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Two Texans accused of voter fraud in 2012 primary election


More “nonexistent” voter fraud, from the home of LBJ’s Box 13:

 

Two Jim Wells County men were arrested for alleged voter fraud after the Attorney General's office found they were not eligible to vote.”

 

The two were charged with illegally voting in Texas’ May 2012 Primary Election, “an election they knew they were not eligible to vote,” a second degree felony.


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"Democrat Party at War With Itself on Voter ID"

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Coming Soon: Blistering New Book on DOJ and Voting Section

On June 10, a blistering new book on the Justice Department and the shenanigans inside the DOJ Voting Section is released.  "Obama's Enforcer" by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky will detail abuses of power at Holder's Justice Department.  It has disturbing stories from inside the Department about Justice Department staff both giving a pass to criminal election activity as well as naming the names of those inside the Civil Rights Division who engaged in criminal activity.  Amazon link here.


Texas Senator Cornyn: "Obama voter ID rhetoric is demagogic"

John Cornyn tweets that "the American ppl deserve better than demagogic rhetoric from POTUS on voter ID"

Definition of demagoguery: a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.

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More on the Kelly File topic

More on my hit on the Kelly File regarding more IRS abuse at Town Hall.

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On With Megyn Kelly re Latest Washington DC Outrage

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Hume: AG "Crybaby"

“To those two men, race has been both a shield and a sword that they have used effectively to defend themselves and attack others,” Hume continued. “It is depressing at this stage in our national life, after all we’ve been through on this issue and given the overwhelming consensus of civil rights, that this stuff is still going on.”

Brit Hume commentary
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"For Attorney General Eric Holder, Justice is for Democrats only"

A veteran Justice Department lawyer says that Attorney General Eric Holder has politicized the department in a way he hadn’t seen before. In short, “Holder is the worst person to hold the position of attorney general since the disgraced John Mitchell.”

Now in his sixth year as attorney general, Holder has increasingly tilted the department in an ideological direction. It’s one thing to emphasize President Obama’s legal priorities. It’s quite another to decide not to enforce certain federal laws — such as the ban on marijuana — or urge state attorney generals to refuse to defend local laws on same-sex marriage.

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"Cornyn's Military Voting Rights Bill Moves Forward"

The Senate Rules Committee passed the bipartisan Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s Troops through Reforms and Improvements Act (The SENTRI Act) authored by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). The bill, passed unanimously by the Rule Committee, now moves forward to the full Senate for a floor vote, if Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will schedule it.

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Maybe Pam Karlan Invented These Numbers Too

Not a good history with math.

"Obama Lies about Voter Fraud and DOJ Investigations Before Paranoid Audience" Link.
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Fraud Denier in Chief: "Voter fraud complaints are bogus"

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.
 
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New allegation of Florida voter suppression: "No potty breaks in polling places"

The problem might arise when precincts are located in private buildings, which don’t have to allow public bathroom access, or in churches and other religious facilities, which are exempt from federal law requiring accessible restrooms for people with disabilities. Elections administrators have long relied on those locations to set up Miami-Dade’s more than 500 polling places.

Two years ago, the nonprofit Center for Independent Living of South Florida asked the department run by Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley, who is appointed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, about its plans for giving the disabled access to the polls.  Marc Dubin, the center’s director, said he hoped the county would try to find new voting sites to replace polling places without accessible restrooms, or that it would pay for portable toilets outside those locations.

Instead, the elections department told him that it would prohibit all voters from using restrooms. If no voters could go to the bathroom, the county argued, then it could not be accused of discriminating against only the disabled ones.  “This is the most bizarre response I’ve ever gotten, that we’re going to shut down access for everyone so as not to discriminate,” Dubin said.

Not only does Dubin counter that the county’s contention is incorrect — even if no voters are allowed to use the restroom, federal law requires modifications to be made for the disabled, he said — but he also accuses Miami-Dade of trying to keep voters from the polls.  
“This is a very clear way to suppress the vote,” he said. “Telling people, ‘We have 12-hour lines but you can’t go to the bathroom?’ You can be guaranteed that people won’t come out to vote.”    More at the Miami Herald.
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James O'Keefe Claims Another Scalp

More hidden camera video by James O'Keefe claims another scalp - this time the Wisconsin State Senate President caught on hidden camera talking about an illegal election funding scheme.

Who is next?

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"What Congress Can Do to Stop Racial Discrimination"

Legal Memorandum from Heritage authors Roger Clegg, Hans A. von Spakovsky, and Elizabeth Slattery.

Abstract:

Discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity is unconstitutional, unlawful, and morally repugnant. The government should not sort people according to such innate characteristics, yet such criteria often factor into government programs and protections. Jobs should go to the most qualified individuals; contracts should be awarded to the lowest qualified bidders; the students who are most likely to excel academically should be admitted to taxpayer-funded universities; and all should be protected equally from discrimination. A number of states have enacted laws banning all forms of discrimination. Congress should eliminate racial discrimination in federal contracting and employment and federally funded programs, including educational institutions; require disclosure of preferential university admission policies; and limit and clarify when claims of “disparate impact” may be brought.

“In the eyes of the government, we are just one race here. It is American.”
—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
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"Bill Clinton: Put Photos on Social Security Cards and use for Voter ID"

National Review posts on the interesting comments from former President Clinton reported in the Washington Post.  While irrationally condemning the use of voter photo ID and waving the bloody shirt, he then endorses the use of a national photo ID utilizing a photo of the person on the social security card.  There are many easy ways to take the political opposition away from common sense ID laws, but there are many groups who raise money opposing them and making it a racial issue.

With 34 states now requiring some form of identification at the polls, former president Bill Clinton and civil rights leader Andrew Young on Wednesday endorsed the idea of adding photos to Social Security cards as a way to prevent voter suppression.

The two made the recommendation in separate appearances at a conference at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library, which is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
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"Republican Attorneys General Association Starts Super PAC"

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"Rep. Frank Wolf to Withhold Funds from Lawless Eric Holder"

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Civil Rights Division to Be Audited by Outside Audit

The House Appropriations Report has language requiring an outside audit of the Civil Rights Division by an outside organization. After the DOJ Inspector General released a blistering report on the malfunctioning of the Civil Rights Division, Congress is inserting the following language into the DOJ budget:

Independent review of the Civil Rights Division.--In response to the OIG report that found unprofessional and inappropriate behavior by the managers and employees of the Civil Rights Division over a period of time, the Committee has included language directing that $1,000,000 shall be transferred from the General Administration appropriation to the OIG to commission a comprehensive, independent assessment of the direction and management of the division, with specific recommendations for management and policy remedies.
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"The Incoherence of Limits"

Brad Smith discusses how the complexity of campaign finance regulations impinges on free speech rights and dysfunction in our institutions.

Campaign finance law has indeed become a bewildering array of arcane, seemingly arbitrary distinctions and lines. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, I was one of a group of former FEC commissioners who attempted, in an amicus brief, to impress on the court the exceedingly complex nature of the law. Among other things, we noted that campaign finance regulations imposed unique rules on 71 different types of speakers, for 33 different types of campaign-related speech.

Much of this complexity has come about from the interplay of courts and regulators (by whom I mean not only those in government who do the regulating, but the substantial complex of lobbying organizations and foundations that promote further regulation of campaign speech). Regulators pass laws that are so broad as to offend most any normal interpretation of the First Amendment. The Courts attempt to confine those laws to a limited space, leaving ample alternative avenues for free speech. The regulators then pass laws attempting to block off those alternative avenues, and another go around begins.
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FEC Republicans chide reckless allegations of Commissioner Ravel

The New York Times publishes the letter response of the three Republican Commissioners to the allegations of Commissioner Ravel that they are not enforcing the campaign finance laws.

To the Editor:


Our Federal Election Commission colleague Ann M. Ravel would rather grandstand than follow the law and judicial precedent. We enforce the law as written by Congress and construed by the courts, not as our colleague and her “reformer” allies wish it were.

She disparages the federal courts as “a rubber-stamp approval of inaction” and essentially encourages them to disregard our governing statute and decades-old legal precedent. By recklessly accusing the courts and us of “betraying the public” and “putting our democracy in jeopardy,” our colleague is actually the one encouraging the commissioners “not to cooperate with one another” and paralyzing the F.E.C.

As for us, we will continue to follow the Supreme Court’s guidance: “Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor.”

LEE E. GOODMAN
CAROLINE C. HUNTER
MATTHEW S. PETERSEN
Washington, April 7, 2014
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