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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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Epidemic of Voter Fraud Rampant In Iowa - Republican Investigation Proves It

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It's never to early to stage a fight for people's rights. And in this case, it's the voter rights act, or what's left of it. As you'll see below, Chris Hayes does a great job summing up the issues that are happening thanks to the scurrilous political right. If they don't succeed in stopping selected groups of voters, these wingnuts will lose their grip on power. And make no mistake, they do have the upper hand in power in most of the country, and not just the south. Take the case of Republican  Iowa Secretary of State, Matt Schultz:

This movement of tamping down minority vote has been with us since reconstruction. Before that, Blacks and other minorities were just plain denied the right to vote, even if born here. Color was the obstacle. Jim Crow laws replaced just straight refusal which was followed by gangs literally beating minority voters, sometimes to death for even showing up at a poll. And then again there were the poll taxes.

But these measures were about hate, not fraud... or so they appeared. Then next step up the illusion trail to keep minorities away is the current voter fraud issue. It's so rampant that candidates have based their entire statewide campaign on stamping out voter fraud -- and won. That tired scare tactic has worked. Yet when you run on a platform, you are usually called into service upon taking office to move on the issue.

That brings us to Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R). He did as promised and pulled back the curtain on rampant voter fraud in his state. Huffpo revealed this:

Since taking office in 2011, Schultz has made safeguarding the ballot box from fraud a top state priority, striking a two-year deal with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in 2012 that directed $280,000 of federal funds toward voter fraud inquiries. Additionally, a full-time agent was hired and assigned to pursue voter fraud cases.

The results were as reported by Chris Hayes in the video above. There is really no true voter fraud. There's bigotry fraud. And that's what this is all about, summed up perfectly by a well-respected Republican

In August, former U.S. Secretary of StateColin Powell criticized the argument of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) that his approval of a more restrictive voting bill would combat voter fraud.

“You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud,” Powell said at the CEO Forum in Raleigh, N.C. “How can it be widespread and undetected?”

Voter ID laws are not going away anytime soon. So maybe it's time to take the campaign to get picture approved ID's to those without. A door to door program of volunteers to help people accumulate the necessary papers and documents, and then give them a ride to their DMV to get free photo ID's might be what it takes. But when those eligible voters get their identification, they can go from being denied, to doing the denying -- denying the racist incumbents who earlier denied them the right to vote from returning to office. Give them a dose of their own medicine.

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Chickens**t Excuse

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Governor McCrory mixes up "common sense" with "biased, politically motivated horse turds" He just signed a draconian voter ID bill. Now if he really believed in it, he'd have signed it in public like he did the abortion bill and all other bills he's signed since he took office. Why not this one? Because voters and protesters were prepared to picket and show up at the signing and let him know of their displeasure. So he took to the Internet to bring his slanted, far askew defense of the bill. He even goes so far as to blame the Democrats as promoting scare tactics involving this voter ID bill.

No longer will student or government subsidy ID's be allowed. Free state ID's will be provided at DMV's across the state, assuming the elderly, the ill, the poor who lack transportation can make it in to get theirs.

But free or not, he skips over the fact that the new bill will cut down early voting by a week, will prohibit Sunday voting, eliminates same-day registration, ends pre-registration for 16-and-17 year-olds and a student civics program, kills an annual state-sponsored voter registration drive and lessens the amount of public reporting required for so-called dark money groups, also known as 501(c)(4)s.

McCrory said the bill was necessary even if there are very few reported cases of voter fraud. "Even if the instances of misidentified people casting votes are low, that shouldn’t prevent us from putting this non-burdensome safeguard in place," he said in a Raleigh News and Observer op-ed. "Just because you haven’t been robbed doesn't mean you shouldn’t lock your doors at night or when you’re away from home."

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Way to go, Pat. A similar argument could be made-- just because you're not too bright doesn't mean you have to open your mouth and prove it.

The very governor who recently went back on his word that he wouldn't sign any bill restricting a woman's right to an abortion, asks us to take his word once again. In court, the jury is admonished that if a witness lies once, all of his testimony can be tossed out. Well, Gov. Pat, your lying is well documented on the Internet. So there's no reason to believe anything you say here as truthful or honest. I'm even wondering if you are who you say you are. Has anyone checked your DNA to make sure you're not some alien who took over the governor's body?

If you want to see what a liar looks like in action, here's the cowardly lion hiding from the public and putting out his response, not in person, but rehearsed, in a studio. Yes, a studio. He wouldn't even appear from the governor's mansion. What's this man hiding except the truth?

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