Election officials working under Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) have admitted to removing “nearly 3,400 qualified voters from the state’s rolls.” The Youngkin administration originally discovered the mistake at the beginning of October but grossly underestimated the number of voters affected. At the time, the team
Republican mantra - "If you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em"
Youngkin has demonstrated a Trumpian deviance in other ways also. Item: He endorsed a plaan by carpetbagger Juan Paplo Segura to charge anyone accused of dealing in Fentanyl with murder. (Which is even worse than it appears ginen the proclivity in VA to charge someone with 1 extra gram of weed with distribution.) Item: His hate mongering over trans athletes. (How many are there in Virginia, anyway?) Item: Turning bullshit claims of job losses consequential to addressing climate change into a self fulfilling prophecy by preventing Ford from building a battery manufacturing plant in the state. The list goes on.
And for their part the Democrats focus their campaign on a single issue: Abortion. As though the electorate were incapable of thinking beyond a single issue. What's worse is that they tried such an approach in the last gubernatorial election, which gave us Youngkin in the first place.
How is this not a criminal offense? Why is the DOJ not prosecuting?
Glenn Youngkin has always reeked of desire to become President. Every underhanded move he made to become Governor of Virginia caused a shudder to those of us following the fascistic moves of Moms For Liberty, and those aware of the motives of White Nationalism. Thank you (and the ACLU) for investigating and publicizing the corruption of removing qualified voters: "Youngkin’s Elections Department 'discovered 10,588 people on the state’s voter rolls who were ineligible to vote because of felony convictions' in late 2022." Their cheating motives are obvious--time the major news outlets caught up (now that it may be too late to vote by mail) and informed the world about the yearnings of Youngkin.
As a Virginia voter and local Democratic activist in a deeply red county, thank you for exposing Red Vest. We are in a stressful time; if Democrats turn out and take control of the General Assembly, we'll suppress Youngkin. As it should be. If the Christofascists gain full control of the GA, Gov. SnitchLine will leap into the GOP presidential race. He's Trump with a smile, as crazy as MAGA Mike but a lot richer. And far more dangerous.
Youngkin reminds me of Haley. Media loves to characterize them both as "moderate," but both utilize the same Trump/Republican tactics--they just do it with an air of reasonableness.
Youngkin, the numbers guy, is pretty terrible at numbers. Last year: https://www.vpm.org/news/2022-10-28/youngkins-top-elections-official-accepts-responsibility-for-errors. Earlier this year: https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/local-school-divisions-short-201-million-in-aid-because-of-state-error/article_6138b1e2-a0f1-11ed-8b54-87263b50295e.html
I don’t know how many times this can be said before I start banging my head agaist the wall, but here it is again—
Republicans have no agenda other than to invoke their silly religious beliefs on the rest of us and [at the same time] cut taxes for the rich and corporations who should be paying their fair share.
They do this to protect the GOP money spigot from the same wealthy and corporate oligarches. Vote blue. They may not be perfect but at least they’re sane and give a shit about our democratic-self-rule.
Glen Youngkin is a true GQPer. He talks a moderate line until he's elected then goes for voter suppression aware that he's really in the minority. (It's also what DeSantis did in Florida.) Just think, the GQP thinks that if Trump can't run next year, Youngkin is a good bet because he APPEARs to be a centrist. (Ah, no.) But he knows he is out of step with the current attitude in Virginia. Even Idaho is considering backing up on abortion, after seeing the devastation to mothers who have a medical need.
Youngkin is getting in the way of a whole lot more than just voting rights. He supports the book bans that so many schools are pushing. He recently pardoned a parent from Loudon county (super white, super rich suburb of DC) who got unruly at a school board meeting. He is attempting to re-criminalize marijuana when it was just legalized a few years ago. He is pushing for a partial abortion ban and has made it clear that he cares more about the needs of businesses here than the people who keep them running. I could go on but you get the point.
Voter registration is key. Our team wants to register MORE voters; the other team wants to take voters off the rolls, oooops, even when they are not "cleaning" up the list. Purging voters in a democracy is not a democratic action. It is part of fascism.
So Youngkin favors "election integrity." How about politician integrity for a change? It's clear that he is doing everything in his power to skew voter roles in his favor all the while changing his position as the wind blows. Political integrity would involve having, stating clearly and living by principles that voters are then free to agree with or not. Youngkin instead changes what he says he thinks constantly and maneuvers to keep qualified voters from voting --all to keep him in power.
An old story with deep founding-father roots.
Columbia University has this archive of Benjamin Franklin's 1751 rant against allowing German immigrants who he says, "will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion." He goes on to complain about Africans and others, even dismissing the Swedes and others having a "swarthy Complexion" which makes him wish for more "White People".
...why should the Palatine Boors [German immigrants] be suffered to swarm into our Settlements, and by herding together establish their Language and Manners to the Exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.
24. Which leads me to add one Remark: That the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased.
[[quote is near the bottom of the long page]]
Like most of the men pictured on our paper currency -- excepting Lincoln -- Ben Franklin kept people as personal slaves.
My appreciation to all Republicans for the motivation to seek out the fore-runners of their fear- based, dehumanizing, organized racism. In 272 years they have not moved off the dime.
I am a Virginia resident, and all I can say is, thank god our state has one-term only governors. I'm counting down the days until this vulture capitalist schmuck leaves the mansion. Here is another example of how voting matters. Too many Democrats in Virginia decided Trumpkin's opponent wasn't exciting enough for them, so they sat out. If all the registered Democrats had turned out and voted, Dumpkin would still be in private life.
he knows he can't win because of his stand on abortion... so he cheats.. help Virginia
Might as well add the 27,000 voters purged from ohio too. Grr. https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/vote/ohio-secretary-state-frank-larose-purges-nearly-27000-people-voting-rolls/95-5bcc6ca7-ecb0-4c57-8833-2480affdbf6b