“Giuliani says he will stop accusing Georgia workers of election tampering”


Rudy Giuliani has agreed to no longer accuse two Georgia poll workers of tampering with the 2020 election, according to a draft agreement filed Tuesday in federal bankruptcy court.

The agreement bars Giuliani — who has amplified election falsehoods for years as a staunch ally of former president Donald Trump — from publishing or helping to publish false statements that the two workers “engaged in wrongdoing” related to the 2020 election.

A draft of the agreement filed Tuesday said Giuliani was permanently prohibited “from publishing, causing others to publish, and/or assisting in others’ publication of … any statements that suggest that Plaintiffs, whether mentioned directly, indirectly, or by implication, engaged in wrongdoing in connection with the 2020 presidential election.”…

The next day, Giuliani filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York, listing up to $500 million in debts. He continued, however, to rant against the trial and the ruling, describing the judge as “hopelessly biased.”

“The amount, $148 million, is so irrational it tells you the trial was irrational because the result is the result of a completely unfair trial,” he added.

Freeman and Moss sued him again in December after he continued to spread falsehoods about them.At the time, their attorney Michael Gottlieb asked Giuliani’s trial judge to let Freeman and Moss immediately pursue the $148 million judgment, citing the risk that Giuliani would empty out his savings before any money could be recovered.

On Tuesday, Gottlieb said the plaintiffs were “pleased” with the agreement. “Today ends [Giuliani’s] efforts to profit off lies about these two heroes of American democracy,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

Gottlieb told The Washington Post, “If the court grants the permanent injunction as we have requested, then the second lawsuit would be over, because that is all we asked for in that lawsuit.”

Giuliani spokesman Ted Goodman said the former New York mayor has agreed not to comment on the election service of Freeman and Moss, “based on advice from his lawyers.”

“He will continue to comment on everything else surrounding the 2020 election,” Goodman said in a statement Tuesday.

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“Georgia Supreme Court Justice Fends Off Challenger Who Made Abortion Rights a Focus”


The incumbent in the lone competitive race for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court won re-election on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, fending off a challenge from a former Democratic congressman who had built his campaign in the nonpartisan contest on protecting abortion rights.

Elections for the Supreme Court in Georgia are typically subdued affairs, drawing little attention, much less stirring controversy, as justices rarely face any serious opposition. Such was the case for the three other justices on the ballot on Tuesday, whose elections were uncontested.

But Justice Andrew A. Pinson was in the unusual position of having to fight to defend his seat after John Barrow, who represented Georgia in Congress as a Democrat from 2005 to 2015, entered the race.

During the campaign, Mr. Barrow said that Georgia’s Constitution guaranteed the right to an abortion, which, he argued, was not a political position but simply his interpretation of the law. Last year, the State Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, though a legal fight is ongoing.

The challenge from Mr. Barrow pushed Justice Pinson and his supporters to mobilize an effort that was costly and high-profile, at least by the standards of a State Supreme Court race. Justice Pinson sought to portray Mr. Barrow as a threat to an independent judiciary, arguing that voting for his opponent was tantamount to endorsing “a system of partisan politicians in black robes.”

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“House G.O.P. Moves to Crack Down on Noncitizen Voting, Sowing False Narrative”


Republicans are pushing legislation to crack down on voting by noncitizens, which happens rarely and is already illegal in federal elections, in a move that reinforces former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the 2024 results if he loses.

This week, House Republicans plan to vote on a bill that would roll back a District of Columbia law allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections, which they contend is needed to prevent Democrats from expanding the practice to other jurisdictions. And they are advancing another measure that would require states to obtain proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, when registering a person to vote.

The legislation has virtually no chance of becoming law, but it serves to amplify one of Mr. Trump’s favorite pre-emptive claims of election fraud. It also underscores Republicans’ embrace of a groundless narrative — one that echoes the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory — that Democrats are intentionally allowing migrants to stream into the United States illegally in order to dilute the voting power of American citizens and lock in electoral victories for themselves.

Speaker Mike Johnson recently appeared alongside Mr. Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s Florida resort and residence, to announce a pledge to get tough on migrants flowing across the border, suggesting with no evidence that they were coming in unchecked as part of a plot to vote for President Biden….

See also this companion piece, giving more facts about the risk of noncitizen voting.

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“How can ‘traditional’ Republicans make their voices heard?”

The Washington Post has published several responses to the op-ed written by three GOP ex-senators: Danforth, Cohen, and Simpson. In their op-ed, they explained that they are creating a new organization called “Our Republican Legacy” inside the Republican Party. The premise of their endeavor, they said, is their belief that “traditional Republicanism, though currently in eclipse, is no more extinct than the sun was over portions of the country on April 8.” Their plan is for their new organization to “facilitate” the “expeditious return” of old-guard Republicans.

One of the responses to this op-ed that the Post published was mine. My point was that these three ex-senators, while laudable in their motives, are mistaken if they think their “traditional Republicanism” can make a “comeback” without electoral reform along the lines that Eric Maskin and I have been advocating. I cite the examples of Rob Portman and Matt Dolan–their kind of Republican in Ohio–as unable to compete under the existing electoral system, even though the median voter in Ohio would prefer them to the MAGA candidates, like J.D. Vance and Bernie Moreno, that emerge as the nominees of MAGA-dominated Republican primaries. I also cite Nikki Haley’s inability to prevail in this year’s Republican presidential primary even though she would beat either Biden or Trump head-to-head. If traditional Republicans like these three ex-senators don’t learn to embrace the electoral principles of Condorcet, upon whose insights Eric Maskin and I rely, they will become extinct like dinosaurs–leaving Americans only Democrats and MAGA candidates from which to choose.

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“Ohio lawmakers won’t pass Biden ballot fix, House speaker says”


If President Joe Biden is going to make it on the ballot in Ohio, it won’t be because of the Republican-controlled state legislature, according to Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens.

Stephens told reporters on Tuesday the push to fix the state law that’s posing a barrier for the Democratic president has stalled out, even though Republican leaders in both the House and Senate, where the GOP holds a supermajority, ostensibly have said they’ve wanted to pass something.

SOS LaRose warns Biden campaign.

Sounds like there will have to be a lawsuit or a tweaking of the DNC rules to formally nominate Biden earlier.

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“Rudy Giuliani and 10 others plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Arizona”


Rudy Giuliani and 10 others pleaded not guilty in an Arizona court Tuesday to charges of allegedly conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

The former New York mayor was also ordered to post a $10,000 bond after he ducked efforts by the state to serve him with a summons over the past week.

Giuliani was served Friday in Palm Beach, Florida, at his 80th birthday bash held by a GOP operative. Arizona prosecutors spent weeks trying to track down Giuliani and eventually found him based on some of his podcasts.

A grand jury in Arizona handed up indictments last month charging over a dozen Donald Trump allies for their efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, including the fake electors and several individuals connected to his campaign.

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