December 4, 2009

Hard data about politicization of the DOJ under Bush

Posted in DOJ, Elections, politics, voter suppression, voting, Voting Rights, Voting Rights Act tagged , , , , at 11:01 pm by bluebanshee

There was  no  mention of the GOP’s favorite boogeymen, ACORN and the Black Panthers in a recently released report on the Bush Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.  Instead, the report focused on the Bush administration’s disinclination to actively pursue the recommendations of career DOJ  attorneys.  Take a look at this one egregious example:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/03/us/politics/03rights.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

When the Bush administration ran the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, career lawyers wanted to look into accusations that officials in one state had illegally intimidated blacks during a voter-fraud investigation.

But division supervisors refused to “approve further contact with state authorities on this matter,” according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office auditing the activities of the division from 2001 to 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

August 28, 2009

Ted Kennedy: Champion of Voting Rights

Posted in Access for Disabled Voters, Election reform, Elections, FEC, Senator Ted Kennedy, voter registration, Voting Rights, Voting Rights Act tagged , , , , , , at 1:50 pm by bluebanshee

Amidst all the eulogies for the “liberal lion” of the Senate — Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts — one important part of his legacy is often mentioned in passing, if it gets mentioned at all.  That legacy is Senator Kennedy’s role in expanding and protecting voting rights for all Americans.

Because of Ted Kennedy’s work, millions of American voters are able to participate in the most basic function of a citizen in a democracy:  they are able to make their voices heard at the ballot box and vote  for the candidate of their choosing. Read the rest of this entry »

August 25, 2009

Worse than the fox guarding the chicken coop

Posted in Diane Feinstein, DOJ, Elections, FEC, politics, Von Spakovsky, Voter ID, voting, Voting Rights, Voting Rights Act tagged , , at 10:25 pm by bluebanshee

Instead of hiring the fox to guard the chicken coop, why not hire him to give advice on chicken coop security?   That seems to be the attitude behind the appointment of voter suppression guru Hans Von Spakovsky to an advisory position in Virginia.      http://www.virginiafreepress.org/2009/07/11/vote-suppression-expert-spakovsky-about-to-be-confirmed-in-volunteer-civil-rights-post/

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission apparently couldn’t find another way to keep Von Spakovsky involved in his favorite pastime — finding ingenious new ways to keep minority voters (especially Democratic-leaning ones) from exercising their rights at the ballot box. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13, 2009

Will the VRA survive the Supremes?

Posted in Elections, Uncategorized, Voting Rights, Voting Rights Act tagged , , at 9:55 pm by bluebanshee

There are members of the current U.S. Supreme who have an almost visceral dislike of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This antipathy became clear during recent oral arguments  about a Texas case (Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder (“NAMUDNO“).  Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito were the most vocal in questioning whether the landmark legislation is still needed. Read the rest of this entry »