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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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What’s Next From the RNC Chairman Candidates???

Well it’s been a good year for the Republican National Committee…or not.  Hahahaha. 

So I posted earlier about the South Carolina Republican Chair , Katon Dawson, belonging to a whites only golf course, resigned from the course, and then decided to run for the Chair of the RNC.  The whole thing to me seemed like well…not a good idea…but this just gets better and better. 

Chip Saltsman (Tennessee Chair running for RNC chair) sent RNC votiing members the parody CD “We Hate the USA” for Christmas.  The cd included the song…Barack the Magic Negro.  Uh…really?  Yes.  And guess what!?  He’s defending his actions.  Hmm…really?  YES!  hahaha.  It’s funny he claims.  Uh…not really!  Well what is funny is that he thinks he’d be a good national party leader! 

And they wonder why they’ve become the party of hatred and fear.  I can’t say that I wonder one little bit. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/27/obama.song/index.html



Want to Tee Off…Only if you are White!

The South Carolina Republican State Chair, Katon Dawson, has announced his bid to become the next Chair of the Republican National Committee.  Interestingly enough he belonged to a “whites only” golf club for years.  How long ago did he relinquish his membership?  Uh…two months ago!  When did he begin championing letting “people of color” in?  Uh…three months ago!  His spokesman Rob Godfrey, called this “gotcha” style Washington politics.  Uh, sure, If that’s what you want to call it….

Interestingly enough one of his opponents, Michael Steele, wouldn’t be allowed on the green.  This is a good time.  If this is where the RNC and the Republican Party wants to go…I say let them!  I also say 2010 is looking better and better for the Democrats! 

On a side note, where the Hell do these Republicans get their names?  I thought Saxby Chambliss was bad, now we get to read about Katon Dawson?  And they say my people are elitists…hahahaha

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/11/24/1687821.aspx




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