Town Crier: Current GOP neglects own voting rights history
by Mickey McGuire / For the Tracy Press
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Until recently, the Republican Party was second to none in its support for voting rights. The GOP had a long history of encouraging minorities to vote.

My mother was proud of this tradition. She was born before women had the vote. In the Senate, 82 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats supported women’s suffrage. She volunteered to help the League of Women Voters register new voters. In a republic, voting is fundamental.

The Republicans’ proud tradition of expanding suffrage was still apparent 100 years after the Civil War. The two great accomplishments resulting from the civil rights movement were the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In the House of Representatives, 82 percent of the Republicans and 78 percent of the Democrats supported the Voting Rights Act. In the Senate, 94 percent of the Republicans voted for it, along with 73 percent of the Democrats.

Republicans have a justifiably proud tradition of supporting voting rights. In 2006, the renewal of the Voting Rights Act was unanimous in the Senate, 98-0!

But things have changed.

Today, Republican officials across the country are in court, accused of violating the Voting Rights Act. Republican-controlled state legislatures have introduced 60 bills, many worded identically, that are designed to depress the vote of minorities and other groups that tend to vote Democratic.

In the past few weeks, courts in Texas, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have enjoined restrictive laws from taking effect that conflict with the Voting Rights Act.

A federal court in Texas voided the Republican-designed redistricting map because it was drawn with “discriminatory purpose.” Texas’ population grew by 4.3 million since the previous census, adding four congressional seats. Almost 90 percent of the increase in population is made up of minorities. Yet there were fewer, not more, minority-controlled districts under the legislature’s redistricting.

A different court in Texas unanimously threw out a restrictive voter ID law. Many counties in Texas don’t have a Department of Public Safety office where one might apply for a photo ID. Acquiring a proper ID might require as much as a 250-mile trip. The court said, “Such a journey would be especially daunting for the working poor.”

Most of the people who do not possess a current driver’s license or passport are poor or elderly, and they tend to be Democrats.

Another federal court unanimously overruled a new Florida law that would restrict periods for early voting, a provision that is particularly useful for blue-collar workers and minorities.

Another Florida action was the vote to rescind a state law allowing felons to petition for restoration of their voting rights. Sixty percent of Florida felons are minorities.

A third Florida law designed to suppress the vote of Democrat-registered voters was a new law that made voter registration by independent groups like the League of Women Voters more difficult. A federal judge has blocked the restrictions.

This past year, 11,365 new Democrats in Florida registered to vote, compared with 159,000 in 2008. The effort of the Republicans to eliminate Democratic voters was quite successful before the courts intervened to protect citizens’ right to vote.

In Ohio, the Republican-dominated legislature passed rules that shortened extended voting days in Democrat-majority counties while keeping the extra days in Republican counties. A federal court has intervened, requiring Ohio to return to the previous rules that allowed extended voting everywhere.

In Wisconsin, a photo ID law was passed that is designed to suppress minority and student voters. Two judges have enjoined officials from carrying out the voter ID law.

Speaker Mike Turzai of the Pennsylvania State House bragged to his Republican caucus: “We passed voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. (Mitt) Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania!” There are 757,000 Pennsylvanians who voted in 2008 who do not possess a current driver’s license or passport.

A judge in Pennsylvania observed that there had been no prosecutions, or even investigations, of voter ID fraud in the state. There was no case of two people showing up at the polls claiming to be the same voter.

Surely, there must be Republicans who recognize the contradictions between their party’s traditional support for voting rights and the GOP’s current strategy of disenfranchising voters.

• Mickey McGuire, a retired high school social studies teacher, is one of several local residents with occasional columns that run in the Tracy Press.
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backinblack
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October 08, 2012
Shelly, Here's an idea I've floated around, let's say in the presidential election all donations go to a general fund controlled by a single non-partisan organization representing all candidates. At a certain start date a certain percentage of the overall fund is allocated equally to the various candidates who have legally registered to run and have met all criteria.

At designated points candidates get eliminated based on polling either set up by the non-partisan organization, an average of the 3-5 top polling companies, or primary results. When the next disbursement occurs the remaining candidates again receive equal shares based on a predesignated percentage of the available funds at that time.

This process could be applied through the eventual nominations of the individual parties candidate. At that point the remaining funds get allocated equally between the final two, or if a third party entry makes it that far, three candidates.

It seems this would level the playing field, take away special interest, and the ability to "buy" an election. It probably would cut donations way back as people wouldn't know which candidate the money is going to but at least it would be equal for the benefit of the country. I know this probably sounds far fetched but it's just a thought.
backinblack
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October 08, 2012
FTUD, You stated it only makes sense that raising taxes will lower the deficit, sorry but not necessarily true. Same as business, you can gross more yet make a lower net or even lose money, and remember Clinton benefitted as did the economy back then from the dotcom boom.

If spending continues to exceed revenues, regardless of the gross amount, it doesn't matter, we will never get the deficit under control. Romney hit on this in the first debate and he's 100% correct. We can make cuts while lowering tax rates, how? Create jobs, jobs, jobs, more people in the work force making decent wages, more tax dollars. Problem is the dems are running around saying Romney is going to increase taxes on the middle class, not true. He wants to get more people into the middle class so they can pay taxes - huge difference.

Keep in mind, almost 50% of Americans do not pay federal income tax, get that down to 25% or less, tighten up spending, problem solved. A lot of this is not rocket science, it's simple as a family sitting down and developing a household budget. Politicians and so called economists want us to think it's a monumental task but it's not on a number of levels.

fortheunderdog
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October 08, 2012
Well, Clinton raised taxes on the rich during his term and brought the deficit down to six figures. It only makes sense that raising taxes will lower the current deficit. Getting rid of needed current programs is not the way to go. Like taking a step backwards. Transferring programs back to the states isn't a good idea either. States are having a hard enough time with their own budgets. Kinda wish the debates included ALL who are running for president and not just the Dem and Rep candidates. Not that I want to listen to Roseanne Barr. Don't like some of the things that Obama has done, don't like some of the ideas Romney has come up with. What do to, what to do.
shelly13
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October 08, 2012
It is definitely not a fair election if you don't allow some of the other party candidates to debate. Also campaign fundraising needs to have a maximum. Look at all the money they have raised. That money could do many great things other than stuffing my mailbox with crap and calling me all hours of the night.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 04, 2012
I have another question.

Why doesn't the Obama Administration promote lowering taxes on the middle class to be on par with the rich?

Why does it always have to be about raising taxes?

We all remember that red-headed lady on the Dirty Harry movie who told some punks if you wanna lift, to "shove a jack up your a**."

If liberal lobbyists in DC want to raise our taxes... did anyone tell them if you wanna lift taxes, we'll then you know what you can do...

RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 04, 2012
Well, for one, I'm glad these types of liberal, one-sided, letters to the Tracy Press are being used constructively ( if only in the comment sections. ).

But I would like to know why the author believes a person without his/her passport and drivers license is a disenfranchised "democrat"? Woah! That sounds like a stereotype we did not need to propogate?

Anyway, if happens to be true that they do actaully fall into that category why would they blame the Republicans? The republicans are simply recognizing that something should have been done long ago and trying to fix it.

Just because the Democrats are "second to the Republicans on voting rights" (his words not mine) does not mean we should ALL lower our standards. Does it? I'm asking.

Instead of becoming "disenfranchised" over an issue you disagree with...

Why not embrace improvement? Change is good.

If people are "disenfranchised" it does not mean we should use them as a political pawn. Simply fix the problem and move on".

The problem with America is that people are using others to win politics instead of helping improve America.

Very sad!
backinblack
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October 04, 2012
Hey Shelly, Fair enough. Now for some post debate observations.

Pretty much everyone except the loonie lefties and Obama's minions agree Romney blew Obama away, so I give credit to the reasonable people on the left who admitted and accepted what was so obvious. The fun came in going back and forth between Fox and MSNBC's post debate coverage.

Hannity was gloating to a point which was embarrassing and typical for him, annoying.

Chris Matthews head looked like it was going to explode and he was ranting like some left wing loon. He is to the left what Hannity is to the right.

The MSNBC panel admitted Romney kicked a** but they all looked constipated while doing so, it was quite comical. Then Al Sharpton chimes in. Why anyone gives this idiot a forum is beyond comprehension, the word clown comes to mind.

In the end Fox's coverage was truly fair and balanced with both sides giving level headed and mainly well thought out opinions. One part I found interesting was Juan Williams, who I like, sounding like he was doing damage control while Kirsten Powers, who also leans left, was sitting next to him with a look saying, where you watching the same debate?

backinblack
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October 04, 2012
The most surprising thing was seing a tweet from a guy I can't stand, Bill Maher. This is not verbatim, "Obama came off looking like he DOES need a teleprompter", classic.

On to the VP debate next week then round 2 of Romney/Obama............
shelly13
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October 03, 2012
I never said I dont research. I said I dont believe everything I read. I dont believe everything my party puts out there when it is a direct slam to the other party and vice versa. But there are a lot of people who do. Who vote blindly based on what their party tells them is true. I encourage everyone to research and really listen to both sides. I also encourage people to look outside the box. There are other party's out there besides our two party tyranny.

I have stated that I may not vote for in the presidential race. Maybe with more info I may change my mind and chose whomever I believe to be the lesser of two evils. Idk yet.

PS I know about GE and I agree with you on that.
shelly13
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October 03, 2012
OOOOH the Huffington Post....I trust it with my life...not. That's your information source? Here's my point. We cannot trust sources, media or the government to put out the truth. Politicians are pretty much all liars. Most media is biased. What source do we trust? We truly do not know and unless any of us were there in the White House, it is all conjecture.

People on the right or the left will believe anything their side puts out there and disregards anything the other side says. It is getting ridiculous.

backinblack
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October 03, 2012
Shelly, No offense but you missed my point. I do not rely on any single source for information. I happen to pay attention, look at all sides, read as much as possible from reliable sources, then go from there. I actually think HuffPo is somewhat laughable and definitley leans left, but in this case the overview they presented is accurate and I was surprised to come across it on their site.

Two main things they point out which as I stated before, too may people don't know about or choose to disregard because they show the truth about Obama and his policies.

The ACA has been presented to the American public with deceit and outright lies. Health insurance costs are already going up and they are going to go higher if the bill gets fully implemented. I do not know this from HuffPo, I know this because I read the bill, understand it, and have first hand knowledge of the insurance industry.

Obama rails on the rich, the evil banks, so forth and so on yet lies in bed with a guy like Jeffrey Immelt. I suggest doing some research on GE, Immelt, and the relationship to China. How do I know Obama is a liar and hypocrit in this regard? Not HuffPo, it's because I pay attention and know the truth.

Here's the bottom line. Take in all information, if one has the ability, sort through and throw out the garbage and bs, what are you left with? Reality and truth.

Facts are a horrible thing with they get in the way of rhetoric, that's what's saving Obama, too many people don't care to know the truth or face reality, they just go through life looking at the pretty colors, and no, I'm not directing that at you, just the growing number of people who just don't get it.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 03, 2012
shelly13

I read yer post an somewhat agree. But what's th solution, just give up an don't look at anythang? Tryin ta get at th truth is difficult an takes time. An even then not everyone agrees an I'm not certain that they should unless it's cut, dried and etched in stone as an undeniable fact.

Hey, ya can feel th way ya wanna feel, that's yer right. But I'd kinda like ta know if ya thank that th truth is worth diggin fer or if ya thank it's better just ta thrown in th towel an let th whole thing run ya over.

When choosin politicians ta represent ya I don't thank yer gonna find any of them that does exactly what ya want 100% of th time. So, how do ya go about choosin th one that represents yer ideas more than th other one?

Wish I had a magic button or pill one could swaller that would tell em what's best ta do. But I haven't found one yet. When I do I'll be sure ta share because that would benefit everyone. Till then we just have ta muddle along tryin ta get at th trough frum a myriad of sources instead of just dependin on th ideals of one source.

If ya know a better way could ya please share it?
backinblack
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October 03, 2012
By the way, I'd like to add women to the groups mentioned before who's support for Obama is somewhat vexing.

Between the Life of Julia video and minions like Sandra Fluke it should be obvious Obama does not believe women are strong enough or competent enough to make it through life on their own. I happen to believe the world could not survive without women and just about every one I've ever known are stronger than most men.

Women of America, wake up! This president thinks you are weak and can't make it without the governments help.

Oh yea, I suggest women do a little research on their unemployment numbers - bottom line, worse under Obama than Bush and they also account for a higher percentage of the jobs lost under Obama.
shelly13
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October 03, 2012
Don't believe the hype
shelly13
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October 03, 2012
OK my whole dont believe the hype had two sentences before it. WTH?

I was saying I lost my job during Bush. That is when most people started losing their jobs. Has it continued? Yep. Obama had a big hole to dig out of and unfortunately the plan he used to do it only got us deeper in it. Yeah I'm disappointed. But Bush sucked and Romney won't be much better. With the powers of my strong women intuition, my gut is telling me things won't get better for a long time.
backinblack
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October 03, 2012
Here's some info way too many people either don't know about or choose to disregard, don't even bother with watching the video in the link below, just scroll down to "14 things Obama does not want you to know"

This is not some righty rant, these things are what informed people already know and many are trying to hide.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/obama-2007-speech_n_1934465.html?1349234479&icid=maing-grid10|htmlws-main-bb|dl1|sec1_lnk2&pLid=214319#slide=more248394

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/obama-2007-speech_n_1934465.html?1349234479&icid=maing-grid10|htmlws-main-bb|dl1|sec1_lnk2&pLid=214319#slide=more248394
backinblack
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October 03, 2012
Shelly, This is no longer about Bush, give it a rest. At the time of 9/11 information sharing amongst our various intelligence gathering departments was sketchy at best. 9/11 was a systemic failure with roots established before Bush took office. Also keep in mind Clinton had Bin Laden handed to him on a silver platter at one point and he dropped the ball. I'm not blaming Clinton or Bush for 9/11, again it was a systemic failure of our intelligence community.

Libya is different, I suggest you pay more attention to the reports coming out which show the admin knew of a specific problem in a specific location and did nothing to protect Stevens and the others. Knowing something is in the works but could happen virtually anywhere is way different than having intel related to a specific area, target, & time.

debbdaves, I'm not blaming democrats, I'm blaming Obama. I would vote for a common sense, moderate democrat in a heartbeat if it means getting rid of Obama.

As far as Bin Laden, Obama made a decision any president other than maybe Jimmy Carter would have made. By the way, the intel used to get Bin Laden was the direct result of policies Bush put in place after 9/11, fact

backinblack
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October 03, 2012
This belief about Bush reading fairy tales while we were being attacked shows how uninformed so many people are these days. Rather than listening to people like Michael Moore I suggest you do a little in depth research from unbiased sources.

Bush was already in the classroom as scheduled when the first plane hit. When he was informed details were sketchy and we did not know it was an attack, matter of fact I was in Chicago at the time and when my wife called after the news of the first plane hitting the WTC, nobody was sure what happened. I asked her what type of plane assuming it was a small passenger plane and some sort of terrible accident as did many others.

After the second plane hit everyone knew it was an attack. To his credit Bush stayed calm, would you have preferred for him to show panic in front of a group of children?

Wise up and lets stick to the facts.

A wasted war? That remains to be seen. Afghanistan is not looking good but if Iraq holds together and democracy sticks I would hardly call it wasteful. Why don't you ask the ones who actually fought if they think it was wasteful? Again, time will tell.

Trillion dollar deficit? Granted the wars cost about $1 trillion and Bush did add to the deficit, does that mean we should not worry about the FACT Obama has added double to the defict in 4 years as Bush did in 8?

Speaking of polarization, look no further than Obama, the most divisive president in my lifetime. Show me where I'm knocking dems or liberals, this is about one man, Obama. It's time for people to face the facts and I'm sorry if the taste of reality is too much for some to handle.
debbdaves
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October 02, 2012
And let's NOT give credit to Obama for taking Bin Laden out, unlike Bush who sat reading fairy tales when the country was under attack.
debbdaves
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October 02, 2012
Nice of bib to leave out the achievements of the Bush Cheney legacy of a wasted war, trillion dollar deficit, 30K dead.....but let's just blame it on the Democrats.
backinblack
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October 02, 2012
Allow me to add to my prior points.

After 9/11 which was in the works under Clinton, no terrorist attacks on Americans.

Since Obama took over, 2 terrorist attacks against Americans - Fort Hood and the recent assasination of Ambassador Stevens along with three others.

But wait, according to the appeaser and liar in chief, one was a man made disaster and the other due to a movie. Oh, wait again, it's now comimg out the admin knew there were security problems in Libya and yet did nothing to protect Americans.

To steal a phrase from Obama, let me be clear, 4 Americans are dead due to him and his pathetic administration. Where's the liberal media on this? Hiding to protect the most inept president since Jimmy Carter.

I hope Romney comes out in the first debate and states it clear as day, Mr. President, Ambassador Stevens blood is on your hands.

If the truth were being told by the left leaning media, and we didn't have so many ill-informed and or dumb people in this country, Romney or damn near anyone other than Obama should be up by at least 20 points.
shelly13
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October 02, 2012
OMG, really? Whether the planning of 9/11 started when Clinton was Pres or not...Bush had intel prior to 9/11 and did nothing also. Oh but Obama this and Obama that...he did nothing. The pot calling the kettle backinblack!

Stevens blood in on the hands of the terrorists. Put blame where blame is due. All you are doing is giving them power by further polarizing our country. Lets stop pointing fingers and come together as Americans!
dcose
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October 02, 2012
Shouldn't Mick's letters be posted in the entertainment section ?
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 02, 2012
As of todat, only about 1584 people viewed it.

23 comments.

Only 5 times someone gave it a thumbs up. I am guessing at least one of them was the author and four other people on the Tracy Press Staff?

So no, I doubt they would put it in the "entertainment section".
shelly13
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October 02, 2012
... the 2 party system is counterproductive at this point, but principally because both parties are controlled by the same special interests...."

Bingo.

I think it will be difficult to achieve widespread adoption of preference voting. But if it will help break up the current two-party establishment, I'm all for it.

I may be a registered Dem but I'm not a leftist cuckoo. I try to be level headed and see the good/bad on both sides and go from there. I'm just real sad that right now our country is polarized to the point of destruction.
shelly13
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October 02, 2012
RHCP - Who told me I could not have a conversation with ya'll?
shelly13
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October 02, 2012
PS I did not bother to read the article, just read your responses and saw my name. It is too frustrating for me to read anyone's blathering from either side of the extreme. We are too polarized, fooled by the puppet masters and it's causing problems.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 02, 2012
I know what you mean. After a while it is confusing and can be very polarizing. Anyway, to clear things up, I said, he could not have a conversation with us. I just thought you were being a lot more straightforward and recognize both sides of the issues. Hope that helps.
shelly13
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October 02, 2012
Got it! Thanks RHCP.
backinblack
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October 02, 2012
From the Obama campaign in reference to the upcoming debate on Wednesday:

"He has had less time to prepare than we anticipated," campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said Sunday. "It's difficult to schedule significant blocks of time when you're the president."

Oh really? All Obama has done for the past year is campaign. No time for world leaders but he goes on The View. No time to attend meetings with his security council, yet he has time to campagin in Vegas and hobnob with the idiot celebrities who blindly continue to support him.

How any Jewish or black American can vote for the clown in chief is beyond comprehension. He has obvious disdain for Israel while appeasing Muslim countries, and the unemployment rate among blacks is through the roof.

It's really getting scary to think there may be enough ill-informed or flat out dumb people who will vote for Obama again. Wake up America and pay attention.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 02, 2012
Very observant comments. Supporting the cause, even when it hurts your cause. I have been wondering if the media would continue to avoid those 2 issues like the plague or jump all over it. And so far they've continued to avoid it like the plague.

The way "AverageBri" words it (a few days ago) was interesting.

He said 'the administration could be burning down your house and telling you, that you gotta accept it for the greater good, and people just keep on bobbling their heads in agreement, because the media (which has become effectively liberal hacks) has effectively kept them in the dark.

My voting stance is thus.

Fool me once shame on you.

Fool me twice. Ain't happenin'.

AverageBri
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September 27, 2012
Why do you guys torture yourselves reading this leftist loon's writings, and then commenting back as if your logic, facts and reason will sway him?

As soon as I see "Mickey McGuire" as the author I stop reading; it's a waste of time. He's a partisan hard core leftist. He'd support/vote for the "D" no matter what's going on in front of his own eyes. Obama could be burning down Mickey's house and telling him he's gotta accept it for the good of the cause and Mickey would nod happily and fill in the "Obama" bubble on his ballot.

No point in arguing with a fool. So why bother?
RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 27, 2012
I dont think anybody teies that. We were having a conversation with shelly13 in the "socialism" letter to the Tracy Press and check-out WHO told her he cant have a conversation with us.

shelly13 might be a dem, but she seems a tad more level headed, if you ask me.
backinblack
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September 27, 2012
AB, While I agree arguing with fools is usually a futile endeavor, I would hardly refer to writing or voicing an opinion as torture. Granted, I believe Mick is a liberal hack but he's civil and although I disagree with just about everything he writes, at least it comes across in an intelligent fashion.



Do you suggest we all just stand by and watch?
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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September 28, 2012
AverageBri

Ya ask, "Why do you guys torture yourselves reading this leftist loon's writings, and then commenting back as if your logic, facts and reason will sway him?"

It's not really as if thair tryin ta sway him, that's impossible, rocks don't sway.

It's that these people know thair are a lot of others out thair that read but don't comment or say anythag. Therefore they write more ta these people than really tryin ta sway Mick because without a different point of view thair apt ta believe him an do somethang stupid with thair vote cus they didn't know any better or thought one thang was true when it was th opposite that was true.

That's why they are writin an botherin cus really they aren't fools unless thair really serious about swayin Mick's mind on this.

Mick has th cave man approach ta thangs. Ug, Democrat good. Ug Republican bad.

He simply don't see any good in one an no faults in th other. But, ta thair misfortune, a lot of people out thair know he was a Social Studies teacher fer years in th local High School, even though he was just as bad then as he is now with how he presents HIS politics, so they tend ta give him credit fer knowin somethang others don't.

Th problem is that most people don't know he has been our county's Democratic Party whip fer years an years as well, so what else would ya expect ta come out of his mouth?

mtrew
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October 02, 2012
Extremists on either side are really bothersome.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 02, 2012
mtrew

"Extremists on either side are really bothersome."

True, extremism is the real problem. Bothersome, tiresome, wearisome, yeah, I get tired of it as well.
backinblack
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September 27, 2012
Mick states: "Surely, there must be Republicans who recognize the contradictions between their party’s traditional support for voting rights and the GOP’s current strategy of disenfranchising voters"

Well try this, surely there must be democrats and members of the left leaning media who recognize Obama has failed miserably, and Harry Reid needs to go right along with him come November.

It's Reid who is causing gridlock, not the republicans in the House. As for Obama let's review.

More people on food stamps than ever before

More people on welfare than ever before

An unemployement rate over 8% for 4 years - this of course is a generous number as the only reason it's ticked down is less people in the workforce.

Close to 50% of americans on some sort of government assistance.

A country more divided than at any time since the Civil War - matter of fact the way we're going I'd like to see the country split up as I don't like living in a society where 50% or more of the population is ill-informed or dumb enough to vote for someone like Obama.

cont........

backinblack
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September 27, 2012
In 08 Obama railed against Bush for running up $4 trillion in debt and borrowing from China to pay the bills. Where's the media asking Obama what he thinks of himself running up $6 trillion in half the time and oh yea, borrowing money from China to pay the bills?

No budget in 3 years - blame the idiot Reid for this one and Obama for a massive failure in leadership.

No time for world leaders but plenty of time to go on The View.

A terrorist attack occurs on American soil and our ambassador is assasinated, what's our government do? Apologize and blame it on a movie. What's the media do? Disappear and disregard.

Obama accuses Romney of moving jobs & money to China, problem is, Obama has done the same thing. The big difference? Romney did it with his or investors money, Obama does it with OUR money.

Health insurance cost are already rising due to the ACA and believe me, they are going to sky rocket if and when the law is fully implemented.

In 08 Obama railed against Bush for the drop in average household income. He seems as does the leftist media to forget household income has dropped 8% under his leadership.

I can go on but why bother? Let's just blame Bush, right Mick?
RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 27, 2012
What's really pathetic is many of the unemployed are young people who voted for his administration. No wonder Romney said he is going to focus his efforts where he knows he can make his case.

RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 24, 2012
I have finally realized how to read the Tracy Press. Upside down. That way all the liberal, biased letters make more sense.

It seems to me the Tracy Press does not have authors who will write both sides.

Anyway, the only news here, is that we now know who every onepedal of their staff is voting for, in November.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 24, 2012
By the way, for those of you who are kept in the dark, here. There are actually "disenfranchised" voters on both sides.

But the majority of them always belong to the other party.

Hope that helps.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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September 25, 2012
RHCP

Congrats, ya finally figured it out. I completely agree with ya. Try as they may ta present both sides of th story TP has a long history of never quite being able ta do it. They don't really write news articles as much as they do commentary by interjectin thair own personal biases.

Th years of who, what, when and where have been replaced with who, what, why and how. Th years of unbiased journalism died when Sam Matthews left th helm an while on occasion somethang of interest is presented by TP without personal bias, that is th rare exception rather than th new rule.

Editorials, th avenue fer th press ta express its opinion should be thair. After all they too have a right ta express thair OPINIONS. However opinion editorials do not belong in news articles.

An yes, thair are a plethora of disenfranchised voters on both sides of th fence out thair an that, in my opinion, fosters a very dangerous situation in that th will of th public can easily be overlooked as they have marginalized themselves out of th political picture.

This is easy ta see with voter turnout after an election has taken place an one reason why it seems that none of th parties are warm ta th idea of voter identification, which in my opinion is a good an rational way ta prevent voter fraud.

RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 27, 2012
Check this out. Notice. No proof. Just request your money.

We’re The Frontline, and the gloves are off. Ricky Gill and his far-right friends have come out swinging, launching not only a website packed full of lies about Jerry, but unleashing an unprecedented onslaught of TV ads and mailers trying to smear Jerry’s good name.

I can no longer watch our young, ultra-conservative, super-wealthy opponent and his buddies in Washington undermine Jerry’s record and try to buy the election.

We need your help right now for Jerry’s GET ON STAY ON Challenge to raise $35,000 this month just to keep Jerry’s TV ads running. You and I know Jerry, and what he stands for – so click here to help Jerry and contribute $5, $48, or even $175 to combat these untruthful attacks from his opponent.

It comes down to this: people need to know that they have someone in office who has their back. And just like you’ve always had Jerry’s back – as he likes to remind me – he’s got yours, too.

The tales they’re trying to spin about Jerry are out-and-out fabrications – every new ad, every new claim makes me stop and say, “WHOA.”

We’re coming down to the wire. With only weeks left, we need you to help us reach o
RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 27, 2012


We’re coming down to the wire. With only weeks left, we need you to help us reach our GET ON STAY ON Challenge to raise $35,000 this month to see Jerry through these next hard weeks. Please, whatever your circumstance, if you believe in Jerry like I do, find a way to pitch in so we can stay on TV.

Sincerely,

Doug Greven

Campaign Manager, McNerney for Congress

P.S. WHOA. Hold your horses. Ricky Gill and the extreme-right are telling outright lies about Jerry. Click here to donate $14, $32, or WHATEVER amount you can to help Jerry raise enough to stay on TV through the election.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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September 27, 2012
Pathetic if you ask me.

Question?

Who the hec was Harry MacNerney?

I did not even know he was our congressman until I got this email asking for my money?


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