Women’s Equality Day: The 19th Amendment and the right to vote

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees American women’s right to vote, was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Ratification and certification of this amendment meant that United States citizen could not be denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. This amendment was a long time in the making; it was first introduced in 1878 by Susan B.… [Read more]

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]

Get There Early!

What’s this? Big Bird is on a bread line? We all know that Mitt Romney, during the first Presidential debate of this campaign season, promised to cut all funding for Public Broadcasting, which only amounts to a drop in the bucket — and that he would greatly increase defense spending, which is not only not a drop in the bucket, but comprises the majority of the bucket’s contents.… [Read more]

The Great Equalizer: Your Vote

The billionaire Koch Bros.’ ALEC and the 2010 crop of Tea Party Republicans have been hard at work making it harder for you to vote.  Everything from summary disenrollment from voter rolls, reduced opportunities to exercise one’s Constitutional right to have a voice in government, to onerous identification rules have one objective in mind: to keep Ann Romney’s We the “You People” from voting as they did in the last Presidential election.… [Read more]

Mississippi Goddam

This week’s Say It In Song choice features Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” — still as timely now as it was then.

 

How’s voting against your own interests working out for you, Mississippi?… [Read more]