As readers have probably guessed, I’ve been taking a bit of a Christmas holiday and not posting much recently. (As an update from several weeks ago, I continue to work on an extensive article about Chinese land holdings in the U.S., and some implications for national security. That won’t be out until the New Year at this point.)
This Ready Room will be a little grab-bag of reflections on a few topics, the first of which is the Arizona judge’s ruling against gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s lawsuit over the conduct of the 2022 general election in Maricopa County. The evidence of irregularities is extensive, and a strong case was made that failures of preparation and operation on election day, including machines and back-up planning, ended up disenfranchising numerous voters. In the opinion of legal experts who were tracking the lawsuit and the court filings by Kari Lake, the evidence also showed an unmistakable bias in the political demographics affected by the irregularities, which were overwhelmingly Republican precincts.
I want to focus on just one aspect of the issue, however. Continue reading “TOC Ready Room 28 December 2022: Grab bag – AZ election lawsuit; George Santos; illegal migrants”