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Sorry, Republicans, Your Own Investigation Proves No Dead People Voted In South Carolina

I wonder why is it that almost everything the GOP does to block voters or even block the POTUS’ agenda turns into a big fat zero?  Let’s face it, Fast and Furious; Benghazi, the IRS were nothing.  There was no there, there.

Could it be that they’ve been wrong on just about every political issue we’ve faced in the last five years since Barack Obama became president?  Republican politicians and their constituents just can’t seem to get anything right these past few years.

Of course the following article speaks to local elections in South Carolina, but the same scenarios are being played out across all GOP led State Legislatures.

Think Progress

South Carolina never found a single dead voter in recent elections. At least, that is the final word from the State Election Commission investigation into whether 900 people voted using a dead person’s name, according to the Columbia Free Times.

The report found that whatever issues existed were usually due to human error, like a clerical mistake or scanning problem, and not because anyone intentionally impersonated a deceased person. For example, hundreds of errors were due to mistakes like confusing a father and son who share the same name.

When Attorney General Alan Wilson demanded the original investigation, he cited “an alarming number” of cases reported by the DMV that “clearly necessitates an investigation into criminal activity.” The initial report surveyed 200 “suspicious” names and found nothing, but Wilson insisted “no one in this state should issue any kind of clean bill of health in this matter” until officials “finished with their work.” Republicans, including Wilson, held up the initial claim that the voting rolls were packed with dead voters to argue for a voter ID law. Rep. Alan Clemmons (R) wrote at one point, “It is an unspoken truth in South Carolina that election fraud exists.”

Even though South Carolina has never found any election fraud, that will not prevent state Republicans from redoubling strict voter ID efforts, invigorated by the recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act. In fact, Wilson celebrated the decision, calling the Voting Rights Act an “extraordinary intrusion” and pledging to implement voter ID “without some having to ask for permission or being required to jump through the extraordinary hoops demanded by federal bureaucracy.”

 

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Thursday Blog Roundup – 6-6-2013

The State Of Conservative Media, 2013

Cracks Emerge In GOP’s Debt Ceiling Strategy

 The NSA Is Still Data Mining Your Telephone Calls

Gov. Scott Walker Cutting Medicaid To Fund Tax Cut For Rich

 Working moms make dumb kids, says GOP Mississippi governor

Right-wing hypocrites call Sebelius, organ networks ‘death panels’

 Fox’s Allen West Calls Eric Holder ‘A Bigger Threat’ Than Al Qaeda

Gov. Scott Walker Cutting Medicaid To Fund Tax Cut For Rich

South Carolina Senate considers nullifying Obamacare, damn the costs

Limbaugh On The White House: “These People Are Just The Epitome Of Danger”

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Fox News host tells listeners to punch Obama voters ‘in the face’

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros

The Raw Story

A host of the Fox News show The Five was so angry that the Justice Department had investigated one of the network’s reporters that she told her viewers on Thursday to find anyone who voted for President Barack Obama and “punch them in the face.”

“Fox said, we’re targets, clearly Media Matters and others have put us on a target list,” Fox News host Andrea Tantaros explained on the Thursday edition of her radio show. “And they said, ‘Oh, Fox is just crazy! They’re just paranoid!’ Really? Are we?”

“This is what is happening to our press! This is Obama’s America! It’s like the Soviet Union,” she continued. “He said he would change the country. He said it. And a lot of people voted for him.”

“And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor, punch them in the face.”

After a commercial break, a caller from South Carolina told Tantaros that he hated Obama, but worried that telling people to punch Obama voters in the face was sending the wrong message.

“To be clear, I didn’t say punch Obama in the face,” the Fox News host pointed out. “You’re going to get me arrested with this type of government.”

“If someone voted for him!” she insisted to the caller. “If anyone that you know who voted for President Obama, smack ‘em down.”

Obama, smack ‘em down.”

Listen to the audio from Talk Radio Network’s The Andrea Tantaros Show, broadcast May 23, 2013.

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Mark Sanford South Carolina Victory Takes Him From ‘Free Fall’ To Rebirth

Mark Sanford wins…

The Huffington Post

“Americans”,  journalist David Halberstam once wrote, are “remarkably tolerant of error, particularly if it is self-confessed.”

Mark Sanford is thanking his lucky stars that’s the case. The former South Carolina governor won his old seat in Congress back on Tuesday, after voters in the state’s coastal 1st Congressional District decided to overlook his many misadventures since he first admitted an extramarital affair in 2009.

Sanford, 52, a Republican, defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a 58-year old businesswoman best known nationally as comedian Stephen Colbert’s older sister, in a special election to fill a seat vacated by former Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Scott was appointed by the state’s Republican governor to the U.S. Senate after Jim DeMint left his seat early to lead The Heritage Foundation, a D.C. think tank.

“It would be the most obvious of obviouses to say that I thought politics was forever over for me,” Sanford told The Huffington Post in an interview last week. “But something happened that never happened in our state, which is, you know, a United States senator retired early. I mean that just doesn’t happen in South Carolina.”

Two weeks ago, Sanford was in “free fall,” as he described it. His past indiscretions -– which played out in front of a national audience four years ago -– were dredged back up by news of trespassing complaints that had been lodged against him by his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, for showing up at her home uninvited.

“I said to my guys at the time, ‘Look, this thing’s over with if people think that I’m the kind of guy that would go, you know, creeping through the hedge of my ex’s house,’” Sanford said.

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10 things you need to know today: April 30, 2013

Bangladeshis display pictures of missing relatives outside the site of the devastating building collapse.

Bangladeshis display pictures of missing relatives outside the site of the devastating building collapse.

The Week

1. ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE KILLS SUSPECTED PALESTINIAN MILITANT
Israel said Tuesday it had killed a Palestinian man who was involved in the firing of a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on April 17. The airstrike hit a motorcycle, killing the driver — whom Israel identified as an al-Qaeda linked militant — and wounding a passenger and a bystander. It was the first such strike in Gaza since an Egyptian-brokered truce took hold in November, and the biggest test yet for the already shaky ceasefire. [USA Today]
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2. JASON COLLINS BECOMES FIRST GAY NBA PLAYER TO COME OUT
Jason Collins won praise from fellow basketball players Monday when he became the first active professional male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins, who finished this season with the Washington Wizards, wrote in an article for Sports Illustrated. “Proud of @jasoncollins34,” L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted. “Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others.” [New York Times]
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3. COLBERT BUSCH AND SANFORD TRADE DEBATE ATTACKS
Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Republican Mark Sanford clashed in an aggressive debate on Monday night — the only one they’ll have before next week’s special election to fill a vacant South Carolina congressional seat. Sanford called Colbert Busch, the sister of comic Stephen Colbert, a tool of Nancy Pelosi who’s too liberal for the conservative district. Colbert Busch called Sanford a hypocrite for preaching fiscal responsibility after using taxpayer money to fly to Argentina to visit his mistress. [Politico]
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4. BANGLADESH OFFICIALS SAY NO MORE SURVIVORS IN COLLAPSED BUILDING
Rescuers in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they had given up hope of finding more survivors in the rubble of an eight-story garment-factory complex that collapsed last week, killing nearly 400 people. The news stoked anger over unsafe conditions and low wages in the South Asian nation, which relies on clothing production for 80 percent of its exports. Protesters are demanding that the government enforce tougher building safety standards. [Reuters]
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5. AUTHORITIES FIND FEMALE DNA ON BOSTON MARATHON BOMB PART
Investigators say they have found female DNA on a fragment of the pressure-cooker bombs used in the deadly Boston Marathon attack. Federal agents collected DNA samples during a search of the Rhode Island family home of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, on Monday. Law enforcement sources said, however, that the presence of the DNA on a bomb piece doesn’t necessarily mean a woman helped with the plot — the DNA could have come from someone like a store clerk or victim. [CNN]
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6. U.S.-SOUTH KOREA MILITARY DRILLS END
The U.S. and South Korea wrapped up two months of annual joint military exercises on Tuesday. The drills involved 10,000 U.S. troops, and angered North Korea, which threatened war after the United Nations tightened economic sanctions as punishment for Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and missile tests. During the drills, which North Korea called “attack rehearsals,” the U.S. flew nuclear-capable bombers in South Korean airspace. [BBC News]
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7. VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACESHIP REACHES MILESTONE
British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic took a step toward its goal of launching a commercial space flight service on Monday, when the company’s new spaceship fired up its rocket engine in flight for the first time. The SpaceShipTwo craft broke the sound barrier during the 16-second power-up over California’s Mojave Desert. Branson plans to be one of the first non-test pilots to ride the spaceship in about a year. Customers are lining up to pay $200,000 per ride. [Reuters]
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8. FRANCE FREEZES MILITARY SPENDING
France, faced with weak economic growth, is freezing its military spending over the next three years, the government announced Monday. To maintain the ability to act alone, as it has done recently in Mali, France said it would cut nearly 10 percent of defense jobs but spend more money for high-tech equipment. The decision means that the government of President Francois Hollande will have to cut back elsewhere to keep a promise to slash $79 billion in state spending over the next five years. [New York Times]
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9. NASA RELEASES IMAGE OF MAMMOTH SATURN STORM
NASA has released an image taken by the Cassini spacecraft showing a massive storm on Saturn’s north pole with an eye spanning 1,250 miles — 20 times the size of the eye of a hurricane on Earth. The space agency calls the vortex “The Rose” — scientists gave low clouds a false reddish hue to distinguish them from higher clouds. NASA said the clouds on the storm’s edges were flying at 330 miles per hour. [NPR]
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10. JETS RELEASE TIM TEBOW
The New York Jets announced Monday that they had cut quarterback Tim Tebow after a failed experimental year. “Unfortunately,” coach Rex Ryan said in a statement, “things did not work out the way we all had hoped.” The controversial player still has legions of fans, many of whom admire him for his strong Christian beliefs. But some sportswriters say his NFL career might be over now, and suggest that his next move might be to play in the Canadian Football League. [USA Today]

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Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. ..

Politico

National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid.

Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.

“Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman.

Sanford is facing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Clemson University administrator and sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in a race that has grabbed the national spotlight.

The NRCC’s move comes hours after Tuesday night’s report by the Associated Press that Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, filed a court complaint accusing him of trespassing at her home in early February – which would be a violation of the terms of their divorce agreement.

Republicans said they were caught off guard by news of Jenny Sanford’s complaint. They worry other damaging revelations about Mark Sanford’s personal life that they aren’t aware of could come out in the coming weeks.

The NRCC has spent a nominal amount on the race on polling and other activities. But officials determined that devoting potentially millions more — which was under discussion — isn’t worth it.

“This is an unfortunate situation but this is what happens when candidates aren’t honest and withhold information,” said one GOP operative.

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The US Capitol Is Full of White Supremacists

Wade Hampton, Robert E. Lee, John C. Calhoun, and Kirby Smith

I read this article while waiting at one of my two appointments earlier.  I’m compelled to share it with my Fifth Column friends…

Mother Jones

When a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall in late February, it joined an exclusive club. The collection includes generals and statesmen, inventors and priests—as well as some of the most notorious leaders of a five-year armed insurrection that left 600,000 people dead in the name of protecting white Americans’ rights to own black Americans as slaves. What all the people portrayed in Statuary Hall have in common, with few exceptions, are two things: They are white, and they are men.

There is one Latino represented in the collection today. There are six American Indians, one Hawaiian, and zero African Americans. (Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are both featured as part of a separate collection.) If it were any less diverse it would look like the Senate. But if the Architect of the Capitol is uncomfortable with the composition of its collection, it has an odd way of showing it. The biographies of the collection’s most notorious members make no mention of their hard-earned legacies perpetuating and reinforcing a culture of white supremacy.

According to Hilary Shelton, the Washington director of the NAACP, the collection’s biographies amount to a “whitewash” of history.

“It becomes revisionist when they don’t talk about the real context in which these struggles that are going on,” Shelton told Mother Jones. “We would not want to see them edit it out either. But we would like to make sure that there is a clear understanding of what was going on in the country at those times.”

Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy and one of two Georgians in the collection, is described in his official bio as “a dedicated statesman, an effective leader, and a powerful orator.” But his most famous oration, the 1861 speech in which he explained that that the South’s “foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man,” goes unmentioned—as do all of the blemishes on his record. The biography make no effort to explain how someone whose singular legacy split the country in half might be considered a statesman.

Representing the South Carolina delegation is former Senator, Vice President, and Secretary of War John C. Calhoun—who blocked the annexation of Mexico on the grounds that only white people could be free—and Wade Hampton, a Confederate cavalry commander best known for expediting the end of Reconstruction in his state through a paramilitary organization known as the Red Shirts, who massacred black voters. On his Capitol résumé, Hampton is described as “a symbol of South Carolina politics,” glossing over the bloody tactics that made him so.

As journalist Nicholas Lemann documented in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, “an anti-Reconstruction historian later estimated that 150 negroes were murdered in South Carolina during the [1876] campaign, while the Democrats’ official leader…was campaigning as a statesman.”

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Todd Kincannon, Former South Carolina GOP Executive Director, Defends Trayvon Martin Tweets

Todd Kincannon

This guy is nuts.  The video link is at the end of this post.

The Huffington Post

Former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon is known for making provocative statements on Twitter, but his latest series of tweets has caused an uproar on the Internet and even brought on death threats.

During the Super Bowl Sunday evening, Kincannon sent out a wave of racially-charged tweets bashing the game,including one that referenced Trayvon Martin.

On HuffPost Live Monday, Kincannon defended his tweets, claiming that they were nothing more than satire, but that they highlight just how politicized the Trayvon Martin case has become.

“The left has decided that Trayvon Martin was just this perfect little angel,” Kincannon said. “He was a thug. He
tweeted about drug use. This guy, he was a criminal, and the left has decided to make him some sort of martyr. That is what I don’t understand.”

Kincannon’s inciteful words about Martin didn’t end with those made during the Super Bowl. On Monday, Kincannon went as far as comparing Martin to Columbine gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.

Speaking to HuffPost Live’s Jacob Soboroff and Alyona Minkovski, Kincannon tried to argue that the response to his statements are because he is a conservative. He said he understands some find his words to be “tasteless,” but that it’s time for Americans to be able to say what they actually think without being afraid.

“I stand for free speech and I stand for honest speech, and I think more people need to use it,” Kincannon said.

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Meet Sen. Tim Scott: The Tea Party Lawmaker Who Wanted To Impeach President Obama And Kick Kids Off Food Stamps

More crazy comes to the Senate GOP in the guise of a Black man…

Think Progress

Tim Scott is America’s newest senator today after getting tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill the vacancy left by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). DeMint announced this month that he was leaving the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation, an arch-conservative think tank in Washington DC.

Though DeMint left big, controversial shoes to fill for Republicans, few conservatives will be disappointed with Scott’s record. Elected to Congress just two years ago in the Tea Party wave, Scott has already garnered headlines for his plan to impeach President Obama, his legislation to cut off union members’ children from food stamps, and his defense of Big Oil.

Here’s a quick look at Scott’s record:

  • Floated impeaching Obama over the debt ceiling. As the debt ceiling debate raged in the summer of 2011 because of the intransigence of Tea Party freshmen like Scott, the nation inched perilously close to defaulting on its obligations. One option discussed by some officials to avoid that scenario was for the president to assert that the debt ceiling itself was an unconstitutional infringement on the 14th Amendment. However, Tim Scott tolda South Carolina Tea Party group that if Obama were to go this route, it would be an “impeachable act.”
  • Proposed a bill to cut off food stamps for entire families if one member went on strike.One of the most anti-union members of Congress, Scott proposed a bill two months after entering Congress in 2011 to kick families off food stamps if one adult were participating in a strike. Scott’s legislation made no exception for children or other dependents.
  • Wanted to spend an unlimited amount of money to display Ten Commandments outside county building. When Scott was on the Charleston County Council, one of his primary issues was displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Council building. According to the Augusta Chronicle, Scott said the display “would remind council members and speakers the moral absolutes they should follow.” When he was sued for violating the Constitution and a Circuit Judge’s orders, Scott was nonplussed: “Whatever it costs in the pursuit of this goal (of displaying the Commandments) is worth it.”
  • Defended fairness of giving billions in subsidies to Big Oil. Scott and his Republican allies in Congress voted repeatedly last year to protect more than $50 billion in taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil corporations. When ThinkProgress asked Scott whether it was fair to do that, especially at a time when oil companies are earning tens of billions in profit every quarter, the Tea Party freshman defended the industry: “fair is a relative word,” said Scott.
  • Helped slash South Carolina’s HIV/AIDS budget. As a state representative, Scott backed a proposal to cut the state’s entire HIV/AIDS budget, despite the fact that South Carolina ranks in the top-third of reported AIDS cases. The cuts were ultimately included in the state’s budget, impacting more than 2,000 HIV-positive South Carolinians who needed help paying for their medication.

UPDATE

Scott is an ardent proponent of guns, calling them a “cornerstone of our democracy” on his congressional page. “The federal government should never interfere with this right,” said Scott.

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Audio of Lee Atwater’s infamous 1981 interview on the Southern Strategy unearthed

This might be old news to some of you, but many have no idea just how insidious the GOP has been (for many years) about race and politics.  The following audio was found by the same guy that gave us the Romney 47% tape, James Carter IV.

Democratic Underground

Poppy Bush’s top operative and Karl Rove’s mentor spells out the Republican plan to win the votes of southern racists for a generation.

Keep this one in mind any time Hannity, Coulter or any GOP hack tries to claim the GOP was really the party of civil rights.

More background on this at The Nation:

The back-story goes like this. In 1981, Atwater, after a decade as South Carolina’s most effective Republican operative, was working in Ronald Reagan’s White House when he was interviewed by Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University. Lamis published the interview without using Atwater’s name in his 1984 book The Two-Party South. Fifteen years later—and eight years after Atwater passed away from cancer—Lamis republished the interview in another book using Atwater’s name. For seven years no one paid much attention. Then the New York Times’ Bob Herbert, a bit of an Atwater obsessive, quoted it in an October 6, 2005 column—then five more times over the next four years.

Those words soon became legend—quoted in both screeds (The GOP-Haters Handbook, 2007) and scholarship(Corey Robin’s 2011 classic work of political theory, The Reactionary Mind). Google Books records its use in ten books published so far this year alone. Curious about the remarks’ context, Carter, who learned Lamis had died in 2012, asked his widow if she would consider releasing the audio of the interview, especially in light of the use of race-baiting dog-whistles (lies about Obama ending work requirements for welfare; “jokes” about his supposed Kenyan provenance) in the Romney presidential campaign. Renée Lamis, an Obama donor, agreed that very same night. For one thing she was “upset,” Carter told me, that “for some time, conservatives believed husband made up the Atwater interview.” For another, she was eager to illustrate that her husband’s use of the Atwater quote was scholarly, not political.

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