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… The 4th Appeals Circuit Panel does not Get It [#election law case]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 18th,2014

… the liberal activists got lucky ..

.. they drew a judicial panel of radical activists …

.. unfortunately , the US Supreme Court is going to have to step in in this case , as well …

.. [h/t —]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. the appeals court panel struck down parts of North Carolina ‘ s recent election [voting rights] regulation law . They have acted to restore anequivalent of what is called in Ohio as ” Golden Week . ” Golden Week makes trying to verify a person ‘ s voter registration a real headache for the county where that person lives and the state . It does not allow them to verify information before that person is allowed to cast an immediate ballot , as is done in ” Golden Week . ”

.. The state and county won at the district court level , in a clear and stunning victory . The loons then appeals . Well , they did indeed get lucky . For now…

.. so , the US Supreme Court will have to intervene . Again ….

.. what will it take for the radicals to get the message ? The ” disparate impact ” theory of legal judgement is unnatural , immoral , and evil . It must stop …

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… No , You Idiot [on Voter IDs] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 20th,2014

.. POTUS has to be out of his mind ..

.. having citizens use IDs in order to vote helps to preserve democracy ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to the blogpost ..

.. how he can claim otherwise is beyond me . The problem is that Obama is an evil and narcissistic bastard . He is an Alinskyite , and that is all that he knows …

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… What Is Jim Sensenbrenner Thinkingg?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 9th,2014

.. John Boehner should and must put a stop to this , immediately .

.. Project Veritas (that is Jim O ‘ Keefe , again) caught Sensenbrenner in the act of making a political ass of himself . The U.S. Supreme Court had sound reasons for ruling the way that it did in Shelby County v. Holder . The information that the Department of InJustice was using was from 1965 , for God ‘ s Sake . The bail – out provisions in the law were grossly unjust . There was no practical way for a covered jurisdiction to escape coverage , if Main InJustice did not want them to . There was no procedural or substantial due process at all …

.. And , now  , Jim Sensenbrenner wants to give this power back to Main InJustice . Especially to this administration ‘ s Department of InJustice . What is this idiot thinking ? Those idiots in Eric Holder ‘ s InJustice Department are a bunch of radical leftist racists . They would run wild with this power and grossly abuse it , like they have already …

.. No thank you …

.. [h/t — NationalReview]..

.. [link] to the investigative videos  ..

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… North Carolina ‘ s Voter ID law is a Model …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 13th,2013

.. and other states can and should and may well follow .

.. Right now , it will not be easy . The ObamaCraps are furious over what the other states are doing . There are quite a few underemployed and/or unemployed lawyers in the Voting Rights section at the InJustice Deparment , with little or nothing to do . They still may well try to throw monkeywrenches in the works , to say the least .

North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill Monday requiring photo identification at the polls and eliminating a slew of voting measures designed to protect against voter disenfranchisement.

The governor, eschewing a more traditional signing ceremony, announced by way of a YouTube video that he had signed House Bill 589.

The bill will require voters to show photo identification — a driver’s license, passport, veteran’s ID, tribal card — beginning in the 2016 elections. Student IDs are not an acceptable form of identification. The bill also reduces early voting by a week, eliminates same-day registration, ends pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds and a student civics program, kills an annual state-sponsored voter registration drive and lessens the amount of public reporting required for so-called dark money groups, also known as 501(c)(4)s.

The bill does provide for a “free ID” to be offered at DMVs, though the state estimates that between 203,351 and 318,643 voters registered in North Carolina lack ID, and that providing them with one would cost $834,200 in 2013 and 2014, and $24,100 every two years after that.

McCrory said the bill was necessary even if there are very few reported cases of voter fraud. “Even if the instances of misidentified people casting votes are low, that shouldn’t prevent us from putting this non-burdensome safeguard in place,” he said in a Raleigh News and Observer op-ed. “Just because you haven’t been robbed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t lock your doors at night or when you’re away from home.”

Just hours after McCrory’s signature, the ACLU of North Carolina and a coalition of other groups filed a lawsuit against the bill, charging that it violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The North Carolina NAACP and Advancement Project followed shortly after, filing another lawsuit.

The latest bill comes after the Supreme Court struck down the core of the Voting Rights Act, which required Southern states with a history of racial discrimination — including North Carolina — to have their laws cleared by the Department of Justice. The Justice Department could still try to invalidate the recent North Carolina law on the grounds that it deliberately discriminates against voters, a much higher standard than merely proving it disproportionately affects minority voters.

The bill has the potential to reduce turnout for key Democratic constituencies — minorities, the elderly and students — with the slew of new requirements, even beyond the new measures for identification. President Barack Obama narrowly won North Carolina in 2008 but lost it in 2012, and in 2016, the state is likely to be a battleground.

The legislation, passed by the Republican-controlled legislature over the objections of Democrats before heading to McCrory’s desk, is the latest of a string of conservative legislation signed into law in the state. McCrory has also signed measures introducing new restrictions for abortion clinics (attached to a motorcycle safety bill), expanding concealed-carry permits to bars and restaurants, and cutting unemployment benefits.


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… Voter I.D. Laws are Moral …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 13th,2013

.. and the racial demagogues are wrong . Very , Very wrong .

.. With the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v Holder , many states that were previously affected by the Votings Rights Act “preclearance” rules are now free and clear to implement much more common – sense voting laws and rules , especially without having to say ” Mother may I “” , especially to Eric Holder ‘ s Department of InJustice . The Justice Deparment normally acts to evenly enforce the law . Under Holder , that has changed almost 180 degrees . If you are a conservative , especially a black conservative , you are going to get screw by the InJustice Department and their goons in the Voting Rights Section .

.. At least , Shelby County defangs that crowd . the preclearance rules under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act are effectively gone . Not directly , though . Their teeth have been pulled , because the stuff that gives them their punch , Section 4b , was the subject of the case . And the loons lost , big time , and 6 to 3 at the Court . Ouch .

.. Section 3 is still available . However , the old South and other areas are on the same equal footing as all of the other states . No more nannying and ” Mother may I ” , thankfully . The InJustice Deparment must actually prove its case . Also , not in the area of jurisdiction . It is done in D.C. , away from the activistas in the local judiciary . Also , direct and intention evidence of discrimination is required . Disparate Impact bull is not allowed .

.. Nicely done , Governor McCrory ! ..

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… Well , Miz Hillary is back in the Political Arena …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 13th,2013

.. and , gues what ??

.. It is fun time for the good guys and gals on the Right . Especially when Miz Hillary sticks her nose into a local issue , and also sticks her foot in her mouth in the process . Somebody should remind her that legal id (ie , a driver ‘ s license or (free) state id)) is needed for many everyday common tasks . It is not racisit , or a racial act , to ask for one .

.. Miz Hillary ‘ s comments are racially oriented , and very likely racist themselves . See for yourself …

Hillary Clinton calls for restoration of voter rights suppressed by Supreme Court’s Shelby decision

by Meteor BladesFollow

HIllary Clinton speaking at ABA convention in S.F. 2013. (posted by MB)

Hillary Clinton spoke of the need to restore voting rights taken away by Supreme Court’s Shelby ruling.

In what she later announced would the first in a series of policy-oriented speeches she will deliver over the coming months on the “strains on our social contract,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a passionate and wide-ranging address to the attendees of the American Bar Association’s annual convention in San Francisco Monday, telling them of the need to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act. She excoriated efforts in some states to deal with the “phantom epidemic of election fraud” as a means of keeping minority and younger voters away from the polls.She pointed out that in 2013 so far, more than 80 bills restricting voting rights have been introduced in 31 states. She singled out four states in particular: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Texas.

“Now, not every obstacle is related to race, but anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.And despite the best efforts of many well-intentioned election officials, discrepancies in resources across precincts and polling stations still disproportionately impact African Americans, Latinos and young voters.” […]

“Unless the hole opened up by the Supreme Court’s ruling is fixed […] citizens will be disenfranchised, victimized by the law instead of served by it, and that progress, that historical progress toward a more perfect union, will go backwards instead of forward,” Clinton said.

The ABA’s House of Delegates approved a resolution Monday urging Congress to take quick action to restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court gutted in its Shelby County v. Holder ruling.

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… Fight , Texas , Fight !! ….

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 26th,2013

.. Good ! It seems that Texas is definitely going to fight back . Now that the tools are better there , the state of Texas should be in much better shape . I cannot predict victory , but they will have a much better chance of it .

.. It seems His Imperial Highness , Eric Holder , wants to go on the attack against the states . Any state will do . He wants to do away with several measures , not limited to , or including Voter I.D. . It may not be limited to that , I believe . Any measure related to voting integrity , or the prevention of voting fraud , such as the purging or cleaning of voter registration rolls . How the Department of InJustice intends to do it , good question ?

.. The Department of InJustice is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S. officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration has warned will imperil minority representation.

The decision to challenge state officials marks an aggressive effort to continue policing voting rights issues and follows a ruling by the court last month that invalidated a critical part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The justices threw out a part of the act that determined which states with a history of discrimination had to be granted Justice Department or court approval before making voting law changes.

.. In the coming weeks, Attorney General Holder expected to announce that the Justice Department is using other sections of the Voting Rights Act to bring lawsuits or take other legal action to prevent states from implementing certain laws, including requirements to present certain kinds of identification in order to vote. The department is also expected to try to force certain states to get approval, or “pre-clearance,” before they can change their election laws.

.. “Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the Court’s ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to subject states to pre-clearance as necessary,” Holder said in a speech Thursday morning in Philadelphia. “My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal to stand against such discrimination wherever it is found.”

Holder announced that, in a first step, the department will support a lawsuit in Texas that was brought by a coalition of Democratic legislators and civil rights groups against the state’s redistricting plan.

[link] tweets @pjmedia (bpreston) …

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… What Part of Supreme Court Precedent Do You Not Understand ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 25th,2013

.. Mr. Attorney General ??

.. Well , It seems that Attorney General  Eric Holder has become notoriously thick in the skull , i.e. pig – headed . He wants to haul the

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Shelby County Courthouse

entire state of Texas back  into court , and  place it under the controls of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 , once again . What he wants is for the state to obtain “preclearance” before changing any of its voting procedures . efore anything , voting – wise .

.. Preclearance basically means that an entity is found guilty . They must then prove themselves innocent ,  before going ahead with any changes  to their voiting prcedures or laws . In other words , the Holder department of InJustice wants Texas to play “Mother May I ” before doing anything voting – wise .

.. Shelby County V Holder and Arizona V ITC changed all of that . Shelby County has basically placed all of the states back on a level playing field . Each state is equal , before the law and the scales of justice . Each state may implement voting changes on its own , with having to get permission  from anyone  . Only if a court case were brought against a state , and a finding were made , in theory , could a state , or another entitity , be put back under Section 5 .

Also , Shelby County undercuts Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act , by ruling Section 4 unconstitutional . In order to find evidence (Section 4) , InJustice could then make a justification (Section 5) for disallowing a change . Now , it cannot do so . Section 5 is  still available . Section 4 , however  ,  is not .  It has been disalloweed , and does not  effectively allow a court casese to go forward .

.. Az v  ITC is a sweeping precedent . It has acted to place a fairly clear line in between the ability of Congress to regulate federal elections , and the states , who can regulate who can vote . You would think that the the liberals would be screaming  “bloody murder ” over this . No , not as of yet , thankfully . Also , two of the coourt ‘ s liberals participated in the ruling , effectiviely neutering , for now , any opposition to the case .

from : …

 The U.S. Department of Justice plans to ask a federal court  to reinstate its authority over voting laws in Texas, part of a new Obama  administration strategy to challenge state and local election laws it says  discriminate by race, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

“Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was  presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder … we believe  that the state of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process  whenever it changes its voting laws and practices,” Holder told the annual  conference of the National Urban League, a civil rights organization, which is  meeting in Philadelphia.

The Obama administration has been searching for new ways to oppose voting  discrimination since the U.S. Supreme Court in June invalidated a key part of  the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

A 5-4 conservative majority on the high court ruled that a formula used to  determine which states and localities were subject to extra federal scrutiny was  outdated.

The ruling freed Texas and select other jurisdictions from having to submit  their voting laws to the Justice Department before they could take effect.

The covered jurisdictions were mostly in the South, a region where officials  had a history of denying minorities the right to vote. Chief Justice John  Roberts wrote in the high court’s ruling that the South had changed  dramatically.

Holder’s Justice Department had used the process known as “preclearance” to  block, among other laws, a new plan for congressional district lines in Texas  drawn after the 2010 U.S. Census. Government lawyers  and civil rights groups convinced a court that the map, if it took effect, would  have too few black and Hispanic districts.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, said after the Supreme  Court ruling that the redistricting plan could then go into effect  immediately.

State lawmakers ultimately approved a map that was deemed friendlier to  minority populations, though state Democrats still criticize it.

As a first step  in its new strategy, the Justice Department plans to make clear it supports a  pending lawsuit that racial minorities brought against the redistricting plan in  federal court in Texas.

If the court agrees the plan was racially discriminatory, then the Justice  Department will ask the court to place Texas back in the preclearance process  for an undetermined period of time, according to Holder’s prepared speech.

“This is the Department’s first action to protect voting rights following the  Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last,” Holder, the first black  U.S. attorney general, told the group.

The Supreme Court in its June ruling left in place the preclearance process  and most other parts of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating only the formula for  states and localities to be subjected automatically to extra scrutiny.

Some members of Congress have discussed passing a new formula that would  comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling, but they have not done so.

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… Give It a Little Time …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,June 26th,2013

… I want to give it a couple of days , maybe , before fully digesting the Supreme Court ‘ s actions over the last couple of days . And , Boy , it was quite a bit of action . Yea , the Fisher decision (racial preferences) was a bit of a surprise . The Shelby County decision (voting rights act — enforcement) was a dandy . It was a warm – up act for what came up next .

.. Next up came the two defence of marriage cases . No , it was not good . But , believe it or not , it could have been worse . Hollingsworth is headed back to California , and the brawling in court is going to start all over again . Contrary to public statements , gay marriages in California will not start up again . The judgement that might be entered in Hollingsworth may well be a default judgement . It only applies to the two people involved in the case , not anyone else . It should not take effect statewide . It also should make Governor Brown and the state officials look bad , because they are failing to do their jobs . Thosese referenda are the written laws and constitutional amendments of the State of Californaia , and they have a sworn duty to act to defend them , whether they like it , or not .

.. The end of June always seems to be crazy time on North Capitol Street . However , the other courts of our nation will continue . And , so will I .

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