-docs-probe-after-decades-of-scrutiny/

Trump Organization Found Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme - https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/12/06/nyregion/trump-organization-trial-verdict

Trump’s Call for ‘Termination’ of Constitution Draws Rebukes - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/04/us/politics/trump-constitution-republicans.html

Trump embraces extremism as he seeks to reclaim office - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/trump-embraces-extremism-as-he-seeks-to-reclaim-office/

Ariz. county ordered to certify election as GOP lawyers are sanctioned - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/01/arizona-cochise-county-kari-lake-sanctions/

Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County certifies election after being sued - https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3756770-pennsylvanias-luzerne-county-certifies-election-after-being-sued/

Pennsylvania Republicans reconsider their war on mail voting - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/02/pennsylvania-republican-mail-voting-00071713

Fetterman Taps Person Who Literally Wrote the Book on Killing Senate Filibuster as Chief of Staff - https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/12/02/fetterman-taps-person-who-literally-wrote-book-killing-senate-filibuster-chief-staff

Manchin and Klobuchar: Omnibus likely place for electoral count overhaul - https://rollcall.com/2022/11/30/manchin-and-klobuchar-omnibus-likely-place-for-electoral-count-overhaul/

The big stakes in the Supreme Court’s new LGBTQ rights case - https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2022/12/3/23472175/supreme-court-303-creative-elenis-first-amendment-lgbtq-religion-website

Supreme Court seems to side with web designer opposed to same-sex marriage - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/05/colorado-creative-supreme-court-lgbtq/

The Supreme Court will hear Biden's student-loan forgiveness case in February. Here's what that means for millions of borrowers waiting for relief. - https://www.businessinsider.com/how-will-supreme-court-rule-on-student-loan-debt-forgiveness-2022-12

Supreme Court won’t hear case brought by a group of voters against Dominion Voting Systems and Facebook - https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/politics/dominion-voting-systems-facebook-supreme-court/index.html

WA Supreme Court clears way for state to collect capital-gains tax - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/wa-supreme-court-clears-way-for-state-to-collect-capital-gains-tax/

Walker-Warnock U.S. Senate race in Georgia most expensive in 2022 cycle as runoff intensifies - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/11/walker-warnock-u-s-senate-race-in-georgia-most-expensive-in-2022-cycle-as-runoff-intensifies

FOSSIL FUEL-FUNDED SUPER PAC EYES $11.5 MILLION SPENDING OPERATION FOR HERSCHEL WALKER IN FINAL DAYS - https://theintercept.com/2022/12/01/georgia-herschel-walker-fossil-fuel/

How Artificial Intelligence Swayed The Midterm Elections - And Will Become A Permanent Feature Of Democracy - https://www.forbes.com/sites/craigsmith/2022/12/02/how-artificial-intelligence-swayed-the-midterm-electionsand-will-become-a-permanent-feature-of-democracy/?sh=2ae84f217b31

Stakeholder activism can have a big influence on corporate political donations - https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2022/12/02/stakeholder-activism-can-have-a-big-influence-on-corporate-political-donations/

Vows to reject corporate PAC money on the rise for incoming Congress - https://rollcall.com/2022/12/05/vows-to-reject-corporate-pac-money-on-the-rise-for-incoming-congress/

The effort to ban members of Congress from trading stocks is mostly dead — at least for now - https://www.businessinsider.com/lawmakers-unlikely-banned-trading-stocks-for-now-2022-12

Federal Election Commission passes new digital ad disclosure rule - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/12/federal-election-commission-passes-new-digital-ad-disclosure-rule/

WA appeals court largely upholds Eyman campaign finance violations - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/wa-appeals-court-largely-upholds-eyman-campaign-finance-violations/

WA Secretary of State announces election security funding - https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/wa-secretary-of-state-announces-election-security-funding/article_c2ee6ca6-713f-11ed-9445-2f42cc6492b7.html

What you need to know about New York’s new statewide public campaign finance program - https://www.cityandstateny.com/policy/2022/12/what-you-need-know-about-new-yorks-new-statewide-public-campaign-finance-program/380387/

Which states will be the next to consider open primaries? - https://thefulcrum.us/open-primary-2658812326

Final five voting may be having its moment - https://www.rstreet.org/2022/11/17/final-five-voting-may-be-having-its-moment/


Georgia Runoffs Could Be Replaced by an Instant Runoff - https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/12/03/georgia_runoffs_could_be_replaced_by_an_instant_runoff_148557.html

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