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Voter ID-Texas has only issued 250 free IDs

The Texas voter suppression law/voter id law is a poll tax. You can not get a "free" id without paying for an official birth certificate or other court document. If you can take off work and go during weekday business hours, you can get a birth certificate for $3 but you have to go there in person and the birth certificate will have a legend stating that the birth certificate can only be used to get election identification certificate.

In a deposition in the voter id case it came out that the state of Texas has only issued 250 "free" ids. https://twitter.com/RyanPHaygood/status/464566717843537921/photo/1 The last official notice of the number of "free" ids issues was back in November and the number was a 120 or so. Between 650,00 to 1.2 million Texas voters need an id in order to vote. The State of Texas does not want these people to vote and that is why only 250 ids have been issued.

The Texas voter id law goes to trial in September and I am expecting that the judge may rule on the poll tax issue as well as the Section 2 claims. The rulings in the Wisconsin case and the opinion in the Penns. voter id case are both well written. The Arkansas voter id law was ruled invalid on state law grounds. The courts are realizing that voter id laws serve one purpose and one purpose only-to steal votes from Democrats.

Voter ID-Texas has only issued 250 free IDs

The Texas voter suppression law/voter id law is a poll tax. You can not get a "free" id without paying for an official birth certificate or other court document. If you can take off work and go during weekday business hours, you can get a birth certificate for $3 but you have to go there in person and the birth certificate will have a legend stating that the birth certificate can only be used to get election identification certificate.

In a depo in the voter id case it came out that the state of Texas has only issued 250 "free" ids. https://twitter.com/RyanPHaygood/status/464566717843537921/photo/1 The last official notice of the number of "free" ids issues was back in November and the number was a 120 or so. Between 650,00 to 1.2 million Texas voters need an id in order to vote. The State of Texas does not want these people to vote and that is why only 250 ids have been issued.

The Texas voter id law goes to trial in September and I am expecting that the judge may rule on the poll tax issue as well as the Section 2 claims.

Voter ID-Texas has only issued 250 free IDs

The Texas voter suppression law/voter id law is a poll tax. You can not get a "free" id without paying for an official birth certificate or other court document. If you can take off work and go during weekday business hours, you can get a birth certificate for $3 but you have to go there in person and the birth certificate will have a legend stating that the birth certificate can only be used to get election identification certificate.

In a depo in the voter id case it came out that the state of Texas has only issued 250 "free" ids. https://twitter.com/RyanPHaygood/status/464566717843537921/photo/1 The last official notice of the number of "free" ids issues was back in November and the number was a 120 or so. Between 650,00 to 1.2 million Texas voters need an id in order to vote. The State of Texas does not want these people to vote and that is why only 250 ids have been issued.

The Texas voter id law goes to trial in September and I am expecting that the judge may rule on the poll tax issue as well as the Section 2 claims.

If you like Frozen, you will like this Dewhurst Video attacking Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick is likely to be the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor but David Dewhurst is still fighting. Dewhurst is actually somewhat sane compared to Patrick.

Here is a great video form Dewhurst attacking Dan Patrick.



Here are some good comments from Juanita Jean on this video http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/05/07/so-this-happened/

The election is May 27th so we’ve got plenty of time for competing song-offs.

The You Tube appears to be in response to a debate the candidates had this morning in Dallas.

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks against each in Dallas on Wednesday.


These boy are just skinning the pig so Leticia Van De Putte can barbecue it.

Dan Patrick is both crazy and a racist. Hispanic republican voters are scared of Patrick. This could a fun run off to watch because Dewhurst has the money to run some more attack ads.

Texas has to turn over e-mails and memos in redistricting case

One federal court ruled that Abbott and the State of Texas had to turn over documents that Greg claimed were privileged in the voter id lawsuit and now Greg is fighting some subpoenas. http://txredistricting.org/post/84271215651/texas-voter-id-plaintiffs-respond-to-attempt-by-abbott There was a hearing last week on the subpoenas.

Yesterday, the three judge panel ordered Greg Abbott and the State of Texas to release e-mails and documents in the possession of the State of Texas in the redistricting case. http://www.nationallawjournal.com/legaltimes/id=1202654305167/Texas-Ordered-to-Disclose-Legislative-Docs-in-Voting-Case?slreturn=20140407110311

Calling part of Texas' litigation position "inconsistent," a federal trial judge has ordered the state to turn over certain legislative records to the U.S. Department of Justice in a closely watched Voting Rights Act case.

The Justice Department is seeking information from more than three dozen Texas state lawmakers that could illuminate the Legislature’s motivation in 2011 to enact congressional redistricting plans.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling on Tuesday gives the federal government some access to documents that lawyers for Texas argued were off limits. Read more: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/legaltimes/id=1202654305167/Texas-Ordered-to-Disclose-Legislative-Docs-in-Voting-Case#ixzz3138v9H2g

Included in such documents are the opinions and materials from the Texas Legislative Council. The TLC is the legal arm that does the maps and the hard numbers work in redistricting. http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/texas-subpoena-VRA.pdf Last year, I testified before the House Committee on redistricting and watched Trey Martinez Fischer question the top lawyer for the TLC. Basically, the top lawyer for the TLC agreed that the maps being proposed were not constitutional and that the approval of these maps in 2013 would not cure the racism inherent in the redistricting maps. The TLC materials in particular could be very interesting.

The fact that Greg Abbott is fighting so hard to hide these materials is very interesting. The fact that Greg lost again is not surprising in that Greg is a really bad attorney

Did Jon Stewart imply that Senator Lindsey Graham is gay?

Jon was in great form tonight on fake outrage over Benghazi. Jon accused Graham of being more interested in going to a dance with a male colonel than dealing with up armored vehicles

Come see Leticia van de Putte tomorrow at Fort Bend Cinco de Mayo event

Come out and meet Leticia on Saturday, May 3 at the Knight of Columbus facility. http://www.fortbenddemocrats.org/hispanic_heritage_society1. It should be a pretty day

Is Texas Turning Blue?

MSNBC had a good segment Wendy Davis and Battleground Texas. http://www.msnbc.com/jansing-and-co/watch/is-texas-turning-blue-241968707901

GOP Attorney General Candidate Violated Securities Law, Gets Reprimand

The leading GOP candidate to replace Greg Abbott as attorney general does not understand that he is suppose to enforce the laws and not break the laws. http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/02/paxton-violated-securities-law-gets-reprimand/

State Sen. Ken Paxton, a Republican candidate for Texas attorney general, violated the Texas Securities Act by soliciting investment clients without being registered as required by law, according to a disciplinary order made public Friday.

Under the order from the Texas State Securities Board, Paxton was “reprimanded” and fined $1,000. He is also required from now on to disclose in writing his paid solicitor relationship to any clients he refers to an investment adviser.

In at least one instance investigated by The Texas Tribune, a legal client Paxton solicited on behalf of an investment adviser had no idea the senator was getting paid for the referrals, according to court documents.

The State Securities Board, which regulates the securities industry in Texas, released a written statement about the order on Friday.

“In any action the State Securities Board undertakes, the only consideration is the facts of the case. The agency does not consider any extrinsic factors,” said board spokesman Robert Elder. "The order speaks for itself."

The Democratic nominee for Attorney General has one of the truly great names in Texas politics, Sam Houston. I met Sam at a fundraiser and the man is impressive. This could be a fun race

Lawmaker asks Abbott whether Rick Perry can legally bill taxpayers for his expensive criminal lawyer

This will be fun to watch http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/abbott-asked-whether-rick-perry-can-legally-bill-taxpayers-for-his-expensive-criminal-lawyer.html/

A Democratic House leader has asked for a legal opinion on how and if Gov. Rick Perry can bill taxpayers for his $450-an-hour criminal lawyer defending him in a grand jury probe.

Perry is under a grand jury investigation on potential bribery and coercion charges after trying to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign last year after she pled guilty to drunk driving.

He hired Austin criminal attorney David Botsford in a contract that runs through October.

Perry has acknowledged that he threatened to veto $7.5 million in state funding for the Public Integrity Unit, administered by Lehmberg’s office, if she did not step down. She did not resign and he vetoed the money.

If Lehmberg, a Democrat, had quit, Perry would have named her replacement. The Public Integrity Unit at the time was investigating the operation of one of Perry’s signature achievements — the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

One of CPRIT’s top officers was indicted in December for steering an $11 million award to a company without subjecting it to the standard review process.

Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, requested that Attorney General Greg Abbott study the issue to see if there are limits on a governor hiring outside counsel at taxpayers expense.

In a 4-page letter, the House Land and Resource Management Committee chairman asks if the governor has taken criminal actions beyond the scope of his official capacity, should the state be obligated to pay for his defense.

Greg Abbott is going to have to take a position on this issue and it will be fun to see the fallout
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