LA Progressive: Prison-Based Gerrymandering

-By Sharon Kyle

July 18, 2011- When the ACLU Pasadena Foothills Chapter joined forces with the NAACP, LA Progressive and a host of other Southern California social justice focused organizations to sponsor a talk by former ACLU attorney, Michelle Alexander, author of, New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness I asked Ms. Alexander to give the audience her condensed version of the prison-based gerrymandering phenomenon.

Characterizing it as a modern-day 3/5ths Compromise, Alexander explained that in most states census residence rules require that incarcerated people be counted at their place of incarceration as opposed to their home address.

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NPR: The Politics Behind New Voter ID Laws

-by Pam Fessler

July 18, 2011- Voters going to the polls next year — and even some this year — will encounter a lot of new rules. Photo ID requirements and fewer options for early voting are among the biggest changes.

They're part of a wave of new laws enacted by Republican-controlled legislatures this year. Supporters say the rules are needed to ensure honest elections.

But Democrats say it's part of a concerted GOP campaign to suppress the vote. They say minorities, students, the poor and disabled — those most likely to vote Democratic — will be hurt the most.

Seven states so far this year have enacted new laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. Ohio and Pennsylvania are considering similar requirements, and several other states already have them on the books.

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Press Release: POE Offers $100,000 Reward

ProtectOurElections.org Offers $100,000 Reward For Information Leading To The Arrest And Conviction Of News Corp Employees Who Hacked Or Bribed Americans

Watchdog Launches New Campaign ProsecuteNewsCorp.org

07.18.2011– Washington, DC- ProtectOurElections.org announced today that it is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of News Corp employees who hacked the phones of American citizens in the US, or bribed officials or others for information about Americans.

ProtectOurElections.org, an advocacy group dedicated to corporate and government accountability, is actively seeking whistleblowers and insiders who have personal knowledge of the illegal conduct and/or documents proving the illegal conduct. Tipsters can remain confidential and information can be sent to Tips@ProsecuteNewsCorp.com.

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Talking Points Memo: Florida League Of Women Voters Drops Registration Plan Over Restrictive Laws

-By Ryan J. Reilly

July 15, 2011– Democrats are calling attention to the effect that voter ID laws which have swept through state legislatures this year could have on voter turnout. But voter ID laws aren't the only restrictive measures imposed on the right to vote which civil rights organizations say are going to hurt voter turnout.

Take Florida. Voters there are already asked to show a photo ID when they vote. Now thanks to a law passed by Florida lawmakers, they're less likely to be registered in the first place.

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Murdoch is the Orwellian Vision of Our Time, a Direct Threat to the Survival of Democracy

Originally blogged by Mark Karlin of Buzzflash

July 14, 2011- Sometimes, we are so caught up with battles over survival issues – such as jobs, Medicare, Social Security and health insurance – that we forget that the larger frame of political conversation is being shaped elsewhere.

Rupert Murdoch's Fox "News" in America not only serves as the farm team for GOP presidential and other Republican contenders, but it is also the most powerful news force in shaping the terms of our national political debate. Through a combination of "catapulting the propaganda" (thank George W. Bush for that phrase), contributions to US politicians, and targeted media attacks on "opposition" political figures – among other nefarious strategies – Murdoch has done more to bolster the current climate of plutocracy in the US than any other individual.

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