Voter Restrictions

The steady disenfranchisement of the american people.

ALEC-New Partnerships and Exposing Hidden Foreign Influences – with a Comparison to the NCSL

ALEC Finds New Friends

Republican Study Committee (RSC) a Quiet New Partner

Seems ALEC is searching for legislative support through a new partnership as dozens of members – legislative and corporate – abandon membership in the organization.  In the article about this they provide the RSC is meeting with ALEC at the Heritage Foundation next week:

“Frankly, this gathering is long overdue,” Paul Teller, the executive director of the RSC said in a statement.

“As Washington encroaches more and more into state and local spheres, it’s important that conservative legislators at the federal and state levels collaborate on policies to stop and roll back the ever-expanding federal government.”

“Recent legislative proposals on Capitol Hill have focused on rolling back federal involvement in states, such as efforts to replace Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program with block grants and to allow states to opt out of the federal highway and mass transit programs. Those positions are very much in line with ALEC’s efforts to empower states…Kaitlyn Buss, a spokeswoman for ALEC, said in an email that there is “no formal partnership with ALEC and any organizations.”

“Obviously federalism is one of ALEC’s foundational principles, and so facilitating a conversation about federalism is very much in line with our work,” Buss added.”

I would suggest to the RSC that they fully research ALEC and understand the extent of the group’s efforts to “Roll Back” the federal government before ecstatically climbing into bed with them…but of course, since the RSC, ALEC and the Heritage Foundation were all founded by Conservative activist, Paul Weyrich, they’re already well acquainted.

This is why it is important for us to understand just how far ALEC will go to influence state sovereignty by attempting to lessen the controls exerted upon individual states through federal governmental controls and oversight. In the past the Heritage and members of the RSC have quietly lent assistance to ALEC in their pursuits – now it appears they are preparing to remove the curtain obscuring the close troika-like relationship. I think this removes any further claim of ALEC being truly “bi-partisan” in their operation and legislative pursuits.

Before we consider what the impact of a joint RSC/ALEC partnership against federal controls would have upon the U.S., we should first look at current ALEC activities along these lines involving memberships held by foreign representatives. Together ALEC’s state lawmakers work hand in hand with several influential foreign elected officials to establish US state and foreign policies and pass laws suggested by those representing foreign powers…and the claim ALEC makes that their activities are similar to those of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)….not by a long shot More →

The Paul Weyrich troika is alive–unity among ALEC, Heritage Foundation, and the Republican Party

a super article from Brendan Fischer at PR Watch.  Absolutely a must read!

Three right-wing organizations founded nearly forty years ago by conservative activist Paul Weyrich are rediscovering their shared origins. The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of 169 right-wing Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, is establishing a partnership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the controversial “corporate bill mill” for state legislators, and their first meeting is scheduled at the Heritage Foundation headquarters. Each of those three organizations — the RSC, ALEC, and the Heritage Foundation — were founded in 1973 by Weyrich.

…Weyrich famously observed that with regard to the conservative movement “our leverage in the elections goes up as the voting populace goes down.” Today, ALEC and the GOP are pursuing his vision with a voter suppression agenda that includes strict voter identification bills introduced in 37 states across the nation since 2011, purportedly to crack down on phantom “voter fraud.”

ALEC boasts on its website that in 1981, President Ronald Reagan formed a national Task Force on Federalism, which included ALEC’s then-National Chairman Tom Stivers of Idaho, and “would come to rely heavily upon members of ALEC for expert testimony.” According to ALEC’s history, ALEC members like “State Senator [now Governor] John Kasich of Ohio and Senate President Robert Monier of New Hampshire regularly met in front of the committee.” ALEC also claims that it “worked directly with the administration on policy development issues.”

To read Brendan Fischer’s complete article, I highly recommend that you click here. .

Dangerous World – VIDEO

1 in 2.3 million. Those are the infinitesimal chances voter fraud will occur in a federal election. That’s less likely than being struck by lightning or attacked by a swarm of bees. Right now, 33 states have proposed laws making it harder to vote. That means 23 million Americans will have a much more difficult time voting, and communities of color will by hit hardest by these new laws.

Get the facts about voter suppression from our video, and text “VOTE” to 62227 to join the NAACP mobile list.

To watch this video by the NCAAP, please click here

Published on Sep 6, 2012 by naacpvideos

Voter fraud suspected in East Longmeadow race – Republicans Again

Concerns about voter fraud?  Republicans–look at yourselves and your party in the mirror.  Once again, here is a story about overzealous republicans participating in voter fraud.  Should they be stripped of all funding like ACORN was–and in ACORN’s case, the evidence was manufactured by Republican operatives.  Stupid Democrats didn’t even bother to examine the evidence–too busy getting insider information for their investment portfolios, I guess.

The district attorney in Hampden County is investigating whether a ­Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hope of winning a primary election.

State election officials were tipped off to the potential voter fraud when a suspiciously large number of residents of the Springfield suburb of East Longmeadow suddenly changed party registration from Democrat to independent, making them eligible to vote in the upcoming Republican primary.

When contacted, several of the voters said they had not changed party affiliations, raising concern that someone had switched their party in an attempt to cast fraudulent absentee ballots on their behalf.

Secretary of State William F. ­Galvin, who referred the case to District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni for possible criminal prosecution, said the alleged scheme is extremely unusual in Massachusetts and could lead to jail time for anyone involved.

“It’s very serious,” said Galvin, who has been conducting his own inves­tigation since early this month. “It’s like stealing a person’s identity to steal money from them, but it’s worse. You’re trying to steal an election.”

…Angelides detected the possible fraud while gathering infor­mation from the town clerk’s office about Republicans who requested absentee ballots for the Sept. 6 primary. When campaign workers began calling the voters, they discovered that the residents had not requested absentee ballots and were not even Republicans.

…The absentee ballot requests were not scattered either, but were concentrated on certain streets and in certain neighborhoods. Also, many of the voters were age 60 or older.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin instructed town officials  “not allow any ­records, either on paper or electronic, to be altered, deleted, ­removed, or destroyed.”

“Additionally, please secure all materials and computers that relate to or are used in connection with voter registration activities,” the letter said.

To read more about yet another example of republicans committing voter fraud, please click here

Ohio Secretary of State backs down on voting fight – VIDEO UPDATE

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted had defied a federal court judge and directed counties to keep the polls closed on the weekend before the election.  Today Husted apologized to the court and will comply–while he requests a stay on the judgement pending appeal.

State Senator Nina Johnson talks about the lack of sincerity in Husted’s “apology” and what it means for voting rights in Ohio

To watch this video update on this important story, please click here

The Ed Show
September 7, 2012

Fight for early voting continues in Ohio – VIDEO

In Ohio, the Obama campaign had to go to court to try to force Ohio Republicans to comply with a judge’s ruling that restores early voting in the state.  Ohio isn’t the only
state where Republicans are making it more difficult to vote.

Please click here to watch this video of history in the making.
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton
September 5, 2012

Rep. Lewis speaks out on Voting Rights – VIDEO

A legend of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis, addressed the crowd at the DNC about the crucial issue of voting rights in the 2012 Election.

MSNBC’sAlex Wagner and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post weigh in.

Please click here to watch this video of great significance.  Why do the same divisive battles which were fought and won before have to now defend themselves against the radical right and an conservatively activist Supreme Court?

Politics Nation with Al Sharpton
September 6, 2012

Right Trying to Lock Down Voter Suppression Laws – VIDEO

With 77 days to go, right wing groups are fighting to get voter suppression laws into place before the Election.

Please click here to watch the video on the VLTPVideoChannel

PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton
August 21, 2012

Duke CEO Rogers plays complicated role

Protesters criticize Duke

Greenpeace and the Coalition to March on Wall Street South, which marched in Charlotte on Sunday, call Duke a “political double agent” for supporting both the Democratic convention and the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

ALEC has recommended legislation requiring photo identification of voters, which critics say is intended to suppress minority voting. Duke underwrote ALEC’s May meeting in Charlotte with a $50,000 donation.

“Part of our argument is that ALEC as a right-wing think tank really functions to undermine a bunch of principles that the Democratic Party has stood for,” said Monica Embrey, a Greenpeace organizer in Charlotte. “It becomes a very tricky thing when you’re accepting contributions from a group that is also undermining your principles.”

Duke has said it does not support all of ALEC’s positions but likes to be aware of policy discussions. Duke gives to several other policy groups with a wide spectrum of positions, it has said.

Despite the turmoil of recent months, Duke spokesmen say Rogers has cleared his schedule for the convention and will appear all over town at nonpolitical functions.

To read this entire article about ALEC Corporate member Duke Energy, please click here.  It’s starting to sound like all cornered ALEC members say that they “don’t support all of ALEC’s positions, but…”

You’ll be reading more about Duke energy and the Greenpeace protest(s) on these pages.Kudos to Monica Embrey and Connor Gibson for their hard work.

A word of advice for Jim Rogers–QUIT ALEC!   NOW!

ALEC’s Own US Senator?

From Mother Jones by Andy Kroll…

Excerpts from this important and informative article:

“Before his 14-year stint as governor, before President George W. Bush tapped him to run the Department of Health and Human Services, and before his cushy gig as a wining-and-dining Washington lobbyist,Republican Tommy Thompson began carving out a reputation as powerful state legislator in Wisconsin. He rose quickly through the ranks of the Wisconsin GOP, and went on to become the longest-serving governor in state history. On his way to the top, Thompson found help in an influential policy organization then little known to the public: the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC…”

Three of Thompson’s signature legislative changes as Wisconsin governor bear ALEC’s fingerprints. In 1998, Thompson signed so-called Truth-in-Sentencing legislation into law. The measure—which 25 other states had passed in 1995 with ALEC’s help—increased maximum sentences for felons and eliminated parole. Wisconsin’s own version of the bill mirrored legislation written by ALEC. Then-Assemblyman Scott Walker (now governor) said that ALEC’s statistics on the benefits of the bill “were very helpful” to passing the bill.

Truth-in-sentencing legislation originated out of ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force, members of which included private prison companies such as the massive Corrections Corporation of America. It came as no surprise that Wisconsin’s law soon drove up corrections spending: Over the course of Thompson’s tenure, corrections spending ballooned from $179 million in 1990 to nearly $850 million in 2001—a windfall for companies like CCA. A 2010 report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance noted that, between 1993 and 1999, Wisconsin imprisoned six times as many people as neighboring Minnesota, despite the two states having strikingly similar populations and demographics…”

The full article MJ is available here