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Over 40,000 individuals that have been stripped of their voting rights due to past felony convictions, probation, and parole, may have their rights restored if a veto override attempt is successful in Maryland legislature next week, according to the Huffington Post.
Under law, individuals residing in Maryland with past convictions must first finish their probation or parole stint before actually being able to vote. For some, such stints can span years. Legislation sent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan a proposal bill last spring that would allow people to vote once they leave prison. However, Hogan vetoed the legislation saying that the bill did not take into consideration that permitting people to vote after they were released would mean that we didn’t actually didn’t serve their full sentence.
“The fact is that persons released from incarceration on parole or mandatory supervision are still serving their time as a debt to society for their actions,” Hogan wrote in his veto.
However, this didn’t go over too smoothly with Democratic lawmakers, who control both legislative chambers, and believe that allowing individuals the right to vote helps reintegrate them into society. “Democracy means every person deserves a voice,” said Maryland Working Families Director Charly Carter. “In some neighborhoods, thousands of people have had their vote stripped away from them. It is simply wrong to exclude people who have served their time from having a say in the direction of their community, their state and their nation.”
On Wednesday (Jan. 12), the leadership announced that they would vote to override Hogan’s veto next Tuesday or Wednesday. If the veto override goes as the Democrats hope, the state of Maryland will join 13 other states, including the District of Columbia, that allow individuals with felony convictions who are out of prison to vote in elections.
“Three states — Kentucky, Iowa and Florida — permanently revoke voting rights for all people convicted of a felony, while two states — Maine and Vermont — never strip felons of their voting rights,” the Post also reported.
As for myself, I’ve been on the fence regarding my feelings on this right. However, as I’ve become older, wiser and more knowledgeable about such topics, I see vetoes as such as a continuation of disenfranchisement, especially for the black community with the prison population being filled with brown and black faces.
Interestingly, the Post also spoke with 54-year-old activist and Communities United community organizer Perry Hopkins, who gave great insight on the topic. “You really feel disenfranchised, you feel ostracized, you feel alienated, you feel victimized,” he said. “I’m expected to do the same thing as everyone else, without the same rights. It’s that impact that makes a lot of people recidivate, because you start feeling helpless.” Hopkins also harped on the fact that it’s frustrating for individuals with convictions to be released from prison and pay taxes without the ” corresponding political representation.”
What are your thoughts?
Update: Confronted with backlash, Cliven Bundy defended his statements, saying he was “just wondering” if blacks would be better off with slavery.
Someone who is backing down is Fox’s Sean Hannity. The anchor went so far as to go toe-to-toe with Jon Stewart on Bundy’s behalf and continued this afternoon to say that the government went to far. But with relation to Bundy’s racist remarks, Hannity said, “His comments are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.” He says he will still cover “government overreach.”
In recent weeks, right-wing, conservative, states’ rights supporters have had a new hero to rally around. Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher, along with his family and armed supporters have engaged in a standoff with the federal government over $1 million he owes for allowing his cattle to graze on land the government owns. To those that stand with him, he’s a freedom fighter, pushing back against an encroaching government that’s overstepping its legal boundaries.
Well, it looks like Bundy cares about freedom and rights except when it comes to the “Negro.”
The government, which at one point had taken his cattle, has backed off. (It looks like the issue will now be handled “administratively and judcially.”) Celebrating his seeming victory, Bundy is still convening in the desert to speak out against all the things he thinks are wrong with the US. Talking to The New York Times, the paper reports:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Until these remarks were made public, Bundy even had the backing of members of Congress including Sen. Rand Paul (Libertarian- Ky) who is likely running for President and Nevada’s Republican Sen. Dean Heller. Now, the GOP can’t run away from him fast enough.
This sounds like a twisted joke, but not so says The Huffington Post and Texas station KHOU. “A white anti-gay activist won a local election after leading voters to believe he is African American,” reports the site.
Dave Wilson, who unsuccessfully ran for Houston mayor in 2011, has narrowly won a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees this after pretending to be black in a district predominantly African American, KHOU 11 News reported.
According to KHOU, Wilson, a conservative Republican, misled voters on his race. He printed direct mail pieces decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces, captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson,” which sent signals that he, too, is African American. And other piece of mail that he sent to constituents said he was being endorsed by Ron Wilson, the name of a former African-American state legislator. But in small font, the mailer points out that’s actually Dave Wilson’s cousin.
Wilson defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin by just 26 votes.
“I’d always said it was a long shot,” said Wilson, who previously made a name for himself in Houston politics by sending out thousands of mailers attacking an openly gay mayoral candidate.
Austin told the Houston Chronicle that he will seek a recount of the extremely close race. He also called Wilson’s tactics “disgusting.”
“He never put out to voters that he was white,” Austin said. “The problem is his picture was not in the League of Voters [pamphlet] or anywhere. This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be black guy and fooled black people.”
But Wilson claims he won the race “fair and square” because voters disapproved of Austin and the HCC board’s actions. You could also argue that the voters didn’t do their due diligence by doing a little research on who they were voting for. Even if he was being shady, it couldn’t have been that hard to find a picture of the man somewhere.
What do you think?
From The Grio
A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.
“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.
His comments were swiftly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.
“Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “He should retract his remarks and apologize.”
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Wheeler’s comments “insensitive and wrong,” while the Assembly Democratic caucus said they were “reprehensible and disgusting.”
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, on Twitter said Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.”
“It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” Roberson said.
Wheeler, a freshman lawmaker representing District 39, said his remarks were taken out of context and that he was trying to make a point that he was elected to represent his constituents.
Read more at TheGrio.com
According to Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland), “GOP” doesn’t stand for “Grand Old Party.” It stands for “Get Out of my Panties.”
State Sen. Turner made her statement via t-shirt; one she wore recently to protest Ohio Republicans’ renewed efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The press conference was organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio in opposition to a bill that would put Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the state’s priority system for federal family planning funds, reports The Huffington Post.
The provocative slogan was used by Turner to highlight a disregard for women´s rights by the Republican party. She declared at the conference, “If they continue their pursuit to condemn women, we will not stand for it,” she said.
African-American women often turn to Planned Parenthood for affordable health care. So much so, in fact, that the organization even has a section of its site dedicated to black patients —“ African Americans for Planned Parenthood.”
Turner, who confirmed she may run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, is known as an advocate for women’s reproductive and healthcare rights. She introduced a protest bill earlier this year that would restrict men’s ability to get a Viagra prescription.
“The Ohio state Legislature may also reconsider during its lame duck session the so-called ‘heartbeat bill,’ which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother,” according to the Huffington Post.
What do you think of the t-shirt? Too much or just right?
Stacey Dash Writes 1,344-Word Rant On Romney’s Loss Because She Still Wants People To Care About Her After The Election
I feel like Brian Williams when he talked about Donald Trump’s revolution foolishness last night: I really don’t want to report on this but since it’s out there I figure you should know.
I thought it would have been enough that virtually all of black Twitter went in on Stacey Dash last night when President Obama’s re-election was announced. But as these things usually among the unemployed D-list celebrity ilk who have too much time on their hands, the former “Single Ladies” actress is back asking for more shade/attention with a 1,344-word essay about why she voted for Mitt Romney and shouldn’t be judged for it.
Stacey sent the letter to TMZ. See the thirst already? The majority of the essay was written before the election was determined and then she added a little aside afterward acknowledging President Obama’s win. Since we don’t have space for all her nonsense, how about we just look at the highlights from the essay:
At the end of the day we are in this together. This is Our American Family. I do not want to be a part of the hateful voices insulting each other. I want to be a part of the voices that helps shape the future. Don’t you? Perhaps I publically [sic] endorsed Romney from a slightly naive place, thinking that I could speak my voice without being criticized in such racially charged and hateful tones.
People get it wrong. My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama. That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues.
I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to have earned a considerable income. I am a fiscal conservative. I like the simplicity of the plan to lower taxes. I feel I’ve paid out a substantial amount over the 20 plus years I’ve been working. I’m also a woman. And as a single Mother who happens to be half-Bajan and half-Mexican, I have concerns, which cover many topics and issues…
I also don’t understand why more people aren’t acknowledging the good that has come about thanks to Romney’s Massachusetts medical coverage for all citizens. In addition, Romney’s
business acumen is sterling. Our country needs a savvy business manager with the ability to work on both sides of the aisle. Paul Ryan is another brilliant mind with a viable plan for the economy of this country. They’ve injected so much energy into the race. We need that ambition and focus to get our country back on its feet…
In the event that Obama is re-elected I expect them to work a whole lot harder to bridge the divide between political parties, end the gridlock and get America back to work! Welfare reform
is also in order. An elderly woman stands in the same grocery line pinching pennies to buy a can of soup while a woman is buying marshmallow fluff with food stamps. As times have changed, welfare policy needs to keep stride, just like every other issue.
Just as I was about to ask why she felt the need to write this letter in the first place, as if anyone is really checking for a Stacey Dash election day free-write, I came to the best line in her 1300-word prose:
Ultimately I know that what Stacey Dash thinks about who will be the next president of the United States isn’t that important in the scheme of things-but I feel a desperation for the country.
I think that’s desperation over how she’ll manage to pay taxes with no income since her attitude keeps costing her jobs. Does she not realize no one will ever take her political stance seriously in a Baywatch swimsuit?In 2016, just keep your thoughts to yourself Stacey. Not because you’re a republican, but because you are clueless.
There’s no question that I’m voting for Obama come November 6th. That’s my boo. I trust him, and I trust his character. After all, it’s his team and party that’ll be doing the job of running the country so I need to know the President has the right spirit and moral attitude when it comes to leading. But although I’m a Obama supporter, I can’t say that I don’t cringe every time I hear his party’s politics on social welfare and protecting the poor. I’m a conservative in many ways. I’m reminded of that everytime I hear Democrats empathizing on behalf of the poor. When I say poor, I’m not talking about those rendered unemployed by the current economic crisis – I’m talking about those who have taken advantage of welfare programs and free social services for the long term.
Sorry, I’m going to offend a lot of people when I say that I believe we actually should have less social services catering to the perpetually “poor.” I grew up around many people who abused the system and can sympathize with the Republican objectives of reducing social welfare services. I believe that people need incentives to work and be productive. I’ve witnessed members in my extended family basically profit from low income housing by getting paid under the table and continuing to tell Uncle Sam that they bring in too little income to provide for their families.
One of my cousins, who is a single mother, doesn’t believe it’s worth her getting off of welfare because she’s so much better off with the free access to healthcare and daycare services for her toddler that are afforded to her. If she got a job paying over $40,000 per year, she’d be easily worse off. Come to think of it, if I were to have a child on my own today, I’d probably be worse off or on equal footing with my cousin. The only difference would be that she would have free time and free money to pursue advanced education while I continued to trudge to work every day.
I understand that there is a lot of grey areas when it comes to economics in this country but what I do feel strongly about is that the rich aren’t evil. Although Obama and his team members represent the upper class, they continue to demonize the wealthy in this country and paint the middle and low-income folks as innocent bystanders. That kind of rhetoric doesn’t resonate with me. I’m middle class but I’m not helpless. I understand how my decisions have shaped my economic standing. I would appreciate the U.S. government having my back if I were to get laid off and lose health insurance, but I certainly don’t expect Uncle Sam to compensate for my cousin’s lack of ambition and work ethic. Obviously, my ideal party would meld the principles espoused by both parties but til then…
What do you guys think about how the two parties paint the rich and the poor?
What if you were dating someone for seven months and just found out they were anti-choice — a position you vehemently detest?
Well, that happened to one woman who wrote in to Dan Savage’s love column on Wednesday. The woman told Savage that when she found out her boyfriend believed life begins at conception and is strongly against abortions, she almost broke up with him. But her boyfriend, who she described as a “sweet, loving guy and progressive in every other way,” said that disagreeing on an issue is fine in a relationship. But the woman was still left uneasy and turned to Savage for help.
So what was Savage’s advice?
Well, first he said that she should tell him she’s pregnant. Savage said that most men who are anti-choice believe in their ideals in an abstract form, but “come to a very different conclusion about the importance of access to safe and legal abortion when an unplanned pregnancy impacts them directly.”
But to answer her question on whether she should continue to date her boyfriend, Savage concluded with a powerful “No.”
Women have to be in control of their own bodies—and when and whether they reproduce—in order to be truly equal. I don’t think I could date someone who didn’t see me as his equal or who believed that the state should regulate my sexual or reproductive choices. So, yeah, this Isht would be a deal breaker for me … if I had a vagina.
But in his next paragraph, he concedes:
Actually, this issue is a deal breaker for me, even though I don’t have a vagina. I wouldn’t date a gay dude who was anti-choice. Any gay man who can’t see the connection between a woman’s right to have children when she chooses and his right to love and marry the person he chooses is an idiot. And I don’t date idiots.
So is it impossible to date someone with different political views than you? Perhaps if you and your partner aren’t very political.
But then you have couples like Mary Matalin and James Carville, a Republican political consultant and a Democratic political consultant, respectively. Both are very political and not only have opposing views, but actually work for opposing parties.
How do they do it?
Carville once stated:
We have different ways of looking at politics. No doubt about that. But Jews and Catholics who get married probably have a different way of looking at God. It’s just not a deal-breaker.
To which Matalin added:
I know it’s hard to believe, but we just don’t talk politics at home.
Perhaps the only way it works is if couples, like Matalin and Carville, view their beliefs as abstractions — like opinions they came to through some sort of logic and that remain out there. But once people connect politics to their personal, emotional experiencesl, it’s impossible to see political views as simple opinions.
But what if a couples’ personal experiences leave them with different political views? I suppose a lot of empathy and a lot of talking politics at home could do the trick. Unless, of course, they just want to live in an ignorant bliss.
I think there’s a truth to the phrase “opposites attract.” Though I think that pertains to certain personality characteristics and dispositions. But having conflicting fundamental values? I’m not so sure. It would probably take a lot of time and effort — things that people with opposing views these days don’t seem to have.
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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
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LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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Many of the speechmakers at this week’s Republican National Convention have been throwing out the “We built it” mantra, totally taking President Obama’s words out of context. They’ve been using the phrase to talk up all the good stuff that would happen for small business owners if Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan won the election. Last night, Rep. Paul Ryan took a moment to in his speech to tell listeners about his mom’s interior decorating business. (It also should be noted that many people are questioning the accuracy of many of the claims that Ryan made in his speech.)
But after taking a closer look at Rep. Ryan’s economic plan, Path to Prosperity, which would be the biggest indicator of which way he leans, there’s really no indication that entrepreneurs, and particularly minority and women entrepreneurs, would dramatically benefit from a change in the White House. Rep. Ryan would only be the Veep. But many suspect that President Mitt Romney would take cues from the plan Ryan has previously laid out before Congress. Entrepreneur provides an overview of its key points.
Moreover, Inc. magazine has this to say: “While in the budget Ryan mentions that he’d strip away regulatory bureaucracy that could ease the start of certain small businesses. But he voted against the Small Business Jobs Act, which some think increased contracting opportunities for the smallest businesses, and also increased the SBA’s lending capacity.” The article says that Ryan has promised to “close loopholes,” but it’s still unclear which ones those would be.
We’ve covered the struggles for minority and women-owned businesses to find financing and other resources for their businesses. (Check out this story about microloans for an interesting alternative.) That’s an area that we haven’t seen addressed by the campaign. Moreover, it’s an issue that really stems from the banks and their policies. For Wall Street, the biggest concern is regulation and the consumer protections that the Obama administration has proposed, which touches on some of those issues, but isn’t directly related. (Learn more about that here.) In terms of regulation, the GOP platform has favored less rather than more.
One thing is clear: the Republicans have some very serious problems attracting women and minority voters at the moment. Many have commented on the lack of diversity on the GOP convention floor. Insane policy suggestions surrounding women’s health have alienated many female voters. A recent poll shows Romney getting exactly zero percent of the black vote. And he’s not doing that much better with the Latino vote.
So Romney’s got a lot of voter problems and small business is just another one.