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What it's like to register to vote in states with voter suppression law

Leroy Switlick, a 67-year-old visually impaired man who has voted in every election for the last 40 years may not get to vote this year, because he lives in Wisconsin, where Republican governor Scott Walker passed a voter-suppression law that requires people like Switkick, who’ve never traveled and never held a driver’s license, to show photo ID (like a passport or driver’s license) to …

Candid Republican operators admit that voter ID laws are about disenfranchisement

The Brennan Center has rounded up a rogues’ gallery of candid, on-the-record admissions from Republican politicians, officials, and operators about the true nature of the unconstitutional voter restriction laws that were cookie-cuttered across the Tea Party state governments: they don’t fight voter fraud (because that’s not a thing), but they do disenfranchise traditional democratic voters: people of color and students. Conservative Leader …

Foreign influence: how a Chinese businessman funneled $1.3M to Jeb Bush's campaign

Gordon Tang and Huaidan Chen — Chinese nationals who live in Singapore — own a global property speculation and development empire whose US branch is called American Pacific International Capital Inc. They followed a recipe set out in a memo by Charlie Spies, a top Republican lawyer, in order to funnel $1.3M to Jeb Bush’s PAC, then Tang offered a reporter for …

After repeated budget cuts, Missouri's underfunded Public Defender drafts the Governor to work for him

Brother Phil writes, “The Public Defender’s Office in Missouri is chronically underfunded by a governor who can always find money for his pet projects. However, they do have the power to draft any lawyer to serve as the defense in a case if they don’t have one spare.Guess who just happens to be a lawyer…” Missouri’s indigent defense system ranks 49th in the …

Watch GOP strategist Liz Mair call Trump a "loudmouthed dick" on live TV

THIS is CNN. (Thanks, UPSO!) report this ad Yes, they made the “Asian” porn yellow — apparently this is a pretty common sight in Georgia gas-stations, though the proliferation of network connections in big rigs will surely cut into that market (and create some serious potential for mischief). READ THE REST Tavie writes, “Kevin McDonald of the classic Canadian sketch comedy troupe Kids …

Isis joins Donald Trump in denouncing Khizr Khan

Foundational to Trumpism is the idea that Islam and democracy are incompatible, so Muslims can never be true members of western, industrial states — which is precisely what Isis believes about Muslims. When Trump denounced the Gold Star mother and father of Army captain Humayun Khan, he doubled down on this idea that Muslims can never be integrated into western societies.  …

Lessons from the DNC: Ronald Reagan, the Southern Strategy, and "abnormal politics"

John Scalzi makes a very good case that the DNC’s major message is that “this year is not about Democrat versus Republican, or conservative versus liberal, it’s about normal versus highly fucking abnormal” — but Corey Robin persuasively argues that abnormality has been normal for a long time in the GOP: “the rational, prudential conservatives think they know are in fact ultra-revanchist …

North Carolina's voter suppression law struck down as "racist"

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has invalidated parts of North Carolina’s voter suppression laws, ruling that the requirement to show photo ID was enacted “with racially discriminatory intent.” The requirement to spend money on state ID cards was a form of poll tax created by GOP operatives across many Tea Party states, the legislation all modeled on draft texts circulated by operators …