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  • Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
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    https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/23/polit...off/index.html

    Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker getting tax break in 2022 on Texas home intended for primary residence
    Tax fraud? How odd....

    Under Texas law, if a homeowner moves out of the state, the resident can still receive the exemption only if they don’t establish “principal residence” elsewhere and plan to return to Texas within two years
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    Ohhh that explains it.
    “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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    • Heavy turnout in Georgia runoff election as early voting wraps up

      (Reuters) - Election officials on Friday reported heavy turnout in Georgia on the last day of early voting ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff election that will determine whether Democrats can add to their razor-thin majority in the U.S. Senate.

      Voters in some locations faced waiting times of more than an hour to cast ballots in the contest between incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, former football star Herschel Walker, county websites showed.

      It is the second time in two years that a Senate race has gone to a runoff in Georgia, a battleground state, because neither candidate secured a majority of the vote.

      A victory by Warnock would give Democrats a 51-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate, which would make it slightly easier for them to advance Democratic President Joe Biden's nominees for judicial and administrative posts. Most legislation still requires Republican support.

      Georgia has emerged as one of the most hotly contested states in U.S. politics in recent years and has also been a flashpoint in the battle over election rules.

      Last year, the Republican-controlled legislature shortened runoff elections from nine weeks to four weeks, as part of a sweeping overhaul of election laws that Democrats said would make voting more difficult.

      Voters now only have five days to cast in-person ballots ahead of the election, down from 17 days, giving fewer chances to those who want to vote ahead of the official election day.

      Several of those days had seen record turnout, prompting Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to say that Democrats' concerns were baseless.

      "Claims of voter suppression in Georgia are conspiracy theories no more valid than Bigfoot," he said in a statement this week.

      Some Democrats, however, say the long wait times could be avoided. "This reflects not just voter enthusiasm, but also severely limited options," Democratic State Senator Michelle Au said on Twitter.

      As of Friday morning, at least 1,473,00 voters had cast early ballots in person or via mail, according to Raffensperger's office. That is equal to 37% of the total votes cast in the Nov. 8 midterm election.

      Voters will be able to cast ballots in person on Tuesday and return mail ballots through that day as well.

      Former President Barack Obama was due to campaign later on Friday for Warnock, who won a runoff in 2021 for a two-year term.

      Warnock narrowly edged Walker in the Nov. 8 election by 49.44% to 48.49%, even as Republican candidates won other statewide races.

      Walker's campaign has been plagued by accusations that he abused girlfriends in the past and paid for their abortions, undercutting his anti-abortion stance. Recently, he has faced allegations that he maintains his primary residence in Texas, not Georgia. Walker has denied the charges.
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      “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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      • It looks like Warnock has it. It's now 51-49 and Manchin and Sinema's outsized influence just dimished by quite a bit.
        “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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        • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
          It looks like Warnock has it. It's now 51-49 and Manchin and Sinema's outsized influence just dimished by quite a bit.
          A bit, but not totally. In any case, with the House GOP (just) they won't have as big a role to play when it comes to legislation. I suppose they could try to hold up judicial nominations, but that seems more petty than anything else.

          Expect Dems to turbocharge judicial appointments.

          The good news here is that the GOP has been punished for....well a bunch of stuff really. I have noticed a slight lessening of the Trump grip, buth whether this will be enough to deny him the nomination or lessen the impact of a big tantrum is unclear.
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          • Originally posted by Bigfella View Post

            A bit, but not totally. In any case, with the House GOP (just) they won't have as big a role to play when it comes to legislation. I suppose they could try to hold up judicial nominations, but that seems more petty than anything else.

            Expect Dems to turbocharge judicial appointments.
            Pete,

            The House pays no role in the advise & consent process of Executive appointments. That falls squarely and only in the Senate. This strengthens the Dems hands. And also allows Sinema & Manchin to vote against selected legislation (one at a time) to avoid tough votes that could cause them issues back home.
            “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
            Mark Twain

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            • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post

              Pete,

              The House pays no role in the advise & consent process of Executive appointments. That falls squarely and only in the Senate. This strengthens the Dems hands. And also allows Sinema & Manchin to vote against selected legislation (one at a time) to avoid tough votes that could cause them issues back home.
              Buck,

              From my POV the big leverage they held was over legislation. That seems a lot less relevant now, as anything that clears the house will either be Dem stuff amended in ways they will likely approve of or GOP stuff that Biden will kill even if they vote for it.

              I get the Senate role in appointments, but outside SCOTUS appointments or an important Cabinet spot it doesn't seem like the sort of thing where their style of grandstanding is going to be worth the effort. Anyway, I'm glad they have less influence. More 'winning' from Trump.
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              • Originally posted by Bigfella View Post

                Buck,

                From my POV the big leverage they held was over legislation. That seems a lot less relevant now, as anything that clears the house will either be Dem stuff amended in ways they will likely approve of or GOP stuff that Biden will kill even if they vote for it.

                I get the Senate role in appointments, but outside SCOTUS appointments or an important Cabinet spot it doesn't seem like the sort of thing where their style of grandstanding is going to be worth the effort. Anyway, I'm glad they have less influence. More 'winning' from Trump.
                The GQP-House is just going to end up looking like what happened in a lot of these toss up midterm races. Americans who live in reality are tired of the chaos. These fools will grandstand for the next two years with the debt ceiling limit again, guaranteed impeachment filings of Biden and other members of the cabinet, waste of time investigations and it will backfire on them again. Trump’s handpicked senate picks blew it because independents can’t stand him or them, but they were confined to their own states. The ones who made it into the House are going to affect the whole country, and it’ll just help the Dems. That’s my prediction.

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                • A firewalled New York Times piece today says that GOPers turned out in force for the 2022 mid term elections, but didn't always vote for nut-jobs simply because they had the GOPer endorsement. So, while I still deeply believe that the ancient and respected Grand Old Party is dead as a door nail, there may still be hope for the Republic itself.
                  Trust me?
                  I'm an economist!

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                  • Originally posted by Bigfella View Post

                    Buck,

                    From my POV the big leverage they held was over legislation. That seems a lot less relevant now, as anything that clears the house will either be Dem stuff amended in ways they will likely approve of or GOP stuff that Biden will kill even if they vote for it.

                    I get the Senate role in appointments, but outside SCOTUS appointments or an important Cabinet spot it doesn't seem like the sort of thing where their style of grandstanding is going to be worth the effort. Anyway, I'm glad they have less influence. More 'winning' from Trump.
                    Got ya, Pete. I think you summed up the gridlock we will see over the next few years.
                    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                    Mark Twain

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                    • The GOP Barely Won Control of the House

                      Cook Political Report: “Republicans picked up nine seats to win a 222-213 majority, a mirror image of Democrats’ prior edge. But they wouldn’t be in the majority if not for razor-thin wins by five of their candidates: Lauren Boebert in CO-03 (546 votes), John Duarte in CA-13 (564 votes), John James in MI-10 (1,600 votes), Mike Lawler in NY-17 (1,820 votes) and Zach Nunn in IA-03 (2,145 votes).”

                      “That’s an effective margin of just 6,675 votes out of 107.6 million votes cast in House races nationwide (0.0062%), about a fifth of the 31,751-vote margin by which Democrats won the House in 2020.”
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                      “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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