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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?

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

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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 GopStoppers.com:

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Voter Suppression Continues to Confound and Infuriate non-Republicans

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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.

From MSNBC:

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.

Via nutsandolts.com

This is going from "creepy" to downright scary.

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Black voters in South could play big role in midterm elections

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Republicans don't treat black voters well at all. They disenfranchise them, they suppress their votes, they make it nearly impossible for them to get to the polls, they put up all kinds of obstacles to keep them from registering, and they do everything they can to make those Voter I.D.s they insist upon as inaccessible as possible.

Or as I like to call it, GOP outreach.

Thank you, Supreme Court, for your decision last year to gut the Voting Rights Act. How impartial of you.

Consequently, African American voters won't exactly flock to the Republican party any time soon. Nor will they be inclined to fill in a dot next to anyone with an R after their name on the ballot. Can the GOP be any more shortsighted?

Ironically-- with a twist of karma-- black Southern voters are about to play a prominent role in the November elections.

Via Nate Cohn for the New York Times:

Nearly five decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters. [...]

This year’s closest contests include North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia. Black voters will most likely represent more than half of all Democratic voters in Louisiana and Georgia, and nearly half in North Carolina. Arkansas, another state with a large black population, is also among the competitive states. [...]

If Democrats win this November, black voters will probably represent a larger share of the winning party’s supporters in important states than at any time since Reconstruction. Their influence is not just a product of the Senate map. It also reflects the collapse in Southern white support for Democrats, an increase in black turnout and the reversal of a century-long trend of black outmigration from the South... Southern black turnout today rivals or occasionally exceeds that of white voters.

You know what this means, right? Say it with me:

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As Cohn reminds us, black voters played a big role in Thad Cochran's primary win against a tea party candidate. Please read his chock full o' info, background, and history article in full, here.

And then help everyone you can to register, and in November, to get to the polls. Swarm the polling places. Vote in droves. Use your voices. Because it doesn't do much good to have winning numbers without access to the ballot box.

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Another CA city sues over voting rights law

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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!

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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.

Oh.

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Scott #Walker supporter committed voter fraud... a dozen times!

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Scott Walker's been salivating over imposing strict Voter ID laws in Wisconsin. But unfortunately for him, his photo ID law was ruled unconstitutional a few months ago. Altogether now: Awwww. The thing is, voter fraud is virtually non-existent, but ironically, it's Republican voters who seem to be the ones who commit voter fraud.

But now Scottie and company can do a Happy Dance, because finally! FINALLY! someone has been charged with multiple counts of voter fraud in Wisconsin!

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And that someone is-- say it with me-- a Republican Scott Walker supporter.

irony is not deadVia CBS:

A Wisconsin voter allegedly cast five ballots in the 2012 recall election that Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., survived, but the voter says he doesn't remember that day due to a temporary form of amnesia.

Robert Monroe, a 50-year-old health insurance executive, was charged last week with 13 felonies related to voter fraud, WisPolitics.com reported. Monroe was a supporter of Walker and Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling.

We have a winner!

But Mr. Fraudie McVotesALot had a perfectly legit excuse. Yes, Robert Monroe claimed amnesia was the real culprit. The dog ate his homework, too. And he also goes by the name Sgt. Schultz:

Oh, but I kid the serial voter. And by serial, I mean voting around a dozen times in five elections in 2011 and 2012.

So congratulations, Scott Walker! You found your voter fraud. And he's a big fan of yours, your kind of guy. Too bad he ignored your self-righteous indignation about following the law at the ballot box(es), all so he could keep his favorite governor in office.

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