On Wednesday, Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Ben Wikler announced that his state party organization, as well as the Democratic National Committee, is suing to make significant changes to the voting process to make it easier to vote by mail — protecting voters from the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
Among the measures they are seeking are a deadline extension for online voter registration, and to exempt voters from GOP-imposed strict ID requirements for absentee ballot requests.
BREAKING: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin & Democratic National Committee just sued to knock down barriers to voting by mail on April 7. Our asks: extend deadlines for online voter registration, & remove voter ID requirements for online absentee ballot requests in Wisconsin. 1/ pic.twitter.com/lfUPzVH3Xn
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) March 18, 2020
As cases of COVID-19 have increased rapidly in the United States, concern has risen about the safety of in-person voting. Many local officials have sought to provide sanitizer and space out voting lines to minimize the risk, but allowing more voters to cast ballots by mail would be even more effective.
Wisconsin is one of Democrats’ most hotly contested targets in November, and is a potential “tipping point” state which could decide the entire election. In addition, Wisconsin is holding a general election for the state Supreme Court at the same time as the Democratic primary, in which an appointee of former GOP Gov. Scott Walker will face off against a Democratic-backed liberal candidate who could cut the size of the conservative majority.
Morning Joe’s Mika rains hell on ‘pathetic’ Trump for White House smear campaign against Dr Fauci
MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski went off on an extended diatribe on Donald Trump and the White House for attempts to smear the reputation of Dr. Anthony Fauci based upon a report from NBC News.
According to the NBC report, "The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, as President Donald Trump works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings of the U.S. coronavirus response."
Using that as a jumping-off point, the "Morning Joe" host called the president "pathetic," and blamed the massive and resurgent spread of the coronavirus solely on the president's bungling of the government's response from day one.
‘Donald Trump is the most successful bio-terrorist in human history’: psychologist
The June 6 edition of the German newsweekly Der Spiegel described Donald Trump as a "fire devil" and a president who "sets fire to his country."
This article first appeared in Salon.
The English edition of Der Spiegel continues with this damningly accurate description of America in the Age of Trump:
‘A slow-moving trainwreck’: Republicans scrambling for campaign cash as 2020 election prospects look bleak
According to a report in Politico, Republican lawmakers are falling behind their Democratic counterparts when it comes to cash needed for November's election, causing worries about the 2022 midterms and beyond if there is a 2020 wipeout.
The report begins by noting that Republicans were served with a major warning last month that fundraising was lagging and that Democrats were using a superior digital strategy to fill their coffers for what is expected to be a brutal last few months before election day.