Posts filed under ‘Voting Issues’
Check out the enthusiasm and glee of the Executive Editor of BusinessInsider at news that We the Little People can’t live on what we’re paid.
Feel the energy:Joe’s excitment is palpable. I think he might be orgasmic.
Zero, zip, nada thus far.
December 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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I wouldn’t be surprised if this were to happen under a Republican but under Mr. Constitutional lawyer Obama? It’s a disgrace. Maybe it’s just me but I expect Democrats to have higher standards — standards that tilt toward We the Little People and away from the corporatocracy and the rich having all the freakin’ advantages.
This is just fucking infuriating.
SEC Drops Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending From its Priority List
Missing from the Security and Exchange Commission’s list of regulatory priorities for the coming year is any plan to consider whether public companies should disclose their political spending, a setback for investor advocates who rallied behind the cause.
A “set back for investor advocates?” How about a set back for people like you and me who donate $10, $15, $20 and want to know what we’re up against?
Last year around this time, when the SEC released its 2013 to-do list, it signaled that it might consider formally proposing a rule to require the spending disclosures. But the item slipped off the 2014 agenda released this past week without any formal explanation.
Geezus. Don’t get me started.
December 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM
Maybe — just maybe — a time will come when Republicans learn that when you oppress people and pick away at their rights they tend to ah, you know, get pissed off:
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Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting.
The GOP-controlled board of elections in Pasquotank County voted to prevent a student at a historically black college from running for city council where he attended school. The GOP-controlled board of election in Watauga County shut down an early voting site at Appalachian State University in Boone and placed the general election polling place at a campus nightclub instead of the student union.
Both of these moves backfired badly on the North Carolina GOP in the 2013 local elections.
The North Carolina state board of election ruled that Montravias King, a senior at Elizabeth City State University could indeed run for the city council where he attended school, which he said was his primary residence. On October 9, King was elected to the Elizabeth City city council, winning the most votes of any candidate. He’s now the youngest elected official in the state.
In Boone, Democrats swept races for mayor and three city council seats on Tuesday. Voter turnout increased compared to municipal elections in 2009. “This result in some ways speaks to the visceral reaction people have when you try to take people’s voting rights away,” said new Mayor Andy Ball, a former ASU student. Boone Democrats said the Republicans they canvassed were equally unhappy with the board of election’s decisions and didn’t turn out as a result.
November 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Over the weekend the Pentagon ordered “almost all furloughed civilian employees back to work” despite the government shutdown.
Ah yes. “Essential services” as in wars and drone attacks.
As for the health and wellbeing of We the People?
As an aside, there’s this: Owner Made a Billionaire Feeding U.S. War Machine.
Interesting, isn’t it, who suffers and who doesn’t?
October 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Here’s my Tweet of the Day. I would say something like yowzers but this is pretty much par for the course when it comes to how ahem, knowledgeable Tea Partyers are:
September 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM
Anythony Weiner apparently doesn’t realize that when you run for office that automatically means people are going to judge you:
I find Weiner incredibly unlikeable.
September 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM
This is the most depressing thing I’ve read all day:
One of the first cases the Supreme Court will consider in its next session is whether to allow millions, perhaps billions, more dollars into the U.S. political system.
That may seem like a joke considering that more than $6 billion was pumped into last year’s elections. A flood of special-interest money, courtesy of rulings by Chief Justice John Roberts’s court, led to a campaign that many found depressing.
The issue that will be argued Oct. 8 is whether to remove the almost four-decade limit on the aggregate amounts any contributor can give directly to candidates and parties for federal elections in a single cycle. There are no limits now on independent expenditures or money given to political action committees, creating what critics call a system of legalized indirect bribery.
Until now, the high court has consistently upheld limits on direct contributions to candidates for federal office or political parties. If the court reverses these precedents, the impact on campaign spending and influence-peddling would be considerable.
“The consequences could be worse than Citizen United,” says Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21 who has been a tireless advocate for campaign-finance reform for 40 years.
What with Citizens United I figured we could kiss our democracy good-bye. If SCOTUS rules in favor of this change, well, I’ll just say that I’m glad I won’t be around to see what this place looks like in 30 years.
August 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM
This is just fu*king pitiful: A 93-year-old man goes to today’s March on Washington and carries the same sign he carried during the 1963 march and it’s just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Shame on us!
This is awful.
Damn you Republican Supreme Court “justices!”
(Image via HamilHarris on Twitter)
August 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM
The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963,
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and oh my god, I can’t believe we’re going to have to do it again 50 years later.
Here’s a little slice of what African-Americans are up against every day in the good ol’ U.S. of A., not to mention fighting anew for the right to vote, thanks to George W. Bush’s Supreme Court and the Republican party:
August 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM
You go Colin!
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With Gov. Pat McCrory in the audience, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.
“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh.
“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell continued. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.”
Zap! and he’s exactly right but the crazy wing of the party is in control now so here we are.
August 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM
The ramifications of making it really, really hard for people to register to vote:
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The Ector County [Texas] Elections Office will soon get panic buttons designed to protect the employees in the office.
“We’ve had some vandalism around the building (Ector County Annex) a while ago,” Scheible said.
Ector County Clerk Linda Haney said the installation of the system would cost $3,154.23 and the annual fee to the company would cost $515.36. Ector County Judge Susan Redford said employee safety was “worth the money.”
“If someone comes up here and I can’t calm them down, we go across the hall because a (sheriff’s) deputy is right here,” she said. “But he can’t always be there.”
Scheible said during elections, her office sees several residents come in who try to vote, only to be told their registration is invalid. Though most residents calm down after a few minutes, Scheible said she remembers only one time when someone tried to physically hurt an employee when she was still an assistant administrator.
If pressed, the button would send an emergency to the Odessa Police Department and the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.
The next thing we’ll hear is someone got shot because they were wrongfully denied the right to vote and they were understandably furious.
July 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM
This is one amazing woman and I can only imagine how sick and tired she is of having to say this:
July 15th, 2013 – 92 year-old Moral Monday arresstee and Civil Rights Veteran Rosa Nell Eaton speaks at the 11th Wave Moral Monday rally at the North Carolina General Assembly.
July 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM
Check out this “literacy test” the State of Louisiana gave to black voters back in the 1960s. Some of the questions are so garbled it’s hard to know what the correct answer is much less what the question actually means. If I had to take it, I’d walk away thinking I probably got something wrong because I’d have to guess as to what the hell they were asking for and I’d probably be denied the right to vote.
I mean, take a look at this:
Okaaay. I have no clue as to where to begin on that one.
Anyway, what with the Supreme Court having essentially nullified the Voting Rights Act earlier this week, expect to see tests like this with impossibly tricky questions resurfacing again here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. any day now.
See the whole test here (scroll down).
June 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM
This is how excited conservatives are about people of color not being able to vote:
Texas to Move Quickly on Voter Laws and Maps
Within two hours of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, Greg Abbott, the attorney general for the state of Texas, announced that a voter identification law that was blocked last year by the Justice Department would go into effect.
“With today’s decision, the state’s voter ID law will take effect immediately,” he said in a statement. “Redistricting maps passed by the legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government.”
In March 2012, the Justice Department objected to Texas’ voter identification law, finding that under certain data sets “Hispanic registered voters are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic registered voters to lack such identification,” and that the locations and hours of license offices made it difficult for many Hispanics to attain that identification.
Here we go! Back to 1963.
June 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM
This map shows the outcome of the 1964 presidential election (Johnson (D) v. Goldwater (R)).
(Image via Presidency.UCSB.edu)
The results of that election are what raised suspicions about conservatives tampering with voting rights in the red states shown, as well it should have. We were supposed to believe a majority of voters in that band of red southern states voted for Barry Goldwater? Really?
It turned out that yes they had because African-Americans there had been disenfranchised. (Arizona voting for Goldwater is more plausible because Goldwater was from there.)
Thus, the Voting Rights Act, which conservatives on the Supreme Court gutted today, was signed into law in August, 1965.
Guess we’d better get used to seeing more maps like this.
June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM
This depressing thing happened today:
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The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.
The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.
The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But the justices did say lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval, in advance, for election changes.
Chief Justice John Roberts said for the conservative majority that Congress “may draft another formula based on current conditions.”
John Roberts must be having a great day. The thing he’s been dreaming about for 30 years has happened:
Here’s a shorter version of what Roberts ruled: Hey, the black guy won so we don’t need this stinkin’ provision anymore. I declare racism officially over.
June 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM
The electoral college is a time-honored, logical system for picking the chief executive of the United States. However, the American body politic has also grown accustomed to paying close attention to the popular vote. This is only rarely a problem, since the electoral college and the popular vote have only disagreed three times in 200 years. However, it’s obvious that reforms are needed.
The fundamental problem of the electoral college is that the states of the United States are too disparate in size and influence. The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest and has 18 times as many electoral votes. This allows for Electoral College results that don’t match the popular vote. To remedy this issue, the Electoral Reform Map redivides the fifty United States into 50 states of equal population. The 2010 Census records a population of 308,745,538 for the United States, which this map divides into 50 states, each with a population of about 6,175,000.
Here’s a screenshot:
(Image via FakeIsTheNewReal.org)
Hey, I live in the state of Ogalalla.
Go to the real thing here.
February 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM
I don’t remember exactly when I learned that the right to vote isn’t enshrined in the Constitution but when I did, I was floored. For most of my adult life I thought it was one of those “God given, inalienable rights,” kinda like, as the NRA claims, owning an assault rifle is. But no:
Making Voting Constitutional
Our governing document creates no right to vote. It’s time it did.
Unlike citizens in every other advanced democracy—and many other developing ones—Americans don’t have a right to vote. Popular perception notwithstanding, the Constitution provides no explicit guarantee of voting rights. Instead, it outlines a few broad parameters.
“A constitutional amendment for the right to vote is needed to make it explicit,” says Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil-rights organization. “Making it explicit will send a signal to state legislatures and courts that any barriers to our democracy must be carefully devised so that they don’t disenfranchise people.”
An affirmative right to vote would create a more democratic society. It would also help shift power back to everyday citizens. A country in which more people vote is one where wealth and corporate influence are a little less powerful.
It was hard to decide what to cut and paste out of the article. There’s a lot of good information in it so check it out if you’re interested.
Anyway, who knew huh? And yes, though the Constitution doesn’t create a right to vote, it’s beyond time it did. Maybe then there would be less inclination for certain groups (you know who you are) to mess with it.
January 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM
As a resident of Colorado and one who voted in favor of legalizing marijuana, I say wise move Obama. If his Justice Department had gone against the will of the voters here, and in Washington state, there would have been hell to pay:
Obama Will Not Go After States Where Pot is Legal
President Barack Obama says he won’t go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana.
In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama is asked whether he supports making pot legal. He says — quote — “I wouldn’t go that far.”
But the president won’t pursue the issue in the states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Obama says — quote — “It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view” to focus on drug use in states where it is now legal.
Now stick to it.
December 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM
Hey, if you can’t get people to vote for you because of your ideas, you have to get creative:
(Image via the HuffingtonPost.com)
Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter [a former Romney campaign adviser] appeared on a panel Monday hosted by the Pew Center on the States to discuss the long lines and voter ID controversies that plagued the 2012 election. In his comments, Tranter seemed to imply that he believed these issues were helpful to Republicans and should be pursued for that reason.
“A lot of us are campaign officials — or campaign professionals — and we want to do everything we can to help our side. Sometimes we think that’s voter ID, sometimes we think that’s longer lines — whatever it may be,” Tranter said with a laugh.
Tranter “seemed to imply?” I don’t think he “implied” at all. It seems pretty clear to me he thinks voter ID laws and long lines “help our side.” Why else would Republicans all across the country be focusing on making sure we have both?
For more and to see a video of Tranter making these remarks, go here.
December 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Florida Rep. Alan Grayson on Wednesday after defeating certifiably insane Republican Allen West on the Joy Bahar “Say Anything” radio show:
What the Republicans are doing [now] is different from what they normally do. They normally try to vilify groups that can’t fight back. They vilify the undocumented because they can’t vote, so they can’t retaliate. They vilify pregnant teenagers because they can’t vote either. Here, they’re vilifying the voters. They’re attacking the voters. They’re pissing the voters off, and that’s a very dangerous thing for elected officials to do anywhere.
We had lines as long as six hours here in Central Florida to vote, and it was simply because the Republicans wanted it that way. It’s because [Republican Governor] Rick Scott wanted it that way. It’s because the Republican super-majorities in Tallahassee wanted it that way. If you make voters your enemy, the voters know that, and they are going to fight back.
(Image via Pospislaw.com)
The thing I loved the most about Tuesday was that voters didn’t cow to Republican voter suppression efforts, they acted up and they stood in line and they gave Republicans a big ol’ middle finger.
USA! USA! USA!
CORRECTED: Not to detract from what Grayson said or the insanity of Allen West, I must make a correction because I guess I had my head in the sand when I put this post up. Grayson did not defeat Allen West. Allen West appears to have been defeated by Democrat Patrick Murphy but a recount is taking place so there are no official results as yet (November 12). Grayson defeated Republican Todd Long.
November 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM
This is huge:
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Acting three days after the nation’s minority voters showed that they have increased and still growing power in U.S. elections, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rule on a challenge to Congress’s power to protect those groups’ rights at the polls. The Court said it would hear claims that Congress went beyond its authority when it extended for another twenty-five years the nation’s most important civil rights law, the Voting Rights Act, originally passed in 1965 and renewed four times since then.
Specially at issue is the constitutionality of the law’s Section 5, the most important provision, under which nine states and parts of seven others with a past history of racial bias in voting must get official clearance in Washington before they may put into effect any change in election laws or procedures, no matter how small. The Court came close to striking down that section three years ago, but instead sent Congress clear signals that it should update the law so that it reflects more recent conditions, especially in the South. Congress did nothing in reaction.
What worries me is that the court said Congress could amend Section 5 to reflect “more recent conditions.” And since it didn’t, it might. So, what are “more recent conditions?”
Stay tuned. This is going to be big and potentially very bad — depending on the outcome given our radically right-wing court — for voting rights here in the U.S.
November 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM
Tagg Romney at the 2nd Presidential Debate on October 17, 2012.
Tagg Romney made headlines yesterday after he said in an interview that he wanted to punch Barack Obama during the presidential debate on Monday night. Mitt Romney’s 42-year-old son, who has already faced criticism for his dealings with Allen Stanford who was convicted of milking investors out of $8 Billion in a Ponzi scheme, may have much bigger questions to answer after shocking allegations brought forth by PolitcolNews.com.
The website claims that Romney owns an interest in Hart Intercivic voting machines which will be used to calculate votes in Hamilton County. If true, this raises serious questions as there were a number of red flags during the 2004 campaign that saw George Bush defeat John Kerry.
Kind of makes one wonder why Jon Husted, Ohio’s Secretary of State, is going to such great lengths to suppress the vote in that state. Seems like the real potential for “voter fraud” there is via Tagg Romney himself.
October 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM
Ah yes, Mike Huckabee shows his love of democracy: This from Kasie Hunt of the Associated Press:
You can sit in front of the flag all day Mike
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but your words reveal how fake your supposed patriotism is.
October 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM
This is good news:
Montana State Flag
A federal appeals court has reinstated a Montana law limiting donations to political campaigns. The law was among several that have been struck down in Montana in decisions citing the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling that allowed unlimited corporate spending on elections. But this week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier challenge, saying the judge who struck it down needs to provide his full reasoning for allowing unlimited money in political campaigns.
And then, if the judge’s “reasoning” is flawed, they can appeal it again and hopefully get back their right to limit campaign donations.
Then again, there’s this not-so-little problem.
Anyway, fingers crossed.
October 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
After Republicans have spent who knows how much money and time trying to unearth massive voter fraud schemes in states across the country without success, they were right all along. Yes, voter fraud is happening and voila, Republicans are the ones doing it:
Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be “hundreds” of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly $3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states, state officials tell NBC.
But the veteran GOP consultant, Nathan Sproul, who runs the firm, strongly defended his company’s conduct, saying it has rigorous “quality controls” and blamed the alleged fraud on the actions of a few “bad apples,” workers who were hired to register Republican voters for $12 an hour and then tried to “cheat the system.”
The allegations of suspected voter fraud committed by Strategic Allied Consulting of Tempe, Arizona spread Thursday to counties throughout Florida. At the same time, the Republican National Committee said it had severed its ties to the firm altogether.
“We have heard from supervisors in six counties that they have irregularities in voter registration,” said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Department of State, which oversees the state’s division of elections. Although local prosecutors are already investigating the firm’s conduct, Cate said state officials were also considering turning the matter over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine if there was a pattern of misconduct.
The suspected fraud included apparent cases of dead people being registered as Republican voters, said Paul Lux, the supervisor of elections in Okaloosa County and a Republican.
September 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Does anyone out there remember a prior presidential campaign openly soliciting money from entities outside the United States? I don’t.
(Image: Visualizing One Billion Dollars via infosthetics.com)
Romney Supporters Plan Fundraiser Thursday in Hong Kong as China Policy Becomes Campaign Issue
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plan a campaign fundraiser for him Thursday in Hong Kong as U.S.-China trade friction becomes an issue in the White House race.
Romney supporters already have raised more than $385,000 for him in Hong Kong, a world financial center that has been administered by China since Britain turned it over in 1997.
Romney accuses China’s government of trade, currency and intellectual property abuses, and says President Barack Obama has failed to confront Chinese officials as the abuses worsened.
A couple things: (1) Romney’s supporters aren’t going to meet with the average Joe in Hong Kong. They’re going to meet with CEOs and honchos who work in the “world financial center,” as in members of the tiny group of people who own and control the world. (2) Does this move threaten to ignite some sort of low level international incident between a potential Romney administration and China? (3) How much money do Republicans need to buy this thing? Here’s how much their donors are willing to “invest:”
“People can invest what they want,” billionaire industrialist David Koch recently told Politico.
Koch wasn’t discussing the stock market or oil futures. He was talking money in politics: wealthy donors “investing” in elected officials, apparently with the expectation of getting a return. In total, donors like the Kochs, along with Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, and “outside” groups have pledged to raise a total of $1 billion this election to elect Republicans, particularly President Barack Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney.
Apparently they’ve exhausted “investors” here in the U.S. so now they’re going overseas looking for new ones. We’re looking at a GLOBAL effort to buy Romney — and the corporatocracy — the presidency.
September 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM
Bravo to California’s Democratic Governor Gerry Brown. I’m hoping the old saying, “As California goes, so goes the nation” pans out when it comes to this:
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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a bill that makes it easier for Californians to vote by allowing same-day voter registration.
“Voting—the sacred right of every citizen—should be simple and convenient,” said Governor Brown. “While other states try to restrict voters with new laws that burden the process, California allows voters to register online—and even on Election Day.”
Assembly Bill 1436 (Feuer) allows same-day voter registration, giving Californians the right to vote with a provisional ballot if the conditional voter registration is deemed effective. Same-day registration will be permitted once the Secretary of State certifies California’s new statewide voter database, VoteCal. Last year, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 397 (Yee) allowing Californians to register to vote online.
You go Gerry. I love this openness and inclusiveness, as opposed to the paranoia and darkness of the Republican philosophy about voting, which isn’t really a philosophy as much as it is about voter (read Democratic) suppression.
Oh, and Gerry, you’re a hunk.
September 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM
Here’s President Obama in roughly 2008 talking about how he’d “walk on that picket line” with union workers if they were denied their right to collectively bargain, which is exactly what’s happening in Chicago:
“If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America.”
This is a big deal with the Democratic base, which D.C. Democrats tend to ignore, at their own peril this year, IMHO. See Rahm, Rahm, Rahm.
And there’s this:
How cool is that? Paul Ryan loves Obama’s former Chief of Staff.
Obama, do you want to fu*k your base in this close election?
In 2010 Rahm called Obama’s base “fucking retards” which is yet another one of the reasons you will find this post filed under Obama – Don’t Count on My Vote.
September 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM