“With eye on 2014, GOP ramps up war on voting”


MSNBC

By Zachary Roth

Working ballot by ballot, county-by-county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come.

Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.

Efforts underway include moving election days, ending early voting and forcing strict new voter ID laws. The results could significantly cut voter turnout in states where, historically, low participation has benefited Republicans.

In the 10 months since President Obama created a bipartisan panel to address voting difficulties, 90 restrictive voting bills have been introduced in 33 states. So far, nine have become law, according to a recent comprehensive roundup by the Brennan Center for Justice – but others are moving quickly through statehouses.

“We are continuing to see laws that appear to be aimed at making it more difficult to vote—for no good reason,” Daniel Tokaji, an election law expert at Ohio State University, said in an interview.

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“Rand Paul wins 2013 CPAC presidential straw poll”


Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(CNN- Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. Paul won with 25% of the vote and finished slightly ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. In third place was former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Nearly 3,000 votes were cast by attendees at the three-day conference held at a hotel just outside of Washington. The straw poll is considered one way to gauge where the conservative base stands on potential Republican nominees. The ballot included 23 Republicans with a national political profile as well as spots for write-ins and “undecided.”  FULL  ARTICLE

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“The GOP’s ‘REDMAP’ memo” 1


THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW

In November, Democratic candidates for Congress collectively got 1.1 million more votes than their Republican opponents, but the House speaker is a Republican, with a 33-seat Republican majority. That’s not just us calculating it. That’s the Republican State Leadership Committee touting the effects of its Redistricting Majority Project, or REDMAP. They write:

President Obama won reelection in 2012 by nearly 3 points nationally, and banked 126 more electoral votes than Governor Mitt Romney.  Democratic candidates for the U.S. House won 1.1 million more votes than their Republican opponents.  But the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is a Republican and presides over a 33-seat House Republican majority during the 113th Congress.  How? One needs to look no farther than four states that voted Democratic on a statewide level in 2012, yet elected a strong Republican delegation to represent them in Congress: Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

[T]he Republican firewall at the state legislative and congressional level held.

Last month ProPublica detailed exactly how REDMAP worked, with special emphasis on redistricting in North Carolina. If the REDMAP memo sounds like a sales pitch to donors, consider that the project raised $30 million in 2010. [SOURCE QUOTE]

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Go vote–‘this one counts for history’ Chris Matthews, @hardball_chris


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Go vote–‘this one counts for history’

@hardball_chris

8:00 pm on 10/31/2012

Let me finish tonight with this.

I’m hoping that this focus on the weather and what we face together will remove some of the man-made poison out of this election. You know—the Donald Trump stuff, the Sununu nastiness, the ethnic card that keeps getting played under the table.

I think it’s vital that none of that gets in the way next week for the same reason that none of that old bad stuff is having anything to do with the way we’re doing things this week—together, all in this together, all working together, worrying together, facing it together, especially in New Jersey where our family spent so many summers growing up.

As people go to vote, know of one great antidote to the bad words spoken this election season, the efforts to suppress voting in states like Pennsylvania. That antidote is to get out there and vote. Vote like your life depends on it, get your kids and relatives and good friends to vote like their lives depend on it—no excuses, no reasons, no screw-ups, no distractions, nothing can get in your way.

There are two choices in this election: Vote for Obama, you don’t get Romney. Vote for Romney, you don’t get Obama.

All the rest, all the distractions, and “Mickey Mouse,” and it comes down to this. Will you, the person you are in your soul, be counted? If not, I just don’t know a good thing to say to you. This one counts for history.

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Republicans in Pennsylvania May Prevent a Million from Voting in November


The poor and the elderly tend not to have a driver’s license. Trying to get one using public transportation is more than difficult.

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