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Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of June 7

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  1. dubteedub
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    New scoop from Daily Beast State GOPs Can’t Explain Millions In ‘Trump Victory’ Cash The level of fraud and abuse here is just amazing. Many of these state GOP groups don't even appear to know...

    New scoop from Daily Beast

    Months after the Federal Election Commission notified several GOP state parties of major gaps in their 2020 fundraising and spending reports, the committees are correcting their numbers—but they still can’t explain why the discrepancies occurred.

    It appears systemic. The FEC has so far sent notices to 10 of those 46 state parties that failed to report high-dollar same-day transfers from joint fundraising committees and to the RNC. So far, all but one have responded.

    The problem stems from joint fundraising agreements—teams of political committees that join together to increase their party’s fundraising power and reach. The arrangements are legal, but it appears the GOP has used them to secretly pass millions of dollars from Trump Victory to the RNC through apparently oblivious state committees.

    The level of fraud and abuse here is just amazing. Many of these state GOP groups don't even appear to know that they are being used as illegal passthroughs of contributions.

    This also reminds of the story earlier this summer where Trump was also fleecing his donors using automatic recurring payments in the 2020 election as well - Tildes link

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    Bernie Sanders Reminds Americans 'Not a Single Republican Voted' for $1,400 Stimulus Checks Joe Manchin Blasted As 'Cowardly, Power-hungry White Dude' Over Vote Rights Trump and his allies try to...
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      dubteedub
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      Words cannot express how frustrated I am with Manchin and Sinema Manchin is setting himself up to be the villain of this fairy tale Sinema on why she skipped vote on Jan. 6 commission: 'I had a...
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      1. Micycle_the_Bichael
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        Back when the dust was settling from the election I predicted on here that no progress would be made to improving the US as long as Joe Manchin was a deciding vote in the Senate. Sad to see I was...

        Back when the dust was settling from the election I predicted on here that no progress would be made to improving the US as long as Joe Manchin was a deciding vote in the Senate. Sad to see I was right.

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  3. dubteedub
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    Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic nomination for Virginia governor I was hoping that Jennifer Carroll Foy would end up on top, but this isn't the worst result. The Republicans were hoping for a Dem...

    I was hoping that Jennifer Carroll Foy would end up on top, but this isn't the worst result. The Republicans were hoping for a Dem primary low-turnout or that McAuliffe would win by a low percentage, both of which ended up being far from the case.

    One other interesting aspect of the VA primary is that DSA member Lee Carter lost really really badly in not only the Governor primary, but also failed to get re-elected to his seat as a delegate in the VA House.

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  4. dubteedub
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    Interesting perspective from a steel mill city in Lauren Boebert's district in Colorado. Where Voters Are Losing Patience With Lauren Boebert God I hope she gets primaried and loses hard. Her and...

    Interesting perspective from a steel mill city in Lauren Boebert's district in Colorado.

    Since her election last November, in a district that sprawls across a huge swath of the mountains and ranch lands that make up the western half of Colorado, Boebert, 34, has become known as one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken acolytes in Congress. A restaurant owner who had never run for office before she declared her candidacy in late 2019, Boebert tried to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election and made a show of carrying a gun inside the U.S. Capitol in her early days in Congress. On Twitter, she frequently attacks Biden and other Democrats; during the January 6 insurrection, she tweeted out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location to her hundreds of thousands of followers.

    Pueblo County, located on Colorado’s dusty, windswept plains two hours south of Denver, is the swingiest part of Boebert’s district—making it a key test of her staying power. The county is nothing like the conservative, government-skeptical towns west of the Continental Divide, where Boebert is from, or the glitzy, liberal ski areas in Aspen and Telluride, which she also represents. While Boebert’s district overall is purple—about 32 percent Republican, 26 percent Democratic and 40 percent unaffiliated, among registered voters—the Pueblo County electorate flips this dynamic, with about 36 percent of voters registered as Democrats, 25 percent as Republicans and 37 percent unaffiliated. Still, big-money donors here often give to candidates from opposing parties, independents regularly vote Republican, and blue-dog Democrats skew conservative. Boebert’s Democratic opponent in the 2020 race won the county by just 204 votes. Biden won by 1,520 votes in November, after Trump had claimed victory by 390 votes in 2016.

    God I hope she gets primaried and loses hard. Her and MTG are the two scariest people in Congress right now. I would not be surprised if either of the Qanon crazies literally murdered another Representative.

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