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The Guy Who Could Save Our Republic: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

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During a time when many Republican officials have been unwilling to do anything to battle election fraud, a few are holding firm. Last year, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich got involved with six election lawsuits, including successfully suing the Democratic County Recorder when he tried to send out mail in ballots to everyone in Maricopa County. Brnovich wrote to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors a few days after the election urging them to more than double the hand audit. He also filed an amicus brief in support of the Arizona State Senate demanding that the supervisors turn over the Dominion voting machines for inspection.

 

Now, he’s taking on the DNC in a case at the Supreme Court that is going to determine whether states can take measures to combat election fraud. Oral arguments are scheduled for March 2. This will likely determine whether the election fraud we saw in the presidential race can continue or whether states will be able to stop it. 

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The litigation arose before the 2016 election and involves two laws Arizona implemented against election fraud. Two separate cases were consolidated, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee. One law requires that a ballot be thrown out if it was cast in a precinct other than the one matching the voter’s home address. The other law bans ballot harvesting, where third parties (with a few obvious exceptions including close family, household members and caretakers) are allowed to turn ballots in. The DNC sued Arizona over the two laws, claiming racism (no surprise). The federal district court judge and a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Arizona, but the full Ninth Circuit panel overruled the smaller panel. 

 

In order to prove racial discrimination under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, there must be proof of a substantial disparate impact. There is no evidence of this. The district court found that the out-of-precinct policy had no impact on 99.9% of non-minority voters and 99.8% of minority voters. So the DNC is attempting to get the court to ignore the word “substantial” to get around this. Brnovich said in his brief that doing so would lead to chaos. For example, one slight change in voting laws could increase Hispanic voter turnout by 2% while decreasing black turnout by 2%. As for the ballot harvesting ban, the DNC (and Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs) failed to provide any purported evidence of racial discrimination.  

 

Ten senators, led by Ted Cruz, filed a brief supporting Arizona. The Trump administration also filed a brief in support of Arizona, saying the laws do not promote racial discrimination in voting. Surprisingly, when Biden first took office his administration supported that position. Since then, Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler backtracked slightly and said in a letter to the court that the administration disagrees on a few points, but didn’t go any further than that. “The Biden administration basically agreed that our voting laws don’t violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” Brnovich told The Daily Signal.   

 

If banning ballot harvesting is racist, then 19 other states must be racist too since they also ban the practice. Most states also require citizens to vote at their assigned precinct. 

 

We saw plenty of evidence from the 2020 election where unscrupulous Democrat activists harvested ballots from voters, coerced them into filling them out or filled them out for them, and turned them in. Project Veritas caught activists taking advantage of elderly Somali immigrants in order to add votes for Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis. Project Veritas also caught the Biden campaign’s Texas Political Director Dallas Jones harvesting ballots from dead people, homeless people and nursing home residents. There are countless more stories like this. It is a real problem. 

 

This is a key decision because if laws like this can be struck down for being racist, you could make the argument that a lot of election integrity laws could be struck down as racist. Let’s say common sense precautions such as requiring extra poll watchers from both parties results in 1% fewer minority votes. That is so small it is statistically insignificant. But under the Democrats’ standard, that tiny difference would constitute racism.

 

We may not have been able to defeat election fraud in the 2020 election in time; they broadsided us. But it is imperative to stop it or Republicans may never hold significant offices again. It is the single most important issue we must focus on right now. The future of our country hinges on this decision.

 

Brnovich is going to be under one of the most horrendous attacks by the left we have ever seen. They already have their sights on him. He was the first state attorney general to sue Google. He filed a lawsuit immediately after Biden took office over the administration’s 100 day freeze on deportations. He led several amicus briefs defending the Second Amendment and religious liberty. He’s taken on the higher education establishment and continues to fight them in state court. And before becoming AG, he served as director of the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute. 

 

This will be one of the biggest political fights of our lifetime. Although the Biden administration has backed down on the case, the so-called conservatives on the Supreme Court have proven they cannot be trusted. Most political fights are fought very publicly in the legislative and executive arenas, which is where most major policy is made. The Supreme Court only accepts about 80 cases each year, but a handful of its cases have profound implications. This is the sleeper case no one knows about that may end up like a Roe v. Wade.

 

Disclaimer: The author worked with Mark Brnovich at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the early 2000s before he became Attorney General.

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Legitimate Refugees: A Global Approach is Needed

We cannot open our doors to every refugee on earth, nor can any one nation

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It’s evident when you add it all up – serfdom, indentured servitude, slavery, the Holocaust, genocide, ethnic cleansing, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, dust bowls, pandemics, epidemics, famine, wars, human trafficking and every day skirmishes –  that a significant portion of the population has experienced, or has ancestors who have experienced horrendous times, conditions, or upbringings.

No Break in the Action

As the world proceeds towards eight billion people, en masse, humankind doesn’t seem to be progressing toward a more hallowed state, wherein we learn to share the planet effectively. Ancient rivalries and hatreds, some lasting thousands of years, appear as molten today as they were in antiquity:

Armenians and Turks, Sunnis and Shias, Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics, Albanians and Serbs,  Tutsis and Hutus, Jews and Palestinians, Japanese and Chinese, Indian and Chinese, everybody and Chinese, Indonesians and Malaysians, and Assamese and Bengalis, among dozens of others.

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Currently persecution of Jews is occurring on many levels, particularly in France, but alarmingly in Great Britain, Germany, and other supposedly enlightened nations, largely fomented by extremist Muslims. Muslim attacks on Christians are occurring worldwide. Christians are not the instigators.

The Statute of Limitations

With so many people here and abroad descending from ravaged lineages, how much acknowledgment are surviving members supposed to receive? Is everyone, or anyone, to be entitled because of what occurred 100, 500, or 1000 years ago? What is the expiration date on special status? When does engendering a “protected class” impinge upon the rights of everyone else?

How long should the state be responsible for the income and livelihoods of those who are downtrodden, perhaps legitimately so? Where is the sunset clause that says after so many years of welfare, it’s time to get going on your own?

What about our immigration policies? Socialism, extreme poverty, and corruption in South America and particularly Latin America leads to untold masses who want to escape to America. What do you do with the actual family at the border? Biden has very bad answers.

This is Not Wheel of Forune

Those who, to this day, have experienced indentured servitude or slavery; genocide, earthquakes, other natural disasters; pandemics and epidemics; and man-made hostilities and skirmishes, cannot come to our shores or our southern border en masse, where we will accommodate them in such numbers and with such benefits that our sovereignty will eventually be lost.

In America, we cannot open our doors to every refugee on earth, or even those in our own hemisphere. Nor can any one nation. It is time for a global response and the shared burden of responsibility.

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Greater Simplicity in Your Own Life

To achieve simplicity, notice the subtle line between becoming a master and being a novice

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To achieve greater simplicity in your own life, notice the subtle line between becoming a master and being a novice, and read the trail beyond the readily apparent.

Mastery begins with the basic notion that you’re the captain of your fate. You’re in control. You steer the rudder, pull the lever, flip the switch, call the shots, and have the ability to follow the path that leads to simplicity.

When you master the elements of simplicity, you don’t repeatedly traverse the same undesired trails. You can become like the Bushmen of Namibia who are so adept at reading footprints that they can tell what a leopard did the day before they started following it.

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Perspectives and Perceptions

As you read the following tips on simplicity, keep in mind the perspectives for our increasingly complex world:

Realize the reality of our era. Merely being born in the last 80 years guarantees that you will face a never-ending stream of complexity within your home, on the highway, at work, and everywhere in between. Acknowledging this basic reality is vital to resolution. Sadly, some people won’t attain this level of understanding and blame others, or themselves, for their complex lives. Complexity is no one’s “fault.”

Convert the question. When facing a challenge, employ language that empowers you rather than leaves you in a quandary. Rather than ask, “what can I do?”, ask yourself “what will I do?” Then jot down the answers. You can convert even the generic question, “What can I do about this issue?” into a more powerful inquiry “How will I handle this issue?”

Seek your answer within the problem. Charles Kettering’s approach to problem solving remains unsurpassed. He was a founder of the Sloan-Kettering Institute and a brilliant inventor, perfecting the diesel engine, automobile ignition systems, chrome painting, and dozens of other innovations that transformed the auto industry in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Kettering studied the solutions to problems he or others had already solved and reached the conclusion that solutions lie within the problem.

He noted that solutions were merely a change in perception, since the solution to the problem existed all along, within the problem itself. A problem-solver’s role was not to master a problem, but to make it generate its solution.

Solutions Alongside

So, in your pursuit of simplicity, when you encounter a problem, recognize that your solution likely is right alongside the problem itself.

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