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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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Cuccinelli Brags About His ‘A’ NRA Rating At Site Of Virginia Tech Mass Shooting Where 32 People Were Killed

Yep, Cuccinelli seems determined to go down in flames….

This is not only politically wrong, it’s politically stupid,  not to mention insensitive, to brag about the NRA giving him an “A” rating and being against background checks at a place like this….

Burn, baby, burn….

From ThinkProgress.org:

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) boasted at Virginia Tech, site of the 2007 shootings that killed 32 people, that he opposed universal background checks and was proud of his “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. Terry McAuliffe, his Democratic opponent for Governor, vowed to support efforts to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and vowed to prioritize the safety of students over the group’s ratings.

In the final debate of the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial campaign Thursday, both candidates were asked whether they supported universal background checks for gun purchases — a concept supported by 92 percent of Virginians according to a January poll. McAuliffe told the Blacksburg, Virginia audience that, “as a parent [and] a spouse,” as a gun owner, and as a hunter, he supported both the Second Amendment and universal background checks. Noting the pin he was wearing in memory of the 2007 victims, McAuliffe said, “some people should not own guns.”

Cuccinelli responded by dismissing the need for background checks, telling the questioner, “none of what you’ve asked about would have affected that tragedy” at Virginia Tech. Cuccinelli then bragged that the National Rifle Association, which has steadfastly opposed against any efforts to check the criminal backgrounds of arms purchasers:

via Cuccinelli Brags About His ‘A’ NRA Rating At Site Of Mass Shooting Where 32 People Were Killed | ThinkProgress.

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NC GOPer and “Daily Show” Guest Resigns after Criticizing ‘Lazy Black People’

Well, that didn’t take long….

See my post from earlier today about Voter ID and the return of Jesse Helms.

Yep, this is the guy…..

The GOP hates it when someone is honest about their goals and opinions.  You aren’t supposed to see the “man behind the curtain.”

And tell me again all this modern Tea Party nonsense isn’t just repackaged racism with these folks mad as hell a Black man is in the White House.

Like I said, we aren’t supposed to see behind the curtain..

From TalkingPointsMemo.com via WRAL:

A Republican precinct chairman in North Carolina was asked to resign Thursday after making racially inflammatory comments during a ‘Daily Show’ interview on Wednesday, WRAL reported.

Buncombe GOP Chair Henry Mitchell said Don Yelton resigned for making remarks that were “offensive, uniformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

In an interview centered on North Carolina’s voter ID law conducted by the Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi, Yelton criticized “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything.”

“The bottom line is the law is not racist,” Yelton said.

“Of course the law isn’t racist, and you’re not racist,” Mandvi responded.

“Well,” Yelton paused. “I’ve been called a bigot before. Let me tell you something, you don’t look like me but I think I’ve treated you the same as anybody else. As a matter of fact, one of my best friends is black. One of my best friends.”

“When I was a young man you didn’t call a black a black,” he added later. “You called him a negro.”

via NC GOPer Resigns After Criticizing ‘Lazy Black People’ (VIDEO).

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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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NC Voter ID Laws and the Return of Jesse Helms

These people just aren’t very bright, but they are exceedingly mean.

The best way to defeat the GOP might just be to put them all on TV all the time….

The Republicans only get into trouble when they leave the Fox News bubble and venture out into the smarter, more modern real world…

You know, to places like “The Daily Show”.

Well, that’s what happened last night when NC Republican Executive Committee Member Don Yelton did his best to channel the late Jesse Helms on “The Daily Show.”

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I want to say it’s unbelievable, but we passed that threshold a long time ago…

And at least he’s an honest bigot…..

Here is the link to the complete “The Daily Show” segment.  See for yourself….

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-23-2013/suppressing-the-vote

 

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Obamacare Rollout vs Bush Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Rollout

How fast people forget….

The Bush Medicare Part B- which is still a nightmare to enroll in and compare coverage- had a very rocky start itself.  Funny, how the GOP seems to forget that….

Almost all the same problems impacting the early days of Obamacare, as they call it now,  were there for the Bush rollout as well.

While it would have been nice to have had a seamless launch for both, it’s ultimately the benefits that matter, not how smoothly the program launches.  We have time to fix the glitches….

In other words, get a grip!

From ThinkProgress.org:

Millions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.

Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”

This sounds like the familiar story of the last few days of the Obama administration’s rollout of the exchanges. But, actually, those quotes, and that scenario, are taken from the Bush administration’s efforts to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2005 and 2006.

MORE:   Under Bush, Republicans Vigorously Defended Health Care Reform Despite Serious Glitches | ThinkProgress.

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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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