America's last journalist, Greg Palast, reports that the state of Georgia can now block voter registrations for folks who don't also have cars registered in the state. They claim they're just trying to prevent people from driving in from out of state and voting in Georgia, but we all know what they're really trying to do: they're trying to prevent seniors, students, and folks of color from voting, since those groups often vote Democrat. They're calling the rule change a "guidance" so that they don't actually break the law, and they may yet lose in court -- but if they do, it'll be after they deliver a big assist to the two Republicans running in January's Senate runoff races, which could well determine which party controls our Senate. Oh, and when Republicans control it, only bad things happen. You might want to call at least three of the five members of Georgia's state election board; here's where to find their phone numbers. (Click on the "State Election Board members" sidebar to bring up the relevant phone numbers.)
Meanwhile, our House plans a vote on H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (or MORE) Act; it's no good arguing that since Mob Boss Mitch would never hold a vote on it that it's no use telling our House Reps to pass it. In fact, it's not only "no good" arguing that, it's bad arguing that -- we're supposed to set the agenda, not him. And the MORE Act would do a lot of good -- it would legalize pot, which at this point would be about as harmful as legalizing booze which we tried once and almost certainly won't try again. The MORE Act would also help good Americans expunge pot convictions from their records and would fund the rebuilding of communities unfairly targeted by the "war on drugs." Our government has always intended the "war on drugs" to be a way of keeping folks of color (among others) down -- but don't take my word for it; take former White House counsel John Ehrlichman's word for it! And then let the ACLU help you tell your Congressfolk to help correct decades of mistakes by passing the MORE act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell President-elect Biden to avoid stacking his Administration with corporate cronies, then Daily Kos still helps you do that. Remember: when we hear that Mr. Biden should want a cabinet "with diverse viewpoints," that phrase means "without liberals." And when we hear that we should just let Mr. Biden have his center-right cabinet lest we lose both Houses in the 2022 midterms, we should remember that these exact precise center-right moves actually cause Democrats to lose big in midterm elections. And we should also remember that telling Mr. Biden to keep the corporatists out of his cabinet isn't actually something only liberals say -- a lot of folks who voted for our soon-to-be-ex-President feel exactly the same about corporate power, and would like our leaders to do something about it. If Democrats want to appeal to them, then fighting corporate power might be the best way to do it. Not that they ever take my advice.