ATLANTA — A Senate committee passed voting restrictions Friday that would end automatic voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting in Georgia. The Senate Ethics Committee voted mostly along party lines to advance the bills, which could reach the full Senate next week. The voting limitations advanced Friday are the latest in a series of bills pushed by Republican legislators after record turnout led to Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Republican Donald Trump. Other legislation advancing in the General Assembly would add voter ID requirements for absentee voting, restrict ballot drop boxe...
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A new favorite has emerged among possible Republican presidential successors to Donald Trump.
Wealthy GOP donors are lining up behind the 2022 re-election campaign for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is moving past former vice president Mike Pence and other potential contenders should Trump choose to sit out the 2024 presidential race, reported Politico.
"He's in the top tier, should he choose to run for president," said Art Pope, a conservative donor and chair of the influential Bradley Foundation.
Republican donors appreciate DeSantis' refusal to institute strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and they see him as a potentially more attractive version of the last president.
"[He's] a nicer version of Trump," said Joanne Zervos, a New York City donor who specifically mentioned DeSantis' handling of the pandemic.
DeSantis aides insist he's focused on his re-election campaign, but the governor is building a nationwide donor network that resembles the foundation George W. Bush built for his 2000 presidential campaign during his own re-election race for Texas governor two years earlier.
"[He] has a major political future in the Republican Party," said Don Tapia, who served as Trump's ambassador to Jamaica and will host a DeSantis fundraiser at his Arizona home. "[He's a] strong candidate I would truly look at."
Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene face furious backlash for voting against lifesaving bone marrow registry
Controversial GOP House members Lauren Boebert (CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) were buried in criticism on Thursday night after they chose to vote against an important lifesaving bill that would create a registry for bone marrow donors.
According to CNN's Manu, "Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases" before adding, "The bill passed 415-2"
The two conservatives were quickly condemned for their votes in a flood of criticism, as you can see below:
@mkraju What?? What is controversial about donating bone marrow???— wardog (@wardog)1618541676.0
@mkraju I bet they have no idea why they voted no. They just did it because everyone else voted yes.— DeepSeaColin (@DeepSeaColin)1618542246.0
@natsechobbyist @mkraju Do you think they subscribe to the “any publicity is better than no publicity” school of th… https://t.co/Rmhz9ZmB3t— ChristineMoreSo (@ChristineMoreSo)1618543871.0
@mkraju Because they are too stupid to understand it.— crackers28 (@crackers28)1618540832.0
@mkraju I literally cannot imagine why someone would vote against something like this except for some disgusting de… https://t.co/vYfzCk4ObW— MisterJay (@MisterJay)1618540905.0
@mkraju I don’t usually back tag, but WTF is WRONG with @RepBoebert and @mtgreenee? After a while, being the contra… https://t.co/3KGr6E3hrK— Asst. Sec. State Albie Duncan #RIPHalHolbrook (@Asst. Sec. State Albie Duncan #RIPHalHolbrook)1618547854.0
@mkraju "I'm against helping people with cancer" is uhh... quite the strategy— Dad Jokes Panda (@Dad Jokes Panda)1618542586.0
@mkraju @jaketapper Someone should tell these idiots that the purpose of the opposition party is not just to oppose… https://t.co/zBDZJw53dV— Mr. Corona (beer) (@Mr. Corona (beer))1618544952.0
@thegoodfello @mkraju So, why didn’t they ask? Why didn’t they research? They both can read, can’t they? Or, not?— Nebby Beulah (@Nebby Beulah)1618543227.0
@mkraju I am so fucking sick of these two. As a PROUD marrow donor, this is enough.— Matthew R. Coleman (@Matthew R. Coleman)1618542100.0
@mkraju These two just have to be removed. Congress needs competence and Greene and Boebert are not competent.— Charlie Mic (@Charlie Mic)1618541800.0
@chemimommy @mkraju I was thinking the exact same thing...— La Tina Washington (@La Tina Washington)1618541312.0
@mkraju I’m trying to figure out what productive role Marjorie Taylor Greene brings to Congress. Who votes no on this?!?— Becky (@Becky)1618540911.0
@mkraju In their defense, it’s pretty damn hard to understand what’s in a bill if you can’t read.— Matt Sivright (@Matt Sivright)1618540971.0
@mkraju Do they consider it too socialist to save lives because they have quite literally opted for people's death?— Romil Patel (@Romil Patel)1618551904.0
@mkraju Boebert and Greene are wholly unfit and unqualified for office. They depend on spectacle, especially gun im… https://t.co/fbeU6CKgOJ— David Ashlin (@David Ashlin)1618545324.0
@mkraju I was a bone marrow donor in 1991 to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him, his wife, & 4 year old son i… https://t.co/DLrWkoLSWQ— DudeDad (@DudeDad)1618568362.0
Americans are increasingly fleeing organized religion -- and it's not just college-educated white liberals
American society has recently seen a rise in people who don't have any specific religious affiliation, and a new analysis from FiveThirtyEight finds that it's not just college-educated white liberals who are fleeing the church.
In the past, Americans who count themselves as religiously unaffiliated have typically been college-educated whites, but FiveThirtyEight finds that the rise in non-affiliated Americans cuts across all demographics.
"The number of Americans who aren't religious has surged in part because people in lots of demographic groups are disengaging from religion — many nones don't fit that young, liberal stereotype," the website writes. "The decline over the last decade in the share of Black (-11 percentage points) and Hispanic adults (-10 points) who are Christians is very similar to the decline among white adults (-12 points), according to Pew. The number of college graduates leaving the faith (-13 points) is similar to those without degrees (-11 points)."
And while young people are still more likely to list themselves as unaffiliated compared to older Americans, the trends among Baby Boomers are still going in the direction of not being affiliated with any church.
The website also notes that America has long been an outlier among rich countries, which typically see a decline in religiosity as their GDP grows.
"But America may have always been destined to grow less religious," they conclude.
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