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Democrats Gerrymander Then Cry 'Voter Suppression' When GOP Does It

The Dinesh D'Souza Podcast

02:29 min | 2 months ago

Democrats Gerrymander Then Cry 'Voter Suppression' When GOP Does It

"I want to talk about Jerry Mandarin and about the profound and almost comical hypocrisy of the Democrats and of the left. About gerrymandering. Basically, that position comes down to when we do it, it's fantastic. And when anyone else does it, when the Republicans do it, it's against democracy. It's a form of voter suppression. It's horrible. It can't be allowed. And the straight faced way in which the Democrats hold to this position. This is really what is a site to behold. Now, admittedly, gerrymandering is a kind of an approach, a process that goes to the very early days of the republic. In 1812, elbridge Jerry, one of the founding fathers, by the way, a former vice president, former governor of Massachusetts, he sort of signed off on this we are district, he was a Democrat, and he was trying to benefit the Democratic Party. And the Democrats drew this very weird snake like district that resembled a salamander. In fact, that's where we get the name gerrymander. It's elbridge Jerry, plus salamander, giving you gerrymander. And so a gerrymandered district is a politically awkward district. Typically designed by the ruling party to protect and guarantee winning seats for itself. So drawing the map in a favorable way. Now, this by itself is not voter suppression. It's not voter fraud. I would say distasteful that this is done, but it is done by done by both parties. And yet when the Republicans do it, the Democrats act like this is horrific. This is something that can't be permitted. So recently, a North Carolina Supreme Court struck down some legislative districts that were drawn by the GOP in North Carolina. That would have benefited the Republican Party. And when that happened, Joe Biden comes out with, this is what he goes, he says, voters should choose that representatives, not the other way around. Acting as if a gerrymander is a subversion of democracy. And sure enough, Barack Obama calls Republican gerrymandering efforts, quote, threatening democracy, the liberal Brennan center, quote gerrymandering is deeply undemocratic.

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After Decrying Republican Gerrymandering, Democrats Embrace It in NY

The Dinesh D'Souza Podcast

02:15 min | 4 months ago

After Decrying Republican Gerrymandering, Democrats Embrace It in NY

"To talk about gerrymandering. Now, gerrymandering has a very interesting history, which goes back to 1812. There was a representative named elbridge Gerry, and this was a guy who invented the practice of designing exotic looking districts, very often districts that looked like a snake or a salamander. And because this practice became controversial, the Boston gazette described it using his name and using the idea of the salamander as a gerrymander. Now, this is something that, of course, both parties do. In states in which they had the majority, they draw, since congressional districting is kind of a state process within the state, they draw districts to favor themselves. Now recently a court in North Carolina struck down the Republicans redistricting or gerrymandering plan and here is Joe Biden, quoting him. Voters should choose their representatives not the other way around. So here is a Biden celebrating the decision and implying that gerrymandering is somehow very undemocratic. The Brennan center, liberal organization, has also said quote, gerrymandering is deeply undemocratic. And of course, we see time after time people on CNN and MSNBC, gerrymandering is an attack on our democracy. Now, when Biden made his statement, he's very careful to focus only on North Carolina. And in fact, to continue quoting Biden for too long, partisan gerrymandering has allowed politicians to rig the political process and draw districts in their favor. But what Biden failed to mention is that in New York, they're doing exactly the same thing. In New York, it's the Democrats that are doing gerrymandering. Now, New York is losing population. People are moving out of New York, and so New York has been losing a little bit in terms of congressional representation, so what they're doing is, despite the loss of representation, they're trying to draw exotic districts in New York, salamander districts, if I can use that phrase, they're trying, for example, to protect Jerry Nadler using gerrymandering.

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Biden Falsely Claims All Segregations Were Republicans

The Dinesh D'Souza Podcast

02:18 min | 5 months ago

Biden Falsely Claims All Segregations Were Republicans

"And listened to Joe Biden's speech in Georgia, the devil went down to Georgia and it was Biden railing about segregation. He's railing about the specter of segregationist George Wallace, the originator of the notorious phrase segregation now segregation tomorrow, segregation forever. And Biden left the clear impression that these segregationists could all be found in the Republican Party and his idea was let's not continue this horrible Republican tradition of segregation. A Biden didn't say all that, but he implied it. And he did name specifically the segregationist and he named Wallace, in particular, but what he didn't tell you is that the segregationists were his buddies. Biden earlier boasted that earlier in his career boasted that he knows these guys, they were great guys. He worked with them. He found common cause with them. They actually regarded him as as a kind of protege. So interestingly, all of this has now become a race, not just with Biden himself doing it, but with the media sort of colluding in it. And what Biden also didn't tell you is that the segregationists were Democrats, and this goes all the way back to the aftermath of the Civil War, the very people. The Brennan center has put out a long list of civil rights bills that were blocked by segregationists, but again, the Brennan center that's left wing organization doesn't tell you that those segregationists were Democrats. They were Democrats to the core. There's virtually one or two examples of a segregationist Democrat who became a Republican Strom Thurmond is an example of one who did, but when Thurman became a Republican he wasn't promoting segregation at all. Now what about George Wallace? Well, George Wallace was a Democrat. He was a segregationist. He briefed the left the Democratic Party to run as an independent, he thought it might be a better way for him to try to get to the presidency. But when that failed, interestingly he didn't become a Republican. He became he went right back to the Democratic Party. He stayed a Democrat until his death. So this is the point that you get the false teaching here and the false implication from the left that these segregationists became Republicans, and the fact of the matter is the vast vast majority of them stayed loyal Democrats right into the graves.

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Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:44 sec | 1 year ago

Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

"Out of Atlanta in response to Georgia's restrictive voting laws, activists are putting other states on notice. Activists are putting pressure on leading companies in Georgia, Texas, Arizona and other states to get corporate America to denounce Republican efforts to tighten state voting laws. As of March, legislators have introduced 361 bills with restrictive provisions. In 47 States, According to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. The fight has put corporate America in a place it often tries to avoid the center of a partisan political fight. This past week, Delta and Coca Cola to of George's best known companies called the new law unacceptable, although they had a hand in writing it. I'm Julie Walker. Coming up after traffic and weather.

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Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

AP News Radio

00:49 sec | 1 year ago

Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

"I'm I'm Julie Julie Walker Walker with with Major Major League League Baseball Baseball moving moving the the all all star star game game out out of of Atlanta Atlanta in in response response to to George's George's restrictive restrictive voting voting laws laws activists activists are are putting putting other other states states on on notice notice that that are are moving moving to to do do the the same same activists activists are are putting putting pressure pressure on on leading leading companies companies in in Georgia Georgia Texas Texas Arizona Arizona and and other other states states to to get get corporate corporate America America to to denounce denounce Republican Republican efforts efforts to to tighten tighten state state voting voting laws laws as as of of March March legislators legislators have have introduced introduced three three hundred hundred and and sixty sixty one one bills bills with with restrictive restrictive provisions provisions in in forty forty seven seven states states according according to to the the nonpartisan nonpartisan Brennan Brennan center center for for justice justice at at New New York York University University the the fight fight has has put put corporate corporate America America into into place place it it often often tries tries to to avoid avoid the the center center of of a a partisan partisan political political fight fight this this past past week week delta delta and and coca coca Cola Cola to to George's George's best best known known companies companies called called the the new new law law unacceptable unacceptable although although they they had had a a hand hand in in writing writing it it I'm I'm Julie Julie Walker Walker

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Is the Republican Party Radicalizing Against Democracy With Voting Bills?

All In with Chris Hayes

05:07 min | 1 year ago

Is the Republican Party Radicalizing Against Democracy With Voting Bills?

"Good evening from new york. I'm chris hayes. As the biden administration the democratic congress and the country as a whole trying to claw our way out of an unprecedented national crises the republican party coast to coast has found its mission for the year. Twenty twenty one make it harder for americans to vote right now. We're on track to see the largest rescue bill. In recent memory signed into law by president biden. This week we would provide direct relief to americans billions for vaccination programs money to reopen schools. Keep restaurants open and not a single republican either house or the senate has voted for it instead after losing the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections going all the way back to nineteen ninety. Two republicans are laser focused on restricting. Voting accents brennan centers tracking all the bills aimed at restricting access to the polls list includes two hundred fifty three bills introduced pre filed carryover this year in forty three states in georgia of course already notorious for having absurdly long lines to vote with residents waiting up to eleven hours to cast their ballots fall. Republican governor brian camp has waged a long battle to make the voting process. More difficult in his previous. Role is georgia's secretary state. He oversaw the closing polling places in the purging of hundreds of thousands of registered voters polls. Thanks in part to the efforts to stacey abrams and other activists on the ground registering hundreds of thousands of new voters. Turn out in two thousand and twenty in georgia in the election was unbelievably high smashing records. And of course also helping to repel joe biden. The white house georgia's election last november was also just about the most scrutinized and scrutinize audited of any state in the nation. Remember this they counted the votes three times in that state. they did a hand recount of five million ballots. There is zero doubt whatsoever. The results in georgia were accurate and more georgians than ever before me. Their voices heard so what did state republicans do just yesterday. The state senate passed a bill limiting. No excuse absentee voting which is one point three million georgians including four hundred and fifty thousand. Republicans voted in two thousand and twenty just last week. Republicans at the state house passed a sweeping piece of legislation cutting weekend days from early voting restricting. The use of drop boxes adding new requirements for absentee voting restricting. The amount of time election officials have to send out mail ballots and voters have to return them and prohibiting the distribution of food and water to voters waiting. Mine fact making it a misdemeanor handing out food or drink to waiting in the longest lines in the country. That's all because there are any actual problems with the administration of elections in georgia. It's because the republicans lost it's because they lost and they think these things will make it easier for them to win next time but keep in mind. This is not just happening in georgia which is of course the center of a lot of attention as swing state with the closest election last cycle. Take a look at how crazy things are in iowa not a state where republicans disappointing results last year. Okay in fact i will. Republicans did great in twenty twenty flipped to house. Seats held onto a third. And you know what loads of islands voted breaking the all time general election turnout record and they had pretty expansive voter. Access including early voting absentee voting and same day registration and in. I woke him up again. All of that. Work in republicans favor. Donald trump carried the state joni ernst reelected. They've flipped to houses. So what is the problem. Well the problem is at the. Republican party is radicalizing against democracy almost as a guiding principle. They fear voter access. They want to shut it down. They are using the cover of the big lie. The wildly insidious and poisonous lie. The election was stolen propagated by the former president and his party and written media to just make it harder to vote and not only harder for specifically disfavored groups like african americans are democrats. Were generally although these measures will disproportionately hurt them. It's major part of all this but also just horrid vote and get all like as a kind of ideological fixation. There are a lot of weight. Republicans i will. Who will have a hard time voting. Thanks the measure signed into law today by republican governor kim reynolds new law cuts the states early voting period down by nine days. It tightens the timeline. For when absentee ballots must be received. In order to be counted it strips county auditors of much of their discretion and running elections including establishing satellite in-person early voting sites which are useful and mailing absentee ballot request forms voters. Who didn't specifically asked for one. It limits who can return. Voters absentee ballot. And get this. It closes the polls at our earlier on election day. Just think about that so it would that for a second. What conceivable argument is there to close the polls in our earlier like the fraudsters show up in the last hour of the day to do their fraud. No no there is no argument. There is not even of an argument.

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House to vote on sweeping government and elections reform bill

Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe

03:06 min | 1 year ago

House to vote on sweeping government and elections reform bill

"Underway around the nation to put more restrictions on voting and how federal civil rights laws would address those changes. And now to the other side of that coin. Alex Appreciate is following this for ABC News and spoke with Cuomo's Taylor van Sites. Alex as I understand it. The four the People Act first came around in 2019. What is it? Why do Democrats say the country needs it? You're absolutely right. It keepers came around in 2019. But it Z It's got some new steam and it's actually expect to pass in the house this afternoon. Essentially, it's a way for Democratic lawmakers to respond to some of these Some of these Republican state controlled legislature law proposals that we've seen in the wake of the 2020 election and the spark notes on this before the people active 2021. It would automatically register people the votes to restore the voting rights of felons. It would also mandate mortar than two weeks of early voting, encourage vote by mail and expand absentee back drop boxes among some other things again. In the wake of the 2020 election, Republicans across the country have introduced 100. The Brennan center, says 43 states have about or more than 250 laws that would make it potentially harder to vote or considerations that could become lost, It would make it harder to vote. And so this gated some of that if the pandemic really for me highlighted how differently every state handles voting during the 2020 election, absentee and in person, But there are those who really fiercely believe that it is the state's place to implement voting rules. Was before the People Act Mandate changes. Well, so right now it does mandate some changes. Right s O. You have those those mandated to Two weeks of early voting, and also also some provision in there that would encourage vote by mail but look again state elections. It's been one of those things that Z handed handled by state by state. So you know if there are any workarounds depending on what part of the country you're in, and certainly I would keep, you know, we talked about that Supreme Court. Argument yesterday about the voting Rights Act surrounding the case in Arizona that looks at least early on, like you know that Arizona law that would essentially make it harder. To vote. There is probably going to be upheld. You know how that factors into this as well. But again, it's one of those time will tell kind of situations. As for now, could you tell me how much support there is for the four? The people acted within Congress. But we're expecting it to pass the house. I mean, again, Democrats controlled the House and the Senate. So is expected to pass the house today. It'll go over to the Senate, where listen, I suspect that that will have considerable support there as well. But again how it gets implemented. Um, uh, you know, nationwide and if if any of these pending cases affect that, you know, time will tell on that front A B C's Alex

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Republicans in Nearly Every State Push For Voting Restrictions in the Aftermath of 2020 Election

The Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal

03:15 min | 1 year ago

Republicans in Nearly Every State Push For Voting Restrictions in the Aftermath of 2020 Election

"Every state push new voting restrictions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, the U. S. Supreme Court today heard a major case to decide how those rules should be judged under federal civil rights law. Will the court uphold to provision of in Arizona voting law that Democrats argue violate the historic Voting Rights Act? Here's NBC's Alex Push a Well, so the U. S. Supreme Court is looking essentially at a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that's meant to combat racial discrimination in state election laws. So after the 2020 presidential election, we've seen a flurry of Republican state legislators that have made laws that essentially have kind of made it harder to vote. This is, according to the Brennan center, They tallied about 215 bills across the country. But so this particular case did the Supreme Court is hearing is added. Arizona and justices Air grappling how to interpret Section Two of the act, which says any measures that result in the denial or bridge mint of voting rights on account of race or color. Is illegal. Now. The details of this Arizona case there, too, to new laws and one deals with how ballots or cat they disqualified Ballots cast out of precinct, Uh, The other Arizona law prohibits third party collection of mail ballots for delivery to state officials. So the court must decide how and what tests should be used to to determine whether or not this violates that section two. Well, Alex. I know there is an opinion express that these regulations make it harder to vote. But then there will be others that will say no. These regulations will ensure against voter fraud. So you have two different Perspectives on these regulations City? Absolutely. And so I mean, I think this this is going to be you know, the biggest tell for the legacy of former President Trump like appointing conservative justices to the court. The court is now mostly conservative, right. And so we're already starting to see the effects of that and in the arguing on day so I can tell you that earlier today Got this bread cabinet. Also justice any Amy Cockney Barrett are saying that essentially, you know, they believe that these laws don't necessarily violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 where you had Justice Sonia sort of my yours? Who's who's arguing otherwise. But we're months away from a decision in this case, but early on, it looks as though these particular laws out of Arizona will stay intact and I'll tell you why. Um, even the Biden administration has conceded that they may not have run afoul of the Voting Rights Act. It seemed as though that can mean the court, which is majority conservative, also sees it that way. Again. There's a lot of time between now and when this case is a question to be decided, decided, which is the end of June, But but early on, it seems as though uh, these laws will probably be upheld. Okay. It's a B C's Alex per shade in Washington. Thank you, Alex for your time today. Thank you, Kitty. All right. 6 50 our final

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Supreme Court questions need for restrictive voting laws in Voting Rights Act case

The Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal

01:36 min | 1 year ago

Supreme Court questions need for restrictive voting laws in Voting Rights Act case

"Republicans in nearly every state push new voting restrictions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, the U. S Supreme Court today hearing a major case to decide how those rules should be judged under federal civil rights law. Will the court uphold to provision of Arizona voting law there that Democrats argue violate the historic Voting Rights Act? Here's a B C's Alex push a All right, well, so the U. S. Supreme Court is looking essentially at a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that's meant to combat racial discrimination in state election laws. So after the 2020 presidential election, we've seen a flurry of Republican state legislators that have made laws that essentially have kind of made it harder to vote. This is, according to the Brennan center, They tallied about 215 bills across the country. But so this particular case the Supreme Court is hearing is out of Arizona and justices. Air grappling how to interpret Section Two of the act, which says any measures that result in the denial or bridge mint of voting rights on account of race or color. Is illegal. Now. The details of this Arizona case there, too, to new laws and one deals with how ballots or cat disqualified ballots cast out of precinct, Uh, The other Arizona law prohibits third party collection of mail ballots for delivery to state officials. So the court must decide how and what tests should be used to to determine whether or not this violate that section two.

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Local Democrats Call For An Independent Redistricting Board In Texas

Charlie Parker

00:36 sec | 1 year ago

Local Democrats Call For An Independent Redistricting Board In Texas

"To stay in power. But that may be coming to an end. The Democrats nearly 800 page for the People Act includes Provisioned, calling for a change to the way congressional districts are drawn. It would require that states adopt independent redistricting commissions. Michaeli with the Brennan Center says it would alter the power structure in Texas because the majority would not be able to use their muscle the draw districts to their advantage. What happened in Texas over the course of multiple decades, including 2011 with Texas is maps were found to be intentionally discriminatory. Democrats argued that reforms have give citizens a chance to offer their input. Michael board. NewsRadio 1200 W II,

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WTOP

01:42 min | 1 year ago

"brennan center" Discussed on WTOP

"Tapes and footage from police body cameras soon in connection with the shooting death of a black man there. That pledge comes after two nights of protests that set off clashes with police and looting of some stores. The death of Walter Wallace Jr was shot and killed by police Monday came amid already heightened tensions in the battleground state. Just days before the election. City leaders announced a curfew in the city from 9 P.m. till 6 A.m. and the mayor says Pennsylvania's National Guard will also be deployed to help protect property and help police. France's prime minister says that country's threat level will be raised to its maximum after a knife attack at a church in niece that killed three people. The suspect was later shot by police and taken to a hospital. The attack took place less than a half mile from the site where a man plowed a truck into a best deal day crowd in 2016, killing dozens. Police say it's believed that today's attacker acted alone, and they're not searching for any others. Following morning's about possible post election violence, many businesses and organizations across the country are taking scary security risks. Precautions I should say. But is violence really a likely outcome? What we have to understand in this country. Political violence is extremely rare, so it's very difficult to try to predict law enforcement sources say legitimate chatter about post election violence is minimal. And my German former FBI agent and currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, says over covering the story could have a negative impact so well seeing like there's a bigger problem that will attract more attention. So what's the overall message? We all need to take a deep breath realized that we've had contention selections in the past. Yes, there could be violence, but it wouldn't be unprecedented. Remember Inauguration.

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Republicans see bright spot in voter registration push

AP News Radio

00:53 sec | 1 year ago

Republicans see bright spot in voter registration push

"Democrat Joe Biden may be leading in most presidential polls but Republicans are pulling ahead in new voter registrations Republican Party leaders are celebrating their progress in signing up voters in key battleground states like Florida Pennsylvania Arizona and others Democrats appear to have hit a stumbling block with the decision to scale back in person voter registration drives during the pandemic with events like street festivals in college gatherings canceled the Brennan center for justice says registrations are thirty eight percent lower than they were during the comparable period in twenty sixteen and that disproportionately hurts young urban and minority voters a trump campaign director says for them the best thing for voter registration isn't doozy Azam for a candid it and the infrastructure Jackie Quinn Washington

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KQED Radio

05:30 min | 1 year ago

"brennan center" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Sonny and hazy today with some possible patchy smoked the Bay Area highs upper seventies to lower nineties closer to the coast and around the bay to the upper nineties inland. It is a spare the Air day and it's now 21 minutes after nine This is weekend edition from NPR News. Lulu Garcia Navarro. Election Day is a day on the calendar. But the 2020 election is going on now, and it may stretch past November 3rd. Early voting has started in Virginia. North Carolinians are already returning mail in ballots and state courts in Michigan and Pennsylvania have extended the number of days local officials can count ballots as long as they're postmarked by Election Day. So what? May November 3rd look like this year For that we turn to miss nap. It is She's the director of the Voting rights and Elections program at the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan think tank in New York. Thank you so much for joining us. You so much for having me. I'm excited to be here at the moment. Are you thinking Election day will come and go and we won't know the numbers who got more votes more electoral votes in short, who won I think it's very, very likely that we're not going to know who won on Election day. But Lulu, I have to tell you we should not be stressed about that. There's actually some very pro voter reasons why we might not find out who won on Election Day, for example, I think Americans would agree that we want all Americans to have as long as possible to return their absentee ballot because historically, ballots have gotten rejected or coming in too late. Another reason is that if we want voters have the opportunity to cure what we call technical defects. They forgot to sign something. They didn't include any idea that was required. They didn't have a notary sign it If they're in one of the states that have it. We need to give voters some notice that they need to do this and an opportunity to fix it rather than just throwing away their ballot. If we're going to give that those voters that notice And that opportunity to fix it. We're not going to find out on election day you want And finally we want to have confidence in the system that everything was recorded accurately and that our machines weren't flipping boat and that foreign cyber criminals weren't hacking the election. We need to do some on it. So you just did tell quite a few things there on died like to sort of pick that apart a little bit. You say we shouldn't be concerned that we won't know on Election day that because of the pandemic and other issues that we do need more time to sort of process these votes and make sure that every vote that is legitimate is counted. But we've seen reporting in the Atlantic and Slate magazine, The New York Times and elsewhere about how fragile the election system is and how partisans of prepping lawsuits It could delay the outcome to any of those reports. Sort of those legal maneuvers stand out to use items of concern. Yeah, I mean, I'm always going to be concerned about politicians trying to exploit our judicial system so that they get a job security plan. I think that's not what the purpose of our courts are. That's not what the purpose of court oversight of elections are. But I think that unfortunately, is going to be a fact of life when we live in a system in which people that have power want to keep it. On DH when we have some politicians that are just very concerned about what I would call changing demographics or the Browning of America. What I think we do need to do as Americans is make sure that our intentions are clear. I think of Americans speak in one voice. I think of Americans make clear to our politicians that we care about voting and we care about representative democracy. I think it's going to be really hard for politicians to try and manipulate the rules of the game and succeed. So briefly. What can voters do to ensure that their vote is counted? The biggest one is to vote early. If you're going to vote by mail, make sure you get your application in for mail ballot and early. Make sure that you complete the ballot when you get it early. Make sure you send it back early. Make sure you call early to make sure it got accepted. Show up to vote Early on Election day, You could help your neighbors. If you are an employer and you have people that need to wait in line. Please be understanding. There's a lot we can do to make sure That we have each other's back and protect each other's right about. When you look at this election as someone who studies this is someone who is steeped in this is this election in any way different other than the pandemic than any other election. I think there's no question that we are in a really challenging Kind. All of the cracks in our election system are rising to the forefront because of the Kobe crisis, and we do have some politicians that are trying to discredit and undermine the very act that we have elections. But I also think that Americans care about their right to vote. I think we have a lot of institutions that are built to withstand some challenges, and I really believe in the power of the American people. Megan Apparatus of the Brennan Center for Justice. Thank you very much. Thank you so much for having me. Cockney Barrett. President. Trump's Choice for the Supreme Court is 48, a mother of seven and a devout Catholic who currently sits on the seventh Circuit Court of.

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AP News

15:21 min | 1 year ago

"brennan center" Discussed on AP News

"Some elections experts are raising concerns about president trump's predictions about voter fraud with mail in ballots and they're calling for detailed reports on each incident that arises a federal prosecutor in a Republican Pennsylvania county described 9 military ballots in the trash and president trump seized on that to support his contention mail in voting expanded for virus safety will open the door to fraud military ballots that all were for trump everyone was to drop and there were no waste paper basket now we're learning it may have been a mistake by a newly hired workers and not all the ballots apparently work for trump Wendy Weiser but the Brennan center for justice accuses president trump of actively seeking to discredit the election the president rallying in Virginia Friday we don't want to be cheated Jackie Quinn Washington

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AP News

15:21 min | 1 year ago

"brennan center" Discussed on AP News

"Some elections experts are raising concerns about president trump's predictions about voter fraud with mail in ballots and they're calling for detailed reports on each incident that arises a federal prosecutor in a Republican Pennsylvania county described 9 military ballots in the trash and president trump seized on that to support his contention mail in voting expanded for virus safety will open the door to fraud military ballots that all were for trump everyone was to drop and there were no waste paper basket now we're learning it may have been a mistake by a newly hired workers and not all the ballots apparently work for trump Wendy Weiser but the Brennan center for justice accuses president trump of actively seeking to discredit the election the president rallying in Virginia Friday we don't want to be cheated Jackie Quinn Washington

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Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

AP News Radio

00:55 sec | 1 year ago

Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

"Some elections experts are raising concerns about president trump's predictions about voter fraud with mail in ballots and they're calling for detailed reports on each incident that arises a federal prosecutor in a Republican Pennsylvania county described nine military ballots in the trash and president trump seized on that to support his contention mail in voting expanded for virus safety will open the door to fraud military ballots that all were for trump everyone was to drop and there were no waste paper basket now we're learning it may have been a mistake by a newly hired workers and not all the ballots apparently work for trump Wendy Weiser but the Brennan center for justice accuses president trump of actively seeking to discredit the election the president rallying in Virginia Friday we don't want to be cheated Jackie Quinn Washington

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Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

AP News Radio

00:55 sec | 1 year ago

Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

"Some elections experts are raising concerns about president trump's predictions about voter fraud with mail in ballots and they're calling for detailed reports on each incident that arises a federal prosecutor in a Republican Pennsylvania county described nine military ballots in the trash and president trump seized on that to support his contention mail in voting expanded for virus safety will open the door to fraud military ballots that all were for trump everyone was to drop and there were no waste paper basket now we're learning it may have been a mistake by a newly hired workers and not all the ballots apparently work for trump Wendy Weiser but the Brennan center for justice accuses president trump of actively seeking to discredit the election the president rallying in Virginia Friday we don't want to be cheated Jackie Quinn Washington

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President Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transition if he loses

The View

04:49 min | 1 year ago

President Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transition if he loses

"Hello and welcome to the view. Happy Friday to everybody Meghan will be back on Monday Anna. Navarro is here. We're always happy to have her and we WANNA start today by honoring the reason that we're all sitting here actually, which is because of Barbara Barbara Walters Happy Birthday Barbara many more my dear. Nationwide protests. Yes. Nationwide protests continue over the grand jury decision to let cops off the hook for killing Brianna Taylor. Now really that would be calling for calm and unity right right now right But trump is adding fuel to the fire claiming that he's protesting the use of mail in ballots and they may not peacefully transfer power over to Biden if he's voted out, take a look. To See what happens you know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are disaster and People are rioting. Do you commit to making sure that there's a little? Blue want to get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very. Very, peaceful, there won't be a transfer, frankly are the election results only legitimate if you win. So we have to be very careful with the ballots, the ballots to hope big scam and we wanna make sure the election is honest and I'm not sure that it can be. I. Don't know that it can be with this whole. Situation unsolicited ballots they're unsolicited million things sent everybody and we'll say. So. I, think he's playing the autocrat just wants to see which Republicans are going to line up behind them like they've done on every other heinous thing he said and done. But what do I know maybe Anna do you know you're a Republican? Do you think they'll fall behind him? Look I think a lot of them are distancing themselves on on this at least you know one thing joy. It's more of the same. Okay. The only thing trump has to offer the American people is fear that's what his campaign is sewing in the hearts of American fear fear of Lalas, fear of socialism fear ballots fear of election results fear of the transition. So this is another attempt at voter suppression. This is another attempt at making Americans fearful of what will happen if he doesn't get. This is another attempt of driving people to some people to the votes out of fear and keeping some people from voting out of fear and it just you know it's not going to work if you see what we saw in Virginia. Where early voting started and people were lining up for blocks and blocks. If people have to walk over molten lava to get to the voting booth I, think many Americans will and the last thing I want to say. Look I fled to Talibanism I've fled communism integral walk in one, thousand, nine, hundred. where I have heard this kind of talk and where I have seen unelected elected leaders try to perpetuate themselves in power is in places like Cuba, where the Castro's have been in power for over sixty years in places like Venezuela with showers and places like Nicaragua with Ortega and with Somoza it's the tater ships that behave this way. It's dictators that behave this way, and this is what Donald Trump is trying to emulate. Yes. It's ironic. Isn't it that they're worried a lot of the people you mentioned a worried about communism but he's the one who's acting like A. Communist. Countries that you're talking about. So Sunday, how how seriously you take in this actually. I'm taking it very seriously and I think we should all take it seriously because this is a president that. says. The quiet part out loud I mean he has no nuance and so he has been challenging the notion of mail in voting from the very beginning even though he submits his ballots by mail in vote. So I think we have to take very seriously and he's been sort of poisoning the well by saying there's going to be this massive voter fraud while I think people need to understand that this has been looked at there is no such thing as massive mailing voter fraud. In fact, the Brennan Center for Justice, it's a non-partisan think tank calculated. The rate of voter fraud and elections at between zero point zero zero, zero, three percent and zero point zero zero to five percent. Okay. Zero percent. So there is no voter fraud, but he's putting it out there and he's been saying it for a long time. So I, think these are the actions of a man who knows that he is going to be outvoted I think he knows he expects to be outvoted, but he wants to hobble that count, and so we have to take him very seriously. We need to take him at his word.

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"brennan center" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

07:39 min | 1 year ago

"brennan center" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Former FBI special agent and a fellow at the Brennan Centers, Liberty and National Security Program. Michael Thanks for joining me, Thanks for having me Also with me is a leech. A Sperry, a journalist at the Intercept covering Justice Alito. Welcome to the show. Thanks for having me. Michael, Let's start with you. There's been a lot of speculation about the ideology of Kyle Riton house and whether he was connected to any specific far right groups. What do we know so far? Not very much. Frankly, One thing that people have to understand is that there is Is basically no obstacle joining these groups. If you wanted to put on a Hawaiian shirt and a flak jacket over that and carry some heavy weapons, and in public, you would automatically be representing the boogaloo movement. So you know the these organizations don't have Top down organizational structure and ah heavy membership requirements that they're pretty fluid, and that's Both by design. Ah! Practice called leaderless resistance that they used T o because they understand that they're under police scrutiny. But also because there they need members. They need people who will contribute or participate in these events. So if they start having any kind of rigorous screening process, they'll not have very many people showing up with them. Michael in the video of Rittenhouse. He's one of the videos. At least he clearly says that he's there to protect businesses. This in his words, Michael. What is this idea who's deputized these folks? And we're talking largely about white men in these militias who are armed who has deputized them to come around the country and sort of in their own words protect Ah, people in businesses. Well, that's just it. Nobody has and these militants were acting is vigilantes claiming to have a positive mission. During the protests, but again they're completely unregulated. They have no legal authority to be there. And as we see in many of these cases It's not just a business hiring a security guard. You know, most states have licensing requirements for security guards, particularly armed security guards, because Number one. You don't want people who who aren't allowed to have weapons to be carrying out those duties. But also you want to make sure they have proper liability insurance for when they make a mistake. S o that that this is not any sort of a legal operation at all, Which is what's troubling about the police author are allowing this activity happening, and they've done it so much for so long since Over the last couple of years that it's not surprising that people believe that they're authorized to go out and do that, And that's because law enforcement has not been Aggressive in in tackling the legal violations thes in militants engage in while they're out of these protests. Lee Jae, When we see the video of written house, which we described at the very top of the segment here he again is walking hands up in the air has just Ah shot multiple people killed two people. And these armored vehicles or just driving right past him. I mean, this was a stunning display of how Ah law enforcement either you know, willingly or not just ignored this threat. How common Is that a leech? I think my enforcement is quite comfortable with the presence ofthe of individuals like this. And groups like this. And in fact, government has known about you know the threat posed by far right white supremacists, right wing extremists for a long time and hasn't really done a whole lot to address it. And not only that, but we also know that the government institutions and and you know, the F B. I, for instance, have been very much aware off the close ties between these groups and these individuals. And law enforcement itself, And that's something that dip up Lick has rarely been made aware ofthe. It's something that you know the FBI certainly not discussing publicly, even though they are very much an alert about this, that we actually published a report in 2017 leaked FBI internal document that weren't that white supremacist groups and far right? Groups where were actively seeking to infiltrate law enforcement. And you know, the document basically noted that domestic terrorism investigations identified often identified active links between this white supremacist extremist militia extremists. Sovereign state is an extremist. And law enforcement officers. But other than that, and this again was a leaked document. There hasn't been a whole lot of public discussion about this, and there's a reason for that was a political reason there were reports in the past. That that kind of raised the alarm around around his debt, and they were condemned. They were you know, there was AH big upheaval in response to reports the government was forced to to basically walk them back. And so that's why we are seeing a lot of discussions of public discussions about this yet. Michael, too early Chase Point I want to play a clip here from Ah FBI director last year, Christopher Wray talking about the threat of white supremacist violence in the US, I will say. That a majority of the Domestic terrorism. Cases that we've investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it includes other things as well. Michael are are these militia groups part of what Ray is describing there in terms of ah domestic terror threats and white supremacist domestic terror threats in particular. S O. The FBI divides their domestic terrorism portfolio into a number of different categories on did it had a separate category for white supremacists? When I was working undercover in the 19 nineties, they were one category white supremacist so far right militants because there's a lot of overlap between these groups again with the low barriers of entry. Ah, but they changed that over time and had separate groups for white supremacy, white supremacists and far right militants, and it's It's interesting way that Ray frames that because what we have to understand is that A white supremacist. Far right militants are farm were active than any of the of the other categories of domestic terrorists. That ah that the FBI designates so It's It's a bit of a subterfuge to say We do more investigations against these groups. And that's why in 2017 Senator Durbin introduced a bill at the domestic terrorism Protection Act that would Have required the FBI to produce the data showing the number of What they're considering terrorism incidents and particularly the deaths from those incidents on one side of the ledger and the number of investigations Thie F B I has initiated in each Category..

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"brennan center" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:27 min | 2 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on KQED Radio

"You know, very impressed. Everything was very spaced out lots of hand sanitizer. Protective equipment and stuff. Election officials in Texas hope to replicate this on a much bigger scale in November. Mirren up it is with the Brennan Center for Justice says Even states that are expanding mail in voting will have to make sure they have enough safe in person locations for voters. Polling places are the way That many, many Americans will be voting on election days. There are some people for whom it is really the only realistic option, Perez says. That includes people without reliable mail service. People with visual impairments or people who need language assistance. In Austin County Clerk Dana De Beauvoir plans to have a couple 100 polling places. But so far finding them has been a challenge because a lot of owners of the facilities we want won't give us an answer, for sure, one way or the other that we can or cannot use the facility. Some are completely off the table. Voting at grocery stores was super popular in Austin because they were so convenient But now, Debevoise says the pandemic has made grocery stores a terrible idea. And it was just too too close, too Crowded is never gonna work in the last election. De Beauvois says she relied heavily on schools, but now that school's maybe reopening at some point in the fall, it's up in the air. Chris Davis, the election administrator for Williamson County in central Texas. Says another set of traditional polling places is also a bad idea. We're relatively certain we're going to take off the table nursing homes and assisted living facilities that we've used and enjoy. And the residents and enjoyed in the past is election polling places, Davis says. Election officials are goingto have to get creative. For example, Davis is looking for open air options in an effort To keep the possible spread of the Corona virus down or considering sites that we could have kind of a robust drive. Thru voting, say, defunct closed bank with several teller lanes as well as perhaps parking garage is something that can give one stop service in Austin, Dana Debevoise says she's looking at setting up polling stations in lobbies, hotel ballrooms and amenity centers at apartment complexes. But election officials also have to be mindful of how these polling sites are distributed, says Miranda Pet is with the Brennan center. They need to make sure that there's enough polling places in the communities that I need them, especially in communities that are under served or have low rates have vote by mail usage, And if there aren't enough polling sites, there could be long lines Alley. Lozano with the Texas Civil Rights Project, says the state already has about 750 fewer polling sites than it did a decade ago. Plus, voting during a pandemic is just going to take longer than it has in the past. And that's if people keep the same amount of polling location if we close even more, and we have even less pulling locations with these added steps. It's just a perfect storm for problems that is absolutely going to lead to a longer lines. If we do not substantively, prepare now. Even though Texas won't have an expanded vote by mail program, State officials are giving voters more time to go in person. The governor recently extended early voting from 12 to 18 days for the presidential election for NPR news..

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A Low-Turnout Election is Solvable (Even During COVID-19)

Solvable

04:54 min | 2 years ago

A Low-Turnout Election is Solvable (Even During COVID-19)

"The stakes are extremely high for this year's election. Experts had anticipated the largest turn out in a century, states were registering voters and preparing their precincts, and then covid nineteen head. Priority suddenly shifted. You don't want governor being able to say Oh. I'M GONNA postpone an election. I mean we've had elections in this country under all kinds of dire circumstances, wars in fact, pandemics in the past having the paper ballot having that backup so that you can do an audit so that you can see if there was fraud so that you can do a recount that turns out to be the best system of all turn. Is there an argument other than the purely partisan one? That more voting may advantage one versus the other you more likely to be struck by lightning. Than commit in person voter impersonation in the United States. But. There are other real hurdles to this year's election. With millions of Americans vulnerable to a deadly pandemic. Social distancing measure is now a familiar part of life and the country facing what is perhaps the largest economic crisis in its history, the challenge of securing safe election with high rates of participation is huge. We can have an election that is participatory. With robust turn out in twenty twenty. This is a solvable problem. Michael Waldman is the author of the book the fight to vote. He's the president of the Brennan. Center, for Justice at Nyu. It's non-partisan law and Policy Institute that focuses on improving systems of democracy. Waldman's an expert in the practicalities of the democratic process. He's identified some straightforward solutions to this year's election challenges. My solvable is having an election. That is safe and secure and fully participatory in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and might. We can't really predict what it's going to be like in November. What are the main things we as a country and as states need to do? You're right that we don't know what it's going to be like in November. The line is we need to? Upgrade how we run elections in the United States for twenty twenty, so that people have the option voting by mail so that there are safe in person options and ample early voting, so that people can register to vote safely and so that we count the ballots in a careful way recognizing that everything's changed. Vote by mail seems like a pretty simple and obvious solution. I mean I understand their legal obstacles in some states in their funding obstacles, but in your ideal world. Wouldn't we just send a prepaid? To everybody WHO's registered and encourage them to vote that way? We'll a lot of states already run their elections by vote by mail, Western states especially like a California and Oregon and Washington. And Colorado and Utah. That's pretty much how people vote right now it will be. Impossible to imagine the whole country. Moving to vote by mail in November. What we can do in the meantime is make it so that people are notified of their a opportunity to get a ballot and they don't need an excuse. They don't need a doctor's note, and we have every reason to think that most people right now will WanNa vote that way yeah I mean. You wrote a whole book about the history of voting and the expansion of voting rights in this. This country, the thing I don't understand about it. Older people who tend to be more conservative tend to vote with Republicans are the most in need of remote voting options and the most in jeopardy from having to go out to vote in person yet it seems to be conservatives who were fighting the vote by mail. Thing so, can you explain that to me well? You know there's lots of things. When it comes to voting. That are controversial with have been partisan fights. If you think about something like the debate over what kind of voter makes sense, that's pretty intense and has been. In the kind of Democrat. Republican left right way. Vote by mail has not been one of the controversial things. The further away you get from. The Fox News set or I guess the White House podium, the left part is in. This is trump. I said out loud. What you really not supposed to say, which is oh, we'll get levels voting there so high. That will never win. And then. After a few days he realized he'd gone off script and what he says. Oh I'm very worried about the specter of voter fraud, but he really made clear. The goal was to restrict. The electorate

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"brennan center" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

11:54 min | 2 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"In his new book north of Havana thank you so I'm Victoria said he and a fellow at the Brennan center for justice and out please keep up with our work by signing up for our newsletter at Brandon center dot org or following us on Facebook or Twitter are you on Twitter no yeah I I would be delighted to follow you on Twitter I think it would be an interesting I think you have an interesting account so we have to do and thanks thanks to everyone for coming this is the conclusion early March was hosted by the Brennan center for justice at New York University the principles Victoria beside the who's a fellow at the Brennan center attorney Martin Garbus discussing his book about the can five charge by the U. S. government with espionage in nineteen nineties the name of his book north of Havana up next on book TV WCS be from Washington we'll hear from journalist Katherine Stewart charms that religious nationalists are waging political war against American democracy and institutions she made her comments at town hall Seattle good evening everybody my name is where Harmon I'm the executive director of town hall Seattle on behalf of our relationship but walking you through tonight's livestream presentation by Katherine Stewart in conversation with David I work as we get under way I want to acknowledge in our institution stands on the unceded traditional territory of the coast Salish people particularly the waters we thank them for continuing use of the natural resources of their ancestral homeland I thank you all for tuning in in the strange strange times we're thrilled to be able to present virtual editions of our programming using live streaming to build a digital status or account all communities engage highlights hi folks from well beyond Seattle to like everybody's willing to share or talking to their computers right now some for the first time I want to thank Catherine David for helping us keep the conversation a lot all unfortunately tonight's broadcast did not feature closed captioning services however captions will be available once this video is uploaded to our YouTube as upcoming events include tonight's appearance by former labor secretary and noted economic explainer Robert right Washington post vice columnist R. Eric Thomas Simmons unique on the future of US nuclear policy Darger mile bearing witness to the end of ice another installment of our your shot gas line to the forum series this Saturday as well as a few very exciting confirmations to be announced in the coming week and we're adding new programs every day as well as he releases being Juventus is a being released as podcasts and many of our past talks are available in view video or podcast form on our digital media library so in short poke around the media tab on our homepage at over the coming down the hall will continue to provide not only ways to stay plugged in plenty more rabbit holes for you climb down as for tonight's event Cather will speak for about twenty to twenty five minutes when she'll be joined by David will publish his own questions before moderating a Q. and a with yours you will select questions from those in in the in the ask a question at the bottom center of your screen you can enter your is there you can also vote 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the negative effects of could be covered outbreak and you could use your support as well if you're interested both internal independent bookstore and of course in having a copy of Katherine's book we would urge you to purchase a book tonight using on this live stream page you say using the link through our friends at third place books all right then Catherine Stewart is an author and journalist whose work focuses on education in controversies of religious freedom and the separation of church and state she began her career in journalism working for the legendary investigative reporter Wayne parent and since contributing Newsweek international the New York observer Rolling Stone among other publications in two thousand five she published two novels about twenty first century parenting before turning her attention to the constellation of issues around tonight on the matter of religion society is written for The New York Times the nation the Atlantic and the guardian as well as all three two thousand twelve the good news club which investigated religious fundamentalism in public education she joined tonight by the journalist and blogger gated networks previously he worked at MSNBC as a writer producer and over the last twenty years he's focused on writing books increasing his walk with Venus that's correct correct of reports on the far right influence on mainstream society he served as an editor for the political blocs in liar in his book and hell followed with her crossing the dark side of the American border when the twenty fourteen international Latino book award for nonfiction where Harmon is executive director of town hall Seattle your book the power worshippers inside the dangerous rise of religious nationalism is the subject of tonight's program they will join us in a little bit for now please join me in welcoming Katherine Stewart thank you so much thanks to town hall with our everyone watching from home is healthy I don't need to tell anyone here that this is a stark progeny and then a time like this would be great to have national leaders bring us together this is speech action and work collaboratively without favoritism to alleviate the suffering of all Americans and particularly those among us were very nice cost unfortunately that's not what we have to wait for the points I think we all know by now two things we know what sort of person Donald Trump is and we know that he wouldn't be where he is today without the support what many people call the Christian right for all let's just nationalism or Christian Nash here's the one thought I want to put forward a strong and his religious national order there's a story that people like to tell according to which trump's conservative base hold their noses and voted for him in a purely transactional way not just you tonight this story is in large part all trump and trump politics represents something essential about Christian nationalism today and we had better understand that understand what it is because you know leader and build followers are going to be around a lot longer than the religious right we're also making social work from the bottom up expressing the anxieties right in the absence of rapidly changing social realities but which is nationalism watching the top down we should is China operation and it often should target what we think is right we're also usually cultural movement symbols are about certain very specific aspects of modern life like female reproductive health the card is starting early what we're dealing with a political movements not just a cultural movement it's about her religious nationalism in America is not going to win this talk do not arise Washington she created the abortion issue quest for power when the religious right we usually imagine it as one more special interest you're in a noisy warm hi Christy we this is what we see is competing with them our first table this is not a leader in the market the aim is to not able to overthrow the system as we know it and you create a new type of order one in which which leaders along with members of certain approval which is great mostly it and their political allies who enjoy musicians of exceptional privilege in politics law and society members of this movement talking about you often see them in red white and blue George Washington and someone just nationalism is not remotely in fact one of those with me is this for and its alliance with religious nationalists around the world when Latimer Putin Russia Viktor Orban in Hungary or the one in Turkey find themselves closely to religious conservatives in their countries wait your turn how are we right we understand this as a form of religious nationalism and we're seeing this today with trump's alliances with hyper conservative religious leaders in America my book the power worshipers is a deep dive into the machinery of the movements in the workings of leading personalities tonight I want to focus on four areas messaging through churches focus on ideology of the movement leaders in particular the role of money and the international line so let's start with messaging to churches we are the movement and figured out that testers drive votes and organize pastors and you know it works they get them all on the same page quickly and give them tools to help them turn out and vote for conservative candidates and movements chambers from their perspective vast numbers of loyal Americans hyper conservative churches have been converted into what are essentially sells a shadow political party town hall Seattle Katherine Stewart the power worshippers so when I was researching this book I went to some of these events organized by these caster networks I will give you an idea of what this looks like on the ground at one event I found myself at a small church road north Carolina with dozens of evangelical pastors from the area the event was aimed at teaching them how to communicate to their congregations the key is supposedly matter in elections and the supposedly biblically correct way to vote on them the event was organized by watchmen on the wall project in family Research Council which is one of the most powerful policy groups of the Christian right watching the Walgreens have over twenty to twenty five thousand customers actually some people say the numbers quite a bit higher and it's been openly endorsed by Republican political leaders including vice president Mike so.

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If virus reaches general election, cost could be 2 billion

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:39 sec | 2 years ago

If virus reaches general election, cost could be 2 billion

"Now if the corona virus is still a concern in November that cost to make it safe to vote in the general election could top two billion dollars that's according to the Brennan center for justice the process of mailing and receiving ballots would cost about six hundred million dollars alone now costs will be incurred in many states from ballot box construction that's a place to go where voters could go and drop off their mail in ballots another big chunk of the cost about two hundred seventy million will go to maintaining and bolstering in person polling places the study says people without internet access those who need language assistance to votes and people with disabilities may become

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"brennan center" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

Bloomberg Radio New York

03:29 min | 2 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

"Chance to speak we're speaking with Michael Waldman he's the president of Brennan center for justice down and and why you you mention section five of the voting rights act let's talk about that a bring us up to speed on that because it was it was a time that certain states in certain districts had to go to the justice former for approval if they were to change their voting rolls any way shape or form that has been struck down as I understand the Supreme Court one is been the aftermath this is the automatic still is a fact but you don't have to go to the justice department you can bring an action is I understand on the voting rights act they be doing that well the thing you can do now under the voting rights act is after something is all said and done after somebody who maybe got elected he after racial discrimination voting is in office you can sue after the fact that it is not remotely is effective and the voting rights act and it's poignant of course even talk about it as we've learned of the illness of John Lewis who was that the hero one of the heroes in Selma Alabama who was beaten by police and whose struggle and sacrifice help educate the country as to why you need a voting rights act of nineteen sixty five it has been the most effective civil rights law in the country's history it said that states that had a history of racial discrimination in voting if they wanted to change their practices or laws or do things like purge people from the rolls they had to get pre approval in advance from the justice department or federal court and that fact really made a difference it really change the country in a very positive way and what happened was in twenty thirteen Chief Justice Roberts wrote an opinion he said it in Shelby County it was called the said basically that was then this is now we don't have these problems anymore justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a dissent she said that's like standing in a rain snow or holding an umbrella and not getting wet and therefore concluding you don't need an umbrella you're not wet what happened after that decision was there was a wave in the southern states especially of new laws new practices such as the surgeon purging in in those states and other things that make it harder for some people to vote and so it's unfortunately a even though it's neutral and high tech it's a bit of a throwback and was green lighted by the United States Supreme Court so let's turn the other side of this from and that is a move in some states to allow former felons to vote which originally had been banned we actually have the new Kentucky governors pressure speaking out of this is what he said I believe in the wall as Attorney General I was proud to work with law enforcement to prosecute those that have broken the law and to make sure that we sought justice I also believe in redemption in second chances so what what's the status of that how many states are moving for that what is that prevalent it's a great question because while you have these intense and often partisan fights over here on voting over here you have real heartening progress on something that is a legacy of the Jim crow era which is these laws that different states they're different ways we we don't have one election system in this country we have fifty states in actually thousands of counties doing this that have said in a lot of places if you have a past criminal conviction you can't vote or you have to go through a lot to get your right to vote restored that was Michael Waldman president of the Brennan center for justice at NYU law school coming up twenty twenty marks the decennial U. S. census with the Sun Belt headed toward gains in.

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Unequal Outcomes: Most ICE Detainees Held In Rural Areas Where Deportation Risks Soar

NPR's Business Story of the Day

06:26 min | 3 years ago

Unequal Outcomes: Most ICE Detainees Held In Rural Areas Where Deportation Risks Soar

"This message comes from n._p._r. Sponsor xfinity some things are slow like a snail races. Other things are fast like xfinity x. by get get fast speeds even when everyone is online working to make wifi simple easy awesome more at xfinity dot com restrictions apply u._s. Immigration and customs enforcement needs more space to house undocumented immigrants and increasingly the agency is finding it in rural regions and new analysis by n._p._r. Indicates a majority of detainees are held in rural areas but as n._p._r.'s yuki noguchi reports those detained in far flung places also have a much harder time finding lawyers and are far more likely to be deported. It took ten and a half months for you. L. alonzo to meet with a lawyer alonzo had turned himself over to immigration officials in laredo texas seeking asylum from cuba last october since then he's been detained in two rural facilities i in louisiana and now in adams tmz county mississippi about a two hour drive from baton rouge alonzo's wife. Madonna's rodriguez is a permanent u._s. resident. She lives in southern florida with their two children the n._b._a. N._b._a. leary very far from anything. She says too far to afford hiring. A private attorney. Lack of legal help is one of many challenges for undocumented undocumented immigrants and an even bigger problem for those detained in remote locations yet. Ice is adding detention facilities far from cities over half fifty. The two percent of detainees are held in rural areas according to n._p._r.'s analysis of ice data and that rate is increasing. Liz martinez is a board member of advocacy z. Group freedom for immigrants. It's very concerning trend that immigration detention is moving to rural areas remote areas where it makes it so much harder for a person in detention to get the support that they need detainees in urban areas or at least four times more likely to find attorneys to represent them. According to a two thousand fifteen university of pennsylvania ovadia law review study last year the southern poverty law center sudeiss and its parent agency the department of homeland security the civil rights group alleges the government is deliberately liberally detaining people in rural areas far from legal resources is which currently detains nearly fifty six thousand people declined comment on that case in in an emailed statement an ice spokesman says the agency looks at airports healthcare and legal resources when selecting facilities he also says detainees have access to phones and video teleconferencing and can meet with lawyers during visiting hours but many immigration attorneys complained rural facilities lack necessary resources there aren't enough. The phones are translators. Call connections are poor. Visiting hours are too restrictive and it's simply too far to travel. You'll alonzo's wife has been able to visit him. Only only once alonzo was recently diagnosed with lung cancer which makes the weight more excruciating. He eventually found a lawyer one of the rare detainees with free three representation but his wife says his asylum request and to request for parole have been denied grumpy what more could a wife with a sick husband one other seven to be with him at the very least i want to offer him my support and for my children's offer support one of the key reasons detainees are held in remote regions appears to be the money cheap labor cheap land. Lauren rich eisen is acting director of the brennan center justice program. She says many rural areas viewed prisons as job. Engines hundreds hundreds of new facilities were built in the nineteen ninety. S inmate population peaked then declined leaving lots of empty beds. Ice is now contracting with those rural prisons. It needs those beds as it continues to detain more immigrants. Just last week is arrested. Nearly seven hundred workers at food processing plants in mississippi loyola university law professor andrew armstrong says she sees that happening across louisiana win. The criminal justice reforms were enacted that left empty not beds that were ripe for contracting with ice. Those contracts can be lucrative. The state pays local sheriff's twenty four dollars and thirty nine cents a day to house an inmate eight by comparison ice pays five times that an average daily rate of more than one hundred twenty six dollars is confirmed it recently opened eight new detention and facilities seven of which are in louisiana all but one of them are in sparsely-populated areas. Lisa lehner is director of americans for immigrant justice. She represents detainees in glades county florida about one hundred miles from miami. Glades is the state's fourth least populated county surrounded by acres of sugarcane infield. I've never seen immigration attorney up there. You've never seen one never detainees there. She says are tweeted like hardened. Criminals glades aids has been the subject of a number of complaints and lawsuits they allege everything from misuse of pepper spray and solitary confinement to religious persecution later argues conditions are worse in rural facilities in part because fewer people can observe what's happening by contrast. She says when a brooklyn new york ice facility lost not for a week during a cold snap in january there was an outcry and if there's going in and out you would imagine that the people who are detaining immigrants are going to behave in a more careful way. It's not just that treatment might differ immigration courts in rural areas denied. Many more asylum cases sending detainees back back to their home countries. N._p._r.'s analysis of research from syracuse university found judges in rural immigration courts denied eighty seven percent of asylum cases compared to just over half an urban courts. Romi learner is associate director of the immigration clinic at the university of miami's law school. It is an issue because it means if you got a bad bucks. I think the team isn't a certain facility then you're almost guaranteed to be deported mississippi detainee. You'll alonzo hopes to beat those odds. He's appealing feeling his case for asylum and hopes to reunite with his family. You can gucci n._p._r. News this message comes from n._p._r. Sponsor comcast business gig fueled network solutions that help businesses go beyond the expected to do the extraordinary ordinary comcast business beyond fast learn more at comcast business dot com.

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06:40 min | 3 years ago

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"Sponsored the Brennan center is honored to partner with the national urban league on this critical report, no set of issues is more important to the future of our democracy and our communities. We hit the Brennan center track and study legislation litigation and other actions affecting voting nationwide. We both fight for voting rights, and we do the numbers and based on that I wanna make a few observations about the current moment. I this past election was marred by some of the most brazen intense and widespread voter suppression. We've seen in decades as Mark said voters in twenty five states half the country faced an accumulation of new laws making it harder to vote than it was a decade ago. And it wasn't. The only formal laws that tripped up voters states, like Georgia, North Carolina and Florida purged between seven and eleven percent of the names on their voter rolls before that election, nationally, voter perjury. It's gruesome stanchly over the past decade and much of that increase came in states that were previously covered under the Voting Rights Act because of their history of discrimination in voting. Second efforts to restrict voting access are continuing strenuously across the country. For example, our recent roundup voting legislation shows, a spike in efforts to restrict the ability of civic groups to help people register to vote or vote in Tennessee, for example, after a local group registered ninety thousand African American voters last year, the state just passed a law that were clicked Kerr tail voter registration drives their African Americans are twice as likely as Caucasian voters to register through drives even more alarming. The Florida legislature just passed a Bill which is now sitting on the governor's desk. Not yet signed that could roll back voting rights for hundreds of thousands of citizens with past criminal convictions. As you know, last November Floridians overwhelmingly voted to throw out the state's shameful felony disenfranchise franchise mint law and restore rights to people who have completed their sentences. This was expected to help one point four million Floridians to regain voting rights. But under the new Bill citizens will have to pay back all fees and fines resulting for their convictions before they are eligible to vote. Most if not if not many or not most of these will not be able to do that. The Florida court clerks association has said that for eighty three percent of court fines, there is only a minimal expectation of payment. Eighty-three percent. If signed this legislation will be a major blow not only to the biggest voting rights expansion in half a century. But also to the African American community in Florida, which is dramatically over represented among those disenfranchised. Third as you can tell these measures are not race neutral. They disproportionately harm African American voters and other voters of color race is also a significant factor driving these efforts to cut back on voting and studies prove that states where the political clout of African Americans and other minorities is growing and states that used to be covered under the Voting Rights Act are far more likely than other states to introduce and to pass measures to cut back on voting access. And as you heard over the past couple of years, there has been a remarkable and unusual spate of court rulings? Finding that states and localities have herpes Pistilli discriminated in their voting laws. It is not accidental the scope and sophistication of efforts to make voting more difficult. Make clear that a strong defense is essential that not enough. And that brings me to my last point and a happier. One at the. Same time as these votes. Suppression efforts are moving we are also seeing significant momentum around the country around efforts to bolster protections for voting rights and expand access to the ballot. Last November Americans passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Record number of state ballot initiatives to improve democracy, including four to increase voting access. Now, we are seeing a striking number of states pushing legislative packages with multiple Provo to reforms in them. So far this year we've seen reforms like early voting and same day registration pass in New York, Virginia, Delaware and New Mexico. We see nationwide momentum in favor of restoring rights for people with past convictions, Florida, notwithstanding with bills actively moving in five states and passing one house in Colorado with bipartisan support, and there is strong momentum for auto Matic voter registration, which has been introduced and passed in fifteen states and DC over the past four years. And our recent study shows that atomatic wrote a registration has dramatically increased registration rates everywhere. It has been adopted from sixteen percent in Oregon all the way. Up to ninety four percent. In georgia. Wendy Weiser, the director of democracy program. At the Brennan center for Justice is could add fifty million voters to the rules and transform our elections. Overall. Good bills are outpacing bad ones. This this session. We've actually seen momentum in thirty five states around bills to expand voting access and only ten states on bills to restrict voting access. This momentum has reached as far as our nation's capital last month, the house of representatives passed HR won a historic Bill with Viki reforms needed to revitalise American democracy, including a broad pro voter package and a commitment to restoring the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. The coast continues to hold hearings on voting rights and is building a record for the Voting Rights Act. This could be a turning point with your help. No effort is more critical. And I want to thank the national urban league for all that you're doing. To lift this effort up. Thank you..

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05:05 min | 3 years ago

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"Publishing editorials critical, and there is strong evidence. In this case that the president declared a national emergency because congress exercise the power of the purse, that's a constitutional prerogative of congress that he is trying to undermine with this declaration. And a professor trillions analysis treats congresses at repeated votes against funding the wall as if they were legally legally irrelevant, and I don't believe they are. And I think they could factor in a number of ways. But the one I mentioned just now is one. Okay. Elizabeth with the Brennan center for Justice minister Gerson can you comment on the constitutional problem created by the president's declaration of a national emergency following the considered bipartisan bicameral vote by congress to fund a variety of border security measures other than the wall proposed by the president. Well, that's the that's the constitutional crux. Of our of our argument. That's the point at which it begins. We wouldn't be able to fit into Justice Jackson's third criterion without disobedience of a congressional edict by the executive so that that's that's our starting point. If you're implying agree with me. I'm happy to know that thank you. Thank you very much. You're back. Thank you. Republicans have exhausted their witnesses. And so we're recognized scar SIA from Houston. Thank you, Mr Chairman, and I just wanted to get a little comment here, we keep talking about campaigns and campaign slogans, and I think one of our colleagues a mentioned. Lake article one great again, I think the better button might be just like we had. It's the economy stupid. It should probably be. It's the constitution stupid. But maybe I'll put some money together and get some of those funds that real quick. But I am concerned about the balance of power. I am concerned about separation of powers because I do think that this is a constitutional issue, and I would like to thank everyone for coming today. Particularly humorous Alvarez because obviously you've traveled a long distance you come from my home state. You're from Sita I'm from Blanco which is between Alison king's vill. I grew up in a farm. I don't recall, although I'm not next to the border and close enough that I can tell you that anytime. We always got concerning. We always knew when somebody crossed over our farm 'cause they're either be a fence that was unlocked or so footprints, it'd be some sign that somebody had traversed our property, and I know that that you're are concerned. So tell me again, you've not seen are are of any, rapists. Murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, or any people trying to do harm to anyone around your property or any of your neighbors properties. Not at all, ma'am. And have you had a chance to visit with any other other property owners joining you to see they share? You're you're concerned about what does propose. While might be doing to your your farm and your livelihood. Yes. Ma'am. I will say I can speak for my community. Most of my community is made out of elders. Who are not very familiar with the issue that have been actually threatened at one point or another to sign over documents and stuff oils their properties will be taken away. Nine to weep people in stark county, and I can speak for myself. And for my area, we do not want this. And we do not see a crisis, especially rapist, gang members or an invasion. Right. And are you the only party in this lawsuit? Or is your a number of other parties in the lawsuit that you mentioned, I'm not familiar with it? I just there's a few other parties there is a few other parties well, in your opinion because you're down there. I mean, do you see a crisis at something? That's as as as one of my colleagues is described of grave concern and a change or something that may be endangering to your area. Not at all. Well, thank you again for coming. I know it's a long distance. And Mr. Gerson, I wanted to I tell you that I take a passive counties in good hands. And I wonder. If you had reviewed or have listened to the recommendations set up put forth in her statement. I in had any reaction to her recommendations are do you have any other recommendations, well that we should consider..

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02:37 min | 3 years ago

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"Let it go with that. Introduced I witness noted for the record. This Elizabeth eighteen is a co director of the Brennan center for Justice liberty and national security program is the author of numerous articles and reports regarding national security and civil liberties she's also the author of an extensive piece Jamie February issue of the Atlantic titled what the president could do if he declares a state of emergency before coming to the Brennan center. Cortines served as counsel to Senator Russ Feingold, then the chairman of the constitution subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary committee, and as a trial attorney in the federal programs branch of the civil division department of Justice this Gordon received her d from Yale Law School and clerked for the honorable Michael Daly Hawkins on the US court of appeals for the night circuit. She received a in history from Yale and a masters of music degree in oboe performance from the Juilliard school. Welcome. We would like to hear your testimony here. Five minutes to give us. Kevin Cohen ranking member Johnson and members of the committee. Thank you for this opportunity to testify on behalf of the Brennan center for Justice, President Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border is an unprecedented abuse of emergency powers. It present declared this emergency for the stated purpose of getting around congress which had repeatedly refused his requests for funding to build the wall. No other president has used emergency powers in that way. Emergency powers are not meant as an end run around congress. There simply stand by authorities that congress has passed in advance recognizing that crew crises often unfolds too quickly for congress to respond in the moment, they're akin to advance medical directive where a person specifies what action doctor can take in an extreme situation where the patient might not be able to make her wishes. A president using emergency powers to thwart the will of congress in a situation where congress has had ample time to express that will is like a doctor relying on it advanced directive to deny life saving treatment to a patient who is conscious and clearly asking to be saved. Congress passed the nineteen sorry. Congress passed the national emergencies act in one thousand nine hundred ninety six to try to prevent abuses of emergency powers. The law provided that states of emergency would expire after a year unless congress renewed them, I'm sorry, unless the president renewed them it allowed congress to terminate states of emergency without the president's signature using so-called legislative veto and it required. Congress.

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03:55 min | 3 years ago

Donald Trump, Congress And Executive discussed on Trumpcast

"To Trump cost. I'm your among it has from the start being obvious. But Donald Trump does not like the most basic aspects of our political system that he does not accept independent powers. But he doesn't like it. When we press criticizes him that once he became president. He did not think that his power should be limited that it is legitimate for judges to rule against him or congress to rein in his actions. And yet the actions he has taken for the last two years have sometimes felt a little bit like a drill. He talked a big game about the Washington Post and CNN even calling them enemies of the people, but he didn't really take much action in order to stop them from publishing what he consistently called fake news. Well, all of this has changed with his declaration of spuria. National emergency last week national emergencies. Repose a puzzle in political fury since time of Cicero people have recognized that one of the most important tasks of public officials is to protect citizens, and that in moments of genuine, national emergency that might require them to bypass laws that I usually in effect at the same time. They have also recognized that an abuse of emergency powers could allow any politician to turn themselves into a dictator as has repeatedly happened in history. Whether you think of financial Marcos in the Philippines, or classic case out of Hitler in Germany. The United States has withstood the offer Attaran impatient of emergency powers in two ways. First Americans have ready voted for politician or political party with a over Rotarian. Ambitions. And Secondly when American presidents have started to act in an afford Tarrant manner, even own allies have often turned on them. Well, both of those safe safeguards. No longer apply. Donald Trump is clearly attempting to undermine the rule of law in the balance of power and his allies are flopping onto their stomachs. Think of somebody like Mitch McConnell who had claimed inva- last weeks that national emergency would not be acceptable to congress. But now that Trump has caught a national emergency. He has immediately fallen into line and expressed his support. So what's going on? Right now is not a drill. It is very real attempt by the executive to take unconstitutional powerless to override the express will of congress based on. Clearly fake emergency. So what happens at this point really matters will the courts resist this unprecedented attempt to increase the power of the executive will Republicans have the decency to stand up the constitution, and for the powers of the own body congress or will they simply enable Donald Trump once again, this is not a drill. This is of radio giant moment in how we are going to respond to Trump's over Attaran instincts today. I'm talking about a very different topic. I have Dr tat Johnson who's a senior fellow at the Brennan center here to talk about the actual political views of ethnic minorities in this country, and especially African Americans because he August, we often simplify caricature misunderstand their political point of you,

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"brennan center" Discussed on Talk 650 KSTE

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08:17 min | 3 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on Talk 650 KSTE

"On Twitter at jimbotalks. And so the house and the Senate have now passed a bipartisan spending Bill to avert another government shutdown by tomorrow night at midnight, and the president is expected to sign the Bill by ten AM this coming Friday morning that is to say within just fourteen hours of the deadline and the president is also according to Kristen Holmes expected to declare a national emergency to secure additional funding for that border wall. The as our Eighty-three congress passing a bipartisan deal to keep the government open emotional reconsiders laid upon the table sending the Bill to the White House. He will. Also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time. The White House announcing President Trump's attempt to secure funding for his border wall through a national emergency at the border. In a statement saying the executive action was taken to quote, stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border. The president is once again, delivering on his promise to build the wall. Protect the border and secure our great country, you I it's not an emergency. What's happening at the border Mana -tarian challenge to us the president had complained to allies that Republican negotiators were outplayed by their democratic counterparts. The deal includes one point three seven five billion dollars per fifty five miles of new border barriers funding for seventy five new immigration judges as well as money for humanitarian aide, improved technology at the ports of entry and hundreds of new customs and border protection personnel. The one point three seven five billion dollars secured for border barriers. Far below the five point seven billion. The president originally demanded some Republican senators raising concerns about declaring a national emergency with concern that we've got is that we not set new precedent. I'm disappointed that the president has chosen to go this route in Washington, I'm Kristen Holmes reporting little speak now with Westwood One news correspondent, Linda Kenyon on this Valentine that appears to be headed for federal workers. Linda, I gather that this seems to be very cut and dried now with both house and Senate passage, and it appears that the president will in fact, both signed the Bill and issue a national emergency declaration. It does appear to be that way. Of course, every time we think that we know exactly what's going to happen. We we do end up getting surprised. That's what happened the last time, and we ended up with a government shutdown, but for now, the president bowing to sign it but also vowing to declare a national emergency. At the same time something that has really wound up Democrats and some Republicans in congress. Now, the Brennan center for Justice at New York University school of law has identified one hundred thirty six statutory powers available to presidents in national emergencies may have found four which they say could be justified in using a wall. They include the federal law and the role of the armed forces for of the secretary of defense to begin military construction projects using money. Appropriated for other such projects. There's another part of the same law that allows some funds appropriate for military construction to be spent on projects use for national security, the federal law, a navigable waters believe it or not. Allows the army secretary to stop work on army. Civil works projects during a national emergency, and redirect troops and resources to authorize civil works and the construction, and then there's the US code and the role of the armed forces authorizing the secretary of defense do provide support for counter drug activities at the block drug smuggling. And again, the Brennan center suggests those are four possible basis three of which would require a national emergency by which the president could act. Your thoughts. Well, whether he declares the national emergency is really not the issue. Whether it will stand is quite another. We we understand that congress is already discussing two possibilities, and they may go for one or the other or both one is to set off a raft of legal challenges that would be congressional challenges because it's a separation of powers issue. It's a challenging the the congressional power of the purse, the president usurping the power of congress to to decide spending issues the other thing that could happen. And this is more of a an embarrassment to the president and comes almost like a veto of sorts is something that is almost certain to happen as well. And that is the chairman of the House Judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler says that he is going to introduce a resolution of disapproval that is almost certain to pass the house and then under. Certain regulations of the national emergencies act any disapproval resolution automatically triggers consideration to the Senate. And then the Senate only simple majority is required to pass it. And it's pretty certain that there would be at least a simple majority in the Senate because a number of Republicans have also expressed concerns about the precedent that declaring a national emergency could could hold. We'll go ahead. Go ahead. If this works through the house and the Senate they could block the president's declaration of national emergency. So it's all about trust game right now. More case of who's gonna blink first. Yeah. Of course, in regard to the notion of a precedent. And I know it has been argued by some that a a more leftist president could in the future declared the fact that there's not universal healthcare or we aren't meeting this or that green standard could be a national emergency. Although in point of fact, they could do that. Anyway, this doesn't really require a precedent on the part of President Trump or anybody else. In fact, there are the last count. I saw there are fifty eight ongoing national emergencies declared by the past half dozen or so presidents. Yes. That is true. And also in this case Nancy Pelosi, basically said, you know, look, the president needs to understand that democratic presidents can declare National League urgency's too. So if you want to declare a national emergency, she said, how about declaring the national emergency on gun violence in America. Especially just today of all days the anniversary of the parkland school shootings. So as we say, this is this is the case now of who's going to blink first. And it's not over the only thing that we think is over is the threat of government shutdown, but the whole issue of the border security fight and the border wall versus the border barrier and the five point seven billion versus the one point four billion that probably isn't over other than the fact that the Bill is eleven hundred pages long and was filed in the dead of nights overtly. No one has read it in fact, maybe literally, no. No one has read it. How long would this fund the government that is to say how long until the next threat of a government shutdown? This only funds the government until the end of September September thirtieth. So they finished the appropriations process for two thousand nineteen they have to turn around and start the two thousand twenty appropriations process. So the fighting can begin anew. All right. That is Westwood One news correspondent, Linda Kenyon. And again, it now is a case of the house and the Senate having passed this spending Bill and now the president is expected to sign that at ten AM eastern time this coming morning, fourteen hours before the government shutdown would have happened. And at the same time do declare a national emergency under one of several possible laws, and then we'll see if congress acts to to try and block that one eight six six five O jimbo's our number one eight six six five zero five four six two six. We'll come.

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08:29 min | 3 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

"Twitter at jimbotalks. And so the house and the Senate have now passed a bipartisan spending Bill to avert another government shutdown by tomorrow night at midnight, and the president is expected to sign the Bill by ten AM this coming Friday morning that is to say within just fourteen hours of the deadline and the president is also according to Kristen Holmes expected to declare a national emergency to secure additional funding for that border wall. The as our Eighty-three congress passing a bipartisan deal to keep the government open emotional reconsiders laid upon the table sending the Bill to the White House. He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same. The White House announcing President Trump's attempt to secure funding for his border wall through a national emergency at the border. In a statement saying the executive action was taken to quote, stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border. The president is once again, delivering on his promise to build the wall. Protect the border and secure our great country you first of all it's not an emergency. What's happening at the border Mana -tarian challenge to us the president had complained to allies that Republican negotiators were outplayed by their democratic counterparts deal. Includes one point three seven five billion dollars for fifty five miles of new border barriers funding for seventy five new immigration judges as well as money for humanitarian aide, improved technology at the ports of entry and hundreds of new customs and border protection personnel. The one point three seven five billion dollars secured for border barriers far below the five point seven billion the president. Originally demanded some Republican senators raising concerns about declaring a national emergency concern that we've got is that we not set new precedent. I'm disappointed that the president has chosen to go this route in Washington, I'm Kristen Holmes reporting Adler speak now with Westwood One news correspondent, Linda Kenyon on this Valentine that appears to be headed for federal workers. Linda, I gathered that this seems to be very cut and dried now with both house and Senate passage, and it appears that the president will in fact, both signed the Bill and issue a national emergency declaration. It does appear to be that way. Of course, every time. We think that we know exactly what's going to happen. We we do end up getting surprised. That's what happened the last time, and we ended up with a government shutdown, but for now, the president bowing to sign it, but also vowing to declare a national emergency at the same time something that is really wild up Democrats and some Republicans as well in congress. Now, the Brennan center for Justice at New York University school of law has identified one hundred thirty six statutory powers available to presidents in national emergencies and may found four which they say could be justified in using a wall. They include. The federal law and the role of the armed forces. Many the secretary of defense to begin military construction projects using money. Appropriated for other such projects. There's another part of the same law that allows some funds. Appropriated for military construction to be spent on projects use for national security, the federal law, a navigable waters believe it or not. Allows the army secretary to stop work on army. Civil works projects during a national emergency, and redirect troops and resources to authorize civil works and construction, and then there's the US code and the role of the armed forces authorizing the secretary of defense to provide support for counter drug activities at the blood drug smuggling. And again, the Brennan center suggests those are for possible basis three of which would require a national emergency by which the president could act. Your thoughts. Well, whether he declares the national emergency is really not the issue. Whether it will stand is quite another. We we understand that congress is already discussing two possibilities, and they may go for one or the other or both one is to set off a raft of legal challenges that would be congressional challenges because it's a separation of powers issue. It's a challenging the the congressional power of the purse, the president usurping the power of congress to to decide spending issues the other thing that could happen. And this is more of a an embarrassment to the president and comes almost like a veto of sorts is something that is almost certain to happen as well. And that is the chairman of the House Judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler says that he is going to introduce a resolution of disapproval that is almost certain to pass the house and then under. Certain regulations of the national emergencies act any disapproval resolution automatically triggers consideration to the Senate. And then the Senate only a simple majority is required pass it, and it's pretty certain that there would be at least a simple majority in the Senate because a number of Republicans have also expressed concerns about the precedent that declaring a national emergency could could hold. We'll go ahead. Go ahead. If this works through the house and the Senate they could block the president's declaration of national emergency. So it's all about trust game right now. It's more case of who's gonna blink first. Yeah. Of course, in regard to the notion of a precedent. And I know it has been argued by some that a a more leftist president could in the future declare the fact that there is not universal healthcare or we aren't meeting this or that green standard could be a national emergency. Although in point of fact, they could do that. Anyway, this doesn't really require a precedent on the part of President Trump or anybody else. In fact, there are last count. I saw there are fifty eight. Ongoing national emergencies declared by the past half dozen or so presidents. Yes. That is true. And also in this case Nancy Pelosi, basically said, you know, look, the president needs to understand that democratic presidents can declare national emergencies too. So if you want to declare a national emergency, she said, how about declaring the national emergency on gun violence in America, especially today of all days the anniversary of the parkland school shootings. So as we say, this is this was a case now of who's gonna blink first. And it's not over the only thing that we think is over is the threat of a government shutdown, but the whole issue of the border security fight and the border wall versus the border barrier and the five point seven billion versus the one point four billion that probably isn't over other than the fact that the Bill is eleven hundred pages long and was filed in the dead of nights overtly. No one has read it in fact, maybe literally, no. No one has read it. How long would this fund the government that is to say how long until the next threat of a government shutdown? This only funds the government until the end of September thirtieth. So they finished the appropriations process for two thousand nineteen they have to turn around and start the two thousand twenty appropriations process. So the fighting can begin a new all right? That is Westwood One news correspondent, Linda Kenyon again. It now is a case of the house and the Senate having passed this spending Bill and now the president is expected to sign that at ten AM eastern time this coming morning, fourteen hours before the government shutdown would have happened and at the same time do declare a national emergency under one of several possible laws, and then we'll see if if congress acts to to try and block that one eight six six five O jimbo's our number one eight six six five zero five four six two six. We'll come back with your calls and Ivan eland senior fellow at the independent institute in just a moment. I used to have a sweet tooth had a removed when I was a kid. So what do I crave.

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04:14 min | 3 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on The Takeaway

"Do you expect any of those lawsuits to change the process to move this process forward after particularly in light of the supreme court's? Decision. So I think there's two sets of cases that we really have to watch. So one is that most people assume that the overall challenged the ban has finished after the supreme court decision. That's actually not the case. The supreme court decision was on a preliminary injunction motion, right? It was lawyers running into court saying stop this. This is illegal. This is unconstitutional. This is harming people, and the supreme court declined to let that injunction stain place that doesn't mean that the underlying case necessarily goes away and the court actually remand at that case back down to the district court. So people who the Brennan center is representing as well as other plaintiffs are now back in district corden, Maryland challenging the ban and seeking to get information from the government that will allow us to demonstrate as if more proof were needed that this ban is actually based on religious animus and not national security concerns. So that's one set of. Lawsuits as ongoing the other said as you referred to is the class action that's in broad against the waiver scheme. Now, the waiver scheme is quite interesting because the government made a big deal of the waiver scheme when they were arguing for the legality of the ban and said, look, we're being humanitarian this is showing you that, you know, we don't just want to keep people out because they're Muslim. And certainly the dissenting justices appointed to the waiver scheme as a way to potentially Bush back against the ban. One of the things that has been alleged this case. And I think there's a really powerful argument based on all the stories we're hearing is that really this implementation of this waiver scheme is just arbitrary, and, you know, under our legal system, that's not permitted, and that I think is very strong bases for that case to go ahead as well on the administration also cited in their execution of this ban. If you will national security as you mentioned have we seen? Any proof that this is actually helped the United States in national security capacity, while it was never about national security, and we had national security officials from across the political spectrum going back several administration saying this is not how you do national security that nationality is not a proxy for somebody's riskiness in terms of terrorism. So I don't think we've seen any particular national security benefit. I don't know exactly how you would measure that to tell you the truth, but it was always a fig-leaf. And frankly, you know, this administration has taken the tendency to us national security as a cover for doing whatever it is you want to another extreme. But but we should all remember that using national security as a fig-leaf is an old and try tradition. We also see that playing out here on our southern border. There's a lot of rhetoric around that. But I guess the question is really. To to show whether or not the administration stated purpose for putting this out there as actually had yielded any results. And I'm not sure if that's actually happened is the travel ban in effect indefinitely. Yes, it is in effect indefinitely. There is a process by which countries can go off the travel ban list, and we've seen Chad for example was removed from that list. Although it was never very clear why it was on the list to begin with. So the travel ban is in effect indefinitely, and we've certainly seen the impacts of obviously the individual stories that we're hearing. But also in terms of the numbers so eating or even outside of the countries affected by the travel ban from Muslim countries. Overall. We've seen a drop of about thirty percent in immigrant visas, a drop of about close to twenty percent and tourist visa, so certainly the country is closing to Muslims weather through the Muslim ban or whether it's through you know, other bureaucratic means for making it more difficult for people to get visa. All of these things are happening on the ground. Fis a towel is with the Brennan center for Justice. Thank you. Thank you..

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"brennan center" Discussed on The 45th

The 45th

03:03 min | 3 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on The 45th

"And he wanted to get his like his mind assurances wouldn't be interfered with. But I can't imagine. I mean, even I get significant democratic grow too. I think that's probably likely now. And I think it will fall to it will fall to the democratic house and the Republican members of that body who also on board with the bipartisan criminal Justice reform movement to hold them accountable and oversight. And of course, I've seen his record on abortion has come up yet. Oh, I'm not even aware of was the question was raised. And and he said that he doesn't foresee the DOJ changing the policy their policy on row interesting during his like ninety one whatever your was Priok off nation hearing. He made it clear he did not believe there's a. Institutional support for roadway, essentially. An enormous political times that'd probably be centerpiece of all this. And instead, it's like a footnote bright, right? What is position on in terms of like citizens parodies the address that at all yet that you've heard? No, I think he'd probably I mean, he addressed in the sense that Booker asked him about racial disparities. And he said he doesn't think they're there. He thinks the Justice system treats everyone fairly regardless of race. Which is not true. I wish Booker and asked him like specifically like since he was fair which are provable. Multiple fact what he said. Yeah. I yeah, I expect I think he's been asked point blank about that. But I spent his expect his answer would not be is around it. He was asked about a civil asset forfeiture on. He said he believes is valuable law enforcement. She said that you know, he agrees with session on the policy regarding consent decrees would police and different judge or stations. I mean, this guy is kind of sessions all over again on a lot of ways. One one one note that is encouraging. But shouldn't have to be is one of the things we do at the Brennan center as we track crime rates in big cities to try to puncture the myth that criminal Justice for means more crime. It's actually something like the opposite. But when you try to have the conversation with anyone in the sessions orbit it just didn't go anywhere. Like, they were not even on board with the provable reality that crime rates have fallen significantly since the nineteen nineties sessions kept saying like, we're in the midst of what's about to be the next crimewave. And then, of course, that didn't happen sessions Clint credit for it, which was hilarious. In written testimony that opened it up. He knowledged like this is a very different time. Crime is significantly lower than it was in the nineteen nineties. So he's at least dealing reality. Yeah. That's something. I. Grudging points worded because they shouldn't be awarded but problems days atmosphere. I mean, half points are appropriate. Yes. Yes. Susan I have to out if you guys want to continue. Thanks for being on. And I'll be back next week. Is you good to talk to you?.

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"brennan center" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:07 min | 3 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on KQED Radio

"We're a co production of the BBC World Service PRI and W G B H here in Boston. We are in a national emergency actually more than two dozen of them serious. I'm not talking about Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to get his border wall. Built Trump said today, he's not going to do that immediately. He will leave it to congress. But here's something you might not realize we took a tally, and there are currently thirty one national emergencies still active President Trump declared three of them before that Barack Obama put nine in place. The oldest active one goes back to Jimmy Carter. So how does a national emergency actually work is it an exclusive power of the presidency. Or does congress have a say Andrew boils with the Brennan center for Justice at New York University school of law. Unfortunately, congress does not have to be involved in continuing declarations of national emergency. The president is required to renew national emergency. Every year or they oughta medically expire, you say, unfortunately, congress isn't involved. What do you think? That's unfortunate, my view and the view of the Brennan center is that over the years. The congress has not done its work. There needs to do in order to ensure that its operates sufficient oversight of the president's ability to declare national -mergency to use emergency powers, one fix to that would be to set up a regime, for example, where the president is allowed to initially declared a national emergency. And then it's incumbent on congress to renew those national emergencies after a certain amount of time. Yes. So there are a number. I mean, close to over thirty national emergencies that are still in effect. So what does that mean are they all ongoing and still active, and if they're not why was the original declaration, not rescinded? Yeah. I'm so since the national emergencies act took effect in one thousand nine hundred seventy eight there have been a large number of national emergencies declared as you as you noted thirty one of them are still in effect some of them have been rescinded since that time, and they are essentially renewed every year, the longest.

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"brennan center" Discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World

03:15 min | 3 years ago

"brennan center" Discussed on PRI's The World

"I'm Marco werman. President Trump now says he's not rushing to declare a nationally -mergency over the border wall. But did you know there are thirty one other emergencies in effect right now presidents find the powers that they have under them necessary. And it's easier to just keep renewing the emergency then to get congress to pass legislation. That's just ahead here on the world. I'm Marco werman. This is the world. We're a co production of the BBC World Service PRI in WG be h here in Boston. We are in a national emergency actually more than two dozen of them serious. I'm not talking about Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to get his border wall. Build Trump said today, he's not going to do that immediately. He will leave it to congress. But here's something you might not realize we took a tally, and there are currently thirty one national emergencies still active President Trump declare three of them before that Barack Obama put nine in place. The oldest active one goes back to Jimmy Carter. So how does a national emergency actually work is it an exclusive power of the presidency. Or does congress have say Andrew boils with the Brennan center for Justice at New York University school of law. Unfortunately, congress does not have to be involved in continuing declarations of national emergency. The president is required to renew national emergencies every year, or they automatically expire you say, unfortunately, congresses and involve what do you think? That's unfortunate. My view in the view of the Brennan center is that over the years. The congress has not done its work that it needs to do in order to ensure that it's up rates sufficient oversight of the president's ability to declare national urgency into use emergency powers, one fix to that would be to set up a regime, for example, where the president is allowed to initially declare a national emergency. And then it's incumbent on congress to renew those national emergencies after a certain amount of time. Yes. So there are a number close to over thirty a national emergencies that are still in effect. So what does that mean are they all ongoing and still active, and if they're not why was the original declaration, not rescinded? Yeah. So since the national emergencies act took effect in nineteen seventy eight there. I've been a large number of national emergencies declared, and as you as you noted thirty one of them are still in effect some of them have been rescinded since that time, and they are essentially renewed every year the longest running one is since nineteen seventy nine has been renewed every year because presidents find the powers that they have under them necessary. And it's easier to just keep renewing the emergencies end to get congress to pass legislation. You're that wouldn't seventy nine it was under Jimmy Carter blocking Iranian government property. That's correct. And there are a number of other national emergencies that seem kind of are keen in their detail like blocking property of certain persons who have interest in Somalia, Burundi or Libya, who's paying attention to these. Well, we would we would argue not enough people..

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