Florida Elections Supervisors Shut Down Rick Scott’s Voter Purge

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 12:00 pm

According to the Palm Beach Post, all 67 elections supervisors in Florida’s 67 counties have suspended the voter purge planned by the Governor, Rick Scott, and the Secretary of State’s office.


Justice Department Demands End to Florida Voter Purge

By: Friday June 1, 2012 6:04 am

Late Thursday night, the Justice Department fired off a letter to the Secretary of State of Florida, Ken Detzner, asking that he put a stop to the purging of voter rolls that could leave hundreds if not thousands of legal US citizens stripped of their right to vote.

Federal Judge Overturns Voter Registration Suppression in Florida

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 1:58 pm

Voting rights activists surveying the scene in Florida got some good news. A federal judge today blocked a separate Florida voter suppression law, which is designed to make voter registration drives more difficult.

Florida’s Voter Suppression Efforts Get Renewed Scrutiny

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 1:20 pm

We’re starting to see more interest in the voter purge campaign happening down in Florida, where thousands of voters are getting notices in the mail about their imminent cancellation from the voting rolls, based on a flawed comparison of data between those rolls and DMV data. This has already resulted in hundreds of known false positives just in Miami-Dade County alone, and an analysis of the purge lists shows that Democratic voters and particularly Hispanics are disproportionately targeted by it.

Republicans of a Feather: Rick Scott Follows Jeb Bush in Disenfranchising Legal Voters in Florida

By: Sunday May 27, 2012 4:00 pm

Hundreds of legal voters in just one Florida county have been thrown off the voter rolls as part of an effort to purge “non-citizens” from participating in the 2012 election. The effort, spearheaded by Governor Rick Scott, is reminiscent of the effort in 2000 to purge the voter rolls in Florida, led by then-Governor Jeb Bush, brother of the man who would become President that year thanks to a razor-thin margin in the state.

The Failed American Voter Registration System

By: Monday May 7, 2012 4:17 pm

It never becomes the top-shelf, salient issue in American elections until after one or two get stolen. But the permanent discriminated class we’re building out of voter suppression laws should be the headline story to the party that stands to lose the most from the situation. Voter registration among Hispanics and African-Americans has dropped significantly since 2008.

FDL Movie Night: “Freedom is Now: A Documentary”

By: Monday March 12, 2012 5:00 pm

Emiel Cleaver, son of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, reveals an important part of Kansas City’s–and our nation’s–history in his film Freedom is Now: A Documentary, which tells the story of Freedom, Inc., the groundbreaking political organization which empowered the city’s black community for both social and political change.

Holder Backs Voting Rights, Universal Registration, Threatens Action Against Voter Suppression

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 2:45 pm

US Attorney General Holder gave an address at the LBJ Library in Austin yesterday billed as the opening salvo in a Justice Department counter-attack against disenfranchising voter laws, particularly in states which just turned over to conservative legislatures and governors.

Occupy LA Day 3: Sign Here!

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:40 pm

  This is the city. This is Los Angeles. Occupy LA has moved to the smaller north lawn of City Hall because a movie is shooting on the north lawn. I don’t know the title, but I know that Ryan Gosling is hot! Or so exclaims an Occupy LA volunteer at the media tent. Gosling [...]

Sunday Late Night: Happy Independents’ Day

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 8:01 pm

When I moved to Oregon from California almost a year ago, I registered to vote (of course) and left the Democratic Party. I wanted to become one of those coveted voters who didn’t have a party label: not a joiner, but among the wooed.

And I wanted to help move the Myth of the Independent Voter; you can too.

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