“People don’t want the IRS to act as the speech police.”
87 percent of concerned individuals sampled and 97 percent of organizations, nonprofit experts, and public officials oppose to varying degrees IRS regulations limiting the speech rights of societally important social welfare organizations, according to a new report from the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP).
“People don’t want the IRS to act as the speech police. Opposition to these IRS regulations may be the only issue that can unite left and right as well as trade groups and trade unions.”
The first draft of 501(c)(4) speech-stifling rules drew record-breaking public opposition across a broad political spectrum for a multitude of reasons, but overriding all these has to be the overwhelming public distrust of the IRS in the wake of its ongoing targeting scandal.
As usual, the tinkering with process seems to have resulted in Republicans losing a voice over day to day operations over Virginia elections. The day to day operations management now reports directly to the Governor. How did this pass the Virginia General Assembly?
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board meets today to vote on new administrative rules for election observers, including lifting the state’s eight-year prohibition on observers using cameras inside polling places.
If approved, the new rules could be in place for the August 12 primary.
PolitiFact: Despite Democrats claiming that voter ID laws suppress the black vote, black turnout exceeded white turnout for the first time ever in 2012.
The Census reports that in these states, black voter rates in the 2012 elections were just as high if not higher than white voter rates:
Missouri: Black voter turnout higher by more than 6.0 percent*
Tennessee: Black voter turnout higher by more than 6.0 percent
Georgia: Black voter turnout higher by 0 to 5.9 percent
Indiana: Black voter turnout higher by 0 to 5.9 percent
Virginia: Black voter turnout higher by 0 to 5.9 percent*
Arkansas: Voter turnout not statistically different*
Kansas: Voter turnout not statistically different
Texas: Voter turnout not statistically different*
(* indicates that voter ID laws were not in effect in 2012)
So even with the voter ID laws, black voter turnout was higher than white voter turnout nationally and in the states with the strictest voting laws.
With a new lawyer on board, state Rep. Mary Helen Garcia is going ahead with her lawsuit claiming voter fraud in the June 3 primary election that had her losing to Bealquin “Bill” Gomez by 16 votes. The court date is now Aug. 15 for the case to be heard by District Judge James Martin, Garcia said.
Garcia’s challenge was prompted by an unusually high number of absentee ballots – many from Sunland Park, which has a history of voter fraud – cast disproportionately for her District 34 Democratic primary opponent Gomez. At least 17 of the 58 absentee ballots examined by a handwriting expert were “highly questionable.”
Some absentee ballots, according to Housley, have different handwriting for the signatures given on the ballot and outer envelope. In some cases, Housley found the names misspelled at the two places signatures are given… On at least six ballots, there is date in which the number 8 more resembled the letter “B,” indicating the dates were written by the same person, Garcia said.
Garcia, who chairs New Mexico’s House Voters and Elections Committee, says “she wants the case to illustrate weaknesses in the state election code.”
Hans von Spakovsky with the Daily Signal lays out why the judicial appointments of the President increasingly make a difference on voting integrity laws and litigation.
…the judges appointed by the president to the district and appeals courts also can make a big difference. A vivid illustration of that was shown recently in the context of voter ID. In May, a federal district court judge in Wisconsin, Lynn Adelman, who was appointed by President Clinton, ruled Wisconsin’s voter ID law was unconstitutional and even said the Supreme Court’s decision in 2008 upholding Indiana’s voter ID law as constitutional was “not binding precedent.”
Yet in February, another federal district court judge in Tennessee, Ronnie Greer, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, upheld Tennessee’s voter ID law as constitutional and said in his opinion the Indiana case was “the controlling legal precedent.” Hopefully, the Wisconsin decision eventually will be overturned on appeal, but that may require years of time and resources.
National Review: Were you aware that your opposition to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama is due at least in part because of your “racial animus,” and not because you disagree with their policies and abuse of their constitutional authority? That, anyway, is Holder’s latest claim, which shows how disconnected the attorney general is from reality. It is also more evidence of something John Fund and I outline in our book, Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department, that Holder views the world through a racial prism that distorts his judgment.
Holder on Sunday also repeated the false claims he has made before about voter-ID laws preventing “[y]oung people, African Americans, Hispanics, [and] older people” from voting despite the years of evidence from states like Georgia and Indiana that turnout — including of minority and other voters — has gone up, not down, after they implemented their voter-ID laws.
There’s still no verdict in the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón and his wife… Prosecutors allege the Alarcóns lived outside District 7 and lied about their address on official documents. The couple maintains they are innocent, and say they intended to move to the Panorama City home after completing renovations.
As deliberations continue, so do questions about “intended” versus actual residency for voting and representation purposes – questions not unique to California. The LA Times covered both sides’ “domicile” arguments in detail, noting that “the law doesn’t lay out” what constitutes “intent”:
State election law defines residence for voting purposes as “domicile,” a permanent home where one intends to remain and return after an absence. Since the law doesn’t lay out how much time you must spend at a place for it to be your domicile, both sides focused their closing arguments on the Alarcons’ intent to return to that home.
The jury reconvenes Monday.
Longtime Hempstead school board member Betty Cross must immediately step down from her post while Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. considers allegations of voter fraud and misuse of absentee ballots in her May re-election, the state agency chief ruled Friday… The election is being investigated by the Nassau County district attorney’s office…
Cross, who has “served seven terms since 1978,” lost on election night, but a count of contested absentee ballots put her ahead by six votes.
The petition said some voters who did not ask for and were not qualified to receive absentee ballots were surprised when Cross’ supporters arrived on their doorsteps in the days before the election with those ballots in hand. Many of the absentee ballots were walked to the polling site, in violation of election law, the petition charges.
Newsday has the details.