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Hillary Clinton fighting to repeal the filibuster for voting right bills

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is fighting to get rid of the Senate filibuster for voting bills.

“We can preserve the filibuster, or we can preserve the voting rights of people of color. But we can’t do both,” Clinton tweeted Thursday.

Attached to Clinton’s tweet is a map of the U.S. outlining every state where new voting legislation has been introduced.

The former New York senator argued that the filibuster blocks voting rights in almost every state.

According to Clinton’s tweet, state lawmakers have introduced 361 bills in 47 states as of March 24 that would make it harder for their residents to vote in upcoming elections. The state legislatures with the highest number of restrictive bills were Texas, Georgia and Arizona.

Republican lawmakers in these states argue that the bills were created to fight voter fraud and do not restrict voting rights.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick lashed out against opponents of the Senate’s voter fraud bill in Texas at a news conference on Tuesday, calling them “nest of liars” who were “race baiting” for political gain.

“Senate Bill 7 is about voter security, not about voter suppression,” Patrick said. “I’m tired of the lies and the nest of liars who continue to repeat them.”

The bill, which is one of several voter fraud bills filed recently across the country, has come under scrutiny in the last week. Critics say the bill limits the number of early voting hours, restricts the number of voting machines at polling places and giving more leeway to poll watchers.

Patrick, who has campaigned for stricter voting laws for over than a decade, said Senate Bill 7 changes nothing for mail-in ballots, early voting hours or Election Day procedures.

“Anyone who says different is lying to you, whether they write with a pen, talk with a microphone or hold political office,” Patrick said.

Clinton argued that the Senate filibuster should not get in the way of “constitutional matters” and specifically cited voting as one of those issues.

“The filibuster stands in the way of a lot of legislation and whether or not it can be either reformed and amended or eliminated is what we will find out in next weeks,” Clinton said last month. “It certainly should be lifted for constitutional matters, and I would put election law matters at the top of that list.”

President Joe Biden told reporters during a recent press conference that he has an “open mind” about changing filibuster rules on “certain things that are just elemental to the functioning of our democracy.” Biden went on to cite “the right to vote” as one of those instances.

House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation Wednesday that would counter the Georgia law and others laws similar to it. It now advances to the Senate but it has little chance of breaking past an expected filibuster of opposition from Republicans, the Associated Press reported.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Biden Energy Secretary Subject of Ethics Complaint for Promoting Electric Company She Held $1.6 Million in Stock

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President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in. She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden’s administration.

Breitbart reports Granholm, “who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden’s infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination.”

Critics say Granholm has promoted Proterra in her official capacity as energy secretary and for hyping grant access to companies with connections to Proterra. Additionally, they say Granholm’s promotion of Proterra has increased its visibility and therefore the value of her stock before she was required to sell her shares due to ethics rules.

As of Monday, the company had a market cap of $2.6 billion. Granholm also promoted Burlingame, a California electric vehicle company, at the same time “Democrats in Congress were crafting – and ultimately passing – Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which dramatically increases Granholm’s authority as energy secretary to advance private sector companies in the transition to an electric vehicle-based transportation infrastructure” reports Breitbart.

The infrastructure package “grants as much as $174 billion to green vehicles and $456 billion to zero-emission buses to ‘replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of our yellow school bus fleet’ and ‘to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030.”

Breitbart reports:

Granholm’s involvement with Proterra started in March of 2017 when the company announced she would be joining its board ostensibly due to her experience with the automotive sector when she served as Michigan’s governor from 2003 to 2011. Proterra hoped to use Granholm’s “track record for producing a high-quality clean energy and transportation workforce in the Midwest” to launch the company into the “next phase of strategic growth and national deployment,” its press release explained. During her time on the board, Granholm supplemented her considerable income by simultaneously serving on the boards and consulting for various left-wing organizations as well, such as American Bridge PAC and Media Matters.

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