Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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Saying it unconstitutionally infringes upon the rights of blacks, Hispanics and other minorities a three-judge appeals court panel struck down Texas’ voter ID law.

Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott said that the state will appeal Thursday’s ruling to the Supreme Court, which is the next stop in a voting rights case.

“Today’s decision is wrong on the law and improperly prevents Texas from implementing the same type of ballot integrity safeguards that are employed by Georgia and Indiana — and were upheld by the Supreme Court,” Abbott said in a statement.

Texas is the largest state covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires federal approval or “preclearance” of any voting changes in states that have a history of discrimination. Because of Texas’s discrimination history, the voter ID law signed last year by its Republican governor, Rick Perry, had to be cleared by the Justice Department. The department blocked the law in March, saying it would endanger minority voting rights. Texas sued the department, leading to a week-long trial in July.

Tatel was joined in the Texas decision by U.S. district judges Rosemary Collyer, appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush and Robert L. Wilkins, who was nominated in 2010 by President Obama.

The case is now headed to the Supreme Court, but let’s remember that in 2008 SCOTUS upheld Indiana’s voter ID law.  As we all know by now, the outcome of cases brought before the Supremes is anything but certain.  They can be unpredictable, to put it mildly, but precedent seems to be on the side of Texas.

What will be interesting is what SCOTUS will do with the Voting Rights Act if they do uphold Texas’ case given the federal government’s heavy reliance on that law in making their case.

Most interesting to me, though, is how anyone can say a law which imposes the same identification requirement on all Americans is some how discriminatory to some citizens because of their financial or social status.  Using this sort of thinking, we could argue that the income tax is unconstitutional, since not everyone (including key members of the Obama administration it seems) are smart enough to do their own taxes, or wealthy enough to hire someone else to do them.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • cylde

    The timing is every thing, the next appeal will be to the supreme court ,but the election will be over, and the vote fraud complete.

  • Wayne

    I just heard a guy on Univision say that if the Republicans make this election about the economy and not immigration they will loose the Hispanic vote and you must win the Hispanic vote to win the election. If he is correct the Democrat plan of open borders and voter fraud is working.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      It’s racist to think that the only issue that Hispanics care about is immigration.

      • Wayne

        I can’t remember his name but he was Hispanic. You know, the guy with the mustache that has been running around the past couple of years harping about open border immigration.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    What are Texans gong to do to stop the real voter fraud that is occurring, and committed by Republican politicians?

    Voter IDs wont stop their voter fraud.

    • Gern Blanston

      Any proof you want to offer or do you just like to throw crap out there so maintain the meme?

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        I have provided proof on so many different posts, don’t make me responsible for educating you.

        • Onslaught1066

          Why would anyone make a retard like you responsible for educating anyone about anything?

          Unless you’re teaching a class on how to get your damp yellow stained boardies a nice tattletale gray.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You are like a 2yr old child, except not as funny.

          • Gern Blanston

            To the outside observer: this is what we call ‘projection’

        • Gern Blanston

          Great response. “If you don’t know. I’m not gonna tell you – nyah!” Well, then, it MUST be true. You’ve proven yourself such a reliable source of information. I guess I need to google “MSNBC Texas voter fraud” and the “truth” will fill my screen.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            This information has been posted over, and over, and over again. The fact that SAB conservatives can’t learn from history is the reason why they are SAB conservatives.

            You are ignorant, willfully ignorant.

            DETROIT — Michigan’s top law enforcement
            official said Thursday that former Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was “asleep at the switch” when four ex-campaign staffers forged or falsified signatures on nominating petitions, leading to criminal charges a month after the Republican’s resignation.

            http://www.ajc.com/migrated-content/e/149524503/

            http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/galvin-calls-voter-fraud-allegations-pretty-extreme

            This type of republican fraud go on and on and on.

        • donwalk

          No proof ever provided! but yes, under many different names you have posted, lol!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You suffer from dementia. LOL!!!

            This information has been posted over, and over, and over again. The fact that SAB conservatives can’t learn from history is the reason why they are SAB conservatives.

            You are ignorant, willfully ignorant.

            DETROIT — Michigan’s top law enforcement
            official said Thursday that former Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was “asleep at the switch” when four ex-campaign staffers forged or falsified signatures on nominating petitions, leading to criminal charges a month after the Republican’s resignation.

            http://www.ajc.com/migrated-content/e/149524503/

            http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/galvin-calls-voter-fraud-allegations-pretty-extreme

            This type of republican fraud go on and on and on.

          • robert108

            Little hanni: Your lies and partisan hackery are not “information”.

          • donwalk

            You suffer from stupidity!
            This information has been posted over and over, so why Obamatrons continue to claim that voting fraud does not exist? Your ignorance is not only willful, but incurable.

            December 21, 2011
            A total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election. Former Troy Democratic City Clerk William McInerney, Democratic Councilman John Brown, and Democratic political operatives Anthony Renna and Anthony DeFiglio have entered guilty pleas in the case, in which numerous signatures were allegedly forged on absentee ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary, the political party that was associated with the now-defunct community group, ACORN. The four have pleaded guilty to one count of various charges, ranging from forgery to falsifying business records, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Troy City Council President Clem Campana pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges including falsifying business records and illegal voting. City Councilman Michael LoPorto and Democratic County Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough were indicted earlier this year and they face trial on the felony charges next month. December 18, 2011
            By Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
            The state chairman of Indiana’s Democratic Party resigned Monday as a probe of election fraud in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary widened. State law requires a presidential candidate to gather 500 valid signatures in each county to qualify for the ballot. Barack Obama may not have met it. Investigators think 150 of the 534 signatures the Obama campaign turned in for St. Joseph County may have been forged. Or, maybe these?
            · In Florida, where the Madison County Supervisor of Elections, a school board member and six others were arrested in connection with allegations of voter fraud. · In New York, where a grand jury indicted a Democrat city council member and election commissioner who face 116 charges. · In Indiana, Mike Marshall, running a Get Out the Vote campaign to re-elect the Democrat mayor, was indicted on 65 counts of ballot fraud. · In Minnesota, where a review of the state’s database of registered voters revealed 2,812 dead people voted in the election that gave Al Franken a seat in the US Senate. · In Wisconsin where a conservative watchdog group raised questions about voters listed at a state senator’s properties; some votes were allegedly fraudulent. · In Texas, where of 25,000 registrations submitted by Houston Votes, only 1,793 were allegedly legal. The same week the voter fraud allegations surfaced, a fire occurred at the Harris County Elections Center.

            Subject: [ndsayanything] Re: Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Your stupidity knows no bounds. Voter ID laws don’t stop the voter fraud that the republicans committed, nor does it stop someone from submitting an absentee ballot that’s been forged.

            Really, how stupid do you have to be?

          • donwalk

            But Wait ! Voting fraud doesn’t exist. You are straying away from your liberal talking points! Voter I.D. would decrease, if not stop the fraud that Liberal Democrats create and sponser – that’s enough for me. Proper Voter I.D. required when fraudulent voters register for the absentee ballots would certainly help. So what would your solution be for these? They are all Democrats by the way. In Florida, where the Madison County Supervisor of Elections, a school board member and six others were arrested in connection with allegations of voter fraud. In New York, where a grand jury indicted a Democrat city council member and election commissioner who face 116 charges. In Indiana, Mike Marshall, running a Get Out the Vote campaign to re-elect the Democrat mayor, was indicted on 65 counts of ballot fraud. In Minnesota, where a review of the state’s database of registered voters revealed 2,812 dead people voted in the election that gave Al Franken a seat in the US Senate. In Wisconsin where a conservative watchdog group raised questions about voters listed at a state senator’s properties; some votes were allegedly fraudulent. In Texas, where of 25,000 registrations submitted by Houston Votes, only 1,793 were allegedly legal. The same week the voter fraud allegations surfaced, a fire occurred at the Harris County Elections Center.
            How stupid does one have to be to continue supporting the failed policies of the past forty-four months? Sixty-eight months if you include the two years prior to President B.O. taking office – when Democrats held the majorities in both the House and the Senate. As Rubio so clearly defined; The policies that immigrants run away from, to come to the United States. Clearly, one has to be almost as stupid as Hannitized. I say almost because most humans can’t quite reach that low bar Hannitized has set in place.

            Subject: [ndsayanything] Re: Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Umm, you never understood the argument. Illegal immigrants voting doesn’t exist in any real way. Not like voter fraud exists in Republican circles and with their candidates.

            All Voter ID laws do is suppress the vote of the elderly and poor.

          • Bat One

            All Voter ID laws do is suppress the vote of the elderly and poor.

            One more high-minded but unproven argument. Every Voter ID law that I have seen, including the one here in Georgia, provides free state ID for anyone who has neither a valid driver license nor a previously issued state ID. Your argument against Voter ID laws is akin to saying that because the slaughter of black kids on the streets of Chicago continues unabated the state of Illinois ought to abandon its statute against murder. It really is a stupid argument.

          • ellinas1

            donwalk: “In Florida, where the Madison County Supervisor of Elections, a school board member and six others were arrested in connection with allegationsof voter fraud.”

            Please elaborate/give details of the case and clearly state how having an ID would have helped prevent voting fraud.

        • Bat One

          All you have proven is that you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • mikemc1970

            What do you mean? He knows nothing and he talks about nothing. I’d say he knows exactly what he’s talking about.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            This information has been posted over, and over, and over again. The fact that SAB conservatives can’t learn from history is the reason why they are SAB conservatives.

            You are ignorant, willfully ignorant.

            DETROIT — Michigan’s top law enforcement
            official said Thursday that former Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was “asleep at the switch” when four ex-campaign staffers forged or falsified signatures on nominating petitions, leading to criminal charges a month after the Republican’s resignation.

            http://www.ajc.com/migrated-content/e/149524503/

            http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/galvin-calls-voter-fraud-allegations-pretty-extreme

            This type of republican fraud go on and on and on.

          • robert108

            ACORN.

          • mikemc1970

            WOW! I guess you showed me. You know how to cut and paste other people thoughts and ideas. Congratulations, you’ve graduated from mouth breathing moronic imbecile to full fledged retard. Your parents must be sooooooo proud.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Yeah. He cut and pasted a nice bit from Moooove On the other day, without using any quotes or links to show where he got it from. I knew it wasn’t his. Too many words were spelled correctly and some of the sentences, though false, were at least coherent.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            *rolls eyes*

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Roll ‘em all you want, Tiny Plagiarist. When adults converse and they quote someone else, they use quotation marks, blockquotes and links. You are easily the most dishonest troll who has ever commented here. Now roll your eyes again, Tiny Sociopath. It may be the only activity that goes on in your head all day!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You are lying again Proofoundly_dishonest. I put my supporting evidence in blockquotes. Maybe you should look up the word before you respond. Also, I did not quote MoveOn, I used another source.

            Otherwise, how would you know it was from MoveOn, if there was no link? Just because you have a HardOn, for me and MoveOn, doesn’t mean you know me as well as you pretend, and wish.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            What a lying, POS you are, Hanni! I Googled your cut and paste and Moooove On was the source. At least they had the balls to add links to their five points, where you didn’t have the balls to link to anything.

            “how would you know it was from MoveOn, if there was no link?”

            You really are mind numbingly stupid, aren’t you, Tiny Sociopath? I copied a block of what was clearly not your writing and did a simple Google search (too simple for you, it seems!). And not only that, but they had emailed me the exact same talking points, Loser-With-a Lei! (I’m a member of Mooove On, BTW. They tell me that every time they ask me for money!)

            You posted no link. You quoted no source. You did not attribute the words you posted to anyone else. (How liberal of you!) We call that plagiarism. Someone who did not know that you are a semi-literate, semi-coherent chimp might have mistaken those words as actual thoughts from you. (Stop laughing!) You are a dishonest chimpanzee with an accordion, Tiny Sociopath. No one really expects you to make music.

            Now, to quote a wise man, “Roll your eyes again, Tiny Sociopath. It may be the only activity that goes on in your head all day!”

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It’s good to know you are a member of Mooove On.org, Poofy, but just because you regurgitate their talking points doesn’t mean you know what you are talking about, and lying about things isn’t doing your non-existent credibility any good.

            The only info I provided with 5 points was to Tumblr, not MoveOn. But good to know you’re such a closeted liberal.

            http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/lies?before=1346428463

            Add this to the long list of lies you often, and regularly tell.

            Now stop stalking me and wasting up bandwidth in my inbox.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Nice projection! It was you who regurgitated Move On’s talking points without attribution, you who have zero credibility and you who stalk me and clog my inbox. Now, roll your eyes again, Tiny Sociopath. It may be the only genuine activity that goes on in your empty pinhead all day!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It’s good to know you are a member of Mooove On.org, Poofy, but just because you regurgitate their talking points doesn’t mean you know what you are talking about, and lying about things isn’t doing your non-existent credibility any good.

            The only info I provided with 5 points was to Tumblr, not MoveOn. But good to know you’re such a closeted liberal.

            http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/lies?before=1346428463

            Add this to the long list of lies you often, and regularly tell.

            Now stop stalking me and wasting up bandwidth in my inbox.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Few American are as dumb as you, mikemcjuvinile. You denied voter fraud existed, asked me for proof, I provided it, then you get stupid by acting as if providing evidence is a sign of idiocy.

            SAB Tea Baggers are very stupid, stupid people.

          • mikemc1970

            I asked you for no such thing. I said “He knows nothing”, referring to you, then you proved my statement correct by posting the thoughts and words of someone else. Thanks!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Well, thanks for proving what a drooling moron you are, mikemcjuvinile. Wouldn’t I have to know something, if I state something first, then support it with evidence afterwards.

            Trust me, I’m not a leader because I am as stupid as you are.

          • mikemc1970

            You didn’t even realize I wasn’t asking a question, or even talking to you. You reacted like a be-headed chicken with another cut and paste job. You are a mindless child.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Regardless if you realize it or not, mikemcjuvenile, your statement was a challenge to me. I proved that not only were you wrong, but that I was factually correct. Your response to that was to call me a name because I supported my statement with facts.

            You’re a first class idiot.

          • Bat One

            Wouldn’t I have to know something, if I state something first, then support it with evidence afterwards.

            Bravo! Exactly my point when you blame the recession on Mr. Bush tax policies and state that Mr. Romney’s election will result in substantial inflation. Fact is, you DON’T know what you’re talking about, and you CAN’T support your contentions with evidence. Thanks for acknowledging that I’ve been right all along!

          • AV

            I can’t ever recall seeing Hannitized, or anyone, claim that Bush’s tax-rate reductions directly lead to the recession. Do you have a link?

            Keynesian economics predicts tax-rate reductions to lead to economic stimulus, and you may remember that Bush used tax rebates to (attempt to) stimulate the economy after the dotcom bubble burst?

            The general complaint is that the tax-rate reductions (along with Bush’s increased spending, repeal of Glass-Steagall, and Greenspan’s Fed policies) further fuelled the housing bubble, while reducing tax-revenue, which lead to a more severe economic fallout. (And don’t forget his two expensive wars.)

          • robert108

            obama, at one point in his push to justify his fascist takeover of the healthcare industry, claimed that “healthcare costs” caused the recession, and then, in another speech, claimed it was “the Bush tax cuts” that caused the recession. He has also invented the fantasy concept of “spending in the tax code” to justify his zeal to hike taxes on Americans in the midst of his extended recession.
            The tax rate reductions(on the income tax) had nothing to do with the home mortgage bubble, which was due to mandated lower lending standards, covered up by Fannie/Freddie.
            The tax rate reductions increased tax revenues, but in any case, tax revenue doesn’t stimulate the economy, it takes money out of the economy.
            Tax rate reductions stimulate the economy, since the additional money in everyone’s paycheck either gets spent, saved or invested, all of which directly stimulate economic activity.
            The wars you liberals always whine about cost a tiny fraction of what obama’s spending has cost us.
            BTW, tax rebates are for short-term only, and must be supported and extended by long term stimulus, like tax rate reductions.

          • AV

            “The tax rate reductions increased tax revenues…” — r180

            You’re not very good at math are you?

          • Bat One

            AV, The suggestion that the Bush tax rate reductions (or increased spending in general) somehow contributed to the housing bubble simply isn’t going to fly. You could make the argument that the repeal of “Glass-Steagall” contributed to the housing bubble, but in the first place that took place in 1999 under Clinton, not under Mr. Bush, and the repeal itself would have been irrelevant if the GSEs were not directed by the Clinton administration to substantially lower their credit standards which got them into, and enormously expanded the subprime mortgage market and the secondary market for subprime based MBSs.

            As for Dr. Greenspan, he has already admitted that he wrongly kept interest rates too low for too long, much as Bernanke is doing now, and as I and others said at the time, but bear in mind that while not exonerating Greenspan, the fact is that federal law requires that the Fed do all it can to promote so-called “full employment.” Any Fed chairman is torn by the conflicting mandates.

            As for those wars, DoD and Treasury have listed the total price tag at $1.5 to $1.7 trillion, while Obama has state $1. trillion total. Assuming the $1.5 trillion middle figure, that means that roughly two thirds or $900 billion was spent on Mr. Bush’s watch. And as everyone is agreed that nearly all that money was borrowed, the REAL expenditure to date is the interest paid on what was borrowed. As of a year ago, interest paid amounted to approximately $190 billion, and because of the declining interest rates over these past ten year we can probably assign to Mr. Bush’s presidency about $150 of that amount. Fair enough? Now if think you can make a case that an expenditure of $150 over six years helped cause the housing bubble burst and the recession I’ll be very interested in what you have to say.

            Did the wars add to the national debt and perhaps adversely effect the US credit rating? Sure, although both the debt and the credit rating could have been addressed these past three and a half years, and haven’t been.

            As for Keynesian economics, let’s first stipulate that what Lord Keynes actually wrote and what today passes for “Keynesian” are barely in the same economic phylum. Yes, tax rate reductions should lead to economic growth, and with that growth comes increased revenues, a point almost always argued by those on the left, though they are at a loss to disprove it.

            One final note, please. This is the type of discussion/debate that makes the blog exercise worthwhile… reasoned, thoughtful, and devoid of shrill, adolescent name-calling… a pleasurable challenge. The contrast is striking.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Thank you for confirming mike’s dishonesty or failed logic. Unfortunately, for you, you are failing to grasp the vast difference between fact and economic theory. Of course everyone knows your game; you ONLY discuss theory, because it affords you the maneuverability to argue safely within the limited boundaries you allow yourself to meander.

            You DON’T discuss fact-based topics, such as history, because you can be proven horribly wrong, such as when you pretended to lecture me about Benedict Arnold, but your history was horribly inaccurate.

            If Romney is elected and when the inflation rate goes up under his presidency becomes a fact, I will make sure to tell you that I told you so. Until then, I will not waste a lot of time discussing economic theory with you, because we both know it’s just speculation at this point, and the only thing you can discuss with any pretense of authority, is speculation.

            I live in the world of fact. My business is based on fact and workable technical solutions, yours is Hokus Pokus.

          • Bat One

            Wow! That sure was a waste of bandwidth when all you needed to say is that one of several more financially knowledgeable conservatives here said that inflation is going to go up, and that beyond that you have no idea what you’re talking about. And by that I mean that you can’t define or explain inflation, nor can you detail what causes it. Just like you can’t explain which of Mr. Bush’s policies caused the credit crisis and the recession, but like a good little lemming you continue to make the witless accusation anyway.

            As for FACT-BASED topics, here again are some economic facts to consider: Under the Obama regime, unemployment has yet to drop below 8%, GDP “growth” at 1.5% is less than the official rate of inflation, the administration’s own budgets project trillion deficits (and trillion dollar additions to the debt) as far as the eye can see, Obama’s $800 billion “stimulus” program didn’t, the nation is nearly $6 trillion further in debt since Obama took office, and the US credit rating has dropped due to the abject failure of Obama’s economic and fiscal policies. Another fact is that these examples are all failures not because I say they are, but because measured against the forecasts, projections, and promises made by the Obama regime there is no other conclusion.

            Finally, here’s one other fact to consider: You are neither as knowledgeable nor as clever as you’d like to think you are. As is always the case in economic and fiscal policy discussions like this, you may know some of the words, but their meanings and the relationship between the theory which causes your trepidation and the reality you deny is beyond your grasp. Your insults are petty, sophomoric, and laughable… the kind one expects to hear on a middle school playground, and your misuse of the English language would make Norm Crosby envious if only it wasn’t so inadvertent, sustained, and predictable.

            To use a metaphor from the sweet science, you’re not a contender, kid. You’re not even much of a sparring partner. You’re the shabby, unremarkable punching bag in the corner that the big boys use to work up a sweat before we do any serious training.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You took far too many characters to mimic my criticism of your lack of intellect in a feeble attempt to distract from your very transparent blog tactics.

            But if you want to talk about facts, and Obama’s record, lets!

            1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

            2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

            3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

            4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

            5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

            6 Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

            7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to
            Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to
            respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family

            8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

            9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

            10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House

            11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

            12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

            13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons
            systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

            14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

            15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

            16. New federal funding for science and research labs

            17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

            18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

            19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

            20. New funds for school construction

            21 The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

            22. US Auto industry rescue plan

            23. Housing rescue plan

            24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

            25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the
            new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having
            trouble paying

            26. US financial and banking rescue plan

            27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

            28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with theGeneva Convention standards

            29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

            30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

            31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

            32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

            33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

            34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

            35. Successful release of US captain held bySomali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

            36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

            37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

            38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel
            inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

            39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

            40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

            41. Signed national service legislation; expandednational youth service program

            42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones

            43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

            44. Expanding vaccination programs

            45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

            46. Closed offshore tax safe havens

            47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

            48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations
            who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to
            bring jobs back

            49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in
            place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s
            predatory practices

            50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

            51. Lower drug costs for seniors

            52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating
            with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now
            realizing hundreds of millions in savings

            53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

            54. Improved housing for military personnel

            55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

            56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

            57 Increasing student loans

            58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

            59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had
            been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks
            and diplomacy

            60. Established a new cyber security office

            61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20
            years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes
            new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology
            and cyber units and operations, etc.

            62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

            63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

            64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the
            federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

            65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

            66. Improving benefits for veterans

            67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

            68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

            69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

            70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

            71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

            72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres.
            Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

            73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

            74. Making more loans available to small businesses

            75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

            76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

            77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

            78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

            79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

            80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

            81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

            82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes
            aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government
            practices by Afghans

            83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with
            renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

            84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

            85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

            86. Held first Seder in White House

            87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the
            most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health
            insurance and millions more under insured

            88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

            89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform

            90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

            Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office.

            Did I mention he passed health care reform ?
            Hat Tip: Political Carnival

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            So, Bat “took far too many characters”, but you not having a point of your own and cutting and pasting 90 points from someone else is not? You’re a funny, mindless little troll, Tiny Sociopath. Or, if that’s too many characters: U R 1 dumb SOB.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Proofoundly_stupid, my post was about fact based information regarding my candidate, Bat’s diatribe was about me, one of his most accurate and damaging critics.

            You really suck at this. You should go back to blogging about comic books.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            U R 1 dumb SOB.

          • Bat One

            I would have answered your comment sooner (it’s a comment, not a post which is at the top of the thread), but to be honest I was in far too good a humor drinking Stellas and watching first Alabama and then USC demolish their respective… ahem… opponents to ruin my evening dealing with your silly horseshit. And in all candor, I have only read the first two unattributed purloined items on your list of so-called accomplishments, after which could see no point in continuing – and not just because of the laughter.

            You see, as I recall there have been other, far more serious studies/reviews the most recent and prominent of which was the Simpson-Bowles National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The report of that commission is now nearly two years old, and has been studiously and famously ignored by the Amateur president who appointed and tasked it. So you’ll have to forgive me, and the rest of the adults here (and the American people come November 6th) if we’re not particularly impressed with the Obama regime’s laundry list of window dressing items designed to make people think he knows what he’s doing and isn’t the failure that the nation’s GDP, deficits, debt, and unemployment numbers prove him to be.

            Four years ago, those infamous Greek columns behind Obama were found to be made of styrofoam. Which has proven to be a pretty good metaphor for his entire presidency. Time to fire the Amateur and hire somebody with the actual experience to retake control of the fiscally dysfunctional Leviathan that is our federal government.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            All of that bandwidth used up and all you can come up with is a platitude; Obama bad, Romney good.

            Here’s a newsflash for you; having a resume doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have any ideas. A perfect example in the free market would be Radio Shack, where they just hired a rock star CEO, with tons of experience. Sound familiar? Well, hopefully if Romney manages to sell enough hate to con Americans into believing he knows what he’s doing, he wont make the same mistakes Julian Day has made:

            The irony is that for RadioShack, selling iPhones is a rotten business. RadioShack’s profit margins on iPhones are much smaller than the profit margins on other products RadioShack tries to sell. Consumers have walked into the store to buy the lower-margin products and nothing else. The result: Gross margin was down 850 basis points to 37.8%; analysts watching the stock were expecting 40.6%.

            RadioShack has tried every trick in the book. A few years ago it
            hired a rock star CEO, Julian Day, who got $21.4 million in cash and exercisable options, fired employees via email, stopped talking to Wall Street, and presided over a steep operational decline. James Gooch took over as CEO last year and managed to create some hope that the wireless strategy could work. But in 2012 RadioShack’s stock is down by more than 72% and now changes hands for $2.60

            The market seems to think RadioShack might be nearing its end. The cost to protect against a default by RadioShack reached its highest level ever on Wednesday. The company, which hasn’t been able to compete with retailers like Amazon, Wal-Mart and Apple, doesn’t seem to have a plan to get out of this mess. “Our primary operating focus continues to be on stabilizing gross margins and aggressively managing our cost structure,” Gooch said on Wednesday.

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2012/07/25/radioshacks-strategy-is-working-well-what-a-disaster/

            Radio Shack paid $21.4 Mil to compensate for a fools ego, and he produced little in return, a financial disaster Radio Shack could not afford. Hopefully, Americans wont make the same mistake Radio Shack had and play into Romney’s ego at cost America cant afford.

          • Bat One

            I see you are once again having difficulty with English language definitions. Well, because it is my nature to help those in need, and because I am far more knowledgeable and experienced than you, I will help you out.

            Ideas, including those now touted by the Amateur, are what Obama sold to the American people four years ago. I believe the title was “Hope and Change.”

            Facts, including trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, $6 trillion in new federal debt, unemployment above 8% for 42 consecutive months and one out of five working age men looking for work, and economic (GDP) growth at 1.5% – less than the rate of inflation even without including the price of food and fuel, these are what tell us that those ideas haven’t worked even when measured against the promises and projections offered by the Obama regime itself. And in fact, Obama”s ideas have proven to be counter-productive, exacerbating the country’s economic and fiscal problems rather than fixing them.

            Experience, is what Obama did not have when he took office – None! – which at least partly explains his failure. And experience, particularly experience turning around financially troubled, organizationally dysfunctional entities, is what Mr. Romney brings to the table, with concrete, detailed proposals for addressing and correcting the problems that face us now and down the road.

            Given a choice between the guy with ideas long since proven to be ineffective, untenable, and counterproductive, and a guy with the executive and managerial experience to get the job done I think the majority of us will choose the latter. You can keep the Hope and Change.

          • Kerry

            Speaking of stupid, very stupid people….

          • robert108

            Pure partisan hackery from a far left wing partisan hack.
            ACORN.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            In truth, all YOU have proven is you can’t learn from history. This information has been posted over, and over, and over again. The fact that SAB conservatives can’t learn from history is the reason why they are SAB conservatives.

            You are ignorant, willfully ignorant.

            DETROIT — Michigan’s top law enforcement
            official said Thursday that former Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was “asleep at the switch” when four ex-campaign staffers forged or falsified signatures on nominating petitions, leading to criminal charges a month after the Republican’s resignation.

            http://www.ajc.com/migrated-content/e/149524503/

            http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/galvin-calls-voter-fraud-allegations-pretty-extreme

            This type of republican fraud go on and on and on.

          • Bat One

            Sorry, Hanni, but your shrill, name-calling temper tantrums are just no substitute for a knowledgeable, well-reasoned argument.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Bat, you have a very odd way of denying reality. Coming up with peculiar rules of engagement aren’t’ legitimate excuses to continue to bury your head in the sand.

          • Bat One

            Get back to me about your silly-ass “rules of engagement” argument AFTER you have explained what inflation is, what causes inflation, and why Mr. Romney’s election will result in substantially increased inflation as you have stated, and AFTER you have explained exactly how Mr. Bush’s tax rate cuts caused the recession – five years later – and when in the past other tax rate cuts have caused a similar recession.

            I understand that your lack of stature, intellectual and physical, is at least partly to blame for your determination to showcase your ignorance, but as several of us have noted so often before if you want to engage the adults you’ll have to play by adult rules. After all, if you can’t back up your accusations why would any of us bother to take your prattle seriously?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Bat, none of your foul mouthed distractions answer the intellectual challenges I have put fourth. And evading my argument by trying to change the subject may very well be a traditional tactic of the modern conservative, but it certainly is a tactic that goes far well beyond your intellectual grasp.

            Where did you learn it, from R180 and Neiman?

          • Bat One

            So, SAB’s premier thread-hijacker (and let’s not forget race-baiter as well!) objects when his unfinished business is mentioned? Too funny! When I was your age that was known as being able to dish it out but not take it. ‘Course, I’ve never had stature issues – physical or intellectual – and I never had to endure the indignity of living in my mom’s basement either.

            Look, if you don’t like having your shortcomings (He-he!) mentioned – like not being able to back up your accusations and pronouncements with FACTS – I understand. But the grown-up way to handle it, the manly thing to do, is to acknowledge that you were wrong in the first place and move on. Sure, you may not really know anything about inflation or the economic and fiscal effects of tax rate reductions, but you certainly should know more than most other folks about being wrong!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “This type of republican fraud go (sic) on and on and on.” Sorry! I tried to ignore your stupidity, Tiny Sociopath, but you keep copying and pasting the same stupid mistake over and over. Copy something from Moooove On again. This time, we’ll believe you wrote it!

          • Kerry

            ANOTHER CORRUPT ORGANIZATION RUN BY NIT-WITS

            The full list of new ACORN groups is as follows:
            * In
            California, ACORN is now the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
            (“ACCE”)
            * In Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, ACORN is New
            England United for Justice.
            * In New York, ACORN is New York Communities for
            Change.
            * In Arkansas, ACORN has become Arkansas Community Organizations
            (“ACO”).
            * In Louisiana, ACORN is “A Community Voice”.
            * In Missouri,
            ACORN is Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (“MORE”).
            * In
            Washington state, ACORN is Organization United for Reform (“OUR”)
            Washington.
            * In Minnesota, ACORN is Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for
            Change.
            * In Pennsylvania, ACORN has become the Pennsylvania Communities
            Organizing for Change (“PCOC”) and Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social
            Justice, Inc.
            * In Texas, ACORN is now the Texas Organizing Project.
            *
            ACORN Housing Corporation (“AHC”) has renamed itself Affordable Housing Centers
            of America, Inc.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            None of your cut and paste nonsense proves any criminal activity.

            The Republican politicians who have been outright convicted for voter fraud far surpasses any criminal activity that exists from illegal immigrants convicted of voting.

            Conservatives aren’t out to stop a crime that doesn’t exist, they are trying to suppress the vote of real Americans.

          • Kerry
          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You are dumber than dirt, and every bit as filthy. Those incidents are vastly different from the INTENTIONAL Conservative voter fraud convictions, where politicians were using those illegal registrants to advance their political careers, where as ACORN merely paid people to seek legal registrants and the people they hired tried to scam ACORN, probably conservative plants looking to make an extra buck by falsifying documents. Conservatives have a continuous record of this.

            You have no shame and no class. You just want to rob American citizens of their right to vote, you anti-American piece of human filth.

          • Kerry

            Poor wee little willie…all alone again with nothing but his computer. All the criminal acts committed by ACORN are intentional, they weren’t accidents, like your birth was.
            American citizens have the right to vote and can easily prove it. It’s the ones who aren’t supposed to vote that you want to vote. It’s you who supports the criminal acts of illegals, and organizations that obama supports and endorses that is the real scum of the earth. But, no surprise, you were created by mongoloids. You can never escape that fact.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I have limited time to deal with your level of stupidity. The link you provided says ACORN was not convicted of anything, only the conservative plants they hired to legally acquire registrants were prosecuted and convicting for breaking ACORN rules and breaking the law.

          • Kerry
          • Kerry
          • Kerry
    • Wayne

      It may not stop it but it sure will be a big crimp in it especially in Texas and democrats can’t have that now can they?

    • donwalk

      You posted under the wrong name. Earlier you were pretending to be someone else. Getting a little disoriented aren’t you?

      • Bat One

        Its congenital. He’s a Democrat.

  • awfulorv

    Who needs voting booths. The accompanying picture leads me to believe that public urinals, perhaps at baseball, or football stadiums, with an attachable plastic device, to mark ones vote on, and some Handi-Wipes, would work just fine. And save millions per election too.

  • Dakotacyr

    A good decision by the court. When you can use an expired gun license for voting But not a student ID, we know what is going on and so did the court.
    Texas is 0 for 2 this week on voting and redistricting.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      A student ID doesn’t necessarily indicate where you live. This isn’t unreasonable. Why do you democrata hate the idea if a secure ballot box?

      • Thresherman

        That is HILARIOUS! The libs would be dangerous if they actually thought things through, but instead they prefer to go with what sounds good. So they often get caught out with their pants down, like the Wisconson car plant that they claimed closed in Dec 2008 before Obama was inaugerated, when in fact is closed in April of 2009 when he was President. Seriously, they are so inept that even their lies are feeble.

    • Bat One

      Student ID??? You can’t be serious. Does it occur to you that there are just about as many fake IDs in a college town – any college town – as there are valid ones? Guess not!

  • Bobby

    http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment14/20.html read for description of this line of cases. You’ll understand something new.

  • matthew

    When somebody votes by mail, which is the new paradigm, how do we card them?

    The next paradigm will be voting by the internet. How will we card them?

    • awfulorv

      If you think the internet is insecure, try collecting a bet, not owed you, from an “Off Shore” gambling emporium.

  • SigFan

    I heard they now have definitive proof that Osama bin Laden is dead. Apparently he’s registered to vote as Democrat in Chicago.

    • Bat One

      Exquisite!

  • mikemc1970

    Texas is where the leftist are planning massive voting fraud. Obama needs another big state and Texas hit by a mass wave of leftist voter fraud will deliver it to him.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Exactly, Mr. 1970!

      I read on a patriot website that the Chick fil A protest was really an Obama conspiracy. They ginned up the controversy to get people to eat fried chicken sandwiches secrectly injected with gay sauce which in time will make everybody marry not opposite sexed people so vegetarian Marxist can rule the world until the newly gayed can’t make babies anymore.

      Only a false god worshiping president and a Russia atheist devotee can save us now!

      • mikemc1970

        Only someone who knows something about economics and business can save US now. So no one on team Obama, but you just keep believing in the Hope & Chains, bob.

  • ellinas1

    Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law
    Written By:
    Rob Port Aug 30, 2012 2:38pm

    Federal Courts Strike Down Texas and Florida Voter ID Law.
    Written by:
    ellinas1 August 31, 2012 06.55am

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