Voter Suppression

Georgia’s Masters


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Republicans across the nation, not just in Georgia, are upset with businesses protesting against the state’s brand new voter suppression laws. The people who scream about “cancel culture” are all about the Cancel Culture Club when it suits their purposes. The Georgia House in the state legislature actually passed a measure to rescind tax breaks on airline fuel because Delta Airlines voiced objections to the racist law. To punish Coca-Cola, will there be a new sugar tax?

Most of the Republican outrage is being directed at Major League Baseball for the moment. A baker should be allowed to refuse to bake gay wedding cakes and Hobby Lobby should be allowed to force the owner’s fundamentalist religious views on its female employees, but dammit…baseball needs to play ball with racists.

MLB has moved the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver. Republicans claim Colorado has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia. That is not true. They say liberals, Democrats, and protesting corporations are lying about the new Georgia voting law. That is also not true. Mitch McConnell, who is all for corporate donations and the Supreme Court ruling that they have the right to unlimited donations, now says corporations should stay out of politics.

That’s as hypocritical as saying a Democratic president can’t nominated a Supreme Court justice in an election year, but a Republican president can.

The only reason Republicans want corporations to stay silent is because they disagree with them.

So Georgia has lost the All-Star game, but at least they still have the Masters. Oh, boy. Maybe now would be a good time to re-think that name.

It’s 2021 and they haven’t changed that racist name yet? Even if it’s not about masters of slaves, in Georgia, in the deep south, at a golf club that was famous for not allowing black members….change the fucking name, morons.

Golf in the United States has a long history of racism. So when Republicans brag that they haven’t lost a golf tournament over their brand new voter suppression laws, keep in mind they’re talking about a sport that’s whiter than curling, or polo, or hockey, or NASCAR…if NASCAR was a sport.

The Masters tournament is held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club. Its chairman, Fred Ridley, said, “The right to vote is fundamental in our democratic society. No one should be disadvantaged in exercising that right, and it is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process.” Beyond that, he wouldn’t come down on either side of the law. He rejected issuing an opinion on it. But, looking at his words, he could be on either side.

He said, “No one should be disadvantaged in exercising their right to vote.” They could be against the new racist laws that are designed to discourage voting…and to make voting harder if you’re black. He also said, “It is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process,” which sounds a lot like that bullshit Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has been saying.

Kemp argues that the law expands voting…which is a lie. Republicans across the nation, who have proposed over 250 laws designed to make voting harder for black Americans, claim we have to restore “confidence in the electoral process” after an election without any substantial voter fraud. They’re only changing these laws because they lost. Ridley may be giving credibility to their lying argument.

Golfers Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, and Bryson DeChambeau have each voiced support about the right to vote and the importance for everyone to have easy access…but those points are used fraudulently by Republicans to defend the new racist laws. The only golfer to clearly oppose Georgia’s efforts to restrict voting is Cameron Champ, who said the new law is “shocking” and “frustrating.”

Champ said, “It really targets certain black communities and makes it harder to vote.” I don’t watch golf but I know who I’m rooting for.

The PGA and Augusta National Golf Club need to do more for voting rights. Golf has a racist history. This particular golf club has a racist history. One of the co-founders of the club said, “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black.” For what it’s worth, he’s no longer alive. He died in 1977 and it still took the club until 1990 to invite its first black member. Today, out of about 300 members, maybe nine of them are black. The club still bars women from joining…but you can bring your wife.

When it comes to race issues, Republicans are in a sand trap and they can’t get out. The PGA and Augusta National Golf Club should leave them there…and maybe join this century. Sports and businesses should do more for the society they profit from and live in. If you ignore race issues to avoid being on the wrong side, your silence is putting you on the wrong side.

Augusta needs to come toward the light. They can bring their green jackets.

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No Balls For Racists


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Charlie Kirk is a very young conservative activist and the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative group that pushes toxic right-wing bullshit to white high school and college students and pays him a salary of over $300,000 a year which is why he lives in a fancy-schmancy million-dollar condo on the water in Longjohn, Florida. After Major League Baseball pulled its annual All-Star game out of Georgia over the new voting laws, Kirk tweeted something dishonest and stupid.

He tweeted, “The MLB is okay playing games in Communist China and Communist Cuba but they draw the line at Georgia requiring signature verification & voter ID?” Did you know MLB had games scheduled to be played in Cuba and China this year? Me neither. The reason we don’t know this is because they don’t. But then again, Kirk has pushed multiple lies about the coronavirus pandemic and Donald Trump “winning” the election, among a lot of other lies.

Sure, MLB had two spring-training games in China back in 2008, and the Tampa Bay Rays played a game in Havana against the Cuba national team with President Barack Obama in attendance, but these events are in the past and the U.S. Constitutional right to vote doesn’t apply to people in China and Cuba. What Charlie Kirk did was play whatabout. It’s to deflect from the facts. It’s to protect racists. Maybe he should shut up and dribble?

Charlie Kirk mentioned signature verification and voter ID in his lame tweet. What he didn’t bring up, surely intentionally, was that Georgia Republicans crafted a new law that has made voting harder for black Americans. It has shortened voting times, eliminated drop boxes, made absentee voting more stringent, give the legislature power over local election boards, and has even made bringing someone waiting in line to vote a bottle of water into crime. Of course Kirk was dishonest. He’s a conservative and a Trump supporter. Have you ever met an honest Trump supporter? That’s a rhetorical question because honest Trump supporters do not exist.

Legislators in 43 states are trying to duplicate the racist voting laws in Georgia. There are currently over 250 measures to make it more difficult for some Americans to vote. We should be expanding the ability to vote, not suppressing it. We should not be making voting harder. In this country, it’s easier to purchase an assault weapon than it is for some Americans to vote.

The New York Times examined and published a detailed breakdown of what the law actually does.

The reason there are so many efforts by Republicans across the nation to hamper voting is because Republicans can’t win with their messages and policies. Republicans sell their policies with, “Hey, how about some racist shit and other shit that helps billionaire assholes become even bigger billionaire assholes?” And most Americans say, “Eh. No thanks.” So, Republicans respond with, “Since that person doesn’t like our policies to expand a system of racism for billionaire assholes let’s stop that person from voting.” In case you haven’t been paying attention over the lifespan of this entire country, it works.

While we are a racist country, the majority of us are not racists. How can that be? We have a very racist system that Republicans are fighting to preserve while the majority of Americans are voting to remove it. For example, our political system currently has an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the United States Senate, despite the FACT Democrats represent over 41 million more Americans than Republicans do. White conservatives expect and demand more political representation. Senate Republicans, despite representing a lot fewer Americans than the Democrats, can block any legislation they don’t like. Despite representing fewer Americans, and with this number dropping each election, Republicans have more justices on the federal courts. While the number of Americans who support Republicans and their racist policies is decreasing by the day, their majority on the Supreme Court will last for decades.

Have you ever seen one of those stupid maps on Facebook idiots post that’s supposed to represent how the country is voting? The majority of the map is ridiculously red while there are little blots of blue here and there. They claim this proves the bulk of the nation is voting Republican. What they fail to point out is that those little blots of blue are cities and urban centers while most of the red are areas are sparsely populated counties where if you hear banjo music, you better run. It works like this: Say there’s an 800-square-mile county in Nebraska and the entire population consists of two Trump-supporting cow fuckers with really bad personal hygiene. That entire 800-square-mile county will be red. Sharing those maps and trying to prove the majority of Americans want racist policies is another example of conservatives and Trump supporters being dishonest…unless they actually believe those maps; then it’s another example of them being morons.

Now Major League Baseball has pulled the 2021 All-Star game out of Georgia which was planned for this July. Rob Manford, the commission of Major League Baseball issued a statement that read, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. Fair access to voting continues to have our unwavering support.”

This will cost Georgia millions. This now puts pressure on other companies in the state, such as Delta and Coca-Cola. It puts pressure on Hollywood which is producing shows and movies like crazy in Georgia. “The Walking Dead” is made in Georgia. They make “Stranger Things” in Georgia. All those Avenger movies? Georgia. I watched “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” last night. Once again, fucking Georgia. Can you appreciate the irony they made “Black Panther” in Georgia? We need King T’Challa right now to kick some Republican ass in Georgia.

The MLB boycott It also puts pressure on companies in other states, such as Dell Technologies and American Airlines. Hopefully, it’ll put pressure on racist Republican legislators to stop creating racist voting laws.

Republicans defend themselves over the accusations these laws are racist and restrict voting rights by saying, “Uh-uh. Does not. It expands them in my neighborhood, so what are you talking about? My one black friend saw the law and said, ‘Dy-no-mite!’ This makes life better for black people who enjoy standing in long lines for hours without water. White power! Oops. Did I say that part out loud? Look! A squirrel!”

The states enacting these laws are working to become oppressive fascist states where only the privileged can vote. That brings us back to that Turning Point fucker.

Charlie Kirk, with the limited activity he has going on inside his cranium, did manage to get one thing right…inadvertently. He equated the racist, oppressive Republican-led government of Georgia with fascist oppressive governments in China and Cuba. Good job, Moron. Thanks for making our point for us. Now, put the Twitter device down before you hurt yourself.

Every eligible American has the right to vote. His/her rights should not be hindered. Here comes the pun: Everyone has the right to play ball. Voting rights for black Americans should not be encumbered by those without balls…or in the case of people like Charlie Kirk, whose balls haven’t dropped yet.

Creative note: Usually, when a cartoonist borrows, lifts, or steals from another (usually, one more famous and successful) for a political cartoon, like I did today, they write, “With apologies to…” I totally forgot to do that with today’s cartoon and I should have given Sparky a public apology. I truly owe him an apology as my making one of his characters a Klansman may not be something he’d be thrilled with. Sorry, Charlie.

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Knocking While Black


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Republicans suck at optics.

While Georgia governor Brian Kemp was signing a bill into law making it harder for voters to vote (including a provision that criminalizes giving water to voters in line), surrounded by a bunch of white men underneath a painting of a plantation, a black women was outside the door being arrested for knocking on it.

Representative Park Cannon was knocking on the door when Georgia State Troopers arrested and frog marched her from the building. Cannon is a Democrat who represents a district in east Atlanta, and she was protesting with several other Democrats. She was told to move away from the door she had knocked on several times. After being told to move away, she knocked on it again.

What the State Troopers did was ridiculous and racist. Park Cannon did what the late Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis would describe as “good trouble.” Fortunately for her, the cops didn’t crack her head open like they did to Lewis.

Cannon asked while being grabbed by the cops, “Why am I under arrest? There is no reason for me to be arrested. I am a legislator!” The cops did not answer her, probably because they hadn’t decided what to charge her with yet. That’s a southern police tradition. Arrest black people and decide the charges later.

They finally came up with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting a session of the Georgia General Assembly, which amounts to two felonies. Plus, those two charges sound a lot better than “knocking while black,” which was she was actually arrested for.

The entire incident was caught on video and show Representative Cannon wasn’t threatening anyone and wasn’t much of a disruption either. I get phone calls about my car’s warranty that are more disruptive than what Cannon did. I wish someone would frog march those fuckers.

Senator Raphael Warnock visited Cannon in jail, which makes me want to know how long they kept her in jail. Warnock compared it to the Trump terrorists who invaded another capitol building, the U.S. Capitol, that wounded at least 140 cops and left one dead. He said, “I want to know what makes her actions so dangerous, and the actions of those who were trying to undermine an actual election so benign in the minds of some politicians.”

If you ever defended those terrorists, I want to hear you defend Cannon. C’mon, you racist fucks. Do it (I say “fuck” a lot when I get angry. I also say “fuck” a lot when I’m not angry).

Racist Republicans in Georgia and across the nation know they’re losing the ability to win elections. That’s probably because they’re racist. Instead of washing away their racism and promoting policies that are at least not harkening back to the Jim Crow era, they’re doubling down.

Racist Republicans are doing everything they can to make voting while black illegal. And if you’re black and you have something to say about it, they’ll make that illegal too. If you don’t believe me, ask Representative Cannon, who was literally arrested for knocking while black.

In 1955, Emmett Till was murdered in the deep south for supposedly whistling at a white woman. Since Cannon was only arrested, congrats to Georgia whites for all the progress they’ve made.

Creative note: Yes, I use quotes from Blazing Saddles all the time, especially this one. Also, geeky techy note: I forgot to add a layer before coloring this cartoon but that worked out. In my art program, water color, which I used, doesn’t smear the ink. Others like acrylic do. And in case you don’t already know, all my cartoons are created entirely on a digital platform. There is no actual ink or paper.

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Hosed In Georgia


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Georgia went blue in the 2020 elections. The traditionally red state in the deep south gave its 16 electoral votes to Joe Biden and both its Senate seats to Democrats, one Jewish and one black. The changing demographics in Georgia have swung the state, at the very least, purple.

Georgia Republicans responded logically to this shift and decided to pay attention to the changing demographics of their state. They realized they need to appeal to a wider base and expand their platform. The Georgia Republican Party would stop being dictated to by the gun lobby, cease listening only to billionaires, and finally return to being the party of fiscal and moral conservatism instead of a cult in service to an orange racist reality TV host in the church of narcissism. Nah, I’m just kidding.

Instead, Georgia Republicans, seeing that more people in their state don’t want to vote for them, decided to make it harder for the “wrong” people to vote. You know, black people. Republicans don’t want voters to select their leaders. They want Republican leaders to select their voters.

Republicans scream about election integrity but what they really mean is getting rid of all integrity at the polls. Integrity would be counting every vote and encouraging as many eligible people to vote as possible. Integrity would be having faith in democracy. Integrity would be having faith that your message will appeal to a majority of voters.

Georgia Republicans know they can only appeal to white voters. Republicans in every state know this which is why there are currently efforts to restrict voting in 43 states. And yes, all these efforts are designed to restrict and make it harder for some people to vote. Again, the “wrong” people. Every single one of these efforts is racist and a return to Jim Crow.

Trump attorney and ridiculous human being Sidney Powell’s defense for being sued for defamation is that no “reasonable” person could have believed her voter and election fraud bullshit. Yet, Republicans in 43 states are using exactly that to justify making voting harder.

There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. There were no hidden boxes of ballots. Voting machines did not switch votes from Trump to Biden. There was no illegal ballot harvesting. Donald Trump did NOT win the election only to have it stolen from him. The election was NOT stolen from Trump by “globalists,” George Soros, President Obama, The Clinton Foundation, Hugo Chavez, China, the “deep state,” or the Smurfs. President Joe Biden won the election because quite simply, more people voted for him than for Donald Trump.

Republicans, without any proof, claimed there was massive fraud and of course, all of it came from black voting districts and precincts. The fact of the matter is, the last time there was enough voter fraud to redo an election, it was because of Republican voter fraud in 2018 for a North Carolina congressional seat. Republicans are basing all these moves to restrict voting on the premise that when more black people vote, there’s less trust in the system.

The new law in Georgia will decrease the number of ballot drop boxes. It will make requirements for voter ID ever more strict for absentee balloting. And (you’re gonna love this) make it illegal to hand out water and snacks to people waiting in line to vote. Shockingly, I’m surprised they didn’t enact a dress code that requires polo shirts, Dockers, and wingtip shoes for voting lines. Aw, shit. Did I just give them an idea?

The new law also expands the Legislature’s power over elections, which has raised worries it could interfere with the vote in predominantly Democratic, heavily Black counties like Fulton and Gwinnett. If the Republican-led legislature doesn’t like the way one district voted, are they going to delete their votes?

Republicans scream everyone needs an identification to vote…and then they make it harder to get an identification. In Alabama, they shut down offices in rural counties for the Department of Motor Vehicles, forcing some citizens to travel long distances to acquire an ID. You know who we’re talking about. Again, black people.

But why make it illegal to hand a bottle of water to someone who’s in line for hours waiting to exercise his or her constitutional right to vote? Do you know where those long lines typically occur? In large cities. We’re not talking about tiny Americus, Georgia. We’re talking about Atlanta. Republicans aren’t just trying to make it more difficult for voters to get into the lines…they’re also discouraging getting into those lines…and staying in them until it’s their turn to vote.

If they were really smart, they’d require giving water, lots of it, to black people in long lines…especially to the people with very weak bladders. Shit. Did I give them another idea?

It’s getting to where Republicans can’t win without suppressing votes. Lying, fear-mongering, and gerrymandering just aren’t enough anymore.

Stacey Abrams might have won the governorship if the Secretary of State at that time, who was also her gubernatorial opponent, hadn’t removed thousands of black voters from the voting rolls. In order to win the governorship, that fucker just deleted all the people who wouldn’t vote for him. Abrams is credited for getting out the black vote for President Joe Biden and her state’s two new Democratic senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Ms. Abrams said, “Rather than grappling with whether their ideology is causing them to fail, they are instead relying on what has worked in the past. Instead of winning new voters, you rig the system against their participation, and you steal the right to vote.”

Let’s call it for what it is. These are Jim Crow laws. They are stealing the right to vote. These people who claim they’re constitutionalists are violating their fellow Americans constitutional rights. This is a new way to force black voters to count how many beans are in a jar before they can vote. These changes do not increase security in elections. They do not make it possible for more people to vote. They restrict voting. For the love of God, Georgia has made it illegal to hand out water to voters.

Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp was signing the law in a room full of smiling old white men, when Representative Park Cannon, who is a black woman, was arrested for knocking on the door. What were the charges?

The charges for arresting Representative Cannon are “obstructing law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence,” which is bizarre because it was caught on camera and there doesn’t appear to be any threats or violence. It’s not like she had a can of bear spray. She faces a second charge of “disrupting general assembly sessions or other meetings of members.” Uh, she is a member of the general assembly. What did she do to disrupt it? Enact a filibuster?

If Georgia is arresting a black woman for knocking on a door over voting rights, what are they going to do to ordinary black citizens?

Congress needs to vote for the Voting Rights Act and stop all these racist laws of voter suppression. In the Senate, Republicans and Democrats both have 50 members, yet Democrats represent 41 million more Americans than Republicans. It’s ridiculous Republicans have so much power. Republicans actually demand that they have more representation than other Americans.

If these laws are not blocked, Republicans will once again win control of the Senate, the House, and put judges on courts (who will block challenges to these racist laws) while representing fewer Americans than Democrats. The Republican Party is NOT the party for the majority of Americans. Creating racist laws to prevent fellow Americans from voting shows the kind of shit they’ll do when they do regain control. Worst yet, these new laws restricting votes may allow them to simply hand Donald Trump the White House in 2024.

These laws are racist. Anyone voting and supporting them is a racist. President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress have to make it stop.

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Wisconsin’s Pandemic Voting


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We’ve known for a long time that Republicans steal elections and disenfranchise minority voters. But who knew they’d use a pandemic to steal an election and risk the lives of their voters? Actually, everybody probably knew this.

They’re hypocrites too. Donald Trump is strongly against mail-in voting, even though he’s used it himself. His argument for why it’s OK for him and not for others is that it was the only way he could vote in that election. He genuinely does believe he’s a special, special boy.

The Republicans in Wisconsin dominate the legislature thanks to gerrymandering (During the 2018 election, Democratic candidates won 190,000 more votes for State Assembly seats, but the GOP held a 64-35 advantage in the chamber). They refused to work with the governor on mailing absentee ballots to all voters or move the primary. Then, the state Supreme Court sided with the legislature and forced the voters to vote Tuesday, in the middle of a pandemic. If Godzilla was stomping through Milwaukee, the Republicans would force voters to risk getting stomped, and all the better too if it’s in an urban area. Godzilla never stomped on a farm. Oh my god. Is Godzilla racist?

The most important race in the state is for a State Supreme Court seat that’s between the conservative incumbent justice, Daniel Kelly, and a liberal challenger, Jill Karofsky. The winner will be in a position to cast a deciding vote on a case before the court that seeks to purge more than 200,000 people from Wisconsin’s voter rolls, in a state where 2.6 million people voted in the last governor’s race. Republicans really want to purge those voters. This race will affect redistricting after the 2020 census.

Here’s the real tidbit: Because of the pandemic, there are only five voting precinct in Milwaukee…out of 180. Milwaukee contains nearly the entire black population in Wisconsin. Have you ever met a black Green Bay Packer fan. Think about it.

The most likely outcome of this is depressing. Republicans will probably win the State Supreme Court seat, they’ll redistrict to further disenfranchise voters in urban areas, and they’ll steal the state for Donald Trump in 2020.

Republicans cheat, lie, and steal. And if they have to kill you in the process to do it, hey one more voter they don’t have to suppress next time.

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Counting Isn’t Cheating


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Donald Trump refused to believe Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, often calling it a hoax. He claims the investigation is a “witch hunt.” He trusted Vladimir Putin’s denial over American intelligence, which is part of his government. He claimed millions voted illegally and created a sham commission, now dismantled, to investigate. He campaigned during the midterms on a caravan invasion that the Democrats created to vote in U.S. elections.

Trump called for a new election in the Arizona Senate race, claiming there was corruption. The race has now been called for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and her Republican opponent, Martha McSally has conceded.

In Georgia, where the race is still too close to call and counting continues, Trump declared Republican Brian Kemp the winner, “the transition should begin”, and “it’s time to move on.”

In the Florida recount, he claims it’s impossible to get an “honest vote count,” and that a “large number of ballots showed up out of nowhere,” and that we “must go with Election Night” numbers.

Donald Trump wants voting to stop. He wants thousands, if not millions of Americans to have their votes disenfranchised, even service members whose votes are still coming in from overseas. He believes counting every vote after he perceives his side has won, amounts to cheating and election fraud.

Donald Trump is the president of the United States of America, and he doesn’t understand how democracy works. We count votes here in the United States. Every vote should be counted. For that matter, other Republicans don’t seem to understand it either.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp worked hard to remove African Americans from the voter rolls to prevent them from voting in an election in which he was competing. Florida governor Rick Scott, has also accused the recount of being corrupt, and sent law enforcement to oversee the recount.

Scott’s state government has debunked his and Trump’s accusations of voter fraud and corruption. Sure, Broward County, where they’re still counting, is inept at handling elections, but that doesn’t make them corrupt. Republicans are afraid of voters. They’re afraid of every vote being counted. Voters should be afraid of Republicans. If they can’t win fairly, they’ll cheat. Even when the odds, numbers, and demographics are in their favor, they’ll still cheat. They’re like the New England Patriots, except really racist while cheating.

Donald Trump doesn’t understand how Democracy works. Maybe, in 2020, we can show him.

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Native Suppression


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One political party wants as many Americans to vote as possible. The other wins when fewer people vote. That should tell you who to vote for.

The Republican Party doesn’t just discourage more Americans from voting, they work to suppress votes. From cumbersome voter ID laws to tricks like moving places where black Americans can get photo IDs, providing the wrong address to list on the IDs of college students, to removing minorities from voter rolls, to moving voting locations outside city limits, to invalidating thousands of Native Americans in North Dakota, Republicans cheat.

In 2012, fewer than 3,000 votes decided the Senate election in North Dakota and sent a Democrat to Washington. Republicans who run the state decided they can’t allow that to happen again, so they changed some rules. They targeted the Native American citizens of their state who tipped the scales and sent Heidi Heitkamp to the Senate.

Native Americans who live on reservations in North Dakota don’t have street addresses. The Post Office delivers to P.O. boxes so that’s what’s on their IDs. The state made a new law that for an ID to be accepted for voting, that it must have a street address. The Supreme Court upheld it refused to overturn it. Last week, Native Americans sued the state in U.S. District Court to prevent the law from taking effect in counties with reservations, the judge denied their request.

He expressed concerns in his denial and wrote, “The allegations in the complaint, the motion for a temporary restraining order, and the attached affidavits give this Court great cause for concern. However, a further injunction on the eve of the election will create as much confusion as it will alleviate.”

So, confusion is a legal standard? Confusion is a greater threat than suppression, greater than denying voting rights? I’m confused.

The real irony is that Native Americans have to prove to descendants of immigrants that they’re eligible to vote in this nation.

Republicans, who are already lying about the issues and their positions, don’t want honest elections because fewer Americans vote for Republicans.

You and I need to vote. We’re not just voting for ourselves. We’re voting for those Republicans are suppressing. I wrote it last week but I’m going to say it again.

To win, we need more of us to participate honestly than there are Republicans cheating.

Live Blog

I totally forgot to remind you, unless I did and I forgot that. Just like I did for the 2016 presidential election, I will be doing a live blog this Tuesday on Election Night. If you’re new to my work, you may be asking, “what’s a live blog?” That’s a great question.

The live blog consists of me drawing cartoons as results come in and the ideas enter my brain. It’s like doing improv. Nothing is written beforehand and I’m kinda out there naked on a limb and nobody is saving me. It could be great or terrible. When I look back at these, I see some cartoons that I think work liked magic and others; too many, that were terrible. The night can contain hits and misses.

If you subscribe to the blog, where you get an email for each new entry, you might hate me by Wednesday morning as your mailbox is going to fill up. So, this is a warning. That said, I don’t know how many cartoons I’ll draw. It could be as few as six or as many as 20. I also have no idea how late I’ll go. I’m sure there will be a lot of races undecided by the time the sun comes up. I’ll be drinking a lot of coffee throughout the night.

There may be a video of the cartoons afterward. I am planning to make one long video for all the cartoons, so strap in for that. But, each cartoon should be drawn pretty quickly. These things are going to be rough.

So, for those who don’t subscribe, refresh the blog throughout the night on Tuesday. The updates will also hit Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Wish me luck.

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Purge To The Moon


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What scares Republicans more than a right-wing racist lie about a diseased caravan full of gang bangers, Islamic terrorists, and immigrants seeking to sponge off American welfare and vote illegally? American minorities who vote. Yikes!

Republicans create lies about millions of illegal voters destroying the integrity of our elections while working overtime to prevent legally eligible Americans from voting. For the past several decades, Republicans have been successful. Today, Republicans hold the majority in the United States Senate despite representing nearly 40 million fewer Americans than Democrats. The 51 Republican senators represents 143 million people while the Democratic Party represents 182 million. How do they do that?

For starters, Republicans represent more small states than Democrats. Every state has two senators (civics 101, people). So, South Dakota’s 563,000 residents have as much representation in the Senate as California’s 40 million residents. Out of the 30 smallest states, the GOP holds 35 seats to the Democrats’ 20. In the 20 largest states, Democrats hold 24 to the GOP’s 16. There are seven states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming) that have more senators than congressional districts. These are the people who are deciding the shape of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years. And people wonder why I have trouble sleeping.

Having an unfair advantage in the system isn’t enough for Republicans. They still have to cheat. Their favorite method of holding more seats in the Senate, House, state legislatures, and governorships is to prevent minorities from voting. They’ve been doing it since the Civil War. The Democrats started it in the South and the Republicans took over in the 1960s. They’re still doing it today.

In Alabama, they closed as many locations as possible where African-Americans could obtain IDs. Basically, they make laws that you need an ID to vote and then make it as difficult as possible to get an ID. Do you know how hard it is to replace an ID? I had to do that last year and I needed my birth certificate (which Texas did not want to give me but gave it to my son. They probably thought I was black) and I had to use a college transcript for my secondary identification. You need IDs (plural) to get an ID. Lesson is; don’t lose your shit (or let a girl take everything that belongs to you).

In a majority-white county in Texas, they’ve been trying to prevent students from black-majority Prairie View University from voting for decades. The GOPs latest trick was to give them two addresses for the school to use as their residence when registering to vote, and later saying they’ll only accept one (Gotcha!). They later said they’d allow both after there were a very loud uproar and media exposure of the suppression attempt. Surprisingly, only one Democrat was arrested for complaining. Seriously.

North Dakota Republicans have successfully purged Native Americans, who typically vote Democratic, from voting by ruling that they need a street address. The GOP Supreme Court was just fine with this. Post Offices usually only deliver mail to P.O. boxes at reservations, so there are no street addresses on their IDs. Does Elizabeth Warren really want to prove she’s Native American? While Donald Trump attacks one, North Dakota attacks all of them.

In Georgia, the Republican Secretary of State has purged 53,000 voter registrations that weren’t “exact matches” with Social Security and state driver records. Out of those 53,000, 70 percent were from black applicants (Surprise!). The Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, was even caught on a leaked audio complaining about high voter turnout. Kemp is the Republican candidate running for governor, and he’s refused to step down as Secretary of State. Basically, he’s the referee of the game he’s playing. It’s like back when my older sister managed the bank while we played Monopoly. I never won and I was always stuck being the shoe.

Dodge City, Kansas, a city with 13,000 voters, only provides one polling place to vote. The average Kansas polling site services 1,200 voters. Now, the city has moved the polling place from the civic center to outside the city limits, and more than a mile from the nearest bus stop. You literally have to get the hell out of Dodge to vote. When the ACLU emailed a complaint to the county clerk, she forwarded it to the Secretary of State with “LOL.” Surprisingly, it wasn’t “bwahahahaha.”

By the way, Kansas’ Secretary of State is Kris Kobach who has a long and distinguished career of working to restrict minority voting under the ruse of illegal aliens voting. In his job, he fought to remove over 20,000 people from voter registrations (and he got seven convictions for voter fraud). He was vice-chair of Donald Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity, which was eventually disbanded as the basis for its existence. The claim of millions of illegal voters turned out to be a lie, and they failed to find any integrity among the members of the Commission of Election Integrity. Guess what Kobach is doing now? Yup. Running for governor.

We are supposed to agree to disagree and respect differences of opinions. But, I refuse to simply disagree when you’re cheating to steal an election and your opinions are repugnant, racist, vile, and based on lies. I can’t respect your opinion when you got it from a Facebook meme.

Republicans vote. Even in races that are tied or Democrats have a slim lead, the Republican candidate is favored because Republicans are better at turning out to vote than Democrats or Independents. That’s why YOU need to get off your ass and vote this coming Tuesday. Don’t let them steal this, because they will. Look at Brett Kavanaugh. They don’t care if there are asterisks as long as they get what they want. Your second lesson of today is; Republicans are corrupt.

The only way we can beat Republicans is if there are more of us participating honestly than there are of them stealing it from us.

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Butt In Georgia…


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Republicans cheat.

While Republicans like Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Lindsey Graham scream about the Democrats’ thirst for power, they ram through a Supreme Court Justice without a thorough background check on the guy, after they stole a SCOTUS seat and lowered the number of votes needed for confirmation.

While they scream about imaginary illegal immigrants and dead people voting and the sanctity elections, they ignore Russian meddling and work to suppress the votes of minorities.

Republicans in Waller County, Texas have been trying to keep students at Prairie View A&M University from voting since the 1970s. While the county is almost 60% white, Prairie View is a historically black university with nearly 10,000 students.

Students are allowed to vote where they go to school, whether it’s Prairie View or Harvard. Students at Prairie View were given two university addresses to use for voter registration. Then, the county changed their mind and said all of those registered at the “wrong” address wouldn’t be able to vote.

When Democratic congressional candidate Mike Siegel sent a field director to the county courthouse to deliver a letter demanding the county update the status of students, he was arrested for “disturbing the peace.” This was after the arresting officer asked him which party he was from.

In North Dakota, about 2,300 Native Americans were just prevented from voting. Many Native Americans in North Dakota can’t have mail delivered to a physical address (because the U.S. postal service does not provide residential delivery to their rural Indian communities), so they use post office boxes. Those addresses are on their IDs. North Dakota and the Supreme Court has agreed, that if a physical address is not on the ID, then they can’t vote. This is why we don’t want Republicans putting people on the Supreme Court.

In Alabama, the state shut down DMVs in rural (mostly black) communities, forcing residents to travel to get IDs. This has since been reversed, but the cheaters tried.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is running for governor against Republican Brian Kemp. Abrams is the first African-American to win a party nomination for the seat in that state.  At this point, polls have the race in a dead heat.

But, Georgia’s Secretary of State has put over 53,000 voter registrations on hold, citing a stupid “exact match” verification policy. The “exact match” policy holds that a resident’s voter application must replicate the information on file with the Social Security Administration and the state’s Department of Driver Services. So, if there’s one slight difference, say a hyphen in a name or the address uses “road” instead of “Rd,” then it’s flagged or put on hold.

Did I forget to mention that Georgia’s Secretary of State is…wait for it…Brian Kemp, the Republican running for governor?

Republicans cheat, even in red states where they have the advantage. Republicans hold all three branches of government despite representing fewer Americans than Democrats. Republicans need to cheat with fuckery like gerrymandering and voter suppression to actually win. It’s the only way it works for them.

If you’re an American citizen, you should have the right to vote. Nobody should get in your way. You shouldn’t have to go through an obstacle course to practice your constitutional right. I swear, for a bunch of “constitutionalists,” as they claim they are, Republicans sure seem to hate the document.

If you are unsure, or just to be sure, go to vote.org and check your registration status. Don’t be surprised on Election Day at the polls because you never know if some Republican hasn’t screwed with your life while you were sleeping, or he was distracting you with some other bullshit, because Republicans are bastard covered bastards with a bastard crème filling.

If you care more about imaginary crap like illegal immigrants and ghosts voting and have no concern at all about suppressing the votes of minorities, you’re a hypocrite and a racist. Get off your ass and vote, and don’t get in someone else’s way while you’re doing it.

Creative note: Yes, I have done the peach/butt gag twice before. Once last July and another time last year. Maybe now I’ll get tired of it.

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Fun With Voter Intimidation


Donald Trump has been perpetuating a massive lie since before the election, and it’s that rampant voter fraud is plaguing the nation.

To confront this dilemma that doesn’t exist, Trump has created an “election integrity” commission. If we stay on this path then I expect future commissions on vampires, zombies, and people Trump voters who wake up screaming in the night “my god! What have I done?”.

The reality is, this creation of this commission is to serve two purposes: Soothe Trump’s damaged ego over the fact that fewer people voted for him than Hillary Clinton, and to find out who has been voting for Democrats so the Republican-led federal government can create new ways to prevent them from voting.

This commission has sent letters to every state and the District of Columbia asking for information on every single voter. They want names, birth dates, addresses, voting record, party affiliation, and the last four digits of their social security numbers.

The commission argues that much of this information is public record. Fine then, go find it yourself. The States should not be helping Trump and his goon squad from intimidating voters.

It’s always the conservatives who scream and panic over the federal government infringing into their private lives, especially regarding stuff like guns and religion. They’re perfectly fine with it restricting religions they’re not a part of, restricting marriage rights, or a commission made up entirely of old white guys telling women what they can’t do with their bodies. This voter thing may be going a bit too far, even for the troglodytes.

Several states have said they will provide some information, but not all like social security numbers. I don’t think they should give them anything and a few states, like California, New York, and my home Virginia aren’t going to cooperate.

“This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November,” Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) said in a statement. “At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.” McAuliffe is not alone.

Alex Padilla, the California secretary of state, said providing data “would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud.”

Even conservative states are balking. Mississippi’s secretary of state said they can go “jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great state to do that from.” I can vouch for that. Having lived in Mississippi and jumping into the Gulf of Mexico from that state, it was great.

Not to be out-quipped by Mississippi, Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes said, “there is not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible.”

Mike Pence, a man who can be trusted in regards toward your private life, is leading the commission. The vice-chair is Kris Kobach, Secretary of State for Kansas. Kobach has a sketchy history when it comes to investigating voter fraud.

Kobach has lost in court multiple times for attempting to knock voters off the registration in his state. Now he’s trying to do it nationally by requesting the information of over 200 million voters.

Over 25 states have expressed concern over this request. Each and every single one of them should tell Trump, Pence, and Kobach to jump in the Gulf of Mexico.

How bizarre that the man who received help by the Russians to win the White House is worried about brown and black people voting. It’s very peculiar that the reality of Russian meddling in our election can’t be confronted by this man, but he believes in myths such as voter fraud. How about Trump releasing his taxes and financial documents before you tell him which party you’re registered with, or how often you’ve voted over the past decade?

The only fraud is Donald Trump and his entire administration.

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