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“Yeah, a man died. That’s the tragedy. That’s not a good enough reason to impeach.”

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johns, regarding the successful impeachment of state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg after Ravnsborg struck and killed a pedestrian while he was driving in September 2020. The state Senate voted 24-9 and 31-2 in favor of both articles of impeachment against the attorney general; Johns voted against both articles of impeachment. Ravnsborg is the first statewide official to be impeached, removed from office and barred from ever again holding an office in the state. (NPR — June 22, 2022)

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  • Arizona state Sen. Vince Leach, commenting on drag shows and the negative impacts, he believes, that these shows can have on children. Leach is one of just several Republican lawmakers across the nation who are trying to ban minors from drag shows. (NPR — June 16, 2022)
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  • New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, regarding the Republican-led Otero County Commission’s refusal to certify the June 7 primary election results due to distrust in the vote-counting machines. State law allows county canvass boards to call on a voting precinct board to address specific voting discrepancies, but the Otero commission has not identified any discrepancies. Toulouse Oliver has accused the commission of willful violations of the state election code. (Associated Press — June 15, 2022)
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