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As the Senate convened Tuesday to debate Democratic legislation to federalize elections in the name of fighting “voter suppression,” Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), co-chair of the House Election Integrity Caucus, criticized the effort, arguing that large majorities support election safeguards and states like New Hampshire show that high voter turnout and election security are mutually compatible.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Joe Biden said that state laws requiring voter ID or banning mass mailing of absentee ballots are an “assault on our freedom to vote,” particularly for minority Americans.

Minority Americans, however, appear to disagree, as 78% of African-American voters said they support voter ID in a November poll by Scott Rasmussen.

Tenney told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Tuesday that she believes the Democrats’ legislation is rigging elections so they’ll always win.

“If they can completely rig the game where Republicans could never win, no matter how bad the Democrats’ policies are, that’s [what] they’re going to do,” she said.

Noting that 2020 “was a record turnout year,” Tenney said “the only way that the Democrats were actually able to win the presidential race … is that over $400 million was used to prime the pump in key swing states to vote harvest and to get the vote out” to help “Joe Biden squeak across the finish line.”

“Because when you look at the rest of the year,” she explained, “every Republican incumbent in the House won [and] 15 new Republicans were elected.”

Democrats are trying to cover up the fact that their legislation would take away popular voting protections like voter ID, Tenney claimed. According to a national poll by Rasmussen, 85% of all voters want photo ID to be required to vote.

“Voter ID is popular, and people believe in it,” she said. “They care about election integrity. And people are concerned about the ability to cheat with ballot harvesting, which is why, in New York state — a two-to-one Democratic state — the voters in a statewide referendum, mostly Democrat voters, rejected these ideas of same-day registration and partisan gerrymandering.” 

That statewide referendum “was put up by the Democrats who control everything in New York,” she emphasized. “So you can see even Democrat and independent voters aren’t buying this.”

Tenney cited the example of New Hampshire. Bill Gardner, a former Democratic secretary of state in the Granite State, told the Election Integrity Caucus that “he doesn’t believe in early voting, doesn’t believe in no-excuse absentee voting,” she recounted. “And he said that New Hampshire has among the highest turnout of any state, in terms of voters.

“They also have among the highest turnout among women and minorities, and the state of New Hampshire … had a law that required that the secretary of state has to announce the results of the election on election night.

“So all the shenanigans you hear about that’s going on in these races where … if we don’t do this, it’s racist, or it’s voter suppression — not true in the state of New Hampshire.”

Tenney also adressed the case of a Saudi Arabian caught illegally crossing the southern border in December. Described as a “potential terrorist” by Border Patrol, he was wearing a jacket with an American flag patch and a Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance patch. The head of the upstate New York county’s Central Oneida Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Thomas Meyers, said the 21-year-old Saudi man was not connected with his organization.

“But they have seen that some of their jackets and some of their apparel has been auctioned off on different sites on the internet,” said Tenney, who visted the border in March, 2021. “So that’s something to beware of, you know, these are people looking to deceive the border security, they’re going to try every angle to get in. And right now, it’s not very hard … and it continues to get worse.”

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Arizona lawmakers approve bill vetting voters for citizenship before they can vote

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Arizona lawmakers approved new voter restrictions that supporters said ensure only U.S. citizens can cast ballots but opponents said will wipe countless voters off the state’s rolls.

A unanimous Republican caucus approved House Bill 2492 on Wednesday in the Senate, sending the legislation to Gov. Doug Ducey for consideration.

While Arizona is one of the few states that already require proof of citizenship before registering to vote, residents can bypass that by registering for a federal-only ballot under the National Voter Registration Act and can vote on federal contests.

HB 2492 would require counties to check those individuals for citizenship against multiple databases. Counties must reject any federal applications if they find the individual is not a U.S. citizen. Any official knowingly ignoring the requirement could be charged with a Class 6 felony.

Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to purge the voter rolls as revenge for the 2020 general election, where President Joe Biden narrowly defeated former President Donald Trump.

“This is absurd, illogical and discriminatory,” Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson, said.

Constitutional analysts told GOP lawmakers in another hearing the bill presents some issues that could face a legal challenge. Opponents were quick to note that in debate.

“We are voting on a bill that is unconstitutional and has a tremendous impact on the voters of the state of Arizona,” Sen. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix, said. “There are many provisions in this bill that are offensive, and that will have a negative impact on some communities more than others.”

Republicans said their legislation simply ensures U.S. citizens are the only ones voting in U.S. elections.

“The issue is making sure the citizens of this country are voting,” Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, said. “If you’re not a citizen of this country, you’re not allowed to vote. We have over 35,000 people registered to vote where we are not certain whether they’re citizens or not.”

The bill passed along partisan lines. Democrats gathered in Phoenix on Thursday to pressure Ducey to veto the legislation.

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US Senators Question Motives of AT&T For Refusing To Renew OAN Contract…Cite AT&T Board Chairman’s Ties To Dominion Voting Machines

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Two U.S. Senators, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have written an official letter to AT&T inquiring into its politically-motivated decision to cut One America News Network (OANN) from DirectTV. Cruz and Lee both press the AT&T Board of Directors for answers regarding the “personal financial” influences that may have swayed the company’s decision.

The decision to not renew its contract with OANN was announced by DirecTV in mid-January. DirecTV, which is primarily run by AT&T, has a contract with OANN that is set to expire in early April.

In response to this major decision, President Trump spoke out at an Arizona rally, saying, “This is horrible. This is a great network. These are great people. I watch it all the time and you really get the truth. And they want to cancel them now because of politics – for purely political reasons. It’s a disgrace what’s going on.”

“I don’t think that people are gonna stand for it,” added Trump.”Maybe what we should do is not use AT&T.”

On Tuesday, Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz submitted a letter to the members of the AT&T Board of Directors, expressing “grave concern for the future of journalism and political discourse in America.”

They then listed six specific facts/concerns regarding the issue:

  1. One American News Network (“OAN”) is being sued for alleged defamation by Dominion Voting Systems.
  2. Dominion Voting Systems is owned by Staple Street Capital.
  3. William Kennard is on the executive board of Staple Street Capital
  4. William Kennard is also the Chairman of AT&T’s board of directors
  5. AT&T owns 70% of DirecTV, and controls two seats on DirecTV’s board of directors
  6. DirecTV has decided not to renew its contract with OANN.

The main concern pointed out by Lee and Cruz is that William Kennard, the Chairman of AT&T’s board of directors and executive board member of Staple Street Capital, is pushing to end its contract with OANN to benefit his personal financial interests.

The Senators then request a response to the following question within 10 business days: “Did any employee or agent of AT&T at any time convey or suggest to any employee or agent of DirecTV an instruction or request not to renew OANN?”

Read the full letter below:

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VoterGA Reveals Georgia Ballot Harvesting Scheme – Raffensperger Facilitated Ballot Harvesting

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