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Democrats are teaching “voter suppression.”Earlier this month Van Jones, together with MoveOn.org, ThinkProgress, and a host of others, hosted the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, DC. At the conference they offered a breakout session entitled “Voter Suppression in the 2012 Election: The Civil Rights Movement to Take Back the Right to Vote.” Several speakers made it a point to single out True the Vote for vilification. No, I’m not kidding. We’ve grown accustomed to outlandish schemes to attract new voters, but equating the fight against election fraud to disenfranchisement is a spin I can’t quite make sense of. Here are a couple of the factually false talking points they use against us: False Talking Point #1: Election fraud is an imaginary problem.
The claim is that election fraud is a figment of the imagination, used to disenfranchise groups of voters. They couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s just a sample of what we’ve seen in recent election cycles – InWisconsin, more than 30,000 voter registrations were questioned after it was learned ACORN used felons as registration workers. In Pennsylvania, more than 57,000 registrations were thrown out due to falsification of information, and in Florida there were questions about how 30,000 felons were registered to vote. And just yesterday, an Indiana official resigned over the revelation of hundreds of fraudulent petition signatures that ultimately put Barack Obama on the ballot. Fraud is a problem – and it’s only getting worse.
Fact: Citizens must engage in the support and defense of our electoral process.
True the Vote is a group of concerned citizens from all walks of life, whose political affiliations include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We are focused on restoring integrity to our election processes. We are training and mobilizing thousands upon thousands of citizens to volunteer as poll monitors in all 50 states; we are making a difference and you can be a part of it. Every dollar you contribute goes directly towards covering the costs of True the Vote training programs and ongoing support, soplease help us by following this link right now to make the most generous contribution you can afford.
False Talking Point #2: Voter ID laws depress turnout.
Opponents of Voter ID laws make outrageous claims of voter disenfranchisement. They are are quick to cry that low-income, minority and elderly voters might be prevented from voting if they have no personal identification, causing overall turnout to be depressed.
Fact: Voter turnout increases in states that have implemented voter ID laws.
As of today, six states (Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas) require individuals to produce a photograph identification card when they vote at their polling place on Election Day. In 2008, the first election in which Georgia had a voter ID law, turnout increased by 6.7%; Democratic turnout increased by 6.1%. During the same election, Indiana saw Democratic voter turnout increase by 8.3% compared to neighbor (and home of President Obama who was on the ballot) Illinois’ 4.4% increase.
The facts are clear. Our electoral system is under assault. With the potential for presidential primaries as early as December this year, we urgently need your support to train poll workers, especially in early voting states like New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Your immediate donation is critical to successfully implementing our programs in time for the 2012 elections. That’s why I’m asking you to follow this link to make a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more right now.
If our elections are not truly fair, we are not truly free.
This is your chance to make a difference and ensure that every American enjoys the right to cast their ballot and have it counted.
Onward, Catherine Engelbrecht President and Founder, True the Vote
P.S. Don’t be fooled—election fraud is a serious problem in America. That’s why True the Vote is working tirelessly to train and mobilize thousands of volunteer poll monitors in all 50 states ahead of the 2012 elections. With primary season almost here, we urgently need your support. Will you follow this link right now to make the most generous contribution you can afford and take a stand for election integrity?
“If our elections are not truly fair…we are not truly free.”
A coalition of Texas grassroots leaders addressed the “no response” from Governor Perry and delivered significant legislative support for their efforts to ban sanctuary cities in Texas. Leaders have once again renew their call for Governor Perry to act on his unfinished business.
“Governor Perry’s decided, apparently, that he just needs to keep pointing the finger at Washington D.C., which absolves him of any responsibility,” said JoAnn Fleming, chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislature.
Perry supports expanding police power as a means of detecting illegal immigrants, and made the issue a priority at the start of the legislative session in January — seemingly fast-tracking its passage. Republicans hold a super-majority in the House, which passed the measure during the regular session, and a majority in the Senate, which approved another version of it during a special session in June.
The measures were fiercely opposed by Democrats, and neither made it through both houses in the same session to become law. Now the Legislature is not scheduled to meet again until January 2013.
Thursday’s activists had held a similar news conference in September and made virtually the same demands.
“We do not intend to go away,” Fleming said this time.
She said 16 Republican senators have now promised to vote in favor of the measure should it be revived — enough to pass the 31-seat chamber. She said Republicans in the House could then easily pass the bill, if Perry convenes a second special session.
“Because we have House support and the votes we need in the Senate, the governor has no excuse,” Fleming said.
Here is video from the Texas Grassroots Leaders press conference that the media won’t show you, but you need to be aware of.
In video is Maria Espinoza with The Remembrance Project and the parents of Joshua Wilkerson, 18 Murdered by Hermilo Moralez, 19, an illegal alien from Belize, arrested for the brutal murder of Joshua Wilkerson, 18, of Pearland, TX.
Police say Moralez has confessed to murdering Wilkerson, who reported was a friend of Moralez and gave Moralez a ride home. Police also stated that they believe Wilkerson was first murdered, then bound and moved to a field where his body was set on fire.
by JoAnn Fleming -Chair, Citizen Advisory Committee to the Texas Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus
Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People
While you were watching the out-of-control spending, new federal regulations, and national debt dramas play out in Washington, DC, your state legislature failed in the regular session (January – May) and in the special session (June) to end sanctuary cities in Texas. As the Republican leadership of the Texas House and Senate played political games to run out the clock, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana joined a growing list of states whose legislatures and governors took decisive action to protect their citizens and legal immigrants. Texas now sits in the shadow of those “rule of law” states.
“Sanctuary” is a term used to identify a city or county that follows certain practices to protect illegal immigrants. The practices employed to ignore the rule of law come by way of local ordinances or simply by habit. The elected officials presiding over these safe harbors do not allow local law enforcement to inquire about legal status while enforcing other laws, nor do they allow government employees to inquire about legal status while doling out taxpayer-funded services.
While border security is indeed a federal issue, the interior enforcement of the rule of law is very much a state matter. It is the constitutional responsibility of a state to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens and legal residents.
The following is a tough truth: the Texas Republican Party treats the Texas Republican platform more like a mascot than a manifesto.
In 2009 conservative members of the State Republican Executive Committee tried to create a scorecard that would grade GOP lawmakers on adherence to the party’s platform. The move was killed by SREC moderates. Now the party is fighting another effort to hold GOP officials accountable to the party platform.
The original call for a scorecard was offered by SREC member Jason Moore of Odessa and quickly tabled by a former SREC member and Chairwoman Tina Benkiser.
Texas Speaker Showdown January 2011
At the 2010 GOP convention solid conservative Representative Wayne Christian, a member of the Platform Committee, reintroduced the idea of having legislators scored on sticking to the platform. His motion was loudly cheered and passed with a large measure of support. It was not cheered by moderates who have to hide in the shadows of process.
Christians amendment is simple:
The SREC, Chairmen of Republican Party and Chair of most recent Platform Committee shall report the voting record of each state and federal elected official relative to these Legislative Priorities. Those priorities are 46 in number and represent a cross section of the platform.
Currently the SREC is poised to break the instructions of GOP delegates. Right now the party is trying to get conservatives to swallow the premise that a party bylaw makes following delegates instructions impossible. We do not accept the premise.
Is the party succumbing to money pressure? When Steve Munisteri took the helm of the party in 2010 powerful moderates donated freely to get the party out of debt. Blocking transparency would be a big help to those people.
The session provides many examples of failing the platform. Speaker Joe Straus appointees worked to undermine one of the party’s planks and priorities by not “opposing any effort to expand gambling.”
This was decidedly not followed in the Texas House were committee chairs appointed by Speaker Joe Straus including Mike Hamilton and Harvey Hilderbran advanced legislation that leads to expanded gambling. Not only was increased gambling pursued in 2011 moderate House leaders have started to beat the drum in anticipation of 2013.
Voters deserve to know how lawmakers perform based on the criteria they are given and asked to meet. Even if someone does not agree with everything in the platform, at least the platform provides a starting point for examination.
If the Republican Party won’t help them in that effort third party groups will continue to be invaluable.
Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, played baseball at St. Edwards University, and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their two dogs. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject: Coalition of Texas grassroots leaders will address the “no response” from Governor Perry and will deliver significant legislative support for their efforts to ban sanctuary cities in Texas. Leaders will renew their call for Governor Perry to act on his unfinished business.
Where: Texas State Capitol, Speaker’s Press Room
When: Thursday, October 13th, 11:00 am
At the close of the 2011 regular and special legislative sessions, a broad coalition of local grassroots organizations in Texas signed an open letter calling on Governor Rick Perry to address the urgent unfinished business of emergency legislation personally identified by the governor at the beginning of the 82nd legislative session – namely, a ban on “sanctuary city” policies in Texas. Over 3,000 local activists signed the letter, including representatives of over 100 local tea party, 9-12 and related grassroots groups. Signatures of representatives of these local groups, in many cases, represent hundreds – even thousands – of local group members.
One of the leaders scheduled to speak at the news conference:
“As legal immigrants in the late 1960’s, my family and I fled communism. We came here with the mission to become Americans. We did so to become part of all that makes this country great. Today, we cannot sit by and have our laws ignored by politicians who take an oath to uphold the rule of law and then proceed to choose the laws they want to ignore. We cannot continue to ignore the security threat of cities in Texas whose leaders insist on providing a safe haven to those who want to remain “under the radar” and use this country without any responsibility whatsoever. Texas elected officials need to do their job and quit playing games with our security and financial future.” Roberto Gonzalez, Clear Lake TEA Party