GOP Voter Suppression Tactics Heating Up in Swing States Like North Carolina

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Republicans Seeking to Suppress Votes in Swing States Like North Carolina

OPINION:  More Republican shenanigans such as voter suppression tactics are manifesting themselves as we approach a new election cycle. States controlled by Republicans are doing everything they can to limit voting. Yep, they are messing around with days of voting and where voters must vote.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.

In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register…

In February, the Ohio legislature moved to reduce early voting by one week, do away with registering and voting on the same day prior to Election Day, and place new restrictions on absentee ballot application mailings. And a little over a week ago, the Wisconsin Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, to shorten early voting, including cutting it altogether on weekend days.

In so doing, Republicans in these states shifted their strategy away from concerns over fraud, which have proved largely unfounded, to a new rationale that suggests fairness: uniformity. Source: NY Times

The Republicans recognize that when more people vote, they tend to lean towards the Democratic Party. So, the fewer people who come out to vote, the more likely it will be that the Republican candidate will prevail. You see, when there are more restrictions on voting, Republicans fare better. Paul Weyrich, the so-called father of the right-wingnuts, said this in 1980:

“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

The fact is, you can’t apply uniformity to every locality — sparsely populated vs. more densely populated. One size doesn’t fit all. The fact is, the Republicans are trying to tip the scales in their favor by placing deliberately seeking to disadvantage demographic groups most inclined to vote for Democrats. That’s too widespread to ignore. The Republican Party is increasingly more reliant on older white voters and their methods of limiting other voters are just too transparent.

The fact that they are against expanding polling hours or simplifying the voter registration process is a deliberate attempt to make it harder for hourly workers to cast their ballots. We all know those voters tend to break towards the Democratic Party. I would urge every voter to stand up and fight.

 GOP Voter Suppression Tactics Heating Up in Swing States Like North Carolina

White Voters Sour on Mayor Bill de Blasio as Racial Divide Develops in NYC

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White Voters Sour on Mayor Bill de Blasio as Racial Divide Develops in NYC (Credit: Wikipedia)

NBC weatherman Al Roker might be right when he tweeted that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was a one-term mayor. The NY Daily News reports that his approval rating has taken a nosedive and a racial divide has developed in the Big Apple. That’s according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll, which was released Tuesday, found that 45% of voters approve of the job de Blasio’s doing and 34% disapprove, the NY Daily News reports. That’s compared to a 53% approval and 13% disapproval in a Jan. 16 Quinnipiac University poll.

The latest poll also found a racial divide, with 39% of white voters approving of de Blasio’s performance, while 45% disapprove. Black voters give him a 60% approval rating, with only 22% disapproving.

Michele Bachmann Says President Obama Got Elected Because of White Guilt Over Slavery

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Michele Bachmann Says President Obama Got Elected Because of White Guilt Over Slavery

Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the U.S. isn’t ready for a female president. Um, we were ready when she attempted a lame campaign, right?

The fact is, some Republicans aren’t even trying to hide their racism these days. How else can you interpret Bachmann’s comments to Cal Thomas that Barack Obama was only elected president because white people felt guilty about slavery.

Never mind the fact that there were no credible Republican candidates to go up against President Obama in either election. John McCain with his half-term governor running mate Sarah Palin during 2008 campaign were a pathetic joke. Let’s not even talk about Mr. 47% and binders-full-of-women 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

So, no. This wasn’t about white guilt but about GOP voter suppression tactics and race-baiting of Barack Obama. I suppose blacks, Hispanics and Asians don’t count. Only white folks elected President Obama twice:

Bachmann says a lot of people “aren’t ready” for a female president. “I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt.” (Presumably she means because of slavery and the lengthy denial of civil rights to blacks.) “People don’t hold guilt for a woman,” she says, adding that while people vote for women for virtually every other office “I don’t think there is a pent-up desire” for a woman president. Source:  TriCities.com

Michele Bachmann also claimed that the Tea Party can best Hillary Clinton. Still delusional…..

Republican National Committee Launches First-Ever Black History Month Ad Campaign

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RNC’s Black History Month Ad Campaign Highlights Black Republicans

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has launched a Black History Month ad campaign, as part of its minority outreach program. This should be very interesting… Guess who’s missing from the list of black Republicans the RNC is highlighting? Tea Party black extremist Allen West.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Republican National Committee today announced a series of paid advertisements placed with black media outlets in urban markets. It is a first of its kind ad buy recognizing the accomplishments of black Republicans making an impact on the American landscape.

The buy includes 30-second radio spots to run on Radio One network stations in the Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Cleveland, Ohio; and Detroit, Michigan, media markets. Print ads will run in The Washington Informer newspaper.

The radio ads highlight three accomplished black Republicans: Judge Sara J. Harper of Ohio, Dr. Louis Sullivan of Georgia and Michigan businessman Mr. William “Bill” Brooks. These three individuals are the 2014 honorees at the RNC’s 2nd Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on February 4, 2014.

The print ads pay tribute to nationally recognized black Republicans including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Senator Tim Scott; Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love; Senator Hiram Revels, and Frederick Douglass.

“This Black History Month, we are excited about the unique opportunity to share the remarkable stories of black Republicans who have broken barriers and opened doors so that others may succeed. Recognizing these truly accomplished trailblazers through black media is an important opportunity to honor our past and build our future,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Listen to the Washington, DC ad here:http://bit.ly/1nNCXEw

Listen to the Atlanta, Georgia ad here: http://bit.ly/1ipfLsR Source: GOP.com

They are highlighting the accomplishments of black Republicans? Why not highlight the accomplishments of all black Americans, regardless of party affiliation? I have nothing against Mia Love or Sen. Tim Scott, but they’re hardly on the same level as Condoleezza Rice and Frederick Douglass.

Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Cites Burden on Citizens

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Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Cites Burden on Citizens

As we inch closer to the 2016 general elections, voter suppression will be on the minds of the Republicans, who want to do everything in their power — cheat and lie — to stop black, brown and young voters from going to the polls. Well, Pennsylvania’s voter identification law was struck down Friday by Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley, citing the burden on citizens. Of course, the proponents won’t back down. It will most likely head to the Supreme Court. We know how Justice Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia will rule.

The judge, Bernard L. McGinley of Commonwealth Court, ruled that the law hampered the ability of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots, with the burden falling most heavily on elderly, disabled and low-income residents, and that the state’s reason for the law — that it was needed to combat voter fraud — was not supported by the facts.

“Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election,” the judge wrote in his 103-page decision. “The voter ID law does not further this goal.”

In addition, Judge McGinley ruled, the state’s $5 million campaign to explain the law had been full of misinformation that has never been corrected. He also said that the free IDs that were supposed to be made available to those without driver’s licenses or other approved photo identification were difficult and sometimes impossible to obtain.

Opponents of voter IDs called the ruling a “devastating indictment” of the Pennsylvania law. Source: NY Times

Conservative White Candidate Dave Wilson Wins Election by Pretending to be Black

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Conservative White Candidate Dave Wilson Wins Election by Pretending to be Black(KHOU Screengrab)

Dave Wilson wanted to win his election by any means necessary, even if it meant misleading voters into thinking he’s black. And he’s proud of his actions. His opponent for the Houston Community College System board, incumbent Bruce Austin, found his so-called ‘advertising strategy’ “disgusting.” Yeah, he pulled it off and it’s being characterized as one of the biggest political upsets in Houston politics. I blame the voters who voted for him without even taking the time to read up about this man.

….Wilson — an anti-gay activist and former fringe candidate for mayor — emerged as the surprise winner over 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin. His razor thin margin of victory, only 26 votes, was almost certainly influenced by his racially tinged campaign.

“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” he says.

Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black. His fliers were decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces — which he readily admits he just lifted off websites — and captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

One of his mailers said he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which longtime Houston voters might easily interpret as a statement of support from a former state representative of the same name who’s also African-American. Fine print beneath the headline says “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins,” a reference to one of Wilson’s relatives living in Iowa.

“He’s a nice cousin,” Wilson says, suppressing a laugh. “We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”

Austin tried to answer the mailer with his own fliers showing Wilson’s face, calling him a “right-wing hate monger” and saying he “advocated bringing back chain gangs to clean highways.” But the campaign clearly caught him off guard.

“I don’t think it’s good,” he said. “I don’t think it’s good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play. But that was not his intent, apparently.” Source: KHOU

Dave Wilson’s actions fit in quite nicely with the fact that Republicans will steal an election right out from under us if we allow them to. Take the voter suppression tactics they tried in Florida and Pennsylvania during the 2012 presidential elections. Add gerrymandering to the mix. This is just a sign of things to come.

Nevada GOP Leader Pat Hickey Brags Minorities Won’t Vote in 2014 Giving Republicans Big Win

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Nevada GOP Leader Pat Hickey Brags Minorities Won’t Vote in 2014 Giving Republicans Big Win

A top Nevada Republican leader, Pat Hickey, is banking on people of color and younger voters staying home from the polling station in 2014 elections to give the party a big win. Let’s prove them wrong as we did in 2012. He said, “we have some real opportunities in 2014.”

This is a great year in an off presidential election. No, seemingly no Democrat on the top of the ticket against Sandoval. No Harry Reid. Probably where we had a million voters turn out in 2012 we’ll have like 700,000. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in an non-presidential year. It’s a great year for Republicans.

Can you say voter suppression? The usual Republican Party trick to get blacks and Hispanics to stay home on election day.

Listen from Think Progress:

GOP Leaders Continue to Insult Black Voters After Turning Down March on Washington Invite

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Republican Leaders Continue to Insult Black Voters After Turning Down March on Washington Invite

The absence of Republican Party leaders from the March on Washington 50th anniversary event was glaring. Well, now we know where the black vote really stands with House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, both of whom turned down invitations to the ceremony today.

 Speaker John A. Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the House’s two most senior Republicans, were invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington — but declined.

That wasn’t a wise choice, said Julian Bond, a renowned civil rights activist, in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday afternoon.

“What’s really telling, I think, is the podium behind me, just count at the end of the day how many Republicans will be there,” Bond told news anchor Alex Wagner. “They asked senior President Bush to come, he was ill. They asked junior Bush, he said he had to stay with his father.

“They asked a long list of Republicans to come,” Bond continued, “and to a man and woman they said ‘no.’ And that they would turn their backs on this event was telling of them, and the fact that they seem to want to get black votes, they’re not gonna get ‘em this way.”

According to Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel, the Ohio Republican “was invited, but spoke at the Congressional ceremony instead, as did Sens. Reid and McConnell, and Rep. Pelosi.”

Cantor, meanwhile, was asked 12 days ago to participate in Wednesday’s event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s delivery of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, according to an aide. The Virginia Republican, however, is currently traveling in North Dakota and Ohio, touring energy sites with Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and participating in “nonofficial events,” according to an aide.

Cantor’s decision to turn down the invitation to speak is especially striking given his stated commitment to passing a rewrite of the Voting Rights Act in the 113th Congress, and the many opportunities he has taken over the past several weeks to publicly reflect on the experience of traveling with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., to Selma, Ala. Source: Roll Call

Yep, we will remember this come 2014 and especially for the 2016 presidential election. It’s pretty low that no-one from the Republican Party bothered to show up, but that’s what we have come to expect from them. If it’s not a white right wing nut, they aren’t interested.

Joe Scarborough: Right Wing Talkers on TV, Radio Tell Voters Only Whites Welcome in GOP

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Joe Scarborough: Right Wing Talkers on TV, Radio Tell Voters Only Whites Welcome in GOP

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough tore into the Republican Party saying they are focusing on the wrong issues in their efforts to assemble voters that can win a presidential election. He lambasted the party leadership for pandering to talk radio and cable news that communicate one message to voters – if you’re not white, you’re really not welcome in this party.” Amen.

There’s more.

Scarborough said that Republicans are overly antagonistic to members of the LGBT community who care about gay marriage, or Latinos who care about immigration issues, or African-Americans who care about discrimination issues.

“You take Trayvon Martin, it would have cost republican leaders absolutely nothing,” Scarborough said to Ed Rendell, “absolutely nothing, to just show a little respect.”

“It doesn’t cost you anything to stay off of talk radio or prime time cable news shows where you get in the middle of this divisive debate and send a message to African-Americans and other minorities you don’t care,” he continued.

“These people on talk radio, these people on cable news that are saying these things that are driving off the very swing voters we need to get elected to the White House again,” Scarborough concluded. He advocated for high-profile politicians to publically castigate Republican talkers in cable news and on talk radio to win back minority voters. Source: Mediaite

There you have it in a nutshell, the reason why I won’t ever vote for a Republican presidential candidate. The denigration of the black and LGBT communities are just the tip of the iceberg. What people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and others are saying, we can insult you, but still want you to vote for our guy. Um, like SNL’s George H. W. Bush character (played by Dana Carvey) would say, “not gonna happen.”

I would encourage all my readers, if you haven’t registered to vote, please do so now. Every vote counts. We have to stand up and fight. There is strength in numbers. The Republicans would like nothing better than for us to stay home on election day, so any moron they present as their presidential nominee will win.

Lawsuits Filed After NC Gov. McCrory Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill

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Lawsuits Filed After NC Gov. McCrory Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill

NC Voter ID Bill:  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory “signed into law a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls, and it was immediately met with legal challenges in federal court questioning its constitutionality,” the Raleigh News and Observer reports.

“The new law brings sweeping changes to the state’s election process by reducing the early-voting period by a week, abolishing same-day voter registration and ending straight-party voting.”

Just hours after McCrory signed the bill, two separate lawsuits challenging the law were filed in federal court in Greensboro. A third lawsuit is expected to be filed in state court Tuesday. Congressman G.K. Butterfield also asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to “take swift and decisive action by using any legal mechanisms” to protect North Carolina’s voting rights.

“With one stroke of the pen, McCrory has effectively reversed 30 years of progress and reinstated practices similar to the discriminatory ‘Southern Strategy’ adopted by the Republican Party in the ’60s and ’70s,” said Butterfield, a former N.C. Supreme Court justice. “Without question, today is a shameful day for Republicans in North Carolina.”

In a speech last month, Holder said his office was going to challenge a Texas voter identification law and made it clear his office would not stop with Texas.

“Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the court’s ruling, we plan … to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to ensure that the voting rights of all American citizens are protected,” he said.

This controversial law should be enough motivation for people to fight back politically. The Republican Party wants to determine the outcome of the next presidential election by playing dirty. The anti-fraud narrative being pushed by the right wing is laughable, since the incidence of voter fraud is low. Defenders of this law could see their own backlash as voters, particularly black and Hispanic voters, will turn out in droves as they did for the 2012 presidential election.