The war on voting rights in Wisconsin is temporarily put on hold?

Governor Scott Walker and his Republican buddies in the state legislature passed a radical voter ID law last year that could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters in the Badger state. Recognizing that – Dane County Judge David Flanagan blocked the law from going into effect – calling it “extremely broad and largely needless.”

Judge Flanagan went on to say that, “irreparable harm is likely to occur in the absence of an injunction.” Republicans in the state are outraged – and are calling for an investigation into Judge Flanagan after the ruling. That’s because they know the only way Governor Walker keeps his jobs during an upcoming recall election – is to make sure angry Wisconsinites can’t vote.


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j.sea 11 years 12 weeks ago

Amendment XXIV Challenge

There MUST be a class action challenge to this nonsense via the Poll Tax Voting Obstruction Amendment XXIV --- or, if needed -- a new Voting Amendment.

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Clarissa Smith 11 years 12 weeks ago

What you reported today, about a retired Democratic Congressman in Tennessee, who was taken off the voter list, calls for the Federal Marshall! Free election have to be enforced by Federal Police Forces, in those states where it isn't guaranteed.

It has to be done, because the Democracy of the whole Union is put at risk.

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JohnBarrett 11 years 12 weeks ago

Conservatives have no honour. They will do whatever is required to get elected. We in Canada are currently going through a conservative dirty trick issue, actually very illeagal under our election act for targeting liberals across the country in last years federal election. They hired robodialers to call and say polling stations have been moved etc. The conservaty party denies any involvement. Instead they had a 23 year old staffer take the hit. He claims he did it by himself. Probably cost close to $10000 to impliment and had to be organized across 28 ridings. I have a 23 year old son. $10000 are you kidding.

I believe that the conservative movement is on its way down and this is just examples of the ends justifying the means.

fredsbrother 11 years 12 weeks ago

In Albuquerque New Mexico a Republican bragged he had Regitered his dog to Vote, which is against the Law. Then he called Channel 4 KOB TV and said it was the Democrat's fault that he broke the Law. Turns out his Wife is heading up the Heather Wilson (R) for US Senate Campaign. He is falling all over himself saying he did not tell his Wife and the Republicans but may be Prosecuted.

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gnscholla 11 years 12 weeks ago

What is wrong with persons who call themselves "conservatives!" There is so much talk about the Republicans being christians........really you say!! They can lie without blinking their eyes, smile as they put a dagger into ones bode, so quick to point fingers at President Obama!! need to "understand" what makes these so called Republicans really tick!!!!! They are so selfish to the point of being totally focused on themselves and their rich buddies who make up approx. one per cent of our population. You may hear them state they are concerned about the "middle" class of people. Well............................don't be fooled, they speak with "fork" tongues!!!!!! Yep, they tell lies as often as they can!! About time they are held accountable for their what they do!!!!!!!

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Palindromedary 11 years 12 weeks ago

Republicans are poikilothermal creatures with lizard brains. We need to drive them back under the rocks and sewers from where they came. I enjoy Thom's sesquipedalian words of the day.

BARBARA NECKER 11 years 12 weeks ago

It really is past time to get these GOP radical regressives out of our Congress (and our bedrooms). These soggy teabaggers must be tossed in the garbage in November.

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Clarissa Smith 11 years 12 weeks ago

After having slept rotten, pondering a lot:

If certain Tennessean voter registrars don't play fair in their counties, they have to be replaced by the State Tennessee. I didn't find anything on the web about this Democratic ex-Congressman, but the complaint has to be made now. And if State and County aren't ready to do something about it, those voter registrars should be arrested by the Federal Marshall, and their voter lists confiscated for federal investigation.

We can't always complain and complain, something has to be done. If necessary, free elections have to be enforced by armed federal police forces. The United States aren't a banana republic yet, where free elections aren't guaranteed.

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renegrippo 11 years 12 weeks ago

Judge Flanagan is a great American!

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jaocourtney 11 years 12 weeks ago

Judge Flanagan's ruling will be upheld. Mr. Walker may be trying to install rule outside the Constitution in Wisconsin but even with the fervor of the radical right behind him, we, as a country, aren't there...yet. Our responsibility - our duty - is to ensure that we NEVER get there!

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Clarissa Smith 11 years 11 weeks ago

By the way, in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, section 2, is actually the solution to find:

"....the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State."

So, whenever the Republicans keep citizens from voting, they loose seats.

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SHFabian 11 years 11 weeks ago

No, because this affects primarily low-income people (our poorest, the elderly, disabled), and Americans - especially Wisconsinites - have a decades-long record of indifference toward/contempt for the poor. But even if people did get stirred into action on principle, what would it matter? Assume they were granted the mandatory protest permit (something previous generations would never tolerate); then what? Have a polite gathering in the designated protest zone, call it a "fight" or an "action," get it out of your system, leave at curfew time, and government will proceed as planned.

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