SCOTUS Tosses Alabama Redistricting Plan Ruling to Pack Black Voters in Certain Districts

SCOTUS Throws Out Ruling On Alabama's Redistricting Plan

SCOTUS Throws Out Ruling On Alabama’s Redistricting Plan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Supreme Court throws out ruling that upheld Alabama’s redistricting plan that would pack certain districts with mostly black voters. The case has been sent back to a lower court.

On a 5-4 vote, the court threw out a lower court ruling that had upheld the plan, saying it was “legally erroneous.”

But the court avoided deciding whether the redistricting plan proposed by the Republican-controlled state legislature in 2012 violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law by concentrating black voters, who tend to vote Democratic, into a small number of districts. Source: Daily Mail

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

GA Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

GA Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

Gov. Nathan Deal’s courting of black voters paid off. He got 10 percent of the black vote, while Senator-elect David Perdue got seven percent. As for Hispanics, Deal got 47 percent, while Perdue got 42 percent.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who pushed criminal justice reform when courting black voters, took 10 percent of the African-American vote, according to exit polls. Senator-elect David Perdue took 7 percent.

“Those are huge numbers,” Smith declared in a phone interview. And they are when compared to Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ 4 percent in 2008, the most recent year we had exit polling in Georgia.

Among Latinos, Republicans fared far better: Deal took 47 percent and Perdue got 42 percent. Compare that with27 percent for Mitt Romney across the nation in 2012. (There weren’t enough Latino voters in Georgia in 2008 for a reliable exit poll; same goes with Asians this year.)

Smith has worked for more than a year to find black Republicans as validators in the community and the media that it was OK to vote GOP. The party’s black Republican council worked behind the scenes to keep the party from “walking into potholes” and convinced Republican leaders to support a Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the Capitol. Source: Political Insider

GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances?

GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances?

GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances? (Photo Credit: Flickr)

(Opinion) — The Democratic Party got a well-deserved spanking in the midterm elections. There is no other way to say it, but it was self-inflicted on many levels. Still, the Republican Party cannot coddle right wing extremists and do nothing for the next two years. It won’t bode well for them come 2016 when the presidential elections roll around. I won’t lie, I was stunned. Very stunned. I didn’t expect a clean sweep last night. President Obama got a heckuva reality check. I won’t blame the Republicans for pulling out a massive win. I blame the Democrats for the environment they created, having lost control of the House in 2010.

The time has come for black voters to form new alliances. Yes, that may mean giving the Republican Party another look. Holding them to task and demanding more attention. For example, Sen. Rand Paul is quite aware that the black vote should not be ignored by the party. Let’s hold him to task and not just vote for the Democratic Party just because. The black unemployment rate is still hovering in the double digits — 11 percent for September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Crime rates are still high in inner city areas for a myriad of reasons, mostly tied to the high unemployment rate among black males. Prison reform is sorely needed. So, what has the Democratic Party really done to help the black community?

I was once considered myself a Democrat. Yeah, I’m saying it with a straight face, but I became an Independent during the 2008 presidential election. I vote for whoever will best meet my needs and shares similar ideals. What I am saying is that I have voted Republican in the past, several times. It has never been about race for me, but about who can deliver the things I hold true.

A very unhappy electorate spoke last night and we have to accept what they said. That’s what makes this country great. That was a democracy at work. Now I am sure there will be folks who say there were voting irregularities and so on, but the fact remains, the Democrats got the mother of all shellacking last night.

President Obama  and Congress Should Wave White Flag

President Obama and Congress Should Wave White Flag (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

President Obama and Congress, it’s time to wave the white flag…..

After the stunning defeat, President Obama isn’t going to back down from doing what he believes is best for America. That includes immigration reform. Many are expecting him to use executive action to bring about change. That may work in the short term, but it can be undone by the next president. The fact is, blustering aside, President Obama has to find a way to work with the Republicans. Bill Clinton did it in his second term.

Obama will strike a tone of compromise and accountability during his public remarks Wednesday, promising to work with Republicans who are interested in working with him. He’s gone almost two years without a major legislative achievement, leaving him “very willing” to start cutting deals, a senior administration official said, possibly on trade, corporate taxes and patent reform. Still, this posture isn’t much different than the one he’s projected for years.

At the same time, Obama won’t back down from using his administrative powers, including plans to issue an executive order on immigration that could be the most aggressive unilateral action of his presidency. He’ll adhere to a progressive agenda that, officials said, will keep the base excited, position his party to win back the Senate and hold the White House in 2016, and seal his legacy. And he will continue to use the bully pulpit to promote liberal issues, such as stemming climate change, that stand no chance of passing Congress on his watch but might under his successor.

President Obama came across tone deaf during his press conference on Wednesday, saying “I hear you” to voters. Did he really hear? The message that was sent in 2010 was basically the same, just kicked up a notch this time around.

Yet when Obama fielded questions for an hour Wednesday afternoon, he spoke as if Tuesday had been but a minor irritation. He announced no changes in staff or policy, acknowledged no fault or error and expressed no contrition or regret. Though he had called Democrats’ 2010 losses a “shellacking,” he declined even to label Tuesday’s results.

Obama declared that he would continue with plans for executive orders to expand legal status to undocumented immigrants — even though, minutes before Obama’s news conference, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said that would be “like waving a red flag in front of a bull.” Obama repeated a familiar list of priorities — a minimum-wage hike, infrastructure and education spending, climate-change action — and brushed off various Republican proposals.

Even though Sen. Mitch McConnell said he wanted to make Barack Obama a one-term president, as the new Senate Majority Leader, he and the rest of the party will have show they can govern. That will include pursuing bipartisan deals. He can’t take the hard-line stance of Sen. Ted Cruz. He’s already striking a conciliatory tone:

Asked to imagine it was Wednesday morning and he wakes up majority leader—a position he’s aspired to, he says, since the 5th grade—McConnell strikes a conciliatory tone, saying he hopes to work with President Obama and Senate Democrats. He said there would be no shutdowns on his watch, despite the fact that he plans to use funding bills to force changes in Obama’s policies. Source: Time.com

So, yeah, the Democrats got routed last night, but I don’t believe all is lost. There’s strength in bipartisanship and now is the time for lawmakers to show they can actually work together instead of posturing all the time.

Hermain Cain: Half Black Voters in Georgia are “Clueless”

Hermain Cain: Half Black Voters in Georgia are "Clueless"

Hermain Cain: Half Black Voters in Georgia are “Clueless” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Mr. 9-9-9 Hermain Cain was asked about what effect the Ferguson unrest over Michael Brown’s shooting death would have on the black vote in Georgia and his response is interesting. He said half the black voters of Georgia are “clueless.” Um, I wish he would declare his 2016 presidential bid and come crawling to the same “clueless” black voters for support.

Many of my listeners are from Georgia, and I do have a lot of black listeners to my radio show. The good news is, a lot of black people are not that stupid, or they are not that ignorant to respond to something like that. It’s not 40 or 50% of the black population, because 40 or 50% probably are clueless other than party name and candidate.”

It turns out, Herman Cain also believes a black voters are being “brainwashed,” Crooks & Liars reports. Um, he can’t have it both ways. Are they clueless or brainwashed?

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

Right-leaning pollster Mark Rountree is causing the ground to rumble under Republicans after a recent poll he conducted found early voting among black voters in Georgia is outpacing 2010. The Republicans would rather see black voters stay home if they aren’t voting for their candidates.

According to a recent WSB-TV poll (done via Rountree’s Landmark Communications), of the 307,703 voters who have cast ballots in early voting, 30 percent are black while 60 percent are white. For the same period in 2010, 26 percent of the 253,999 early voters were black, while 72 percent were white.

Check out Mark Rountree’s calculations here.

 

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Democrats are bracing for a shellacking in the midterm elections due to low voter turnout. That’s exactly what the Republicans want — black and Hispanic voters to stay home. The Hill reports recent polls suggest that the turnout could be even lower than customary for midterm elections.

A Gallup poll last week found that voters are less engaged in this year’s midterms than they were in 2010 and 2006. Only 33 percent of respondents said they were giving at least “some” thought to the upcoming midterms, compared to 46 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2006. Even more troubling for Democrats, Republicans held a 12-point advantage  when those paying “some” attention were broken down by party.

Historically, the core Democratic constituencies of young people, minorities and single women are more likely to skip voting in midterm elections. The current projections suggest that months of effort by the Democratic Party to engage those groups on issues such as the minimum wage and women’s pay may have been in vain.

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According to the nonpartisan Voter Participation Center, nearly 21 million fewer African Americans, Hispanics, unmarried women and young people voted in 2010 compared to 2008. That’s exactly the situation Democrats want to avoid this time around. Source: The Hill

It can’t help that President Obama’s approval rating is hovering around 39 percent due to all the real and perceived missteps that have dogged him in recent months. I guess you can say, the thrill is gone. This is all the more reason why vice president Joe Biden isn’t a credible 2016 presidential candidate.

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters?

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters?

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reaching out to the black community, just in time for his election next month. He spoke at a Bishop T. D. Jakes event at Phillips Arena. Um, is Deal trying to pull a Thad Cochran with black voters? I can’t recall seeing him schmoozing the black voters during his first election.

Of course, the Democratic politicians have also taken the black vote for granted. They just assume blacks will trot out and vote for them, while doing nothing to improve the communities they serve.

Here’s the tweet sent by his office about his appearance at T. D. Jakes “Woman Thou Art Loose” event:

This comes a little over a week after his event with Ludacris at Utopian Academy for the Arts:

GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters

GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters

GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters (Photo credit: GA State Senate)

Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) is against early voting in DeKalb County because of the high concentration of black voters. And Reince Priebus & Co. would have you think the Republican Party isn’t about voter suppression. Millar is vowing that October 26th will be the last time Sunday voting will be allowed in DeKalb County. One of the polling stations that will be used for early voting will be at the Gallery at South DeKalb, which is located in a predominantly black community.

Here’s more on Fran Millar’s comments [H/T Political Insider]:

How ironic! Michelle Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.

For the third time in recent months Governor Deal appointee Interim CEO Lee May has disappointed those of us that hoped he could help bring the county together.

First, he assembles a task force of 15 with no elected Republicans to review various aspects of county government. I called his hand and Representative Jacobs and I were asked to serve on the group. This seems like a good idea since legislation will be required for many changes.

Second, he schedules meetings throughout the county with Tucker being the only north location. Again, I called his hand and several north locations were added with little publicity.

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.

Interim CEO May says this election decision is an administrative matter and he can unilaterally make this decision. I don’t think this is necessarily true and we are investigating if there is any way to stop this action.

This may be another reason to eliminate the CEO position.

I have spoken with Representative Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January. Galloway summed it up, “Democrats are showing their hand on how they might boost their numbers”. For this to be called a “non-partisan opportunity” by Interim CEO is an insult!

Another first for DeKalb! So much for being inclusive.

Now all that’s left for the black voters of DeKalb County to do is to come out in droves come October 26, so this lunatic can go nuts. I didn’t realize the right to vote was only reserved for whites. In Fran Millar’s rebuttal to a scathing rebuke by DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, he pulled out his DeKalb NAACP award, as a way of saying he’s not against black voter suppression.

UPDATE: 09/09/14 8:20 pm:  The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Raphael G. Warnock also issued a scathing rebuke of Fran Millar’s vile comments. Here’s an excerpt from Political Insider:

This is not a partisan issue, as Mr. Millar’s statement would suggest. It is certainly not a racial issue. And that he would argue otherwise is shameful and disturbing. Senator Millar’s statement that he would prefer “more educated” voters rather than those who attend “several large African-American mega churches” in DeKalb County is a clear and unabashed echo from our ugly and painful racial past. How does he propose to determine who is more educated? Literacy tests? Grandfather clauses? Poll taxes? We have been there before.

Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

A new poll commissioned by Columbus-based WRBL-TV, The (Columbus) Ledger-Enquirer newspaper and PMB Broadcasting radio found Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic rival Jason Carter in a dead-heat, while U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn has a slight lead over rival David Perdue. Poll results for governor:

  • Republican Nathan Deal: 43.6 percent
  • Democrat Jason Carter: 41.5 percent
  • Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6.6 percent

Poll results for U.S. Senate:

  • Democrat Michelle Nunn: 44.7 percent
  • Republican David Perdue: 43.1 percent
  • Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 7.4 percent

The automated poll of 1,578 likely voters, which was conducted by Todd Rehm, has a margin of error of +/- 2.47 percentage points. Among the likely voters polled, 30% were black voters, in line with the 2012 share of the electorate. I am pretty sure some Republicans are betting on a lower black voter turn-out since President Obama won’t be running again, but I hope we will prove them wrong. Again.

It is interesting to note that Jason Carter is shellacking Nathan Deal among black voters — 67.94% to 16.58%. Among women voters, Jason Carter polled 46% to Deal’s 40.6%.

For Michelle Nunn, she polled 74.53% to David Perdue’s 16.13% among black voters. Among women voters she polled 50.59% to Perdue’s 40.02%

Sen. Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Role for Government in Voting Rights Act

Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a potential 2016 presidential contender is now walking back his previous position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He spoke at the National Urban League’s conference in Cincinnati on Friday, saying that he’s one of the good Republicans.

Sen. Rand Paul said, “Not only do I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act.”

Sounds like he’s walking back his previous claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a case of federal over-reach. If he cares so much about the Voting Rights Act, why didn’t he sign on as a co-sponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act that would help repair some of the damage the Supreme Court dealt when it obliterated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act? Sen. Paul was as quiet as a little mouse when SCOTUS gutted a portion of the VRA.

Let’s not forget while Sen. Rand Paul has said that some parts of the new requirements for voters, such as having photo ID, to cast a ballot are too strict, he hasn’t actually renounced the laws. Sounds to me like he’s trying to get the black vote by walking back a number of his positions that affect the black community. In other words, he’s laying the groundwork for 2016. Still, Rand Paul can’t run from his record and blacks shouldn’t be fooled by him.

Singer Cher tweeted “minorities beware” of Sen. Rand Paul for his position on the Civil Rights Act. She also tweeted that blacks were once not welcome at lunch counters during the Civil Rights era. She may have watched Rachel Maddow’s show before sending the tweet. Maddow reminded us of Sen. Paul’s objections to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when he first ran for the U.S. Senate:

Here’s Cher Twitter rant:

Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate

Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate