Goldman Sachs, Richard Posner and Republicans Get Slapped

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 10:30 am

Let’s hope that the trend of defeats for the rich and their neoliberal trolls will reach the public at large, and that things will gradually change for the better.

Richard Posner’s Law and Economics in Action

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 10:38 am

The law and economics movement has nothing to say about actual human beings in all their radiant glory.

Touch-screen voting shenanigans again? Pennsylvania voter tapes screen selecting Romney when Obama chosen

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 10:28 am

The voter shot video from his phone of what occurred — he selected Obama, and it highlighted Romney.

Come Saturday Morning: Voter Fraud and Misrepresentation Exists – And It’s Committed by Republicans

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 6:45 am

Republicans nationwide are pushing laws they claim are intended to “stop voter fraud” which they imply is committed mostly by nonwhites and non-Republicans. But in the rare instances of voter fraud and misrepresentation that I’ve seen, the only people committing it are all Republicans. Here are a few examples.

Rep. Cummings Asks True the Vote for Documents About Voter Registration Challenges

By: Friday October 5, 2012 12:40 pm

I’ve written previously about the Texas-based Tea Party group “True the Vote” involving themselves in voter suppression efforts in swing states. Some state laws allow any individual to challenge another’s voting status, and this has been put to use by True the Vote’s spinoff organizations in Ohio and at least three other states, to a disproportionate degree against minorities, students and other traditional Democratic constituencies. True the Vote claims they are merely trying to clean up voter rolls and prevent voter fraud.

Pennsylvania Voter ID Halted, but in Very Narrow Fashion

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 8:11 am

A Pennsylvania Commonwealth court judge has delayed enforcement of the state’s voter ID law for the November election, ruling that the difficulty experienced by voters trying to obtain a valid ID made disenfranchisement too likely. However, despite the injunction, poll workers will still be able to ask for ID from voters, and voters without ID will apparently have to cast a provisional ballot, which could lead to a lot of confusion at the polls.

In the ruling, Judge Robert Simpson followed the guidelines handed down by the state Supreme Court two weeks ago, charging him with determining whether the state offered “liberal access” to IDs to any eligible voter who lacked one and wanted to participate in the election. After hearing a litany of stories about long lines, difficulty with paperwork and other hurdles, Simpson wrote that, despite the state trying to implement changes on the fly to remedy the situation, “I cannot conclude the proposed changes cure the deficiency in liberal access [to ID's] identified by the Supreme Court…. I accept Petitioners’ argument that in the remaining five weeks before the general election, the gap between the photo IDs issued and the estimated need will not be closed.”

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Returns Voter ID Case to Lower Court; Must Enjoin Law if It Could Result in Disenfranchisement

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 2:58 pm

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has returned the controversial voter ID law back to the Commonwealth Court for review in a move that could put an end to voter ID in the state for the year.

The initial reports claimed that the state Supreme Court threw out voter ID, but actually they just remanded it back to the Commonwealth court judge. The nub of the matter concerns the ability for Pennsylvania officials to get a valid ID in the hands of any eligible voter who wants one between now and the election.

Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Heard Before State Supreme Court

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 10:50 am

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law got debated in the state Supreme Court today. Despite the fact that the state admits there have been no recent prosecutions or even investigations of in-person voter fraud, the state passed a restrictive voter ID law that critics say could disenfranchise up to 750,000 eligible voters in a state with few options besides in-person voting on Election Day.

Voter ID Laws Solve No Existing Problem

By: Monday August 6, 2012 11:30 am

Even if voter fraud were a problem (it isn’t), voter ID laws would be no kind of solution. Of several types of potential fraud, you have in-person voter fraud, where someone votes in an election more than once. That’s the only one that would be captured by the voter ID law. And that one really never happens and would be an implausible way to steal an election.

Pennsylvania Not Equipped to Handle Voter ID Crush

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 8:15 am

As Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says today, Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is a solution in search of a problem. Incidents of voter fraud, outside of Republican candidates for office, are non-existent. And yet this law has been airdropped into the general election, with shifting guidelines for eligible IDs and standards at the voting booth. It’s sure to create a massive amount of chaos.

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