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  •  Rachel spoke about this tonight (34+ / 0-)

    But I'll still hold my breath on these elections plus all the others in the South until election day.  Also, we have to win their State Legislatures in order to take back the laws that the Republicons have implemented.  The same goes for the Congressional members of these states.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:17:28 PM PDT

    •  The problem with draconian laws is that (16+ / 0-)

      the people who count never expect them to be enforced against them. Same is true of laws that are designed not to work. The law is being used as a tool to subordinate -- and to scare the sheep with "see what we'll do to you, if you displease." It's an abusive system. But, the exceptional people don't expect to be affected. With the ACA the powers that be finally went too far.
      I suspect that bruiting about that the Republican agenda for the fall was going to be about the failure of Obamacare was designed to keep Democrats from making it theirs. Sort of like attacking Kerry's war medals was designed from making Dubya's failures an issue. Attack where you are weak!

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      by hannah on Wed May 14, 2014 at 01:33:06 AM PDT

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      •  Sounds familiar (5+ / 0-)

        the people who count never expect them to be enforced against them.

        I remember while watching Ken Burn's documentary on Prohibition (highly recommend!) seeing the same thing at play then. Apparently most people who supported prohibition thought it only applied to distilled liquor, and that their beer and wine wouldn't be affected.

        And then over-reach ultimately dooms the whole thing when people find out "more pure than thou" didn't only affect "those others."

        The polls don't tell us how a candidate is doing, the polls tell us how the media is doing.

        by Thumb on Wed May 14, 2014 at 06:51:40 AM PDT

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        •  And this is what will happen (2+ / 0-)
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          with draconian voting laws.

          They THINK it's only going to affect minority voters. It won't. It will just as likely, perhaps MORE likely, affect older voters.

          Older voters are less likely to have the required documents - a DL that matches EXACTLY their voter registration, the required documentation to get an ID if they don't have a current one.

          This might affect older women even more - they may have changed their name multiple times, but not updated the proper records because why bother? Everybody knows them. Or they may go by a nickname, and even done their voter registration that way, but their DL has their official, legal name - and those don't match.

          And the older you are, the harder it's going to be to get the right documentation, because it might be from another state, or not even exist anymore.

          •  Many years ago (0+ / 0-)

            When most births were at home and with a midwife my aunt was delivered and always told that her birthday in February was the same as President Lincoln.  When she passed away and her daughter had to get her birth certificate the date listed was Washington's birthday!  Can you imagine if we had those laws now in 1987 when she died or before then when she was voting?  All her id's listed Feb 12th as her birthdate but if she needed her birth certificate it would have a different date on it.  

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

            by Rosalie907 on Wed May 14, 2014 at 06:27:12 PM PDT

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        •  That's like those (0+ / 0-)

          Who text or talk on their cell phones while driving, the law isn't for them, only everyone else until they get a ticket and find they're everyone else too.

          Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

          by Rosalie907 on Wed May 14, 2014 at 06:29:28 PM PDT

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      •  This already has happened in Texas (0+ / 0-)

        Where many women were unable to vote because their names on voter rolls didn't match their id.  It's amazing how people don't think a law is for them, only for the other guy and are then shocked when it's used on them.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Wed May 14, 2014 at 06:19:48 PM PDT

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