North Caroline has taken the bold stance, that if we can't win a Presidential election honestly, we will cheat, lie and Gerrymander until we do win.
North Carolina’s new voter suppression law shows why the Voting Rights Act is still necessary.
Usually it takes years to judge when the Supreme Court gets something very wrong. Think of Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the court in the 2010 campaign-finance case, Citizens United, freeing corporations to spend money on elections. He wrote that the “appearance of [corporate] influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy,” a point that remains hotly debated even as the amount of money in federal elections skyrockets.
But the conservative justices’ decision this past June in Shelby County v. Holder, striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, has already unleashed, at least in North Carolina anyway, the most restrictive voting law we've seen since the 1965 enactment of the VRA. Texas is restoring its voter ID law which had been blocked (pursuant to the VRA) by the federal government. And more is to come in other states dominated by Republican legislatures.
Rachel Maddow spent the day in Elizabeth City North Carolina, digging up the goods on the fecal matter that is the North Carolina GOP. The below six clips represent the entire hour long Maddow show.
This story needs to be exposed and viewed frequently, for if you think this is just a bunch of hillbilly rednecks out having fun, think again. The actions of this states Governor and the state legislature are both repugnant and shameful.
NORTH CAROLINA DARKNESS
DAMAGE TO VOTING RIGHTS
OLD WARS NEW WARS
ENDING CAMPUS VOTING
Colin Powell just happened to be speaking in North Carolina, with the states Governor [Pat McCrory] in attendance. Powell condemned the state, the governor and his party saying:
“These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away,” said Powell, President George W. Bush’s former secretary of state. “What it really says to the minority voters is ... ‘We really are sort-of punishing you.’”
Powell disputed arguments by McCrory and some legislative Republicans that voter fraud likely exists but is hard to detect.
“You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud,” Powell said. “How can it be widespread and undetected?”
The only way to rid this country of these putrid radical right wing nuts, is to vote them out of office. Until we do so, we rightfully get what we deserve.