Crooked Media - What A Day: Boudin on the splits

Wednesday, June 08, 2022
BY BRIAN BEUTLER & CROOKED MEDIA

 -Lauren Hogg, sister of David, wrecking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

Tuesday's primaries were a real dog's breakfast. Here's what happens and why it's great news for John McCain

  • As expected, voters in San Francisco recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin, the progressive prosecutor who has become a scapegoat for violent crime, which has increased the past couple years across the country, but interestingly not in San Francisco. So, thank you NIMBYs for playing along with and feeding a highly destructive right-wing propaganda campaign. San Francisco Mayor London Breed will select Boudin's replacement. (Progressive prosecutors in areas with larger black populations fared much better Tuesday).
     
  •  In further expected news, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and billionaire-Republican-running-as-a-Democrat Rick Caruso will face off in the general election for Los Angeles Mayor. With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Caruso led Bass in the jungle primary 42.1-37.0, with 10 other candidates splitting the remaining vote. Caruso has wildly outspent Bass thus far, and many Dems fear that might allow Republicans to succeed in L.A. where their gubernatorial recall effort failed last year. 
     
  • In better California law-enforcement news, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva will likely face former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna in the general election. With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Villanueva has netted only 34.4 percent of all votes, to Luna's 24.5, with six other candidates divvying up the rest. For more on why this is good news, just read this
Non-California news is a real hodgepodge.
  • Starting with the best news, South Dakota voters derailed a GOP scheme to make it impossible for them to adopt the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative. Republicans put a different amendment on the ballot (Amendment C) that would've held the Medicaid expansion initiative (but few other initiatives) to a 60 percent supermajority threshold—and did so knowing that primary night in South Dakota would mean overwhelmingly Republican turnout. Nevertheless, their scheme failed miserably, 67-33
     
  • Trump-related news is more mixed. Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS) failed to clear 50 percent of the vote in his primary, and will thus face Trumper Michael Cassidy in a runoff, all because Guest voted to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection. Meanwhile, Donald Trump's notoriously corrupt former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is stuck in an extremely tight, too-close-to-call race to run for Montana's new House district, with only 41 percent of the Republican vote to his name.
It's bad for the country that so many lawless Trump loyalists will be on the ballot this fall. But if there's any justice in the world it should help Democrats shift the prevailing dynamic. Even if crime is your issue, Tuesday's results are a reminder that Democrats are trying to fight it locally and in Washington, Republicans are trying to make it worse in both places. 

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A federal judge has ordered Donald Trump's top coup lawyer, John Eastman, to turn 159 more documents over to the House January 6 Committee, including yet another email that contains evidence of criminal conduct. In that email, according to Judge David Carter, an unnamed attorney advised the coup plotters not to test their so-called "January 6 strategy" in court, because they'd likely lose, and thus "tank" the coup plot they ultimately pursued. That email "cemented the direction of the January 6 plan,” Carter wrote in his opinion, and suggests the Trump conspirators proceeded with consciousness of their own guilt. “Lawyers are free not to bring cases; they are not free to evade judicial review to overturn a democratic election. Accordingly, this portion of the email is subject to the crime-fraud exception and must be disclosed.” Just in time for the committee's public hearings, which begin tomorrow.

 


 

The criminalization of abortion in post-Roe America may end up looking like it already does in the country of Poland, and American providers are already taking steps to protect their patients from mass government surveillance of pregnancies. Poland, which prohibits abortion in nearly all instances, will begin logging patients' pregnancy status in a central database of health information, creating in effect what its critics quite reasonably call a "pregnancy registry." Whether they know what's happening in Poland or not, doctors in anti-abortion states "are rushing to take precautions to guard their communications and their patients’ data, fearing that the information could be used in future prosecutions." Keeping pregnancy records out of intrusive government hands will be key to protecting women's continued access to reproductive health care. Republicans are already eyeing new laws that would prohibit women from traveling terminate pregnancies, the enforcement of which would, for obvious reasons, require them to ascertain pregnancy status in advance.

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A California district attorney in heavily Republican King County, who prosecuted two women whose babies were stillborn, lost his seat last night to a challenger who vocally opposed those prosecutions, in what is hopefully a good omen for post-Roe politics. 

Gov. Tony Evers (R-WI) will call the Wisconsin state legislature into emergency session on June 22 to debate repealing the state's latent abortion-criminalization law, which will snap back into effect if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The E.U. has agreed to require all mobile-device manufacturers to engineer their products to use a single charging port—USB-C—in a huge but long-overdue blow to Apple and the dongle economy.

Portland General Electric has built the nation's first battery-based electric utility, which can keep pumping solar and wind energy, even when the air is still and the sky is dark, without toggling back to fossil fuel sources.

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