Skip to comments.Sen. Rand Paul has support of Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on felon voting rights bill
Posted on 06/24/2014 9:07:11 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has found an unlikely ally in U.S. Senate in Majority Leader Harry Reid, at least on a measure which would return non-violent felons their right to vote.
Paul has been pushing to restore the voting rights to non-violent felons in Kentucky, speaking to community members in West Louisville about the initiative and appearing in a state Senate committee meeting in February.
The legislation, which was drafted in the form of a constitutional amendment, was changed by state Senate Republicans in Frankfort, and never made it to a floor vote in the Senate.
In the United States Senate, Paul is expected to introduced legislation this week to restore the right to vote for non-violent felons and as Politico reports, he even wants to redefine some felony drug sentencing.
This is a much bigger problem than anything else limiting voting right now. Nearly a million people cant vote. And I want to help people get their right to vote back, Paul told CNNs Candy Crowley on Sunday.
As Paul noted in the interview with Crowley, a higher rate of African-Americans have felony convictions for non-violent drug crimes even though statistics show that Caucasians abuse drugs at five times the rate of African-Americans according to the NAACP . And the NAACP notes that yet, African-Americans are sent to prison at 10 times the rate of whites for drug crimes.
On the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said he agreed with the need for the legislation, saying 15 years ago he too filed similar legislation.
I so appreciate his suggestion and Ill have more to say about that later and I hope I dont get him in trouble with his Republican caucus for congratulating him on this, Reid said.
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Is Mitch going to put up with Grimey felons voting against him or the Kentucky Gov candidate?
Ah yes, anything to increase democrat voters.
Paul is an idiot.
I agree with this... If a person has paid their debt to society, why should they not be citizens again.
and own guns too!
“and own guns too!”
When is Rand going to say something that makes sense? The idiot has lost me..
Randy Paul has gotten worse than Marco Rubio.
“and own guns too!”
Most felonies do not involve violence. There are tens of thousands of felonies at a state or federal level (you could have committed one today and not even realized it).
If a person is not ready to be released, then keep him/her in prison.
Hey, Democrats helped the establishment in Mississippi. We’re dealing with the Uniparty now.
They're still citizens, just ones that have lost the privilege of voting. So you're fine and dandy with letting some marxist left-wing activist who was convicted of voter fraud being allowed to vote again once they're patrolled?
Actually, I think his proposal has some potential. Someone convicted of a non-violent drug felony in their early 20’s should not lose their voting rights for the remainder of their lives if they have kept their nose clean. Maybe there can be some restrictions ....like a clean record for 10 years.
You don't believe in anything in between? It's either a 100% return, or life in prison?
Scooter Libby or Martha Stewart might go on a gun rampage. /s
Yes, it has potential to ensure Democrats win all future elections, which is why the Dems are pushing for this and illegal alien amnesty. Illegal aliens + convicted felons voting = DemonRats win. Study after study has shown that:
No, Paul is a turncoat.
How about restoring the right to keep and bear arms for non-violent felons?
Now now...we must vote GOP no matter what or we hate America and love Obama. I read that right here by staunch rock ribbed conservatives.
If they aren’t rehabilitated then perhaps they should stay in jail. Otherwise make em full citizens.
“So you’re fine and dandy with letting some marxist left-wing activist who was convicted of voter fraud being allowed to vote again once they’re patrolled?”
Name one person who has been convicted of that. (in your dreams)
I just received a letter from Paul in the mail.
He asked for money.
If they are allowed to vote, they should be allowed to bear arms as well. FULL rights as citizen if have not committed any crimes in 10+ years
“You don’t believe in anything in between? It’s either a 100% return, or life in prison?”
Rand has morphed into aeEstablishment fool.
Rand has morphed into a Establishment fool.
I see your point, but I still think his bill has some potential. Maybe it should have a requirement of having to have a clean record for 20 years (not 10 per my original suggestion).
Regardless, it likely won’t happen any time soon.
You don’t even sound like you are fooling yourself.
Have you ever been a part of a social structure of future cons, ex-cons, and repeat cons, and in and out cons, and never caught so far felons, who were your friends and roommates and running buddies, who you knew what they were really like, and what they would think about this nonsense?
Have you ever run with the Sociopaths and Psychopaths and seen how they don’t even see prison and doing time like you seem to think they do, and not just them, the system itself that has to manage them?
Name one? I can name dozens. Where shall we start? Meet your future eligible Democrat voter pool if Rand Paul gets his way. All “non-violent” offenders:
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has found an unlikely ally in U.S. Senate in Majority Leader Harry Reid
Nothing “unlikely” in that pairing; Runt is more in line with Reid than he is with any true Republican.
Good one Billy. You did your homework. I spent more than 25 years in California prisons. It was not fun, dealing with the dregs of society, day in and day out, but I survived.
You are correct sir. I do not even think I would be going out on a limb, to say the vast majority of prison inmates are Dem supporters. Many of the ones I talked to, thought the rats were softer on crime, so they supported rats over pubbies. I am sure there were some other reasons too, but I think that ONE reason was the most important to them.
Criminals are a natural Democratic constituency. Republicans are generally speaking for longer sentences for crimes and repeat offenders will be punished less severely if Democrats win. Additionally, convicted criminals attempting to reintegrate into society after serving time are going to need welfare programs at a higher than average rate. The only issue on which Republicans are better for the convicts are restoration of gun rights, and my guess is that is less attractive than money or leniency.
Something in the coffee on the hill
Rand Paul has gone completely around the bend in the last several months!
The majority of felons are Black and Democrat, and many have converted to Islam while in prison.
Rand has flushed any chance he ever had for being a Prez candidate on the GOP/Conservative ticket, because he continues to run his mouth in support of just about every liberal social issue.
“Non-violent” will soon be set aside for “all.”
Ruin Paul is the Judas Iscariot of the Republican Party.
The Paul’s have left the Republican party and any sense of decency. Good to see the colors now, and NOT when Rand is getting sworn into office... /sarc
I really wish Rand Paul would just switch to “Independent” and get it over with.
I was hoping for another Ted Cruz. Instead, we’re getting another RINO.
I agree. If Rand Paul gets this bill passed, some liberal judge will strike down the "non-violent" rule for convicted felons and say its unfair and violates equal protection rules because both the violent and non-violent offender have "done their time and paid their debt to society" and have had their full rights restored, so its "fundamentally unfair" to say one of them can vote and one can't.
Good news for Fabian Nunez after AHNULD pardoned his murderous thug son.
Plus, as I noted earlier, Rand did NOT include an exception to ban felons convicted of VOTE FRAUD from voting. Al Franken is probably jealous he didn't introduce the bill.