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  • Americans Have a Civic Duty To Vote Intelligently

    10/01/2014 6:25:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Many recent surveys indicate that the vast majority of Americans feel our country is moving in the wrong direction. This country was intentionally designed to be different from others in which a monarch or strong central government controlled almost every aspect of the lives of its citizens. In most other nations, the lives of the populace conform to the will of the government. In America, the government is supposed to conform to the will of the people. Also in most other countries, it was declared that the rights of the people were conferred by the government; whereas, our founding documents...
  • SCOTUS blocks extended early voting options in Ohio

    09/30/2014 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    This will certainly go down as one of the last minute, whistle beating acts of the Supreme Court. Very nearly on the eve of the recently extended – and highly contentious – early voting period in Ohio, the Supreme Court has delivered a 5-4 decision overturning a lower court’s ruling and forcing the state to file a new petition if they want the case heard. SCOTUSblog has the details. With just sixteen hours before polling stations were to open in Ohio, the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon blocked voters from beginning tomorrow to cast their ballots in this year’s general...
  • Conservative Political Operatives Form 'Conservative Review' Mega-Scorecard for Congress

    09/29/2014 11:30:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/28/14 | Matthew Boyle
    In a move that's likely to cause heartburn for the GOP establishment and Democratic Party, a band of hardcore conservative politicos have grouped together to form a new scorecard and rating system for members of Congress. FreedomWorks director of minority outreach Deneen Borelli; Daniel Horowitz, a conservative who worked for Madison Project and has written columns for Breitbart News and RedState; former U.S. Senate Steering committee policy adviser Gaston Mooney; and conservative communications staffer Rachel Semmel, among others, have just launched the Conservative Review. I am excited to be a part of an organization that pulls back the curtain on...
  • Five Reasons Why Youre Too Dumb to Vote - Reason 1: You get your politics from Lena Dunham

    09/28/2014 4:04:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 28, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    If you would like to be filled with despair for the prospects of democracy, spend a few minutes attempting to decipher the psephological musings of Lena Dunham, the distinctly unappealing actress commissioned by Planned Parenthood to share with her presumably illiterate following 5 Reasons Why I Vote (and You Should, Too). Thats 21st-century U.S. politics in miniature: a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers. It is an excellent fit, if you think about it: Our national commitment to permanent, asinine, incontinent juvenility, which results in, among other things, a million or...
  • Huckabee: If Just 10 Percent More Evangelicals Had Voted, Obama Would Not Be President

    09/27/2014 12:15:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/27/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON Gov. Mike Huckabee encouraged pastors to speak out on political issues and for social conservatives to get more fellow adherents registered and to the polls. Social conservatives are not in trouble because of the actions of government, they are in trouble because social conservatives are not speaking out and are not voting in large numbers, Huckabee said Friday at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit. Huckabee estimated that there are probably over 100 million social conservatives in the United States. Using just the example of Evangelicals, he said there are about 80 million, but only half of...
  • A Right-Wing Truck Dispatcher Is Americas Fairest New Election Night Vote Counter

    09/27/2014 1:31:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | September 25, 2014 | Ben Smith
    There was really no reason to think that the Ace of Spades HQ Decision Desk would be a hopeful sign for American democracy in 2014. The Decision Desk swings into action on primary election nights, with Brandon Finnigan, a burly 29-year-old, nailed to a busted black leather armchair at one of those cheap beige aluminum desks, halfhearted fake wood top, toward the back of a low-slung house at a truck stop crossroads deep in Californias monotonous Inland Empire. Dripping sweat every day since the air conditioner broke, Finnigan is the sole employee of a small truck dispatching company where he...
  • Texas Democrats Indicted for Buying Votes With Cocaine

    09/25/2014 6:24:20 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 50 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 25, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    As Democrats seek to turn Texas blue, it seems they are employing a little Bolivian white to assist them in this goal. In yet another disturbing example of Democrat Party malfeasance, Texas Democratic Party power-broker Francisco Garcia was indicted for allegedly buying votes by providing cocaine to votersin an attempt to sway control of a local School Board. Garcia, a long-time San Antonio Democrat leader wascampaign manager for four candidates in the Donna School Board race of 2012, and per the indictment, offered voters in the most lower-income, minority district the option of taking $10 cash or a small vial...
  • Wisconsin voters can't get IDs, liberal group says

    09/23/2014 4:39:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-22-14 | Administration Propaganda
    Wisconsin offices that issue driver's licenses aren't open enough hours to issue photo IDs to all the voters who need them before the Nov. 4 election, a liberal group told federal judges in a brief filed Monday. Wisconsin's 2011 law requires voters to show a government-issued ID with a photo to vote. Because of legal challenges, the requirement had not been enforced since the February 2012 primary. But a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Sept. 12 that the law could be used for the Nov. 4 election and other elections while it considers...
  • LAs Brilliant Plan to Boost Voter Turnout: Bribery

    09/20/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Los Angeles Ethics Commission (the term “ethics” is used rather loosely in this case) has a plan to get more voters to turn out on Election Day. Basically, they think the city should bribe people to show up at the polls. According to LA Times:Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson's Rules,...
  • Maryland County Proposes Lowering Voting Age To 16, Allowing Noncitizens To Vote

    09/18/2014 1:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller's DC Trawler ^ | September 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the wealthiest and most liberal counties in America. If theres a dumb progressive idea that didnt start there, it will get there sooner or later. Along those lines, the powers that be in Montgomery County are very concerned about low voter turnout. So concerned, in fact, the all Democrat County Council formed a Right to Vote Task Force to come up with ways to encourage more people to vote. The task force produced a 76-page report with more than a few suggestions that could raise a few eyebrows. Recommendations 1-3 are: 1. The Task...
  • Duck Dynasty star: Dont ever vote for pro-abortion politicians

    09/17/2014 10:12:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    JILL STANEK ^ | Jill Stanek
    There are about 90 to 100 million of us who claim Jesus. The problem is only half of you register to vote and out of the half of you that registers to vote, only half of that group actually goes and votes. Therefore, when youre looking up there and griping and complaining about what you see in Washington, D.C., you might as well shut up. The reason theyre there is were putting them there. If you dont get anything else out of this, remember this register to vote for crying out loud If the dude or woman is for...
  • Kent Black Action Commission plans No Ferguson in Kent rally, march on Sept. 16 (Washington State)

    09/11/2014 3:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Kent Reporter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Steve Hunter, Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
    The Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) plans a No Ferguson in Kent rally and march on Tuesday evening, Sept. 16 from the Maleng Regional Justice Center to City Hall. The ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown have caused the KBAC to take pause and reflect on the likelihood of a similar incident taking place in Kent, according to a KBAC press release. "Although we all agree that community relations in Kent are a long way from being a Ferguson, we feel that we should take this opportunity to start the process of having the...
  • Low Voter Turnout Didn't Kill Michael Brown

    09/10/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Black Agenda Report ^ | September 10, 2014 | Bruce A. Dixon
    It doesn't matter that low voter turnout did not kill Ferguson Missouri's Michael Brown, any more than it killed Trayvon Martin or Troy Davis or even James Byrd back in 1998 Jasper Texas. What really matters to our black political class is not what we need but what they need. They need their perks, they need their careers, they need to constantly reaffirm and to re-legitimize their privileged status as the imaginary representatives of all the rest of us. Their answers to every question reflect what they need, and not what we need. South Carolina representative James Clyburn was on...
  • There Were Elections on Tuesday? Do We Have a New President?

    09/10/2014 11:53:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 10, 2014 | Desmond Miller, student and advocate
    Michigan's primary elections were last month and for a young progressive who loves all things political, it was Christmas in August for me. As a member of LaunchProgress PAC's Candidate Advisory Board, I was excited to support our Michigan candidates Jon Hoadley, Stephanie Chang, and Kristy Pagan who won big on August 5, and Rebecca Thompson, a strong LaunchProgress candidate who was just 500 votes shy of winning her election. But still, I'm haunted by the text message I received the afternoon of the primary, "Today are elections? Wasn't Obama just re-elected?" Sadly this is the reality our country lives...
  • The Surprising Rise of the Hispanic Millennial Libertarian

    09/08/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Rachel Burger
    Libertarianism isn’t confined to caucasians anymore. The Pew Research Center recently released a study on who in America describes themselves as libertarian while being able to accurately identify what the label actually means. Of the total demographic, 12 percent of respondents who identified as libertarian were white, unsurprisingly the largest demographic population. However, Hispanics self-identified as libertarian at almost the same rate, 11 percent. By comparison, only three percent of blacks fell into the same category (other demographics were not included in the final results). Libertarians also tend to be young; Millennials are the largest group of libertarians, with the...
  • Sarah Anzia: Unfair election rules stack the deck against Ferguson's blacks (Unbelievable)

    08/30/2014 5:59:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Madison Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | August 30, 2014 | Professor Sarah Anzia, UC Berkeley
    Even after the unrest in Ferguson has subsided, we're left with questions about the tension that built up and exploded in the small St. Louis suburb. Among those questions: How did a city where two-thirds of the residents are black elect an almost entirely white city government? The answer is simple: Ferguson holds its city elections entirely separate from state and national elections, and that can make all the difference. People rarely think about the timing of elections. But Missouri's election rules set the stage for the discontent that has tormented Ferguson recently. The state requires its cities to hold...
  • Trial set for woman accused of running over husband

    08/27/2014 2:04:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-27-14
    <p>An Oct. 20 trial has been set for a Mesa woman accused of running over her husband with an SUV because he didn't vote in the 2012 presidential election.</p>
  • Florida Catholic parish stops acting as polling place after pro-abort, pro-gay complaints

    08/27/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    A Florida Catholic parish's 45-year tradition of serving as a polling place for elections came to an end after Tuesday's primary after ongoing complaints by a handful of pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activists led church leaders to end their partnership with the Brevard County Board of Elections. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, FL, has hosted about 5,000 voters from three precincts in a multi-use area of the building that is separate from the main church. Florida Today reported that the trouble began in 2008, when the church displayed a message on its marquee urging parishioners to vote for...
  • Another Dumb Idea From Los Angeles (paying people to vote)

    08/22/2014 12:38:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 21, 2014 | Editorial
    Elections: The city of Los Angeles is considering paying voters to encourage turnout. Needless to say, it's a ridiculous idea that will reward low-information voting, foster political demagogues and breed corruption.Sure, some in the political class will say what's not to like? Higher voter turnout sounds good and, more to the point, the political left likely will benefit from paying people to vote.This is what's done, officially or not, in places like Venezuela, Central America and southern Mexico, where the political class doles the goodies and subliterate voters sell their votes for bags of beans. Lots of left-wing demagogues have...
  • Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict (Hurl 'em if you got 'em)

    08/18/2014 12:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 18, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    In Ferguson and many towns like it, majority African-American communities most grapple with mostly white county governments. How this leads to dysfunction, racial tension, and a skewed justice system. As we watch Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson bumble his way through press conferences, lets take a couple steps back and think about how this two-thirds African-American town has retained such a nearly complete all-white power structure. It is partly, as Slate noted, a question of voting power, as whites are more entrenched and vote in greater numbers. But theres a larger story here about race in America that involves the...
  • Give tea party credit for learning how to make a difference

    08/17/2014 1:54:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | August 15, 2014 | Joe Henderson
    I seriously admire one thing in particular about most tea party members. If you ever wonder how a relatively small group of people have so much impact on state, local and national policy, the answer is simple: They show up. They outwork most other groups. They go to meetings, study the issues and rally the faithful to the cause. They make sure their voices are heard (and man, are they heard). It’s also easy to say they make the most noise, but that’s because they’re often the only outside voice in the room when issues are being decided. In short,...
  • Los Angeles Looks Into Making Ballot Bankable [BRIBING PEOPLE TO VOTE!]

    08/15/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman suggests the prizes could be $25,000 or $50,000, saying a pilot program should be used first to find out the number and size of prizes that would bump up turnout. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1uV1Ekw) that federal law prohibits payment for voting, but Ethics Commissioner Jessica Levinson says that statute...
  • Signature rosters to be replaced by iPads at some polling places

    08/11/2014 12:07:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 8-11-14 | Joe Ferguson
    A pilot project at 25 Pima County polling places will have workers asking voters to scan their drivers licenses with an iPad. The goal is to replace the signature roster books currently used at the polling places, Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson said. Poll workers will use the iPads to scan voters drivers licenses and verify their identification. Voters will then sign their names on the iPad screens with their finger. The information scanned will be matched to data already contained in county databases thats filled out when a person registers to vote, Nelson said. An Arizona drivers license...
  • 5 human rights abuses America commits at home (Hurl-worthy! Beyond bizarre!)

    08/09/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Salon ^ | August 9, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    From voter ID laws to broken immigration detention centers, the U.S. is not the model democracy it fancies itself. Watching Israels brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place right here on American soil. Sybrina Fulton and Ron Davis, whose sons were killed in what many believe were racially motivated attacks, are using their childrens deaths to remind Americans that human rights are being violated right here in the United States. More than a year after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Fulton felt the humiliating pendulum...
  • VANITY---How Can I Get an Astorino Lawn Sign????

    08/09/2014 3:06:18 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 24 replies
    I've been trying till I'm blue in the face to get an Astorino Lawn Sign!!
  • Students Challenge Texas Voter ID Law in Court

    08/09/2014 2:10:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    Abbott said requiring voters to present government issued IDs is the first step in the process is to ensure that only those that are legally allowed to vote actually vote. Under the law, seven forms of identification are accepted at Texas polling stations, among them state drivers licenses and identification cards, election identification certificates, military IDs, passports, citizenship documents with photos, and concealed handgun licenses. And noticeably absent from that list: student identification cards. Ryan Haygood, director for the Legal Defense Funds political participation group, said student IDs were specifically left off the list because they fail to prove whether...
  • Wisconsin voter ID ruling creates confusion

    08/02/2014 7:38:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 8-2-14 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A court-ordered change to Wisconsin's photo identification law that's designed to cut down on voter fraud is creating confusion and may even open the door to the very type of behavior Republican lawmakers were trying to prevent. Policy makers, attorneys and voter ID experts were struggling Friday with how to interpret a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling from a day earlier, which mandated a change to the law in order to make it constitutional. The court said the state can't require applicants for state-issued IDs to present government documents that cost money to obtain, such as a copy...
  • The Movement to Give the Vote to Non-Citizens Begins

    07/05/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/05/2014 | Victor Keith
    With the newest border crisis focusing on the influx of immigrants from Central America, many of them children, the political punching bag that is immigration reform is again leading the news. Democrats, incongruously, claim that the obvious ineffectiveness of our border is proof that we need to reform immigration laws to allow current foreigners who are here illegally to stay. How this stops the flow rather than increase it is not explained.Many Republicans have taken up the cause of amnesty by raising the curious proposition that many of those currently here illegally may eventually join the ranks of the Republican...
  • Vote probe aimed at 419 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis (DFL voter fraud)

    07/01/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | July 1, 2014 | Eric Roper and Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Hennepin County attorneys office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters. State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008. No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although its unclear...
  • Allegations of Voter Fraud in Hotly Contested Minn. House DFL Primary Race

    06/29/2014 9:53:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-27-14 | Brandi Powell
    Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud. The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that's not their home. Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor. Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there's voter fraud. "I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL...
  • Why Hillary Clinton Will Win in 2016

    06/22/2014 3:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 22, 2014 | Carl M. Cannon
    At the end of the Civil War, but before the pernicious reach of Jim Crow undermined the Union Armys battlefield victory, former slaves and free blacks found themselves in possession of a most precious right -- the right to vote. It didnt matter if a man had been a war hero in the famed, all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment or a house servant on a Southern plantation. All that mattered was that he was a man. To say that this development didnt sit well with the progressive-minded women of this country is an understatement. Before the war, the abolitionist...
  • Wanted: Thinking Christians

    06/22/2014 4:41:43 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 27 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Unknown | James Montgomery Boice
    It's not just that there's a lack of a Christian way of thinking -- a "Christian mind" -- but there is hardly a mind at all. Some years ago I read an article in Newsweek about a husband and wife team of scientists who studied ducks. In order to observe their habits, they built a blind by a pond, then settled in to watch. During their investigations, they observed among the ducks incidences of what they called gang rape. While it was not written in so many words, the bottom line of the article was this: If gang rape takes...
  • Election-Day Registration Lawsuit: Seeking Provisional Ballots(MN)

    06/10/2014 7:35:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 6-10-14 | Andrew E. Cilek
    As you know, we are committed to overturning Minnesota election law that enables ineligible individuals to vote in two ways: by not determining the eligibility of election-day registrants before counting their votes, and by accepting the statements of individuals that they are eligible even when the state has records showing they are not, such as non-citizens and felons. We have spent considerable time with our attorneys refining the arguments that connect the precise text of the Minnesota Constitution ([Ineligible] persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state.) to the statutes that in fact...
  • Massachusetts Democrat Pleads Guilty in NH Vote Fraud Case

    06/09/2014 5:33:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Concord Patch ^ | June 9, 2014 | Tony Schinella
    A Carver, MA, man has pled guilty to three counts of vote fraud, one a felony, according to Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte. Lorin C. Schneider Jr. pled guilty in Hillsborough County District Superior Court and will received a one to three year suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine, plus a 24 percent penalty assessment.
  • Man pleads guilty in Texas to voting twice, also in Minnesota, Facebook posting led to charge

    06/04/2014 10:05:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 6-4-14 | AP
    GALVESTON, Texas A man who voted absentee in Texas and Minnesota during the 2012 general election then touted his bogus balloting on Facebook has pleaded guilty. A judge in Galveston on Tuesday fined Richard Alan Collier $4,000 after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of Texas election law. Collier, who pleaded guilty to attempt to commit illegal voting, claimed residence in both states when seeking absentee ballots for the November 2012 election. Authorities say Collier then voted in Anoka (uh-NOH'-kuh) County, Minnesota, and in Galveston County. Prosecutors in Galveston say a tip that Collier posted a Facebook message...
  • Man pleads guilty to intimidating Florida Republican voters in 2012 election

    05/29/2014 3:32:31 PM PDT · by tje · 12 replies
    Yahoo News/Rooters ^ | 5/29/14 | Zachary Fagenson
    MIAMI (Reuters) - A Seattle man pleaded guilty on Thursday to identity fraud and voter intimidation for forged letters he sent to 200 Republican donors in Florida that told them they were ineligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Angered by what he believed was an attempt to suppress Hispanic voter turnout for Democratic Party candidates, James Baker Jr. in 2012 created false voter eligibility letters purporting to be from elections authorities, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. Baker, 58, entered his plea in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and faces...
  • Wisconsin appeals ruling striking down voter ID law

    05/13/2014 5:14:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    MADISON, Wis. -- State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Monday appealed a two-week-old decision striking down Wisconsin's voter ID law. Van Hollen had promised an appeal as soon as U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee blocked the voter ID law for violating the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act. Monday's filing puts the case before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Van Hollen also asked Adelman to suspend his ruling while the appeal proceeds, saying his decision was too broad. In his ruling, Adelman expressed skepticism that any voter ID law could pass court muster...
  • Judges and Voter ID (Wisconsin)

    05/02/2014 9:58:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 2, 2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    If the state provides free IDs, is there really an unjustified burden on poor voters?To better understand the contrast between an activist, liberal judge who refuses to follow the law and a judge who understands that his job is to follow precedent and the Constitution, consider two recent federal cases on voter-ID laws. On Tuesday, federal-district-court judge Lynn Adelman a Clinton appointee, former Democratic state senator, and former Legal Aid Society lawyer held that Wisconsins voter-ID requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, because it places an unjustified burden on...
  • Opponents of voter ID laws see time to fight running out

    04/30/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/30/14 | Mike Lillis
    Critics of tough voter ID laws are running out of time and options in their efforts to knock down those barriers ahead of this years midterm elections. Opponents got good news last week, when a state judge struck down Arkansass law, and another jolt Tuesday, when a federal judge ruled Wisconsins law, which wasnt yet in effect, was unconstitutional. But their enthusiasm could be short-lived. At least eight states are still slated to have strict photo ID requirements in place in November, leading voting rights advocates to send dire warnings about potential disenfranchisement at the polls this year. Yet on...
  • Political Competition, Not Racism, Changes Voter Alignments

    04/22/2014 4:34:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Have the Republicans become the white man's party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans' opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism? Those are questions you hear in the clash of political argument, and you will hear plenty of answers in the affirmative if you click onto MSNBC or salon.com with any regularity. You can find a more nuanced and thoughtful analysis in Jonathan Chait's recent New York magazine article, "The Color of His Presidency." Chait, a liberal, starts off by noting that the post-racial America that Obama seemed to promise in his 2004 national convention...
  • Why Conservatives Win Elections and Lose the War

    04/16/2014 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama triumphantly announced that 7.1 million Americans had selected a health insurance plan through Obamacare. In doing so, he nastily labeled his political opposition uncaring and unfeeling. "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?" Obama asked. "Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?" That night, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert sat behind his desk at "The Colbert Report," playing his version of a conservative: vicious, mean and cruel. "I wish I could come to you with some good news, but the worst...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 85 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • EDITORIAL: North Carolina answers Democrats question What vote fraud?

    04/13/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    Its an article of the faith of the Democrats that voter fraud is nothing to worry about because it never happens. Kim Strach, the North Carolina director of elections, has living proof and some dead proof otherwise. She has identified 35,750 persons who voted in North Carolina sharing a name, birth date and Social Security number with someone who voted in another state in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died. Ghosts have no constitutional rights, not yet, but Barack Obama and the Democrats think rigor mortis need not keep voters from practicing good citizenship. President...
  • Obama decries bogus voter fraud complaints

    04/11/2014 2:42:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    April 11, 2014, 04:52 pm Obama decries bogus voter fraud complaints By Justin Sink President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud bogus and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton. Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make it harder, not easier to vote. And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred. So let's be clear, the real voter fraud is the people...
  • Audit Suggests Voter Fraud Widespread [I know it's hard to tell, but it is satire]

    04/08/2014 8:13:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | John Semmens
    An audit of voter registration rolls in North Carolina uncovered tens of thousands of duplicate voter registrations in which the first and last names as well as last four digits of Social Security numbers matched for voters registered in both North Carolina and elsewhere. The odds of randomly producing a single match using these three variables is infinitesimal. Nevertheless, the audit found more than 150,000 matches. In 35,000 cases, votes were cast both in North Carolina and in other states for the November 2012 election. US Attorney General Eric Holder rejected calls for a more comprehensive investigation, calling the findings...
  • Rob Lowe: 'I Want The Government Out Of Almost Everything'

    04/07/2014 6:04:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 4/7/14 | Ericka Andersen
    Actor Rob Lowe identified himself as an independent moderate this weekend in an interview with the New York Times. Lowe, a former Democrat, spoke about his views on government, saying: My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything. The former teen heartthrob and current Parks and Recreation actor spoke negatively of political party loyalty as well: Belonging to one party is acceptable. But my days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for...
  • N.C. State Board Finds More Than 35K Incidents of Double Voting

    04/02/2014 7:13:57 PM PDT · by mcenedo · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | April 2, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    North Carolinas Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.
  • Linking California (Democratic) Sen. Yee's voting record to major donations

    03/29/2014 8:39:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 3/29/14 | John Cot
    As state Sen. Leland Yee aggressively campaigned in the 2011 San Francisco mayor's race, he blasted interim Mayor Ed Lee as beholden to City Hall power brokers with "selfish interests" and vowed to "throw them out" if elected. At the same time, Yee was allegedly soliciting $10,000 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a real estate developer who had already illegally funneled $11,000 to Yee's campaign, telling the agent to "cover your tracks," and boasting that "there's tremendous opportunity in local levels ... because whoever's gonna be the mayor controls everything." **SNIP** Instead, it's of a man driven by...
  • 78% Favor Proof of Citizenship Before Being Allowed to Vote

    03/25/2014 12:06:48 PM PDT · by usconservative · 49 replies
    Rasmussen.com ^ | March 25th, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Excerpted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 A federal judge last week upheld the right of states to require proof of citizenship before allowing someone to register to vote. Voters continue to overwhelmingly support such a requirement. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters believe everyone should be required to prove his or her citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. Thats up from 71% a year ago. Just 19% oppose that requirement. (
  • In The United States District Court For The District Of Kansas

    03/20/2014 7:18:25 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Scribd.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Eric F. Melgren, US District Judge
    Does the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) have the statutory and constitutional authority to deny a states request to include its proof-of-citizenship requirement in the state-specific instructions on the federal mail voter registration form? The Plaintiffs Arizona and Kansas and their secretaries of statesay it does not, and have asked this Court to order the EAC to add the requested language immediately.