Fifty-one cowardly liberals slunk off to Washington on July 12. They're hiding behind the skirts of their liberal masters, rather than stay and represent their constituents. They elected to forego their duties.

The election bill they oppose actually expands voter rights. It does prevents voter harvesting, 24-hour voting and does require a valid I.D.

Liberals argue that I.D. requirements are racist and costly. A Texas citizen can get an I.D. that's valid for six years. The cost is less than $3 a year. The requirements are: proof of U.S. citizenship, be a Texas resident, proof of identity and a Social Security number.

How is the cost or requirements unfair or racist?

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Carlos Ponce

Election Identification Certificate (EIC) are free in the state of Texas.

https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/driver-license/election-identification-certificate-eic

Robert Ray

Thanks for that, Carlos! That removes the idea that requiring valid ID is just another “poll tax”, which is the argument I hear most often from those opposed to voter reforms!

George Laiacona

Republicans will have you believe that their propaganda efforts to make you think that there are no voter suppression actions taken in this recent changes in voter rights are an important to voting in Texas. If you believe in their attempts to improve voter suppression, then the Democrats attempt to stop the legislation is not in your favor. On the other hand if you side with the Democrats then you believe that no new voter legislation is necessary.

Robert Ray

George, while I have not read the current bill under consideration, I find it quite disconcerting that elected lawmakers would stoop to the level of running away to deal with such an issue. Be that as it may, I would ask why you don’t think our great state needs any kind of voter reform or regulation. We, as Americans, want to think of our system of selecting new leaders and lawmakers as the best system in the world, the pattern by which all other nations should adopt, right? But let me ask you what other complex systems in our lives don’t benefit from reform or updates? Should we still only communicate across great distances by only pen and paper or Morse Code? Would you rather still be running Windows 3.11 or DOS 3.0 on our computers?

Or maybe you think that the leaders and lawmakers of this country should be chosen by just anyone who happens to be in our country on Election Day, whether they were born here or not, whether they live here or not, whether they are actually citizens or not…

Here’s an idea, why don’t we just let the United Nations select our leaders? Or maybe we’ll just turn the whole thing over to Putin or Xi Jinping or Ali Khamenei or Kin Jung-un. Or maybe Queen Elizabeth or King Felipe VI, or Emmanuel Macron?

Maybe we should call up the Taliban to come run our country, whaddaya think about that? Or maybe ISIS, well, I guess that would become ISA—the Islamic State of America… that would certainly be better than making sure our own people, citizens like you and me, have a secure way to choose our own leaders, wouldn’t it? I mean that’d be why we’d believe that no new voter legislation is necessary, right.

Think of it this way… voting for our leaders is like a bunch of people trying to fill a bucket a teaspoon at a time. It can only be done if the bucket doesn’t have holes in it. When it’s brand new, this is not a problem. But as the years go by, the bucket will begin to rust. If you want to keep using that bucket, you have to take care of it, maybe even patch some holes as they appear. Have you ever gone to an antique shop or flee market and seen an old bucket? Something 50 or 100 years old? Did you notice the holes rusted through it? Well, our election bucket is 245 years old. And we haven’t kept real good care of it, so it’s a bit beat up and rusty. It has a few holes that need to be patched up. Otherwise, we might as well let someone else decide who will direct the future of our country.

Gary Miller

Citizen voters of 47 states have ordered their legislators to make elections harder to cheat and voting easier. Texas is just one of the first to have bills ready. How many of the 17 blue states among the 47 will actually get their jobs done?

Gary Miller

One thing to expect is as each state changes it's election laws to make voting more voter friendly and cheating harder the Democrats will go to court to overturn them. They must. Democrats that don't cheat don't win.

Ted Gillis

I don’t remember us citizen ordering any such thing Gary. Again, you’re making stuff up.

Gary Miller

Ted> You may not be among the thousands that called their representive demanding reform after the 2020 election disaster. Enough of us did to get it done.

Carlos Ponce

"to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election." That was said THE DAY AFTER the investigation started, Thomas. What do you expect them to find in a day?

Thomas Carpenter

December 1st, AG Barr blasted Bunker Boy's lie about a stolen election: "to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election." Barr's opinion of the "stop the steal" lawyers: "It's a clown show." The Supreme Court, a 6-3 Republican majority, determined Cadet Bonespurs didn't have a case: The order read "The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alioto and by him referred to the Court is denied."

“We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise.” – Christopher Wray, FBI Director, September 24, 2020, hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. (Director Wray was appointed by President Trump in 2017.)

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history . . . . There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised . . . While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections . . . we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.” – Joint Statement by CISA, the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC), and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), November 12, 2020.

– Joint Statement by CISA, the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC), and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), November 12, 2020.

“[Election] Day was quiet. There was no indication or evidence that there was any evidence of hacking or compromise of election systems on, before, or after November 3 . . . . We did a good job. I would do it one thousand times over.” – Chris Krebs, Former Director of CISA, November 29, 2020.

According to the Washington Post, "Shortly after releasing the joint statement, Chris Krebs was fired from his position as director of CISA. His firing was directly linked to the joint statement in a tweet by President Trump. In a 60 Minutes interview, Krebs reflected on his agency’s work and described the Trump team’s claims of fraud as attempts to “undermine confidence in the election, to confuse people, to scare people . . . ”

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

“Time and time again, when the rubber hits the road, there's no evidence — whether that's in court cases, whether that's in the presidential commission that was created in 2017 to find the alleged non-citizens fraud after the 2016 election that cost, in his mind, the president the popular vote, but found nothing and disbanded in embarrassment, or academic studies. We never see evidence of widespread voter fraud. And there's no indicators that 2020 will be different in that regard.” – Benjamin Hovland, Commissioner of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Business Insider, November 12, 2020.

Gabriel Sterling (R), Georgia’s Voting Systems Implementation Manager

[Claims of voter fraud] are “hoaxes and nonsense. Don’t buy into these things. Find trusted sources.” – Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2020

“It has to stop,” Sterling said, reacting to Trump’s sustained assaults on Georgia’s election process and resulting violent threats to local election officials. – New York Times, December 1, 2020.

Karl Rove, Former Senior Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to George W. Bush

“The president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.” – Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2020.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R)

“President Trump’s legal team has not presented evidence of the massive fraud which would have had to be present to overturn the election. I voted for President Trump but Joe Biden won.” – Twitter, November 23, 2020.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” – Trump-appointed Judge Stephanos Bibas, rejecting motion to block certification of election results in Pennsylvania in an unanimous opinion, in Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Secretary of the Commonwealth, November 27, 2020.

I don't think the disgraced, twice-impeached former president who lost two popular votes will be back in the White House any time soon, unless maybe he wants to "inspect the bunker" again! The folks perpetuating the lie in this forum of a stolen election have yet to produce one piece of evidence to back up the clownish charges, if I may paraphrase Bunker Boy boot shiner Bill Barr.

The real proof in the pudding rests in the fact that Fox News. OAN, and the other pithy right wing "news" programs retracted all their lies and unequivocally stated they had no proof of any election fraud.

Carlos Ponce

Biden is the basement bunker boy. He makes frequents trips to his Delaware basement. But that's okay. Familiarity is best for the senile.

"Joe Biden, Basement President"

https://spectator.org/joe-biden-basement-president/

"Why do Biden’s handlers have him back in the basement?"

https://nypost.com/2021/03/04/why-do-bidens-handlers-have-him-back-in-the-basement/

""How are you able to stay connected to people during this period of mandated social distancing?" MSNBC's Nicole Wallace asked 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday. "I'm in the basement of my home," Biden told her.

https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/susan-jones/biden-im-basement-my-home-learning-about-social-networking

Ted Gillis

Do they even have basements in Wilmington?

If so, does the Biden home actually have a basement? And if so is it really big enough to be considered a bunker?

However now that the Biden’s actually live at 1600 Black Lives Matters Plaza NW. (Pennsylvania Ave.), Joe does have access to a fairly nice bunker now. Is this the one you’re referring to Carlos?

Now I’m sure Bedminster probably has a good sized basement itself, since it’s associated with a golf resort, banquet rooms and a restaurant. So let’s have a bunker bake off.

The one with the biggiest bunker gets a prize (gold plated, of course).

Carlos Ponce

"Do they even have basements in Wilmington?" YES!

"If so, does the Biden home actually have a basement?" YES!

"I'm in the basement of my home," Joe Biden told MSNBC's Nicole Wallace.

"However now that the Biden’s actually live at 1600.. " He "works" there. He lives in Delaware in the basement. His works consists of rehearsing speeches.

Mar - a - Lago has no basements. It has "58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, five tennis courts, and a 20,000 square-foot ballroom decorated with gold leaf" - but no basements.

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