Archive for Rep. Keith Ellison

VIDEO-- Rep. @KeithEllison introduces Right to Vote Amendment. Please share this one.

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NN13 Keith EllisonAt NN13, a few of us lucky bloggers were invited to meet with Rep. Ellison. I snapped this during that pow wow.

I was fortunate enough to meet and spend some quality time with Rep. Keith Ellison at Netroots Nation last week. I came away liking and admiring him even more than I had previously, which is saying something. He's an awfully nice guy, sharp, and a creative thinker with plenty of ideas on how to get things done in Washington.

I know, I know, "getting things done in Washington" is an oxymoron.

But that won't stop Keith E. Why, look, here's a creative idea now!

Via Progressive Change Campaign Committee:

The Supreme Court crippled voting rights this week by striking down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Mark Pocan have introduced a Constitutional amendment that reverses the Court decision and invalidates voter suppression laws. Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor.

AMENDMENT

SECTION 1: Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.

SECTION 2: Congress shall have the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

Rep. Ellison and Rep. Pocan will use your citizen signatures to lobby members of Congress - we'll keep them updated on how many people have signed. We'll also inform the media that the public is fighting back.

Do your thing, voters... lobby Congress. Sign. Take action. Fight back. Here's a chance to try to DO something...

...besides thanking Keith Ellison, I mean.

Just for good measure, today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices really do matter:

Re "Justices rein in Voting Rights Act," June 26

The decision to effectively invalidate the Voting Rights Act is the Roberts court's most hypocritical ruling.

The Supreme Court's conservative justices have said that nine unelected judges should not overrule the voters' elected representatives unless the Constitution demands it. Here, the court threw out a 98-0 Senate vote in 2006 to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, thousands of pages of congressional voting rights research and almost 50 years of effective legislation.

Five justices state that, in their view, circumstances no longer warrant voting rights protections, ironically because the Voting Rights Act has been so effective. Millions of minority voters whose districts have been gerrymandered and whose polling places and hours have been cynically eroded in the last few years will be shocked to hear that protections are no longer needed.

So much for a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Ken Goldman

Beverly Hills

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Thank goodness we have Antonin Scalia and the four other conservative justices on the Supreme Court to protect us from the "racial entitlement" of free and unfettered voting.

Now that racial discrimination has apparently been eliminated from our great nation, it's time that we stopped using the Voting Rights Act. It seems the Supreme Court believes we can now rely on the good intentions of the states that historically imposed race-based voting requirements designed to disenfranchise nonwhites.

Two hours after the Supreme Court announced its decision, Texas advanced proposals to revive its restrictive voter ID requirements and its gerrymandered districts. What wonderful news for opponents of democracy.

Of course, if there is any doubt about states' ability to protect voting rights, we can be confident that the GOP majority in the House will take action. Right?

James U. Mundy III

Inglewood

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Conservatives see striking down a key protection of the Voting Rights Act as crucial for their chances in future elections. Instead, they ought to really look toward the future and offer an agenda the majority of Americans might get behind.

What a novel idea.

Dennis Grossman

Woodland Hills

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Video- Rep Ellison Fights Back Against Peter King's Call For Religious Profiling

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Video- Fox's Bolling: Rep. Ellison Is "The Muslim Apologist In Congress" And "Very Dangerous"

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Video- Rep Keith Ellison Confronts Rep Tom Cole On Sequester Hypocrisy

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VIDEO: Why Keith Olbermann called Rep. Peter King an "asshole" (Hint: He deserved it)

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One more reason to appreciate Keith Olbermann:

If you missed this last night, please watch. Peter King is despicable.

And Keith Ellison consistently rocks:

The "a-word" is at the very, very end.

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VIDEO: "Social Security benefits are entirely self-financing." "When are the wealthiest Americans gonna step up and do the patriotic thing...?"

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"Social Security actually is not contributing to the deficit. Social Security loans us money. ... When are we gonna have some equity, one America, shared sacrifice...? I mean, we're asking the poorest Americans to sacrifice; when are the wealthiest Americans gonna step up and do the patriotic thing, which is to contribute to help to deal with this budget deficit?"

Via Think Progress:

White House Budget Director Jacob Lew wrote recently that “Social Security benefits are entirely self-financing. They are paid for with payroll taxes collected from workers and their employers throughout their careers.” Prominent economists like Paul Krugman have debunked the notion that there’s a “Social Security crisis” that demands deep cuts.

Polls continue to show that Americans like their Social Security just the way it is, thankyouverymuch... including Republicans.

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Health Care Watch: Get loud!

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By GottaLaff

Don't give up yet:

Get loud!
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