Department of Justice blocks Texas law designed to suppress minority votes

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday blocked Texas from enforcing a new law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls, contending that the rule would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible Hispanic voters.

The decision, which follows a similar move in December blocking a law in South Carolina, brought the Obama administration deeper into the politically and racially charged fight over a wave of new voting restrictions, enacted largely by Republicans in the name of combating voter fraud.

The only way Republicans can win consistently is by using ‘small government, papers please?’ laws to keep the people they keep screwing over from voting.

NYT: Justice Dept. Blocks Texas Pho

Revisiting the ‘Southern Strategy’

Poll: Most Alabama Republicans Doubt Evolution, Obama’s Religion

These poll results look like a cliche of an anti-intellectual bigots.   There’s a good reason for that.

Rich don’t have enough power, according to major Romney donor

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune,Ken Griffin, founder of the hedge fund Citadel was asked if he thought rich people had too great of an influence on politics.

“I think they actually have an insufficient influence,” he responded. “Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet.”

According to FEC filings,Griffin recently donated $100,000 to Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney Super PAC.

As the Huffington Post’s Dan Froomkin reported,Romney’s hedge fund backers (including Griffin) stand to profit big from their donations. A second Obama term could mean more and higher taxes on the ultrawealthy. Private equity or hedge fund moguls comprise over half of the donations to Restore Our Future, according to the New York Times.

This is the Tea Party candidate, set to fix things…for the same group of folks that crashed the economy.  This wouldn’t be so frustrating if these folks, right after hating in the poor, didn’t profess their undying love for the Jesus.

I think a lot of these types would love to return this nation to its “pragmatic” roots, where all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights….but only rich white men actually have the right to vote.

Ken Griffin, Billionaire Romney Backer, Says Super Rich Have ‘An Insufficient Influence’ On Politics – The Huffington Post