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Most House Republicans do not believe Joe Biden should be president

These 126 House members signed the Texas/Trump attempt to overturn election results in GA, MI, PA and WI.

Almost two-out-of-three Republican members of the House of Representatives (64.3%) do not believe that Joe Biden should be President of the United States.

On Friday, the Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday which demanded that the Court reverse the results of the popular vote in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.

Two conservative members of the Court, Justices Alito and Thomas, would have “grant[ed] the motion to file the bill of complaint.” This is consistent behavior: “Alito and Thomas have previously argued that the Supreme Court must take up any case that properly invokes its originjurisdiction.”

Not surprisingly, the Trump campaigned had signed on to the lawsuit, as did 18 state attorneys general.

So did 126 of the 196 Republicans in the US House of Representatives. For many, it was their first public rejection of Biden’s presidency. Read the brief.

For anyone who has entertained the notion of breaking up the nation (raises hand*), this map should be a stark reminder of how difficult such a balkanization would be. See the spreadsheet.

Court decision is disappointing

I am disappointed at the Supreme Court decision for all the reasons articulated here:

The justices’ decision whether to do that needs to account for this extraordinary, dangerous moment for our democracy. President Donald Trump, other supportive Republicans, and aligned commentators have firmly convinced many tens of millions of people that the 2020 presidentielection was stolen. If that view continues to take hold, it threatens not only our nationpolitics for the next four years but the public’s basic faith in elections of all types that are the foundations of our society.

Who signed on, by state

The state attorneys general who signed on to the Missouri brief represent approximately 1-in-5 Americans.

  1. Alabama (7 House seats)
  2. Arkansas (4)
  3. Arizona (9)
  4. Florida (27)
  5. Indiana (9)
  6. Kansas (4)
  7. Louisiana (6)
  8. Mississippi (4)
  9. Missouri (8)
  10. Montana (1)
  11. Nebraska (3)
  12. North Dakota (1)
  13. Oklahoma (5)
  14. South Carolina (7)
  15. South Dakota (1)
  16. Tennessee (9)
  17. Utah (4)
  18. West Virginia (3)

 

Format for US Representatives:
State name (number Rs / delegation size)

Alabama (6/7)

  1. Rep. Bradley Byrne, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Mike Rogers, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. Robert Aderholt, 4th C.D.
  4. Rep. Mo Brooks, 5th C.D.
  5. Rep. Gary Palmer, 6th C.D.

Alaska (1/1)

  • No Republican signed on

Arkansas (4/4)

  1. Rep. Rick Crawford, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Bruce Westerman, 4th C.D.

Arizona (4/9)

  1. Rep. Andy Biggs, 5th C.D.
  2. Rep. Debbie Lesko, 8th C.D.

California (6/53)

  1. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Tom McClintock, 4th C.D.
  3. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, 23rd C.D.
  4. Rep. Ken Calvert, 42nd C.D.

Colorado (3/7)

  1. Rep. Ken Buck, 4th C.D.
  2. Rep. Doug Lamborn, 5th C.D.

Connecticut (0/5)

  • No Republican in delegation

Delaware (0/1)

  • No Republican in delegation

Florida (14/27)

  1. Rep. Matt Gaetz, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. NeP. Dunn, 2nd C.D.
  3. Rep. Ted S. Yoho, 3rd C.D.
  4. Rep. John Rutherford, 4th C.D.
  5. Rep. Michael Waltz, 6th C.D.
  6. Rep. Bill Posey, 8th C.D.
  7. Rep. Daniel Webster, 11th C.D.
  8. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, 12th C.D.
  9. Rep. Ross Spano, 15th C.D.
  10. Rep. W. Gregory Steube, 17th C.D.
  11. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, 25th C.D.

Georgia (8/14)

  1. Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Drew Ferguson, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. Austin Scott, 8th C.D.
  4. Rep. Doug Collins, 9th C.D.
  5. Rep. Jody Hice, 10th C.D.
  6. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, 11th C.D.
  7. Rep. Rick W. Allen, 12th C.D.

Hawaii (0/2)

  • No Republican in delegation

Idaho (2/2)

  1. Rep. Russ Fulcher, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Mike Simpson, 2nd C.D.

Illinois (5/18)

  1. Rep. Mike Bost, 12th C.D.
  2. Rep. Darin LaHood, 18th C.D.

Indiana (7/9)

  1. Rep. Jackie Walorski, 2nd C.D.
  2. Rep. Jim Banks, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. James R. Baird, 4th C.D.
  4. Rep. Greg Pence, 6th C.D.
  5. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, 9th C.D.

Iowa (1/4)

  1. Rep. Steve King, 4th C.D.

Kansas (3/4)

  1. Rep. Ron Estes, 4th C.D.
  2. Rep. Roger Marshall, 1st C.D.

Kentucky (5/6)

  • No Republican signed on

Louisiana (5/6)

  1. Rep. Steve Scalise, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Clay Higgins, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. Mike Johnson, 4th C.D.
  4. Rep. Ralph Abraham, 5th C.D.

Massachusetts (0/9)

  • No Republican in delegation

Maine (0/2)

  • No Republican in delegation

Maryland (1/8)

  1. Rep. Andy Harris, 1st C.D.

Michigan (6/14)

  1. Rep. Jack Bergman, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Bill Huizenga, 2nd C.D.
  3. Rep. John Moolenaar, 4th C.D.
  4. Rep. Tim Walberg, 7th C.D.

Minnesota (3/8)

  1. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Tom Emmer, 6th C.D.
  3. Rep. Pete Stauber, 8th C.D.

Mississippi (3/4)

  1. Rep. Trent Kelly, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Michael Guest, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. Steven Palazzo, 4th C.D.

Missouri (6/8)

  1. Rep. Sam Graves, 6th C.D.
  2. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, 4th C.D.
  3. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, 3rd C.D.
  4. Rep. Jason Smith, 8th C.D.
  5. Rep. Ann Wagner, 2nd C.D.
  6. Rep. Billy Long, 7th C.D.

Montana (1/1)

  1. Rep. Greg Gianforte at-large C.D.

Nebraska (3/3)

  1. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Adrian Smith, 3rd C.D.

New Hampshire (0/2)

  • No Republican in delegation

New Jersey (2/12)

  1. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, 2nd C.D.

New Mexico (0/3)

  • No Republican in delegation

New York (6/27)

  1. Rep. Gregory Murphy, 3rd C.D.
  2. Rep. Elise Stefanik, 21st C.D.
  3. Rep. Lee Zeldin, 1st C.D.

Nevada (1/4)

  • No Republican signed on

North Carolina (9/13)

  1. Rep. Dan Bishop, 9th C.D.
  2. Rep. Ted Budd, 13th C.D.
  3. Rep. Virginia Foxx, 5th C.D.
  4. Rep. Richard Hudson, 8th C.D.
  5. Rep. David Rouzer, 7th C.D.
  6. Rep. Mark Walker, 6th C.D.

North Dakota (1/1)

  • No Republican signed on

Ohio (12/16)

  1. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, 2nd C.D.
  2. Rep. Jim Jordan, 4th C.D.
  3. Rep. Robert E. Latta, 5th C.D.
  4. Rep. Bill Johnson, 6th C.D.
  5. Rep. Bob Gibbs, 7th C.D.

Oklahoma (4/5)

  1. Rep. Kevin Hern, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, 2nd C.D.

Oregon (1/5)

  • No Republican signed on

Pennsylvania (9/18)

  1. Rep. Dan Meuser, 9th C.D.
  2. Rep. Scott Perry, 10th C.D.
  3. Rep. Fred Keller, 12th C.D.
  4. Rep. John Joyce, 13th C.D.
  5. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, 14th C.D.
  6. Rep. Glenn Thompson, 15th C.D.
  7. Rep. Mike Kelly, 16th C.D.

Rhode Island (0/2)

  • No Republican in delegation

South Carolina (5/7)

  1. Rep. Joe Wilson, 2nd C.D.
  2. Rep. Jeff Duncan, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. William Timmons, 4th C.D.
  4. Rep. Ralph Norman, 5th C.D.
  5. Rep. Tom Rice, 7th C.D.

South Dakota (1/1)

  • No Republican signed on

Tennessee (7/9)

  1. Rep. Tim Burchett, 2nd C.D.
  2. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann , 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, 4th C.D.
  4. Rep. John Rose, 6th C.D.
  5. Rep. Mark Green, 7th C.D.
  6. Rep. David Kustoff, 8th C.D.

Texas (22/36)

  1. Rep. Louie Gohmert, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, 2nd C.D.
  3. Rep. Lance Gooden, 5th C.D.
  4. Rep. Ron Wright, 6th C.D.
  5. Rep. Kevin Brady, 8th C.D.
  6. Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th C.D.
  7. Rep. Randy Weber, 14th C.D.
  8. Rep. Bill Flores, 17th C.D.
  9. Rep. Jodey Arrington, 19th C.D.
  10. Rep. Kenny Marchant, 24th C.D.
  11. Rep. Roger Williams, 25th C.D.
  12. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, 26th C.D.
  13. Rep. Michael Cloud, 27th C.D.
  14. Rep. Brian Babin, 36th C.D.

Utah (3/4)

  • No Republican signed on

Vermont (0/1)

  • No Republican in delegation

Virginia (4/11)

  1. Rep. Rob Wittman, 1st C.D.
  2. Rep. Carol D. Miller, 3rd C.D.
  3. Rep. Ben Cline, 6th C.D.
  4. Rep. Morgan Griffith, 9th C.D.

Washington (3/10)

  1. Rep. Dan Newhouse, 4th C.D.
  2. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 5th C.D.

West Virginia (3/3)

  1. Rep. Alex X. Mooney, 2nd C.D.

Wisconsin (5/8)

  1. Rep. Tom Tiffany, 7th C.D.

Wyoming (1/1)

  • No Republican signed on

* I have proposed, publicly, that should we find ourselves at such a politicstalemate that breakup is the least-bad course of action, the negotiated divestiture needs to include this provision: that anyone who wants to move to “the other side” (assuming there are only two and assuming that one retains the Constitution) MUST be offered fair market value for any and all property by the state leaving the union. There should be a reasonable time period for people to make this decision (perhaps a year after the divestiture is signed).

I acknowledge that there are serious challenges with this approach. What court would hear a case should a state not pony up fair market value? Who determines fair market value? Perhaps a court of mediation becomes part of this process – we can always look across the pond to the UK’s withdrawfrom the EU for a model of what not to do.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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