Category Archives: Robert Warden

Republican Rigging Part 24: Six Million U.S. Citizens Are Prohibited from Registering to Vote

Written by Robert Warden

Thank you to my friend Bruce Kunkel, as well as Robert Reich, for pointing out this issue recently.

You are probably aware of the fact that incarcerated people are not allowed to vote in the United States. That may seem reasonable too, at least on the surface. However, the voting restrictions go far beyond disallowing violent criminals, for instance, from voting. In fact, many nations do allow incarcerated people to vote. Whether one agrees with that or not, it has not appeared to have decremented the political systems in these nations. In contrast, the systematic imprisoning of large numbers of minority persons, then not allowing them to vote — in many cases even after being released from prison — represents another huge brick in the wall that conservatives have built to help insulate themselves from progressives. Read more

Republican Rigging Part 23: Appeals and District Courts

Written by Robert Warden

One of the great things about writing blogs that I need to research is that doing so is educational. Presumably, reading them is also educational for many people. I have often heard in the past that presidents appoint many judges, but the details were sketchy to me. For this post, I have needed to look up the basics of what kind of courts a president appoints judges to, which in fact is far more judgeships than I had realized. Read more

Part 22: Republican Rigging

By Robert Warden

On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court (in)Justice Antonin Scalia died, apparently in his sleep. This vacancy in the court made the number of “liberal” and “conservative” members of the Supreme Court equal. Afterward, President Obama quickly nominated a relatively moderate judge, Merrick Garland, as Scalia’s replacement. In response, the Republican majority in the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, refused to consider Garland throughout the remainder of Obama’s term, almost one year, even though Garland was a moderate, compromise nominee. This was an unprecedented move by the Republicans, in a blatant attempt to keep their majority on the Supreme Court, knowing that this is a vital part of their efforts to rig the political system. Sadly, their maneuver worked when Donald Trump was appointed President by the Electoral College. He promptly nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, who Republican Senators confirmed and placed on the court by resorting to the “nuclear option” of requiring only a simple majority of Senators in order to confirm Gorsuch, rather than at least 60 votes as is customary (https://www.nytimes.com/…/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-senate…) Read more

Republican Rigging Part 18: Voter ID Laws, Another Republican Trick to Limit Voting for Democrats

By Robert Warden

For those of us who have sufficient identification such as driver’s licenses, and work IDs, showing identification is probably no big deal, but for people who don’t drive and are not employed by some large organization such as the community college that employs me, or people who have recently changed their names (which is common for women when they get married), proving who you are may be a daunting if not impossible task. Republicans, among their repertoire of dishonest, tricky strategies to improve their chances of winning elections, have seized upon the idea that voter fraud — that is, people who aren’t eligible to vote, voting anyway or people who vote in more than one location — is a massive problem that needs to be addressed by using strict ID requirements to screen out fraudulent voters. The real purpose of these identification requirements, in fact, is not so much to screen out fraudlent voters, who are exceedingly rare according to all available evidence, but to instead screen out voters with a lack of identification documents, or who might be reluctant to show their IDs, since such voters usually vote for Democrats.
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Republican Rigging Part 2: The De Facto Constitutional Rigging of the Senate.

Written by Robert Warden

It has occurred to me that the way Senators are apportioned, 2 per state, favors smaller, more rural, less populous states, which tend to vote for Republicans compared to larger states. The most glaring example of this relative disenfranchisement of voters in more populous states is my state, California, which has the largest population. In order to do an actual, numerical examination of this issue, I found the percentage of the U.S. population in each state, according to the most recent estimates (2016), and also whether the 2 Senators from each state are Democrats, Republicans, or one of each. (I used to be known for data crunching in my blogs years ago, as a trained researcher and statistician, although these are little amateur projects that I can easily do on my home computer. LOL However, I had gotten away from the numerical analyses for a while.)

Here are the sources of my data: Read more

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