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  •  Congress can usurp these regulations (4+ / 0-)

    by passing a law that protects the rights of voters, but don't expect anything out of the craven Democrats who still kow-tow to the obstructionist party.

    •  That wouldn't work in Georgia ... (0+ / 0-)

      We've already passed legislation that allows us to ignore anything coming from the federal government that we consider extraconstitutional ... so there ;-b

      p.s. I don't think Sonny's signed it yet, but it's there: voted for 43-1 by our illustrious Senate.

      noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

      by fritzrth on Wed May 13, 2009 at 12:55:16 PM PDT

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      •  Georgia (1+ / 0-)
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        I was just down south; not Georgia, but next door in Alabama and also in Mississippi and Tennessee. Nice people, but they're just not like us Midwesterners. When did this happen? From a philosophical standpoint, it feels like north and south are as far apart as they were in 1865. It's completely depressing.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Wed May 13, 2009 at 01:52:12 PM PDT

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        •  A little late getting back to you ... (0+ / 0-)

          You probably won't even see this, but just in case:

          The article linked in my post will give more information, but the legislation passed the Georgia Senate in early April.

          Southerner folks are very nice and polite ... to your face.

          My dad was raised in Iowa. If not for my mom, I would have been as well. :(

          noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

          by fritzrth on Thu May 14, 2009 at 05:25:40 AM PDT

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    •  Lack of Congressional action on voting rights (0+ / 0-)

      is very frustrating. Granted, they have their hands full with the economy. But our election system is one of the most poorly-organized in the world, especially given our resources and claims to democracy.

      Blogging for a Progressive South // www.southernstudies.org

      by ProgressiveSouth on Wed May 13, 2009 at 01:12:01 PM PDT

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    •  But they're too busy doing this: (0+ / 0-)

      Blogging for a Progressive South // www.southernstudies.org

      by ProgressiveSouth on Wed May 13, 2009 at 01:15:57 PM PDT

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    •  No, it can't (0+ / 0-)

      Congress already HAS passed a law (the Voting Rights Act) that would require this to be pre-cleared, and obviously it is not going to be pre-cleared.
      BUT
      the old pre-clearance law is being challenged as unconstitutional and the existing conservative majority on the Court is obviously sympathetic to that challenge.  WHICH MEANS THAT ANY LAW CONGRESS PASSED would just get struck down by the same 5 people.

      The road to hell has not YET been paved with Republicans, but it SHOULD be -- Corrected BumperSticker

      by ge0rge on Wed May 13, 2009 at 02:15:21 PM PDT

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