John Lewis compares House rules penalizing protests to ‘Putin’s Russia’

This photo provided by U.S. Rep. Chillie Pingree, D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in a June sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington. Via AP

This photo provided by U.S. Rep. Chillie Pingree, D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in a June sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington. Via AP

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and a colleague who helped organize a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun violence this summer called a GOP proposal to punish lawmakers for similar protests an “unconstitutional gag order” akin to “Putin’s Russia.”logo-all

Politico reports that, in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, Lewis and Connecticut Democrat John Larson vowed to fight against the proposed House rules:

“While we agree with the need to maintain protocol on the House floor — this kind of proposal is unprecedented and amounts to a gag order without due process or the ability to members to contest sanctions,” they added.

Some critics have raised constitutional concerns about the proposed rules change, since it delegates responsibility to a senior House official and seemingly wouldn’t let lawmakers appeal the fines or other penalties.

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A New York Times piece on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to form the nation’s mayors into a coalition capable opposing a Donald Trump administration on issues such as immigration includes these paragraphs:

In conference calls and informal meetings, mayors from Seattle to New Orleans have been discussing how to best position their cities as a kind of bloc of island nations, with shared concerns over the prospect of diminished federal support for urban centers, and of major shifts in policy on immigration, public safety and climate change.

“We’re taking a no-excuses strategy, as opposed to lamenting President-elect Trump’s win and his policy positions,” said Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, a Democrat. “We think that by joining together that we can have a very strong counter-message.”

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The significant scheduling and procedural overhauls we outlined on Thursday weren’t the only big changes coming to the state Senate next year.

We are also told that at a GOP caucus meeting later Thursday Senate leaders announced plans to consolidate the two judiciary committees – one that focused on criminal law and one on civil – into one unified panel. Which also likely means state Sen. Josh McKoon, chair of the civil Judiciary Committee, loses a coveted chairmanship.

(We should note here that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s office did not comment.)

If it comes to pass, it could be a mixed bag for McKoon. Committee chairs bring political donations, which would obviously help his likely run for attorney general or other higher office. But being on the outs with the state Senate could also bolster his insurgent credentials, especially if he plans to revive the “religious liberty” fight again.

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Thanks to Jon Richards of GaPundit.com for pointing us to this:

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Speaking of technology, over at the Macon Telegraph, reporter Maggie Lee has a piece on the approval of a state House-Senate study committee report on rural broadband access:

In six hearings over the last few weeks, the committee heard from dozens of people testifying on behalf of hospitals, schools, counties, companies and economic development agencies and others. The report from the Committee on High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians says reliable access is a clear “statement to maintain Georgia’s global economic standing.”

Some of the suggestions in the committee’s report have to do with making the money side more attractive: the Legislature might consider tax credits or public loans for certain rural broadband builds, for example. The report also suggests reworking some regulations around rights-of-way to lay fiber or getting local permission to do projects.

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107 comments
Walt Fink
Walt Fink

Well we have obamafart, now we have lewisfart.

Joyce Puckett
Joyce Puckett

this is the same bunch who sat down in the floor like spoiled babies lmao

David W. Ford
David W. Ford

Old Buttwheat needs to go sit in the corner and shut up.

Neil Franklin
Neil Franklin

Aw, boohoo John, what exactly have you done for your black constituents in your district ? About what Obozo has done for the nation?

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

These people are paid millions to convene in this building to pass laws and on top they dont really work but 1/4th the year , Have privelages beyond belief and this is how they act ? By throwing a tantrum sit in ????

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

That moment when you want to walk outside and tell all the guards to lock the doors and ignore the screams cause your about to get the bible , Turn each and everyone of them over your Knee and use it on their misbehavin back end !!!

Leo Balsor
Leo Balsor

he's part of the reason Chump was elected. Lewis supported Hillary.

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

We paid for this Racist moron to illegally did a 25 hour sit in. He is a Roach.

George Dritsas
George Dritsas

Right to assemble in a peaceful way is a constitutional right - no law should ever conflict with it - the reason they were protesting should be the bigger issue

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

There is a place for protest this was not it! and not on the taxpayers time and dime!

Stanley Wallace
Stanley Wallace

If that is all he has to fight for, then he is not working for me . Set him free

Virginia Chastain
Virginia Chastain

He didn't be a congressman if it wAsn't for the stupid people of atlanta

Ben Bryant
Ben Bryant

Well just win back the majority before the next census and everything will take care of itself.

Norman Stroud
Norman Stroud

john lewis is like Maxine waters they take the money and does nothing

Richard Crowder
Richard Crowder

Such a moron! Maybe he'll move to Hawaii and stay there. And so will the idiot from the White House.

Jeff Thompson
Jeff Thompson

Throw the SOB some KFC and a banana and he'll be quite a little while.

Bettye Walker
Bettye Walker

PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE CALLED RACIST, BUT READ YOUR COMMENTS BEFORE YOU HIT ENTER, AND SEE WHAT OTHERS SEE !

Billie Miller Crapo
Billie Miller Crapo

Liberals don't have obama to scream race so now the boogy man is putin.

Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison

when representatives and senator start acting like college student when they don't get their own way they need to be replaced,

Cosby Butch Smith
Cosby Butch Smith

John Lewis is a racist jerk keeps his race on the government plantation. Sad very sad

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

Yes, he is dense and an embarrassment to the state of Georgia

Joey Thiel
Joey Thiel

John Lewis is a liberal raciest! He is a disgrace to Georgia and a clear example of what os wrong with this country!

Leonard Felton
Leonard Felton

10-12 years ago I went to a town hall meeting congressmen Lewis held to discuss then President Bush proposed changes to social security. I printed a copy of Bush's plan and brought it along. He got up and blatantly lied about the plan to scare senior citizens. During questions I respectfully confronted him with what the plan actually said and he just dismissed the facts. An official he had with him from DC did finally acknowledge that I was correct. I was still booed and asked to sit down by the audience. I had made my point so I walked out and about 4 people got up and followed me. I admire Congressman Lewis for his sacrifices during the civil rights movement, but it doesn't mean he can't be wrong.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Lewis always looks pissed off, just like Elijah Cummings and Jim Clyburn. WTH is their problem? If things are that bad here for them in America, just leave...bye,bye!

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

I really hate dems. Look at the babies you support. Maybe next have a cry in.

Joe Hoopaugh
Joe Hoopaugh

Dont know which is biggest dipshit...Lewis or Pelosi...

Donnie White
Donnie White

Lewis and his stupid cronies had a sit in,heck they do that every day ,NOTHING ever gets done !!

Jimmy Beckham
Jimmy Beckham

John Lewis has been smoking that crap again.

Greg Rainwater
Greg Rainwater

Michael Lemon we are bidding on a school dedicated to him right now I think

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

He's entitled to his opinion, but that is all

Brenda Clark
Brenda Clark

Racist Black Trash besides Muslim Obama Makes Me Puke

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

You have a "right" to make a clown and fool of yourself at taxpayer expense? Mark that up as another Democrat "right" pulled out of thin air.