Passing the Torch

(Cartoonist - Kevin Siers)

In other news, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down North Carolina's voter ID law because its intentionally racially discriminatory. And that's an understatement.

In the opinion, the panel of judges said that the law restricted voting in ways that "disproportionately affected African Americans" and that its provisions targeted "African Americans with almost surgical precision." It said the state's defense of the law was "meager."

Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating a breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which, as far as we know, was probably another Russian hack.

Finally, if you missed it, here's Hillary Clinton's full acceptance speech from last night.

Programming note... I'm logging off early today so I can make it to a family dinner that I didn't know is happening until a couple hours ago. Have a good weekend.

  • swift_4

    Sudden family dinner? Must be Uncle Eddie has to straighten you out about how Trump is better than Hillary because Benghazimails and stuff.

  • Badgerite

    Maybe they should just send Putin a ballot and be done with it. Apparently, he seems to think he gets a say in our elections.

    • mnpollio

      If the Donald has his way, Putin will have a say in our elections.

  • Aynwrong

    The DNC hacks have me wishing Hillary Clinton would get waaaaay more blunt in attacking Trump. Just start pointing out that Putin is clearly favoring Trump and then ask rhetorically, “WHY?!?” And then provide the answer.

    “Trump may be a very obvious con man to us, but he’s the easiest mark that Vladimir Putin has ever seen.”

    The voter ID laws are Jim Crow. The threat of violence isn’t there and thank God for that but let’s not that pretend the intended results are any different. Something the Bernie or Busters should consider is the terrifying reality of the orange dictator appointing the judges who rule on these matters including the SCOTUS.

    • Badgerite

      Oh. Love that line about trump and Putin. Too true.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    I must have missed this, but it’s amazing: the people who put this law together actually requested data be provided to them detailing the voting practices being used broken down by race. They are on record requesting this information and then, purely by coincidence, they restrict the practices African Americans use.

    I mean, how stupid do you have to be?

    If you’re going to hide behind “voter fraud,” that’s already pretty thin. So if you’re going to try to target African Americans, you make informal inquiries, you quietly ask your pal at the records department, you take a guess. But you don’t go on record asking how African Americans vote, then restrict those avenues, and pretend it’s pure coincidence.

    I mean, how stupid do they think we are?

    As Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann would say, that takes some real choot-spa.

    • Badgerite

      I think they mistook the gutting of the pre clearance requirement as something akin to repeal of the whole Voting Rights Act. It was not. And the courts will still act on discriminatory practices.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Yes and no.

        The lower court ok’d the law with the ridiculous justification that the republicans were just rolling back what the democrats passed in the previous session.

        Let that sink in.

        The court that quashed this law was appointed by Clinton (1x) and Obama (2x). I don’t know the makeup of the lower court off hand, but I could hazard a guess. Don’t assume that the courts will automatically “act on discriminatory practices” – politics has a big role to play.

        • Badgerite

          Oh, I know that. I just don’t think the court system as a whole is ready to make the 14th Amendment into a ‘fiction’. Not just yet. Hopefully, never. I didn’t know the lower court signed off on this. But that argument is something one might have expected from Scalia.
          So, yeah. There is a reason that McConnell will not act on President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court. They want more reasoning like the lower court in this case engaged in. A blind eye, as it were while they roll back civil rights in this country. They might as well just call these laws the We Know You Are Not Going to Vote For US So We Are Going to Make It Harder For You To Vote laws. It is so friggin obvious.