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Doonesbury: To GOP, voter suppression "just makes good sense!"


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Thank you, Garry Trudeau. Thank you for covering voter suppression again. Thank you for always knowing where to take your brilliant Doonesbury strip. Thank you for not allowing vital issues to die, despite an appalling lack of media coverage. Thank you for boiling it down to a premise so easy to grasp that a Republican could even understand it.

Okay, no.

Thank you for not mincing words. Thank you for making Republicans look as desperate and vindictive as they are. Thank you for pointing out their disdain for civil rights, voting rights, and anyone who doesn't look, sound, or believe as they do.

Thank you for pointing out their hypocrisy and racism. And their misleading messaging.

GOP outreach, my ass.

Thank you, thank you, thank you:

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AUDIO-- TX tea party leader: “The Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote...” #OutreachMyAss


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Some time ago I posted that former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and a Republican consultant admitted that Voter ID laws, long lines “help our side.” That's because GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters. Of course, Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent.

As I've written previously, voting should not only be easy, it should be easily accessible and free. Americans should be encouraged to cast their ballots, not discouraged, suppressed, intimidated, confused, stymied, obstructed, misled or costly. Way too many of us (mostly Democrats, mostly black and Latino) were subjected to the equivalent of a poll tax by the disenfranchisement efforts of Republican governors and legislators.

To put it succinctly, voter suppression laws primarily affect younger voters, students, the elderly, and the poor, or as I like to call them, Democrats.

Now we have yet another example of vile conservatives admitting that vile Republicans are vile-ly going after African American voters. How's that new outreach effort (scroll) workin' for ya, GOP?

Via Battleground Texas:

At a Dallas event featuring Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Ken Emanuelson, a leader in the Tea Party, said: “I'm going to be real honest with you – the Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote...” 

Or as I like to call them, Democrats.

Here's the audio:

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Now Emanuelson is saying he "misspoke," that he was simply responding to a question. Here's the UPDATE via the Dallas News:

Emanuelson explains:

“I expressed a personal opinion about what the Republican Party “wants.” That was a mistake. I hold no position of authority within the Republican Party and it wasn’t my place to opine on behalf of the desires of the Republican Party. 

“What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.

“That said, I’ve been very clear, time and time again, that the Republican Party absolutely must expand and build bridges into all communities. I reiterated that same opinion at the same meeting. For whatever reason, Rep. Veasey chose not to include that information in his email, but I look forward to opening a dialogue with Rep. Veasey on this issue.”


VIDEO: Gov. Chris Christie says "I hear you, boy, I hear you" to African American man during town hall meeting


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This exchange took place in a Paterson, New Jersey church during a town hall meeting. Governor Chris Christie said this in response to an African American man who yelled out, "Fix the public schools!"

"You can yell all you want about 'Fix the public schools.' Yeah, I hear you, boy, I hear you."

So was Christie calling the man "Boy," or was he saying, "Boy, I hear you" as in, boy oh boy?

You tell me. My feeling is that, even if he didn't mean to offend, he could have chosen his words more carefully to avoid any misunderstanding. What he did was insensitive and showed a need for more, erm, self-awareness, not exactly his forte.

HuffPo has more, including this:

At the same event, Christie referred to Democratic Speaker Sheila Oliver only by her race and gender, prompting the pastor at the church to demand an apology.

Meanwhile, please take another look at why Chris Christie really is, and never has been, the "moderate" people say he is: Enough about what a great Democrat Chris Christie would make, okay? and VIDEO: Chris Christie not conservative? Bull pucky. Check out his record and Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework.

Boy oh boy, is he not Democrat material.

Via Raw Story and, h/t: reader Bruce.


Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.


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In January it was reported that at least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines. In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote.

Now the New York Times has a series of graphs depicting exactly how long it took different groups to vote. One guess who waited longer among African American, Hispanic, and white voters. Hint: White voters waited an average of 12+ minutes. Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20+ minutes.


Democrats waited an average of 15 minutes, but Republicans? A little over 12 minutes.

Here is a peek at the results. Source: 2012 Survey of the Performance of American Elections, conducted by Charles Stewart III of M.I.T. Much more at the link and here:

Overall average: 14 minutes

The dotted line represents the 14 minute mark.

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VIDEO: It's our right. It's our responsibility. It's our vote.


Via Color of Change:

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Good news! Supreme Court denies Ohio request to cut back on early voting


The Ohio secretary of state appealed to the Supreme Court to block early voting. Just what Ohioans needed, more confusion.

Well now some of that confusion will hopefully be eliminated in time for the election, and voters will know in plenty of time that they can vote early, as has been the case for years.

Remember, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted once said this:

“The later you make a decision, the more likely it is to cause a problem … Time is of the essence and confusion is dangerous.”

You'd think election officials would be in favor of more Americans voting, not reducing the numbers. But if you're a Republican, specifically Husted, you know early voting affects Democratic voters favorably; in their minds, democracy is trumped by politics and winning at all costs, so the fewer early voters, the better.

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Ohio's request to curtail early voting in the state leading up to the November 6 presidential election.

Ohio, critical to the election hopes of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, began early in-person voting earlier this month but planned to cut it off on November 2, the Friday before the election, except for members of the military.

Note to other states restricting voters' rights (to quote Ann Romney): "Stop it!"


Ohio secretary of state appealing to Supreme Court to block early voting. Just what Ohioans need, more confusion.


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Rachel Maddow provides the back story in the above video. The other shoe is dropping, as expected, and the Ohio (Republican) secretary of state Jon Husted has now said he will appeal a ruling by a federal court that overturned previous restrictions on early voting.

And he took his sweet time, which of course makes it much more difficult and confusing to Ohio voters.

Per the ruling, Ohioans are able cast ballots in the three days before election day, but Husted kept everyone waiting and wondering whether or not he would appeal that decision. He was in no rush.

Husted once said this:

"The later you make a decision, the more likely it is to cause a problem ... Time is of the essence and confusion is dangerous."

The pressure is now on, and Husted knows it. He's making sure any final decisions will come in as late in the game as possible, causing further chaos resulting in fewer Democratic-leaning (black) Ohio residents having access to early voting.

After all, longer lines that deter people who are unable to spend endless hours waiting to vote benefit him and his GOP buddies.

(CNN) – Jon Husted said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. On Friday, a federal appeals court sided with the Obama campaign in its protest against a ban on voting in the final weekend–Saturday, Sunday, and Monday–before Election Day.

In a statement Tuesday, Husted called Friday's ruling an "unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections."

"Because of its impact on all 50 states as to who and how elections will be run in America we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and allow Ohioans to run Ohio elections," the statement read. [...]

The circuit court said the injunction does not, however, require local election offices to be open for early voting during the weekend before the election, but said the injunction "return[s] discretion to local boards of elections to allow all Ohio voters to vote" that Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Of course, that decision still leaves it up to boards that could very well decide against early voting. And now our lovely SCOTUS is being asked to make a final decision.

No rush, of course. Take your time.


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