Category: Georgia

Lawsuit: Kemp Left GA Electoral System Dangerously Vulnerable

6 million Georgia voters’ records exposed: ‘Could have easily been compromised’

(Excerpts) Georgia’s shotgun-toting, Trump-style Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp has sought to assure voters that his state’s election system is secure and that any allegations to the contrary are “fake news.”

  • But Kemp, who is also the secretary of state in charge of Georgia’s elections, is now being accused in a federal lawsuit of failing to secure his state’s voting system and allowing a massive breach that exposed voter records and other sensitive election information.
  • The suit describes how a private researcher discovered the records of more than 6 million registered Georgia voters, password files and encryption keys could be accessed online by anyone looking.
  • Days after the lawsuit was filed, technicians erased the hard drives of the server in question.
  • According to the lawsuit, it remains unclear if the state’s election system was infected with malware or breached by foreign hackers—which could have consequences for the midterm elections. (Emphasis added)

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Cobb Democratic Video Watch Party: August 23

Event: Carolyn Hadaway’s Video Watch party

Topic: Single Payer Healthcare – Why the U.S. spends 2 ½ times per person more than any other highly developed country on health care, but has lower life expectancy, fewer physicians per person, higher infant mortality rates, etc.
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 6:30PM
Place: Private home near intersection of Sandy Plains and Snufflegrit Rds, Marietta, GA 30066

POC: Carolyn Hadaway, 678-687-7753, chadaway.volun@gmail.com

RSVP Please include names, phone #s and addresses. Bring finger food if you like.

Kill More Birds, and More: Trump’s (and GA GOP’s) Assault on the Environment

The latest: Cruelty without consequence is Trump’s way

Trump’s Interior Department has announced that it will no longer enforce key provisions of the 100 year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) which, among other things, “incentivized industries to avoid the intentional or unintentional slaughter of North America’s native birds.” The result: “the unintended, though still perhaps foreseen, killing of birds, as in open waste pits, uncovered oil spills, lit communication towers and low-visibility power lines.”

Imagine. The ever-so-enlightened Trump Republicans discovered what no other Presidential Administration recognized in 100 years: a treaty designed to protect migratory birds imposes outrageous, burdensome regulations on American corporations!

This Trump breakthrough on killing migratory birds in service to corporate greed is gleefully brought to you by his Georgia supporters:

  • Senator Johnny Isakson and his Chief of Staff Joan Karr and Immigration Legislative Assistant Michael Black.
  • Senator David Perdue and his COS Derrick Dickey and Immigration LA Drew Robinson 
  • Rep. Karen Handel and her COS Muffy Day and Immigration LA Elisabeth Conklin 
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his COS Rob Adkerson and Homeland Security LA Susannah Johnston

“The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship”

We’re scooped! IndieDems has begun drafting an article on what a bunch of horse manure it is to claim that Republicans during Watergate, unlike those today, put country above Party and lent their support to bringing down Nixon and his thugs. The authors of this New York Times article beat us to the punch and did a much better job than we would have.  The Republicans of those days were every bit as non-caring about the Constitution, the rule of law, and common human decency as Georgia’s GOP Congressional representatives are today—most prominently, Trump’s lap dogs Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Representatives Loudermilk and Handel, and their staffs.

The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship

(Excerpt) In fact, when these critics refer back to the Watergate era as a time of bipartisan commitment to the rule of law over politics, they get it exactly wrong. Defending the president at all costs, blaming investigators and demonizing journalists was all part of the Republican playbook during the political crisis leading up to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. READ MORE

“Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy”

Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy

(Excerpt) Hackable polling machines, voter roll purges, refusing to register voters until after an election, the use of investigations to intimidate groups registering minorities to vote — Mr. Kemp knows it all…

Voter suppression keeps Georgia a red state. Since 2005, Republicans have controlled the State Legislature as well as the governor’s office. Now most of the congressional districts are Republican. So are nearly 64 percent of the state representatives and 66 percent of the state senators.

That political power, however, bears no relation to the state’s demographics. Whites make up less than 60 percent of the state’s population but more than 90 percent of people who voted Republican in the primary. The state’s gerrymandered districts, drawn and redrawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature, mirror the inordinate and disproportionate power of this constituency. READ MORE

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel & Staffs: Natural Swamp Dwellers All Along

Three days ago, I started drafting a post on how Georgia’s Congressional Delegations are deeply enmeshed in the culture of corruption that Trump and the Republicans have brought to Washington. The eager participants I focus on are:

  • Senator Johnny Isakson and his Chief of Staff Joan Karr and Immigration Legislative Assistant Michael Black.
  • Senator David Perdue and his COS Derrick Dickey and Immigration LA Drew Robinson
  • Rep. Karen Handel and her COS Muffy Day and Immigration LA Elisabeth Conklin
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his COS Rob Adkerson and Homeland Security LA Susannah Johnston

My approach was to simply provide a compilation of recent news reports and commentaries, together with some excerpts, that reveal with facts and figures the depth of the corruption, incompetence, malfeasance, and sheer criminality that the above people consider normal. A minimum of my own analysis, in other words.

The project is taking longer than I expected because the data, even in summary form, is so extensive.  But an even greater barrier to completing the task: new events are happening almost daily that graphically demonstrate the depth of the swamp that is the natural home of Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston.

So I decided to interrupt the larger project to provide this summary of some recent manifestations of the Trump/GOP swamp. Followed by a reminder of the real American conservatives who put country above party—unlike Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston.

IndieDems Comments are in italics.
Immigration

Trump’s latest immigration injustice is a malicious travesty  (To which Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston have taken no dissent)

The Trump administration wants you to believe it’s devoted to protecting American taxpayers from supposedly welfare-mooching foreigners. Don’t. What President Trump   (And Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, and staffers) is really doing is shutting the door on all but a small sliver of well-heeled immigrants — while telling the “tired,” “poor,” and “huddled masses” yearning to put cheap food on American dinner plates to get lost. (Endorsed by Georgia Congressional Republicans

Three reasons Trump’s new immigration rule should make your blood boil

“Once again, the Trump administration is looking to punish immigrants. And once again, innocent children are getting hurt in the process. This time, however, many of those innocent children are likely to be U.S. citizens.”

Trump and Stephen Miller are now targeting legal immigrants. This will get uglier.

“Republicans become deeply offended when you suggest that their party is in the process of adopting a white nationalist agenda, and that many of their voters are motivated by xenophobia. No, no, they say, we acknowledge that America is a nation of immigrants; we just want a secure border and all the laws to be enforced. We welcome legal immigrants; it’s illegal immigration we have a problem with.”

“But then you get something like this…” (i.e., the new GOP immigration policy)

Rampant Republican Racism
(Not a problem for Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston)

Virginia GOP candidate attacks Muslim gubernatorial candidate as an ‘ISIS commie’

“Corey Stewart, a neo-Confederate and the Republican nominee for Senate in Virginia, called Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed an “ISIS commie” on Twitter Wednesday…Stewart’s own record and platform are in every way El-Sayed’s opposite. He has a history of defending the Confederate flag and Confederate monuments and also:

  • Supports the abolition of background checks and once raffled off an AR-15
  • Blamed the left for anti-Semitism
  • Once called members of his own party “flaccid” for supporting Medicaid expansion.

VA GOP Senate candidate praised southern secession in 2017 campaign appearance

(Unsurprisingly, Stewart has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.)

Laura Ingraham: America as we know it doesn’t exist anymore due to ‘demographic changes’ (Not one word of dissent from Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston)

The Fox News host on August 8 “lamented that the ‘American we know and love doesn’t exist anymore’ because of demographic changes in the country that she blamed on illegal and legal immigration.

Some Voices of Real American Conservatives
(An endangered species being hunted to extinction by the likes of Trump, Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston)

Michael Gerson: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it

George Will

William Kristol

“It’s sad that the national anthem has become, in the era of Trump, the first refuge of the scoundrel.” (Twitter, 8/10/18)

Trump’s GOP GA Lapdogs Support His Role for ACLU in Reuniting Migrant Families

Headline August 3, 2018: “Trump administration puts burden on ACLU to find deported parents separated from children”

What kind of people support using the full power of the federal government to kidnap children from their parents, detain them for weeks or months in inhumane conditions with no arrangements to reunite them with their parents–and then, when federal courts demand action, want to let the non-governmental ACLU take the lead in reuniting the families?

For starters, of course, there’s President Donald Trump, VP Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

And then there’s the following:


Sen. Johnny Isakson      Sen. David Purdue
COS: Joan Karr                COS: Derrick Dickey
LA: Michael Black          LA: Drew Robinson


Rep. Barry Loudermilk   Rep. Karen Handel
COS: Rob Adkerson         COS: Muffy Day
LA: Susannah Johnson    LA: Elisabeth Conklin

The Lies of Johnny Isakson

It is an established fact that Republicans accept lying as a way of life. The proof of this fact: Donald Trump has made over 4,000 false or misleading statements since his inauguration in 2017.  The approval rating of this congenital liar among Republicans has remained at about 90 percent. And, quick. Name a Republican elected official who has uttered one word of rebuke about this chronic liar.

Even more telling: Republicans are constantly asked in polls about Trump’s lying, as well as about his adultery; his racism; his Tweeted insults, slander, and bad mouthing; and his overall vulgarity (“African countries are shitholes”).  The Republicans’ reply: “We know about all of that. We just don’t care.”

Johnny Isakson is one of our Republican elected officials who accepts lying as a way of life. So far as I have been able to determine, Isakson has never mildly rebuked Trump for his congenital lying—much less stated that he cannot support anyone who brazenly violates God’s Commandment every day of his life. Or who approves of calling his own daughter a piece of ass.

But it is a specific issue that causes me to raise this issue of lying. That is the continuing pathetic issue of the kidnapped migrant children. We are now entering the fourth month of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that lead to the seizure of children from their parent(s) because the parent allegedly had committed a misdemeanor and keeping the children in detention for weeks, months, or permanently, subjecting them to a trauma  that that will have lasting consequences throughout their lives.

After the American people reacted in horror to this travesty, Isakson eventually got around to saying he opposed the separation policy. He cited a years-old court order that prohibits minors from being detained for more than 20 days in immigration cases, meaning that in most cases children cannot stay with their parents if the parents are being held pending an asylum hearing.

Isakson said he supported an immigration proposal that would overturn this court order, and, in addition, provide funding for border security and a path to citizenship for those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Isakson supported Senate bill introduced on June 20, 2018, that would end separation of families at the border, allow families to be processed together, and require fair and humane treatment while awaiting immigration processing. The legislation also provided additional funding for family residential centers, set mandatory standards for care, and authorized 225 new immigration judges to expedite proceedings for children and families who are apprehended at the border.

The bill had merits. The problem? As IndieDems predicted, the bill has scarcely been seen or heard from again. Oh, I imagine it’s making its laborious way through the legislative process—exactly the fate Isakson intended. He offered a sop to show his compassion—and quickly exited the stage.

The bottom line: What has Isakson actually done to alleviate the suffering of the children and have them all returned to their families? Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Not one damn thing.

Isakson’s do-nothing policy, of course, mirrors that of the Republican-controlled Congress—which, in the three months since the implementation of the cruelest acts against innocent people ever taken by an American government, has done absolutely nothing to end the cruelty.

It took the intervention of the U.S courts to force the Trump Administration to being about whatever reunification has occurred. And many—if not all—the cases that produced that result were implemented by the families, pro-bono lawyers, or by non-governmental groups like the ACLU, The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).

At the end of July, the Administration reported that most of the  children had been returned to their parents, but over 400 remained in custody, over half of whom had parents that had already been deported.

Isakson lied when he issued a statement that he intended to do something about the children. Lying remains a way of life for him and his Republican Party.

MDJ Reports Georgia, Local Runoff Primary Results

From the MDJonline.com:

ATLANTA (AP) — With a damning secret recording of his opponent and a late endorsement from President Donald Trump’s White House, Secretary of State Brian Kemp won a decisive victory Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia governor.