Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: League of Women Voters sues state over photo ID law

-By Patrick Marley

October 20, 2011- The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin sued the state Thursday in an attempt to block a new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls.

The suit argues the state constitution allows the Legislature to exclude felons and the incompetent from voting but cannot restrict others from voting. The new photo ID law creates a new class of people who cannot vote – those without ID – and thus violates the constitution, the suit argues.

The case will be heard by Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess.

Republicans who control state government approved the photo ID requirement in May, after trying to do so for more than a decade. It is scheduled to take effect in February.

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OpEd News: Judging The Judge: Citizens Must Unite After 20 Years Of Clarence Thomas

-By Andrew Kreig

October 19, 2011- On Oct. 18 this week, the nation reached an important symbolic moment for the Clarence Thomas era on the Supreme Court. That was the date 20 years ago for his swearing-in ceremony, portrayed above in a White House photo showing the associate justice and his wife, Virginia, with Associate Justice Byron White administering the oath of office.
But the scene was pure hokum designed by the Bush White House to quiet Thomas critics ASAP after the 52-48 Senate confirmation on Oct. 15 — and to allow his backers to celebrate his lifetime appointment in grand style. In sum, this was stage-craft to fool the public about our most respected branch of government at one of its most solemn transitional landmarks.

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Huffington Post: The Case Against Clarence Thomas

-by Andrew Reinbach

October 19, 2011- When is official Washington going to do more than talk about Clarence Thomas?

After all the issues raised this year about the Associate Justice–including apparent perjury on his financial disclosure forms, his intriguing connections to the Koch Brothers and to Harlan Crow, and apparent bribery–you'd think the Justice himself would be calling for an official investigation just to clear his name.

But no. Aside some elliptical references to the waters rising around him, Mr. Justice Thomas seems to think silence is his best bet.

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Washington Post: Activist Cornel West among 19 people arrested for protesting on steps of Supreme Court

-Associated Press

October 16, 2011- Author, commentator, civil rights activist and Princeton University professor Cornel West has been arrested while protesting on the steps of the Supreme Court about corporate influence in politics.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman says 19 people were arrested Sunday afternoon after they refused to leave the grounds of the court.

Ann Wilcox, an attorney and legal adviser to the protesters, says West was among those arrested. West attended the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall before joining the October 2011 Stop the Machine protest in Washington’s Freedom Plaza.

The protest is marking 10 years since the start of the war in Afghanistan and has an anti-war and anti-corporate greed message.

West is a well-known left-leaning academic whose books include “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters.”

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Cincinnati.Com: Court ruling throws 2012 elections into chaos

-by Howard Wilkinson

October 16, 2011- The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision to allow Democrats to go forward with a petition drive to stop the Republican congressional redistricting plan has thrown the 2012 congressional elections into chaos.

Candidates for Congress – incumbents and challengers, Republicans and Democrats – will have to sit on their hands for a while to see when they should file and if the districts they planned to file in will even exist.

It is not entirely clear yet, but it would appear now that congressional candidates will file petitions by the Dec. 7 deadline for districts that may no longer exist by the planned March 6 primary.

Or they could be forced to run in a statewide primary election for Ohio’s 16 U.S. House seats, where the top 16 Republicans face the top 16 finishing Democrats in the November 2012 election.

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Huffington Post: Clarence Thomas’ Questions, Part 2: The Final Flurry

-by Mike Sacks

October 15, 2011- Justice Clarence Thomas was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Oct. 22, 1991, and for the rest of the '90s could be counted on to chime in a few times a year (or every other year) with questions to the parties presenting their cases before him. But by the early 2000s, the questions had slowed to the point that the lawyers appearing before — and other justices sitting on — the late-era Rehnquist Court had little reason to expect to engage with Thomas during oral argument.

The birth of the Roberts Court brought new hope. Three times during the 2005-06 term, Thomas leaned forward and, instead of reaching for a brief per his ordinary routine, he turned on his microphone and made his concerns known. These contributions, although paltry relative to those of his colleagues, constituted an inquisitorial deluge compared to the silence streak Thomas has maintained ever since.

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Scott Walker Watch: Campaign finance legislation to end unlimited cash contribution limits for Walker’s recall ignored by Republ

October 16, 2011- The people of Wisconsin can see just how corrupt Scott Walker and the Fitzwalkerstan Cult are regarding campaign contribution limits are when it comes to recall elections.

When someone runs for governor, Wisconsin law allows individuals to donate no more than $10,000 limit to their campaign. But, oddly, if a governor is being recalled, there is absolutely no limit for individuals to contribute campaign donations to their campaign, thanks to a loophole that was meant for times when recalling governors was something that would never have to happen.

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