SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California this week banned taxpayer-funded travel to five states that recently adopted measures viewed by Democratic leaders as discriminatory against transgender Americans. California's power to restrict travel to certain states comes from a 2016 law written by the current leader of the Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell. He wrote it in response to so-called religious freedom laws that allowed organizations to deny services to same-sex couples or restrict the civil rights of LGBT people in some way. Altogether, 17 states now are on California's "no...
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Election-denying Arizona Republican who trashed mail-in voting used it over 90% of the time since 2004
On Wednesday, Arizona-based journalist Dillon Rosenblatt reported that Mark Finchem, a far-right Arizona state senator running for Secretary of State, has voted by mail more than 90 percent of the time since 2004 — despite spreading conspiracy theories about the practice, vowing to curtail it if elected, and claiming that "I don't care for mail-in voting. That's why I go to the polls."
"Finchem has been a strong advocate of ending no-excuse mail-in voting for all Arizonans which has been in place for decades and used by at least 80% of the electorate. Finchem during his debate against Democratic challenger Adrian Fontes, the former Maricopa County recorder, last month claimed he always votes at the polls," wrote Rosenblatt . "This is a lie."
Rosenblatt proceeded to back up his claim with hard data.
"Until the 2022 primary election, Finchem voted early and by mail in every single election since the 2004 general except for the 2007 City of Tucson general election. That’s 28 of 30 total elections (including this year’s)," he explained.
"The Pima County Recorder’s Office records for Finchem only went through April, but they told me he did vote at the polls for the August primary where he won in a four-person (but really two-person) race to be the GOP nominee for secretary of state, which oversees the state’s elections and sets the Elections Procedures Manual," Rosenblatt continued.
Finchem, one of a number of candidates for state election offices around the country who endorse former President Donald Trump's Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, was also president at the Capitol during the attack on January 6, although he claims not to have known an insurrection was in progress.
He has also come under fire for attacking his Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes, with a QAnon-inspired anti-Semitic trope. At the candidate debate last month, he was panned by experts for his attempts to back up election conspiracy theories.
The Democrat who is reportedly surging against controversial GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado had harsh words for the first-term rival during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC.
"The Beat" guest host Katie Phang interviewed Democratic nominee Adam Frisch, a former Aspen City Council member.
Phang said Boebert is "getting nervous" after a poll showed her leading Frisch by just two points, 47 - 45.
"Along with extremists like Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Boebert vaulting to national attention with a mix of aggressive trolling, anti-gay comments, and race-baiting," Phang reported, playing clips of Boebert saying some of the comments that have generated controversy.
"Nationally Boebert is a lightning rod," Phang noted, "but are voters in the district concerned with more substantive issues, like economy, inflation, and abortion rights versus Robert's performative politics?"
"Your introduction is exactly why I decided to get in this race in February," Frisch replied. "People want the circus to stop and the members and the citizens of CD-3 are looking for someone else besides Lauren Boebert and her mentor, Marjorie Taylor Greene."
"I say that they're the leaders of the anger-tainment industry," Frisch argued. "And I think people are sick and tired of that, they want to focus on women's reproductive rights, getting inflation under control, and making sure there is good funding for schools, especially in the rural parts of our district."
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On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," writer and columnist Molly Jong-Fast tore into Republicans who are standing by former football star and Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker, following reports he paid a woman he impregnated to get an abortion, which were quickly followed by his son's public claims about past familial abuse.
Jong-Fast took special aim at former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who — despite repeatedly referring to abortion as "killing infants" in Fox News speeches — proclaimed she didn't care whether Walker paid for abortions because "I want control of the Senate."
"For Dana Loesch and the GOP, was it never really about morals?" asked anchor Katie Phang. "They like to be the morality police. But hasn't it always been about power and control?"
"Yeah," said Jong-Fast. "I think you're really seeing how they took advantage of evangelicals here and pretended to believe in stuff they didn't really just to win. And you see that. They're just saying the quiet part loud ... I'm surprised how brazen they're being. But I guess it makes sense. The men who are defending him are people accused of worse. I mean, Newt Gingrich is hardly an advertisement for marriage. There's a sense the Republican Party has gone down a rabbit hole so deep that the goal is power and nothing else."
"Molly, according to Newt Gingrich, Herschel Walker is qualified to serve in the United States Senate because of his commitment to Christ, and his concussions," said Phang. "Christ and concussions will lead the way, is that what he's saying?"
"And also his presence," said Jong-Fast. "Senators have to have a presence. It's just wild stuff. I feel like concussions should not be a defense and not a final winning message going into a campaign. The reality is, we have these Republicans who will defend the indefensible. In this case, it's not so much indefensible as much as it's — he says he's pro-life, he says, he says, he says, and he's written a Get Well card to his girlfriend for having an abortion. I think the question is, will there be swing voters? But we're going to sort of wait and see. I do think that what we are seeing here is that power is the number one game. There's nothing that this modern Republican Party will do to abandon a candidate."
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