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May 31, 2007


Pretty productive couple of days for you.
Do you ever sleep?

"Very deliberate, these Republicans, in their efforts to disenfranchise brown people."

Now isn't Rachel Paulose also a brown person? Interesting - using a Federalist society brown person to prevent a white person from investigating the disenfranchisement of brown voters. Only in Rethug land!

TPM has a story pointing to 'voter fraud' in the Graves firing, also. Apparently one of the GOP's tame 'voter fraud' experts complained to someone in the DOJ or the WH (the guy boasted about it afterward, the $%^&*).

It's still all about the NAIS -- or at least the Pearl Harbor Massacre was heavily weighted towards NAIS, with Lam thrown in on merits of her own district. "I told you so" feels awful, knowing they have been working on this since South Dakota and Thune/Daschle.

Were there any other ways in which the Native American population could have been disenfranchised? I'm having a hard time believing it was as simple as voter ID's; Michigan, for example, doesn't seem to follow that mold. Or least nothing has emerged in this respect. The Kiffemeyer role certainly makes it worth looking more closely at the SOS of each of the Gonzales 8 states; were they only doing what Terri Lynn Land was trying, or were they combining that with the voter ID's issue?

The story provides a critical map of the way the Republicans deliberately worked to disenfranchise Native Americans.

Very true. Though we already had this map.

ab initio, Rachel Palouse is not the firt Clarence Thomas and Clarence is not the first Tom.

ab initio, Rachel Palouse is not the first Clarence Thomas and Clarence is not the first Tom.

Depending on whther the transfer of Lewis was a demotion or not.

I wonder if Lewis does not have a valid reatliation claim against Paulose and DOJ.

You are not "supposed" to get punished for actually doing your job.

When I was doing public corruption cases, the rule of thumb was to amass and lock down as much ahrd evidence as you could before anybody powrful "caught you" doing your job. Then it was too late to stop you without the risk of a retaliation suit.

It was apain in the ass to have live so defensively, but it worked.

I'm starting to believe that the only way to clean out this Augean stable of voting rights is a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote federally. May I suggest the following wording from our Charter of Rights in Canada, Section 3?

3. Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.

After all who could object to that? It would be as easy as an amendment guaranteeing equal rights to women, how could that ever fail to pass? Right?

Ishmael -- We have the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution:

Fifteenth Amendment - Right of Citizens to Vote

Section. 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section. 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

But like all other laws, there's always somebody trying to break or skirt them. Believe there is adequate precedent that supports Native Americans (as non-whites being disenfranchised), but there has to be a concrete case first. We're still looking for an indisputable "smoking gun".

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