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Harvard Students Try to Pass the 1964 Louisiana “Literacy Test” (None of Them Do)

Watch as Harvard students attempt to pass the 1964 Louisiana literacy test as part of a project that raises awareness about barriers to voting.

None of them passed the test. None of them passed the test because no one can pass the test.

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November 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM Leave a comment

This is the Kind of Thing That Makes Democrats Blow Off Voting

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Remember back in 2010 when Rahm Emanuel, then President Obama’s Chief of Staff, reportedly said liberals were “f*cking retarded?”  And surely you know about the meme about how Democratic politicians don’t really have to act like Democrats or vote like Democrats because, after all, “where else do Democratic voters have to go?”  I mean, they’re not going to vote Republican so they’ll keep voting Democratic, right?

No, they probably won’t vote Republican but they do have another place to go.  They can go to their couch instead of to the polls.

What I’m hearing about November is Republicans are way more fired up than Democrats and lots and lots of Democrats have to vote in order to keep Republicans from taking the Senate.  But this is precisely the kind of thing that makes Democrats take to their couch in utter frustration:

Democratic FEC Commissioner Joins with Three Republican Commissioners to Gut Political Party Contribution Limits

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October 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM Leave a comment

Al Jazeera’s Headline Much More Honest Than the Washington Post’s

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You probably heard about this yesterday:

The Supreme Court is Allowing Ohio to Cut Back on Early Voting. Now What?

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided to uphold a proposal from Ohio’s Republican legislature to scale back early voting hours in the state. The issue has been a flashpoint in state politics for a decade. But the net effect in 2014 is very hard to judge.

In short, the new early voting regimen would cut a week from the total amount of time that Ohioans can visit local polling places and cast a vote before election day on Nov. 4. It makes two key changes: 1) eliminating a week during which people could both register to vote and then vote, which offered campaigns a chance to easily expand their voter bases and 2) eliminating voting on the Sunday before election day, which makes it harder for churches to organize efforts to go to the polls. In fact, black churches were the plaintiffs represented by the ACLU in the suit that ended up before the Court, recognizing that “Souls to the Polls” programs would be disproportionately affected.

Race, population and early voting overlap heavily in Ohio. In 2012, counties with higher densities of black residents were also the ones that cast more early votes

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In other words, Ohio Republicans, with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, have just made it harder for people who tend to vote Democratic to vote in Ohio. That’s how Republicans win, by gerrymandering districts, my “miscounting” ballots and by putting restrictions on the right to vote so the poor, those working three jobs, seniors who might need help getting to a polling place, etc., can’t vote.

Here’s the way USAToday worded its headline:

A Divided Supreme Court Delays Early Voting in Ohio

Here’s MSNBC’s headline:

Supreme Court Orders Cuts to Early Voting in Ohio

Here’s Fox:

Supreme Court Rules to Put Off Start of Early Voting in Ohio

But, by far and away my favorite is Al Jazeera’s headline.  It’s the most honest:

Supreme Court Helps Ohio GOP Limit Early Voting

October 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM Leave a comment

Senate Republicans Block Passage of Amendment Prohibiting Rich People From Buying Our Elections

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As soon as the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court I knew it might be impossible to reverse them because as the minutes passed, rich donors poured money into the pockets of politicians, making them less and less likely to vote to overturn them:

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats in a 79-18 vote to advance the amendment in order to force Democrats to spend the week debating the merits of the measure.

Republicans “forced” Democrats to spend the week debating the measure so they could lay around, doing nothing, as is their wont.  They’re killing time until (at last) November 4, when they hope to regain control of the Senate and then, if they do, they’ll twiddle their fingers until the new electees are sworn in in January, 2015.  If they don’t win control of the Senate in November, they’ll be furious and they’ll dig in their heels until November, 2016 so keeping Democrats busy with meaningless debates lets them off the hook.

The amendment … would have needed to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still have needed to move through the House and be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

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The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with “dark money” in order to buy election results.

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Don’t you love it:  “Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with ‘dark money’ in order to buy election results.”  That isn’t a partisan argument; it’s a fact:  Political Donations Soar After Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Caps.  Too bad The Hill found it necessary to imply that’s some sort of dubious spin.  It’s verifiable and if they cared about informing their readers, they’d have included data proving it to be true.

So, at this point, I don’t see how we stop our elections from being bought.

September 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

Is it Payback Time for Republicans in Georgia?

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Remember that we’ve-got-to-reinvent-ourselves post-12012 election evaluation GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was screaming about early last year?

“The way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough,” he said. “Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.”

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The party will make a concerted effort to elevate more women, Priebus said. He suggested that some “biologically stupid” remarks by Republican candidates turned off women voters. Female surrogates should be elevated, the report says, and women must be promoted within the RNC and included in messaging discussions ” to represent some of the unique concerns that female voters may have.”

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And remember how the party ignored that report?

Conservatives Argue Abortion Can be a Winning Issue for Republicans

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

Senate Republicans Reject Equal Pay Bill

Well, it might be payback time, at least in Georgia:

Democrat Michelle Nunn has a sizeable lead over Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll found, thanks in large part to a huge gender gap.

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Nunn has 47 percent in the new WSB-TV Channel 2/Landmark Communications poll, while Perdue has 40 percent. The big reason: The gender gap.

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“There’s a widening or stagnant gender gap. Mr. Perdue does not seem to be moving or closing his number,” said Channel 2 analyst Bill Crane in a story posted on the WSB site. “He’s about 20 points behind Michelle Nunn in females.

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Sorry, I know it’s tacky but I can’t help it:  Hahahahahahahah!

 

August 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

The Insanity of Two Senators Per State

Wyoming has roughly 600,00 residents and it has two senators:

Wyoming Residence via world of maps.net

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California has almost 40 million residents and it has two senators too.

WHAT?

So collectively, Wyoming’s 600,000 people have a much louder voice in the Senate than the 40 million residents of California.

The system needs updating.

 

June 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM Leave a comment

Winger Who Supports Voter ID Laws Turned Away at Poll Because He Forgot His ID

I wish everyone who forgets their voter ID had a gopher who could run home to get it for them:

Asa Hutchinson via Wikipedia

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A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor who supports the new voter ID law was left waiting after he forgot his identification.

Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville on Monday. Olson says a staffer was able to retrieve the ID and bring it to Hutchinson so he could vote.

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Olson says Hutchinson thought the incident was a “little bit of an inconvenience” but still believes the law is necessary.

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It would have been way more of an inconvenience if he was trying to vote on his lunch hour and he’d be fired if he didn’t punch back in when he was supposed to.

May 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM Leave a comment

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