Democracy Happy Hour – February 16, 2022

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Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:

  • Feb 23rd – Voter Fraud vs. Election Fraud
  • Mar 2nd – Redistricting Updates & Final WA Maps

FDF – Current Democracy Legislation - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/legislation

WON (Women in Office Now) – Training Modules to help run for office will start March 8th - https://www.facebook.com/events/663647144827117

Sign the petition to close the Citizens United Loophole. - https://actionnetwork.org/forms/tell-congress-get-foreign-money-out-of-us-elections-close-the-citizens-united-loophole?source=direct_link&referrer=group-fixdemocracyfirst

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The Advance of Authoritarianism in the U.S. Links:

Authoritarianism – Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authoritarianism

1/4 of Americans qualify as highly 'right-wing authoritarian,' new poll finds - https://www.businessinsider.com/26-percent-of-americans-are-right-wing-authoritarian-new-poll-2021-6

A new low for global democracy - https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2022/02/09/a-new-low-for-global-democracy

Global State of Democracy Report 2021 - https://www.idea.int/gsod/global-report

The United States of Authoritarianism - https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/opinion/2021/11/28/commentary-democracy-strains-under-trump-influence/8736304002/

‘Completely uncharted territory’: The threat to US democracy in 2024 - https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2021/0712/Completely-uncharted-territory-The-threat-to-US-democracy-in-2024

Do You Know What It Is to Live Under Authoritarianism? - https://abovethelaw.com/2021/11/do-you-know-what-it-is-to-live-under-authoritarianism/

The rise of American authoritarianism - https://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism#whatis

Your brain on authoritarianism: The inside forces that drive people to turn on democracy - https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2021/10/06/brain-behavior-and-authoritarianism-the-forces-that-drive-people-to-turn-on-democracy

Call it authoritarianism - The Republican Party has embraced an agenda that rigs the rules in their favor. There’s a name for that behavior. - https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2021/6/15/22522504/republicans-authoritarianism-trump-competitive

U.S. Conservatives Are Uniquely Inclined Toward Right-Wing Authoritarianism Compared to Western Peers - https://morningconsult.com/2021/06/28/global-right-wing-authoritarian-test/

Combatting Authoritarianism: The Skills and Infrastructure Needed to Organize Across Difference - https://www.justsecurity.org/79978/combatting-authoritarianism-the-skills-and-infrastructure-needed-to-organize-across-difference/

Drivers of Authoritarian Populism in the United States - https://www.americanprogress.org/article/drivers-authoritarian-populism-united-states/

Authoritarian Repression Anywhere Is a Threat to Democracy Everywhere - https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/62-special-issue/authoritarian-repression-anywhere-is-a-threat-to-democracy-everywhere/

We Surveyed Experts on Democracy. They’re Worried About the U.S. Turning Even More Authoritarian. - https://newrepublic.com/article/164849/democracy-watch-authoritarian-sherrilyn-ifill-mehdi-hasan-aziz-huq-rachel-kleinfeld

Haviland Smith: Are we on the cusp of authoritarianism? - https://vtdigger.org/2021/10/08/haviland-smith-are-we-on-the-cusp-of-authoritarianism/

Election reforms needed to fend off authoritarianism, per new report - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/Threats-to-democracy/democracy-vs-authoritarianism

ADVANTAGING AUTHORITARIANISM The U.S. Electoral System & Antidemocratic Extremism REPORT - https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21176288/2022-01-10-advantaging-authoritarianism.pdf

The Coming Democratic Revival - America’s Opportunity to Lead the Fight Against Authoritarianism - https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2021-10-19/madeleine-albright-coming-democratic-revival

Reversing the Tide - Towards a New US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism - https://freedomhouse.org/democracy-task-force/special-report/2021/reversing-the-tide

How to Fight Authoritarianism - https://washingtonmonthly.com/2021/04/04/how-to-fight-authoritarianism/

Democracy in the News Links:

Some Trump records taken to Mar-a-Lago clearly marked as classified - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/some-trump-records-taken-to-mar-a-lago-clearly-marked-as-classified/

15 boxes: Inside the long, strange trip of Trump’s classified records - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/12/trump-15-boxes/

Trump’s Missing Call Logs Present a Challenge for Jan. 6 Investigators - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/us/politics/jan-6-trump-calls.html

Trump's unorthodox phone habits complicate January 6 investigation - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/13/politics/trump-telephone-records-capitol-riot-investigation/index.html

Biden Rejects Trump’s Claim of Privilege for White House Visitor Logs - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/us/politics/biden-trump-white-house-visitor-logs.html

How the G.O.P.’s Censure Fight Exposes the Party’s Deeper Divide - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/us/politics/trump-election-lies-republicans.html

A bipartisan deal to stop Trumpian election subversion? Not so fast. - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/16/trump-elections-congress-eca-00009229

‘We have a project’: QAnon followers eye swing state election official races - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/11/qanon-donald-trump-big-lie-elections-swing-states

Alarm as Trump backs ‘big lie’ candidates for key election posts in Michigan - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/14/election-deniers-michigan-elections-donald-trump

Trump endorses Loren Culp in challenge to WA Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted for impeachment - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/trump-endorses-loren-culp-in-challenge-to-wa-rep-dan-newhouse-who-voted-for-impeachment/

Amateur fraud hunters bury election officials in public records requests - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/amateur-fraud-hunters-bury-election-officials-public-records-requests-rcna15432

Election officials are on the frontlines of defending democracy. They didn't sign up for this. - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/16/elections-officials-disinformation-midterms-00009285

Tracking Races for Election Administration Positions - https://www.brennancenter.org/series/tracking-races-election-administration-positions

Financing of Races for Offices that Oversee Elections: February 2022 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/financing-races-offices-oversee-elections-february-2022

Democratic group launches super PAC targeting election deniers running for state and local offices - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/15/politics/bridge-to-democracy-super-pac-election-deniers/index.html

States consider record wave of voting bills - https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/593495-states-consider-record-wave-of-voting-bills?rl=1

Lawmakers in 12 states have introduced bills to restrict voting so far this year - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/09/politics/restrictive-voting-laws-2022/index.html

GOP-controlled legislatures look to overhaul election laws ahead of 2022 midterms - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gop-controlled-legislatures-overhaul-election-laws-ahead-2022/story?id=82730052

States of Denial: A Guide to Some of the GOP’s Most Brazen Attacks on Voting Rights and Elections - https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/02/guide-republican-attacks-on-voting-rights-and-elections-gerrymandering-suppression-subversion/

On voting rights, Biden’s power to act on his own is limited - https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-immigration-us-supreme-court-voting-elections-11e5e3451464cceef4fdbad817e02915

Democrats eye key governors’ races as backstop against GOP - https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-business-wisconsin-elections-kansas-a0eee54608e8bf85fbab589956a3bb92

New Mexico Voting Rights Act stalls at the Roundhouse - https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/new-mexico-voting-rights-act-stalls-at-the-roundhouse/6393158/

Wisconsin state Supreme Court lets ban on drop boxes go into effect for spring election - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/11/wisconsin-state-supreme-court-drop-boxes-ban-spring-election-00008377

Transparency or conspiracy? Georgia bill seeks public ballot reviews - https://www.ajc.com/politics/transparency-or-conspiracy-georgia-bill-seeks-public-ballot-reviews/DDIFYLUTEZHPVIT27WESTKJ5YE/

Faulty ballots and frustration: Texans confront 'nightmare' effects of new election law as early voting kicks off - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/14/politics/texas-primary-early-voting/index.html

Texas officials bemoan ‘lack of foresight’ as they struggle with GOP’s new voting law - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/10/texas-gop-voting-law-primaries-00007473

Texas counties reject unprecedented numbers of mail ballots ahead of March 1 primary under restrictive new law - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/11/texas-voting-law-ballots-rejected-poll-watchers/

Texans with disabilities fear new restrictions on voting help could mean criminal charges at the polls - https://www.texastribune.org/2022/02/16/texas-voter-assistance-primaries/

Voter turnout in Texas primaries is dramatically low. New political maps and voting law could create more obstacles. - https://www.texastribune.org/2022/02/14/texas-primary-voting-turnout/

Support for Election Reform Strong in Texas, UH Survey Finds - https://uh.edu/news-events/stories/2022-news-articles/february-2022/02102022-uh-hobby-survey-election-vote.php

The voting rights movement will, as always, persevere - https://thefulcrum.us/Elections/Voting/voting-rights-movement

State courts continue redrawing maps, as Supreme Court backs off - https://rollcall.com/2022/02/10/state-courts-continue-redrawing-maps-as-supreme-court-backs-off/

Redistricting lawsuit filed against three Washington leaders for lack of Voting Rights Act compliant district in Yakima Valley - https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/redistricting-lawsuit-filed-against-three-washington-leaders-for-lack-of-voting-rights-act-compliant-district/article_6009085a-8ad4-11ec-8ea7-53cb4cbb1ecf.html

Americans want reforms to curb gerrymandering, our new poll shows - https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2022/02/10/americans-want-reforms-to-curb-gerrymandering-our-new-poll-shows

What the Supreme Court's decision on Alabama's maps could mean for the Voting Rights Act - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/12/politics/supreme-court-voting-rights-act-redistricting/index.html

Civil rights groups worry Black districts may face increased GOP scrutiny after recent Supreme Court ruling on voting rights laws - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/civil-rights-groups-worry-black-districts-may-face-increased-gop-scrutiny-after-recent-supreme-court-ruling-on-voting-rights-laws

A Dangerous Alabama Voting Rights Case at the Supreme Court - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/dangerous-alabama-voting-rights-case-supreme-court

Justice Sonia Sotomayor says partisan divide could affect perception of Supreme Court - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/10/politics/sonia-sotomayor-scotus-confirmation-process/index.html

Why Democrats can’t get a fair shake in the Supreme Court, in one chart - https://www.vox.com/2022/2/14/22925457/supreme-court-senate-confirmation-ketanji-brown-jackson-leondra-kruger-michelle-childs

The Supreme Court Is Making Real Judges’ Jobs Extremely Difficult - https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/02/supreme-court-voting-rights-shadow-docket-gaslighting.html

Peter Thiel is backing a new generation of Trump-aligned Republicans - https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/09/tech/peter-thiel-facebook-exit-gop-politics/index.html

Congressional leadership raise millions ahead of this year’s midterms - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/02/congressional-leadership-raise-millions-ahead-of-this-years-midterms/

Black, Latino candidates dominate fourth quarter’s top fundraisers - https://rollcall.com/2022/02/10/black-latino-candidates-dominate-fourth-quarters-top-fundraisers/

Surge of out-of-state donors boost Trump critic Cheney's campaign -but cannot vote for her - https://www.reuters.com/world/us/surge-out-of-state-donors-boost-trump-critic-cheneys-campaign-but-cannot-vote-2022-02-11/

Corporate donations to Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and other Jan. 6 election objectors have plummeted, and individual donors are Congress’s biggest fundraising force - https://fortune.com/2022/02/15/political-donations-corporate-congressional-fundraising-election-objectors-jan-6-republicans-gop/

These companies stopped campaign donations to election objectors. Their lobbyists did not. - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/15/jan-6-lobbying-companies-election-00008827

What Do We Really Know About The National Sheriffs Association? - https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/02/how-did-sheriffs-become-a-unified-front-against-policing-reform.html

Congressional stock trading overhaul gains traction - https://rollcall.com/2022/02/09/congressional-stock-trading-overhaul-gains-traction/

Judiciary under microscope as Congress weighs stock trade ban - https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/594444-judiciary-under-microscope-as-congress-weighs-stock-trade-ban?rl=1

U.S. remains a ‘flawed democracy’ in annual rankings - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/Leveraging-big-ideas/flawed-democracy

Tennessee lawmakers ban ranked-choice voting - https://thefulcrum.us/Government/State/ranked-choice-voting-2390724

New critical race theory laws have teachers scared, confused and self-censoring - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/new-critical-race-theory-laws-have-teachers-scared-confused-and-self-censoring/

Education for American Democracy Report - https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org/the-report/

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