Rick Scott

This Is What Voter Suppression Looks Like – VIDEO

Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews discuss the rapid decrease of Democratic voting registration in Florida and discuss the voter suppression in the state.  Please click here to watch the video.

Following up on this at The Maddow Blog:

…Republicans in Florida set out to make registering voters harder for this election. The new rules took effect last year, and the results are clear. Republicans are still reaching and registering new voters, if not quite as many. Democrats, as you can see on the chart (below), are scarcely registering new voters at all.

In May, a federal court blocked enforcement of the law. The Florida Times-Union reports that June and July posted the highest numbers of new voters all year.

Has Rick Scott gotten away with disenfranchising poor people of all races, and people of color– who’ve historically had to do battle with laws preventing them from voting; as well as senior citizens and college students. Then, there are groups like newly-married couples, or newly-divorced ones, the transgendered community, Native Americans, American citizens with immigrant family members, and, to add insult to injury……those who may have recently lost their homes due to the foreclosure crisis?

Hey, you there in Florida, your voting apathy in 2010 is why you (and the rest of America) are stuck with Rick Scott in the first place.

This is much bigger than one presidential election. This is about the future of our democracy. Please, register to vote.  Then be ready to either fill in and mail your absentee ballots—give them a week or two to be delivered–or get in line on November 6.

‘The Debate is Over’: FL’s ‘Non-Citizen’ Voter Purge Has Been a Spectacular, Disenfranchising Failure

Specifically, Harrington explained that she had mailed letters to the “potential non-citizens” by certified mail, return-receipt requested. If someone at that address acknowledged receipt by signing for the certified letter, and then the named individual failed to respond within 30 days, they would be automatically stricken from the rolls even though, as Harrington confirmed, she lacked independent verification that the individual was or was not a citizen — or that they even ever saw the letter.

According to FL law, if, after multiple attempts by the postal service, no one signed for the letter, notice is to be published in a legal ad in a local newspaper. Then, if the individual still failed to respond, he or she was removed by Harrington from the rolls.

Harrington conceded that she had no way of knowing whether those removed from the rolls had simply been away from home at the time of the attempted delivery of the certified letter. As she acknowledged during the interview, those voters could have been on vacation or even serving in the U.S. military overseas. Either way, since their non-citizenship has not been confirmed, they may find themselves surprised to learn they’ve been purged once they return to vote this November.

To read the article detailing how the MSM is distorting what the courts actually ruled, please click here.  There are 3 live hyperlinks to pdf files in the article.  You should open them and see for yourself.

ALEC on Article V Conventions

What is an article V convention, who is ALEC, and what do the two of them have to do with each other? An Article V convention is one of the ways in which the U.S. Constitution can be amended (the other way is for Congress to do it). ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is an organization which writes model legislation and distributes it to legislators for enactment. Although most well known for its efforts at the State level (like the Voter ID and Stand Your Ground laws) ALEC has expanded its area of interest to include national politics and has gone so far as to publish a handbook on Article V conventions.

To read more about how ALEC is promoting amendments to the U.S. Constitution, please click here

Florida Official Behind Gov. Rick Scott’s Voter Purge Linked To $1 Billion Campaign Effort Against Obama

…But as Republic Report exclusively reported last month, the Center to Protect Patients’ Rights is part of a universe of front groups financed by David and Charles Koch, the petrochemical billionaires, as well as several other billionaires, as part of an election-influencing effort. New reports this week about the brothers’ strategy indicate that they will now use this constellation of front groups to finance $400 million of a $1 billion campaign in outside money to defeat President Obama and congressional Democrats. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mitt Romney’s Super PAC, and several nonprofits controlled by Karl Rove, will furnish the other $600 million….

To read the rest of this investigative report by Lee Fang, please click here

Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls

Breaking News from TPM:

The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Thursday evening demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned.

DOJ also said that Florida’s voter roll purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which stipulates that voter roll maintenance should have ceased 90 days before an election, which given Florida’s August 14 primary, meant May 16.

To read the rest of their breaking article, please click here


Public Employees Donate Time To Mourn For Trayvon’s Mom

This story comes from Miami-Dade County, where Trayvon Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton is a public employee. You know the “enemy” according to Rick Scott and Scott Walker? It seems that around Mothers Day, Fulton’s co-workers felt she needed time to mourn. It was then that they began collecting paid vacation time. And donate they did. According to the Miami Herald, 192 co-workers contributed vacation time allowing the county to give Fulton a gift: Eight months of paid vacation to mourn her son. Trayvon’s parents have already started a foundation, the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation aimed at repealing “Stand Your Ground” laws. The foundation has also stated they plan to seek repeal of “Castle Doctrine” laws, such as the one that lets Adam Kind run free after killing Bo Morrison in Wisconsin in a case equally as disgusting. Additionally they plan to teach conflict resolution in schools to help avoid violent situations altogether.

To read more about this outpouring of compassion, please click here.