You can almost feel the disgust emanating from the U.S. District Judge who struck down Wisconsin's recently-passed restrictions on early voting, saying these restrictions were virtually identical to the ones he struck down in 2016. Although my heart swells to hear the Judge say "(t)his is not a close question," I wish it were more of a consolation that Wisconsin Republicans seem to be this lazy, since they seem to suffer very little for it.
FCC unsuccessfully asks D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to delay hearings on a lawsuit against the FCC net neutrality repeal, citing, of course, the ongoing government shutdown. Well, that's not a good sign! Did they really think having another few weeks to brainstorm would deliver the magic legal argument that will win the case for them?
Rachel M. Cohen at The Intercept finds Democratic politicians generally unwilling to address one of the striking L.A. schoolteachers' biggest gripes -- that private charter schools are siphoning off money that should be going to public schools. Of course, you already know why -- because Democratic politicians want that charter school donor money to keep coming! (I know someone out there is already saying that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's criticisms of charter schools "cost her nothing politically," as if it's her fault she was only a child when Democrats started selling out public schools to charter schools.)
I was just going to ignore the story of how Vice President Pence's wife went back to work for a school that explicitly tells you that you have to oppose homosexuality to work there, but then Mr. Pence had to open his fat yap and say that media criticism of "Christian education" is "deeply offensive to us." So many of our political class seem to equate "religion" with "hating gays," and our Vice President is one of the worst of these. Also, "religious education" did kinda used to mean "schools without black kids in them." Also, I'm sick of people saying NO YOUR TEH OFFENSIVEZ!!!!! like they're the cleverest people who ever lived.
Finally, Sen. McConnell (E-KY) says that H.R. 1 -- which rolls up the Voting Rights Advancement Act, the Fair Elections Act, and the DISCLOSE Act (among others!) into one bill -- is a "power grab." Yes, the people are trying to grab power back from the politicians. And he acts like this is a bad thing? Of course he does: he believes power isn't for us "little people." Still, I guess it is a good thing to make Mob Boss Mitch talk in public as much as possible, particularly in advance of his 2020 re-election campaign.