They are working to make some of the most irresponsible election practices permanent.
April 1, 2021
ITEM #1: Nevada Democrats’ attacks on the integrity and security of our election system are far from over, folks.
In fact, it’s clear they are just getting started.
In a brand-new op-ed, Morning in Nevada PAC President Adam Laxalt exposes the Democrats’ ongoing attempts to permanently alter the nature of our voting system here in the Silver State — and in the most reckless and irresponsible ways conceivable.
Published by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Laxalt’s piece first recaps the history of how we got here:
“In 2020, Democrats, their media enablers and their cultural cheerleaders in entertainment and the academy assured us that the pandemic made ‘universal mail-in voting’ and other extraordinary procedures necessary. They said, repeatedly and self-righteously, that ballot harvesting, relaxed verification mechanisms and other erosions to basic election integrity were required because it was ‘too dangerous’ for people to vote in person. …
“[U]sing COVID as their pretext, Nevada Democrats rushed Assembly Bill 4 through an ‘emergency’ special session on a hyperpartisan basis, with no input from our state’s top elections official. The bill put into place some of the most dangerous election practices imaginable. Its only saving grace was that it was written as a temporary measure, ostensibly necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak.”
But now, as Laxalt explains, “Democrats are pushing to make its policies permanent, applicable whether we’re in a state of emergency or not.” Assembly Bill 321, which would do just that, is scheduled for a committee hearing this afternoon.
How reckless is universal mail-in voting? Laxalt reviews the many problems that the 2020 election debacle revealed, which were exacerbated by the fact that our state has infamously unclean voter rolls:
"Nevadans were treated to news videos of stray ballots piling up around trash cans at apartment complexes, countless other ballots were delivered to homes where the intended recipients did not live, and Clark County’s signature-verification system — the only safeguard against fraud — was exposed as pathetically inept.
"A Carson City judge confirmed a report from the Associated Press prior to the election that independent observations of, or challenges to, the validity of mail-in signature matches were not allowed. So, in an election where over half of the total votes were cast by mail, not a single signature was verified by a campaign, the media, an independent third party, or the general public. To this day, no one has seen these matches."
Rather than further entrenching these policies, policymakers should be implementing measures that instead better protect our elections from fraud and error. And the ways to do that are pretty straight-forward.
More from Laxalt:
"Of course, the solution is simple, and that is to provide true transparency. Make these signatures available going forward so voters, the media, campaigns, and the general public can see the signatures for themselves.
"In addition, we must resolve the compounding problem of mailing thousands of ballots to wrong addresses, as well as to citizens who have moved out of state or even those who have passed away. Nevada needs a reliable system to verify who actually resides in our state, including their actual, physical address at the time of an election (an especially acute problem in a highly transient state).”
And he also calls for the most common-sense election safeguard of all:
"The best place to start would be to enact a voter ID law, a uniquely effective way of ensuring that people casting votes are in fact who they say they are, and a concept that’s supported by large majorities, according to a Rasmussen poll. The merits of such a law are obvious, especially when one considers how many other activities, far less important than voting, require one to show identification. Recently a friend forwarded to me an email regarding the process for signing up for Little League in Reno, and among the requirements were three different types of identification."
We’ll be sure to keep you informed as the battle over AB321 continues to unfold. In the meantime, you can tune into, and even participate in, today’s hearing on the bill by clicking here.
And of course, you’ll want to check out Laxalt’s full op-ed, which you can do by clicking here.
ITEM #2: Remember the days when progressives where shocked and aghast that a candidate for office might display an unwillingness to accept the outcome of an election?
As reported by Eric Felten at RealClearInvestigations, apparently it’s a whole different story when the shoe’s on the other foot.
“This week the House Committee on Administration is taking up the challenge by Rita Hart to have Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks kicked out of Congress. The Democratic candidate for a vacant seat in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, Hart lost by six votes in November to Miller-Meeks, a Republican. The election was properly certified in Iowa, but Hart’s attorney — the Democratic Party’s most powerful power lawyer, Marc Elias — claims to have found extra ballots for Hart. He wants Congress to overrule state elections officials and seat Hart.”
Elias “found” extra ballots? Oh, we’re sure he did.
More from Felten:
“Rodney Davis, the ranking Republican member of the administration committee, blasts the effort, calling it an attempt to ‘steal a House seat.’ He’s not alone is seeing hypocrisy in litigating to overturn an election after Democrats lambasted Donald Trump for doing much the same. But Elias may have something more ambitious in mind than just this one Iowa seat. His political action group, the Democracy Docket, is floating a new strategy to guarantee Democratic majorities in the House and Senate: unseating any Republican they say won unfairly, especially through ‘voter suppression’ or gerrymandering.”
It really is stunning the depths to which Democrats will sink in order to undermine election integrity and secure their preferred outcomes. Apparently, their hypocrisy knows no bounds.
ITEM #3: Say, have you been experiencing consternation over the inherent racism of sheet music?
Neither have we, but apparently the wise folks at the University of Oxford have, and they’re of a mind to do something about it.
The Daily Mail reports:
“The University of Oxford is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculums.
“Professors are set to reform their music courses to move away from the classic repertoire, which includes the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“University staff have argued that the current curriculum focuses on 'white European music from the slave period,' according to The Telegraph.”
The article notes that among the concerns of university staff are that "teaching musical notation had 'not shaken off its connection to its colonial past' and would be 'a slap in the face' to some students," and that "the current repertoire's focus on 'white European music' causes 'students of colour great distress.'"
Generations of people from all over the world have enjoyed classical music. But apparently, that’s no longer acceptable. And those who do choose to listen to it are guilty of “complicity in white supremacy."
ITEM #4: Looks like not even the U.S. military’s special forces are safe from the tide of wokeness.
Tucker Carlson, in a column for Fox News, has the details:
"The Pentagon’s Special Operations Command recently made an announcement from its official Twitter account.
"Special Operations Command is very significant in the U.S. military, and in our country. It oversees Delta Force, the SEAL teams and the rest of our most-celebrated, best-trained and most lethal war-fighters. The tweet announced that a man called Richard Torres-Estrada is now the, 'Chief of Diversity & Inclusion' of America’s Special Forces."
And who is Richard Torres-Estrada?
More from Carlson:
"His Facebook page gives us some indication of who he is. On it, you’ll find an attack on the police, you’ll find crude BLM propaganda, you’ll find a picture of Donald Trump holding a Bible in front of a church. Next to Trump is a photograph of Adolf Hitler. The point is, they’re the same. So, this is the guy who now oversees hiring for the SEALs."
As Carlson quips, "The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles."
And here we thought the objective of our armed forces was to keep our nation safe.
ITEM #5: Here’s a fun one, in light of the NCAA Basketball Tournament being in full swing.
Fox News has an item on the “Liberal Hack Tournament,” which is … pretty much what you’d expect from the name.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn reports:
“One of Twitter's most highly-anticipated events of the year is underway as some of the biggest media stars compete for the title of greatest 'hack.'
“The 'Ruthless' podcast announced on a special Sunday 'progrum' the competitors in the second annual 'Liberal Hack Tournament,' an NCAA-style contest pitting members of the mainstream media against each other in the ultimate fight to become the supreme hack.
“CNN's leftwing media guru Brian Stelter, who last year became the first-ever 'Liberal Hack Tournament' champion, is back to defend his title as the No. 1 seed but has switched divisions from the 'Way-Too-Online' hacks to the 'Fake News' hacks out of Atlanta.”
We have to say, Stelter is certainly a champion worthy of the crown, though this year he was forced to compete with some stiff competition in his quest to repeat from the likes of Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon and Jim Acosta (all of CNN), plus the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and one of our favorite entries, Nikole Hannah-Jones of "1619 Project” fame.
The tournament is already under way. Who’s still in the running? Who’s already been sent home? Click here to follow all the action, courtside!
ITEM #6: President Biden finally held a press conference recently, and while many have already weighed in on his woeful performance, we especially wanted to highlight this observation from Morning Consult’s Eli Yokley:
Probably because the press knew Biden wouldn’t be able to produce a single good answer on the subject.