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Senator Jon Tester of Montana has just introduced our People’s Rights Amendment in the U.S Senate to reverse the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and to make it clear that corporations do not have constitutional rights, as if they were people. This marks the first introduction in the US Senate of a constitutional amendment bill to overturn fully the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights and ensure that people, not corporations, shall govern in America.
-By Jesse J. Holland
June 17, 2013- States can't demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision complicating efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally.
The justices' 7-2 ruling closes the door on states independently changing the requirements for those using the voter-registration form produced under the federal "motor voter" registration law. They would need permission from a federally created panel, the Election Assistance Commission, or a federal court ruling overturning the commission's decision, to make tougher requirements stick.
Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the court's majority opinion, said federal law "precludes Arizona from requiring a federal form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself."
Huffington Post: Ben Cohen's Stamp Stampede: Ben & Jerry's Founder Rallies At Union Station To Get Money Out Of Politics
-By Erin Ruberry
June 17, 2013- Welcome to Washington, where frozen treats and political activism meet.
On Tuesday, the Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in Union Station will dish out more than just cones of Half Baked. From noon to 5:00 p.m., co-founder Ben Cohen and his crew will hand out dollar bills stamped with phrases like "Stamp Money Out Of Politics" in an attempt to raise awareness of money's influence on the electoral process.
The Stamp Stampede's ultimate goal: A Constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United and declaring "1) money is not speech; and, 2) corporations are not people."
Is it legal to deface American currency? According to the Stamp Stampede's lawyers, yes:
-By Steve Muratore
June 15, 2013- Less than 24 hours after the Arizona Legislature passed HB2305, sending it to Gov. Brewer for her signature, former state Assistant Attorney General Vince Rabago filed a 53-page complaint with the Chief, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice alleging specific instances of voter suppression from the 2012 general election in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties in Arizona.
Huffington Post: Sheldon Adelson's Woes Mount With Grand Jury In Las Vegas Sands Money-Laundering Probe
-By Peter H Stone
June 5, 2013- The legal headaches besetting billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. now include a grand jury in Los Angeles, part of a federal money-laundering probe of his Nevada-based casinos, The Huffington Post has learned.
The involvement of a federal grand jury, not previously reported, suggests an escalation of the money-laundering investigation into Sands and one of its executives, being led by the U.S. attorney for Los Angeles, according to a person with direct knowledge of the inquiry. The person requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the grand jury’s work, which is not public.
Freakout Nation: Caught On Audio: Texas Tea Party Leader, “The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote”
June 4, 2013- At a Dallas event featuring Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Ken Emanuelson, a leader in the Tea Party, said: “I’m going to be real honest with you. The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.” No kidding? What gave it away? Thank you Captain Obvious.
So much for that GOP reachy outy thingy.
To hear Emanuelson’s side, Battleground Texas, who published the audio on their website, did a ‘hit piece.’
Emanuelson explains on his Facebook wall, “What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.”
When it comes to dark money groups, what really separates Crossroads GPS from its liberal counterparts is tens of millions of dollars in FEC-reported political spending, writes Robert Maguire of the Center for Responsive Politics.
-by Robert Maguire
June 2, 2013- Karl Rove, the co-founder of Crossroads GPS, has taken of late to asking why his 501(c)(4) social welfare group has been scrutinized, while “liberal groups have operated for decades in the same way GPS does without Democrats complaining.” He singled out the League of Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice America, unions and the NAACP.
-By Hunter Walker
May 27, 2013- A pair of Democratic congressmen is pushing an amendment that would place an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. According to Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), who is sponsoring the legislation along with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the amendment would protect voters from what he described as a “systematic” push to “restrict voting access” through voter ID laws, shorter early voting deadlines, and other measures that are being proposed in many states.
Huffington Post: Prop C Wins: LA Voters Send Strong Message Against Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling
-By Anna Almendra
May 22, 2013- In a blow against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the second-largest city in the U.S. sent a strong, if symbolic, message against corporate personhood and unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns.
Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition C, a resolution that instructed local and state officials to promote the overturning of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. With 100 percent of precincts reporting by 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, Prop C had won 76.6 percent of the vote, according to the LA City Clerk's unofficial results.
-By Zachary Roth
May 21, 2013- More than six months after declaring on election night that “we’ve got to fix” long lines at the polls that forced some voters to wait up to eight hours, President Obama has announced the members of his commission on election administration. The list includes a mix of business executives, public officials, and election administrators, but no dedicated voting-rights advocates.
Obama had previously revealed that Washington super-lawyers Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, a Democrat and Republican respectively, would chair the panel. Tuesday, he named the following eight commissioners:
- Brian Britton, Member–Vice President, Global Park Operations and Planning at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
- Joe Echevarria, Member–Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte LLP