Eric Holder is taking on the Wild West!

When the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act last month, Attorney General Eric Holder promised that the Justice Department would continue to fight voter suppression using every tool at its disposal. Now he's making good on that promise. Yesterday, at the National Urban League's Annual Conference in Philadelphia, the Attorney General announced that he's calling on the courts to reinstitute the preclearance requirement in Texas. Holder said, “This request to “bail in” the state – and require it to obtain 'pre-approval' from either the Department or a federal court before implementing future voting changes – is available under the Voting Rights Act when intentional voting discrimination is found.”

In 2012, a federal court blocked Texas from instituting new district lines, finding intentional discrimination against Hispanic voters. Based on that ruling, and a long-history of racial discrimination, Attorney General Holder wants Texas to preclear voting law changes for the next decade. Governor Rick Perry said Eric Holder's move showed “utter contempt for our country's system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.” In his written statement, Governor Perry did not, however, deny any current or previous attempts to disenfranchise minorities.

When the Supreme Court stripped away one of the most important components of the Voting Right Act, Attorney General Holder said he would use every tool at his disposal to block voting discrimination based on race, color, or language, and he appears to be doing just that. During his speech yesterday, the Attorney General said, “This is the [Justice] Department's first action to protect voting rights following the Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last.” Those words gave renewed hope to voting rights advocates around our nation, but the battle in Texas won't be easily won. This is shaping up to be an old-fashioned, wild-west fight. Stay tuned.


Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 47 weeks ago

I wonder if they will be just as forthcoming in making it possible for the participation of third party candidates in future the CPD (Commission for Presidential Debates) shutout of any party except the Democrat and Republicans...and the disgraceful Gestapo-like treatment of Jill Stein when they arrested her for trying to participate, uninvited. We all need to show up, uninvited, and show these bums what real democracy is all about.

Quote Hartmann:Attorney General Eric Holder promised that the Justice Department would continue to fight voter suppression using every tool at its disposal.

As long as they "fight voter suppression" where it is a sure thing that either the Republican Party or the Democrat Party is the winner (both tools of the ruling elite) then they have no problem with that. But when they obstruct real democracy, suppress voters rights to hear equally from outside of the two party clique, they are not so forthcoming.

steffb503's picture
steffb503 10 years 47 weeks ago

We can all fight this fight, Check out

A great idea hopefully many will join and adopt voters !!!

Carson L's picture
Carson L 10 years 47 weeks ago

Republican definition of 'vote' = noun, qualified individual's perception of truth

Democrat's definition of 'vote' = verb, a census process used to derive qualified truth from the masses.

DemonCon's definition of 'vote' = adj, FUBAR

Carson L's picture
Carson L 10 years 47 weeks ago

Fantastic agenda Palindromedary! I'm with you! Let's get out the shouts, "ELECTION REFORM! ELECTION REFORM!" Democracy is founded on principals of 'the people choosing who leads the people" correct? Not "the money choosing who's least terrible at public speaking"

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 47 weeks ago

Right on, Carson L! All that sweet talkin' is enough to drive someone borderline crazy! That's all that politicians like Obama are good for sweet talkin' and cajoling people out of their best interests. Nice Feline you have there, Carson L!

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 10 years 47 weeks ago

Palindromedary ~ Cat people are much less likely to take a lot of bovine excrement than dog people or people without pets. People are like their pets and cat people demand perfection in their environment.

Speaking about cats, may I ask what happened to that wonderfully cute little wet fluffy avatar of yours. I hope you didn't accidentally delete it? If not, when can we hope to see it debut again?

Carson L's picture
Carson L 10 years 47 weeks ago

Palin-drone, I consider President Obama to be a founding father. There is no job harder than that of our presidency, this is why every president, other than the ones with the last name Roosevelt, never cared to do more than two terms. Our government is not here to secure each individual's best interests because 'best' is merely subjective fiction. You know like that stage name you got there, mere fiction.

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 10 years 46 weeks ago

Oh, Palin-drone ~ Did you know your president is a founding father? OTFLMFAO!! ;-)

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 10 years 46 weeks ago

Palindromedary ~ Don't forget, some nice felines have a kung-fu, choke hold grip capacity.

SHFabian's picture
SHFabian 10 years 46 weeks ago

One area of apparent voter suppression that is ignored occurs in small low-income rural communities/towns. What happens is that voting sites in Dem-voting communities will abruptly bemoved tyo thr end of the county. Many of the poior, elderly and disabled don't have cars, and there is no public transportation. There is also rarely an excuse for moving the votuing site. I think we could get a clearer idea of voter suppression (and a number of critical issues, such as poverty, opportunity, etc.) if we didn't restrict the discussion to race.

Mike-C's picture
Mike-C 10 years 46 weeks ago

Give 'em hell, Eric Holder!

We whipped this kind in 1865, 1945 and dozens of other times.

We can do it again!

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 10 years 46 weeks ago

SHFabian -- I think I hear Thom talking more about the cases you describe more than about race cases with the exception of his blog today.

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 10 years 46 weeks ago

With regards to Dems, I certainly think it is better to be wimpy with respect to the 1% than to salute them as the Repugs do.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 46 weeks ago

Carson L: I agree that Obama is "floundering" alright. And since he is a "father", I guess one could call him a "floundering father" but I wouldn't say he is a "founding father". He can't even seem to "find" enough fortitude or dedication to follow through with the things he made us all believe he stood for. He certainly doesn't stand for the majority of people..he obviously stands for the wealthy and powerful. In fact, Obama may be a "flounder"...a fish out of water. He has the skill, to say nice sounding things but can never manage to actually follow through with getting those things accomplished. It's not just that he has had a lot of opposition from the "obstructionists" and that's why he can't do anything... Obama is actually part of the illusion that we have a democracy. He is just another tool of the wealthy ruling elite, Wall Street. His whole purpose, was to peddle false hope to the masses to keep them from boiling over into the streets with revolution on their minds. He was a pressure relief valve to keep us all distracted long enough for the ruling elite to continue squeezing us all till our heads pop off while they continued to steal from the nation.

The bad old Republicans are not making Obama rabidly prosecute Whistleblowers are they? Or, perhaps he is afraid that he would be soft on "communism"..excuse me..(that was the bogey man excuse for ripping off taxpayers of ages past)...I mean "terrorism" which is the new excuse for ripping off taxpayers..the ones who actually pay their taxes...the workers. Who knows. Maybe he is afraid that the Republicans will claim he is soft on Whistleblowers. And that is such a tattletale on criminal misdoings of politicians and others in high places.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 46 weeks ago

DAnneMarc: Fluffy? My evil Teddy Bear ate him!

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 10 years 46 weeks ago

Palindromedary ~ I though you would have a field day with that one. it is a shame about wet fluffy. It just goes to show you that you can never turn a back on those evil Teddy Bears. Nevertheless, posts as cerebral as yours deserve a visual of equal provocativety. May I suggest the ominous eye from Hal in 2001, the all seeing eye from the great seal, Robbie or the Lost in Space Robot, an impressive statuette of an Owl, a portrait of Gandhi, an arrangement of roses, any Mountain Lion posed for the attack, a Supernova, a canon being shot off, a Queen Bee sitting in a hive, The Tom and Jerry cartoon with Tom looking at Jerry with a bib around his neck, and finally. any cat taking a dump in a litter box. Come on my friend, a little imagination can go a long way. Surprise me!

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 46 weeks ago

DAnneMarc: Well, I do have the latest sexting photo of Anthony Weiner...would that do?

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 10 years 46 weeks ago

Palindromedary ~ Perfect! But, wait! Take your time downloading it. I'll look forward to seeing it in the morning. Something to look forward to. This is one small step for Anthony Weiner, and one giant leap for Palindromedary!

MMmmNACHOS's picture
MMmmNACHOS 10 years 46 weeks ago

I agree tha we need to press our government to open up elections to ALL parties so that We the people have more options and angles to consider. However, that being said...Until We the People kick out the corporations that have hijacked our government over the past 40 years and take back OUR government - a Democratic System that is Of, For, and By We the People, and not corporations - they (the corporations) will continue to write and enact policies that are designed to keep us down and limited.

I wish people were as outraged and passionate about overturning Corporate Personhood - the supreme courts ruleing that acknowledges Corporations as a People and calls money a voice - as they are about issues the media sensationalizes, i.e. Treyvon Martin, New Town Conn. Rolling Stones Magazine Cover, Boston Bombing, etc....If people put that kind of energy, protesting, boycotting, strikes, sit inns, overtaking public office, etc., into taking back our government then maybe, just maybe we could have better representation of the peoples voice.

In other words; Start local...Demand better from those you elect. Hold them to their "campaign promisses". And when they fail DON"T RE-ELECT THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIRE THEM!!!!!!!!

historywriter's picture
historywriter 10 years 46 weeks ago


Trayvon Martin and Newtown are not MEDIA issues, something cooked up by the media for sensationilsm to sell something. Both represent some major problems in our society: the continued prevalence of racism and the proliferation of guns, available to just about anyone who wants them.

I agree that we need to act locally. This is where the conservatives, the Koch brothers, ALEC, and all the others are headed. The results are that numerous states are now adopting laws that increasingly restrict women's rights that essentially outlaw abortions and restrict women's health care in other ways such as trying to prevent them from even getting birth-control pills.

In the courts, for example, the conservatives who occupy the SC now didn't just land there out of thin air. Most of them began their judicial career in state and local courts, and that's where Koch et al. are spending their money.

Or schools: It's hard to understand why, it seems so counterintuitive, but conservatives are busy trying to destroy our schools--to supplant them with their own I guess, where they can restrict enrollment and control the curriculum better. .

Marsh In Florida's picture
Marsh In Florida 10 years 46 weeks ago

I can't help recalling the commentor who called into the ThomHartmann show one day and suggested, brilliantly, that the Union more or less kick out the southern states that continually practice voter suppression, continually ignore the voice of the majority of people who want choice to prevail when it comes to women's rights, the majority who want voter suppression laws stamped out forever by way of a strongly worded Constitutional amendment, who want more choices than the two-party system offers, who want free speech and the right to peacefully assemble, who want the prison system returned to government control - not private control, who want the banksters to be held accountable when they commit crimes from grand theft to outright murder, and on an on. In other words, kick out of the Union those governments that have used their ill-gotten financial gains to cripple the Union and have made paupers out of the middle class.

I agree with this wholeheartedly. As to those citizens of those states who have been fighting these greedy, selfish monsters, they are suffering now by not having a voice. Actually, we are all suffering as a result of the selfishness of these unpatriotic, mental cripples. They may suffer a bit longer until those greedy politicians are driven from office at which time they can and would be repatriated.

akunard's picture
akunard 10 years 46 weeks ago

Wonder why Eric did not prosecute the black lady pole watcher from Ohio that voted for Obama 3 times in one day. She was on the news and said she also went in the booth to help lots of people.

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 10 years 46 weeks ago

historywriter ~ I agree with MMmmNACHOS. The Martin story and Newtown are nothing more than a media circus sideshow. The focus on both stories is misrepresented. The Martin story was a case of poor police involvement in a neighborhood watch, failure to quickly respond to a 911 call, lack of official police involvement in preparedness on a neighborhood watch, and lack of preparation on how to respond to an emergency situation by the familys on both sides. Newton is a case of what happens when there is no public funding of Mental Institutions. Race and guns are minor issues in both cases that are blown way out of proportion by a media intent on taking a mole hill and turning it into a mountain in order to sow discord by pulling on emotional strings.

What a good job the media is doing too. People protesting and marching in the streets against each other instead of the Government. The Wizard of Oz couldn't have pulled off a bigger scam. These stories are Psy-ops 101; and, anyone falling for the staged drama and emotions is truly being played like a violin.

Don't get me wrong. I don't mean to imply that racism and guns aren't problems. Just that in perspective they aren't that pressing of a problem. Also, they will never be solved by banning guns or instigating mob violence and blind revenge. This circus is designed to do nothing less than incite emotions and misdirect aggression while distracting attention from the really big problems. How many school masquers happen per capita each year? How many unarmed black people die at the hands of white neighborhood watch members per year? Do these stories really reflect any kind of growing trend or serious common problem that affects everybody? No, they don't! The only thing they reflect is an inordinate amount of media hours focused on them to the extent of almost any other issue other than the weather.

The point MMmmNACHOS makes is very very sound. We are a nation of fish in a barrel who love to nibble on Red Herrings. If we could disconnect our minds from the hooks and bait placed before us we might be able to focus our attention on the real problems that affect us all and will devastate our children if we ignore them. Pressing problems that will impact us all be we black or white, armed or unarmed. Indeed, if we spent half the energy spent demonstrating about what we are told to demonstrate about and used it to demonstrate about what we should be demonstrating about we would be making some serious progress in this country. Just like in George Orwell's, 1984, if we let the media dictate who and what we hate, we will never make any progress and will merely stand still.

Of course, I'm probably preaching to the choir. No one should be aware of this more than you, historywriter.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 46 weeks ago

So what if Melowese Richardson committed voter fraud in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she, admittedly, voted multiple times for Obama. Is that any worse than what the banksters did to millions of homeowners, none of whom are being convicted of a crime nor will they ever see a day in jail. This is WAR! And we didn't start the war, THEY did. The only mistake that she made was believing that Obama would make a difference. Obama is part of the illusion controlled by the ruling elite...the banksters who created the massive scam that created the "housing crisis".

Quote HuffingtonPost article: Since 2005, Chase has foreclosed on over 1,280 homes in the county that houses Cincinnati, according to CUFA.

CUFA Board member Melowese Richardson said after Chase abandoned the property without transferring ownership records into the company's name after the company foreclosed on her home. As a result, the local government pursued her for not taking care of the the home.

"Not only did you foreclose on the house anyway, you simply walked away from it, a house that's been in our family since 1963. When you walked away from that home, you left me with charges from the city facing jail time or healthy fines for a house that Chase took from my family," Richardson said, as her fellow shareholders applauded.

"The schools, even the churches were foreclosed on," said CUFA President Roger Davis, who noted that parts of Cincinnati are now "like a ghost town."

The damn Republicans and their bosses, the ruling elite, are damn lucky, so far, that only one, or several, Democrats merely committed voter fraud on a small scale...they are damn lucky that the masses are not overthrowing the criminal ruling elite (that are not only guilty of massive, systemic election fraud themselves; but, also guilty of creating the mass illusion that we still have a valid democratic system). The Republican accusations of Ms Richardson's voter fraud are comparable to someone, after having robbed a bank and, in the act killing innocent bystanders, then trying to accuse someone else of robbery for finding a penny on the sidewalk.

But, it is not merely a case of being "damn lucky" that the masses have not rioted and overthrown the criminal ruling regime. It has been well planned and orchestrated over the years. They realized that all they had to do was take over the media, spend lots of money in creating the propaganda that we only had one of two Republican or vote Democrat. They had no problem with which one we chose. Voting Democrat was the fall back, the plan B, that would be used to feed the people false a pressure relief valve that would take the steam out of any ideas of revolution.

Then, a more extreme step would be to create a false flag operation to make the people very afraid of someone else...the terrorists. The idea that we should all be more afraid of a few people, a few incidences perpetrated by a few radically ticked off people (who may have a very justified reason to be ticked off to begin with (like murdering their families), and not afraid of the world's largest and most powerful terrorist organization...the US military and the Military Industrial a testament to how well these criminal ruling elite have learned how to control the people. And the people seem to fall for it every time. They still keep voting for one of two choices as if it is going to matter. It won't!

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 10 years 46 weeks ago

akunard -- Please use the word poll not pole. When you use lady and pole, somehow I start thinking about dancing.

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 10 years 46 weeks ago

IMO -- both Newtown and Trayvor come from the same exact source, that is, the 1%. Of course I think pretty much every ill of our society comes from that 1%. In the Newtown and T.Martin instances the ill came from the same element of the 1%; namely, the gun manufacturers. The "stand your ground" came from ALEC. Per John Nichols, the committee in ALEC that came up with the stand your ground law consisted of the NRA and Walmart. Their purpose was to try to avoid liability.

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 10 years 46 weeks ago

Also, why didn't he go after Mitt Romney and Ann Coulter who both admitted to voter fraud.

MMmmNACHOS's picture
MMmmNACHOS 10 years 46 weeks ago

Yes HISTORYWRITTER, all those issues you mention are real issues, and yes they affect ALL Americans. That being said, you actually make my point, with one difference that's pretty important...You only mention the "conservatives agenda". Liberals have a very one sided agenda too, and also have deep Wall $t connections that tend to influence policy . Hmmm???How do We the People level the playing field and take back our Government from the Corporations that have worked aggressively to gain a position of powerful influence over both political parties and control government, and bottom line...puts profits before peole...Hmmmm I wonder???
Well one thing for certain...As long as people keep buying into the corporate medias snake oil, which is pro Capitalism, aka Corporate America, and is aimed at distracting us from "what's really going" by sensationalizing stories, and pitting people and communitites and their indifferences against one another; instead of focusing on groups like ALEX, Americans For Prosperity, Citizens United and many others that lobby for the BIG Corporations isn't going to amount to any true and peaceful and rational resolve.

Believe me...I am not an insensitive jerk. I feel what happened in Boston, New Town Conn. and to Treyvon Martin is very tragic and very painfull; and is the result of scocially desperate and misunderstood times that have become increasingly hostle, and violent because of ignorance and impulsive behaviour, and careless discerne. We must change our way of thinking...We will not successfully restore true peace within our communities with a "you vs me" attitude. Instead we need to unite and take action as We the People, Us vs. They, the Corporate Terrorist who have hijacked our government. We the People need to petition a class action law suit against the U.S. Government. It is our - We the Peoples duty - to alter or abolish any government who's policys and/or actions have become destructive of the basic principles as pointed out in our Declaration of Independence; The Equal Right to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It is up to We the People of the United States of America as a whole to decide what is a breach of our protected Rights as Americans and to write policies that protect the wellbeing of American Citizens...Not Corporations.

mannapat's picture
mannapat 10 years 46 weeks ago

Perry is right, in a way: I have nothing but contempt for the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act (and many others).

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 10 years 46 weeks ago

Do you really like nachos that much? It is ALEC (American Legal Exchange Council). I think I can present significant evidence that if dems controlled the house, the senate and the executive our problems with the 1% would start to melt away (that is melting away not going away). The evidence is just all the things the dems did for the 11 weeks in the last 5 years they had control, and the list of things they did that were filibustered. Since this blog is 2 days old, I'll wait until we have a fresher blog and I have the time to present the evidence (it is only a cut and paste, so time is only restricted by me reading the blogs.)

Idaglia's picture
Idaglia 10 years 46 weeks ago

Well, at the very least, there is a tool that Justice can use against Administrative Voter Fraud in the Sly State of Texas.

Never thought that the Supreme Court should have done away with the section 4 provision. One would think that our top justices would find some common ground in solomonesque justice: Keep the section 4 and attach a change notice to change the verbage stating 'race' to read 'all races'.

After all, it was the Libertarian Republicans in one of their reichwing shindigs attempting to slam us by placing us all under the category, 'minority majority'. Not too far from the truth themselves, they may be seeking to join us in 5 to 10 years, if not earlier, when they find themselves a minority.

Thom's Blog Is On the Move

Hello All

Thom's blog in this space and moving to a new home.

Please follow us across to - this will be the only place going forward to read Thom's blog posts and articles.

From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy