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"ari berman" Discussed on WORT 89.9 FM

WORT 89.9 FM

08:22 min | Last week

"ari berman" Discussed on WORT 89.9 FM

"Mother Jones is voting rights reporter Ari Berman, thanks to Mother Jones for sharing this interview with wings. It took place May 7th, 18 days before George Floyd was killed. A lot of people are asking for your thoughts on the killing of Ahmad Artery. It happened in your own state, A 25 year old black man that was shot. What does it say? That killing like this? What happened in the year 2020 and that this seemingly was swept under the rug until just a few days ago. This family has been suffering in silence shut off from the opportunity to do only express their grief but demand justice what we saw happen in that video, but I read about in those stories. Is a violation of every notion of decency and justice. It was murder and that murder should be held to account and the murderer should as well. But we have a system in our country, a system that should also be held accountable and I don't want to exempt or excuse anyone from their responsibilities. That means the D A's who pushed this along and refused to act. The police or the sheriff's who dinner did not decide to charge at every step. We have to remember that the way we get the justice we deserve is by electing people who believe we deserve that justice. And that's why I'm so vigilant about pushing the issue of voting and of the census because the district's that air drawn the lines that determine our value in our power. Is determined by the senses, and it's lived through the vote. We need judges. We need d ays. We need sheriffs who actually hold themselves accountable and hold those who commit crimes accountable. And that did not happen, but hopefully will happen. And I intend to be part of the course. Pushing to make sure that Ahmad Barbary gets the justice. He deserves Another thing you're doing a lot of work on That has been derailed by current viruses. The 2020 cents is what we need to do to get the census back on track, and how concerned are you about what's happening to it? I'm deeply concerned about the senses. The Census Bureau has done as much as it can. They're asking for the ways that would push back the nonresponse closure period to the end of October instead of mid August, as it would have been But we've got some major challenges. We know that rural communities 6.2 million people have not received the hand delivered this package that they need because they cannot completed online. That includes most of our Native American families. Those communities do not have access, and they have to have this hand delivered packets as well as rural communities that are now facing the onslaught of Cove it in ways that were not productive, predicted about a month ago. We know that because of the Trump administration's deep antipathy towards a fair census that they have shut down all 39,000 questions centers that were available to people in 2010 to understand how to finish the senses. We know that they've delayed the counting of nontraditional folks, meaning those who are homeless, those who are living on college campuses who are living in nursing homes. Those accounts have been delayed until June. Which particular for college students is dangerous because if their families filled out the senses, presuming they would be counted by the college but the colleges and counting them because they don't know if they're going to re enroll. There might be thousands of college students who go uncounted. We're not seeing the work to count the homeless, which is critical if we ever want the financial resources to fully tackle the homeless issue, and the last major concern I have is that because we don't have folks in the field locking doors Getting the response rates up, especially in hard to count communities. The Census Bureau is going to use a statistical process called imputation. But that means that they're going to look at neighborhoods where people didn't respond, and based on the demographic data that that neighborhood they're going to impute, who else lives there? Well, if your minority they're never going to guess it's you, which means minority communities that are already under counted. Risk being statistically raced from the narrative of America because we don't have the ability to go out and knock. Another big issue right now is what's happening to the Postal Service. I'm sure you saw The Washington Post article yesterday that Trump is going to name the chief fundraiser for the Republican Convention to be Postmaster General. Ah, lot of people are asking how this could affect the post office. How Trump's attacks could affect vote by mail in November. How perfect senses. So what's your concern about what's happened to the post office? This is a rancorous, terrible decision that is grounded in his deepest incompetence, but also his meanness. We should be frightened, but we should also be fighting people need to reach out to their congressmen and congresswomen demanding action to their senators, especially Republicans, who represent rural areas who understand that if you quadruple The price is that there are people who will be priced out of the market who cannot afford to survive. And in America, where the post office doesn't exist. The post Office is a vital utility in our nation. For many communities, especially rural communities. It is their pharmacy. It's the only way they get their medication. In the moment of covert 19. It's the way people get their food for communities that have no other. There is no FedEx down the street. There is no responsibility by UPS to show up. The Postal Service is the only way they have communication with the broader world and this attempt not only privatized but politicize the post office is very dangerous, and it's directly connected to vote by mail. We know that vote by mail is absolutely essential to certain communities, and we know that if it is expanded, it will likely increase participation in our election. I want to ask you about a few things that are in the news right now. The first is the vice presidency. You have been criticised for cortical campaigning to be vice president. So I want to just ask you about your approach to why you want the job. What you think you bring to it? And why it's important that a black woman be put on the check. Let's begin with the fact that I have gotten a question about the vice presidency for 14 months. And my response has never wavered. The reality is I answered the questions. I'm asked with candor and with honesty. I will always be unequivocal when I'm asked the question because I believe that it is important for me to speak not only for myself but to speak to the young woman who doubts her capacity to speak to the people of color to those who have been told that they are not enough. I am not going to deny my agency or pretend That I do not want something or that I'm not capable of something simply because of traditions that never imagined me that said. I believe that Joe Biden is going to make his choice. He has been a vice president. He knows what he needs. He knows what the future is going to call for, based on his experience for 40 years, I think he has the courage of his convictions to know the kind of leadership he could bring and the person he needs by aside to do so, and I will be out there campaigning hard for him, whether it's by his side or as a surrogate. More than anything I want. Every person who has ever been underestimated or disadvantage were marginalized to believe that they, too, can be the face of leadership. And that means when I'm asked the question, I give a straightforward answer. Another thing that a lot of people are asking about are the accusations that a Terra Reed made against the vice president do Did you find Vice President Biden's Morning Joe appearance to be persuasive and satisfactory when he addressed the terrorist allegations. I am pleased that ice President Biden directly addressed these issues himself. I support his answer. But more importantly, I support his call for process is called. It's actually gone beyond vice president. We need a process for survivor justice in this country..

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"ari berman" Discussed on Swing Left - How We Win

Swing Left - How We Win

02:22 min | 2 months ago

"ari berman" Discussed on Swing Left - How We Win

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"ari berman" Discussed on Swing Left - How We Win

Swing Left - How We Win

06:27 min | 2 months ago

"ari berman" Discussed on Swing Left - How We Win

"Are. Berman is a senior reporter at mother Jones covering voting rights. He's the author of give us the ballot. The modern struggle for voting rights in America. All right thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us. Hey Steve Reich and talk to you guys so I've been wanting to have you on to talk about voting rights for a long time since I started doing this podcast and this seems like I mean there's always a moment to talk about it but right now. Oh Yeah. Wisconsin and all the Tomfoolery. That didn't seem to work out for the GOP in Wisconsin. We have a lot to add to the conversation. So let's let's start there. What are your takeaways from? What happened in Wisconsin? The first take away which I think should be the enduring one which just how shameful it was to make people vote in such conditions the forced thousands of people to choose between a their ballot and their health and even though it seems like some voters were able to overcome that. That doesn't make it right in the first place and they're also we have to assume where thousands of that weren't able to overcome this fresh that were afraid to vote in person or couldn't get it after the ballot or didn't get their. Apps about in time for their upset was rejected now. Luckily it wasn't a close election because if this was an election was decided by five thousand votes we would have been paying very close attention to how many people were disenfranchised in whether that had some outcome on the margins but no matter what the outcome was in Wisconsin Tech example of how not to hold an election in the states already had a lot of problems holding elections by the way. This wasn't the first election in Wisconsin. That was marred by voter suppression. It was just the most dramatic wide because everyone was stuck at home. Pay attention to it right With and so it was just sort of singular political event where there weren't any other primaries. Nobody could leave their houses and so it became his really riveting. Dramatic Story But I've seen during a pandemic but in other occasions sort of dozens of many Wisconsin's on during my reporting on Otago writes this fight to delay verses. Hold the election on time. Last week went all the way to. The Supreme Court of the United States did their decisions surprise. You surprised me a little bit. Only in the sense stat. I thought the Supreme Court would make at least some accommodation for the fact. This was an extraordinary circumstance that voters were in in a pandemic and there was an unprecedented number of absentee ballot requests. So is going to be natural that some voters working to get their ballots in time because election clerks were swamped and I thought the courts would give voters more time to return their ballots. Because the seventh circuit the lower court was a conservative court and that court said it was fine to give voters extra week to send back their ballot so. I was a little surprised in that sense. I always expect the worst from the Supreme Court so in some cases. I'm not surprised but I was a little surprised. Given both the fact that they were overruling a lower conservative court and also the fact that it was extraordinary situation at unprecedented situation will Wisconsin was really the only state hold a primary in the middle of national pandemic and so I thought that justice would say you know Yeah No. We don't want to press a precedent of giving voters an extra week though return balanced meal like that. That's not letter of the law. But we're going to do it. Because of the extraordinary circumstances and what Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her gazette was that basically the refusal to acknowledge reality to treat us like a normal situation. Sort of extraordinary situation was gonNA lead in a disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people. And it's very worrisome precedent. Because I don't think in November election is going to be a normal election the way that we think about normal elections so that the Supreme Court aside from their ideology doesn't make any sort of adjustments for the reality that voters and election officials are facing on the ground. I think a lot of bill could just be disenfranchised by technicalities. Yes I think that's right and we've been talking about vote by mail and ou you as well We're trying to get in the next stimulus package. The Democrats are trying to get voter reform into the next package money for the states to implement vote by mail extending the period of elections. All that all that stuff that we need to do first of all. What does the precedent that the Supreme Court case just made How does that affect that? And what are our chances of actually getting that passed through the House right now? I don't know I don't know what president the the Supreme Court decision really will set other than the fact that if there's disputed If there's an election dispute between Republicans and Democrats the courts probably likely decide if Republicans. I think we already knew that But that's probably about the situation and the Supreme Court is going to act differently because of this extraordinary situation. I wouldn't necessarily assume I would assume that. Because of the mixture ours Egyptian ideology there are going to side with the Republicans more often than not. There's going to be more of these cases coming to the courts and before because there's GonNa be a much bigger fight around the rules of the election. Typically because Sony people can't leave their homes and normal rules don't apply so we don't know if there's going to be big voter. Registration drives in November. We don't know if there's any get big get out. The vote drives in November. We don't know if there's going to be sold to the polls in November all of these things and so voters seen a lot more assistance than they did in the past and the rules of how lecture conducted are more important than ever. Because there's really no adjustments to help voters get around this other than trying to mail everyone balance so it interesting. I think basically what happened in the first recovery. Bill Democrats are able to get four hundred million dollars Help states which I think was a good first step but everyone admitted was insufficient. And so now what Elizabeth Warren and others are saying. They need four billion dollars and they also need to put some actual Directives to the states sank the states Unique to adopt universal equal by mail. You need to adopt thirty days of early voting. We need to stop voter purging. Need to stop requiring. Id's.

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

02:03 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"It's even now I, I think it would have to talk myself into watching either. One of those groups again, I just hope Joe Biden gets enough time to speak to Anna quickly. Insert his foot fully in his mouth. I just want him to get a lot of time. Because the more he speaks the more people will go. Oh shit. That's Joe Biden. He's not Obama. He's biden. We were jetted him how many times already so anyway, that's that. In that vein though. I'll just tell you years ago when he when he first ran for president the very first time the year would be was at ninety two. I know I think it was eighty eight eight. Okay. Well, that very first time that was when he was caught out for having plagiarized. A speech of Neil Kinnock, right. Was the British labor labor party leader and the redeeming value of that is, is that at least he leaves he was quoting a democratic socialist Biden? Okay. Yeah. That was the redeeming value. Of course, the other fact is that it turned out? He wasn't only plagiarizing from Kennedy was plagiarizing from other folks wealth. Yeah. Yeah. I know. I mean as, as people say, if worse has to come to worse, you bet. I'll vote for Biden against Trump just voted for Trump. This is the primary season when we get to advocate for the best candidate possible. This is when we strive for perfection I get in the. General, we can't strive for perfection. Oftentimes, it comes down to the it has in my whole lifetime, the lesser of two evils and it really sucks in primary seasons. Why love primaries because you can go for your favorite, you can love and cheer them on and advocate for them and explain what makes them so great. And really pushed for the best we can do, which is what we should be doing. Yeah. Yeah. Definitely if we could go back to FDR and Bernie for a little bit. Whole series of things that struck me about about that speech..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

03:36 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"A lot of places they've made major inroads, and a lot of key swing states. And so I think that just going to be really important that, that you that they don't lose sight of all of these local elections. And I think that's one of the things that presidential candidate can do. Is there campaigning and all of these states, they can focus attention? On down ballot race. They can campaign with candidates in down ballot races. They could talk what importance of them when whoever's the nominee could make sure to vote in down ballot races. Another problem is that often people don't even vote down the ballot. And so hopefully, this primary process will help get a lot of Democrats motivated beyond the presidential election because I think you're going to see probably record turn in the primaries and all of these keys swing states because all the people running, and the desired if he Trump and that effort can be translated into downtown. Actions. It could also just as easily overlook them and so. We're kind of at this inflection point with that, now, people need to realize just how much is at stake. All right. All right Berman, one last question for you back to the supreme court again, they're going to rule before the end of the month on not only the citizenship, census question, but the partisan gerrymandering case that was heard earlier in the year. Two, let's pull a little bit of optimism out of there, if they find info or in favor of the groups challenging the partisan gerrymandering could would this affect the, the maps for the twenty twenty presidential elections with that kick in time. Yeah. I mean that's, that's the big thing is that not only in the cases in North Carolina and elsewhere. So there were two cases in North Carolina, and Maryland that are before the court both of those places, there, they could redraw maps before twenty twenty then there are other cases making their way to the court to cases in Ohio, and Michigan where they also said, you need to redraw them out, so we could see in four states, including three really important, swing states, controlled by Republicans, the maps redrawn before twenty twenty and then, of course, it would just make it a lot easier to challenge these things in the future. And it would it would have I think it, it would send a signal to Republicans, not to do this kind of thing in twenty twenty one, so I think it would be tremendously important. I don't think they're going to do that. But I think it would be tremendously important if they were to do that. Most definitely are Berman. I can't think of anyone I'd rather talk to about these issues than you. So thank you so much for spending a few minutes with us and explaining it all as you do, so, well, people can find you, of course at mother Jones. Magazine on Twitter at Ari Berman. And, and of course, it came out of why wanna say four close to five years ago already. But the book gives us, the ballot the modern struggle for voting rights in America is still, very relevant today, and it should be on the top of anyone's reading list, who's concerned about our election system. Ari berman. Thank you again. It's always great to talk with you. Thanks so much. Nicole to you, you take care. Thanks again. Bye bye. Okay. All right. There you go. Ari Berman it just in case you were wondering. Yes, we tape that yesterday. So it's still a brand new interview. Never been heard before. But just a taped yesterday, or a Berman wanted to one of the most hard-working guys who knows this issue, inside and out. Okay. We didn't get to what's news. Maybe we'll just play that at the end of the show because there's a lot of news there. But I do want to get to our friend Harvey, j k so I'll tell you about well, we, we have a new sponsor on the show kinda, sorta. It's a joke. Anyway. So stick around, it's Nicole Sandler at Nicole Sandler dot com and the progressive voices network back in just a moment with Harvey, j k I.

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

02:49 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"And so- hoffler is the guy that drew the maps. And so what happened was his daughter. Who's who he's a strange from after Hoffer died last year went to his house and found all these hard drives, and she was initially just looking for pictures of his family, but she found all seventy five thousand files on the hard drives, she headed over to common cause North Carolina who is challenging these legislative maps, and they found this unrelated information about the census which they then made public, and that's how we know this now, as I mentioned in the intro when this new information came to light. The supreme court had already heard the case about the citizenship question being added to the census. Do we have any indications whether or not? Not this new information will have any effect on the supreme court's ruling, we don't I mean at the oral arguments. The supreme court justices the five conservatives seemed fairly sympathetic to the Trump administration's argument all of. Oh, so there was already a lot of evidence in the case that the Trump administration was lying. This is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act, but the judges themselves didn't really ask me questions about that. And I it's kind of funny because you have, like chief Justice John Roberts saying, well, don't we need to enforce the voting right back? But remember Roberts is the guy who wrote the majority opinion gutting the voting rights in twenty thirteen's. I mean, suddenly, you have the Trump administration that can sort of supreme court carrying about enforcement of Voting Rights Act when the supreme court won't enforce the Voting Rights Act and the Trump administration won't enforce the Voting Rights Act. I mean so I if they were already sympathetic, the Trump administration, it's not clear that they're going to change their opinion. However, the ACLU has has filed a number of brief both in lower court, and now just before the supreme court saying at the very least remanded lower courts left them. Look at this new evidence and so I don't know. I could see that potentially being an escape product could see them potentially punching. But I think that. Court's going to do what they wanna do regardless of the facts in this case. Wow. So they're not obligated to consider this new evidence that came to light after they had already heard the case, they're not obligated to consider it, because it's not in the official record in the cake meeting that a lower court has not ruled on this evidence, and there's prophecies usually that things go through to get before the court now, the justices look at extra-legal evidence all the time so they certainly could look at it, and they certainly can cite the new evidence or they could cite the briefs that have just been fought and say, listen, we're just unsure about this. We're not ready to make our mind. The, the problem here is that the census bureau is under a time line to print in the twenty twenty forms because the giant operation, and this is the fifteen billion dollar operation..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

04:17 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"Harvey j k our friend professor from. University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, who's a professor of Justice and democracy. I think is, I mean, what a great job that is, we will join us again at the bottom of the hour to talk about democratic socialism, and Bernie's big speech the other night, because it frankly did not get the attention it deserved from the media. So we will focus in on it. But before we get to that, we're joined by Ari, Berman of mother Jones magazine. We've been talking about the attempts by this administration to add a citizenship question to the twenty twenty census Ari Berman. Well, you know what? Let's just I taped with him earlier. So rather than be redundant. Let's, let's go to the tape. Everyone shall we? Ari Berman is senior reporter at mother Jones magazine covering voting rights and the author of give us the ballot the modern struggle for voting rights in America. He's also one of the best voices out there. Covering voting rights and the Republicans efforts to suppress them. Then includes the disturbing story that surfaced. I, I want to say about a year ago about a new citizenship question this administration wants to add to the twenty twenty cents this now. The supreme court has already heard the case and is expected to hand down as fission by the end of the month when the court session ends, but there was a development in the case. Just I think a couple of weeks ago after the supreme court hearing that ori- Berman reported on for mother Jones in a piece, titled architect of GOP gerrymandering, with behind Trump's census citizenship question before we get to the newer news Ari. First of all, thank you so much for joining us again. And can you fill us in on this Tom Heffler story? What we learned about this architect of gerrymandering and what, what his role was here. Yes. What we learned a few weeks ago was at a guy name of Tom hoffler, who has basically been the leading gerrymander for the GOP. P the nineteen eighties. He is the guy that goes all around the country and helping Republicans trough maps to try to boost their presentation, it has it has drawn some of the most sophisticated gerrymanders of the past few decades. It turns out that he was one of the key people behind this sense of citizenship question and few different ways. First off he published this study finding that if you use the citizenship question to then, draw districts counting only citizens, because currently the way districts are drawn that everyone is counted. But if you just restricted only citizens to counting that would lead to something that he said, would be advantageous to Republicans and not Hispanic whites and clearly detrimental to the Democratic Party. So I mean that was very alarming because it said it we all knew that, that the purpose of this question was to benefit Republicans and whites. And then it turned out that what the Justice department did was that they wrote a letter to the Commerce Department, formerly requesting. The census citizenship question, and that's what commerce secretary Wilbur Ross used to justify this decision. And the argument made by the Justice department was that this was needed to enforce the voting rights. I thought that was a ludicrous argument because everyone knows Trump administration is now interested in for Voting Rights Act, but it turns out at Tom hoffler. The gerrymandering guy was the one who told the Trump administration say that this is needed to enforce the voting rights. When hoffler had already concluded it would hurt Latinos, and other minority groups that the Voting Rights Act was supposed to protect. And so, I mean, we had kind of to smoking gun pieces of evidence first off that he's he was especially saying, we need to do this to help Republicans Blakely, and Secondly, that he helped invent this fig-leaf argument. The Trump administration is using to sell this. Wow. And we learned this, it was his estranged, daughter after he died, who went through his computer and found notes. What how did this come to the why it's a it's a wild story? So hoffler drew all the maps in North Carolina after the two thousand ten election, both congressional maps. And the state legislative maps of both of those maps have destruct struck down in court, but there is still a new trial in state court in North Carolina over the state Lech about trying to get rid of all the state legislative districts before the twenty twenty election..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

04:44 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

"And a sweet gift put a picture of the kids on the box and send it to the folks. And then they get to keep the ten. I'm going to bring that into Saul. All right folks, gonna take quick break when we come back. We're gonna be talking to Ari Berman about what's going on in Wisconsin. It's also going on in Michigan and in Illinois, excuse me. No Hieaux it just happened in North Carolina. One note, we had a technical difficulty when we recorded this. The video is not there. So we're just going to basically go to a wide shot with Ari on the screen, right? And. Will play the audio and we'll be back in just a few. Right back after this. Could be. So ari. A this is what we're seeing right now in Wisconsin. In fact, I think we're we're pre taping. This just a, you know, a little bit before noon, but I think around noon or so. They're going to start voting in on the floor. It's passed the committee for let's start with what's happening in Wisconsin. And then we will talk about the other states. But this is this has that feel of like somebody in Alec came up with this idea ten years ago, and they're finally having the opportunity to use it. Well, it's just really incredible. I mean, what's happening in Wisconsin. Is you do everything you can to try to Reagan election through massive gerrymandering through voter suppression through limited dark money. And then when all that doesn't work when Democrats still managed to win and Democrats won every statewide election and Wisconsin in two thousand eighteen including the governor's office. Then what you do is you go back into session in a lame duck. When nobody's supposed to be paying attention. And you introduce all of these bills that strip the incumbent democratic governor power that stripped, the incoming democratic attorney general of power that make it harder to vote that really one hundred forty one page Bill. We're having a lot of different stuff. They're doing right before Scott Walker these office and Republicans will no longer have this crazy Republican majority of they've had the last decade. So it really is. We overuse the word unprecedented. I think a lot, but according. Ng to an actual analysis by the Wisconsin legislative study branch. They have said it's the first time in state history is that special legislative session distribute power from the other party. So I mean, it really is unprecedented. It was causing even though they are barring some tactics that have been used in other states. So okay. I mean, I think people are in and I want to go through the specifics of it. But and the idea that it's one hundred forty some odd page Bill suggests to me that this is something they've been working on for an extended period of time getting ready for this potential potentialities. I guess, but how is that? He had. Yeah. Go ahead. I mean, they started discussing it with Scott Walker staff, even before the election. So really Walker wasn't too confident about his reelection prospects, but Republicans did us in North Carolina. And and what I always say is that North Carolina is really the state where every terrible Republican policy gets exported from. I'd say Wisconsin, North Carolina's two Republican states more than any other that export the most terrible Republican policies and in. So it kind of goes back thing on where the policy comes from. But in two thousand sixteen the same thing happened, which is that North Carolina had Republican super majority in the legislature. Suddenly, they elected democratic governor in two thousand sixteen and they held this special legislative session where they strip the democratic governor of all of these powers, including his ability to appoint a majority in the state board of elections, which is huge in a state with constant election battles. We're seeing a huge voter fraud election fraud scandal playing out right now, North Carolina or Republicans, basically tried to steal congressional election. And so that was the model. And I think we probably should have been more prepared for that. Once Democrats had big victories in twenty eighteen we should have been prepared for Republicans comment, lame duck session and doing Wisconsin and other states what they did in North Carolina in two thousand sixteen. All right. We're getting ahead of ourselves because I was going to ask you about that preparation here. But what is it makes you why is it that North Carolina and Wisconsin are are the exporters of these things what they almost seem to be like the Petri dishes..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

03:59 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

"This is the five time award winning majority report, we are broadcasting live steps from the industrially ravage Ghana's canal in the heartland of America. Downtown Brooklyn USA. On the program today. From mother Jones. Ari berman. On the thoroughly anti-democratic Republican power theft. Meanwhile. It's muller. Advent calendar time. Sadly, this one may not last until Christmas. We're actually happily. Absolutely. For the. I mean, the advent thing was a metaphor the non gentiles election fraud in North Carolina. Looking like it will lead to arrests as well as a do over and new report corporate tax breaks are costing public schools. Billions of dollars. Republicans stop plan to lower Medicare drug prices and the CIA torture head to brief Senate on the kashogi Kelly. Meanwhile, Milo Yannopoulos at least two million dollars in debt. Contemplating selling vowels from his name. I really liked that. No. Thank you. It's day for the hagiography as Bush senior awaits burial. All this and more on today's program, ladies and gentlemen. Yeah. It was wasn't sure about that Yannopoulos joke. No that landed. Thank you. We'll be talking to Ari Berman soon. The stories that are coming out of Wisconsin are stunning. And it's ongoing right now. I think the votes are happening almost very close to happening as as we speak. There's a lot of activism that's going on there at the statehouse. Again. I think we mentioned this yesterday. But call your state representatives, if you're in Michigan, if you're no Hieaux, if you're in Wisconsin in particular, those three states, North Carolina, of course, folks have had to deal with this for some time. But. Really important story. We'll be talking to our Berman about it soon. Also this story about a week ago. I flagged for you that in the ninth district of North Carolina for some reason they hadn't certified the congressional race where the Republican had ostensibly one by nine hundred and five votes, something like that. And this thing's been unraveling ever since. And it appears we're going to play a clip in a bit. But appears like there's been rampant rampant fraud perpetrated against voters. In addition to. Installing a Republican. We will get to that in a moment. In the meantime, though, this is a funny look it's the holiday season, and so videos, like this are for whatever reason particularly enjoyable for all of us here at the majority part would like to see people fight we like to see. People. We disagree with beyond the wrong end of an argument. And there's nothing more, heartwarming. And to see it all play out on national TV with..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

03:48 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"Into place where if there's a hyphen or dot or something slightly off your your, your registration is thrown out yet which orders been tried to do this for a long time. And they've been sued multiple times. They keep changing the policy that keeps being respiratory pid. And basically what's happened in Georgia is that if the name on your voter registration applications on exactly match the name of the database is your put out a pending registration status that you have twenty six months to correct it before you're just removed from the voter rolls. And this could be an era of voter, or this could be an air of the person entering the information and the county, or this could be an era of the state databases being wrong, or they're checked with. So we don't know why these errors are occurring, but you're talking about someone's might have hyphen missing. Someone might have an apostrophe missing or someone might go as Tom and one and Thomas on the other. So, I mean, there's no. There's Eddie sort of voter fraud curry that would lead you to need to put so many people on a pending registration, and it's very confusing because these people can vote in person if they have the correct voter ID, but they can't vote by the mail. And I think you know, if you are me was to receive a letter like that saying that there was a problem with registration. We would probably think we couldn't vote. Right, right. And most people don't make it few people time to to deal with all the bureaucracies to get the answers that you probably have to jump through a lot of hoops to get. We're speaking with Ari Berman of course, author of the the great book give us the ballot all about our fight for voting rights. You know, fifty years after the Voting Rights Act passed. I'm so we mentioned Georgia, there's there's a really dire situation happening in North Dakota which you normally wouldn't think North Dakota hotbed of voter activity, but what they're pulling in North Dakota could effectively take the. The election away from Heidi Heitkamp because what's happening is the native Americans in North Dakota who live on reservations are being being kept away from the voting booth because they don't have an actual house number and there's a new restrictive voter ID law. There. Yeah, this is really nuts. So North Dakota vote a voter, ID law, and they said that for your identity accepted, you have to have our current residential address. Well, most native Americans in the state. Their tribal Idees cannot be used for voting because they don't have residential street addresses because they live in rural reservations and they get their mail at PO box instead. And there's nothing wrong Don. I should how life is a, but now they can't use their tribal ID's to vote in Pimm court upheld this law basically months before the election, which left very little time for anyone to do anything about it and now has five thousand eight of Americans, twenty percent of eligible native American voters facing disenfranchisement in that state. And again, as you said, you know, people think, oh, it's not to KOTA really great state Heidi Heitkamp won her first election with twenty nine hundred votes. And she, she got eighty percent. The vote in the two counties that have the largest reservations. But if it wasn't for those native ocean, we've never been elected to the Senate, right? If there's even a small reduction in their votes, then show definitely lose. Wow. So is there any resolution coming to this? I saw that at the polling places the, I don't know the right verbiage, but one of the people from the reservation is there to identify people in issue a new ID card that they then can use to vote. That's what the charter say. They're going to do that. They're literally going to fit at the polling places with laptops. They're gonna enter cheap, PS coordinator..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

03:50 min | 1 year ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"But so far nothing has happened now, my Pompeo returned home from his trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to find out what happened with Jamal Khashoggi. Well, here, here's a little bit of what he said when he came out to the microphone. Take this matter with respect to Mr. Shoghi very seriously. They made clear to me that they to understand the serious nature of the disappearance of Mr. kashogi. They also assured me that they will conduct a complete thorough investigation. You're all of the facts surrounding Mr. kashogi and that they will do so in a timely fashion. And that this report itself will be transparent. The see questions about ten to choir, with respect to its thoroughness. And of course, I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days. I'll give them a complete that. Why not to have a complete understanding rounding which point we can make decisions about how what if the United States should respond to? If we shouldn't even worse than incident surrounding districts Shoghi. Remember to we have long since nineteen thirty two, long strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia continue to be important counter. They murdered a journalist, they have custody of the two holy sites. They be headed him while he was alive. Alliance of the United States. They chop him on full of that as well. We'll be mindful met with president air to one. He talked to me about the incident. He told me that they were conducting their own investigation. We had a chance to meet with some of the team involved with that. Yeah, he assured me that they would share their results with the Saudis as well. So we do believe that between these two efforts, a complete picture will emerge share for what actually transpired here and we're working towards that. We're looking forward to that wrapping up quickly and we expect that it will be done in that way. Of course. I'm glad you're trusting them Mike Pompeo, schmuck. Although Pompeii wouldn't say Trump finally admitted that kashogi probably is dead. It certainly looks that way to me. It's very sad, certainly looks out waiting for some investigations and waiting for the results, and we'll have the very soon. And I think we'll be making to save diverse, throw same. But we're waiting for the results of about three different investigations. All right, shut up. I can't stand voice anymore. By the way Steve Mnuchin made big deal yesterday about the fact that he will not attend this Riyadh summit. But today we learned he does apparently plan on attending a Saudi anti-terror financing meeting with that government. That's in currently in engaging in a terror campaign against journalists, my murdering, a US resident on non Saudi soil. Lovely. Oh, there's so much more like this story. Donald Trump personally intervened to stop the FBI for moving its headquarters in Washington to the Maryland Virginia suburbs. The decision helps Trump's. Bottom line by protecting his flagship hotel across the street from the FBI building from competition. Can anyone say emoluments? Yeah. All right. We'll take a break. We'll get the green news report from Brad Friedman and does he does and then come back on the other side with Ari Berman of mother Jones magazine who has all the ins and outs on what's happening with the Republicans, voter suppression tactics in this twenty eighteen cycle. There's a lot at risk and well, Ari Berman has the story. We'll talk to him next the Leno river west of Austin rising nearly twenty six feet in just a few hours. Extreme rainfall events trigger deadly flash flooding in Texas and France. Your research shows the price of your favorite beer could double in the next few decades? Yes..

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

01:31 min | 2 years ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"A whole lot of republicans right you know there's there's still the the old adage what was his name paul y rick who said you know we don't want people to vote it's it's better for us the fewer people vote the better it is for the republicans basically is what he said is it the same thing with them thinking the fewer people who fill out the census the better it is for for us i don't get what yeah i mean i think i think that that is what they think i also think one of the things they want to be able to do long term is to draw districts only based on citizens not on population which is how districts are currently draw how the supreme court just two years ago said district should be drawed so i mean what they what they do want to do is they wanna shift power for more diverse airs lots of immigrants to more homogeneous in wider areas and that would broadly speaking benefit the republican party at a time of really massive demographic age however it would still hurt republicans in arizona and vada texas at florida and all of those states that are more diverse where republicans are currently running those states there would be some collateral damage here so i mean i can understand why a republican from ohio might like decision i have no idea why senator from florida would be defending it when that state in particular and states like that are tremendous risk of losing a lot of resources and political power off a bat sets us.

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

02:15 min | 2 years ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"Well this i think the census has done usually by the end of the year and then state legislatures come back in twenty twenty one after the twenty twenty laughter then they'll draw new districts based on that census data so that's usually how it works and it's based on who i in in terms of state districts who who was elected in the twenty twenty elections so twenty eight legislators state legislatures draw the district's for themselves and for us house seats unless it's done by an independent commission but everyone no matter who's driving the district's they're using census data to draw them and so so that that's the twenty twenty election that that data is going to be drawn from yet well after the twenty twenty elections the the the whoever wins those elections well then that's state stated draw new district will take effect for the next decade the new census data will go into effect for twenty twenty two elections and beyond that's what you're asking that's what i was at clumsily asking ari berman is with us you mentioned that now eighteen states are suing the trump administration over the citizenship question the is there any chance they'll be successful in getting the question off the form i think it's certainly possible they're going to make arguments one argument is that this violates basic mandate of the constitution which is to count everyone in the country accurately not just citizens and that a lot has changed since nineteen fifty the country is so much more diverse than it wasn't nineteen fifty there's so many more immigrants not only that but there's never been a president like trump i mean you're talking about we had presents like an hour who were running the country back then now have people like trump or just so openly anti immigrant that the whole climate has changed there's a much higher chance of the citizenship question well have a much worse effect now than it did in nineteen fifty and the second argument they're going to make that this is just a totally a historical way of doing things that every other question on the census in the sense actually rejected a bunch of proposed questions goes through really really strenuous testing years and years of testing in the field through focus groups.

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

02:01 min | 2 years ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"Well there are there are acting people there's an acting director there's an acting deputy director but there's there's no real leadership the head of the census bureau who was confirmed by the senate resigned in june he actually said he was leaving the same day james comey was fired by coincidence nobody has replaced him with that needs is that there's a huge leadership vacuum another thing that trump administration tried to do as they try to put a expert and republican gerrymandering who said that who actually wrote a book called why competitive elections are bad for america that was the book he wrote tried to make him deputy director of the census bureau which essentially would run the twenty twenty cents he withdrew after there was a lot of criticism of his nomination but that was clearly a signal of of what was to come but there's a huge leadership vacuum so when there is put aside station of the census and we've seen a tremendous of politicize ation ready there's no one to stand up to the political types of the ministration in the census bureau has the competence of the congress or other or other parts and and there's really no one i'm tending the ship and right now the the person who's essentially running it as wilbur ross the commerce secretary who i think when it comes to trump administration appointees clearly not the worst of the worst but obviously made a very political decision here that had nothing to do with the facts and i suspect that many people that spiro itself but what i've heard we're very unhappy with this decision even if all other things were equal ari berman there are differences that this is the first year that the census is going to rely on the internet like you're not gonna get a paper survey in the mail anymore it's going to be a postcard telling you to log online is that do i have that right yet eighty percent of the public is going to receive a postcard basically saying you should fill out the census online and i think this is really really problematic.

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

01:59 min | 2 years ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

"Off that scott walker said he would never saw that they pass in 2015 that just decimated unions in the state uh there's an incredible statistic that alabama now has more union members that wisconsin which is just unreal to think about and i think that he scott walker deliberately demobilized is the most important ally of the democratic party in wisconsin and also nationally the the the the the allah that has historically fought for populist economics and the state in in the country more broadly and so i think democrats have not with recovered from that in wisconsin they've lost so much money their boss so many or organizing members and so they're just starting uh from such an uphill place and yeah they have some good people you know they have heavy baldwin uh in the senate she's gonna face a very tough race in 2018 um alibaba was able to win the state twice so it's not like all is lost but i'm just saying the my whole point was i kept hearing over and over and over about democratic enthusiasm head into 2018 and i don't want to be the guy at the party that just depresses everybody nobody wants to talk to that person i wanted to send on that but i felt like we needed to have a little bit of realitychek about number one what's happening target boxy 'cause i think that's the most important thing but secondarily this the issues that democrats are going to have to face in this election in future elections anything if they don't figure out how to deal with these three issues even if they are able to win one election because of unprecedented the minority of trump it's going to fight them in the ass in the future that's right i mean that gets back to do learning the lesson that when you get into office first order of business should be uh making sure that you have at the very least reformed the mechanisms that allow the this type of abuse to to take place ari berman how the gop rigs elections always a pleasure thanks man.

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"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"ari berman" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

"Donald trump he met with and he told them instead of giving money to his campaign he they should give it to this other group called wisconsin club for growth which is an extension of the national club for growth that was supporting his campaign uh and basically there were all of these emails which were eventually released by the guardian where essentially walker's campaign says these outside groups don't have to disclose their donors and they have no limits on the amount of money they can raise because of the citizens united decision so there was this tremendous secret fund raising a scheme to to give as much money as possible to walker but not to his campaign through these outside dark money groups and this ended up being a huge issue in wisconsin there was a major investigation uh there was a criminal scheme that was alleged for improper fundraising for scott walker and what happened was the wisconsin supreme court which had gotten money from the same groups that were funding walker cause justices are elected in wisconsin shut the investigation down i then after they start the investigation down as a completely change all of the campaignfinance laws so that politicians like walker could coordinate with outside groups that donors to give more money that corporations could give directly with the political parties all of this stuff was totally change that wisconsin went from having the best campaignfinance laws in the country to the worst campaignfinance laws in the country and it's actually still going on today because the wisconsin legislators now trying to oust the ethics and elections director and the states uh in it before the 2018 elections because they helped they they help lead the investigations into scott walker's fundraising so i mean this is just a really a microcosm over republicans don't have done all across the country in the wake of citizens who night and i think in many ways that kind of just become accustomed to the system that oh people are just going to raise uh you know as much money as they want from billionaires matches the way it's going to be like you know republicans pass the tax bill and then the cult brothers give paul ryan fabrics without.

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"ari berman" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:29 min | 2 years ago

"ari berman" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Percent of tv new segments on voting rights from july 2016 to july twenty seventeen discussed the impact of voter suppression laws on the 2016 election yes oh first off most media didn't even cover this issue at all but lemerre event president claim that the there was voter fraud that worked against him and then why they did cover the issue seventy percent of cable news segments on voting covered trump's gigantic lie that millions of people voted illegally but only eight point nine percent of cable news segments cover the impact the voter suppression so when voting rights was covered the dominant narrative was trump's claims about voter fraud the actual problem in american elections which was voter disenfranchisement got almost no attention as the been a history of voter fraud in the state of wisconsin no there's been no history of voter fraud in the state of wisconsin in fact was causing has had some of the best election laws in the country historically wisconsin didn't present a single case of voter impersonation in court that the vordanart eddie law would have stopped although republicans said that the idea low was necessary to stop voter fraud and blamed alleged improprieties eh it at the polls and milwaukee for narrow losses in the two thousand in two thousand and four presidential election they did and there were very close elections in wisconsin in two thousand and two thousand four and republicans believe that voter fraud cost them the elections but then when there were indepth investigations of this very little fraud was found at the the only fraud was a small amount of fraud by former felons who were not eligible to vote which of voter id law were not of soft my guest is ari berman as a senior reporter mother jones his book give us the battle ballot the modern struggle for voting rights in america which one any number of awards is now available in paperback his article in the current issue of mother jones is rigged how voters suppression through wisconsin to trump and possibly handed him the whole election we'll continue our conversation should after this littering the show clarinetist richard stolzman and his marimba playing life meeker stolzman will give us alive performance of music from their new album o can tondo and then later c morgan backs with her new novel about post katrina new orleans the floating world you will to wnyc wnyc dot org were also available as a podcast wnyc.

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