Democracy Happy Hour – October 26, 2022

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Democracy Happy Hour, October 26, 2022 - Meeting Recordings & Chat File:

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Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour Topics:

  • Oct 26 - Voting Rights: From Jim Crow to Today
  • Nov 2 - The Midterms: What can we expect?
  • Nov 9 - Midterm Election Report
  • Nov 16 – Creating an Inter-Movement "Generative Change" Community to Save & Strengthen Our Democratic Republic with Walter Roberts & Caleb Christen
  • Nov 23 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week - Holiday Break

ACTIONS & EVENTS:

Election Information & Actions:

Events:

Ranked Choice Voting on the ballot in Washington State:

WA Groups & Actions:

National Actions:

Voting Rights: From Jim Crow to Today Links:

Democracy in the News Links:

Jan. 6 Panel Issues Subpoena to Trump, Setting Up Legal Battle Over Testimony - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/21/us/politics/trump-subpoena-jan-6.html

Bannon Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison for Contempt of Congress - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/21/us/politics/steve-bannon-sentence-contempt-congress.html

DOJ asks judge to force Trump White House lawyers to testify in Jan. 6 probe - https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/25/politics/trump-firewall-justice-department-cipollone-philbin-secret-grand-jury

Jan. 6 committee aids Fulton prosecutors in their investigation of Trump - https://www.ajc.com/politics/jan-6-committee-aids-fulton-prosecutors-in-their-investigation-of-trump/SZ6GIUKETZCMBIOA4E4JIQ4VAQ/

Meadows Ordered to Testify in Georgia Election Investigation - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/26/us/meadows-testify-georgia-election-trump.html

Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, former US Sen. Kelly Loeffler testify to grand jury in Georgia investigating 2020 election interference - https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/20/politics/kelly-loeffler-pat-cipollone-georgia-special-grand-jury

Clarence Thomas freezes order for Lindsey Graham to testify before Georgia grand jury investigating 2020 election - https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/24/politics/supreme-court-lindsey-graham-clarence-thomas/index.html

Trump Mar-a-Lago probe proceeds on two tracks: One public, one private - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/10/22/trump-documents-dearie-fbi/

Prosecutors Pressure Trump Aides to Testify in Documents Case - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/24/us/politics/justice-department-trump-documents.html

FBI identifies Arizona as one of top states for threats against election workers - https://www.axios.com/local/phoenix/2022/10/19/fbi-arizona-top-state-threats-election-workers

Election officials: Armed "vigilantes" near ballot drop box in Arizona - https://www.axios.com/2022/10/23/mesa-arizona-armed-vigilantes-ballot-drop-box

Police promise protection as more reports of ballot box watchers come in - https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2022/10/25/police-promise-protection-as-more-reports-of-ballot-box-watchers-come-in/

It's Hard To Run Elections These Days. Just Ask Nevada's Election Officials. - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/nevada-election-officials-election-deniers/

Conspiracy pushers target races for local election posts - https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-puget-sound-government-and-politics-conspiracy-89014762c3f4d1e3765b87ab650b8654

False claims overwhelm local efforts to ensure voters the elections are secure - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/false-claims-overwhelm-local-efforts-to-ensure-voters-the-elections-are-secure

Trump allies using false election claims, images of war to recruit ex-military as poll workers - https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-allies-false-election-claims-images-war-recruit/story?id=91412810

Pro-Trump conspiracy theorists hound election officials out of office - https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-election-nevada-washoe/

Some Republicans Want to Count Votes by Hand. Bad Idea, Experts Say. - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/18/us/politics/republicans-hand-count-ballots-votes.html

Pro-Trump Republicans court election volunteers to ‘challenge any vote’ - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/10/25/pro-trump-republicans-court-election-volunteers-challenge-any-vote/

RNC has launched 73 election lawsuits in 20 states: 'Most litigious' election cycle - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rnc-73-election-lawsuits-20-states-most-litigious-election-cycle

How votes are cast and counted is increasingly decided in courtrooms - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/10/26/2022-election-lawsuits-legal-challenges/

Trump Plans to Challenge the 2022 Elections — Starting in Philly - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-midterm-elections-challenge-oz-fetterman-philadelphia-1234616197/

Prolonged challenges by losing candidates could overshadow November election results - https://www.newsfromthestates.com/article/prolonged-challenges-losing-candidates-could-overshadow-november-election-results


'Anger on their minds': NBC News poll finds sky-high interest and polarization ahead of midterms - https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/first-read/anger-minds-nbc-news-poll-finds-sky-high-interest-polarization-ahead-m-rcna53512

Fears Over Fate of Democracy Leave Many Voters Frustrated and Resigned - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/23/us/politics/voting-democracy-wisconsin-senate.html

Their America is vanishing. Like Trump, they insist they were cheated - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/their-america-is-vanishing-like-trump-they-insist-they-were-cheated/

Side effect of divisive politics? Unaffiliated voter numbers rise. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2022/10/24/rise-of-independent-voters/

Hotline, website launched to address voting rights concerns ahead of election - https://wwmt.com/news/local/mark-totten-hotline-website-election-concerns-voting-rights-michigan-united-states-department-justice

Alaska Supreme Court explains ruling that says ranked choice voting, open primaries are constitutional - https://www.adn.com/politics/2022/10/21/alaska-supreme-court-explains-ruling-that-says-ranked-choice-voting-open-primaries-are-constitutional/

U.S. Supreme Court case from North Carolina could unleash profound changes to elections nationwide - https://ncpolicywatch.com/2022/10/21/u-s-supreme-court-case-from-north-carolina-could-unleash-profound-changes-to-elections-nationwide/

Moore v. Harper Parties Submit Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court - https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/moore-v-harper-parties-submit-briefs-to-the-u-s-supreme-court/

Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘disturbing’ quest to radically rewrite the US constitution - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/19/steve-bannon-us-constitution-tea-party-republican-state-legislatures

State-level midterm election fundraising on track to exceed $7 billion - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/10/state-level-midterm-election-fundraising-on-track-to-exceed-7-billion

A Democratic Group Pours $20 Million Into State Legislative Races - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/19/us/politics/forward-majority-state-legislative-races.html

Secretary of state candidates have raised a record $56.2 million for 2022 election - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/10/secretary-of-state-candidates-have-raised-a-record-56-2-million-for-2022-election/

Dark money groups have spent nearly $1 billion so far to boost GOP Senate candidates - https://www.npr.org/2022/10/22/1129976565/dark-money-groups-midterm-elections-republicans-democrats-senate

New Trump-backed super PAC pours $8.6 million in ad spending into key races - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-backed-super-pac-injects-million-ad-spending/story?id=91762119

Koch-Backed Conservative Super PAC Gets $25 Million Jolt for Ground Game in Key States - https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/midterms-elections-voting-2022-10-20/card/koch-backed-conservative-super-pac-gets-25-million-jolt-for-ground-game-in-key-states-WDDGTJHhICaYvmsopeGe

86 Percent of GOP 2022 Senate Race TV Ad Budget Has Come From Dark Money Groups - https://truthout.org/articles/86-percent-of-gop-2022-senate-race-tv-ad-budget-has-come-from-dark-money-groups/

Big money from corporate America could mean wins for "Big Lie" candidates - https://www.salon.com/2022/10/22/big-money-from-corporate-america-could-mean-wins-for-big-lie-candidates_partner/

Republicans Are Having a Messy Breakup With Corporate America. They Feel Fine - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/midterms-republicans-chamber-of-commerce-elections-1234616574/

These PACS are funding 'parents' rights advocates' running for local school board positions - https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/politics/2022/10/23/super-pacs-spending-local-school-board-races/8125668001/

Big K Street players spend more as election uncertainty brews - https://rollcall.com/2022/10/21/big-k-street-players-spend-more-as-election-uncertainty-brews/

How Disinformation Splintered and Became More Intractable - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/20/technology/disinformation-spread.html

Republican committee sues Google over email spam filters - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/republican-committee-sues-google-email-spam-filters-rcna53580

Throw the book at Meta for intentional campaign finance violations - https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/throw-the-book-at-meta-for-intentional-campaign-finance-violations/

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