That Seal Was Real

September 24, 2013 7:30 am August 27, 2013 10:30 am 9:00 am
Elon Musk condemns the ‘perversion of democracy’ in Texas | The Raw Story

stoneagechronicles:

I thought Republicans were supposed to be about the free market.

Also, this:

Gov. Rick Perry told Musk he supported legislation that would have allowed electric car makers to sell directly to consumers, but the bill died in the state legislature.

That’s pretty bad when the state legislature is less sensible than Rick freakin’ Perry.

August 20, 2013 2:32 pm
stoneagechronicles:

squashed:

thewarroomctv:

FAST FACTS: In 2012, 2.5 million people - 61% of voters - voted during the early voting period.Here’s a look at the break down:

Out of curiosity, is there anybody who believes that voter identification laws and restrictions on early voting are not calculated to reduce the number of votes for Democrats? Is there anybody who doubts that this disenfranchisement move has a disparate impact on non-white voters? Is anybody willing to actually defend these proposals?


There’s a few people on Facebook who defend them. They’re always some combination of grossly misinformed, gullible, racist and fascist. There really is no good defense for this.

stoneagechronicles:

squashed:

thewarroomctv:

FAST FACTS: In 2012, 2.5 million people - 61% of voters - voted during the early voting period.

Here’s a look at the break down:

Out of curiosity, is there anybody who believes that voter identification laws and restrictions on early voting are not calculated to reduce the number of votes for Democrats? Is there anybody who doubts that this disenfranchisement move has a disparate impact on non-white voters? Is anybody willing to actually defend these proposals?

There’s a few people on Facebook who defend them. They’re always some combination of grossly misinformed, gullible, racist and fascist. There really is no good defense for this.

August 11, 2013 7:26 pm
"For the first time since Reconstruction, the GOP controls both North Carolina’s governor’s mansion and its general assembly. These are not the moderate, business-minded Republicans that North Carolinians have long been accustomed to. They are pushing a hard-right agenda on a broad range of issues, from taxes to social services to schools and election laws. They are scrambling to turn back the clock before demographic changes push their brand of right-wing politics to the margins."

Chris Kromm, Sue Sturgis, “North Carolina’s Tug-of-War”, The American Prospect, June 2013 (via therecipe)

Imagine this on a nationwide scale.

That’s the Red Curtain.

I’m going to be watching the midterms very closely.

(via jackpowerx)

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July 30, 2013 12:58 am
"The voter ID component of the bill is probably the most draconian in the nation. It cuts to seven the forms of permissible identification. If it passes, no county or municipal government or public employee IDs will be valid proof of voter identification. Nor will any photo ID issued by a public assistance agency, or any student ID from any college. The new voter ID rules will hit African-American voters, women, and Democrats hardest. The indispensable Ari Berman sums up the aggregate effect as follows: “According to the state’s own numbers, 316,000 registered voters don’t have state-issued ID; 34 percent are African-American and 55 percent are registered Democrats. Of the 138,000 voters without ID who cast a ballot in the 2012 election, 36 percent were African-American and 59 registered percent Democrats.” And the scourge of voter fraud in North Carolina, at which the proposed law is directed? Between 2000 and 2010 there have been two cases of alleged voter impersonation. In that period three people also ate pop rocks and died. While the General Assembly allocated $1 million in the budget to implement the new voting regime, estimates of the actual cost range from $3 million to $20 million. It is the voters themselves who will soon be paying for the privilege of being denied the vote."
July 27, 2013 1:26 pm July 25, 2013 1:09 am
Voter Destruction: North Carolina On Cusp Of Passing Worst Voter Suppression Bill In The Nation

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Voting in North Carolina may soon change, much in the same way a wrecking ball changes a building.

The highly-conservative North Carolina legislature just released a new voter suppression bill that would enact not just voter ID, but a host of other new initiatives designed to make it more difficult to vote. A significant roadblock to the legislation was removed last month when the Supreme Courtgutted the Voting Rights Act, making it easier for states with a history of racial discrimination like North Carolina to enact new voter suppression laws.

The Senate will consider substituted language for HB 589 on Tuesday afternoon. Among the dozens of changes, these are the most onerous for North Carolina voters:

  • Implementing a strict voter ID requirement that bars citizens who don’t have a proper photo ID from casting a ballot.
  • Eliminating same-day voter registration, which allowed residents to register at the polls.
  • Cutting early voting by a full week.
  • Increasing the influence of money in elections by raising the maximum campaign contribution to $5,000 and increasing the limit every two years.
  • Making it easier for voter suppression groups like True The Vote to challenge any voter who they think may be ineligible by requiring that challengers simply be registered in the same county, rather than precinct, of those they challenge.
  • Vastly increasing the number of “poll observers” and increasing what they’re permitted to do. In 2012, ThinkProgress caught the Romney campaign training such poll observers using highly misleading information.
  • Only permitting citizens to vote in their specific precinct, rather than casting a ballot in any nearby ward or election district. This can lead to widespread confusion, particularly in urban areas where many precincts can often be housed in the same building.
  • Barring young adults from pre-registering as 16- and 17-year-olds, which is permitted by current law, and repealing a state directive that high schools conduct voter registration drives in order to boost turnout among young voters.
  • Prohibiting paid voter registration drives, which tend to register poor and minority citizens.
  • Dismantling three state public financing programs, including the landmark program that funded judicial elections.
  • Weakening disclosure requirements for outside spending groups.
  • Preventing counties from extending polling hours in the event of long lines or other extraordinary circumstances and making it more difficult for them to accommodate elderly or disabled voters with satellite polling sites at nursing homes, for instance.

Each of these changes, on their own, would be a significant step away from increasing voting rights. Taken together, this is the voter suppression magnum opus.

Republicans currently hold strong majorities in both legislative houses and control the governorship, leaving Democrats with little recourse to block HB 589. In the last few weeks, Republicans have passed conservative legislation on a range of issues, from a major anti-choice bill to tax cuts for the rich paid for by the poor.

If passed, HB 589 will almost certainly have a disastrous impact on voting in North Carolina. As Ari Berman notes, 56 percent of North Carolinians voted early in 2012, including a disproportionate number of minorities. In addition, more than 155,000 voters registered to vote at the polls last year. And with 10 percent of North Carolinians — 613,000 people, a third of whom are black and half of whom are registered Democrats — lacking photo ID, it doesn’t take Encyclopedia Brown to figure out which party will be helped by HB 589.

In December, the Center for American Progress released a report detailing 11 specific pieces of legislation state lawmakers could enact to strengthen voting rights. This North Carolina bill is what you would get if you looked at that report, then did the exact opposite.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via stoneagechronicles)

July 14, 2013 9:00 pm
justinspoliticalcorner:

Maps featuring Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin regarding how many clinics will close down in the states affected. Three of those mentioned were won by Obama both times (Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia) and a fourth (North Carolina) was won by Obama in 2008, then Romney in 2012.

justinspoliticalcorner:

Maps featuring Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin regarding how many clinics will close down in the states affected. 

Three of those mentioned were won by Obama both times (Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia) and a fourth (North Carolina) was won by Obama in 2008, then Romney in 2012.

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June 29, 2013 7:41 am June 28, 2013 3:22 pm

letfreedomlulz:

I think “you cheat like a Texas Republican” is going to be my new pet insult. :)

(Source: commodifiedsouls, via stoneagechronicles)

May 12, 2013 12:29 pm January 25, 2013 1:30 am
Virginia's GOP Senate Had One Day...

amaditalks:

VA’s state senate has 20 Democrats, 20 Republicans. So what did the Republicans do on Monday? They waited until one of the 20 Democrats, a 79 year old African-American civil rights attorney, went to the inauguration, and engaged in a probably unconstitutional redistricting scheme that will make it harder for black voters to have an effect on electoral outcomes and for black candidates to be elected. On MLK, Jr day, and under cover provided by the inauguration of our black president.

Because if they can’t win elections, they’ll use everything in their power to steal them and they’ll do it blatantly.

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January 15, 2013 3:16 pm December 7, 2012 7:30 pm
stoneagechronicles:

These are the 38 Republicans who don’t care about the disabled. These are the 38 Republicans who chose to speak for the U.S. in saying, as a country, “we do not care.”

stoneagechronicles:

These are the 38 Republicans who don’t care about the disabled. These are the 38 Republicans who chose to speak for the U.S. in saying, as a country, “we do not care.”