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Bill Clinton likens GOP effort to Jim Crow laws
Politico ^ | 07/06/11 | Darren Samuelsohn

Posted on 07/07/2011 8:23:42 AM PDT by freespirited

Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday compared GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and block some convicted felons from voting to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes.

In a speech to liberal youth activists Wednesday, the former president called out proposals in battleground states like Florida and Ohio that could limit the voter rolls.

“I can’t help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and we’re supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Clinton said at Campus Progress’s annual conference in Washington.

“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” Clinton added.

Clinton mentioned Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s move in March to overturn past state precedent — including under former GOP governors — that allows convicted felons to vote once they’ve served they’ve finished probation periods.

“Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?” Clinton said. “Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That’s why.”

He also cited the New Hampshire proposal — which is currently stymied by a veto from Democratic Gov. John Lynch – that would stop college students who are from other states from registering to vote where they go to school.

Other states with powerful new GOP majorities have also drawn fire for their recent proposals to change voting laws.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill that eliminates several early voting options and also eliminates a week-long period when voters could register and cast ballots at the same time. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in May requiring voters to show identification at the polls and to have lived in their ward 28 days before the election.

And Maine Gov. Paul LePage last month approved a bill that negates a 38-year old law allowing same-day registration.

“Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate,” Clinton said.

Chris Jankowski, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, pushed back against Clinton’s charge that the GOP is out to keep people from making it to the voting booth.

“It’s just not fair to paint all these proposals with the same broad brush,” he said.

“The Republican legislative majorities and their governors around the country are standing up for the integrity of the election process,” he added. “We support everyone who is entitled to vote to vote. And to take issue with that, to be opposed to that principle means you’re actually supporting illegal voting.”

Jankowski also said that turnout is fair game in politics. “Each party is free to do everything they should and possibly can to turn out their voters,” he said.

Carolyn Fiddler, communications director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, welcomed Clinton’s remarks on an issue her organization has been closely tracking. “It’s such a serious issue, and it’s exciting to know Clinton is speaking out on it,” she said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billclinton; clinton; jimcrow; jimcrowe; ratslander; voterid; voterregistration; voting
He's sounding more and more like Howard Dean.
1 posted on 07/07/2011 8:23:50 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Hey Bill....STFU! Thanks


2 posted on 07/07/2011 8:26:09 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: freespirited

My understanding of American history is Jim Crow laws were instituted by Democrats to control Blacks. All the heartbreak of the South, slavery, segregation, separate but equal, was all Democrat policies.


3 posted on 07/07/2011 8:28:06 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: SkyDancer

I have the same understanding.


4 posted on 07/07/2011 8:28:56 AM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: freespirited

Oh, gee.

How original.

Republicans are racist.
Republicans want to reinstate Jim Crow.
Republicans want to return to slavery.


5 posted on 07/07/2011 8:29:49 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: freespirited

liberal youth activists = useful idiots


6 posted on 07/07/2011 8:33:47 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: freespirited

A Republican getting out of the bed in the morning is racist. And then there is breathing. We are racist just for breathing.


7 posted on 07/07/2011 8:37:28 AM PDT by all the best
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To: freespirited

So . . . this is from the apologist for the late Senator Byrd?

*snicker*


8 posted on 07/07/2011 8:39:20 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (We are not governed. We are occupied.)
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To: All

billy is trying to become relevent again...


9 posted on 07/07/2011 8:40:06 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: freespirited

I’m thinking that Bill Clinton is the last person I’m going to take lessons from regarding proper behavior.


10 posted on 07/07/2011 8:40:06 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: freespirited

Like Jimmy Carter, Clinton just can’t force himself to stay away from the stage. There’s something about Democrat ex-presidents these days that they just crave attention.

If 0bama ever goes into ex-president status (I say “if” because nothing these days is a given anymore), I can only imagine how much of a jones that SOB is going to have for the limelight.


11 posted on 07/07/2011 8:40:21 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: freespirited
“Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?”

Because, Bill, sometimes crime has consequences.

12 posted on 07/07/2011 8:41:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: freespirited
What did America ever do to deserve this destructive, perverted parasite?
13 posted on 07/07/2011 8:42:54 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: freespirited

He’s a lying socialist, community organizing,despotic race- baiter. Unfortunately, some pseudo-Americans here call him President.


14 posted on 07/07/2011 8:45:22 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Psalm 144
Why many people continue to prate about the charm and genius of this man is mystifying. If you are a true conservative, you cannot admire a man of no morals, ethics, integrity, or shame. He is despicable .

The main reason I cannot consider Newt, besides his predilection for wife-cheating, is his admitted admiration for Clinton when Newt was Speaker.

You do not have to HATE, but could we just quit admiring such a low life. Truly proof our culture is going to hell and is nearly there.

vaudine

15 posted on 07/07/2011 8:46:32 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: freespirited

Go away Bill.

I think Hillary has a new intern. You might want to concentrate on that.


16 posted on 07/07/2011 8:48:20 AM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: freespirited; SkyDancer; rlmorel
"Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday compared GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and"

Bill is making a point and I want to help him drive it home. The Election is just around the corner - NOVEMBER 6 2012! MY GOD FOLKS! People who want to register and vote RAT only have about 17 MONTHS to register! For Democrats, THAT ISN'T ENOUGH TIME! I mean, on a daily basis, about 50% of Democrats move and establish a new residence. It just isn't POSSIBLE for Democrats to get an ID or register to vote in ONLY 17 MONTHS! And I don't want to hear any nonsense about how Republican voters don't seem to have a problem getting an ID and registering to vote by election day. God made them smarter so any comparison is just UNFAIR! It's the DEMOCRATS who have this problem. And the real explanation isn't racism. It's because the DEMOCRATS HAVE THE MOST STUPID EFFING VOTERS ON THE PLANET!

17 posted on 07/07/2011 8:49:41 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: freespirited

Bill, you’re back! Ain’t seen your black ass in ages! How long has it been since you done any race pimpin’ homie? It’s like old times!


18 posted on 07/07/2011 8:50:25 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Enterprise

Agree.


19 posted on 07/07/2011 8:53:25 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: freespirited

The Jim Crow laws were written by Democrats, weren’t they?


20 posted on 07/07/2011 8:53:36 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: freespirited

That old crock, BJ?

You lose. People in general are not as dumb as you think they are.


21 posted on 07/07/2011 8:56:59 AM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He hate me)
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22 posted on 07/07/2011 8:57:28 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: rlmorel

Republicans seek to reduce election fraud. Democrats cry racism. Why aren’t they forced to make the case that only blacks vote fraudulently? That’s the only way the laws could be construed as racist.

Just like the butterfly ballots. The only way their dispute made sense is if one accepted their unspoken premise that Democrat voters are idiots who can’t figure out simple instructions. I wished that every time they brought it up they were forced to first prove said idiocy.


23 posted on 07/07/2011 8:58:28 AM PDT by getitright (If you call this HOPE, can we give despair a shot?)
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To: freespirited

LOL. What a tool. Remember this:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/04/bill-clinton-ob.html


24 posted on 07/07/2011 8:58:34 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Vision
What did America ever do to deserve this destructive, perverted parasite?

He is truly a despicable man. I wish at even public event he attends that there would be a group protesting and humiliating this POS. Liberals are truly evil human beings. God forbid, but if our Republic should collapse, I would want the MSM and Liberal politicians hunted down like rabid dogs and [you know the rest]

25 posted on 07/07/2011 8:59:58 AM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces her run: August 12, 2011 11:10am ET)
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To: Enterprise

LOL...GREAT rant there, and SPOT ON.

Thanks, that made me smile. As serious as this is, the truth will do that...:)


26 posted on 07/07/2011 9:03:14 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: freespirited
“I can’t help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and we’re supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Clinton said at Campus Progress’s annual conference in Washington.

So...from the tenor of this remark, it appears that we are to conclude that he was addressing a gathering of convicted felons.

If so, then Bill Clinton's agent needs to cast a wider net in search of better speaking engagements for the disgraced former President.
27 posted on 07/07/2011 9:03:39 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: SkyDancer
My understanding of American history is Jim Crow laws were instituted by Democrats to control Blacks. All the heartbreak of the South, slavery, segregation, separate but equal, was all Democrat policies.

Yes, your understanding is correct.
It is also why Martin Luther King was a registered Republican.

Do not try to tell today's illiterate ignorati about any of this, though.

28 posted on 07/07/2011 9:03:39 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: freespirited

Did Willy mention his vivid memories of black-church burnings in Arkansas when he was a boy?


29 posted on 07/07/2011 9:03:53 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I sure do.


30 posted on 07/07/2011 9:04:10 AM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: getitright; Enterprise

Exactly! Enterprise made the point in a way that captured exactly how I felt, but didn’t have time to elaborate on.

Don’t get me started. I spent a fair amount of time examining the ballot situation in the Franken election, and my blood pressure didn’t go down for a LONG time...


31 posted on 07/07/2011 9:06:02 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: rlmorel

Thank you. The amount of people who truly would need to register the same day as they vote because of recent change of address has to be minuscule. It’s just another reason though for the Democrats to subvert the elections.


32 posted on 07/07/2011 9:23:16 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: freespirited

It’s good to hear impeached former president Man-child admit that most criminals are Democrats. Maybe next he could address the problem of Democratic party chairmen going into graveyards election eve and chanting the words `Klaatu barada nikto demokratico.’ Let the dead rest in peace.


33 posted on 07/07/2011 9:28:36 AM PDT by tumblindice (Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gents, Democrats: the maybe president of the United States and the First Ho)
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To: freespirited

Blah! Blah! Blah! Bubba!


34 posted on 07/07/2011 9:34:55 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: freespirited
Dear Bill, how many Republicans owned Slaves?
Dear Bill, How many Democrats owned Slaves?

Dear Bill, How many Republicans were members of the KKK?
Dear Bill, How many Democrats were members of the KKK? That includes former Senators BTW.

One other question Bill, do you pay your “fair share” of Income Taxes or do you Itemize to cheat the Government out of the money you “earn” speaking to ignorant Democrat College Students?

35 posted on 07/07/2011 9:34:59 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now.)
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To: freespirited

I just do nit uderstand how they can even say this with a straight face.You need a photo ID for a bank accout for social security and you need a photo ID for welfare.Where is the problem?Is it because the dems know that 25+% of their vote is from fraud?


36 posted on 07/07/2011 9:37:46 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: freespirited
What was that you communist Scum? Liken the Clinton's to Ethel and Julius Rosenberg,Traitorous pair of Pigs!
37 posted on 07/07/2011 9:39:58 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: NMEwithin

Hey slick - put some ice on it.


38 posted on 07/07/2011 9:41:39 AM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: ScottinVA
I don't believe that a person that committed a crime, did their time (the consequences you talked about), and is no longer on probation, should be deprived of any of their rights. Redemption is a strong motivator for some, take away the possibility of redemption and recidivism will increase.

It doesn't sound like a conservative principle, in fact it sounds like something a Democrat came up with. I will need to look into that.

Not that long ago in this country, when you were released from prison they would hand you your guns back. It wouldn't be possible to convince me that we are better off today than we in that time.

39 posted on 07/07/2011 9:46:33 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: freespirited

I liken his time with Juanita Broderick to rape.


40 posted on 07/07/2011 9:46:50 AM PDT by crosshairs (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: chris_bdba
Where is the problem?Is it because the dems know that 25+% of their vote is from fraud?

Yup.

41 posted on 07/07/2011 9:47:54 AM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: ScottinVA

Then why should one be required to get license to drive a car, or go deer hunting, etc. those are all jim crow laws aren’t they.


42 posted on 07/07/2011 9:51:21 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: Lancey Howard

Which is why I’ve always been amazed why Blacks consistently vote Democrat.


43 posted on 07/07/2011 9:54:48 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: ScottinVA
I can only imagine how much of a jones that SOB is going to have for the limelight.

I'm heartened by the fact that he'll likely charge 50K a pop to read the teleprompter to the fawning masses. Why should he talk to the news for free?

44 posted on 07/07/2011 10:20:45 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Enterprise
people who truly would need to register the same day as they vote because of recent change of address has to be minuscule

In my state, at least, even these people aren't disenfranchised. They cast a provisional ballot.

45 posted on 07/07/2011 10:25:52 AM PDT by wbill
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To: ScottinVA

“Because, Bill, sometimes crime has consequences.”

Exactly. And the consequences are a direct result of the lousy CHOICE you made to commit a crime.


46 posted on 07/07/2011 10:38:46 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: freespirited
“Because most of them (Felons) in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats."

If a republican had pointed this out he/she would be called a "racist". BJ wants felons and illegals to determine our elections.

47 posted on 07/07/2011 10:45:26 AM PDT by lwd
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To: freespirited

Would someone please remind Bill Clinton that he is no longer President and we don’t give a fly “f” what he thinks?


48 posted on 07/07/2011 10:53:20 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: freespirited

Would someone please remind Bill Clinton that he is no longer President and we don’t give a fly “f” what he thinks?


49 posted on 07/07/2011 10:54:24 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: freespirited

Was this before or after he paid $20k to join an all white golf club. Enquiring minds.......


50 posted on 07/07/2011 12:54:59 PM PDT by sappy
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