Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-TX) was so certain that people were committing voter fraud that he promised up to $1 million in reward cash to anyone who could uncover 2020 election cheaters. That's when progressive Eric Frank got to work.
Last year, Patrick cited former President Donald Trump's calls to uncover voter fraud, saying that it "is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy and restore faith in future elections."
Frank, a Pennsylvania poll worker whose parents are involved in Democratic politics, recently uncovered voter fraud: Ralph Thurman, a 72-year-old Republican who voted twice in the election, the Dallas Morning News reported.
At first, Thurman claimed that he was "tricked by poll workers," but it became clear that he voted once for himself and once under his son's name. He was sentenced to probation for three years and is banned from voting for four years. It's a significant contrast to Crystal Mason, who was on probation when she voted, not knowing that she wasn't allowed to vote as a former felon. She was sentenced to five years in prison. She's now working to appeal the conviction.
So, Patrick was forced to pay out, though instead of handing over the $1 million, he used the "up to $1 million" out to reduce the check to $25,000.
"It's my belief that they were trying to get cases of Democrats doing voter fraud. And that just wasn't the case," Frank said in an interview. "This kind of blew up in their face."
Frank explained that thus far he's the first and only person to seek the reward, noting it was significantly less than $1 million, because the campaign was hoping to find "bigger fish."
"Was he looking for a celebrity or a political group as a whole?" Frank said in the interview. "I don't know what he meant by bigger fish."
Despite such significantly low cases in voter fraud, Republicans have worked to pass strict voting restrictions. Patrick specifically said that the laws were necessary because of Texas' emotions. He claimed voters in the state "feel" elections are less secure, and thus a law is necessary.
Now, Patrick wants Gov. Greg Abbott to call legislators back for a fourth special session to pass increased penalties for "illegal voting" and conduct a "forensic audit" like the one done in Arizona that found Trump lost by more votes than initially thought.
Steve Bannon thinks Republicans are ‘c-words’: Ex-congressman baffled GOP refuses to 'settle a score'
Republicans in Congress should vote for a criminal referral of Steve Bannon, a former GOP congressman argued on CNN on Thursday.
"Republican leadership is trying to make this a no vote, making this out not to get to the truth but an effort to hurt Trump. That's a part of their framing," CNN's Ana Cabrera said. "What's your advice to your former colleagues on how to vote on Bannon and criminal contempt?"
"My advice to House Republican members is to vote for criminal contempt on Steve Bannon, just on the merits," Dent replied. "He's not eligible for executive privilege. He may have information relevant to this investigation, and, you know, he's willfully defying the Congress, their Article One authority and oversight responsibility, so they should go right at him."
"By the way, he resents most of them," Dent noted. "The things he has said about House Republican leaders, including Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise are things I cannot say on television. He despises them and any Republican who has a sense of governance and responsibility, they owe Steve Bannon nothing other than their contempt."
"They should settle a score right now if they can't vote for this on the merits," he suggested.
"Bannon has said some pretty bad things about Republican members of Congress and I can't repeat those either," Cabrera said. "He once called a GOP mega donor and other establishment figures Republican scumbags and referred to republican leaders as c-words and now they are trying to protect Steve Bannon?"
"That's right, it's unbelievable," Dent replied. "He used the c-word to describe the House Republican leaders. I mean, wow! You want to protect him? Why? I mean, it's -- it's almost inexplicable."
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Sandra Mason, the current governor-general, is set to be sworn in as president on November 30, the country's 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.
Calling the parliamentary vote a "historic milestone on the road to the Republic," the Barbadian government tweeted that its House and Senate had elected Mason, 72, on Wednesday.
In September 2020, Mason announced the break with Britain, saying "the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind."
"Having attained Independence over half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance," she said.
When asked about the plans last year, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said it was "a matter for the government and people of Barbados."
Barbados -- which has a population of just under 300,000 -- was claimed by the British in 1625. It has sometimes been called "Little England" for its loyalty to British customs.
It is relatively prosperous, and a popular tourist destination: prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than a million tourists visited its idyllic beaches and crystalline waters each year.
The Caribbean's easternmost island is also well-known as the birthplace of superstar singer Rihanna, who is a Barbadian ambassador tasked with promoting education, tourism and investment.
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