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Voter Suppression and Voter ID Laws 101

There are approximately 314,000,000 people living in the United States. In 2008 a little over 129,000,000 voted. According to a link I found on factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/01/2008-voter-turnout/) 61.6% of those that could legally vote did.

It’s amazing to me that more people don’t vote. Voting may be one of the greatest rights we have in this country. Second amendment enthusiasts keep your panties on, until I’m able to own a nuke I don’t want to hear a word from you, but that’s another argument for another day.

Campaigns are constantly trying to encourage voters to vote. Right? Well…yes and no. They want you to vote, but only if it is likely you will vote for them. That’s how you win, right? Wrong. I agree, you should energize, convince and campaign for people to vote for you, but you shouldn’t disenfranchise others or create laws that make it harder for others to vote.

Is this really a problem?

Yes, in fact it is. There are 19 states that have been hard at work attempting to change their laws that make it harder for some to vote. They are: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown of each state’s political leadership by party.

Total Democratic Control of State Government:

West Virginia

Governor – D

Senate – D

House – D

Majority of State Gov has Democratic Control:

Rhode Island 

Governor – Independent

Senate – D

House – D

Total Republican Control of State Government:

Alabama

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Florida

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Georgia

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Indiana

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Kansas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Maine

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Michigan 

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Mississippi

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Pennsylvania

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Ohio

Governor – R

House – R

Senate – R

South Carolina

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Tennessee

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Texas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Virginia

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Majority of State Gov has Republican Control:

New Hampshire

Governor – D

Senate – R

House – R

Wisconsin

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – D

Are you noticing a trend?  The majority of prohibitive voter id laws are in red states.  Shocking?  Not hardly.

Here’s a nifty little link which will take you to a website with an interactive map of the US.  You can simply click on your state to get voter laws.  You may want to check it out as we near election season.

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/

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Chris Matthews Eyes Pennsylvania Senate Seat….
November 28, 2008, 8:42 pm
Filed under: election 2010, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

He is, he isn’t?  Rumor has it Chris Matthews is eyeing a Senate run in 2010.  UGH.  I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan. 

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/1108/Report_Matthews_staffing_for_Senate_Run.html



McCain’s Full of Crap and so is His Campaign!

Apparently the Obama Campaign as well as the McCain Campaign were in Pennsylvania today.  McCain’s political director Mike Duhaime (you may remember him from the failed Giulliani campaign) claims that Democrats are reaching out to other Democrats and leading them to John McCain.  He also alleges that bus loads of Dems came in from New Jersey and New York to see John McCain. 

Well Duhaime, I’m calling your bluff.  I say you are full of shit.  I’m calling you a liar!!  But hey, you seem to be a great loser, so keep on with your big bad self. 

I’m also amused by what the McCain campaign is trying to sell for health care.  Individuals will get a $2,500 tax credit and families will get a $5,000 tax credit to purchase insurance.  Uh, too bad you can’t buy health insurance for that, unless you are talking a simple major med policy, which only covers catastrophes not routine visits or medication.  But whatever, I know you don’t deal in facts now do ya??? 

I also would like to point out the campaign has not been toting they plan on taxing the health insurance you get from your employer.  Jeez guys, that’s great.  Lets give the wealthy more tax cuts and tax the shit out of me. 

That’s right working class middle Americans, John McCain and his fellow Republicans want to tax your health care!  While Barack Obama is talking about middle class tax cuts, John McSame wants to screw you some more!!!

Thanks, but no thanks Senator McCain, I’m going to vote for Obama!!!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/15050_Page2.html



McCain and a Good Vice Presidential Candidate??

Would it have made a difference?  Many say no.  I for one think it may have.  I’m not sure it would have been enough to win…and thank God for that.  This country can not handle four more years of failed policy.  Would I be feeling as good about the race to the White House as I am right now?  NO.  I think we’d all be sweating it out. 

http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/10/gopwars_a_ridge_or_a_rudy.php



Blue States – Who’s Next?

Okay, so I just got home from a quick trip to the Midwest.  Out and back in two days.  Yuck.  As my daughter is studying for her Economics test (have I mentioned that she’s 8! – Don’t get me started on this load of crap!), I opened my computer to see what’s in the news. 

Mike Duhaime, and for those of you who don’t know who that is…he’s the yutz that steered the Giulliani ship into the ground, is quoted saying Iowa, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania are republican RED states.  Now, having lived in all three I’d beg to differ with Duhaime (on oh so many things). 

First of all you may note that Iowa has a Democratic Governor, Chet Culver.  You may also note, they have one Republican and one Democrat serving in the Senate.  I’m not sure that qualifies as a Republican stonghold.  Now Iowa did go for Bush, I’m ashamed to say, but barely!  To be fair, a little over 1/2 of a percent.  Wow Duhaime, that’s amazing.

Second of all, Minnesota is the land of Paul Wellstone.  I don’t think anyone is confused about what party the late great Senator came from!  And historically it’s been a toss up there!  They have recently elected a Democrat to the Senate…in 06…you might remember that Mike.  It’s when the Republicans lost control of the Senate.

Third of all, Pennsylvania has a Democratic Governor!  And can I say went BLUE in 04?!?

So maybe that’s one of the reasons Mike didn’t do such a great job steering Giulliani.  Either he can’t read,   doesn’t understand percentages, or he is delusional.  Hell, I’ll go as far as say all three. 

So good luck McCain.  Duhaime’s a real winner. 

hahahahahaha….

Oh and by the way, Mike, if you haven’t noticed Virginia is trending BLUE!!  Whoo hoo!!!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14624.html



They’re back…The Clintons are Out Stumping for Obama…Finally

I’m glad to see the political fighting machines are back in service.  I’ve been wondering where they’ve been!  It’s good to see the Democratic Party uniting and fighting back evil.  We’ve got just over three weeks till the election, and the Democrats must get out there and have their message heard.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081012/ap_on_el_pr/clintons_obama

Now…where’s Al Gore???

I’m headed to Richmond tonight to hear what Bill Clinton’s got to say.  Pictures and story to follow.




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