One of the lead plaintiffs in the case is 56-year-old Army veteran Carl Ellis, who has been in and out of homeless shelters in Milwaukee, and whose only photo ID is the veteran card he uses to access medical benefits. After Governor Scott Walker signed the voter ID bill into law in 2011, he spent two years making trip after trip to both the DMV and the Social Security office before successfully obtaining a form of ID the state would accept at the polls. During the process, he had to ask a local nonprofit for the $5 he needed to get a copy of his birth certificate, and beg for bus fare. When he couldn’t afford the bus, Ellis would walk long distances to access these offices, even though he has a physical disability.
“We don’t think anyone who has risked their lives to protect our country and our fundamental rights should have to go through that,” said Young. “The government has already failed to adequately take of our veterans, and now they may have to suffer the further indignity of not being allowed to vote.”
Residents who live in the Wisconsin’s more rural counties may have even more difficulty than Ellis had obtaining an ID, as DMVs are only open two days a week and offer no after-work hours in more than half of the state’s counties.
Monday, October 5, 2015
This Is What Voter ID Laws Looks Like When They Hit Real People | ThinkProgress
Posted by Robert at 11:24 AM
New Mexico’s Republican secretary of state faces 65 corruption charges including identity theft
When asked by an investigator with the Attorney General's Office why she would list him as treasurer, Kidd replied, according to the complaint, "Well, I have no idea. I just don't know, that's amazing."
Duran faces 64 charges related to fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. The Attorney General's Office alleged that she frequented casinos across the state, withdrawing $430,000 between 2013 and 2014 from her personal accounts while also depositing campaign funds into her personal accounts.
Posted by Robert at 6:51 AM
A P*ssed Off Southern Pastor Tells It Like It Is
I am a southern pastor and an educated professor who lives in rural Arkansas amidst folks who own guns and vote Republican. I hold college degrees, I preach in two churches, and I teach history in a respected four year college. I am not stupid. But I am not allowed to put political signs in my yard or stickers on my car because it will offend my students and my congregants if they know how I truly believe, even though my gun toting friends can post all the memes promoting ignorance and violence they want, without fear. So instead, I will write an article and tell the whole damn world the truth:
Posted by Robert at 5:57 AM
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Open Letter to that 53% Guy
I briefly visited the “We are the 53%” website, but I first saw your face on a liberal blog. Your picture is quite popular on liberal blogs. I think it’s because of the expression on your face. I don’t know if you meant to look pugnacious or if we’re just projecting that on you, but I think that’s what gets our attention.
Posted by Robert at 10:08 AM
Archbishop Who Arranged Pope Meeting With Davis Likely To Be Removed | Liberaland
Pope Francis and the Vatican have to rely on local authorities of the church when there is a visit to foreign countries, and if there is a sense that the Pope has been misled, there is hell to pay. Visits with the Pope in D.C. were arranged through the office of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio, or envoy, in Washington.
Posted by Robert at 2:58 AM
Slavery in America was much worse than you probably imagined
This August, when Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter protesters, they told her that ongoing violence and prejudice against blacks was part of a long historic continuum where, for example, today’s prison system descended from the old Southern plantations. Slavery, Clinton replied, was the “original sin… that America has not recovered from.”
Posted by Robert at 2:35 AM
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Vatican Fires Catholic Priest Who Comes Out Openly as Gay: Putting Pressure on Pope Francis
Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level Catholic official, came out during newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland and said he was happy and proud to be gay. He also noted that he was in love with his partner. The Vatican fired Charamsa in response, saying that he was irresponsible.
“The decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to undue media pressure,” said Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson.
Charamsa remains a priest, but he is banned from working at the Vatican or its pontifical universities. There is speculation that higher Vatican officials could take further action against Charamsa. The incident indicates that the Catholic Church is still very much against homosexuals.
Posted by Robert at 11:53 AM
You Don't Pass a Pool Fencing Law After a Child Drowns, Says Jeb, Who Did Just That
“A child drowned in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools,” he said, “Well it may not change it. Or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event. And the cumulative effect of this is, in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty.”
A liberty-eroding, people-burdening law about pool fences is an oddly specific example. I wonder if any state has ever actually passed such a—
After the House voted 109-8 for the bill on Friday, Preston met Gov. Jeb Bush, who committed to signing a bill that requires new pool owners to pick a way to keep unsupervised children out of the water.
Posted by Robert at 11:35 AM