Deep down we always knew Scott Walker cared only about loyalists to his authoritarian rule. Now, if you disagree with Walker, you will be blamed for America being "under siege:"
The conclusions were clear: The GOP is the problem. “Results suggest a minimal role for all factors except Republican control of state government, which dramatically reduces states’ democratic performance during this period,” he writes. While many researchers have attempted to quantify the health of democracy in different countries around the world, Grumbach’s paper is the first effort to develop some kind of ranking system for US states. And it’s yet another piece of evidence that the Republican Party has become an anti-democratic political faction.But one of the biggest abuses hasn't been figured into this research yet:
One of the worst abuses by NC's Republican legislature — stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of key powers after his 2016 victory — doesn’t factor into the state’s score, as Grumbach hasn’t decided on a satisfactory way to quantify it. A similar maneuver performed by the Wisconsin state legislature after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s victory in 2018 also doesn’t count against the state’s already dismal SDI score.)
And Gerrymandering? Yes, really Bad for Democracy:
Gerrymandering is not a “both sides” problem. It uses 16 different measurements of gerrymandering; Republican legislators abuse gerrymandering in a way that Democrats simply do not. North Carolina’s SDI score over time — it starts to plunge shortly after Republicans drew new maps in 2011, ones that allowed them to win 77 percent of the state’s House seats in 2018 with just under 50 percent of the state vote.
Georgia’s law, for example, is more worrying than even voter ID laws. It gives Republicans more direct control over election administration, allowing them to bend the rules in their favor: enforcing strict standards for ballot disqualification in Democratic-leaning precincts and lax ones in Republican-leaning ones, for example.But left out are a few HUGE facts Facebook QAnon'ers always leave out, or most likely just don't know about: