- The National Memo: Special Operations Speaks
- Vox.com: It’s Time For the Media to Admit That Hillary Clinton Is Popular
- The Intercept: Appeals Court Refuses to Block Release of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos
- Salon.com: Bernie Sanders isn’t the problem: Insane NYT op-ed gets the Democratic Party entirely wrong
- ThinkProgress: Kansas Republicans Finally Consider Changing Course On Their ‘Tea Party Experiment’
- BBC: US Police Kill More Than Two People a Day, Report SuggestsUS Police Kill More Than Two People a Day, Report Suggests
- Steve Benen: Cruz Balks at Questions on Flooding, Climate
- Deep South Daily: Jeb Bush’s Mistaken Moderate Identity
- FiveThirtyEight: The Supreme Court Could Transfer A Lot Of Political Power Away From Cities
- Calitics: What is Carly Fiorina Running for?
The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes. But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?
— Venture capitalist Tom Perkins, suggesting that “only taxpayers should have the right to vote — and that wealthy Americans who pay more in taxes should get more votes,” CNN Money reports. “The audience at the Commonwealth Club reacted with laughter. But Perkins offered no immediate indication that he was joking.”
Number of Floridians disenfranchised on Election Day 2012 because of long lines, according to new research on voter patterns and precinct-closing times which showed turnout fell by 2.3% for each hour of waiting. Republicans in Florida’s state houses cut the number of early voting days while crowding the ballot with 11 constitutional amendments that totaled more than 3,000 words (or about six college-level term papers), resulting in up to a five-hour wait in some precincts. The study was narrowly structured, but its researcher suspected even more people missed voting. “My gut is telling me that the real number deterred is likely higher,” he said.
Number of young minority voters who will be disenfranchised in the general election under Florida’s photo ID law, according to a study by the University of Chicago and Washington University. Florida already disenfranchised more voters, for a variety of reasons, in 2010 than did any other state.
Number of felons who have completed their sentences or been paroled and had their voting rights restored in Florida under Gov. Rick Scott (R/Tea) in 2011. By contrast, in 2007 when Charlie Crist (R/NPA) was governor, 38,871 former felons were allowed to vote again. The Florida Parole Commission has a current backlog of 21,197 applications even as a study by FPC showed that ex-felons whose civil rights are restored are less likely to re-offend.
This rant from Craig Ferguson is as relevant now as it was in 2008 (unfortunately).