Weekend Wound-Up

MADISON "KINKY" CAWTHORN TRIES TO DOWNPLAY LINGERIE PHOTOS: U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn has defended photos published of him wearing women’s lingerie, saying they were taken while he was playing a game on a cruise ship before he ran for office. “I guess the left thinks goofy vacation photos during a game on a cruise (taken waaay before I ran for Congress) is going to somehow hurt me?,” Cawthorn, 26, tweeted Friday. Charlotte Clymer, an LGBTQ rights activist, tweeted Friday night: “I don’t care that Madison Cawthorn likes to wear lingerie in his free time. It doesn’t bother me, and it doesn’t affect me. If he wants to be playful with gender expression, it’s his life. I do care that Madison Cawthorn attacks trans people and shames us for living our lives.” Also, when you're 26, nothing could have happened "Waaay before" anything, in your adult life, anyway. But as Charlotte alluded to, it's the hypocrisy, not the attire, that is at issue here.

SPEAKING OF HYPOCRISY, MARK MEADOWS WAS REGISTERED TO VOTE IN 3 DIFFERENT STATES, AT THE SAME TIME: The overlap lasted about three weeks, and it might have continued if revelations about Meadows’s voting record had not attracted scrutiny in North Carolina. Meadows is still registered in Virginia and South Carolina. This is the latest in a series of revelations about election-related behavior by Meadows that appear to contradict his and his party’s rhetoric on election integrity. Meadows, in fact, was the keynote speaker at a CPI Election Integrity Summit in Atlanta on Feb. 19. “What you’re doing is investing in the future of our country and making sure only legal votes count,” Meadows told attendees. He said he had just gotten off the phone with Trump, who he said had told him: “We cannot give up on election integrity.” North Carolina officials announced last month that, as a result, Mark Meadows is under investigation for potential voter fraud. On April 11, his voter registration was removed by Macon County officials, the North Carolina State Board of Elections said last week. The state cited the fact that Meadows had voted in Virginia during the 2021 gubernatorial election that elected a Republican, Glenn Youngkin. Meadows and his wife had registered to vote in the state in September, his and her voter registration applications show, even though they were still registered in North Carolina. He should get 6 years in jail for that. Oh that's right, he's not a Black woman. Nevermind.

NEW LEANDRO JUDGE GIVEN 1 WEEK EXTENSION BY NC SUPREME COURT: Robinson originally had until Wednesday to report his findings to the justices, who afterward will hear appeals that likely would rule on whether the judicial branch has constitutional powers to order taxpayer-funded spending for education on its own. Republican legislative leaders say only the General Assembly can appropriate state money. In his extension request, Robinson said he’s received a large number of written submissions from legal parties in the litigation such as school districts, parents and state officials, and held a lengthy in-person meeting last week. The parties also don’t agree on how much money is in the new budget law that covers the remedial plan program and on how certain spending should be interpreted, he wrote. The delay until April 27 was needed to “carefully consider the submissions and arguments of counsel” and “issue an appropriate order containing its findings and conclusions,” Robinson added. The court granted the extension in an order that contained no additional comment. Soon after, Robinson scheduled an online hearing for Friday to ask questions about the disagreements over spending. Don't want to get my (or anybody's) hopes up, but if Paul Newby had put a ringer (winger?) in there, he wouldn't need an extension. Fingers crossed...

BACK TO MARK MEADOWS AGAIN, WHO WAS WARNED ABOUT VIOLENCE PRIOR TO JAN 6: Perhaps the most significant new piece of evidence presented by the committee is testimony from Hutchinson, who told investigators that her boss was informed “before the January 6th proceeding about the potential for violence that day,” according to the filing. Hutchinson told investigators: “I know that there were concerns brought forward to Mr. Meadows. I don’t know — I don’t want to speculate whether or not they perceived them as genuine concerns, but I know that people had brought information forward to him that had indicated that there could be violence on the 6th.” Investigators also have found evidence that Meadows repeatedly communicated with GOP Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) before and on Jan. 6, 2021. Hutchinson identified Perry, Jordan, and Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) as the leading proponents in Congress “who were raising the idea of the Vice President doing anything other than just counting electoral votes on January the 6th.” Asked by investigators if Perry supported the idea of sending people to the U.S. Capitol on that day, Hutchinson replied that he did but that members present on a planning call ahead of Jan. 6 were “more inclined to go with White House guidance.” That is the very definition of a conspiracy, and not one of those wholly-fabricated ones like Pizzagate. God I hate these people.

SPEAKING OF MTG, SHE'S NOT THE SHINIEST SPOON IN THE DRAWER: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, testifying Friday about her alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol as part of a case seeking to disqualify her from seeking reelection, said she could not remember whether she urged President Donald Trump to impose martial law as a way to remain in power. “I don’t recall,” Greene (R-Ga.) said in response to questioning by an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case. “So you’re not denying you did it?” asked the attorney, Andrew G. Celli Jr. “You just don’t remember?” “I don’t remember,” Greene replied. The exchange marked one of dozens of times during Friday’s hearing that Greene said she could not recall her tweets or statements related to the attack. Greene’s appearance in an Atlanta courtroom represented one of the first times a member of Congress has been questioned under oath about the Capitol attack. The case against Greene was brought by Free Speech for People, a campaign-finance reform organization, on behalf of a group of voters from Greene’s district. The Free Speech group alleges that Greene, who has become a lightning rod for controversy and has gained a reputation as one of the Republican Party’s most hard-right members, helped facilitate the ransacking of the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s win. Greene also was repeatedly asked on Friday about her Twitter posts and past statements, including several in which she alluded to the use of violence against her political opponents, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). On Friday, Greene repeatedly said she did not recall many of her past statements or was not certain who may have “liked” certain posts using her account. Greene was asked about a now-deleted 2019 video in which she called on supporters to “flood the Capitol building, flood all the government buildings” and feel free to use violence “if we have to” to get the federal government to address their “huge list of grievances.” “We can do it peacefully,” Greene said in the video. “We can. I hope we don’t have to do it the other way. I hope not. But we should feel like we will if we have to, because we are the American people.” In a perfect world. all this "I don't remember" crap would seal her fate with the voting public, if not this court. But we don't live there, and people in Georgia definitely don't live there.