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Court rejects Florida GOP voter-registration restrictions

Source: MSNBC

Court rejects Florida GOP voter-registration restrictions
By Steve Benen - Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:31 PM EDT


But in Florida, GOP officials have also placed sweeping restrictions on voter-registration drives. As Laura explained overnight, new Republican-imposed rules have made it almost impossible for progressive groups to register new Democratic voters. This isn't an accident.

And according to a federal court this morning, the law is simply unacceptable.

A federal judge said Wednesday he would permanently remove harsh restrictions on third-party voter registration groups that have handicapped registration efforts in Florida this year. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle said he would grant a motion to permanently remove the restrictions once he receives confirmation that a federal appeals court has dismissed the case (the state of Florida has agreed to dismiss their appeal).

The suit was originally filed back in December by the League of Women Voters of Florida, Rock the Vote, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. The Justice Department opposed the restrictions in a separate lawsuit.

Read more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/29/13550934-court-rejects-florida-gop-voter-registration-restrictions

CNN Sweeps "Actual News" Under The Rug For GOP

.........sometimes actual news takes place at political conventions. And TV viewers are not well served merely by being given a bunch of political reporters sitting around in a studio and analyzing the speeches. Wouldn't it be nice if the news organizations made at least a token effort to get their reporters around a little more to dig out whatever real news is taking place?

Read more: http://www.hopeandchange.net/#ixzz24xjghWdR

And when there is an actual event, such as last night when some convention-goers apparently threw nuts at a black CNN camerawoman, telling her "this is how we feed animals," wouldn't you think that CNN, at least, would be highlighting a story involving one of its own people? Instead, they have given the story minimal coverage. I can understand how the parties want to cover up any unpleasantness at their respective conventions. They have learned from the past that scenes of confrontation do not reflect well on their brands, and damage their chances in the fall election. But why would the news media become complicit in this effort to cover up any conflicts or negativity?

Look at Joe Scarborough and Tom Brokaw (and really, Tom Brokaw should know better) on Scarborough's show earlier this week tut-tutting Chris Matthews' suggestion that the Romney campaign is making appeals to racism. It's almost as if they are afraid to offend the Republican party brass by making any impolite suggestions about what is going on within their party.



"We built America together, and that's what makes America great." - by Elizabeth Warren

We built it together
by Elizabeth Warren


And then about 30 years ago, our country moved in a different direction. New leadership attacked wages. They attacked pensions. They attacked health care. They attacked unions. And now we find ourselves in a very different world from the one our parents and grandparents built. We are now in a world in which the rich skim more off the top in taxes and special deals, and they leave less and less for our schools, for roads and bridges, for medical and scientific research - less to build a future.


The Republicans believe in an America that is rigged for the big guys - giant corporations that can hire an army of lobbyists, ship jobs overseas, and take their profits to the Cayman Islands.

That's not who we are as a people - and that's not the kind of country we want to be.

We built America together, and that's what makes America great.


MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has lost her home in New Orleans

she reports that everyone is safe...


Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag

Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

The exclusive event, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht "Cracker Bay," was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney's bid.

"I think it's ironic they do this aboard a yacht that doesn't even pay its taxes," said a woman who lives aboard a much smaller boat moored at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.


Jane Romney: My Brother Won't Ban Abortion-GOP candidate's sister says he's "much more in the middle

Source: National Journal

Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney said when National Journal asked her about the subject after a “Women for Mitt” event. “He’s not going to be touching any of that,” she said. “It’s not his focus.”

Democratic warnings that abortion rights are under threat are an ungrounded fear tactic, Jane Romney said. “That’s what women are afraid of, but that’s conjured,” she said. “Personally, I don’t think abortion should be used as a football in the political arena.”

The Republican platform does not specify any exceptions.
But as Jane Romney put it, “Mitt’s much more in the middle” when it comes to abortion.

Read more: http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-election/jane-romney-my-brother-won-t-ban-abortion-20120829

Just a little "legitimate" rape

A liquor store in greater Tampa, under threatening skies.

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