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DOJ files lawsuit against Texas over voter ID law

By Associated Press

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over the state's voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over its redistricting laws that minority groups complain are discriminatory, but Texas Republicans insist are designed to protect the state's elections from fraud.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the action marks another step in the effort to protect voting rights of all eligible Americans. He said the government will not allow a recent Supreme Court decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.

"This represents the department's latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last," the attorney general said.

Holder is concentrating on Texas because of years of litigation over the state's Voter ID law and redistricting maps that federal judges in Washington have determined would either indirectly disenfranchise minorities and the poor, or intentionally discriminate minorities.

Texas is the only state found to have intentionally discriminated against minorities in this decade's round of redistricting, and the state was banned from enforcing either law. But the U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring revisions to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 took away the judges' authority to intervene.

That has forced Holder and minority groups to use other aspects of the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution to fight the cases in other federal courts.

Gov. Rick Perry called Holder's move a blatant disregard for states' 10th Amendment rights and has said the Obama administration's actions are an "end run around the Supreme Court."

"The filing of endless litigation in an effort to obstruct the will of the people of Texas is what we have come to expect from Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama," he added.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, a proponent of the voter ID law and a candidate to replace Perry, vowed to fight the Justice Department.

"Eric Holder is wrong to mess with Texas," he said. "By intervening in the redistricting case, the Obama DOJ is predictably joining with Democrat state legislators and Members of Congress and the Texas Democratic Party, who are already suing the State."

But state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus that is a plaintiff in the redistricting case, said federal intervention was necessary to protect minority rights.

"Federal courts have ruled time and again that government officials in Texas are systematically making it harder for minorities to vote," he said in a statement. "I am confident that the overwhelming evidence demonstrating intentional discrimination in Texas, when presented in court, will compel state officials to remove barriers to voting that will disenfranchise far too many of our citizens."

In the voter ID lawsuit, the U.S. government will contend that Texas adopted a voter identification law with the purpose of denying or restricting voters' rights based on race, color or membership in a language minority group. The law requires voters to produce a state-issued ID before casting a ballot, while before voters could use their registration cards.

Intervening in the redistricting case would enable the federal government to seek a declaration that Texas's 2011 redistricting plans for the U.S. Congress and the Texas State House of Representatives were adopted to deny or restrict the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

Since a federal court found that Texas intentionally discriminated against minorities with its 2011 redistricting plans and voter identification law, state lawmakers have withdrawn their original maps and replaced them with a plan adopted by a federal court as a stop-gap measure. But Abbott has said the voter ID law is in effect.

The separate provision of the Voting Rights Act that Holder is invoking may be a difficult tool for the Obama administration to use. A handful of jurisdictions have been subjected to advance approval of election changes through this provision, but a court first must find that a state or local government engaged in intentional discrimination under the 14th or 15th amendments, or the jurisdiction has to admit to discrimination. Unlike other parts of the voting law, the discriminatory effect of a law is not enough to trigger the provision.

The NAACP, one of the plaintiffs in the redistricting case, said it will intervene in the voter ID case in support of the Justice Department.

"Texas has a deeply disturbing history of brazenly suppressing the votes and voting strength of Black and Latino voters," said Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "A Texas voter is more likely to be struck by lightning than to see someone attempt to vote fraudulently at the polls."

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Yost reported from Washington.

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  1. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    August 23, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    Translation: democrats need the ability to have illegals vote and to get multiple votes from individuals to win elections. They will fight fiercely to keep that option open to them. The LAST thing they want is a fair and honest election with one man, one vote by legal citizens only.

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

      Don’t forget all the DEAD PEOPLE they register/”help” vote!

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  2. Kerry-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    August 23, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    If the democrats were not taking advantage of the multiple votes by a person, then why would they object to proving who you are at the time of voting.
    The democrat party oath: To Lie, deceive, steal and corrupt anything, anytime given the opportunity.

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  3. MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
    August 23, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    It is just more lies and the waste of taxpayer money by these Progressive Democrats that keep saying the same lies over and over. Voter ID’s do not restrict anyone from voting that is a citizen.
    Maybe we need to adopt the practice of inking the little finger after a person votes , also as some countries do.

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  4. yoldsComment by yolds
    August 23, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Why don’t Holder just come right out and say it! “We need these laws revoked so our Democratic voters and perpetrate fraud by voting early and often! That is the ONLY true reason they keep blocking the proof of Citizenship to Register and Picture ID to vote! You CANNOT function in the US without a picture ID, you need it for virtually everything except to vote. We all seen how that turned out in the 2012 elections when 54 districts in one state alone did not register even ONE vote for Romney, An impossibility! THAT is what Holder is fighting for. Somebody needs to figure out how to arrest this man, and take O’Blamer with him!

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  5. gnafuComment by gnafu
    August 23, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    If the minorities have picture IDs which they can obtain at State agency, they can vote. There has been too much voter fraud now and in the past! Time for the voting agencies to get their stuff together and make it law to have voter ID or no vote! As for redistricting various areas due to status of people, Texas needs to get their stuff together and demand that ALL voters have picture IDs to Vote. No ID, No Vote. Just that simple.

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  6. WardMDComment by WardMD
    August 23, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…

    Can SOMEONE explain (ask Holder) how providing Valid Photo ID PREVENTS minorities from voting?

    WHY should we allow LESS scrutiny of those who are “allowed” to Vote in this country, than we do to get on an airplane?

    Mark my words…

    WHEN Voter ID is implemented, and the Democrat Voter counts go down precipitously, the Liberals are going to assert that it’s because Democrat voters are staying away from the polls “as a protest” over the “disenfranchisement” of minority voters!

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    • yoldsComment by yolds
      August 23, 2013 @ 11:19 am

      What Holder is also not saying is, “I believe that Minorities are to lazy or to stupid to obtain a valid Photo ID to vote, therefore Texas is Discriminating against them” I would say that Holder is the one being racist and discriminatory! Most if not all States have made it very simple to obtain a valid ID, and often times its free. Like I said before, this is just ONE of the many ways Democrats have learned to cheat and steal our votes. The others are rigging polling booths to register only their candidate, regardless of which was chosen, Black Panther intimidation, multiple votes by poll workers, dead people voting, felons voting…etc. etc. etc.

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      @yolds…

      Agreed!

      Frankly, by NOT supporting Voter ID (to ENSURE that ONLY Legal voters vote ONCE), everyone else (those of us who obey the LAW) are being “disenfranchised” (having OUR votes diminished)!

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    • westtexaslibraryladyComment by westtexaslibrarylady
      August 26, 2013 @ 9:42 am

      Or less scrutiny than required to buy over-the-counter Sudaphed cold medicine. Where’s the outrage over the “obvious” racial implications of preventing minorities from treating their sniffles? Not only that, but the system keeps track of how many packages of Sudaphed (or the generic form) you purchase and restricts the purchase of more within a certain period of time.

      So any family with too many kids may not be allowed to purchase enough medicine to adequately treat everyone’s sniffles, thus discriminating unfairly against any of those poor people who can’t get a picture ID because then they have to buy more expensive, nonregulated medications.

      The whole argument that ID requirement disenfranchising minorities is beyond stupid. Picture ID is required for a number of things that no one questions. I had to show a picture ID to get my library card renewed. Or is that not an outrage to liberals because they themselves are racist enough to make assumptions about minorities and literacy?

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 26, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      @westtexaslibrarylady

      OR Nail Polish Remover in CVS (at least in California – don’t know if that’s gone nationwide).

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  7. WardMDComment by WardMD
    August 23, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Hey Sherrilyn Ifill (president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund)…

    A Texas voter is more likely to be struck by lightning than to see someone PREVENTED FROM VOTING (LEGALLY) at the polls (especially with Voter ID)!

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  8. whodunitComment by whodunit
    August 23, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Well, I see this administration is finally becoming transparent . . . transparently obvious in their underhanded dealings, that is . . .

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  9. WardMDComment by WardMD
    August 23, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus)…

    “Federal courts have ruled time and again that government officials in Texas are systematically making it harder for minorities to vote”

    Please CITE such a ruling… HOW has Texas made it “harder for [LEGAL] minorities to vote”? Have they put polling places on the top of steep hills, or do minorities have to guess the exact number of jellybeans in a jar, in order to vote?

    You PROBABLY mean that you think Texas has made it harder for minorities to join forces (as a voting block) and elect a person who looks like they do… Is THAT what you’re saying?

    I THOUGHT we’re ALL AMERICANS (or, at least, Americans FIRST).

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      August 23, 2013 @ 11:21 am

      Great comment, WardMD!

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  10. rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
    August 23, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I have a common sense question to some of you people commenting in here. How does redistricting stop someone/anyone Democrat or Republican from voting more than once? IT DOESN’T. What it does do in the case of Texas is breakup into pieces and district that voted Democrat and merge them with districts that voted Republican so now more Republican will be voted into office…Kinda like playing chess and one side starts out with more than one queen….Changing the “rules” after you lose so you can guarantee that you win next time….If you ask me, that’s where the fraud lies….

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 11:25 am

      You say that like it’s NEW and UNIQUE in Texas!

      It’s called “Gerrymandering”, and it dates back to 1812!
      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering)

      Have you every looked at the district boundaries in OTHER states? Take a look at THIS 4th congressional district in Illinois:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/amapple/3446898712/

      Now, correct me (if I’m wrong), but I don’t think Holder/Obama have filed lawsuits to STOP Illinois (or California) from doing THAT sort of **** to keep Democrat Majorities!

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      August 23, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

      Yeah, Like I got re-redistricted into John Effing Conyers district in Michigan. That man represents nothing I believe in and will never get my vote, but he will get re-elected every time only because the majority of the voters are black.

      Oops, I forgot, It’s fair and just when democrats do it.

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  11. whodunitComment by whodunit
    August 23, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    I see we’ve got a troll on here this morning, marking everyone’s comments down.

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  12. countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
    August 23, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Holder has repeatedly revealed himself to be a racist of the worst kind. Abusing his position to continually assault white voter’s rights to expect fair elections under the vague yet broad accusation of minority discrimination. He and Obama, by continuously raising the knee-jerk perception of racism, have set race relations back 50 years. Continue to put whites in the defensive “guilt” position and see what awful direction the country is being driven in. Disastrous consequences to be expected.

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  13. johnnylingo62Comment by johnnylingo62
    August 23, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    Without a Photo ID, a person cannot do the following: drive a car / drive a truck or bus / buy cigarettes / buy beer and alcohol / buy some cold medicines / fly on an airplane / have a passport / have a green card / cash a check (paycheck), etc.
    So, if the so called “minority” does not do any of the above – what do they do? how do they exist?
    They probably don’t exist if they don’t have a photo ID -so why should non-existent citizens be allowed to vote? – of course, they could get a photo ID for free if they show up at any “license bureau” – if the “minority” actual exists, has legs to walk (or even in a wheelchair) with a birth certificate (which is also usually needed to obtain food stamps)… it’s not that hard is it….

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

      I wonder why you mentioned food stamps when referring to minorities? I guess they are the only ones on Food Stamps…Where do you get a photo ID for free? I never heard of that in any state…Comments like this and these that I read on this site is what made me become an Independent.

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      If you were a THINKING person, you might see the irony that it takes MORE documentation to get Food Stamps than it does to VOTE!

      IF you can provide me with a list of LEGAL voters (who vote IN PERSON in the polling places) – who DON’T CURRENTLY HAVE a valid State Issued Photo ID – AND CAN’T AFFORD to pay for one…
      THEN, I might consider paying for them myself.

      Where’s the list?!

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

      And, you “thinking man” show me the list of minority people who voted 2 or more times, or dead people who voted….And, tell me once you can’t provide those list…how redistricting or I.D.’s would stop those people from voting again…Also, include a list of white people who voted more than once and/or after death! I’m waiting for your list!

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    • johnnylingo62Comment by johnnylingo62
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      Many states offer FREE Photo IDs to vote:
      Georgia http://sos.georgia.gov/gaphotoid/
      Indiana http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2625.htm
      South Carolina
      Tennessee
      Wisconsin
      Kansas
      Rhode Island
      Alabama
      and TEXAS to name a few: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/20/states-dispute-criticism-new-voter-laws-move-to-offer-photo-id-free-charge/
      you can INDEPENDENTLY look this information up… if you put the effort forth… the same with voting… if you really want to vote.. research the candidates and then decide, yeah it takes a little more effort, but if you really want to vote and vote wisely, it does take effort, but even then your candidate may not prove out to fulfill their pre-election promises…

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    • johnnylingo62Comment by johnnylingo62
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

      rashad2gs — I mentioned “food stamps” because the issue in the topic is about “minorities” unable to get a Photo ID and some minorities are on food stamps; i could mention food stamps when discussing “majorities”, too, but I wanted to stay on topic. There are so many many people on food stamps now that it’s quite amazing – and they are of all “races” although i’m pretty color-blind myself and don’t care – we’re ALL PEOPLE in my opinion and that’s what I focus on. Let’s elevate all people and stop using “Race” as a dividing point to divert attention from the real problem of a poor economy for EVERYONE.

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

      Johnnylingo62….I agree with you 100% about the race issues. That’s one of the main reasons why I left the party because of all the racist who (hide under the cloth of the republican party) came out to show their true colors once this Black man became President. made me sick to my stomach..I wish I could Like or thumbs up your comment….

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      @rashad2gs,

      Well, let’s START with this:

      “Sonia Leticia Solis [I'm betting, a MINORITY], 54, allegedly cast five votes by absentee ballot in the names of five different individuals”
      (http://www.fbi.gov/sanantonio/press-releases/2013/woman-arrested-for-voting-multiple-times-in-2012-primary-runoff-election).

      NOW, I’m SURE you’re going to assert that this was an “isolated case”, and that it “proves nothing”…

      MY assertion, of course, is that IF it’s so easy to commit Voter Fraud (WITHOUT presenting a Valid Photo ID to Register/Vote), HOW can you possibly believe that this is RARE and UNIQUE (especially in light of at least ONE ACORN worker, admitting to registering 4,000 FRAUDULENT NAMES)?

      Did any of those 4,000 fraudulent names RESULT in fraudulent VOTES? Don’t know – BUT the point it, it’s SIMPLE to do (and WITHOUT proper identification [Photo ID/Citizenship] to PROVE you are who you say you are, the LIKELIHOOD that this type of FRAUD is widespread is MORE LIKELY than NOT).

      PLEASE EXPLAIN how REQUIRING Valid Identification would CREATE FRAUD (as opposed to PREVENTING IT)!

      Sill waiting for YOUR LIST…

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      WardMD….This article came from 8/9/13…Here goes something for you…In the midst of his 2012 GOP primary campaign for a Massachusetts state House seat, Jack Villamaino changed the party affiliation of nearly 300 people in his town of East Longmeadow. Days later, the same number of absentee ballot requests were dropped off at the town clerk’s office, a list that was almost a “name-for-name match” for those whose registration information Villamaino had altered.

      Earlier this week, Villamaino pleaded guilty to felony charges of stealing ballots and changing the party affiliation of 280 Democrats during his campaign for state representative. A judge sentenced him to a year in jail, only four months of which he’ll be forced to serve behind bars. Notice how I.D.’s wouldn’t have prevented him from doing what he did?

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      Great! At least he was CAUGHT (before the election)!

      Since you brought it up… Notice how NONE of the proposed more strict Gun Control laws would have PREVENTED Sandy Hook (or any of the other shooting CRIMES) – but Liberals continue to push THAT as a “solution”, don’t they?

      THEIR mantra is, “if just one life is saved, it would be worth it”, well I say, “if just ONE FRAUDULENT VOTE can be prevented, Photo ID would be WORTH IT”!

      You’re STILL not showing how Photo ID would PREVENT a Legal Voter from voting!

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    • ksr1Comment by ksr1
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      @rashad2gs, Yes have to say when you are right you are right. However, this is one of ??? Now let us take this a step further in the jist of this conversation; This situation is an “open hole” that MA has to close. I think what all are saying here is they want a verifiable way to ensure an absolute one person one vote…no more AND no less. That scrumb belongs in the confines to do the jail house rock. Otherwise all this other sideline BS is just plain non-sense.

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

      @ksr1 & WardMD…How did this topic turn to gun control. I am not against gun control. I personally don’t see why someone needs a 50 round automatic rifle, but hey that’s just my opinion. To each his own. I have no problem with I.D.’s I have a problem with the redistricting. There are different races and colors of people in this country and I think that they should ALL be represented in our government…Not just republican white men because of redistricting….And, it’s not just Democrats committing voter fraud..And, it appears that the Republican party is perfecting this practice…Can win then steal! And, again when this Black man became President it became do whatever to win at all cost…..

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

      Rashad, I resent your comment insinuating that Republicans and racism go hand in hand. First, Obama is half black and half white, and most people are simply unhappy with his policies and his governing, and don’t really care what race he is. And second, there are easily as many racists in the Democratic party. Many liberals voted for Obama purely because of his skin color, and that, too, is racism.

      Playing the race card and race baiting is so overused today and is nothing more than a power play. And like the “Boy Who Cried Wolf,” it diminishes real racism when it does occur.

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      whodunit…The 1st time I voted for McCain the 2nd for President Obama…The treatment he is and has received from members of the Republican party is unlike no other…Being against his policies is one thing..but to do so by calling him the N-word, and referring to him as a monkey and all the other things directed towards him because of his skin color is indeed racist. Just about ALL of my friends and neighbors are/were white male Republicans and the things they said about this man and his family to me because they thought I would agree with it was/is utter sickening. I see those types of things in these comments and others that I have been a member of for many years….You call Black people racist for voting for this president because he would be the 1st (a part of history) Black President? I am willing to bet that in every election before that they voted for one of the white guys…So to prove to you that they are not racist they should vote for the white candidate? Then, to prove that white people aren’t racist we should all vote for the Black guy. And he still would have won! Some of my friends old/present will never vote for a Black man for anything and I’s sure some of you in here never will either…And, that’s your right to vote for whomever you chose….This time I voted for President Obama…Next election I’m not sure..Thus far I don’t like anyone of the candidates

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      rashad2gs…

      SO, all those RACIST comments directed at Clarence Thomas by Democrats WEREN’T REALLY RACIST?

      And those “political” cartoons of Condoleeza Rice as a House Slave WEREN’T RACISTS, were they?

      OH, and I voted for Obama the 1st time, because I’m NOT A RACIST… I voted FOR ROMNEY (the 2nd time) because I’m NOT AN IDIOT!

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      August 23, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

      Rashad — I don’t know what people you’ve been hanging out with, but I’ve been a member of various conservative groups for years. And I have NOT heard people making racist comments. In fact, the white people I know bend over backward to make sure their language would not in any way offend anyone. People are terrified of making any kind of innocent comment that might be twisted and taken as inappropriate. And, the groups I’ve attended are very diverse and people of all racial backgrounds have been welcomed with open arms. I myself am of a mixed racial background, and I’ve never been treated poorly.

      So, I find it a little hard to believe you’ve been hearing all these inappropriate comments. And if you have, maybe you should consider moving somewhere else. You certainly can’t determine that racism is a part of the Republican agenda.

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  14. bendoublecrossedComment by bendoublecrossed
    August 23, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    What .. you object to Democrats voting cemeteries and illegal immigrants? How dare you require the poor, who show ID to get SNAP, Medicaid, financial and housing aid, also show ID to vote! What is next: I suppose you want to make voter drives that provide cigarettes, booze and rides to polling places for residents of homeless shelters illegal too?

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

      So, you are saying that Republicans did NO voter fraud? It’s the Democrats and illegal immigrants and the poor? Question, are all of those poor and illegal immigrants Democrats? The poor and illegal immigrants Republicans that voted republicans did the right thing?

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

      Hey rashad2gs…

      WHERE’S YOUR LIST? PROVE your accusation!

      Again, here’s MINE:
      “Sonia Leticia Solis [I'm betting, a MINORITY], 54, allegedly cast five votes by absentee ballot in the names of five different individuals”
      (http://www.fbi.gov/sanantonio/press-releases/2013/woman-arrested-for-voting-multiple-times-in-2012-primary-runoff-election).

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      WardMD….Here’s another…The latest drama began to unfold on Oct. 17, when the manager of a Tuesday Morning discount store in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley saw a man throwing a garbage bag into the store’s private dumpster. Inside the bag was a file folder containing eight completed Virginia voter registration forms.

      The manager described the man to Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies, who the following day arrested Colin Small, 23, a voter registration drive contractor for the Virginia GOP — and charged him with eight felonies and five misdemeanors related to the destruction and disclosure of the applications and obstruction of justice.

      A few weeks earlier, the GOP had been under fire following reports of suspicious registration applications that had been submitted in 10 Florida counties by a company run by Nathan Sproul, a Republican operative who has long been trailed by allegations of voter fraud. The Republican Party paid Sproul’s company, Strategic Allied Consulting, about $3 million this year for registration drives in five swing states: Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, and Virginia.

      In Palm Beach County, Fla., alone, about 100 questionable voter registrations were flagged, more than half of which involved changing a voter’s party affiliation to Republican or independent. Discrepancies were also found in North Carolina.

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

      rashad2gs, you’re making a GREAT CASE for NOT allowing groups to solicit Voter Registrations – NOT that LEGAL VOTERS are denied their ability/right to vote by showing Photo ID.

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      rashad2gs…

      You are CLEARLY a Liberal…

      You are trying to CHANGE the argument from how Photo ID PREVENTS LEGAL VOTERS from voting (or MY request – that you provide a list of LEGAL VOTERS, who vote IN PERSON, who don’t have a valid Photo ID, and CAN’T AFFORD ONE) to a list of Republicans voter fraud (or registration fraud).

      Interesting, but NOT the issue being discussed (or addressed by Photo ID).

      BUT, by all means… Feel free to suggest a SOLUTION to the fraud issue you seem so concerned about!

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

      So I am liberal? I am for the death penalty (as long as you do everything to make sure we are executing the right person) against gay marriage (they are all going to hell) against anti gun laws….Though I am not against anything simply because it affects one skin color more than another….Now, this is the issue being discussed…Read the comments in here…Democrats, poor, minorities and Blacks commit voter fraud….So, I’m showing that white Republicans do it as well and are going to jail for it….I am personally not sure what will stop it in its entirety…But making it harder for people to vote isn’t the solution…Hell I think it’s still kind of easy to get a fake ID if you truly want one!

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      August 23, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

      Rashad — Getting an ID is “making it harder for people to vote?” Ludicrous. You obviously don’t think your fellow citizens are terribly capable. If people are capable of voting, then they’re also quite capable of obtaining a photo ID.

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  15. ksr1Comment by ksr1
    August 23, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    Hey WardMD, This is the same cat that yesterday was on the site about the Aussie being gunned down (you need to look at those comments). As I said yesterday; LIBs, you can Keep’em! But do not ask for the hard facts since that will lead to name calling. Narrative anyone?

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      Actually, I am an ex Republican turned Independent….

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

      As (Black) Los Angeles Radio Talk Show Host (Larry Elder) likes to say:

      “Facts to a Liberal, is like Kryptonite to Superman!”

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  16. guardsmanComment by guardsman
    August 23, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    IMPEACH HOLDER

    He has the fake scandals of Benghazi,IRS,NSA and other problems but he spends The DOJ wants to sue a state because their only reason for voter ID is to put a stop to fraud in our voting system. Here we go with this racist **** again.
    There is nothing racist about making the laws to halt fraud

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  17. guardsmanComment by guardsman
    August 23, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    To Ragheads comment excuse me Rashad2gs, why dont you leave this site and go down and get fot food stamps and trade it in on a 12 pack and chill out.

    The demolcraps never complained when they changed districts into their favor. this was for a black voting bloc. How do you thing think Elisha Cummings and that idiot sheila Jackson lee got elected.

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    • rashad2gsComment by rashad2gs
      August 23, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

      Rachal, Shawn & Adam. These are my kids names. Take the 1st 2 letters of each of their names RA + SH + AD = Rashad and since my daughter created this for me in the year 2000 that’s where the 2gs comes from. At the time it was supposed to be “Hip”..So again another reason that I’m happy I left the party…This idiot guards minus man, has insinuated in his comment that I am both a “Raghead” and possibly Black (African American) since he mentioned Elisha Cummings & Sheila Jackson (both Black..I goggled them) and now I am also on public assistance use them to buy beer….I see from your comments that it’s ok to have white voting districts but Black people can’t have the same luxury….

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  18. wallybluComment by wallyblu
    August 23, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    If voter ID laws are unconstitutional why isn’t Obama care, social security, Medicare, and all other laws requiring IDs unconstitutional?

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    • WardMDComment by WardMD
      August 23, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Simple: Those OTHER THINGS don’t have a Constitutionally articulated RESTRICTION that they apply ONLY to U.S. Citizens (like Voting Does).

      Wait, that’s BACKWARDS, isn’t it?

      Oh well, that’s our Liberal Judges for you!

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  19. middlegroundComment by middleground
    August 23, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Now I know why no one produces “Keystone Cops” movies anymore. They wouldn’t be as funny as this discussion on why people don’t have to show photo ID to vote. The only person I know who had trouble getting a driver’s license and thus photo ID was a friend who retired after 39 years in the military and they wouldn’t accept any of his military ID. They demanded his birth certificate, but he’d been born on a reservation and didn’t have one. He did, however, have a high enough clearance to have been one of General LeMay’s SAC strike force and trained to arm and deliver our nuclear weapons, and any of us who were in the Korean War know without top secret clearance you couldn’t get on a SAC base, let alone be cleared to arm and deliver such weapons.

    All I could do was laugh at how pissed he was at being told he had to furnish his birth certificate because I knew, as he knew. that he’d had to fill out what I remember as a 12 foot long form for the FBI listing everything about ones life, jobs and friends with FBI agents checking out every detail. That was a time when you didn’t get clearance if you were a nutcase, a Communist, anyone who was a member of a DD98 organization or anyone who might decide to share State Department or NAS secrets with the media or the Soviets. And it was a time when no one in government asked a civilian company to check out who should have access to military secrets.

    Every time I read an article on our national security I come away thinking this administration wants to be open with everyone in the world, but our own citizens.

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  20. ElderAmbassadorComment by ElderAmbassador
    August 23, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Answer the Complaint then totally ignore him. People HATE it when they are ignored and that is ALL holder or our little king deserve. Just ignore everything they say and go on with Constitutional Laws.

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  21. texasredneckComment by texasredneck
    August 23, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    Rashad, don’t think for a minute we buy that “independent” label. As for republican’s being racist, you have shown your true ignorance (or true colors) as being brainwashed by the lamestream media. Check your history about republican support for civil rights which was stronger than the democrats. Check out Bush’s cabinet. Many more blacks and minorities. I doubt many here have any racism in their heart, only turned stomachs from having all this **** shoved down their throats about how more needs to be done to coddle minorities. When 98% of an ethnic group votes one way, I would say that you could call that racism. I see blatant racism on the part of the democrats and blacks than I ever do by whites. Everyone is afraid of saying anything because the media will crucify them. Holder, Obama, Susan Rice, Rev Wright, Van Jones etc etc are two faced racists that only speak out when there is some perceived injustice for a black person. Where is the outrage for Delbert Belton and the white kid in OK? Crickets. Holder, as Bush once said: “how about a good ole’ fashioned Texas *** whoopin’” You’re gonna get smoked in court trying to mess with states rights. There is no constitutional right to vote, by the way and I challenge anyone to say otherwise. We have allowed the federal government to overstep their bounds and then claim precedent by pointing to their prior abuses.

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  22. rightlane1111Comment by rightlane1111
    August 24, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Good luck with that Holder. That dumb as a fence Perry is going to protect his state and his state’s rights. So…people who don’t know who to vote for in ’16….even with the oops…look at what HE DOES…compared to the RINO’s who say one thing and do another. You need a governor as CIC. Texas has the 7th largest economy in the WORLD. Seems to be humming along fine…and probably…like all the rest of the states would do even better if the Federal Government WOULD BUTT OUT.

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