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VIDEO-- Pa. GOP Chairman: "Photo ID helped a bit" in suppressing votes for Obama

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Back in July 2012, Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman said that Voter I.D. laws would help Mitt Romney in a close race.

Romney lost. But Grothman wasn't the only one who said that out loud. Remember this? Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R), June 2012:

It is now July 17, 2013, and Think Progress has video of Pennsylvania’s GOP Chairman Rob Gleason telling Pennsylvania Cable Network earlier this week, the party “cut Obama by 5 percent” in 2012 and “probably Voter ID had helped a bit in that.”

Despite what Republican-run states have been trying to do to disenfranchise voters, there is virtually no voter fraud in America, and the laws target mainly Democratic voters. I've written about this over and over again.

But now that the Voting Rights Act has been gutted, there is an even more concerted GOP effort to suppress the vote, and all those "reinvented, reachy-outy" Republicans can't wait to "help a bit."

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WI GOP Senator thinks Kwanzaa is a fake, fraudulent observance that “almost no black people today care about." (VIDEO ADDED)

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Kwanzaa has been around since 1966, is celebrated by 18 million African-Americans every year, and is a non-religious holiday that runs from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. It is not intended to replace Christmas, It was created by a Black Studies professor to honor the values of ancient African cultures via seven different principles that are believed to have been key to building strong, productive families and communities in Africa.

WI GOP Senator Glenn Grothman, head of the state Republican party, the guy who thought Voter I.D. would help Mitt Romney in a close race, who believes nonmarital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect, who angered one of our readers here, and who has unabashedly insulted Wisconsin voters, has revived our abhorrence of him once again.

How? And how are these two things related?

Via the Cap Times:

Sen. Glenn Grothman’s denounced the holiday in a press release Friday,  calling the African-American cultural observance fake, fraudulent and one that “almost no black people today care about … just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide America.” [...]

[T]his is the second time [Wisconsin Governor Scott] Walker has been called on by state Democratic leaders to denounce what are arguably over-the-top comments by fellow members of the GOP.

Grothman also warned parents to “be on the lookout if a K-12 or college teacher tries to tell your children or grandchildren (that Kwanzaa) is a real holiday.” He claimed that “irresponsible” public schools "try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians.”

If all that doesn't help improve the GOP's relationship with African Americans, nothing will.

Your move, Scott Walker.

UPDATE, with a big h/t to whose post you should read here:

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AUDIO: WI GOP Senator Glenn Grothman: Voter I.D. would help Mitt Romney in a close race

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Remember Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman? He's the piece of excrement who angered one of our readers here, and unabashedly insulted Wisconsin voters:

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He also thinks that nonmarital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.

Know what else he thinks? That Voter ID will help Willard M. Romney "in a close race":

In an interview with ThinkProgress on Sunday, the number-two Republican senator argued that voter ID could be a boon for Republicans’ electoral prospects if the controversial law, which was recently blocked in state court, is reinstated in time for the November election.

I guess he didn't see that legal document in which Pennsylvania stipulates that there’s no in-person voter fraud.

He's not the first one to pop out with something like that. I give you Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R), who also apparently notice that there is no in-person voter fraud in his state:

As I've said over and over again, there is virtually no voter fraud in America, and the laws target mainly Democratic voters. Attempts by Republican-run states to suppress the vote is getting so bad that it has even become a story arc in the comic strip Doonesbury.

Approximately 300,000 Wisconsinites lack a government-issued photo ID, enough to make a difference on election day.

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WI GOP senator writes bill claiming single parenthood "a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”

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Remember Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman? This is the same Grothman who angered one of our readers here, and will anger you here at TPC as you continue to read:

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Now this piece of excrement has written a controversial bill aimed at single parents. He thinks that kids who are raised by "a" mom or dad will most likely be auto-abused.

RH Reality Check, specifically Michael Hayne, nails it:

Indiana Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), a Republican in Wisconsin’s state senate, thinks that children from single parents are probably victims of child abuse. In his world, a deadbeat dad (Joe Walsh, anyone?) is an American hero whereas the single mom is a disordered, unstable Harlot and should probably be raped by a state doctor. [...]

A portion of the bill reads as follows:

“In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board] shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglectHe thinks that kids who are raised by "a" mom or dad will most likely be auto-abused..”

Where to start? First, does GrossGrothman realize how many single parents there are in Wisconsin? Hayne's post reveals that it's a whopping  32 percent

What if one parent dies, Glenny? Does that automatically turn the survivor into a child abuser?

And exactly how do single parents make the sudden conversion to neglectful sloths who stop caring and start endangering their kids?

Forget it. The white hot stupid is not worth any more of my time.

Please link over to read the rest.

H/t: @42bkdodgr

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Scott Walker: The only thing that can stop GOP momentum are recalls

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As an email buddy of mine put it, the Democrats and Scott Walker finally agree on something. Via wivb.com:

Walker, speaking to about 1,000 Republicans at a Wisconsin Dells resort, said the only thing that could stop the GOP's momentum in the state are the recall elections.

"For the next two months, you shouldn't think about any United States Senate seat, you should think about protecting six brave senators and picking up three others," Walker said.

All nine of the senators were targeted for recalls because of positions they took earlier this year on Walker's proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers. The Republicans voted for it, while the Democrats fled to Illinois for three weeks in an ultimately vain attempt to stop it from passing.

And true to form, Scott Fitzgerald insulted those who don't agree with him:

"It's been a long time since I've been around this many people who weren't chanting and yelling, sometimes at me," Fitzgerald said. "And I also got to tell you, you all smell a lot better too."

Come on, Fitz, come up with something original next time you demean your state's decent working people:

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R.I.P. right wing talking points

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"Keep our house clean" sign in the capitol building.

There are a couple of persistent right wing talking points that need to go away. They both boil down to accusations that those filthy, stinky union slobs (or any Democratic protesters) leave their rally sites an absolute mess, and that it costs millions of dollars to clean up after them.

That finger-pointing is nearly always followed by, "You'll never see OUR side do that. We leave everything spic'n'span white glove clean. In fact, we're so self-righteous, we go on the Tee Vee Machine complaining about how we gotta send our guys to pick up after your guys!"

Brought to you by the RWNJ Dep't. of Neener Nanner.

However, this seems to be just a wee bit of an exaggeration.

Exhibit A (H/t: MrsEeyore):

August 2010...

Every time there has been a Tea Party affiliated, based or ideologically connected event on or near the Mall, the landscape takes on a post-apocalyptic feel afterward. Trash everywhere. Discarded signs litter the pavement and sidewalks, strewn amidst empty water bottles, food containers and soda cups. Maybe tomorrow will be different, but I’m not counting on it and I’m obviously already affected by it.

So, if I have but one simple request for you this weekend, it’s this: pick up after yourselves. [...]

If you really love America and want to restore honor to our nation, you’ll stop trashing the nation’s capital. If you really want to show us the love, go the extra mile. It doesn’t take much effort to hold on to that sign just a little longer, until you find an empty receptacle, or even until you get back to your hotel room.

Exhibit B:

October 2010...

Spokesmen for the National Park Service and “One Nation Moving Forward” said that the pictures and videos of garbage taken by conservative bloggers and websites, as well as The Daily Caller, are a misrepresentation of the liberal rally.

National Park Service spokesman, Bill Line:

“To imply that this past weekend’s event is more dirty, contains more trash or is filthier than any other demonstration is not grounded in reality... This trash you have on [TheDC’s] front page could be found at any other large rally that has happened previously at the Mall and could happen in the future." [...]

Line said the garbage at the “One Nation” rally was no different than any other rally. Trash, it seems, is apolitical.

“It is common, typical, regular ordinary, commonplace. You get the idea?” said Line. “It’s very commonplace with ANY rally, march demonstration, anywhere on the Mall where you have large numbers of people.”

And finally, the best exhibit of all, Exhibit C, from, of all people, the executive director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and a local field representative for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (H/t: _ccm):

Hundreds of thousands of passionate, angry, and often raucous protesters at the Wisconsin State Capitol in the past two weeks have been astonishingly respectful of the National Historic Landmark building itself. [...]

On day ten of the ongoing protests Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz estimated that around 500,000 people had spent time in the building. [...]

Remarkably, the protesters have adopted an ownership ethic in the building, treating it with the utmost care and respect. Thousands of signs with protest slogans, information, and wayfinding information are taped to the granite and painted walls, without exception, with low adhesion blue painter’s tape. Memorial installations are left completely free of signage. Trash and recycle bins are prevalent, and there is no discarded trash anywhere. Demonstrators organize daily cleaning crews. They are also evangelistic about their respect for the building. Handwritten signs on glass display cases, rest room doors and granite pillars demand care, cleanliness, and respect for the building they call “Our house.”

Blue painter's tape affixes signs to the capitol walls.

Someone might want to tell this guy:

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Is This The Type Of Government We Want? Special Comment by my 72-year-old friend

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My impassioned 72-year-old Twitter pal, who goes by the name 42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about the usual GOP dangerous, hypocritical, undemocratic, dictatorial behavior. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “ 72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

Is This The Type Of Government We Want?

A few months ago, I wrote that I was ashamed by what I saw happening in America.

Events in Wisconsin and Ohio, in the last few days, have greatly upset, angered and has raised my blood pressure. In my younger days when I got in such a state, I would go out and play some tough, hard basketball to get rid of my anger.

Unfortunately at my age I can no longer do that, so I'm extremely grateful for Laffy letting me vent my feelings through my Special Comments.

What has raised my ire are the actions taken by the Governor and Republican Party in Wisconsin; remarks made by Wisconsin State Sen. Grothman and what has taken place in the Senate Committees in Ohio.

In Wisconsin:

* Governor Walker defied a court order and violated state law by locking the public out of the capitol.

* The Republican controlled State Senate ordered the arrest, of the 14 Senate Democrats, who have left the state to avoid a vote on Governor Walker's controversial budget without having a full debate on the issues.

Such arrests can be conducted with or without force and with or without the help of law enforcement officials.

* Republicans in State Senate passed a bill fining the 14 Senate Democrats $ 100 a day for everyday the miss a Senate session, plus the cost of returning them to the state.

This is in addition to, Republicans stopping the direct deposit of their pay checks and denying their staff the use of coping machines.

* State Sen. Grothman had the nerve to call the protesters in the State Capitol Building, who are exercising their Constitutional rights of assembly, as "slobs", because of how they smell and look at 6:00 a.m.

I guess Sen. Grothman must wake up fully dressed, showered and with no morning breath. Even when asked to apologize for his remarks on the Lawrence O'Donnell's show the "The Last Word", he could only say they were enjoyable slobs or lovable slobs. He seemed to have no remorse for his remarks.

I wonder if Sen. Grothman had any problems, during the Health Care Bill debate with the teabaggers disrupting the Town Hall meetings, trying to intimidate those attending with their open display of weapons, or their storming the Capitol building and spitting at and cursing Congressmen.

The teabaggers are the ones who acted as "slobs" and "thugs", as some in the news media have called those currently protesting outside the Capitol.

In Ohio, we saw the GOP majority leader of Senate, remove Republicans from two Senate committees, because they were opposed to Governor Kasich's  proposal to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of state employees and were replaced them with two Republicans who supported the bill.

Their removal, allowed the Republicans on both committees, to approve Senate Bill 5 and move it out of committee for eventual passage by the full Senate.

Can you imagine the uproar we would hear from Republicans if Sen Harry Reid ever tried to do something like that with Senate Committees in Congress?

What we are seeing happening in Wisconsin and Ohio is how the Tea Party members of the Republican Party would govern this country should they ever control all three branches of government. It's their way or nothing else.

You are also seeing this same type of attitude by Republicans in the U.S. Congress, in dealing with US budget discussions. They don't believe in either bipartisanship or compromise.

It's becoming obvious to me, by the actions of Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio, that they don't believe in the Constitution, they say they hold so dear, nor in the democratic form of government.

The American people better wake up before its to late and find the far right has turned this country into either a dictatorship or a theocracy.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, 42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

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