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GOP finds solution to their failures: Virginia purges 40,000 names off voter rolls

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The GOP just suffered a huge defeat for the infantile, idiotic games they've been playing with our lives and the world economy. The more sane Republicans in the Senate have the appropriate concerns about the behavior of their House colleagues, whose only concerns seem to be getting re-elected and avoiding being primaried by right wing extremists.

The party's approvals are in the toidy and they know it. So what the heck is the Party of Fail to do to become relevant again? Simple!

WaPo:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Virginia elections officials say they have already purged nearly 40,000 names from the voter rolls that are the subject of a lawsuit filed by Democrats seeking to keep those voters registered.

The Democratic Party of Virginia has already filed a federal lawsuit to fight a plan to purge up to 57,000 names. And is it even necessary to mention that Dems say that the list is "riddled with errors"? In fact, county registrars who did their own reviews kept 11,000 names on the rolls.

But 38,870 names are gone. At least for now.

Remember this? Virginia Dems ask Justice Dep't. to investigate GOP firm for alleged voter fraud.

Apparently, Virginia is taking its cues from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The moral of the story: When you throw a public tantrum and still don't get your way, eliminate those who are now dying to vote you out.

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

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See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law

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Welcome to Flori-duh.

In a previous post, Eleventh-hour GOP voter suppression could swing Ohio. And in Florida, more long lines: “Let us vote! Let us vote!”, there was this from Florida:

This is America, not a third-world country,” said Myrna Peralta, who waited in line with her 4-year-old grandson for nearly two hours before being turned away. “They should have been prepared.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott did everything he could to remove people from the rolls by purging voters. That lovely gesture resulted in several lawsuits against his administration. Early voting days were also cut, from fourteen to eight, which severely reduced voter registration by organizations like the League of Women Voters. One guess who was disproportionately affected. Hint: Minority voters.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote. He called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies."

Greer has been accused of stealing a couple of hundred thou from the Republican party using a phony campaign fundraising operation. But the Palm Beach Post is reporting that he is suing them right back, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection, plus this:

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

Then-Governor Charlie Crist had extended early voting hours by executive order because of the long lines during the 2008 presidential election. He says he told GOP consultants and staffers that he would veto any proposed legislative changes that would reduce early voting.

That was then.

“The people that worked in Tallahassee felt that early voting was bad, ” Crist said. “And I heard about it after I signed the executive order expanding it. I heard from Republicans around the state who were bold enough to share it with me that, ‘You just gave the election to Barack Obama.’

And then Rick Scott got his grubby hands on Florida, and we saw how that turned out. Of course now he's batting his angelic eyes and asking Secretary of State Ken Detzner to check into all those nasty November election issues. Imagine that.

Here's more from Greer:

There is absolutely nothing with their absolute obsession with retaining power that they wouldn’t do — changing the election laws to reduce early voting, to keep organizations like the League of Women Voters from registering people, going after the Supreme Court justices."

But there's also something Floridians can do: Vote the bums out.

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Federal judge won't block Florida voter purge

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Don't start me.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A judge on Wednesday rejected a request by federal authorities to block Florida's contentious move to remove potentially ineligible voters from its rolls. [...]

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled there was nothing in federal voting laws that prevent the state from identifying ineligible voters even if it is close to the upcoming Aug. 14 election. [...]

"People need to know we are running an honest election," said Hinkle, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

A U.S. Department of Justice official said that the department would review the written decision when it was issued and declined to say whether federal authorities planned to appeal the ruling.

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VIDEO: "Gov Rick Scott...the new George Wallace?"

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Gilchrist:

"We can beat the money."

I wish I had his confidence.

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Garlin Gilchrist II, MoveOn.org joins Thom Hartmann. Get your lawsuits ready - the state of Florida announced on Monday that it is filing a lawsuit against the Department of of Homeland Security to gain access to a federal database of undocumented immigrants so the state can continue its illegal purge of Democratic voters. A new poll shows a majority of voters in Florida oppose Governor Scott's purge - and his own approval rating has plummeted to 31%. But Governor Scott knows what the rest of the Republican Party knows - and that's that polls don't matter - votes matter. And if enough Democratic voters are kicked off the rolls - then Mitt Romney will win in November - and Governor Scott will be re-elected a few years after. While the lawsuits play out in court - what can Floridians do now to protect their right to vote?

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Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to sue Florida for voter purge

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Earlier I posted "Gov. Rick Scott: Florida will sue Dep’t. of Homeland Security over voter purge".

Here we go, legal ping pong time. TPM is reporting that Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner saying the following:

“One of Congress’s concerns in enacting the provisions of the [Voting Rights Act] and [National Voter Registration Act], and one of the Department’s concerns in enforcing federal law as enacted by Congress, is ensuring that state efforts to find and purge ineligible persons from voter registration lists do not endanger the ability of eligible U.S. citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration status... The federal statutes that the Department has called to Florida’s attention here are longstanding requirements of which the State is certainly aware.”

And with that, the DoJ's Civil Rights Division will sue the state of Florida for violating federal law.

Kick ass, DoJ.

UPDATE: Here is the entire letter. “Please immediately cease this unlawful conduct." Yes, by all means, please do that.

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BREAKING- Gov. Rick Scott: Florida will sue Dep't. of Homeland Security over voter purge

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By now you're well aware that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is doing everything he can to disenfranchise voters (read: Democrats) from the rolls. By suppressing mostly Latino, black, elderly, and young voters, he's aiming to suppress enough Democratic votes to throw the election to Willard Romney.

But election supervisors, both Democratic and Republican, are refusing to go along with him.

Think Progress has Scott's statement:

So this afternoon we will file a lawsuit the secretary of State of Florida against the Department of Homeland Security to give us the database. We want to have fair, honest elections in our state and we have been put in a position that we have to sue the federal government to get this information.”

The Justice Department maintains that the purge is against federal law and, per TP, DHS has said that they will not give Florida access to the database while Florida’s dispute with the Justice Department is ongoing.

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