Jim DeMint, the former South Carolina senator and Tea Party firebrand who is now the president of the Heritage Foundation, became the latest in a string of conservatives to admit that restrictive voting laws such as voter ID requirements are an attempt to help Republicans win elections, telling a St. Louis radio host yesterday that voter ID laws help elect “more conservative candidates.”
Talk radio host Jamie Allman asked DeMint about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to restore the voting rights of people in the state who had served time for felonies, a draconian restriction that disproportionately affected African-Americans by design. DeMint responded that McAuliffe’s action was “awfully suspicious” and tied it to what he claimed was a Democratic plan to get votes from “illegals” and through “voter fraud.”
“Well, it’s awfully suspicious coming into a big election in a state where it’s actually pretty close,” he said. “I mean, states can decide who votes, but the governor themselves without legislative action, that seems over the top to me. I haven’t seen an complete analysis here, but the left is trying to draw votes from illegals, from voter fraud, a lot of different things, so this kind of fits right in to trying to find another group that they can basically count on to vote their way.”
“So it’s really a bigger issue,” he added, “and that’s why the left fights voter ID or any kind of picture ID to know that it is actually a registered voter who’s voting. And so it’s something we’re working on all over the country, because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates.”
Defending Roy Moore's Nullification Efforts, Liberty Counsel Shows New Concern For 'Judicial Independence'
Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal group that opposes legal equality for LGBT Americans, held a press conference on Wednesday with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been waging a campaign of resistance to the Supreme Court’s June 2015 marriage equality ruling.
Moore and his Liberty Counsel lawyers were calling on the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission to dismiss ethical complaints that had been filed against Moore earlier in 2015 after he urged the governor not to comply with a federal court order on marriage equality. Moore, of course, had gotten in trouble before; in 2003 he was removed from his seat on the court when he refused a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the rotunda of the judicial building.
People For the American Way Foundation was one of the groups that filed a complaint against Moore last year. The PFAWF complaint, which you can read here, was filed in early 2015, based on actions he took when he began to insert himself into a federal marriage equality case that was not before his court. He accused federal judges across the country of seeking to impose tyranny upon the nation, and he suggested he might not comply with a potential Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality (which came down a few months later). The complaint spells out the Canons of Judicial Ethics that Moore violated, undermining public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. “Like the United States as a whole, Alabama is governed by the rule of law,” the complaint concludes, noting that “the history of the state shows the violent and tragic consequences when that ideal is not met.” The complaint asked that Moore once again be removed from his office.
In defending Moore on Thursday, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver dismissed the complaints as “politically motivated” and warned that they “pose a threat to the doctrine of judicial independence.” Continued Staver, “Judges must be free to exercise their considered judgment without the threat of being attacked by organizations and individuals who wish to misuse the ethical process to further a radical political agenda.”
Staver’s concern for Moore’s judicial independence is touching, if a bit surprising, given that Staver was a cheerleader for Religious Right attacks on Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality. After a political campaign that was successful in unseating three state justices in 2010 retention elections, Staver crowed, “The justices crossed the line when they played the role of a legislator and abandoned judicial restraint.”
Moore also said at Wednesday’s press conference that this was about “judicial independence.” But when right-wing groups were cranking up the outrage machine against Iowa Supreme Court justices, Moore joined in the condemnation, saying that the conservative outcry against the justices would send “a signal all across the nation.”
We reported earlier this year that Sen. Ted Cruz had signaled his support for the extremist fringes of the anti-abortion movement by naming Troy Newman, the head of the notorious protest group Operation Rescue who has written that God is punishing America for failing to execute abortion providers, as a national co-chair of a his presidential campaign’s “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition.
Now, as Cruz appears to be attempting to win over women voters with his pick of Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate, the leaders of People For the American Way, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America are urging Cruz to fire Newman from his campaign.
In an open letter to Cruz, the leaders write:
While there are a number of coalition members whose records raise serious concerns, Troy Newman’s history of violent rhetoric and harassment toward women’s health providers is truly beyond the pale.
Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, has written that the U.S. government has a responsibility to execute abortion providers. He has said that a woman who has sought an abortion should be considered a “murderer” and a “contract killer.” Newman has claimed that a man who killed an abortion provider should have been allowed to argue that the killing was “justifiable defensive action.” Newman and his staff have harassed individual women’s clinic workers at their homes, at restaurants and coffee shops, and throughout their communities in an attempt to make them quit their jobs. Newman’s closest associate at Operation Rescue, Cheryl Sullenger, has spent time in federal prison for conspiracy to bomb an abortion clinic.
Especially in an environment where anti-women’s health violence is on the rise, Newman’s extremism and violent rhetoric should be condemned, not given a platform by a major presidential campaign. A report released this month by the National Abortion Federation on threats and violence against abortion providers noted a “dramatic increase in hate speech and internet harassment, death threats, attempted murder, and murder” in 2015, coinciding with the distribution of smear videos intended to demonize providers — videos which Newman was a driving force behind. No patient or provider should have to fear for their life in order to seek or give critical medical care.
We wrote extensively about Newman’s background and views in a report last year linked to his role in creating the Center for Medical Progress’ smear videos about Planned Parenthood.
Rachel Maddow covered Cruz’s embrace of Newman in an extensive segment in November:
- Brian Tashman @ The Huffington Post: It Doesn’t Matter If Donald Trump Is ‘Disciplined’.
- Zack Ford @ Think Progress: This Alabama City Will Now Put Transgender People In Jail For Peeing At Target.
- Ally Boguhn @ Rewire: Ted Cruz Is No Moderate: Meet Some of His Most Extreme Allies.
- Christopher Massie @ BuzzFeed: Former Lawmakers Stand By Defense Of Dennis Hastert’s Character.
- Dan Quinn @ Texas Freedom Network: Has the Texas Attorney General’s Office Become a Tentacle of a Religious-Right Group?
- Chaos continues to roil Eagle Forum.
- Linda Harvey calls on Target employees to rise up: "Some may lose jobs if there’s a downturn in sales. So, why not band together and approach management to stop such foolishness? Or, better yet: Work hard and become management. And then end the promotion of deviance."
- Glenn Beck says that Ted Cruz's decision to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate will be a game changer because she is the "first female" with a chance to become vice president. That must come as news to Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro.
- Liberty Counsel brags of scoring "another victory for religious freedom in Tennessee schools" by helping impose regulations designed to block an LGBT club.
- Finally, Gordon Klingenschmitt says that he's known for "being the friendliest and funniest member of the [Colorado] Legislature."
Shortly after Donald Trump wrapped his much-heralded address on foreign policy today, superfan Ann Coulter took to Twitter to declare its place in history:
GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH SINCE WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 27, 2016
Yes, Donald Trump's speech was the “greatest foreign policy speech since Washington’s Farewell Address.” I’m just going to assume Coulter's caps lock key was broken when she typed this tweet. (She should really get that fixed.)
If that is the case, Coulter believes Trump’s address was better than:
- Eisenhower’s farewell address in which he warned of the "military-industrial complex."
- Teddy Roosevelt’s 1901 “big stick” speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
- John F. Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis address to the nation.
According to Coulter, Trump’s effort today also surpassed Ronald Reagan’s 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in which he demanded “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Not to mention Reagan’s 1983 “evil empire” speech, which she must love.
Somehow I doubt that history will agree with Coulter's assessment.
If there is any question about the extent to which Glenn Beck has turned his daily television and radio programs into nothing more than an arm of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, today's broadcast ought to dispel any doubt.
For months, Beck has been campaigning for Cruz at great personal cost, carrying water for him and repeatedly stating that the Texas senator has been anointed by God to save this nation, so, naturally, after Donald Trump swept several Republican primaries last night, Beck went all out today on his radio show today to mobilize his audience to continue to support Cruz, especially in the upcoming primary in Indiana.
"Indiana, hear me, Cruz supporters, hear me," Beck said. "The election will hinge on you."
Saying that the traditional big-money Republican donors are sitting on the sideline this election, Beck openly urged his audience to visit Cruz's website and donate to his campaign and then do everything they can to help Cruz win in Indiana because "you know the republic is at stake."
"This is the moment," he stated. "If we drop it at this moment, we lose. And let me tell you something, you lose freedom for all mankind. I'm convinced of it. This is the moment. Don't be on the sideline. Don't be discouraged."
Back in December, a top Ted Cruz surrogate launched a sexist attack on Carly Fiorina, tweeting that Fiorina went “full vagina” during a debate.
Steve Deace, an Iowa-based talk show host, not only endorsed Cruz but is also a prominent campaign surrogate for the Texas senator. Cruz has hailed Deace as “a truth-teller, a courageous conservative, and a powerful voice for liberty,” featured him in a campaign advertisement and added him to his Iowa leadership team.
Deace eventually apologized for the anti-Fiorina tweet, saying that his wife told him to.
When Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Fiorina about Deace's comments, Fiorina noted that Deace “is more than a radio talk host, he is a major surrogate of Ted Cruz and a major endorser.”
“And this is why Ted Cruz cannot possibly beat Hillary Clinton,” Fiorina said.
In an interview weeks later, Fiorina said that “Ted Cruz is just like any other politician, he says one thing in Manhattan, he says another thing in Iowa, he says whatever he needs to say to get elected and then he’s going to do what he pleases.”
Today, Cruz will reportedly name Fiorina as his running mate in his foundering bid for president.
Upset by Target’s new policy preventing discrimination against transgender staff and customers, anti-LGBT activist Dave Daubenmire led a two-man protest inside a Target store in Ohio yesterday, stationing himself at the entrance to the store with a sign reading “Caution: Men may be in Women’s Restrooms!”
Daubenmire told police officers who asked him to leave because he was trespassing on store property that Target is breaking the law and putting women and girls at risk, noting that “as a Christian man, I have a moral obligation to protect the women and the children who might be abused in that restroom.”
Daubenmire said that he was simply helping the officers do their job because Target restrooms will become a place of mayhem, including fights and sexual assaults.
“I’m trying to make your job easier,” he told the police officers.
The activist plans to try his stunt again tonight at the same Heath, Ohio, store, posting this anti-LGBT rant on his Facebook page.
On his radio program yesterday, extremist pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson warned that America is on the verge of destruction and urged parents to remove their children from public schools before they are indoctrinated into homosexuality.
Swanson, who hosted a conference last year at which Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal all spoke, was upset about the fact that the television program "Once Upon a Time" recently featured a lesbian kiss, which he was convinced was part of Disney's ongoing war against God.
The entire culture has been overtaken by the "gay agenda," Swanson warned, especially the schools.
"We're as bad as we possibly could be as a society," he stated. "Friends, we're looking at the entire destruction of sexuality, the entire destruction of the entire civilization ... Get your kids out of the gender-neutral schools, get your kids out of the gender-confused mess, pull them away from the wrong discipleship programs and please do not send them to the NAMBLA preschool right down the street or the GLSEN kindergarten or the gender-blendered primary school. Please, do not send them to the NAMBLA pedophilia preschool or the transgendered kindergarten."
Repeating his biblical warning that it would be better for someone to have a millstone hung around their neck and be drown in the sea rather than cause a child to sin, Swanson warned that this nation "is on the cusp of judgment."
"Woe to the man that transgenders the restrooms in the public schools," Swanson declared. "Woe to the man who opens up the floodgates to every form of sexual perversion for 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 16-year-olds and 18-year-olds. Woe to the parents that open up the floodgates, the opportunities, the discipleship programs for children to attend the gender-blendered schools, the GLSEN kindergarten program."
"Johnny Cash was right," he said. "God is going to cut you down."
"Yeah, I know homosexuals love each other," he concluded, just like "cannibals love their victims" because "they taste good."
This would not be the first time that Swanson made such a claim.
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