Courtesy of TPM:
The top election official in the state of Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), knocked President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will initiate a probe into voter fraud during the 2016 presidential election, saying Wednesday that he wishes Trump would “take a more constructive point of view” on the issue.
Husted, who has been accused of voter suppression in the past, told CNN that Ohio conducts investigation into voter fraud every two years and that while he feels it exists, it is rare and that probes should be left to the states.
“Well, look, this really should be done at the state level,” he said. “I don’t think that federal involvement is important in this particular matter because the states run the elections. We don’t want federal involvement in our elections. We want to keep this in the hands of the states. That’s where it should be. I’ll be interested to see what the president suggests as far as a review, but we already have one under way.”
In other words, we don’t need no stinking feds looking at our voting system too closely. Carry on donnie… 🙂
Also and too, courtesy of NYMag:
The idea, as so many do these days, began on social media. This week, scientists across the country have been quietly and not-so-quietly freaking out over the Trump administration’s approach to science, particularly climate-change policies and what may lie ahead for science communication and research funding. (There are so many things to freak out about, but these seem to be taking priority just now.) Then, in the middle of a long thread on Reddit, someone suggested: “There needs to be a Scientists’ March on Washington.”
That was four days ago. Since then, the newly created Twitter handle @ScienceMarchonDC has gained more than 20,000 followers, and a (now-private) Facebook group has more than 100,000 members. There’s also a website, which lays out the primary themes for the still-in-the-works march.
I love this idea!