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Former House Speaker Denied Voter ID Under New Texas Law

For those who don’t see the “big deal” about these laws,  I think it’s becoming more and more obvious….

These unnecessary and mean-spririted laws are a mess and need to go.

Too bad the Supreme Court decided to gut the Voting Rights Act and make this all possible….

Still, something has to give- either electorally or on the Court side- to fix this…

My prediction in North Carolina, where similar laws take effect next year, is that this is going to drive more Democrats, Women, Students and Minority voters to the polls and start the process of throwing these bums- and their dirty, vindictive, poorly written and executed laws- out….

From ThinkProgress.org:

 

Former Rep. Jim Wright (D-TX), who served as Speaker of the House from 1987 to 1989, this weekend became the latest prominent Texan to nearly lose his right to vote thanks to the state’s new strict voter ID law.

Wright told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that he couldn’t get an ID because he only had an expired driver’s license (Wright is 90) and a faculty ID card from Texas Christian University, neither of which qualify under Texas’ new law. Wright plans to return to the office Monday with a certified copy of his birth certificate, which will allow him to get an ID. But, the long-time voting rights advocate told the Star-Telegram, not everyone will be able to meet those qualifications, meaning the law will almost surely depress turnout in Tuesday’s state and local elections.

“I earnestly hope these unduly stringent requirements on voters won’t dramatically reduce the number of people who vote,” Wright told the Star-Telegram. “I think they will reduce the number to some extent.”

In recent weeks, the Texas law has ensnared a Texas district judge, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, a state senator, and Greg Abbott, the very attorney general pushing the law. It’s strict name requirements has made it especially hard for women to obtain an ID, since differences between maiden names and married names has caused problems. Abbott’s ID was nearly denied because his given name is Gregory but he used “Greg” on his registration card.

The law also threatens minority and low-income voters, who are less likely to have acceptable forms of identification. Academic studies have shown that to be the case in many of the other states that have instituted voter ID laws in the past. One 84-year-old woman was denied an ID three times. As Republicans continue to push these laws, though, they have struggled to find examples of the actual voter fraud they are supposed to stop.

via Former House Speaker Denied Voter ID Under New Texas Law | ThinkProgress.

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NC Gov McCrory to Campaign for Ken Cuccinelli for VA Gov

I guess Cuccinelli, who appears to be down by between 10-17 points to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, figures nothing can hurt him now….

I just hope someone captures some video and pictures to use when McCrory runs for re-election and tries to claim to be a “moderate” Republican again.  Cuccinelli is the darling of the Tea Party and the Religious Wrong…

From WRAL Raleigh:

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will campaign for fellow Republican and Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday.

The get out the vote rally, advertised by the Cuccinelli campaign, will take place in Roanoke, Va., at noon.

via McCrory to campaign for Ken Cuccinelli :: WRAL.com.

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Never Have Republicans Been More Disliked Than Right Now as GOP Unfavorables Hit 64%

I repeat:  I really wish the 2014 Elections were being held in 2013….

Still, the GOP shows no signs of learning from this experience, so perhaps they will be even more unpopular next year…

One can hope….

From PoliticsUSA.com:

The latest CNN/ORC poll finds that the Republican Party has never been more disliked than right now. The government shutdown fallout continues as 64% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the GOP.

…….

Since CNN began asking the question nearly 22 years ago, the Republican Party has never been as unpopular as they are right now. The havoc that Republicans unleashed on the American people during the month of October is not going to be soon gone or forgotten.

via Never Have Republicans Been More Disliked Than Right Now as GOP Unfavorables Hit 64%.

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Good News in the Virginia Governor’s Race

Good news from my birth state.

It looks like the super conservative Tea Party favorite and hero of the Religious Wrong, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli, is going down hard….

This is especially telling given that Democratic Candidate Terry McAuliffe is far from a perfect candidate himself.  The leading state news paper, the Richmond Times Dispatch declined to endorse this year…

This is great news for Democrats overall and especially in Virginia!

From PoliticsUSA.com:

The Virginia governor’s race that some thought might shed light on the leanings of the 2014 electorate has turned into a rout as Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Ken Cuccinelli By 18 points.

Things are so bad for Virginia Republicans that GOP pollster Rasmussen has McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 50%-33%. Libertarian Robert Sarvis is third at 8%. In case you don’t trust Rasmussen polls, and you shouldn’t, PPP has a new poll of early voters that shows McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by 18 points with early voters.

via Democrat Terry McAuliffe Is Blowing Out Ken Cuccinelli By 17 Points In Virginia.

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Arnold Lobbies for White House Run

Just what we need….another Republican Movie Star in the White House.

The good news is that 2/3 of the Senate and 2/3 of the House can’t agree on anything, so as long as the Courts don’t do anything crazy, we are safe.

And I still think Hillary can take him down anyway…..

From Page Six at the New York Post:

Action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been lobbying for support to change the law to allow him to run for president in 2016, Page Six has exclusively learned.

We’re told Ahnold has been openly talking about his political ambitions while in New York to promote his new movie with Sylvester Stallone, “Escape Plan.”

One source said: “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.”

Arnie was born in Austria, and the US Constitution prevents foreign-born citizens from holding the nation’s top job. Any amendment to the Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate.

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Black Voter Turnout Surpassed Whites in 2012

This is one of , if not the main reason the GOP is trying so hard to limit voting by passing Voter ID Laws, limiting early voting and gerrymandering districts…

And the challenge for the Democrats is to still drive this level of participation when President Obama is not on the ticket….

 

 

From Taegan Roberts Political Wire:

“America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home,” the AP reports.

“Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly.”

via Black Voter Turnout Surpassed Whites in 2012.

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How Out of Touch Is Today’s GOP?

Very….

This poll should be a wake-up call, but it won’t be…

The GOP just doesn’t care….

They are only going to play to their Tea Party base because that’s how they have gerrymandered the Districts…

Remember, over a million more people voted for Democratic Congressional candidates last election, but the Republicans still control the House- again, due to gerrymandered districts…

From Greg Sargent at the Washington Post.com site:

 

I already touched on today’s new Post poll this morning, but there are a bunch of numbers in here that really deserve their own post.

To wit: It finds that only 23 percent of Americans — that would be fewer than one in four — believe the Republican Party is “in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today,” while 70 percent believe that it is “out of touch.” Among independents, those numbers are 23-70. Among moderates they’re 20-75.

By contrast, Americans say by 51-46 that Obama is in touch. Among moderates that’s 56-42 (he fares worse among independents, 44-53, though far better than Republicans).

At the same time, the poll finds the public siding with Obama and Democrats on many major issues surveyed. Americans disapprove of the sequester cuts, 57-35 — cuts that Republicans are describing as a “victory” for them. Americans support a path to legality for illegal immigrants by 64-32. In fairness, the poll doesn’t test citizenship specifically, so this finding is somewhat inconclusive, but a new CNN poll finds that 84 percent back a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have a job and pay back taxes.

via How out of touch is today’s GOP?.

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