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  1. OK, done, signed up the whole family. And voted in the poll.
  2. I don't think anyone believes Trump intends to attempt a military coup. However, I wouldn't be at all surprised if states controlled by the GOP go to exceptional lengths to stop counting mail ballots early, or delay the process enough that those same states could submit a result stating that Trump won. The latter would not go against the resolution just passed by the Senate, either.
  3. @bostonfred - Just to confirm here, we click the Sign Up button under either the Virtual 5K or Virtual 10K listed as Events, step through the rest of the prompts, and the donation goes to bigbottom's charity?
  4. I imagine this exoneration creates quite a release from a very hard burden for Mr. Kraft.
  5. I think I'd be OK with categorizing most legislation as buying votes, whether that's expanding programs, reducing programs, creating tax exemptions, etc.
  6. Your point is well taken, but I think I remember reading previously that the body camera(s) were not activated, and thus there is no footage to be released. Obviously that begs the question of why weren't the body camera(s) activated? The other problem with that is it relies on the truthfulness of a statement by law enforcement, and we already know that law enforcement has not been truthful to date. Originally, we were told that none of the officers were wearing body cameras, and only later learned they were, via internet sleuths identifying said camera on a picture of one of the officers. Ultimately, I agree that officers may not have acted illegally here (outside of the reckless endangerment already charged, and potentially a violation of the requirements to have body cameras activated), but the fact remains that poor process and judgment on the part of law enforcement led to this woman's death. Additionally, there has clearly been an effort by law enforcement to prevent transparency after the fact.
  7. Didn't that pass in Maine only to have both major parties sue to have it removed? I don't know, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me. An obvious part of the problem is that the dominant parties will fight tooth and nail to prevent anything that might reduce their current stranglehold on power. It will be a hard slog.
  8. I mean, if 2020 has taught us anything... Related, have we learned nothing from centuries of coin flips, rock-paper-scissors, and professional sports series? When the game is "best of N", N has to be an odd number. This isn't hard, people!
  9. I'm in agreement with virtually everything written there. To me, there's no question that Breonna Taylor is dead because law enforcement (including the judge) acted in ways that law enforcement shouldn't. The only thing I'd add to the reporter's list of questions is why wasn't there body camera footage? We know that at least one of the officers was wearing one that night.
  10. I'd probably throw something in along the lines of the importance that every legitimate vote is counted, whether it be made in-person, absentee, or via mail.
  11. @Spin - Brewery finally (it's only been six weeks) got the proper size t-shirt in for the one I wanted to include originally. It's been sent.
  12. It is not buying votes, it is an honest attempt to thwart a hideous act by a nakedly partisan legislature. Naturally, you won't see it that way.
  13. I think Bloomberg et.al. found a way to create a check and balance against authoritarian government. It's important to look at the history of what happened here. As I understand it, this is what happened: - Florida voters voted, via referendum, that ex-felons would have their voting rights restored - Florida governor and legislature, in response to the referendum, created new legislation preventing the voting rights from being restored until said ex-felons repaid fines, court fees, etc. - Assorted groups sued, and the legislation was upheld earlier this year - In many cases, the Florida government refused to provide information on what fines were actually owed, thereby preventing voting entirely (I'm here to pay my fine, how much? We're not sure. OK, so I can vote? No, not until your fine is paid.) - Bloomberg et.al. contributed to charitable organizations that had sprung up to pay the fines and go through procedures to force the government to determine the fines
  14. There are no other states with this circumstance. This particular state has never had this particular circumstance before. It is literally impossible for him to do this anywhere but the one place and time it was done.
  15. While the idea that this is "buying votes" keeps getting repeated, I think you're missing the point that the posters who approve of this action don't consider it buying votes at all. I could just as easily write "I am honestly surprised so many of you are casually OK with poll taxes". That wouldn't be fair because I assume you don't consider the idea that the person's right to vote being contingent upon paying a fine to be a poll tax.