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  • Coming Soon: Blistering New Book on DOJ and Voting Section (Obama's Enforcer)

    04/14/2014 2:08:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | April 14, 2014 | Christian Adams
    On June 10, a blistering new book on the Justice Department and the shenanigans inside the DOJ Voting Section is released. "Obama's Enforcer" by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky will detail abuses of power at Holder's Justice Department. It has disturbing stories from inside the Department about Justice Department staff both giving a pass to criminal election activity as well as naming the names of those inside the Civil Rights Division who engaged in criminal activity. Amazon link here.
  • Rand Paul fights for felon voting rights

    02/20/2014 3:59:31 PM PST · by Innovative · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | FEb 19, 2014 | Halimah Abdullah
    Tayna Fogle sat just behind Sen. Rand Paul, nodding her head and listening as he pressed the case with Kentucky state senators to restore felon voting rights.
  • Resurgent Holder pushes agenda

    02/15/2014 4:11:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Conservatives hoping to celebrate the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder might be in for a long wait. The attorney general’s position has looked perilous at various points during his tenure. But these days, he seems resurgent, pushing states to strike down voting restrictions on ex-felons and fighting hard to restore some of the key powers of the Voting Rights Act. It has been an uphill climb. In 2012, Holder became the first attorney general to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives while, the year before, he had to retreat from his earlier insistence that suspects in...
  • Holder Urges States to Repeal Bans on Felons’ Voting

    02/11/2014 8:00:55 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2-11-14 | Matt Apuzzo
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday urged states to repeal laws that prohibit felons from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions of people. The call was mostly symbolic — Mr. Holder has no authority to enact these changes himself — but it marked the attorney general’s latest effort to eliminate laws that he says disproportionately keep minorities from the polls. “It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values,” Mr. Holder said at civil rights conference at Georgetown University. These laws deserve to...
  • HKonJ: Thousands march in downtown Raleigh

    02/08/2014 8:26:38 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    .newsobserver ^ | February 8, 2014 | THOMASI MCDONALD
    RALEIGH — State NAACP President William J. Barber II laid out goals for a diverse coalition of groups Saturday afternoon at a rally attended by thousands of people from all over the state and the nation who marched, sang, chanted, cheered and even danced through downtown Raleigh. Organizers said the “Mass Moral March” was intended to push back against last year’s Republican-led legislation in North Carolina. Barber called for well-funded public education, anti-poverty policies, affordable health care for all that includes the expansion of Medicaid, an end to disparities in the criminal justice system on the basis of class and...
  • MSNBC Panel: 2013 "Worst Year For Voting Rights Since 1877"

    12/28/2013 4:10:42 PM PST · by absentee · 26 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/28/2013 | Caleb Howe
    “I really think this was the worst year for voting rights since 1877 when federal troops pulled out of the south and ended reconstruction.” He goes on to say it’s not a similar situation. But then he goes on to say it’s totally the same thing. Harris-Perry tries to somehow moderate Ari’s outrageous comparison toward the end of the above clip by putting the words in his mouth that this isn’t exactly the same but sort of the same, but differenty. Or something.
  • Community organizer, elected president in 2008, Retires

    09/09/2013 12:33:43 PM PDT · by Red Statements · 3 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 09/09/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    <p>He was born of a mixed race parentage, who graduated from Columbia University, and worked as a community organizer, before being elected president. He has now announced his resignation.</p>
  • Holder's Texas Vendetta: He Suppresses Voter ID Truth

    09/06/2013 2:45:56 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 6, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Voting Rights: While the Department of Justice sues Texas over its Voter ID law, analysis of Georgia's 2008 statute shows turnout increased among all groups, including blacks and Hispanics. Jim Crow, call your office. When on June 25 the U.S. Supreme Court freed southern states from the most onerous part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ruling that continuing certain requirements could not be justifiably based on past voter suppression but could be justified only if current discrimination against minorities could be proved, the decision did not sit well with Eric Holder's Department of Justice. In August, DOJ's civil rights...
  • Eric Holder Tangles with Texas (On the Voting Rights Act)

    08/28/2013 6:32:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/28/2013 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Hillary Clinton is not alone. This week former secretary of state Colin Powell and ABC’s Cokie Roberts chimed in to agree that asking people to prove they are who they say they are when they show up to vote is completely beyond the pale. Then the Department of Justice joined in, launching a lawsuit against Texas over its voter-ID law last Thursday. Colin Powell is not known for his expertise in this area. But that didn’t stop him from saying that requirements like voter ID “are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that...
  • Eric Holder will “transcend partisanship” by overturning a Supreme Court decision

    08/01/2013 9:05:26 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/1/13 | Doug Book
    “This issue transcends partisanship, and we must work together,” said AG Eric Holder in a speech before the National Urban League in Philadephia a week ago. (1) The “issue” Holder referred to was the overthrow by the Supreme Court of the preclearance requirement–Sections 4, 5–of the Voting Rights Act. Thanks to the ruling in Shelby County v Holder it will no longer be necessary for selected states and jurisdictions to have all proposed changes to voting procedure approved (precleared) by the Department of Justice or the DC District Court. And how has the Attorney General decided to “transcend partisanship” and...
  • Sharpton Claim: I Briefed Hillary, Holder And Obama On Voting Rights Act

    07/30/2013 4:07:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | July 30, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    Al Sharpton claims he has briefed Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court's recent Voting Rights Act decision. The MSNBC host took to the Huffington Post to criticize Bill O'Reilly for speaking out against black on black crime in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. In his post, Sharpton draws a contrast between the crime issue and the recent decision rolling back portions of the Voting Rights Act. As Sharpton bragged about his critical insight and influence at the highest levels of power, he revealed that he has briefed the President, the Attorney General and...
  • Eric Holder Takes the Fight for Voting Rights to Texas

    07/27/2013 1:00:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 27, 2013 | Hilary Hylton
    After a key provision in the Voting Rights Act was struck down by the Supreme Court in June, the Obama Administration turned to another tactic to seek pre-clearance for changes to election laws, starting with the Lone Star State. In Texas, following Holder's announcement, the DOJ claimed clear evidence of discrimination both in the past and present, and asked a federal court to impose at least 10 years of required pre-clearance. Holder also pledged to block a Texas voter ID law passed in 2011 that state Attorney General Greg Abbott had green-lighted immediately following the Supreme Court’s Shelby County ruling...
  • Kansas voting laws could face Justice Department scrutiny

    07/25/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    kansas.com ^ | July 25, 2013 | Dion Lefler
    Kansas laws could be targeted as the U.S. attorney general on Thursday announced a new federal offensive against state restrictions on voting rights. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that he is shifting resources in the Justice Department to pursue more legal action against state-by-state voting restrictions. He said his efforts will begin with Texas and expand to other states where voting issues have surfaced. Joan Wagnon, chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party, applauded Holder’s speech and said she’s considering contacting the Justice Department over the issue of more than 12,000 Kansas voters whose registration is “in suspense” because of...
  • After Supreme Court Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws

    07/07/2013 6:05:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/06/2013 | By MICHAEL COOPER
    State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans who control state legislatures throughout the region say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. But such fraud is extremely rare, and Democrats are concerned that the proposed changes will make it harder for many poor voters and members of minorities — who tend to vote Democratic — to cast their ballots in states that once discriminated against black voters with poll...
  • The Supreme Court has broken up a first-rate, election rigging scheme

    07/02/2013 8:57:54 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/2/13 | Doug Book
    Justice Antonin Scalia shocked liberal sensibilities during oral arguments in the recently decided Shelby County, Alabama v Holder, voting rights case. Providing his analysis of the 98-0, 2006 Senate vote to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act (VRA) for an additional 25 years, Scalia said: “Now, I don’t think [the lop-sided vote] is attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this [law]. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult...
  • Silver Linings in the Supreme Court Decisions

    06/28/2013 10:23:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/28/2013 | Matt Towery
    As I often say, "OK, I get it." People have very passionate views both on the value of the Voting Rights Act and its past requirements of certain states and on the issue of same-sex marriage. Polls show people split on the issues. Delving into the merits of the central issues involved in all of the major decisions handed down by the Supreme Court on these matters will obscure a valuable silver lining for devotees of our constitutional framers. In the instance of the Voting Rights Act, the court in essence said that to single out certain states based on...
  • MSNBC on Voting Rights Act: Clarence Thomas is a symbolic Jew inviting a metaphorical Hitler

    06/27/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite. If you believe Eric Holder is the Moses of our time because he’s the “chief lawgiver of the United States,” I guess you’ll believe this. We should be thankful, at least, for the creativity of the metaphor. Most of the nastier left-wing attacks on Thomas rely on lazy smears of him as an “Uncle Tom” or a “house slave.” If you’re going to go that far, you might as well go full Godwin. No sugar-coating.Semi-related: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters consider radical Muslims to be the bigger threat to...
  • Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case

    06/17/2013 8:03:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 132 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 17, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    Something perverse happened after the Supreme CourtÂ’s decision today invalidating citizenship-verification requirements in Arizona for registrants who use the federal voter registration form. The Left knows they lost most of the battle, but are still claiming victory. ThatÂ’s what they do. Election-integrity proponents and the states are saying they lost, but donÂ’t realize they really won. The Left wins even when they lose, and conservatives are often bewildered and outfoxed in the election-process game. Earlier today, I called the decision a nothingburger. After re-reading the case and reflecting a bit more, itÂ’s clear that the decision was a disaster for...
  • Va. governor restores Scooter Libby’s vote rights

    03/03/2013 11:59:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2013 10:46 PM EST
    Former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to a report to the General Assembly. Libby’s name is listed in the Feb. 23 report on pardons, commutations, reprieves and other forms of clemency the Republican governor is required to submit annually. Without elaboration, the report says Libby’s civil rights were restored Nov. 1, 2012. … In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ civil rights. McDonnell has streamlined the process and, consequently, has restored the rights of more than...
  • US Supreme Court justices voice skepticism of voting rights law

    02/27/2013 2:15:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/27/2013
    The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure's vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested that other important laws in U.S. history had run their course. "Times change," Kennedy said during the fast-paced, 70-minute argument. Kennedy's views are likely to prevail on the closely divided court, and he tends to side with his more conservative colleagues...
  • Key provisions of Voting Rights Act appear in jeopardy after high court argument

    02/27/2013 10:00:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 2/27/13 | Tom Curry
    Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights Act, appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to them.
  • Concerns raised over possible exploitation of mentally disabled voters

    11/03/2012 9:22:36 AM PDT · by thecodont · 25 replies
    FayObserver via Drudge Report ^ | Published: 08:48 AM, Fri Nov 02, 2012 | By Gregory Phillips
    Jimmy Green's stepdaughter had never voted before. The 57-year-old is mentally disabled, and Green said she doesn't understand the concept of casting a ballot. But this week, she called her parents to say she had voted for President Obama. The care home in Fayetteville where she lives registered its residents to vote and drove them to the polls, Green said. "My concern is that somebody told her who to vote for," he said. "She didn't even know there's two different parties." Complaints of uncomprehending voters being ferried to cast ballots surface every election. And in a presidential race as close...
  • Another big Supreme Court term kicks off Monday

    09/30/2012 2:51:59 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 56 replies
    boston.com ^ | 9/29/12 | MARK SHERMAN/Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court’s liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
  • NAACP Urges U.N. to Investigate U.S. for ‘Racially Discriminatory Election Laws’ [Felon rights]

    09/27/2012 10:49:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    CNS ^ | September 27, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Charging that millions of citizens, two-fifths of them black, have been denied the right to vote because of felony convictions, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called on the United Nations this week to investigate America’s “racially discriminatory election laws.” An NAACP delegation visiting Geneva hosted a panel on the “disenfranchisement” of U.S. citizens and addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council, which is in session in the Swiss city. A delegate told the HRC that the right to vote was a cornerstone of democracy and that in the U.S. a patchwork of divergent laws and procedures have...
  • Obama campaign sues Ohio over early-voting restrictions

    07/17/2012 6:27:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, 07.17.12 | STEPHANIE WARSMITH
    AKRON, Ohio -- More than 1.7 million Ohioans voted before Election Day in the 2008 presidential election - about 30 percent of all ballots cast. And nearly 100,000 of them voted in-person in the final three days before the November election. Noting the significance of those numbers, President Barack Obama's campaign filed a federal lawsuit in Columbus on Wednesday, seeking to restore the three days of early voting prior to Election Day that the GOP-controlled Ohio Legislature eliminated earlier this year. The suit was the first legal action Obama's campaign has filed in this election. "This lawsuit seeks to treat...
  • Is Ohio depriving Black Voters civil rights by using Jim Crow tactics

    07/16/2012 10:40:13 AM PDT · by Kfobbs · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | July, 16, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    Some Democrat leaders in Ohio are alarmed by the recent decision by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to deep-six extended hours and weekend early voting for the period leading to the November general election. The liberal alarmists’ volume has been turned up by recently primary deposed Cleveland-based congressman Dennis Kucinich. He insists that the secretary of state must reverse his decision in order to insure that urban voters have a chance to vote. Kucinich believes that this would be a show of good faith and a “vote for democracy.” Yet, it seems that the soon to be former congressman...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts Does It Again!

    07/02/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://pjmedia.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    I was just on the Glen Beck show on GBTV and had occasion to note that Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion in the Obamacare case was familiar to me. It turns out that Roberts adopted a similar activist rewriting of the parties’ arguments in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder. Most people just call it the “MUD” case, but it provides some clarity about what happened last week in the Obamacare ruling. In MUD, a small utility district in Texas was challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. (Shelby County Alabama and Texas are currently doing...
  • Voter identification laws may effect 2012 election

    01/27/2012 8:49:51 AM PST · by usalady · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 27, 2012 | Martha R Gore
    Changes in elections laws have been enacted many times since 1790 when only American white males were legally allowed to vote. Included were the 1870 law that allowed former slaves to vote, in 1920 women’s suffrage came about, in 1924 the Indians Citizenship Act gave Native Americans the right-to-vote and in 1964, the poll tax was banned in all federal elections. These were all considered positive changes.
  • Voter ID: Holder Looks Through Race-Colored Glasses

    12/29/2011 4:35:52 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 29, 2011 | IBD staff
    Suffrage: Fresh from using his race as a defense in the Fast and Furious scandal, the attorney general blocks South Carolina's voter photo ID law as discriminatory. Tell that to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Palmetto State can't seem to catch a break from this administration. First, the right-to-work state gets harassed by the National Labor Relations Board over Boeing's expansion into a new plant. Now the Justice Department has blocked a voter ID law passed in May and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley. Both federal actions, along with a Justice Department investigation into Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have...
  • Bill Clinton Calls Out Rick Scott on Ex Felon Voting Rights (FL)

    07/06/2011 2:50:50 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 40 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 6th 2011 | Staff
    ....“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.
  • At Justice, It Just Keeps Getting Worse

    03/16/2011 2:11:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 16, 2011 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The Civil Rights Division has blocked a much-needed reform of a local school board in S.C., once again showing it has no interest in protecting minority voters if they are white. The Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department has done it again. Under the supervision of scandal-plagued Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes, the Division has blocked a much-needed reform of a local school board in Fairfield County, S.C. It’s the latest example of what happens when you put a civil rights enforcement unit under a political appointee who opposes race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Aided...
  • EDITORIAL: Military voters get a hearing--Holder should guarantee that 100% of our troops can vote

    02/14/2011 5:02:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2011 | Editorial
    Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, is testifying today about military voting problems before the House Administration Committee. He should get hammered for the bureaucracy’s laggard attention to making sure those who defend our rights can exercise their own right to vote. Despite Justice Department claims to the contrary, voting procedures for troops and civilians stationed overseas were plagued by difficulties in 2010. Bumbling and obstinacy at Justice are part of the problem. At issue for much of last year was implementation of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which requires that ballots for these...
  • Civil Rights Commissioner Irate: Says Justice Department Is Stonewalling New Black Panthers Case

    10/31/2010 2:04:12 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 19 replies
    The Bulletin ^ | 10-31-10 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Todd F. Gaziano is very angry at the Justice Department (DOJ). As one of the commissioners on the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, he says ...
  • Freep a Poll! (Foxnews. Should legal non-ctizens be allowed to vote?)

    10/25/2010 3:21:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10-25-10 | FoxNews
    Should Legal Noncitizens Have the Right to Vote? Yes -- If they pay taxes and can serve in the military, it's only fair that they also be allowed to vote on local issues. Yes, but... -- Only in state and local elections. The right to vote in a national election should be reserved for citizens of the United States of America. No -- Voting is a citizen's right. If they want it, then let them first become citizens. Undecided Other (Post a comment)
  • EDITORIAL: Felons vote, soldiers don't

    10/20/2010 5:38:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2010 | Editorial
    Justice Department disenfranchises military, protects Black PanthersThe Obama Justice Department is doing everything it can to boost Democrats in the upcoming election. It's helping stifle military votes, facilitating criminal voting and encouraging intimidation at the polls by deep-sixing the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. In an Oct. 15 letter representing the views of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich tied together the department's mishandling of military voting rights and the Black Panther case. Mr. Weich wrote Rep. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican, to give assurance that Justice would "not take any action that would be inconsistent...
  • N.Y. To GIs: No Votes For You!

    10/12/2010 5:50:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 12, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Election '10: The de facto disenfranchisement of soldiers by an incompetent Board of Elections is a shameful slap in the face of those who are fighting and dying in two wars to protect our right to vote and theirs. There's no excuse for this. None. The failure of the state of New York's Board of Elections to send out absentee ballots to the state's military and overseas voters, even after being granted a federal extension under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, is made worse by the fact that New York City on 9/11 was the Pearl Harbor...
  • Denying Our Soldiers The Vote

    09/23/2010 4:47:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2010 | INvestors Business Daily staff
    Election '10: The Department of Justice is failing to enforce a law that protects the voting rights of soldiers overseas. They're allowed to fight and die for their country, but they can't vote for its leaders? Last Saturday was the deadline under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) for states to have sent unmarked absentee ballots to soldiers overseas so they can exercise the same right to vote as those they risk their lives to protect, including Afghans and Iraqis. The MOVE Act, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last year, says states must provide overseas ballots 45 days...
  • Feds to Sue New York Board Over Military Voting Violations, State Official Says

    10/12/2010 7:23:13 AM PDT · by rhoda_penmark · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/12/2010 | Fox News
    The New York State Board of Elections expects to get hit as early as Tuesday with a court order from the U.S. Department of Justice targeting counties violating a federal law that protects military voters, the state board’s chairman told FoxNews.com.
  • EDITORIAL: No black hole for Black Panthers--Attorney General Holder can't hide testimony forever

    10/11/2010 5:14:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 11, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama Justice Department can put an end to the scandal surrounding the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. All Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would have to do is allow members of his Voting Rights Section to answer a few simple questions under oath, without waiving a single legal privilege.On Friday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights approved two letters to Mr. Holder. Both ask, again, for more cooperation than the Justice Department has provided for 16 months. The commission is seeking information about an alleged "broad culture of hostility to race-neutral enforcement of the civil rights laws;...
  • Complete Charlie Foxtrot: DOJ fails to protect military voters (Outrageous conduct by DOJ)

    10/10/2010 12:48:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | October 10, 2010 | Christian Adams
       Barely three weeks before the election, the Department of Justice has opened "urgent" discussions with New York.  New York has failed to mail ballots to military voters.  This is the latest breakdown in DOJ enforcement of the MOVE Act. The MOVE Act required ballots to mail out on September 18.  New York obtained a waiver allowing the ballots to mail October 1.  But that didn't happen across a sizeable portion of the Empire State - including all of New York City and Westchester County.  On October 2, the failure to comply with the deadline should have been known.  Fox...
  • More Disgrace: The Obama-Holder Justice Department Is Failing Our Military Voters

    10/07/2010 11:28:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 7, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    The crack Department of Justice unit set up to protect military voters is beginning to resemble the Keystone Kops operation of 2008. The latest: DOJ's complete failure to ensure that military voters get their 2010 ballots on time. The crack Department of Justice unit set up to protect military voters is beginning to resemble the Keystone Kops operation of 2008.  It turns out that after they concluded that all the military ballots in Illinois went out on time, they were wrong. In fact, ballots in one of the largest counties in the state, St. Clair County, did not go out...
  • Holder is AWOL on military voting--Justice fails to protect the votes of those who protect America

    10/01/2010 6:58:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2010 | Editorial
    The Justice Department is living down to its reputation for not caring about protecting voting rights of military personnel. With 20 full-time attorneys supposedly on the task, it has failed to do as much for military voters as a ragtag team of volunteer law students has accomplished. The department's inaction is suspicious.For months, critics have charged Justice with being reluctant to enforce the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Enforcement Act (MOVE Act), probably because the Obama political team suspects that soldiers tend to vote Republican. The MOVE Act requires states to mail ballots at least 45 days before Election...
  • New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case: 'Bombshell' for Obama?

    09/25/2010 5:41:21 AM PDT · by libstripper · 58 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 24, 2010 | Patrik Jonsson
    When Department of Justice attorneys traveled to investigate a voter intimidation allegation against a black politician in Mississippi's Noxubee County in 2006, one civil rights staff attorney commented, "Can you believe we're going to Mississippi to protect white voters?" To Christopher Coates, the former head of the Department of Justice's voting rights section, the comment was more than just an attempt at irony – it was evidence that something was going wrong in the department.
  • American Hero: Coates Negates a Year of Justice Department Spin on New Black Panther Case

    09/24/2010 10:57:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 23, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    We no longer must consult history for a lawyer-hero willing to take personal risk for sacred principles such as the rule of law and racial equality. Our age can claim Christopher Coates. It has been a very bad week for the dwindling number of people defending the dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party by Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Today might have been the worst day of all. Former Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates testified to the United States Civil Rights Commission that Obama political appointees dismissed the case because they are opposed to enforcing...
  • Voting Rights Official Calls Dismissal of Black Panther Case a 'Travesty of Justice'

    09/24/2010 10:43:49 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 24, 2010 | Fox News
    The Justice Department is ignoring civil rights cases that involve white victims and wrongly abandoned a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party last year, a top department official testified Friday. He called the department's conduct a "travesty of justice." Christopher Coates, former voting chief for the department's Civil Rights Division, spoke under oath Friday morning before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, in a long-awaited appearance that had been stonewalled by the Justice Department for nearly a year. Coates discussed in depth the DOJ's decision to dismiss intimidation charges against New Black Panther members who were videotaped...
  • Coates: Obama appointee told me to stop pursuing race-neutral enforcement of Voting Rights Act

    09/24/2010 8:14:29 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    PJTV is broadcasting the testimony of Christopher Coates to the Civil Rights Commission live this morning, but they already have his opening statement available in PDF format at Pajamas Media. It contains at least one bombshell, which is that Obama appointee Loretta King ordered Coates to stop asking applicants whether they supported race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The question became necessary because of resistance in the Civil Rights division from career attorneys to enforce the law when it resulted in African-American defendants rather than victims, an attitude that Coates first encountered in the Bush era:
  • Coates’ Direct Eyewitness Testimony to Shine Light on DOJ

    09/23/2010 7:19:28 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 43 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | 9/23/2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The news that Christopher Coates, former chief of the Justice Department’s Voting Section, is set to testify Friday before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is crucial to the panel’s investigation of allegations that the Obama administration has not enforced the nation’s civil rights laws in a race-neutral manner.
  • DOJ military voting enforcement: failed to give the full measure of their devotion

    09/18/2010 11:48:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | September 18, 2010 | Christian Adams
    DOJ military voting enforcement: failed to give the full measure of their devotion The mess surrounding 2010 military voting rights enforcement is coming to a rotten conclusion. On Friday the DOJ announced settlements against states that were not in compliance with the MOVE Act. Friday was the day before ballots were required to go overseas to military voters. In some of the settlements, the ballots aren’t going to go on time. These Friday news releases are becoming a pattern. On Friday, Justice Department reached agreements with Hawaii, Colorado, D.C. and the Virgin Islands in response to their failure to comply with...
  • Justice Department Reaches Agreement to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Vote...(See Comment)

    09/16/2010 1:22:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    DOJ ^ | September 15, 2010 | Press Release
    Complete title: Justice Department Reaches Agreement to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Voters in Alaska WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with Alaska officials to help ensure that military service members and other U.S. citizens living overseas have an opportunity to participate fully in the Nov. 2, 2010, federal general election. The agreement was necessary to ensure Alaska’s compliance with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act). The agreement provides Alaska will expedite the candidate certification procedures for its Aug. 24, 2010, primary election so that it is able...
  • BREAKING: DOJ Undermines Pentagon, Allows Wisconsin To Ignore Military Voting Protections

    09/10/2010 11:41:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 121 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 10, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    This is a disgrace, plain and simple. Military voters, their families, and veterans organizations should be outraged at the Holder DOJ. It is 2008 all over again. Today the Department of Justice effectively rewrote the 2009 MOVE Act designed to protect military voters. In a settlement reached with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the Holder Justice Department allowed Wisconsin to mail ballots to overseas military voters only 32 days before the election, instead of the statutorily mandated 45 days. Once again, it is no accident this embarrassing settlement is being released on a Friday, so fewer might notice.The Pentagon had...