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Trump Appears to Think You Need to Show Photo ID to Buy Groceries

3yrs ago from The Week
President Trump's short-lived voter fraud commission may be defunct, but he clearly hasn't given up on the idea of requiring special photo ID cards to cast ballots in the U.S., as he told a rally in Tampa on Tuesday night. Also, Trump apparently hasn't set foot in a grocery store in a really long time, or ever — or perhaps at the rarified food markets he patronizes, you need to show photo ID to purchase groceries. Trump says you need a photo ID to buy groceries. pic.twitter.com/B4Nd0S645M — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 1, 2018 You don't need to show photo ID to buy groceries, unless maybe you are paying with a cashier's check or gold bars. "This kind of comment (unfairly) wrecked George H.W. Bush," whose apparent unfamiliarity with a grocery checkout scanner was front-page news in 1992, "and would have vaporized Mitt Romney," notes NBC News' Benjy Sarlin. "But 'authenticity' is a dumb artificial construct and Trump's version does not depend on him even pretending to live like a normal human." Or president. As Trump also said in his Tampa rally, his fans don't expect him to act "presidential," and that has its benefits. Peter Weber
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‘MURDER!’: Tomi Lahren Fans Have a White Hot Meltdown After She Calls for Conservatives to Leave Roe V. Wade Alone

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Facebook followers of controversial conservative Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren freaked out on Saturday she suggested the Republican Party refraining from using the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court vacancy to push a war on women by overturning Roe v. Wade. “Let’s go after sanctuary cities and push for voter ID laws,” Fox News personality Tomi Lahren suggested. “Do we really want to fight for this, alienate Democrats, moderates, and libertarians, all to lose in the end …
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Complies With Court Ruling Against His Voter ID Law, With a Curious Caveat

3yrs ago from The Week
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson struck down Kansas' voter registration ID requirement and ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to stop enforcing the law, which he had championed and personally defended in court, and take six hours of continuing legal education on "civil rules of procedure or evidence." In April, Robison, a George W. Bush appointee, had ruled Kobach in contempt of court for ignoring earlier decisions. And because of this "well-documented history of avoiding this court's orders," she wrote Monday, Kobach had to immediately tell county election officials to comply with her ruling. It wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that Bryan Caskey, Kobach's elections director, instructed county clerks to stop asking for proof of citizenship and activate all voter registrations canceled or suspended under the law, affecting 25,175 voting records. On Tuesday, Caskey had told county election officials to keep enforcing the law, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. As Kobach spokeswoman Danedri Herbert explained, "I think 'immediately' is kind of open to interpretation." Caskey's emailed instructions Wednesday also told county officials to flag on registration records if a voter voluntarily submitted proof of citizenship, "for tracking purposes only," though he also noted the Kobach is appealing Robinson's ruling. Mark Johnson, an attorney in one of the two lawsuits against Kobach, protested that caveat, telling The Wichita Eagle: "They have no business maintaining that information. I don't like the idea that it will be used for tracking purposes only. Tracking what?" "For Kobach, the trial should've been a moment of glory," Jessica Huseman writes at ProPublica. "He's been arguing for a decade that voter fraud is a national calamity. ... If anybody ever had time to marshal facts and arguments before a trial, it was Kobach." Instead, Robinson and his own witnesses dealt him "an unalloyed defeat." You can read Huseman's report on the trial at verdict at ProPublica. Peter Weber
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MO-Sen: Former McCaskill Attorney Behind Group Suing State of Missouri Over Voter ID for Elections

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Last year, Missouri implemented a new law requiring that in order to vote, citizens must present a government-issued proof of identification. But, the law states, in the instance that a voter does not possess such documentation, they may provide an alternative form of identification in addition to signing a sworn statement confirming they do not have the required government-issued proof of ID. In 2016, Missouri voters passed the constitutional amendment known as House Bill 1631. The "Voter ID" law is now being challenged by a group backed by an attorney who served not only as general counsel for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, but who also previously worked for incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)...who happens to currently be running for reelection. Okay, what's the situation? National progressive group Priorities USA filed the case on behalf of a 70-year-old Jackson County woman, claiming that Missouri's voter ID law is unconstitutional. The aforementioned attorney with ties to …
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Republican Judge Who Once Supported Voter ID Laws Admits That Studying History Changed His Mind

3yrs ago from The Week
North Carolina Republican Bob Orr, formerly a member of the state Supreme Court, announced in an editorial published in The Charlotte Observer on Wednesday that after considering the history of the Reconstruction era, he no longer supports voter ID laws. "Opponents to voter IDs contend … that it's a voter suppression ploy by Republicans aimed primarily at black voters," Orr wrote. "While I'm still not convinced of the lurking evil of such a proposal, I've changed my mind on the issue." Orr cites Ron Chernow's biography of President Ulysses S. Grant as being the major influence behind his change of opinion. "Chernow points out that while ex-Confederates were resentful over losing the war and their 'property' in the form of slaves, the real stick in their craw was that blacks now had the right to vote," Orr observes, adding that the book "traces the horror and violence that descended upon blacks in the South attempting to participate in the most basic of democratic institutions — the right to vote. In 1868, more than 2,000 blacks were killed in Georgia alone in efforts to suppress voting." Orr writes that it wasn't until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that "the 15th Amendment began to seriously be fulfilled for black voters in the South." He concludes: "Is it any wonder then that our fellow citizens of African-American heritage are particularly sensitive when it comes to voting issues?" Read his entire op-ed on why he's changed his mind at The Charlotte Observer. Jeva Lange
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