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Daily dose: Today's the final day for voter registration

Time to call it: NC voting law a dishonest, unjust and racist attack on rights (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- The Supreme Court's disappointing ruling against reinstating same-day registration and counting out-of-precinct votes serves as a stark reminder that it is time for everyone outraged by the ongoing war against voting in North Carolina to call this coordinated attack for what it is:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/09/4220150/time-to-call-it-nc-voting-law.html

Time For North Carolinians To Stand Up!

Friends,
The time is drawing near, and the hour is late. This Mid-Term election is not like any other in the history of this country and North Carolina will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the nation.

In North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, voters have a real opportunity to both shock and shape the future of this country. The democratic candidate, Marshall Adame is, by far, the best hope that the 3rd District has had in over 20 years. Marshall Adame is highly qualified, brings a wealth of international diplomatic experience, served on Congressional Commissions, and has served his country in war. This man is a reliable member of the community that has only one purpose....to serve the people of the 3rd District, stand with his neighbors when legislature is passed by the state that hurts the people of his community and his district, and to bring an active interest in improving the economic state of the 3rd District. It's time the 3rd District has a Congressman that is ready to roll up his sleeves and get things done for the people of the district and the people of this country. Marshall has and will always put the people first.

SCOTUS: Weird with a beard

We're going to discuss photo IDs and vote suppression in just a minute.

But first, God and beards were before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the case of Holt v. Hobbs. At issue: Whether a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas should be allowed to wear a beard in accordance with his religious faith. Per federal statute, prisons should allow such accomodation. As a compromise, the plaintiff, Holt, had agreed that a half-inch beard would satisfy his obligation to God.

University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock testified for the plaintiff.

Reflections on the "post-racial" South

The dangers of coming home from school while black:

Stacy Tyler said she had left her home unlocked because she knew her foster son, DeShawn Currie, would be arriving home from school. When neighbors spotted Currie, who is black, entering the Tyler residence, they immediately called police.

When they arrived, they ordered Currie to put his hands on the door. “For what?” he said he replied. “This is my house. Why are y’all here?” Officers then pointed to a photograph on the mantel of the Tyler’s natural born children, all of whom are white, at which point Currie became angry. After a brief argument, officers pepper-sprayed Currie in the face.

This story makes me angry for several reasons: First off, either the neighbors who called the police didn't know the family had a black foster child, which makes me angry the foster parents hadn't taken steps to shield DeShawn from possible (likely?) confusion like this. Or the neighbors did know, and they did this out of malice towards a family who brought a black kid into the neighborhood. Of course I'm angry at the cops for pepper-spraying the kid, but I'm also a little angry at DeShawn himself for not reacting calmly, and maybe showing the cops his bedroom (which should have proven he was supposed to be there). But above all, I'm angry that we live in a society where all these elements come into play.

Tom Murry's degrading propaganda back in action

Because nothing says leadership better than photoshopping pictures of your opponent:

Murry's campaign, backed by the state GOP, has been relentless in attacking Adcock and her record on the Cary Town Council. In a mailer sent out this summer, a doctored image of Adcock shows her with a Pinocchio nose, claiming Adcock and her "liberal supporters" aren't telling voters the truth.

This tactic is similar to the one the North Carolina GOP executive committee used in 2010, when it sent offensive mailers on behalf of Murry depicting then-opponent Chris Heagerty in a sombrero and claiming he supported higher taxes with the line "mucho taxo," driving jobs "south of the border."

Sadly enough, this sophomoric behavior doesn't seem to backfire as much as it should. Which doesn't reflect well on the voters who respond favorably to such tactics.

Daily dose: Voter merry-go-round edition

U.S. SUPREME COURT ORDERS ON VOTING LAW
Supreme Court upholds North Carolina's new limits on voting (LA Times) -- North Carolina can enforce new, strict voting restrictions adopted by the state's Republican leaders and opposed by civil rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday. The justices lifted a lower court order by a 7-2 vote. The state can end same-day registration for new voters and bar the counting of ballots cast in the wrong precinct, even if they involve statewide races. A third provision of the law, which was not under challenge this week, will reduce the days for early voting from 17 to 10. In dissent, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said these measures are likely to have a discriminatory effect on black voters. Ginsburg said the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had "worked to safeguard long-obstructed access to the ballot by African Americans" by blocking such election-law changes in the South. But the court voided that "pre-clearance" rule" last year in a 5-4 decision. North Carolina's GOP-controlled Legislature had adopted a series of changes to the election rules, but until Wednesday it was unclear whether they would take effect this fall.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-supreme-court-upholds-north-carolina-voting-20141008-story.html

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