Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, has long been under fire for huge issues with the state’s voting system, which he has run as the Secretary of State.
The ultra-conservative Kemp has overseen a system that has had vast flaws and is facing several lawsuits over racially motivated voter purges.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dedicated the first 20 minutes of her Friday night show to examining the problems with Georgia’s elections, opening with Kemp’s refusal to accept FBI help when it was clear the Russians had hacked the system and going through his current effort to purge black voters with an “exact match” system that allows voters to be taken off the rolls because someone makes a minor error on their voter information, such as saying they live on a street instead of a road or avenue.
Kemp also prosecuted blacks who registered people to vote and mailed in absentee ballots—all charges which were ultimately dismissed.
In 2016, Georgia’s elections system was also accessed by Russian intelligence agents.
“This is the one state where the secretary of state says he doesn’t need no stinkin’ help from no federales,” Maddow said.
Right-wing activist David Koch dead at 79: report
David Koch, the billionaire industrialist and conservative activist, has reportedly died.
Sources close to the family confirmed the 79-year-old Koch, who retired from the privately owned Koch Industries last year, passed away, according to New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer.
Sources close to the family say David Koch has died.
— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) August 23, 2019
Trump campaign official bizarrely compares president to Mother Teresa: ‘Who has done more for women?’
A former "Apprentice" contestant-turned-Iowa campaign official compared President Donald Trump to Mother Teresa.
Tana Goertz, the key primary state's Trump Team coordinator, claimed the president had done more for women than possibly anyone else in history than the sainted Calcutta nun, reported CBS News.
"There's not a person alive that literally has done so much for a female, for the female population," Goertz said. "I can't think of one person that I could go, except for Mother Teresa. I mean, literally, who has done more for women in office than Donald Trump?"
Goertz, a contestant on the third season of Trump's NBC reality show, said the president would boost the election chances of other Republicans running in next year's election, after last year's midterm losses for the GOP.
Putin vows ‘symmetric response’ to US missile test
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he has ordered the military to prepare a "symmetric response" after Washington tested a formerly banned missile.
Putin said he had ordered an analysis of "the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response".
The US Department of Defense said Monday it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 INF agreement, which limited the use of nuclear and conventional medium-range weapons.
Moscow and Washington ripped up the pact early this month after several months of accusing one another of breaching its conditions.