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NC Tea Party Wants to Impeach Roy Cooper For What Scalia Predicted.

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Republicans in North Carolina have a new motto.  If you can’t win elections with your ideas, cheat.  On Friday, Judge Thomas D. Shroeder assured the state’s Republicans will have the legal cover they wanted to cheat.  To that end, Rock the Vote is stepping up to help make sure you don’t get turned away at the polls. First, Rock the Vote is a great place to learn what you need to do to protect your vote. They also provide a phone number to call if have a problem at the polls.  Put this number on your phone and spread it around to everyone you know. 866-OUR-VOTE

If you have a problem at the polls or you see someone else is having a problem dial that number!

Their site provides vital information for all fifty states, so check it out and tell your friends to check it out as well. Next, you can read their reaction to the ruling here. Rock the Vote also set up a petition to demand politicians in all states, protect the vote.

Even with their vote suppression laws, and perhaps a recognition on some level that vote suppression will fail as it has before, the Tea Party wants to energize the base with promises of an impeachment show to blame Roy Cooper for the inevitable down fall of North Carolina’s ban on marriage equality.

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If it sounds familiar, it’s because that’s the same trick the Tea Party wingnuts within the Republican Party are using throughout the United States.

There are important differences between the two.  The Federal impeachment show will be telecast if Republicans win control of the Senate, with President Barack Obama as their target.

My sources in North Carolina suggest the state’s version of an impeachment show, with Roy Cooper as the target, isn’t going to happen. Still, this serves as a teachable moment about the Tea Party mentality.

The similarities between the Tea Party impeachment fantasies lie in their absurdity and in what is ultimately a mockery of the purpose of impeachment proceedings.

The Federal impeachment show, in reality, is based on Barack Obama committing the high crime of being being elected president twice while black and the misdemeanor of being a Democrat.

Like their federal counterparts, North Carolina’s Tea Party believes that being a Democrat should be an impeachable offense, of which Roy Cooper is guilty.  His high crime is having the intellectual capacity to decide against wasting tax payer resources on an exercise in the futility in making losing arguments.  Specifically, Cooper used this rational when he decided to discontinue defending the state’s anti- marriage equality law.  Moreover, Roy Cooper is guilty of recognizing that the same court that struck down Virginia’s ban on same sex marriages will likely rule the same way on the North Carolina version.  Cooper also committed the crime of recognizing that the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue. However, Cooper’s biggest offense is his refusal to put reality aside to give the Tea Party what it wants.

The SCOTUS managed to evade the question of whether same sex marriages are protected under the U.S. constitution in its previous rulings.  Now that Virginia and Utah have taken their respective bans on same sex marriage to the Roberts court, there is no place to hide, punt or evade.

That said, Roy Cooper’s job as Attorney-General is to make decisions about which legal battles to pursue based on the law and the reality is, the future for homophobic fantasies of bans on same sex marriage is bleak.  Advocates of marriage equality won 20 cases in the year since the Supreme Court ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A year ago, Antonin Scalia who is opposed to marriage equality, saw the same legal realities that led to Roy Cooper’s decision to discontinue the fight.

How easy it is, indeed how inevitable, to reach the same conclusion with regard to state laws denying same-sex couples marital status. No one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe.

However, telling the Tea Party about reality results in the same reaction as saying no to a two year old.  The inevitable result is a temper tantrum followed by screams of “I wanna impeachment show!”

Norm Sanderson raised the prospect of impeachment at the first meeting of Morehead-Beaufort Tea Party – to an audience of 16. 

If he’s not going to defend what we, the citizens of North Carolina, want him to defend, we need to probably impeach him because he’s been a vocal opponent of the marriage amendment ever since it was passed. Our leadership hasn’t made the final decision but everything is on ready, set, go if that’s what we want to do.

In short, Sanderson says he wants to impeach Cooper because instead of doing what the Tea Party wants he recognized the very reality that Atonin Scalia predicted a year ago.

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Gun Sense – Not! Texas Agency Wants to Sell Alcohol at Gun Shows

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Obama Says The problems in Iraq Cannot Be Solved Overnight

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Throughout Barack Obama’s Presidency, the GOP made it clear they wanted him to fail. Continue reading

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New Study: Odds of ID laws Stopping in Person Voter Fraud 31 In a Billion

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Throughout their efforts to suppress the vote, Republicans claimed restrictive voter ID laws are necessary. Continue reading

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Medical Examiner Rules James Brady’s Death A Homicide

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FL GOP Try to Replace Unconstitutional Map With New Unconstitutional Map

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Florida Republicans responded to a Federal Court order to redraw their congressional map so that it will conform with the state’s constitution.  There is just one problem, the new map looks virtually identical to the unconstitutional one Judge Terry P. Lewis concluded was too gerrymandered to pass constitutional muster.  Judge Lewis drew particular attention to Districts 5 & 10.

Here is some of what the Judge said about District 5.

“Congressional District does not adhere tothe tier-two standards in Article III Section 1.  It is visually not compact, bizarrely shaped, and does not follow traditional political boundaries as it winds from Jacksonville to Orlando.”

As Think Progress explains the differences between District 5 as drawn in the unconstitutional congressional map and the redrawn version are minimal.

Winding awkwardly around the center of the state to include the urban centers of Gainesville and Orlando made District 5 about 50 percent African American, and the population has been represented in Washington by Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), a vocal member of Congressional Black Caucus, since 1992…

The new map proposed by state legislators would reduce Brown’s district to 48 percent African-American, while boosting her neighbor’s district–represented by Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL) from 10 to over 12 percent African-American. Other than that tweak, the basic politics of the state are unlikely to change.

The League of Woman Voters and Common Cause, who brought the lawsuit on behalf of voters in Florida were not impressed.

They described the new map as “a slight alteration” that does a “disservice to voters who have waited too long for constitutional districts.”

Even though Republicans have the votes to pass this map in the legislature, it is unlikely that Judge Lewis will be any more impressed with this sham than the voters rights groups who brought this matter to the court’s attention.

As it stands, it’s debatable if a new map can be in place by Election Day.  The judge already indicated that it may be necessary to postpone the election or hold a special election in the affected districts.  Those possibilities look increasingly.

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Cincinatti Joins The Fight Against Republican Vote Suppression

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Forty-nine years after we passed the Voting Rights Act, Republicans continue to wage a brutal war on the vote with restrictive Voter ID laws, heavily gerrymandered electoral maps, reduced or eliminated early voting.  They eliminate voting places in the name of “saving money” with the result that it can take hours for voters to journey to their newly designated voting places – which by coincidence are inaccessible by public transportation.

Republicans wage war on the vote because when voters show up, Republicans lose.

Throughout this battle, Republicans framed the debate as an attempt to improve the integrity of the vote.

The fact is in person voter fraud is statistically non-existent.  The only people who are guilty of threatening the rights of eligible voters and the election system’s integrity are Gerry Mander and Jim Crow II.

Numerous studies over the years proved that Gerry Mander and Jim Crow II disenfranchised eligible voters who, by coincidence, are more likely to vote Democrat.

This battle will be on going as long as there is a political party that benefits from a heavily restricted voting pool.  That’s why most Republicans in Congress are perfectly happy to do nothing to address the Supreme Court’s ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

They know that the absence of the pre-clearance formula seriously weakens the law. It means red states can pass vote suppression laws and the only means to stop them is through time consuming and costly court challenges.  Yes, it can be done, slowly and it means that some eligible voters will be disenfranchised.

Meanwhile, there is a bill that would resurrect the pre-clearance formula.  However, it is languishing in Congress because pre-clearance is a vote suppressor’s worst enemy.

The fact is we have to keep fighting for the vote. When we fight, we win.  When vote suppression measures are challenged in the courts, we win – even in states where Republicans rule the roost.

We can help people register. We can help get out the vote at election time. We can help voters get to the polls.  We can vote out anti-vote Republicans. We can support voting rights groups who are challenging state laws that suppress the vote.

Civil Rights Groups are petitioning Congress to do its job. We can sign the petition, which reads:

Over a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Now states and localities around the country are making changes that will discriminate against voters based solely on the color of their skin or the language they speak. And voters will feel the impact of these changes this November.

Congress must protect all voters by passing the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) to restore the VRA and provide modern, nationwide protections against discrimination at the ballot box.

Since the VRAA (HR 3899/S 1945) was introduced this January, the Senate has held one hearing on the bill, and the House has failed to act. Inaction is not an option. Every day Congress fails to live up to its constitutional obligation to protect the right to vote, it gives a free pass to voting discrimination.

In Ohio, voting rights groups are fighting to make voting a constitutionally protected right under the state constitution. As Jessie Jackson pointed out on Wednesday, “What’s not commonly known: We do not have the fundamental constitutional right to vote. We have the states’ right to vote”  He went on to say, “Every state has its own scheme of barring the vote, so what that means is (in) North Carolina, they can remove booths from college campuses — states can do that to suppress student votes.”

The same day, Cincinatti’s City Council passed a resolution supporting the proposed amendment to the state constitution.

Ideally, the right to vote should be protected in every state constitution and the U.S. constitution.

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