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U.S. Curtails Federal Election Observers

One of the consequences of the SCOTUS' gutting of the voting rights act was the restriction of the DOJ's ability to federal election monitors. This is one of the provisions that the Democrats are trying to restore and which is being block by the Congressional republicans http://fortune.com/2016/07/17/us-federal-election-observers/

Federal election observers can only be sent to five states in this year’s U.S. presidential election, among the smallest deployments since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to end racial discrimination at the ballot box.

The plan, confirmed in a U.S. Department of Justice fact sheet seen by Reuters, reflects changes brought about by the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to strike down parts of the Act, a signature legislative achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Voting rights advocates told Reuters they were concerned that the scaling-back of observers would make it harder to detect and counter efforts to intimidate or hinder voters, especially in southern states with a history of racial discrimination at the ballot box.

The Supreme Court ruling undercut a key section of the Act that requires such states to obtain U.S. approval before changing election laws. The court struck down the formula used to determine which states were affected.

In 2012 I had a good number of poll watchers out watching the True the Vote assholes who were out attempting to suppress the vote. The DOJ election monitors were in a number of precincts in my county and in those precincts, we did not have to worry about the True the Vote voter suppression efforts. The DOJ people were great in stopping the True the Vote idiots from suppressing the vote.

I fear that we will be seeing some nasty GOP voter suppression efforts in states where the DOJ will not be allowed to monitor elections.

Again the Congressional republicans are refusing to restore this right because they do not want GOP voter suppression efforts stopped. The VRA needs to be restored which is not going to happen why the GOP control congress

Newly elected SDEC SD 17 Committewoman Sue Clark passed away

Sue Clark was an election judge, the former treasurer of the county party, member of the Meyerland Democrats Club and was just elected to committee woman on SDEC for SD 17. Sue passed away this morning. I am in state of shock. Sue was a great democrat and hard party worker. She was looking forward to being on the SDEC and would have made a great committee woman I am in state of shock I saw Sue at the Texas Democratic party state convention less that month ago

I was proud to be her friend. My she rest in peace

Some Trump RNC Delegates Surprised About Paying Their Own Way To Cleveland

Going to a national convention is not cheap but everyone knows in advance that they have to pay their own way other than trump supporters http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485911005/some-trump-rnc-delegates-surprised-about-paying-their-own-way-to-cleveland?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

Tentative Speakers for DNC Convention

I just got this from one of the Texas Democratic Party officials

Elizabeth Warren on Monday
Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Tuesday
Barack Obama on Wednesday
Vice Presidential nominee on Wednesday
Hillary Clinton on Thursday.

I am so looking forward to Philadelphia

Worst Texas Democratic Party Convention ever

The Alamodome is not easy walking distance from any of the hotels and they only had buses in the morning but not at night. You had to take a cab to get back to the hotel. The food court had one vendor who ran out of food on Saturday The lines were very very long.

The Alamodome is not set up for meetings. There were a limited number of elevators and most of the caucuses and meeting were on the upper floors with bad access and poor maps.

I am going to the national convention

Who is going to the Texas Democratic Party Convention?

If anyone wants to try to meet up, please let me know. I will be in the Clinton grassroots room part of the time.

Toon- Upcoming Democratic Debates


Judge rejects Bernie Sanders’ supporter’s voting lawsuit

Source: Washington Times

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by a Bernie Sanders supporter who argued elections officials in California were robbing unaffiliated voters of the chance to vote in the state’s June 7 Democratic presidential primary.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Wednesday the Voting Rights Defense Project waited too long to request an injunction for radio and TV ads informing unaffiliated voters that they can vote in the presidential primary of the Democratic, American Independent and Libertarian parties.

The group had argued that county elections officials were failing to inform unaffiliated voters of that right, threatening to disenfranchise thousands of voters. Its lawsuit named California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and two county elections officials.

Padilla said the lawsuit was frivolous.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/1/judge-rejects-bernie-sanders-supporters-voting-law/

This lawsuit was frivolous

Texas Democratic State Convention-Message from Clinton and Sanders campaigns

I am proud to be a Texas Democrat and this joint message from the heads of both the Clinton and the Sanders Texas campaigns makes me smile

Fellow Democrats,

As we near the State Convention, we feel it important to address the growing tensions that have begun to divide our party. As Texas Democrats we must stand together against this sort of divisiveness and remain a party united in inclusion. Fortunately, in Texas we do not have the potential squabble over national delegates. The Clinton and Sanders campaign have been awarded delegates proportional to 65.2 and 33.2 percent of the vote, respectively, each received on March 1 and those numbers will not change at the convention. It is this dynamic that will allow us to focus on electing Democrats at every level and strengthening our progressive message.

To our Hillary supporters new and old, we too will continue the fight for each vote. Senator Sanders and his campaign have done a great deal to grow our party. As the campaign enters the final phase of the primary we must work in a positive and energetic manner. Donald Trump must never be allowed to assume the Presidency and we must all come together to prevent that nightmare from becoming a reality.

To our Bernie brothers and sisters, this is not a call to take our foot off the gas—we will continue this campaign until each and every voter has the opportunity to have their voice heard. But we will do so in the spirit of compassion that has guided this campaign from day one. We will continue to grow the tent under which this party sits and push the progressive agenda that has defined our movement. We can never lose sight of the fact that the things that unite us are far greater than those that divide us.

At the end of the day, we are one Democratic Party, united in inclusion, acceptance and cooperation. A party that fights for working families, for women’s rights, for black life's, comprehensive immigration reform, and for equal protections for the LGBTQ community. The future is bright for Texas Democrats, but only if we take this opportunity to come together.

Let’s do this,

Garry Mauro, Fmr. Texas Land Commissioner
Texas Authorized Agent
Hillary for America

Jacob Limon
Texas State Director
Texas Authorized Agent
Bernie Sanders for President
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