Playing For Keeps: How the GOP Voting Endgame Seeks to Ensure Tilted Elections

By now, anyone who followed the elections heard that there were statistically insignificant occurrences of voter fraud (in terms of those casting their vote) to the point that the justification for creating laws surrounding that issue is entirely baseless. It has been reported here and elsewhere that vote tampering by way of tests, ID checks, gerrymandering, and the like is not a new phenomenon.… [Read more]

Post-Election Legal Battle Lines Already Drawn

Throughout this election season many of us have heard numerous reports about charges of voter fraud, voter suppression tactics, Tagg Romney‘s ties to a company that owns Ohio voting machines, and even CEOs who have threatened employees with termination should Mitt Romney lose the upcoming presidential election. We’ve heard about the respective candidates’ poll numbers and who is gaining/losing support among women, the impact of the economy, and the weight of endorsements.… [Read more]

Football Follies and…Paul Ryan

My esteemed departed father would have been 76 years old today. Born in London, on the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805, where the immortal Admiral Nelson knocked down the French fleet. In our family lore my father was (almost) named Horatio Nelson Davies – a rate determining step on most 1940s schoolyards, one might think…but ‘Bryan’ eventually prevailed.… [Read more]

The Oldest/Newest Test To Our Democracy

Voter Suppression is a rampant news headline these days, depending on the circles of news you follow. It is always a big issue leading up to the presidential election here in the U.S. because at times like these, there are tactics, such as gerrymandering, that are deployed to infuse that suppression in various ways. Gerrymandering is the act of redistricting for the benefit of one political party over the other.… [Read more]

Ball of Confusion

Today’s “Say It In Song” post is an oldie but goodie from The Temptations.

“…Just a Ball of Confusion Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today…”

With uprisings, voter suppression efforts, the threat of war, racial and ethnic tensions, and a widening wealth gap between the haves and have-nots it seems “ball of confusion” is an accurate description.… [Read more]

The Supreme Court, Its Relation To The Election, and You

The Supreme Court started a new term this week and it is being argued that this may in fact be one of the most important sessions in over 60 years. After a three-month recess which began after the last session upheld the Affordable Care Act — which included the divisive Individual Mandate — the Supreme Court has released its list of potential cases.… [Read more]

Let’s Hope the Debates Will Make Things Worse for Mitt

Perhaps it’s foul to put it quite that bluntly but, as is the case for many of us, election day can’t arrive soon enough. The campaign season seems endless; misleading ads, voter suppression efforts and full-throated lies may be what is expected but that doesn’t make it easier to endure. After all, while the follies go on there’s still a nation to run — and the more time we spend watching an extremely lackluster candidate who is supposed to represent the best that the ‘loyal opposition’ has to offer, it’s now just a matter of time and how disgusted the voting public can become.… [Read more]

I’ll Be Watching You

The headlines say it all: “Obama Warns Young Voters About Voter Suppression“…. “Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach in Four States“…”Republicans’ Voter Suppression Project Grinds On“….and so on, and so on…

What does all of this mean? The GOP talks a good game about freedom and civil rights and values but, given their broad-based effort to keep citizens from exercicing their right to vote, we know that fairness, access and equality couldn’t honestly be part of their platform.… [Read more]

Selma to Montgomery Redux

I wanted so much to join Rev. Al Sharpton and thousands of others who marched from Selma, Alabama to the State Capitol in Montgomery this past week. The idea that 32 States, including the State of Tennessee, have enacted Voter ID laws and discriminatory immigration laws flies against everything gained in the 1965 Voter Rights Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.… [Read more]