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(Vox)   Georgia Republicans cancel election so Kemp can appoint his own supreme court justices   (vox.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Supreme Court of the United States, state Supreme Court, Justice Keith Blackwell, state of Georgia, State supreme court, former Democratic Rep. John Barrow, six-year term, election Tuesday  
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6 days ago  
Lie,cheat and steal is the republican motto.
 
6 days ago  
Asinine? Try undemocratic. So

eurotrader: Lie,cheat and steal is the republican motto.


that, or 'Murica. Land of the Free Nobility.
 
6 days ago  
We have the best government that money can buy, but judicial positions, by their very nature, need to be stolen.
 
6 days ago  
I always wondered how the Nazis got into power, never knew I be seeing it as a live action film.
 
6 days ago  

Merltech: I always wondered how the Nazis got into power, never knew I be seeing it as a live action film.


Nah. This is the Southern Aristocracy still in play.
 
6 days ago  
This is the only way Republicans win
 
6 days ago  
I hope Georgians sue immediately.
 
6 days ago  
McConnell tents his old, bony fingers and creepily exhales, "Eeeeexcellent."
 
6 days ago  

dr_blasto: I hope Georgians sue immediately.


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good luck
 
6 days ago  
It's legal because they say it's legal. That's all you need to know.

Also: But her emails.
 
6 days ago  
So the virus is a hoax and we can start opening things again but we can't vote?
 
6 days ago  
Sneak preview.
Coming in November to an election near you.
 
6 days ago  
*points at Georgia and laughs* Ha, ha, you're a peach republic!

 
6 days ago  
Kemp was recently caught rearranging the dates of reported covid deaths to show a declining trend.
 
6 days ago  
Oh, hey, just found this:
https://www.theroot.com/georgia-keeps​-​releasing-misleading-data-about-its-co​vid-1843525307

But her emails, Georgia.

You probably didn't want accurate numbers.
 
6 days ago  

Merltech: I always wondered how the Nazis got into power, never knew I be seeing it as a live action film.


This is more 'banana republic' territory.
 
6 days ago  
Sure. Why not? Might as well go for broke.
 
6 days ago  
So as long as one party controls the governorship, the appointed justices can keep resigning just prior to their extension ending and keep this scam going forever.

Astounding that the devs didn't fix that exploit.
 
6 days ago  
Is this even remotely legal?
 
6 days ago  
I figured the Wisconsin Taliban would have gone this route too. I guess the year is still young though.
 
6 days ago  
Not sure why judges are actually elected, we have the same system here in PA and its a political fiasco. We actually had a union strongman (now on trial for corruption) be instrumental in getting his brother elected to the court.
 
6 days ago  
It sounds like this wouldn't have worked if the judge hadn't decided to retire a few weeks early, which makes me think he'll be rewarded handsomely. Perhaps someone should look into that.
 
6 days ago  
That seems much easier than all this voting business; letting the governor appoint all the Senators, Judges, and the next Governor when they choose to retire. Can't let them appoint the House of Representatives or the Electoral College since that would be unfairly biased towards Democrats currently: best non-biased solution is that Republicans can name theirs but Democrats will need to do a 50/50 split with the state Republican party for balance.
 
6 days ago  
Well then. Guess democracy's cancelled.

Too bad there's not one other way that an election could be safely held en-mass, perhaps using some large interconnected system, or some method that could, with reasonable security, relay informational materials or even actual, certifiable recordings of the will of the people.

Damn shame all those people died to protect it, huh?
 
6 days ago  
The GOP is stealing our country from us for themselves and big corporations.

With everyone scared to death of dying from covid19, now is the perfect time for them to steal everything possible and sadly, they'll get away with it all.

Whose going to stop them?
 
6 days ago  
This will be fine until a Dem governor tries it, then they will just amend the law.
 
6 days ago  

wearetheworld: Ha ha, I told a fat joke about someone but support a moron who killed 92,000 people and who is so fat he wears the Chris Christie's Clothes Collection.


Whatever you say, Mr. "only 30 people have died from Covid 19 in America, he's got it all under control."
 
6 days ago  

RsquaredW: So as long as one party controls the governorship, the appointed justices can keep resigning just prior to their extension ending and keep this scam going forever.

Astounding that the devs didn't fix that exploit.


I was a big believer in the idea that we don't need guns to fix tyranny.  We have a government system that allows us to fight it with our votes.

The Republicans are taking that ability away.  They are either preventing people from voting, or flat out subverting their will when they do vote.  And nothing they can do about it because they control the ballot boxes.  What does that leave people?

It's getting close to time for some other types of fighting tyranny.
 
6 days ago  
Golly, it's almost like Republicans can't resist exploiting every legal-ish loophole.
 
6 days ago  
So in essence, whenever a justice wants to retire or perhaps does not believe he or she will be reelected, they can instead retire effective on a date before the end of their term and have the Governor appoint a replacement.  Thus it could be within the realm of possibility that there would never be another election for a Georgia Supreme Court justice. For example, if I were running for reelection and the latest poll shows I will hopelessly be defeated I can instead announce my retirement to be effective before the end of my term and have the Governor immediately name my successor thus negating the need for an election.  What makes the current case even more outrageous is that the current judge is not retiring until after the election and is having his replacement picked before he has even officially been retired.
 
6 days ago  
Taxation without representation? Isn't this what the founders killed scores over?
 
6 days ago  

OldRod: Is this even remotely legal?


That word has no meaning in this timeline.
 
6 days ago  
Biden should finish what Sherman started and burn the south to the farking ground
 
6 days ago  

runwiz: Thus it could be within the realm of possibility that there would never be another election for a Georgia Supreme Court justice.


Until a Democrat gets elected governor.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: Lie,cheat and steal is the republican motto.


Vote early vote often is the democrat motto, so whats the difference
 
6 days ago  
Hide the incline!
 
6 days ago  
The Washington Post should change their tagline.  Democracy doesn't die in darkness.  It does in the hands of Republicans.
 
6 days ago  

OldRod: Is this even remotely legal?


According to the Georgia state constitution, it is perfectly legal. And the Georgia supreme court was right to uphold it.

It's extremely anti-democratic and seems purpose-built for corruption, but I would assume that was always the point. If Georgians don't like it, they can always amend their constitution or move to a different non-hellhole state.
 
6 days ago  

emtwo: OldRod: Is this even remotely legal?

According to the Georgia state constitution, it is perfectly legal. And the Georgia supreme court was right to uphold it.

It's extremely anti-democratic and seems purpose-built for corruption, but I would assume that was always the point. If Georgians don't like it, they can always amend their constitution or move to a different non-hellhole state.


I live in Georgia. The dumbasses around here still gonna vote Pub
 
6 days ago  

Apocalyptic Inferno: The Washington Post should change their tagline.  Democracy doesn't die in darkness.  It does in the hands of Republicans.


No, the tagline is still correct. The part that they don't tell you is that WaPo thrives in that darkness and acts as a shade rather than a light.
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  

desertratt: eurotrader: Lie,cheat and steal is the republican motto.

Vote early vote often is the democrat motto, so whats the difference


Did your parents have any children that lived?
 
6 days ago  

dr_blasto: I hope Georgians sue immediately.


The candidates already sued - that's what led to this decision. I'm not sure who else would have standing.
 
6 days ago  

desertratt: eurotrader: Lie,cheat and steal is the republican motto.

Vote early vote often is the democrat motto, so whats the difference


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try breathing through your nose.
 
6 days ago  

OldRod: Is this even remotely legal?


Unless there is a federal cause of action here that I don't see, yes. If the highest court in the state says it's legal, it is. As the old saying goes, the supreme court isn't final because it's infallible. It's infallible because it is final.
 
6 days ago  
Yep. Exactly what I would expect from the state where the voting computer was mysteriously erased, right before it was submitted for evidence.

Congratulations, GOP.  Every day you can still find a new way to shock me at your utter disregard for the democratic process you claim to honor.

fark republicans.
 
6 days ago  
I just want to say this:
The reason why Republicans are so good at holding on to power is because they are utterly ruthless.
Until Democrats can be as ruthless (and get away with it) as Republicans are they will continue to flounder and falter when in power.
 
6 days ago  

dababler: I just want to say this:
The reason why Republicans are so good at holding on to power is because they are utterly ruthless.
Until Democrats can be as ruthless (and get away with it) as Republicans are they will continue to flounder and falter when in power.


That's a really bad takeaway from this whole mess.
 
6 days ago  
Not that I agree with what Kemp did....

But when you demand people's civil liberties be taken away, don't be surprised when it happens.
 
6 days ago  

NewportBarGuy: OldRod: Is this even remotely legal?

That word has no meaning in this timeline.


Unless you're brown.
 
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