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Another CA city sues over voting rights law


voter suppression voting rights

Voting rights, schmoting rights. Who needs 'em in this post-racial day and age? We've clearly evolved, says the Supreme Court. Says Republicans. Says anyone who doesn't want Democrats to have voting rights. After all, if you can't win on the merits of your arguments, on your policies (or lack thereof), your talent, or on your powers of persuasion, then hey, cheat.

It's the 'Murican way!

the american way

Unless, of course, you get called out. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Bellflower, right here in my home state of California, is getting sued. Why? Voting rights are being violated... allegedly:

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and two law firms filed a Superior Court complaint Monday afternoon, on behalf of three minority Bellflower residents alleging the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

The act seeks to ensure that minorities have an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.  The suit alleges that Bellflower's practice of electing council members citywide instead of by geographic districts has hindered Latino and African American candidates.

The plaintiffs said they have found patterns of racially polarized voting in the southeast Los Angeles County city of about 77,000. They want the city to switch to by-district elections to give voters in strongly minority neighborhoods an opportunity to elect at least one representative to the City Council.

What? Restricting the rights of not-white voters? In this day and age of GOP outreach? Don't be ridiculous...

It's not like Bellflower's population is 66% Latino and African American, but the council members are monochromatically pale. Come on.

Bellflower's population is 52% Latino and 14% African American, according to the city's website.  All five council members are white.



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


doonesbury jim crow voter suppression single panel

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:

doonesbury jimmy crow is back voter suppression


Chickens**t Excuse


chicken shit

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."

not the brightest

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?