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Quickie-- Missouri GOP leader: Voter registration at protests is "disgusting"


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Today's Missouri Quickie:

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills denounced voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, calling it "disgusting."

"If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is," Wills told Breitbart News, a conservative website, Monday.

He also called the actions "completely inappropriate."

These blah people clearly don't know their place, right Patriot Matt? How dare they legally and rationally try to use their voices in more ways than one!

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?


Women Are Doing It for Ourselves, Voice a Pair of First Ladies



As much as Laura Bush is tied to a fervent anchor in her horrible choice of a Bush spouse, on occasion she pops out in public to remind us that she may have thrice the brains W possesses (or more).

This week she and current First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, came together for some great causes involving the modern plight of women. Here and abroad … but disgraceful in the purported leadership of the Free World. And they were, pitifully ironically at the U.S. and Africa Summit.

Women of both parties can sling shame exceptionally well, and it is desperately need right now. From first chorus to coda, it is a worthy cause to set to voice. Loudly voice.

Some footage about women's rights and voting by the good Reverend, Al Sharpton and guest Barbaar Arnwine, from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

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From ProPublica via The Everlasting

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts: At least 10 lawsuits have the potential to bring states and some local jurisdictions back under federal oversight - essentially doing an end-run around the Supreme Court’s ruling.


A quick refresher: The Voting Rights Act outlaws racial discrimination against voters. But the law’s real strength comes from its “preclearance” provision, which forces jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to submit new voting measures to the federal government for approval.

MSNBC ran some fabulous footage on the matter this week, and a rare glimpse of Laura and FLOTUS Michelle - we don't see them together terribly often; and particularly having elucidating speech on a needful cause. Laura has a uterus and a somewhat-working knowledge of this country and Britain's suffragette triumphs. Have a gander and I'll see you on the other side.

Just last summer, SCOTUS nullified the section of the Voting Rights Act that allowed sensible federal oversight.


And we all know how much the Regressive Right adores oversight, non? New restrictions on anything  Federal or oversight related generally gives the GOP and the Lipton Brigade a collective woody.

Not to mention living in the pre-Mad Men area, barefoot, preggers and disinclined to vote at all or hell bent on doing everything their GOP.Tea Idjot fool husbands tell them to.

It took American women decades of protest, blood, sweat, tears and rage to get the damned vote … we are not going to have it suppressed, threatened or refused to be part of a legitimate count.  Check out recent stats:


In last summer’s Shelby County v. Holder ruling, the Supreme Court threw out the part of the law that spelled out when states were automatically subject to federal oversight. States that have been released from preclearance have already passed a rash of new restrictive voting measures.

The Founding Father's must already be lined up to scowl and possibly 'spit like they mean' it at Dubbayuh Bush. Along with herds of liberal alpacas. A pissed off alpaca can hawk a loogie as famously well as an annoyed camel, and they have no compunction whatsoever. Can speak with experience with both four-legged wonders of sarcasm.




Voter Suppression Continues to Confound and Infuriate non-Republicans


Once in a while old Tweety, aka Chris Matthews, knocks one toward the cheap seats, and Wednesday was one of those episodes of 'Hardball'.

I have the biggest crush on Fugelsang, full disclosure. I married for humor, but hotness was also included.

Here he and Joy Reid helped Matthews with a large and thorny issue,

Then to compliment the Tweety goodness, Ezra Klein subbing for Chris Hayes got the actual author, the hard hitting fellow who did the Voter ID Study that's sweeping to great acclaim. And horror.


What are voter ID laws even for?
A new investigation finds just 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation over 14 years and one billion ballot

Well that's post-Tea Party DefCon Amurrika, right thar' … we didn't think we as a country could Go Dumber than we did in 2000 for an endless, ubër-mockable, embarrassing, humiliating, eight years o' Dubbayhah.

We are SO better than this as a country. A democratic country. We supposedly monitor less worthy cow entries elections with a spyglass, but our own citizens face voter impression.

Humiliating, is what these efforts are - embarrassing and shameful also come to mind. It seems our GOP, The Tea Years, is bent on having only old white men and their Stepford Spouses count at the polls. Truly heart-sickening.

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WI GOP may allow cameras next: Poll watchers already allowed 3 feet from voters


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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill this year that let poll observers intimidate get within thirty-six inches of the voters they are hovering over monitoring. Nothing like having the rabidly right wing poll police breathing down your neck while you try to make private choices in what used to be a country that believed in democracy. Now Wisconsin may allow cameras. Now they want their "observers" to be able to record your personal information, too.

Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog on the original law:

The law would allow observers to stand 3 to 8 feet from the table where voters announce their names and addresses and are issued voter numbers, or from the table where people register to vote.

Gee, who could possibly mind if a total stranger, a fanatic extremist partisan with fervently opposing views, overheard your name and address? Or scrutinized and challenged your vote? What could possibly go wrong?

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Here's a video of Rachel Maddow explaining the original law in full back in April:

Clearly, that's not enough Dem harassment for Wisconsin Republicans. Now the election bullies observers would be able to unnerve their fellow citizens not just with their presence, but also with cameras and video recorders. If Americans exercising their voting rights happen to rub the monitors the wrong way, then hey, chill them to the bone. Document them. Record them. Use your cameras as weapons. Make them as uncomfortable as possible. Terrify them. Try to suppress their votes by causing them to avoid the polls in order to avoid the poll watchers.

Via the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Wisconsin officials may lift the ban on camera usage by election observers.

The state elections board will meet Monday to vote on proposed changes to election observer rules, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The Republican-controlled Legislature proposed the ban reversal.

Election observers have been prohibited from shooting photos and video at the polls for the past eight years.

If the ban is lifted, cameras can start being used during the August primary. So much for your privacy, Wisconsinites.


This is going from "creepy" to downright scary.