(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
This diary is about small victories, local heroes, sweet stories, random kindnesses, unexpected grace, cold justice served up on a hot plate. As always, your interpretation of what is “good news” is probably different than mine, and categories often overlap.
Attorneys General across the country (including Colorado’s Coffman) are claiming that they will check Big Pharma’s pushing of opiods, “clear the swamp”, ensure fair voting, and protect transgender people. AGs be aware – people will check to see that you follow through on your promises.
Voting rights roundup
Fourth of July, Fireworks, and the Franchise – what could be more patriotic? Voting seems to be on everyone’s minds right now.
Alabama seeks to inform felons of restored voting rights in jail
Kentucky also ordered the voting rights of 284 felons to be restored.
Kris Kobach, Vice-Chair of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity, requested that all 50 states send him their voter information by July 14 so that the Commission can create a national voter registry to prevent what he claims is rampant voter fraud.
Unfortunately, rather than creating a process to make it easier for voters to register and vote, the Commission’s goal appears to be to selectively disenfranchise voters. The good news is that 45 states now have refused to provide part or all of the information requested. President Trump is not pleased, and has let us know this in his usual way.
Alison Lundergan Grimes, KY Secretary of State said that there is “not enough bourbon in Kentucky” to make Trump’s request seem sensible.
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann suggested that, “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from…”
Floridians are also petitioning to restore voting rights to felons.
Colorado’s Secretary of State Wayne Williams is trying to have it both ways – comply with Trump’s request, while still protecting the privacy of Colorado voters by supplying only publicly available information. Many voters are choosing to keep their data confidential by filing a form and paying $5 at the Secretary of State’s Office.
Voters seldom commit fraud in Colorado – but when they do, they are usually Republicans.