Members of a church congregation in Selma, Alabama turned their backs on former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg when he spoke at a service on Sunday.
Bloomberg is hoping to shore up support in the upcoming Super Tuesday state, facing a contest in Alabama with former Vice President Joe Biden. Black voters will prove to be critical in the Democratic primaries of southern states.
He appeared to discuss his campaign at Selma’s Brown Chapel AME Church on Sunday, but the congregation didn’t seem happy to hear from him at all. Roughly 10 minutes into Bloomberg’s speech about voter suppression and other issues relevant to Black voters, a sizable element of the congregation turned their backs to Bloomberg.
Mike Bloomberg was speaking at Selma’s historic Brown AME.
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) March 1, 2020
The megabillionaire had been invited by the pastor of the church, Rev. Leodis Strong. After initially declining to appear, he did so, making brief remarks about civil rights.
Bloomberg’s record as Mayor of New York City has come into question with some Black voters, particularly his support of controversial ‘Stop and Frisk’ policies that critics argue unfairly targeted young minority men.
Bloomberg hopes to challenge Joe Biden for domination over the moderate lane of the Democratic Party, but his lacking appeal to southern Black voters could prove enough to sink his Super Tuesday game plan. The Super Tuesday states are the first in which Bloomberg will be on the ballot.
Joe Biden also spoke at the same church service, receiving a far more amenable reception from the congregation. Biden was powered to a big win in South Carolina through strong support from Black voters.
DECISIVE VICTORY: Arizona Judge Rules State Senate Can Review 2.1 Million Ballots & Voting Software in Maricopa County
Friday morning, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge gave the Trump Campaign and overall MAGA movement another small yet decisive victory in their ongoing legal battle in the 2020 Presidential Election. According to an article by the Associated Press, Judge Timothy Thomason ruled that the Arizona Senate can get access to 2.1 million voter ballots and voting machines from Maricopa County, Arizona’s most popular county which flipped Arizona from Trump to Biden. Big League Politics has previously reported on Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors and their state of perpetual non-compliance with legally issued subpoenas by the Arizona Senate. It appears that today, Judge Thomason has officially ordered that non-compliance to end, and Maricopa County must allow the Senate to proceed with their investigation.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has previously argued that ballots should remain secret and not open to investigation. They see the subpoenas issued by the Senate as illegitimate and that they have no right to access the county’s voting hardware. In turn, the Senate and their legal team have argued that the constitution clearly gives the Legislature the responsibility to enforce the law and to maintain election integrity. It is the Senate’s role to ensure that Arizona elections are free, fair, and pure.
Judge Thomason seemingly agrees with the Senate on all fronts and has called the subpoenas “legal and enforceable”. In his ruling, the Judge also stated:
“There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas. The Subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas. The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections. The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters. Accordingly, the Senators have the power to subpoena material as part of an inquiry into election reform measures. As such, the Subpoenas have a proper legislative purpose. The Subpoenas also do not violate separation of powers principles. Production of the subpoenaed materials would not violate confidentiality laws.”
The rest of Judge’s Thomason’s ruling can be found here.
“We are thrilled and grateful that the judge was able to see the big picture in this whole issue,” said Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann. “That this has never been about overturning an election. This has always been 100% about voter integrity and finding the answers to all of our voters’ questions about the safety and security and validity of the Arizona electoral system.”
Maricopa County has been accused of committing mass voter fraud, discriminating against Trump voters and using hardware to manipulate votes for Joe Biden. Big League Politics has previously reported that former Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora had resigned from his office in disgust with the complacency Maricopa County played in the election fraud. Flora said that he plans to continue to push recall efforts against the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for what he sees as crimes against the people of Maricopa County.
BREAKING: A judge ruled that the Arizona Senate can get access to 2.1 million ballots from Arizona’s most populous county so it can audit results of the 2020 election.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) February 26, 2021
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