Your morning jolt: Arizona sues over Voting Rights Act

Because we’re still in the midst of a redistricting session, this from Politico.com is worth noting:

The state of Arizona filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal government’s authority to enforce part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, becoming the first state to challenge the constitutionality of sections of the federal law that bars states from denying or limiting a person’s right to vote based on their race or color.

Specifically, state Attorney General Tom Horne is questioning the provision that requires U.S. Department of Justice review of all changes to that state’s election laws. Georgia is subject to the same pre-clearance requirement, which Horne declares to be archaic.

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Hurricane Irene has forced the postponement of the formal unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington D.C. this weekend. But news outlets are still cranking out interview with King’s lieutenants.

Here’s former Atlanta mayor and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Young on the tea party and diplomacy, via NPR:

”I think back to Georgia. Thirty percent of people in Georgia always voted for the racist who was running. That was a vestige of the Ku Klux Klan, which became the [John] Birch Society and now is the Tea Party. We never let them win. We have always met them with a message of conscience. Like [Rep.] Maxine Waters [D-CA] might say ‘Tell ‘em [the Tea Party] to go to hell.’ I like Maxine, but it takes a real diplomat to tell them to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

Young declined to go deeper on the topic of the tea party and race:

Right now the country is so polarized and I don’t want to be part of that polarization. I hope this didn’t come off as blanket condemnation. At the same time, those of us who have experienced in our families a century of segregation and oppression tend to be very suspicious of conservatism as being socially and morally irresponsible. We have always tended to think of them as the enemy, but the thing that characterized Martin Luther King’s ministry was that we always reached out to them and tried to understand them.

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Mike Stucka at the Macon Telegraph reports that Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and state Sen. Miriam Paris, D-Macon, paid dearly for their victories last week:

Reichert raised about $63,300 in cash since July 1, according to his campaign contribution disclosure report. In the same time period, he spent about $85,400. Reichert had also loaned his campaign $10,000. Reichert’s campaign expenditures totaled about $175,000.

On the other hand, his opponent, former Mayor C. Jack Ellis, raised about $19,500 since July 1, and he spent about $31,200 in the same time period. During the whole campaign, Ellis spent about $73,600, or about two-fifths of the amount Reichert spent….

Since July 1, Paris had reported raising about $29,000 in cash. In the same time period, [former state Rep. David] Lucas reported raising $8,900, or about a third as much as Paris. Total amounts raised for the campaigns were reported as $8,900 for Lucas and about $58,500 for Paris. Paris reported spending about $50,000 on the campaign, while Lucas reported no spending in the latest report.

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The Georgia State Patrol has again cleared Arcade’s police department of an accusation that the city runs a speed trap along U.S. Highway 129, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

The State Patrol, which regulates radar use by police departments, has investigated allegations that Arcade is operating a speed trap four times since the late 1990s. Investigators have never found any illegal practices.

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Members of Georgia’s ethics commission are set to interview two finalists to fill its top staff position, according to the Associated Press.

The finalists for executive secretary are:

—Holly LaBerge, of Senoia, director of government relations for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.

—Jerry Presley, a public policy consultant who owns his own firm in Nicholson.
The commission will interview the two at a closed-door meeting Friday and could announce afterward that it is hiring one of them.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look this statement from U.S. Suregeon General Regina Benjamin: “The United States death rate is two-and-a-half times higher for those who do not have a high school education.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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34 comments Add your comment

Ric

August 26th, 2011
9:09 am

I’m surprised Jan Brewer’s flaming pants have been extinguished long enough for Arizona to sue the DOJ.

PKorman

August 26th, 2011
9:13 am

Andrew Young is a real diplomat. I understand he equates the Tea Party, a political movement, with racism and the KKK. Aside from his rhetoric, I wonder how many people he has spoken with who identify themselves with the Tea Party movement? I wonder what are his thoughts on the recent incidents of flash mobs committing racial violence and wanton theft and armed robbery across the nation? The former group wants equal treatment for all of our citizens under the law. The latter is actively incited by words from him, Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, and many other members of the congressional black caucus. In there warped perspective, Alan West is the latter day leader of the KKK. Is this reasonable in any way?

Bill Orvis White

August 26th, 2011
9:20 am

Andy Young is clueless. MLK would be a conservative of the Herman Cain stripe preaching self-reliance, responsibility, family values, school choice and the FAIR Tax. OK, you libs can laugh all you want, but I know I’m right. I think one of the King kids would agree with me on the fact that her father would be a rightful Republican today.

Now, Andy’s sitting there saying the Tea Party grew up from the KKK and John Bircher’s: wrong. Communist Maxine Waters needs to be removed from Congress NOW for making such stupid remarks. I’m a Mississippian and I take offense to this nonsense. My mama and daddy taught me that those KKK folk were always wrong. Tea Party patriots are folk of all stripes who are sick and tired of being taxed without representation, pure and simple. WE THE PEOPLE in the rightful Tea Party welcome African-Americans. In fact, it would serve the African-American community if they DID join the rightful Tea Party which would work in their own best interests.

Amen,
Bill

findog

August 26th, 2011
9:24 am

It was great to be a SAWB in the 80’s

honested

August 26th, 2011
9:45 am

My my what thin skinned little whiners.

The ToolsEnablingAristocrats Party can wash the hog from whence it sprung, but the tail will still be curly.
Free your inner self and wear your finest white silk to your next rally!

jan brewer and the Georgia Majority party will receive that which they so richly deserve.

T.E.

August 26th, 2011
9:50 am

Hyperbole aside, I seriously doubt MLK would be an economic conservative and he certainly would not support regressive taxation schemes like the “FairTax.” Maxine Waters is not a communist. The Tea Party needs to start cracking down on the racist tones of their members if they are going to try to welcome African-American voters to their ranks (ie expel the hundreds of people that show up with puppets that resemble apes and are wearing Obama t-shirts). That and the Tea-Party would need to start including some message about the importance of community in the socialization of the individual rather than the hyper-individualist rhetoric they employ. Nobody chooses their path in a vacuum, they choose their path based upon the values they internalize from exposure to actors and power structures within their community.

At issue, however, is the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the complete asymmetry of information between those of us with policy expertise in this field and the rest of the public. This lawsuit is completely unnecessary.

Little do you probably know, Arizona, like Georgia and any other states that is completely, or partially, covered by the VRA can “opt out” of the law provided they can show that the period of their history of discrimination has ended and receive approval from the Department of Justice (and no, I do not like the phrase “opt out,” it is something of a misnomer considering they need approval, but that is the nature of rhetoric). Virginia just did this a couple of years ago, some of California’s counties were able to opt out over the past several years as well.

Of course this is not the prerogative of conservatives…they would rather spend hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars in court as a means of making a political statement. Opting out is not a public affair that will rally the base, spending all of those tax payer dollars to create a media circus in the court room will. It is essentially campaigning for office with tax dollars…so I ask, are these Tea Party conservatives really acting in their state’s interest, or their own?

TJX

August 26th, 2011
10:01 am

honested spent weeks coming up with “ToolsEnablingAristocrats Party.” This is his big moment to roll it out. He’s all excited, thinks he’s being pretty witty, and is expecting a huge response for what he thinks is a brilliant joke. The irony of his “genius” is that as smart as he thinks he is, he isn’t smart enough to figure out a way to move out of his mama’s basement.

honested

August 26th, 2011
10:31 am

tjx,

You don’t get out much.
That one is old, but I have so many examples and some are even more accurate.

And the basement thing, that is just lame and demonstrative of the wrong-wing’s failure to recognize reality. (If I don’t agree with your nonsense then I must be inadequately funded or some such). In any case, you just could not be more wrong, but thanks for playing!

the original and still the best John Galt

August 26th, 2011
10:31 am

When you can’t refute the position of the other side just call names. “Racist” is the current derogatory name employed by those who know their arguments don’t hold water.

honested

August 26th, 2011
10:36 am

the original whatever,

OK I’ll bite, the position that somehow the Citizens of the United States are overtaxed at the Federal level is just plain inaccurate (in comparison to other civilized/industrialized countries).
We pay less taxes and get less services.
We do, however, all get to pay for the most expensive military industrial complex in the entire world.
So maybe we need an Our MIC Is Way Too Expensive party (to reflect reality rather than mis-perception).

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
10:56 am

findog

“It was great to be a SAWB in the 80’s”

I could hardly wait to purchase my baseball cap with “SAWB” on it! Yep, Young is quite the diplomat.

On the Tea Party:

I have never attended a Tea Party gathering, but I hold the same opinions as those expressed by the Tea Party. The Obama strategy from the outset was to accuse Tea Party members of racism. Those people who allow others to think for them rather than forming an educated opinion have joined the ‘Amen Chorus’ of the administration and the Democrat party. One might say that the people who denounce the Tea Party belong to the “Kool-Aid Party”.

findog

August 26th, 2011
11:27 am

LMS, I had the button – black on white just like Andy would like it to be
I was what is now the tea party during Reagan and Bush II, never been proved you can cut taxes and increase military spending and not blow the budget.
Never been a country that went to war and cut taxes, to make sure he kept that record W started a second war and cut taxes again. My truly conservative friends will only admit to being disapointed; based on his never metting a spending bill he wouldn’t sign.
I still have hope for President Obama, just glad I’m not him…

findog

August 26th, 2011
11:28 am

meeting not metting

DannyX

August 26th, 2011
11:31 am

LMS said this about illegal aliens, “Yeah, I can stand to watch them starve, live under bridges and die from lack of medical care.”

Followed by, “No, they didn’t teach that in Sunday School. The Bible has very pointed references about guarding borders, though. Regardless of that, I merely say what many others think but do not verbalize, or write.”

Of course there is racism in the Tea Party. Can I get an Amen!

honested

August 26th, 2011
11:42 am

DannyX

An athiest amen (and awomen)!

It is amazing how 18% of the population can be so dead wrong and still be convinced they are ‘the majoriity’ and have the proper answers on how everyone should live.

DannyX

August 26th, 2011
12:20 pm

Didn’t you get the memo honested? As an atheist you aren’t supposed to have any morals, no decency. You are pretty much going “straight to HELL!”

On the other hand our Christian Right friends are saintly. They take the high road watching fellow Christians starve under bridges. These are the people going to heaven.

Jon Lester

August 26th, 2011
12:24 pm

I don’t like driving through Arcade, either, but the 45mph speed limit signs within the city limits are posted in plain view, and it’s up to the motorist to notice. There’s no law that says all divided highways must be high-speed.

I, too, strongly doubt MLK would want anything to do with the likes of Herman Cain or Allen West, for all the reasons stated by T.E. and also by the empirical evidence of Cain’s poll numbers, which are weak even after everyone in his home state has had ample opportunity to hear his message.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
12:32 pm

DannyX:

My opinions are just that – my opinions. The do not reflect the opinions of the Tea Party in general, or necessarily any of its’ members.

My feelings toward those who break our immigration laws are not racist. I care not whether the law-breakers are Hispanic, Asian, English or Russian, etc. Your haste to paint me a racist indicates to me that it is possible that it is you who is the true racist.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
12:41 pm

findog:

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that when Reagan cut the taxes, the revenue to the federal government actually increased due, I think, to a higher level of productivity.

My chief complaint about GWB was (and is) that he spent too much money. I don’t recall him ever using the veto on a single spending bill.

honested

August 26th, 2011
1:26 pm

last

If you get your information on economic activity from talk radio, I can understand why you hold that inaccurate opinion. The ray-gun tax cuts did not ‘boost revenue’ except for a very short period of time, followed by a huge slide. Ray-gun (and his advisers) were at least clever enough to see the need for corrections in the tax rates and RAISE TAXES to offset the diminished revenue.

findog

August 26th, 2011
3:08 pm

LMS, the deficit continued to grow throughout Reagan’s two terms; in 1987 I could get my supply sergeant to get anything I needed to equip and train my soldiers, by 1989 I had to justify in full a non-TEO ten dollar tool for replacements to my 14-member team.
President Reagan was a great optimist and when the US economy recovered from the quadruplication of oil prices back in 1974 [killing Ford and Carter]. I think too many people want to just say it was the short term tax changes he championed, but later reversed, that caused the 80’s rebound and the Clinton era prosperity. Thing is they will not acknowledge that President raised taxes more that any post WWII president.

findog

August 26th, 2011
3:09 pm

honsted, he is President Reagan, not ray-gun
hard to see the message for the hate tinged rhetoric

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
3:51 pm

findog:

No matter who the President was, or is, I can’t give a pass to any one of them that raised the national debt. The amount that we owe is simply staggering. For a President and a Congress to allow this is incomprehensible to me. The debt threatens our very future as a nation. I would venture to say that ALL wars are economic in nature. That is not to say that all parties to a war hope to achieve financial gains as a result of war, but at least one side planned to gain wealth or increase the size of their geographic holdings by that act. Other parties to war may simply be protecting thei (or their ally’s) wealth or territory.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
3:53 pm

honested:

When your hate is spent, we’ll chat.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

findog:

“their” – sorry for the typo.

DannyX

August 26th, 2011
4:02 pm

OH THE HUMANITY!!!

This blog will never recover from the horrible display of hate! The vileness! The evil!

Calling Reagan “Ray-Gun!” On a blog. Hate tinged rhetoric! LMAO!

Shut it down Jim. Shut the blog down!

Daquana

August 26th, 2011
4:36 pm

“But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables,” Young said. “And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they’ve ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it’s Arabs; very few black people own these stores.”

That was Andy Young, five years ago. He and the news media would prefer that we forgot his own racist urges.

double

August 26th, 2011
4:42 pm

Sounds like all is back to normal.

honested

August 26th, 2011
5:37 pm

DannyX,

I figured since ray-gun was good enough for the rest of the country, it was good enough here.

No hate, just no love whatsoever.

honested

August 26th, 2011
5:39 pm

Next thing you know they’ll dredge up that lie that ‘ray-gun ended the soviet union’.

yuzeyurbrane

August 26th, 2011
6:47 pm

Us Southerners know what this is all about. Arizona is rapidly changing to a majority Hispanic population and those who have demagogued Hispanics will eventually get their just desserts unless. . . .

double

August 26th, 2011
7:26 pm

LMS when you are hungry it don’t make any difference of race.I do not think you would refuse a hungry person.I don’t think TD would refuse a hungry person of any color or religion as long as they were Republican.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
8:52 pm

double:

Giving a hungry man one meak is just a little different than providing him with food stamps, healthcare, unemployment benefits, social security, Section 8 housing, educating his offspring, the right to vote and the cost of housing and guarding him in a prison should he be a criminal.

A meal, indeed!

TJX

August 26th, 2011
9:04 pm

Oooh…such a burn by Honested! “Wrong-wing”…so funny and witty! Oh, and “Ray-gun”, haha, you got us again! We’re all outwitted here. Such intellectualism! Such soaring oratory!