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The idiot Sec. of State for Kansas wrote both Arizona 1070 and a bill to make it illegal to rent or live in a small town near Dallas. A federal judge held that this law was unconstitutional and to my surprise the 5th Cir. upheld this ruling http://www.chron.com/news/article/Court-upholds-ban-on-Texas-immigrant-housing-law-3424959.php
A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that stopped a Dallas suburb's ban on illegal immigrants seeking housing.
The law is clearly unconstitutional and I am glad that the 5th Cir. made the correct ruling. The poor town of Farmers Branch has wasted a great deal of taxpayer money defending this stupidity.
William Brewer, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said he sensed a "strong undercurrent" throughout the appellate court's decision that Farmers Branch was engaged in discrimination. The ruling is particularly meaningful because the 5th Circuit has a reputation for conservatism, he said.
$2 million in plaintiff attorney fees is on top the fees that the city had to pay. I wish that the city of Farmers Branch would sue the idiot Sec. of State of Kansas for the money wasted here.
Posted by Gothmog | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 10:12 PM (8 replies)
Yesterday, Houston Congressman Al Green was arrested together with George Clooney at a protest at the embassy for Sudan. This morning Congressman Green was given a standing ovation for his actions at a fund raiser for the Fort Bend Silver Democrats and the Fort Bend Suburban Southwest Texas Democratic Women. Congressman Green joked about the number of people who called for Clooney's number.
BTW, the turnout at this event was great. The Silver Democrats and Suburban Southwest Texas Democratic Women sold all of the available tickets for this event. There were some fun jokes about all of the cars with Obama 2012 bumper stickers in the parking lot of the Sweetwater Country Club.
Here in Fort Bend County, we are proud of the actions taken by Congressmen Green and let him know it.
Posted by Gothmog | Sat Mar 17, 2012, 05:36 PM (4 replies)
The constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act may be headed to the SCOTUS. There is one case before the DC Circuit involving Shelby County that is challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and now the State of Texas is seeking permission to amend its lawsuit on the voter ID case to challenge Section 5. http://txredistricting.org/post/19303983519/texas-goes-big-on-section-5-makes-the
The State of Texas is seeking permission from the three-judge panel in the voter ID case to file an amended complaint that would directly challenge the constitutionality of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The DOJ knew that this was a risk when the DOJ objected to the Texas voter suppression law and I hope that the DOJ is able to defend the constitutionality of Section 5. Objecting to the Texas Voter id law was the correct decision by the DOJ and I hope that the SCOTUS does not use this decision as an excuse to declare Section 5 unconstitutional
Posted by Gothmog | Wed Mar 14, 2012, 07:49 PM (6 replies)
Back in 2010, the local party did not run a strong candidate for the TX CD 22 because that race would be an impossible race to win. A LaRouchie candidate named Keisha Rogers won the nomination and the ran on the platform of impeaching President Obama. Many Democrats had to not vote a straight party ticket in 2010 to avoid voting for this person.
Keisha is running again. Last night was the ballot draw and there was evidently a Keisha Rogers Rally. I was at the event and saw Keisha and four or five of her supporters outside the library where the event was held. None of these supporters were precinct chairs and so did not have a vote at this meeting. We did a roll call and each of the larouchies made some statement about President Obama and were booed.
After the ballot draw, each candidate got to make a two minute speech and then our SDEC representative made a proposal that the county party endorse the guy running against Rogers (this resolution was blessed by the State Party in advance). During the debate of thise resolution, some precinct chairs asked Rogers if she really believed that the Queen of England was a drug dealer (she refused to answer this question) and asked Rogers about the larouchie posters with President Obama having a Hitler mustache which Rogers defended on the grounds that she was trying to stop a second holocaust (as a Jew, I was very offended). After the motion was passed by a vote of all 41 precinct chairs present, we ignored the larouchies and they left.
When I got home, I checked Rogers website to see if we were mentioned and saw that the six people (five supporters and the candidate were part of an official LaRoushie rally. This from her website http://kesharogers.com/node/73
Rally & Ballot Selection
The party also adopted rules for the Senate District conventions that requires all attendees to these conventions and the state convention to sign a loyalty oath that includes a requirement that one supports the Party's candidates including President Obama.
I was surprised to see that five people and the candidate constituted a rally. In 2010, Keisha was an unknown. Now the party knows about her and we are passing out flyers warning voters about this candidate.
Posted by Gothmog | Tue Mar 13, 2012, 08:56 AM (1 replies)
I am a member of the Obama voter protection team and just received an e-mail from the head of the team that makes me smile. The DNC has maintained an injunction against the RNC since 1982 on voter suppression and vote caging efforts. The Third Circuit just confirmed the opinion of the judge in that case to extend this injunction for eight more years http://electionlawblog.org/wp-content/uploads/rncvdnc.pdf Here is the statement of the DNC on this victory
DNC Statement on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in DNC v. RNC
This e-mail really made me smile
Posted by Gothmog | Fri Mar 9, 2012, 03:17 PM (3 replies)
The Houston paper has a very good article on the effects of the Texas voter suppression/id law. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-contested-voter-ID-law-could-shave-voter-3390155.php
Here is a great chart on the effects of this horrible law
Posted by Gothmog | Thu Mar 8, 2012, 12:54 PM (6 replies)
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