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On Tuesday, writing for MSNBC's Maddowblog, Steve Benen argued that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows deserves the same type of intensive national scrutiny over his email practices as were directed at Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.
In part, Benen said, because Meadows himself was at the helm of congressional efforts to investigate Clinton — and should have known what he was doing.
"Look, I realize that 'but her emails' jokes in reference to Hillary Clinton are probably a little too easy. But that doesn't mean they're wrong," wrote Benen. "The fact that Clinton did not rely entirely on her state.gov address, the electorate was told, was evidence of her recklessness. She put the United States at risk, the argument went. For some, it might even have been literally criminal. During the presidential campaign, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan went so far as to formally request that Clinton be denied intelligence briefings — insisting that her email practices were proof that she couldn't be trusted."
Ultimately, Clinton was never charged criminally for her security policies — something many analysts were pointing out was not a realistic idea even before the FBI ruled it out. But it nonetheless was one of the biggest issues of the 2016 campaign.
"After her defeat, Donald Trump and his team took office, at which point top members of the president's inner circle began utilizing private email accounts. This didn't become a major national scandal because, well, I've never been altogether clear why not," wrote Benen. "But Meadows offers an even more striking example, not only because he was part of a Republican White House filled with Clinton critics who were doing what she did, but also because he was a GOP member of Congress — who helped investigate Clinton's email practices in 2016."
"It nevertheless appears that the Republican used 'a personal cellphone, a Signal account and two personal Gmail accounts for government business,'" concluded Benen. "It's something to keep in mind the next time a rabid GOP crowd starts chanting, 'Lock her up.'"
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One of the Republican candidates running in Florida's 16th congressional district was the focus of a Sarasota Magazine profile titled, "Everyone Hates Martin Hyde, and He Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way."
"Sarasota Republican congressional candidate Martin Hyde is ugly, obnoxious and a bully with no convictions—at least that’s how he described himself to me. If people have called him worse, he’s almost surely said it about it himself first. He’s infamous and has made national news more than once for his antics. Often referred to as the mini-Trump of Sarasota, he’s a political car crash at which people can’t help but gawk," Isaac Eger wrote.
Hyde is challenging GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan, who was first elected to Congress a decade ago.
"After video of Hyde berating a female police officer for pulling him over went viral (it has earned nearly 16 million YouTube views and counting), his primary campaign against longtime incumbent Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, looked dead in the water. He’s despised by his own Sarasota Republican party elite, and he’s run for office twice already and lost both times," Eger reported. "Even he knows his chances of unseating Buchanan, who has been in office since 2007 and who serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, are dismal. And yet, he’s still in the race."
Hyde caused a stir in December when he installed large #FJB Christmas lights on his mansion. The hashtag is the acronym for "f*ck Joe Biden."
Hyde bragged about being interviewed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News above a chyron reading "candidate's bad behavior con on bodycam during stop & was shared online"
"I'm just an ordinary pleb," Hyde said.
Eger says he pointed out hyde has an elevator in his $2 million home.
"I see your point," Hyde said.
Hyde claims Buchanan "doesn't even like Trump."
“Never trust a guy who is over 70 years old without a single gray hair,” he says. “I always like to joke about how we go to the same place to get Botox. I use it by the barrel load. But I’ll never dye my hair.”
Buchanan received the endorsement of notorious political consultant Roger Stone the day after writing Stone a $15,000 check and hiring him for $10,000 a month.
Hyde ended up parting ways with Stone along with advisors Michael Flynn and Rudy Giuliani.
"After spending a few days with Hyde, I wondered why some people are drawn to people like him. Why does an English showboat who owns an office supply company evoke such strong feelings? Why did tens of millions of people watch a low-resolution video of him being a jerk to police officers? In these hyper-partisan times, when the stakes always seem high but meaningful change seems rare, watching the other side fail is perhaps all that we have left," the Sarasota Magazine reported. "I get the appeal of raging against the establishment, but I’m left with a feeling that, in the end, it might just help the powers that be. Instead of our elected officials becoming the focus of our justifiable anger, Hyde opens his mouth and people yell at him instead. He is like an effigy who lights himself on fire."
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“HB 2492’s onerous documentary proof of citizenship requirement for certain federal elections constitutes a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act,” in addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a press call Tuesday.
The law is set to take effect in January, despite a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Arizona couldn’t require voters using the federal voter registration form to provide proof of citizenship. The high court did allow Arizona to continue allowing proof of citizenship for state elections.
Under the new law, the roughly 31,000 people in Arizona who are currently federal-only voters would have to show proof of citizenship to continue participating in elections. Arizonans who registered to vote before 1996 in the state, before proof of citizenship was required to get a driver’s license, and who have not updated their voter registration would also have to provide documentary evidence.
Surveys show that between 5 and 7 percent of Americans lack one of the documents required under the law to prove their citizenship. People who are more likely to be born outside a hospital, like Native Americans, are also less likely to have access to the necessary documents.
Lawyers for the Arizona Legislature have said that the new law is unconstitutional given how it affects federal elections and is in direct violation of the Supreme Court’s 2013 opinion. By bringing the law back this year, Arizona was setting itself up for a legal challenge likely to end up before the now more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.
Several non-profit and legal groups including the Campaign Legal Center and Arizona-based organizations have already brought a challenge to the law in court.
The new Arizona law also requires that voters provide their place of birth on their voter registration form and instructs election officials to reject applications that fail to list a place of birth. Clarke said that requirement is unlawful and immaterial because many U.S. citizens are born outside the country but are naturalized later in life.
Arizona is currently the only state that requires voters to provide documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote.
Arizona Republican Rep. Jake Hoffman, who sponsored HB 2492, was one of 11 people in Arizona and 84 across the country to serve as a fake elector for former President Donald Trump. He has supported Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen because of voter fraud.
The lawsuit marks the first enforcement action filed by the DOJ’s voting section since March 2022, when the agency sued Galveston County, Texas, over the county’s redistricting plan, which the agency said violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it doesn’t give Black and Hispanic voters an equal opportunity to participate and elect their candidates of choice.
The new lawsuit is also the first voting enforcement agency taken by the agency under President Joe Biden that alleges violations of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the motor voter law, which was enacted in 1993 in order to set requirements for voter registration for federal elections.
Since the 2020 election, Republican states have enacted dozens of restrictive voting laws that target who can register and cast a ballot. Clarke said Tuesday that the DOJ is determined to continue fighting unconstitutional voting laws.
“This lawsuit reflects our deep commitment to using every available tool to protect every American’s right to vote and to ensure their voices are heard in our democracy,” she said.
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