Holder, DOJ Battle Voter ID; 1 Year Anniv. of BP Agent’s Murder

2011 December 14
by bc3b

With the 2012 Presidential election less than a year away, the Obama Administration has signalled that it will do everything in its power to fight states that are attempting to prevent voter fraud by requiring citizens to present a  photo ID (drivers license or state-issued identification card in order to receive a ballot. More than a dozen states have enacted voter ID laws since the 2008 election.

Voter fraud has been a way of life in many Democratic-controlled cities for more than a century. It may have changed the results of the 1960 Presidential election as CrOOK County delivered an unbelievably high vote total for John F. Kennedy. It may have swung Indiana for Barack Obama in 2008 and affected the outcome of statewide elections, including recent Senate races in Colorado and Minnesota, which Democrats won by razor-thin margins.

Although Michigan is hardly a bastion of conservatism, we have had a voter ID law for nearly 20 years. The system works very efficiently (perhaps because all the recent Secretary of State office holders have been Republicans). You simply provide your driver’s license to the poll workers in order to receive your ballot. If you don’t have a driver’s license, you simply visit the Secretary of State’s office and obtain a photo ID card at no cost.

After all, you can’t board a commercial airliner or cash a check without a photo ID, so why should you be able to vote without one?

In a speech in Austin last night, Eric Holder signaled that he, the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration will do everything in its power to block states that are have passed laws requiring a state-issued ID because it “discriminates against minorities (aka helps prevent voter fraud). He also said that the government has the responsibility to automatically register citizens to vote and that it’s the responsibility of governors to ensure that it happens.

At the same time House Republicans are talking tough … talking about a “no confidence” vote on Holder, the first step toward impeachment.

AUSTIN, Tex. — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday entered the turbulent political waters of voting rights, signaling that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections.

Declaring in a speech that protecting ballot access for all eligible voters “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative,” Mr. Holder urged Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success by appealing to more voters.”The speech by Mr. Holder could inflame a smoldering partisan dispute over race and ballot access as the 2012 campaign cycle intensifies. It comes as the Justice Department’s civil rights division is scrutinizing a series of new state voting laws that were enacted — largely by Republican officials — in the name of fighting fraud.

Mr. Holder spoke here at the presidential library of Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The act enables the civil rights division to object to election laws and practices on the grounds that they would disproportionately deter minority groups from voting — even if there is no evidence of discriminatory intent — and to go to court to block states from putting the laws in place.Mr. Holder also laid out a case for replacing the “antiquated” voter registration system by automatically registering all eligible voters; for barring state legislators from gerrymandering their own districts, and for creating a federal statute prohibiting the dissemination of fraudulent information to deceive people into not voting.

His remarks came against the backdrop of a huge turnout of young and minority voters in the 2008 election that helped propel President Obama to victory. In the 2010 election, when voting by such groups dropped off and enthusiasm among more conservative groups surged, Republicans won sweeping victories, winning or expanding control of many state legislatures and governorships.

This year, more than a dozen states enacted new voting restrictions. For example, eight — Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — imposed new laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification cards. Previously voters were able to use other forms of identification, like bank statements, utility bills and Social Security cards.

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Congressman Pushes for “No Confidence” Vote on Holder

Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar has filed a resolution in the House of Representatives pushing for vote of “no confidence” in Attorney  General Eric  Holder.

The resolution, introduced Monday afternoon, is a formal way to exhibit  congressional disdain for Holder as the investigation into Operation  Fast and Furious proceeds. It would also be an initial step toward some  House Republicans’ plan to formally remove him from office if he won’t  resign.

The resolution, officially numbered H. Res. 490, states that “it is the sense  of the House of Representatives that Congress has lost confidence in the  Attorney General of the United States.”

In a statement, Gosar denounced Holder’s continued refusal to comply with  lawfully issued subpoenas and other official congressional requests for  information.

“It is imperative that the citizens of our nation have confidence in our  Attorney General,” Gosar said in the statement. “After months of evasive  answers, silence and outright lies it is time that Congress speak up on behalf  of the many people who have or will fall victims to the firearms in the flawed  gunrunning operation Fast & Furious.”

There are currently 55 House members and two members of the Senate  demanding Holder’s resignation, along with four GOP presidential candidates and  two sitting governors. Many of those in Congress who have called for Holder’s  ouster have also signed on to Gosar’s resolution.

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Hat tip: New York Times and Daily Caller

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of BP Agent Brian Terry. We salute him for his valor and service to our country both as a Border Patrol Agent and as a Marine. Hopefully, those who actually murdered this brave man will be prosecuted and those in the Department of Justice, who played a role in his murder, will be removed and also brought to justice.

38 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 December 14 1:43 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    The Democrats will do anything to win in 2012. The GOP needs to make more noise about election fraud.

    The big concern is not Kalifornia, which will definitely deliver for Obama, but purple states that coule go either way. For example, Obama won Indiana by 26,000 votes with more than 2.7 million votes cast. There were charges of fraud, both in the primary, where Obama defeated Hillary Clinton and in the general election in the state’s larger cities and especially in five northwest counties that border the Chicago suburbs.

  2. 2011 December 14 1:54 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    I wonder what Holder would do to a bunch of whites dressed in camo with batons hanging around the voting booth in Cleveland.

  3. 2011 December 14 2:10 pm
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    Deckard permalink

    The irony of the whole voter ID issue is the following: guess who, as the enormous stronghold for Democrat votes all across the country, requires photo ID when voting?

    Unions.

    When elections and voting occurs within unions, they REQUIRE photo ID in order for a ballot to be given and cast.

    Talk about hypocrisy . . . . but I’m not surprised – Holder is trying the use the race card once again. Leftists are worried about next year because they know the country isn’t happy with the WH occupant – or the rest of his motley crew.

  4. 2011 December 14 2:11 pm
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    judyt2012 permalink

    bc3b — the big problem is Ohio.

    I was there in 2004 and watch the fraud march. The evil ones… ACORN, SEIU, MoveOn.Org, Rock the Vote, Vote or Die. etc have had 8 years to perfect their crimes.

    In 2004 the “helpers” wore t-shirts that listed all of these affiliated organizations on the same shirt along with “Voter Assistance” printed in huge block letters on the front and back. It was up close that you saw the smaller print of all the organizations involved in the fraud.

    I wonder if they will advertise who they are … they may be legally required to do so.

  5. 2011 December 14 2:14 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    There’s virtually no coverage of the first anniversary of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in the MSM today (as opposed to liberal causes/events which the media always memorializes).

    It’s essential that we keep pressure on Congress to keep investigating Fast and Furious because we know the media won’t.

  6. 2011 December 14 2:22 pm
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    justrand permalink

    there is EXACTLY one reason for opposing citizens having to show ID to register and vote: FRAUD!

    Period.

    Every activity in our modern age requires a person to have ID of some kind…except voting (in most states), which is the most important one.

  7. 2011 December 14 2:47 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    I had to show an ID to a grocery clerk to get my senior citizen discount. I happily did so since, in my dreams, I look 15 years younger than I truly am.

  8. 2011 December 14 2:48 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Judy –

    You are right. Ohio has 18 electoral votes (down from 20 in 2008) while Indiana has remained at 11. I used Indiana as an example because the vote was so close in 2008.

    Cleveland has long been plagued by voter fraud. But, while Ohio has been more publicized, most states have the same problems as Ohio: ACORN, LaRaza, SEIU, etc. And, as you said, they have had eight years to perfect their crimes.

    The states I am even more concerned about are purple (and even some red) states with high illegal alien populations:
    * Texas: 2,000,000+
    * Florida: 1,000,000+
    * Arizona and Georgia: 500,000+
    * North Carolina: 370,000+

    I didn’t bother including Kalifornia, because there is no way the GOP can win it. Kalifornia doesn’t require a photo ID and, as far as I know, has no plans to introduce one.

  9. 2011 December 14 2:52 pm
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Man from Mars: Greeting humans. I have been watching you news channels, MSNBC andCNN. Did you know your President Obama is the greatest president in the history of the whole universe. And that Eric Holder, aint he grand. Wait, a border patrol Agent was murdered? Must have been some terrorist White Christian Veteran man.

  10. 2011 December 14 2:58 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Deckard –

    Don’t rule out illegal aliens either. Your state has an estimated 3.5 million illegal aliens. If 4% of the illlegal aliens voted, it would be 140,000 votes. Not that the GOP is in any danger of winning Kalifornia. But Texas has about 2 million illegal aliens. If 4% voted, it would be 80,000 votes. McCain won Texas by 900,000 votes and I doubt that 80,000 votes would matter much in 2012, but by 2020 it might be another matter. Even in 2012, illegals voting could impact some Congressional races.

  11. 2011 December 14 3:03 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    You are right about fraud. Michigan has its share of minorities especially in Wayne (Detroit) and Gennessee (Flint) counties, but I have never heard of any minorities not voting because they were citizens and unable to obtain an ID card. Turnout in Detroit is pretty strong.

  12. 2011 December 14 3:05 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Mullet –

    “I happily did so since, in my dreams, I look 15 years younger than I truly am.”

    That’s because of all the partying you do with the Top Cats and Storm Crew. They keep you young.

  13. 2011 December 14 3:09 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    ACLU Sues Wisconsin for Trying to “Disenfranchise Blacks.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/13/wisconsin-lawsuit-civil-rights-voting

  14. 2011 December 14 3:13 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Holder Takes Aim at Texas on Voter ID, Redistricting:

    http://www.chron.com/news/article/Holder-issues-challenge-to-Texas-on-voter-rights-2401340.php

    If Rick Perry were smart, he could make hay out of this.

  15. 2011 December 14 3:25 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #13 So does this mean black people cannot buy alcohol, cash checks, write checks, drive, see a doctor, go to school, etc? Essentially, what he is saying, is that black people cannot identify themselves? This might be a bigger problem than just voting! Perhaps he should help them! What a pain in the ass it must be to have no way of proving who you are. Not much you can do for yourself, unless you are a minor.

  16. 2011 December 14 3:26 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    BC,

    Holder’s problem in Texas redistrict is that the whole thing is now in the hands of judges of a Federal kind after the local district court just botched it. That judge happened to be a Demorat. Perry may not care considering his position taken in regards to the border.

  17. 2011 December 14 3:30 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Who knew? —

    “The third and final deer hunt of 2011 on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation was held over the weekend, and 80 deer were taken.

    That brings the total for the three weekend hunts to 321 deer — 177 bucks and 144 does, according to info provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Of that total, three deer were retained at the checking station because they had too much radioactive contamination, the lab said.

  18. 2011 December 14 3:38 pm
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    Scotus has so far upheld voter ID laws I do believe.

  19. 2011 December 14 3:53 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Actually, adding to my #15 said minor still has to have birth certificate proof and a parent with id to show it! heh

  20. 2011 December 14 3:56 pm
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    Deckard permalink

    #10 – The voter’s guide booklet I get in the mail has an additional 5-7 languages in it, other than English and Spanish. Illegals voting is a given out here – and the odds are stacked against you if you make a stink about no ID required. Beverly Hills – which is now predominantly Persian (and has a Persian mayor) – asked for ballots and voting materials in Farsi – and got it.

  21. 2011 December 14 3:56 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Well you have to show proof to get medicaid which many underperforming individuals are users of. So it not like they can’t ID themselves. They can do it to get the goodies.

  22. 2011 December 14 4:46 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    They can do it to get the goodies.

    Free bag of Cheetos with every proof of id? 12 pack of beer?

  23. 2011 December 14 4:54 pm
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    Deckard permalink

    JM #22 – how did you know that’s how they handled it in Venice Beach . . . .

  24. 2011 December 14 4:58 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    What would you doooooo for a Klondike bar? Show id?

  25. 2011 December 14 5:20 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    In Kalifornia they get two six packs of Corona – one to drink while they are waiting in line and a second for the drive home.

  26. 2011 December 14 5:26 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    New Haven Mayor Asks State to Permit Illegals to Vote in Local Elections:

    http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/New-Haven-Asks-State-to-Allow-Non-Citizens-to-Vote–135569598.html

  27. 2011 December 14 5:30 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    I wish someone would give me a 12 pack of beer for showing id to vote. I mean, I’d do it anyway, but mmmm beer.

  28. 2011 December 14 5:37 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Here’s a video tribute to Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0jTJq_VfS8&feature=player_embedded

    Hat tip: HotAir.com

  29. 2011 December 14 5:58 pm
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    judyt2012 permalink

    o/t http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/romney-warns-of-nominating-zany-gingrich/?hp

    blah, blah, blah… sorry I was listening to the Romney Interview on hannity and I was bored into a coma.

    #1 reason I am not impressed with Romney — I work in venture capital, I know Bain Capital, they are not perfect, they are not GOD, and their past successes are no more the work of one individual than any singular player or coash on a football team is responsible for a team’s win.

    It just does not work this way… and the more I hear Romney go on and on about successes at Bain the more I am reminded that so much of Venture Capital is hot air and smoke and mirrors. First you convince people with money that you can get earn them a great return on their money. On average only 25% of venture investments even break even… the idea is that the 25% that make you money offsets the 75% that does not.

    Second, in venture capital you then must find and convince the guy with the idea or the company that you can be a better value added investor than the next guy.

    Romney taking credit for all of this ‘wonderful success” he had at Bain is just like Obama’s speech at Bragg about his wonderful success in Iraq.

    So what is Romney left with that recommends him for POTUS … 4 years of governor in a blue state where he could not get re-elected and his tenure in office resulted in the GOP losing the Governorship in MA for the first time in what 20? 30? years….

    Romney would be a “career politician” if he wasn’t losing one.

  30. 2011 December 14 6:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  31. 2011 December 14 6:39 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #30 That has been flyin around FB all day. 😀

  32. 2011 December 14 6:56 pm
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    JustMary permalink

  33. 2011 December 14 7:04 pm
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    Deckard permalink

    #30 – I shouldn’t have read that . . . . but I guess it needed to be read.

    I experience similar frustration when I see mothers with HORDES of children – talking a cell phone nicer than the one I have. And not a drop of English spoken. How are they affording that piece of technology? And there must be a really nice kids’ section at Ross that I’ve completely missed . . . .

  34. 2011 December 14 7:09 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #33 DUH. iPhones= civil right.

  35. 2011 December 14 8:01 pm
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  36. 2011 December 14 8:47 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Child services should take the child away from her — Child endangerment.

  37. 2011 December 14 8:50 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  38. 2011 December 14 9:31 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

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