Democracy Happy Hour – June 15, 2022

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Democracy Happy Hour, June 15, 2022 - Meeting Recordings & Chat File:

Actions, Events & Misc. Links:

Fix Democracy First:

WON (Women in Office Now) – https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/won

Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:

  • June 22nd – Inadequacy of American Election Law & Impact on Upcoming Elections w/ panelists:  
  • Michael Otten, President of Reform Elections Now
  • Peter Siris, Director of Research for Reform Elections Now
  • Larry Jay Diamond, Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Edward B. Foley, American lawyer, law professor, election law scholar, and former Ohio Solicitor General
  • June 29th – Proportional Representation as a Social Justice Issue w/ Kenia Peregrino from WA for Equitable Representation

EVENTS:

  • January 6th Select Committee Hearings:
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

DISCLOSE Act Briefing w/ Sen. Whitehouse – June 16th @ 12 pm PT - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuivqjMrGtcXfM4II68d3zxFh0XkyIQK

Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote – Film Screening & Panel Discussion – July 7th @ 6 pm PT –  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t-6eJlOiR6Kdw7TqMzIruQ

ACTIONS:

The Independent State Legislature Theory Links:

The ‘Independent State Legislature Theory,’ Explained - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/independent-state-legislature-theory-explained

 

What is the “Independent State Legislature Doctrine”? - https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/what-is-the-independent-state-legislature-doctrine

 

The independent-state-legislature theory for congressional maps and liability for cities under the ADA - https://www.scotusblog.com/2022/04/the-independent-state-legislature-theory-for-congressional-maps-and-liability-for-cities-under-the-ada/

 

A Brief Guide to Independent State Legislature Theory, the Right's Next Big Attack on Democracy Itself - https://ballsandstrikes.org/law-politics/a-brief-guide-to-independent-state-legislature-theory-the-rights-next-big-attack-on-democracy-itself/

 

THE INDEPENDENT STATE LEGISLATURE DOCTRINE - https://fordhamlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Morley_November.pdf

 

How the “independent state legislature” doctrine could transform American elections - https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/03/23/how-the-independent-state-legislature-doctrine-could-transform-american-elections

 

The Dangerous Independent State Legislature Theory - https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4041062

 

Will the Independent State Legislature doctrine literally mean the end of democracy? - https://www.salon.com/2022/03/09/will-the-independent-state-legislature-doctrine-literally-mean-the-end-of-democracy/

 

The Constitutional Law Theory That Could Upend American Elections - https://www.democracydocket.com/news/the-constitutional-law-theory-that-could-upend-american-elections/

 

The Independent State Legislature Doctrine, Federal Elections, and State Constitutions - https://www.georgialawreview.org/article/18632-the-independent-state-legislature-doctrine-federal-elections-and-state-constitutions

 

Supreme Court Poised to Decide within Weeks Whether to Take Up Case Raising “Independent State Legislature” Theory–with Potential Big Implications for 2024 Elections - https://electionlawblog.org/?p=129446

 

Ginni Thomas’ scheme for lawmakers to choose electors could be advanced by high court - https://www.courthousenews.com/ginni-thomas-scheme-for-lawmakers-to-choose-electors-could-be-advanced-by-high-court/

Democracy in the News Links:

6 takeaways from the Jan. 6 committee’s first prime-time hearing - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/09/first-january-6-hearing-takeaways/

 

Jan. 6 hearings: What we’ve learned, and what’s next - https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-ivanka-trump-donald-presidential-elections-5b2e01152621b4dccf7f877db46bd15b

 

‘Trump Was at the Center’: Jan. 6 Hearing Lays Out Case in Vivid Detail - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/09/us/politics/trump-jan-6-hearings.html

 

Trump Is Depicted as a Would-Be Autocrat Seeking to Hang Onto Power at All Costs - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/09/us/politics/trump-jan-6-hearing.html

 

Jan. 6 Hearing: Barr Says Trump Was ‘Detached From Reality’ - https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/06/13/us/jan-6-hearings-trump

 

Jan. 6 Panel Tracks How Trump Created and Spread Election Lies - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/13/us/politics/trump-january-6-hearings-day-2.html

 

Trump’s inner circle warned him election-fraud claims were false - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/06/13/house-panel-set-examine-trumps-persistent-lies-2nd-hearing/

 

Jan. 6 Panel Puts Trump Fund-Raising Tactics Under Scrutiny - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/14/us/politics/trump-fundraising-jan-6.html

 

Trump Scammed Supporters Out of $250 Million for Nonexistent Fraud Fund - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-fundraising-scam-jan-6-hearing-1367359/

 

Donald Trump is unlikely to get nailed with fraud charges over his campaign soliciting donations for a non-existent 'official election defense fund,' experts say - https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-is-unlikely-to-get-charged-with-fraud-january-6-2022-6

 

New details emerge of Oval Office confrontation three days before Jan. 6 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/14/inside-explosive-oval-office-confrontation-three-days-before-jan-6/

 

The January 6th Hearings: Criminal Evidence Tracker Second Edition - https://www.justsecurity.org/81909/the-january-6th-hearings-criminal-evidence-tracker-second-edition/

 

Jan. 6 panel divided over whether to issue criminal referral of Trump - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/06/14/jan-6-panel-divided-over-whether-issue-criminal-referral-trump/

 

Does the Justice Department want to charge Trump? Here's what could happen - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/justice-department-want-charge-trump-happen-rcna33042

 

Ginni Thomas pressed 29 Ariz. lawmakers to help overturn Trump’s defeat, emails show - https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2022/06/10/ginni-thomas-election-arizona-lawmakers/

 

More than 100 GOP primary winners back Trump’s false fraud claims - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/14/more-than-100-gop-primary-winners-back-trumps-false-fraud-claims/

 

Far-Right Republicans Press Closer to Power Over Future Elections - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/15/us/politics/election-deniers-midterms.html

 

GOP spends millions on election volunteers to search for fraud - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/15/rnc-election-integrity-trump-mcdaniel/

 

Inside the Trump-backed effort to take 'control' of elections ahead of 2022 and 2024 - https://abcnews.go.com/US/inside-trump-backed-effort-control-elections-ahead-2022/story?id=85358496

 

Women secretaries of state face threats and harassment for battling election lies - https://19thnews.org/2022/06/election-lies-threats-harassment-women-secretaries-of-state/

 

Bipartisan senators reach a general agreement on updating Electoral Count Act - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/electoral-count-act-senators-agreement-electoral-college/

 

Bipartisan Senate group strikes gun deal focused on school safety, mental health - https://rollcall.com/2022/06/12/bipartisan-senate-group-strikes-gun-deal-focused-on-school-safety-mental-health/

 

The New National Congressional Map Is Biased Toward Republicans - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-new-national-congressional-map-is-biased-toward-republicans/

 

Youth voter engagement needs a new framework, according to researchers - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/Civic-Ed/how-to-engage-young-voters

 

Alaska is having the wildest election of 2022 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/06/09/alaska-is-having-wildest-election-2022/

 

Arizona judge to decide if there will be election rules in place by Aug. 2 primary - https://www.kawc.org/news/2022-06-13/arizona-judge-to-decide-if-there-will-be-election-rules-in-place-by-aug-2-primary

 

McKee signs Let RI Vote Act into law - https://pbn.com/mckee-signs-let-ri-vote-act-into-law/

 

NV Supreme Court to decide fate of ranked-choice voting, open primary ballot initiative - https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nv-supreme-court-to-decide-fate-of-ranked-choice-voting-open-primary-ballot-initiative

 

Portland voters will consider historic changes in city government - https://www.opb.org/article/2022/06/14/portland-charter-commission-november-election-2022-oregon-elections/

 

The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of a legal fight over undated Pa. mail ballots — for now - https://www.inquirer.com/news/scotus-pa-undated-mail-ballots-alito-20220609.html

 

'How do you ask somebody to commit a crime for you?': Disabled voters worry about returning their ballot as a Supreme Court ruling looms - https://spectrumnews1.com/wi/milwaukee/politics/2022/06/14/court-ruling-could-impact-disabled-voters

 

‘We’re not colorblind’: Two years after George Floyd, WA Supreme Court tries to chart a different path on race - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/were-not-colorblind-two-years-after-george-floyd-wa-supreme-court-tries-to-chart-a-different-path-on-race/

 

State supreme courts: Bottom of the ballot but top concern if Roe falls - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/13/state-supreme-courts-bottom-of-the-ballot-but-top-concern-if-roe-falls-00038934

 

The Supreme Court Could Foster a New Kind of Civil War - https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/06/14/supreme-court-civil-war-00039543

 

From bench to book signings, Supreme Court ethics rules pose no barrier - https://www.courthousenews.com/from-bench-to-book-signing-supreme-court-ethics-rules-pose-no-barrier/

 

House sends bill to increase Supreme Court security to Biden - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/14/house-sends-increased-supreme-court-security-bill-to-biden-00039481

 

Even Donald Trump Is Using the Jan. 6 Hearings to Appeal for Donations - https://finance.yahoo.com/news/even-donald-trump-using-jan-210843847.html

 

AT&T Was April’s Top Donor to Lawmakers Who Voted to Overturn the Election - https://capitalandmain.com/att-is-top-donor-to-lawmakers-who-voted-to-overturn-the-2020-election

 

NEW DARK-MONEY GROUP SPENDING AGAINST PROGRESSIVES IS SUSPICIOUSLY WELL ALIGNED WITH POWERFUL DEMOCRATS - https://theintercept.com/2022/06/08/opportunity-for-all-action-fund-dark-money-democratic-primary/

 

National Groups Flooding Local Prosecutor Races With Money - https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-06-10/national-groups-flooding-local-prosecutor-races-with-money

 

Meet the group lobbying against climate regulations — using your utility bill - https://grist.org/regulation/utility-lobbying-ferc-rule-change-edison-electric-institute/

 

Taxpaying voters should know how much federal contractors donate to political campaigns - https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article262349117.html

 

WA State - Capital gains tax repeal campaign folds - https://washingtonstatewire.com/capital-gains-tax-repeal-campaign-folds/

 

S.443 - DISCLOSE Act of 2021 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/443/text

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