Politics Cruz, Hawley want to “break up” MLB as punishment for protesting Georgia voting restrictions

01:35  14 april  2021
01:35  14 april  2021 Source:   salon.com

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  RNC chair declares she's 'Not watching baseball!!!! McDaniel said she wouldn’t be watching baseball after the MLB pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia's new election law."Guess what I am doing today?" McDaniel tweeted.

Ted Cruz , R-Texas, Josh Hawley , R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill that would end the MLB 's antitrust exemption, which dates back to a 1922 Supreme Court decision, in response to its protest of the Georgia law. Cruz , who along with Hawley was among the biggest backers of former President Donald Trump's false election claims that sparked the restrictive efforts in Georgia and dozens of other states, argued that the Georgia bill was in response to concerns about voter integrity, even though multiple recounts and audits have confirmed Trump's loss.

With the voting system where you only have 1 vote and have to strategically vote for the more popular candidate rather than your favorites, it was doomed to become a 2 party system from the start. Seems to me that if a simple majority of the house that the person is a member of decides that they engaged in rebellion against the Constitution by falsely claiming election fraud, then they can be dumped out of Congress and out of any political office. Bye-bye to Cruz , Hawley , McCarthy, and all of the rest who voted with them.

Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz are posing for a picture: Josh Hawley; Ted Cruz © Provided by Salon Josh Hawley; Ted Cruz

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Three Republican senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to punish Major League Baseball for its decision to move the All-Star game out of Georgia over the state's new voting restrictions.

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill that would end the MLB's antitrust exemption, which dates back to a 1922 Supreme Court decision, in response to its protest of the Georgia law.

The senators discussed the proposed change as a matter of fairness at a news conference on Tuesday, criticizing corporations for seeking "handouts" and "subsidies," even though all three of them voted to drastically slash corporate taxes and have backed numerous corporate subsidies they like. The trio made clear that the bill was in response to a corporate action they disagreed with.

Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad

  Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad The debate over whether Georgia’s law really suppresses voting reveals just how imperiled American democracy is.In the New York Times, Nate Cohn concluded that “the law’s voting provisions are unlikely to significantly affect turnout or Democratic chances.” Slate’s Will Saletan notes that some provisions really are troubling, but that the bill also contains good provisions and that critics have “overhyped” their concerns. Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, writes that “the idea this is an epic war on voting rights is simply absurd.

Cruz and Hawley are not idiots. They have calculated that embracing the lie about "serious" allegations of voter fraud is politically beneficial to them. They want to run for president, and they are placing a huge bet on the continued vitality of Trumpism into 2024 and 2028. They’re willing to take the What Cruz , Hawley and others most deserve is abject humiliation and political ruin of the sort that the democracy dished out to Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon. The nation needs an "At long last, senator, have you left no sense of decency?" moment, the reckoning U.S. Army chief counsel Joseph

Hawley was the first senator to sign onto a House GOP-led effort to challenge some of the Electoral College vote counts on January 6. That effort was backed by former President Donald Trump, who was pushing to his supporters that the election results could still be overturned. Hawley has used his notoriety to pitch ideas that aren't typically in line with the politics of the modern Republican Party. On Monday, Axios reported on legislation Hawley is rolling out that aims to stop 'mega-corporations' and toughens up anti-trust laws.

"This past month we have seen the rise of the 'woke' corporation," Cruz said. "These woke corporations have decided to become the political enforcer for Democrats in Washington."

Cruz accused the companies of "spreading disinformation" about the law, which Republicans dubiously claim expands voting access, even though more than a dozen provisions will make it harder to vote and could allow Republican state lawmakers to subvert elections. Cruz himself has spread misinformation about voting in Colorado, where the MLB moved its All-Star Game, falsely arguing that the state's all-mail elections are more restrictive than the new Georgia rules that Democrats have lambasted as "Jim Crow in the 21st century."

Cruz, who along with Hawley was among the biggest backers of former President Donald Trump's false election claims that sparked the restrictive efforts in Georgia and dozens of other states, argued that the Georgia bill was in response to concerns about voter integrity, even though multiple recounts and audits have confirmed Trump's loss.

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Josh Hawley announced Wednesday he would join GOP House members and object to Electoral College vote counts on January 6. President Donald Trump has been pressuring GOP senators to join the effort, which could delay announcing the election in Joe Biden's favor for hours. With Hawley 's help, Republicans can object to the results in key swing states, forcing the House and Senate to debate the issue for two hours each time. A simple majority is needed in each chamber to overrule the objection, so the stunt will trigger a delay, but not overturn the election result.

Election officials in Georgia 's 159 counties are undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from an audit required by state law. The newly found ballots that were recovered were mostly for President Donald Trump. Votes found through the audit that began last week after officials in Republican-leaning Floyd County discovered they failed to upload a memory 'You want every vote counted right the first time, but that is one of the goals of the audit: to identify problems,' State Elections Director Chris Harvey said. 'All the votes will be uploaded, and the results will be what they are.'

"Major League Baseball's decision is indefensible on the merits," he said. "Major League Baseball made a decision that the more than half of its fans that happen to be Republicans are now disfavored and that voter fraud is not a concern legislatures should focus on. That decision was harmful. It's going to hurt baseball."

Hawley, who has previously waded into antitrust legislation amid his ongoing feud with tech companies he accuses of censoring conservatives, said that the solution to corporations trying to "amass" political power is to "break them up."

"This is about preserving the ability of the democratic process to go forward," he said. "The fact that Major League Baseball would get together and punish a state because the elected representatives of that state and the elected governor of that state signed a law to preserve election integrity is unbelievable."

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Alex Salmond has riled up his political opponents with what is perceived as an 'anti-English' election video touting his Alba party. The 100-second clip broadcast by the former First Minister's Alba party features a monologue by an actor portraying the King of the Scots, who led Scotland during the First War of Independence against England in the 14th century. Scottish Conservative candidate Annie Wells similarly weighed in, and was quoted as saying that Scotland “deserves better than nationalists fighting like ferrets in a sack over who is trying to break up our United Kingdom quicker”.

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Hawley claimed that the MLB and other corporations that have criticized voter restrictions in Georgia and other states are doing "exactly what the railroad barons tried to do a century ago."

Major League Baseball is the only sports league not subject to federal antitrust laws and there's nothing new about lawmakers seeking to change that. At least a half-dozen efforts have tried and failed to overturn the exception. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in 2019 called on Congress to "reconsider its antitrust exemption" in response to the league's decision to eliminate dozens of minor league baseball teams. But the senators' effort to cancel the MLB's antitrust exemption comes amid a growing GOP campaign against "cancel culture." It follows years of Republicans pushing to make it easier for corporations to influence politics. It also comes amid a nationwide Republican push to make it harder to vote after Trump lost an election that saw record turnout but zero evidence of any widespread fraud.

Georgia's law limits absentee voting and require a voter ID for mail-in ballots, restricts the use of drop boxes, bans Fulton County's mobile voting buses, makes it difficult to correct ballot mistakes, and makes it a crime to serve water or food to voters in long lines, although it does expand early voting in rural areas. It would also allow the Republican state legislature to replace the secretary of state, who pushed back against Trump's false claims, as head of the state election board and allow the board to take over local election offices, a move that appears aimed at Atlanta-area counties where Biden ran up the score in November. The New York Times identified more than 15 provisions that would make it harder to vote or give more power over elections to Republican lawmakers, though the original version of the bill also included a complete ban on no-excuse absentee voting and automatic voter registration and other provisions that would disproportionately impact voters of color.

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  Georgia voting law explained: Here's what to know about the state's new election rules Republican lawmakers in Georgia have overhauled the state's elections. Here's a breakdown of what will change under Senate Bill 202.Democrats and civil-rights groups panned the voting bill, and major Georgia-based corporations came out against the bill after it was passed. GOP state lawmakers who backed the bill and other Republicans nationwide harshly criticized the backlash, calling for boycotts of brands like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.

MLB is hardly the only corporation protesting the law. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola have come out against the law and nearly 200 companies signed a statement against state legislation "threatening to make voting more difficult." A coalition of more than 100 corporate leaders recently met on Zoom to discuss how to respond to the Georgia law and others proposed in states like Texas.

The criticism has led to backlash from Republican lawmakers, who have courted corporate support and funding for decades.

The Georgia House voted to strip a tax break from Delta, though that effort was shot down in the state Senate. A group of Republican state lawmakers called for Coca-Cola products to be removed from their state house offices.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who filibustered efforts to restrict corporate donations and led a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission to remove those limits before backing the Citizens United lawsuit that allowed corporations to pour unlimited sums of cash into politics, warned corporations to "stay out of politics" in response to the criticism.

He walked those comments back a day later, saying, "I'm not talking about political contributions."

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