Democracy Happy Hour – June 8, 2022

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Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:

  • June 15th – The Independent State Legislature Theory
  • June 22nd – Inadequacy of American Election Law & Impact on Upcoming Elections w/ Michael Otten & Peter Siris

Democracy in the News Links:

Proud Boys leader Tarrio, 4 lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/06/06/tarrio-proud-boys-seditious-conpiracy/

 

Navarro Indicted as Justice Dept. Opts Not to Charge Meadows and Scavino - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/us/politics/peter-navarro-contempt-jan-6.html

 

Jan. 6 committee set to make its case public with prime-time hearings - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/04/jan-6-committee-set-make-its-case-public-with-prime-time-hearing/

 

January 6 committee announces first prime time hearing will feature previously unseen material and witness testimony - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/02/politics/primetime-hearing-announced-january-6/index.html

 

Trump on Trial: A Guide to the January 6 Hearings and the Question of Criminality - https://www.brookings.edu/research/trump-on-trial/ - FULL REPORT: https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Trump-on-Trial.pdf

 

4 things to watch for in the prime-time Jan. 6 hearing - https://www.axios.com/2022/06/08/january-6-committee-primetime-hearing

 

Jan. 6 attack part of ‘extremely well-organized’ conspiracy, Cheney says - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/05/jan-6-hearings-liz-cheney-adam-schiff/

 

Republicans who texted Meadows with urgent pleas on January 6 say Trump could have stopped the violence - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/02/politics/meadows-texts-january-6-trump-stop-violence/index.html

 

Top Trump White House lawyer in active talks with Jan. 6 committee to testify publicly - https://abcnews.go.com/US/top-trump-white-house-lawyer-active-talks-jan/story?id=85246792

 

Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen invited by January 6 committee to testify publicly - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/07/politics/jeffrey-rosen-richard-donoghue-january-6-invitation/index.html

 

One of the first officers injured on Jan. 6 will testify in public House hearing - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/first-officers-injured-caroline-edwards-jan-6-public-house-hearing-rcna32327

 

Trump’s Attorney General Barr Questioned by Jan. 6 Committee - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-02/trump-attorney-general-barr-questioned-by-jan-6-committee

 

Before Jan. 6, Aide Warned Secret Service of Security Risk to Pence - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/us/politics/trump-pence-safety-jan-6.html

 

Trump call Jan. 6 to ‘walk down to the Capitol’ prompted Secret Service scramble - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/07/trump-pressed-secret-service-for-plan-to-join-march-to-capitol/

 

Jan. 6 committee interviews head of Trump's Secret Service detail on day of Capitol attack - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/07/jan-6-committee-interviews-head-of-trumps-secret-service-detail-on-day-of-capitol-attack-00037748

 

Email reveals Trump campaign told fake electors in Georgia to use 'complete secrecy' - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/06/politics/georgia-trump-investigation-fake-electors-email/index.html

 

US Justice Department could be zeroing in on Trump lawyers, experts say - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/03/us-justice-department-trump-lawyers-criminal-inquiry

 

Inside the Capitol Cops’ Jan. 6 Blame Game - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/jan6-capitol-police-donald-trump-whistleblower-1362726/

 

How dark money fueled the Jan. 6 insurrection — and why we can't find it - https://www.salon.com/2022/06/06/whitehouse-dark-money/

 

Trump mobilizing his MAGA allies to defend him ahead of January 6 hearings - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/05/politics/donald-trump-preparations-january-6-hearing/index.html

 

GOP divided over how to defend Trump ahead of first Jan. 6 hearing - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/gop-divided-defend-trump-ahead-first-jan-6-hearing-rcna29870

 

Trump election probe grand jury hears from Raffensperger - https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-georgia-atlanta-presidential-3bc4ae72555ee3f22a13554d9b27d240

 

In Races to Run Elections, Candidates Are Backed by Key 2020 Deniers - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/05/us/politics/america-first-secretary-of-state-candidates.html

 

The GOP drive to install thousands of poll workers sets off alarms - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/07/politics/gop-poll-workers-recruitment-ctzn/index.html

 

How the Proud Boys Gripped the Miami-Dade Republican Party - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/us/miami-republicans-proud-boys.html

 

Michigan's GOP push to fight fake "voter fraud" gets upended by actual fraud - https://www.salon.com/2022/06/06/michigans-push-to-fight-fake-voter-fraud-gets-upended-by-actual-fraud/

 

Voting rights protections passed in New York legislature - https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-rights-new-york-8a1420c49a7260e8d88f977431300df6

 

Washington ‘election integrity’ group and lawyer fined for meritless vote fraud lawsuit - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-election-integrity-group-and-lawyer-fined-for-meritless-vote-fraud-lawsuit/

 

WA attorney general files bar complaint against Sequim lawyer over ‘frivolous’ election fraud case - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/wa-attorney-general-files-bar-complaint-against-sequim-lawyer-over-frivolous-election-fraud-case/

 

Florida Supreme Court backs DeSantis, diluting 370,000 Black votes across 4 GOP-leaning districts - https://news.yahoo.com/florida-supreme-court-backs-desantis-165945970.html

 

A federal judge blocks Louisiana’s congressional map, calling it a racial gerrymander. - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/06/us/politics/louisiana-congressional-map.html

 

Republicans Have Secured Their Gerrymanders Through a War of Institutional Attrition - https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a40179999/republican-gerrymandered-maps-win-court-battles/

 

A strategist’s war on GOP gerrymandering — could it decide legislative control for the next decade? - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/03/pbdd-6-3-22-00036819

 

A Broken Redistricting Process Winds Down, With No Repairs in Sight - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/06/us/scotus-redistricting-congress-maps.html

 

Supreme Court review could give state legislators more power in redistricting - https://www.wunc.org/news/2022-06-07/supreme-court-review-could-give-state-legislators-more-power-in-redistricting

 

Supreme Court May Hear ‘800-Pound Gorilla’ of Election Law Cases - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/06/us/politics/supreme-court-state-legislatures-elections.html

 

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

 

Supreme Court has 29 opinions remaining in one-month sprint to end controversial term - https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/05/politics/supreme-court-june-opinions/index.html

 

The Supreme Court is about to rule on another scary voting rights case - https://www.vox.com/2022/6/3/23151943/supreme-court-voting-rights-ritter-migliori-pennsylvania

 

Supreme Court to decide whether businesses may refuse LGBTQ couples for same-sex wedding services - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/06/01/supreme-court-business-same-sex-wedding-lgbtq-marriage/9719251002/?gnt-cfr=1

 

Major corporations are going all in for Pride Month while also supporting anti-LGBTQ+ legislators - https://fortune.com/2022/06/01/major-corporations-donate-anti-lgbtq-legislators-pride/

 

Right-Wing Dark Money Is Coming for Reproductive Rights in Your State - https://truthout.org/articles/right-wing-dark-money-is-coming-for-reproductive-rights-in-your-state/

 

Gun industry group in Connecticut outpaces NRA in lobbying, hopes to protect access to semi-automatic weapons - https://www.wbur.org/news/2022/06/02/nssf-national-shooting-sports-foundation-connecticut-nra-lobbying

 

New debate over gun laws will test the gun lobby’s influence -https://rollcall.com/2022/06/02/new-debate-over-gun-laws-will-test-the-gun-lobbys-influence/

 

Meet the Gun Industry’s Revolving Door Lobbyists - https://thebrick.house/meet-the-gun-industrys-revolving-door-lobbyists/

 

Crypto industry executives spend millions on political contributions as Washington weighs industry regulations - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/06/crypto-industry-executives-spend-millions-on-political-contributions-as-washington-weighs-industry-regulations/

 

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Multimillion-Dollar Game - https://prospect.org/power/sam-bankman-frieds-multimillion-dollar-game/

 

Layers of Lobbying: Federal and state lobbying trends in spending, representation and messaging - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/reports/layers-of-lobbying/

 

“Toothless”: With stock trading ban stalled, lawmakers continue to violate “ridiculously weak law” - https://www.salon.com/2022/06/01/toothless-with-stock-trading-ban-stalled-lawmakers-continue-to-ridiculously-weak-law_partner/

 

Foreign Investor Electioneering Ban - https://democracypolicy.network/agenda/open-country/open-government/foreign-investor-electioneering-ban

 

Primaries are getting more crowded with candidates, and that’s good news for extremists and bad news for voters - https://theconversation.com/primaries-are-getting-more-crowded-with-candidates-and-thats-good-news-for-extremists-and-bad-news-for-voters-182910

 

WHY THE PAST 10 YEARS OF AMERICAN LIFE HAVE BEEN UNIQUELY STUPID - https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/05/social-media-democracy-trust-babel/629369/

 

Can Reforming Social Media Save American Democracy? - https://www.voanews.com/a/can-reforming-social-media-save-american-democracy-/6602408.html

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