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Friday, September 30, 2016

Ohio Judge Upholds Early Voting Rights For All Citizens

A federal judge has ordered Ohio to restore in-person voting rights on the weekend before election day, in the second major victory for voting rights advocates in two days.

In July, the Obama campaign filed a lawsuit stating that Ohio’s new election law “arbitrarily eliminates early voting during the three days prior to Election Day for most Ohio voters, a right previously available to all Ohio voters.” The recently enacted law gave preferential treatment to members of the military, who were allowed to vote at a board of elections up through the Monday before Election Day, while civilians had an earlier voting deadline of 6 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

The Obama campaign argued that the law was politically motivated and designed to suppress Democratic voters, who are most likely to utilize early-voting options. Additionally, the campaign disputed the legality of instituting unequal voting rights for UOCAVA (“Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act) and non-UOCAVA voters.

In his opinion, Judge Peter C. Economus agreed with the Obama campaign’s complaint.

“A citizen has a constitutionally protected right to participate in elections on an equal
basis with other citizens in the jurisdiction.” Dunn v. Blumstein, 405 U.S. 330, 336 (1972). In
Ohio, that right to participate equally has been abridged by Ohio Revised Code ‘ 3509.03 and
the Ohio Secretary of State’s further interpretation of that statute with regard to in-person early
voting. In 2005, Ohio expanded participation in absentee balloting and in-person early voting to
include all registered Ohio voters. Now, “in-person early voting” has been redefined by the Ohio
legislature to limit Plaintiffs’ access to the polls. This Court must determine whether preliminary
injunctive relief should be granted to Plaintiffs on their claim that Ohio’s restriction of in-person
early voting deprives them of their fundamental right to vote. Following Supreme Court
precedent, this Court concludes that Plaintiffs have stated a constitutional claim that is likely to
succeed on the merits. As a result—and as explained below—this Court grants Plaintiffs’
motion for preliminary injunction.

Just hours after the decision, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that he will appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. As election law expert Rick Hasen notes, the Sixth Circuit has been “bitterly divided in election law disputes in the past”, and the case “could get very ugly very quickly.” So while the Obama campaign won a victory today, the battle for voting rights in Ohio is far from over.

  • We Are Taking Down The American Taliban Terrorists One Day At A Time!! GREAT NEWS Texas Now Ohio!!! Koch Brothers Couldn’t Buy Off All The Judges!!! Now You Have To Do What Every You Have To In Order To Vote Cause Your Lifestyle Depends On It!!! Every Election Is Important And Every Vote Count!!! Vote!!!

    • middleclasstaxpayer

      For liberals, every vote can count MANY TIMES. Without id’s, you folks can vote plenty of dead ones just like in Chicage. What a great country! Note to Fern: so it won’t be so crowded, liberals are voting on Wednesday this year. Tell your friends!

      • Stop Lying Troll!!! You Just Mad Cause You Can’t Win With Your Bullshit Without Cheating Stealing Or Lying!! The Whole RNC Was A Pack Of Lies And Made A Laughing Stock Out Of Clint Eastwood Talking To An Empty Chair!!LOL He Also Dissed Romney If You Listen Closely!!LOL

        • middleclasstaxpayer

          Fern, the only solution for you is voluntary committment. You may be a danger to yourself & others…seek help before it’s too late, and good luck!

          • SCREW YOU TEA BAGGING BITCH!!

          • You Are So Stupid Why Are You Here You Can’t Bully Me Bitch Go Back To Kissing And Sucking Koch Brothers Asses!!! BITCH!!

          • onedonewong

            I saw your kids last night tricking again. Too bad they look like you and can only charge $5

          • middle: Sorry ! It’s too late for Fernie girl. She is gone and so is what was left of her “brain”.
            … too much LSD … tsk, tsk, tsk …

          • That Goes For You Too Tea Bagging Ass Kissing Bitch Oh Be The Way Ann Romney Looking For A New House Bitch Go Apply For The Job You Will Fit In Well !!! ASSHOLE!!!

      • And That’s Why The RNC Lost 17 Million Viewers Cause People Got Tried Of Them Trying To Out Lies Each Other LOL So Now You Now Can Go Back To Sucking Koch Brothers Asses Before You Posted The Lie You Just Posted Cause I Don’t Care To Talk To Tea Bagging BITCHES Ass Kissers

        • ace

          It is like i have always said to make a Democrat mad just tell them fools the truth because they never hear it from the Democrats .

          • BITCH DON”T YOU TAKE THE CLUE TAKE YOUR TEA BAGGING ASS AWAY FROM ME!!

          • Fernie, baby: That’s it !! Show them !! Show them !!
            SHOW THEM ….. that you are the perfect dumbass DemoCrap !!
            You, asshole, are a PATHETIC excuse for a garbage dump …

          • Your Mother You Low Life Ass Kissing BITCH!! Go Screw Your Self Sissy Ass PUNK!!!

          • Tea Bagging BITCH!!

          • Fern don1t let them get to you.

          • I’m Not Mad I Just Don’t Like To Talk To Ass Kisser And LIARS Like You ASSHOLE!!!!

      • Michelle Hackler

        This is not happening at the present. And dead people can have ID’s. If the pole watchers turn the other way and do not match up the face with the ID picture the ID will prove nothing. For many people who have been voting in the same precinct for years and the same people have been over seeing the election they know who they are because they are neighbors. This is the same with many new voters who have lived in the same precinct for years and just haven’t voted before. In communities which have had the same ministers for years, they know the members of their congregation. This especially true of many older people. People who have picture ID’s from work or the city transit system as they do where I live. Seniors 60 years older have picture ID’s issued by the city transit system because they ride free, but the Florida ID law did not recognize them as valid ID’s even though they have an expiration date on them and they are issued by a governmental body.

        There has been very little voter fraud in any of the states that have passed picture IDs for voting for the last twenty years or more. When there is voter fraud to keep a party in power conservatives have been just as guilty of voter fraud as liberals have been in the elections where voter fraud has been proven. The last time there was voter fraud it was in Florida in the 2000 election when the Republicans controlled Florida and the voting system. The Republicans made sure there was not a complete accurate count of every vote and it gave George Bush the Presidential election even though Al Gore had the majority of the popular vote in the whole country.

        • middleclasstaxpayer

          Well stated, thank you. Regarding the popular vote situation, currently the Electoral votes decide the situation. I guess that could be changed to count the popular vote instead, but neither party to my knowledge has made the case for that revision. I guess you roll the dice in either case. Thanks again.

        • Like I Said The GOP/Tea Party American Taliban Only Means Is To Lie , Cheat And Steal That’s The Only Way They Can Win!! Seeing How Romney Bring Bush Polices Along With More Tax Breaks For The Wealthy With The Middle Class And Poor Working People Paying The Price That’s The Only Way They Can Win!!

      • middleclass: Fern is such a DUMBASS ( I know her from previous, crazy rants) that she did not get your joke. LOL !! This NURSE (that’s what she says) is the perfect idiot….

        • Your Mother Is A Dumb Ass Bitch And She Had Your Nothing Ass Sissy Ass PUNK!!

        • Yes I’m A Nurse And Yes You Are A Tea Bagging Bitch!! Little Siisy Ass PUNK!!! Your Mother Is The IDIOT!!

      • karinursula

        Just once I would like for someone to actually prove about the voter fraud.

        • onedonewong

          AL Frankin MN US Senator

    • ace

      It sure is we need to get the Taliban leader out of the White house before all our freedom is gone .

  • Obama/Biden And Voting Out All The GOP/Tea Party American Taliban LIARS!!!

    • ace

      Your ignorance is showing real bad .

  • Up with Voter Rights!! Down with Republican Corruption!!!

    • You got That Right Mimi!!! TMZ Said Clint Eastwood Was Sad And Embarrassing And That Was 65% Of Their Viewers !! LOL Yet Another Stupid And Low Down Act Blew Up In The American Taliban Faces!!!LOL

      • There’s A Story In Rolling Stone By Matt Taibbi Showing How Romney Made His Money And It Not Pretty Romney Create No Jobs He Made His Money Cause He Create Debt!!!

        • 1TexasHoney27

          Fern, I don’t like to hide replies so I posted on the blog a message to you… Enjoy n plz keep up the good work. your friend, …. 1TexasHoney27

    • ace

      Yes please keep this lows down hunk of trash in the Whiter House and show all these ignorant fools that think he is so great but when the chit hits the fan watch them go down .

      • BDD1951

        I gather that you are another racist redneck. Shame on you.

        • onedonewong

          as opposed to a colored socialist??

          • BDD1951

            For your information, I happen to be white caucasion female. 78 years old. And I’ve watched republicans screw things up every time they come into office.

    • Mimi: The corruption is not from the Republicans but from you Lefties.
      Photo ID is needed for everything in this country. So, it should be ESPECIALLY required for such a serious thing as VOTING.
      To think otherwise is pure dishonest.

      • I found it is such a COINCIDENCE that is most “red” states it’s all of a sudden mandated for voter id for what? A less than .0002% of actual voter fraud found?! You know, I thought those “Jim Crow” days were over about 50 yrs. ago and you want to re-visit that again??

        • Suzanne: You are being disingenious. “…. less than .0002% of actual voter fraud found?!” The CODE word here (and this is VITAL !!) is “FOUND” . “FOUND”, Suzanne, means “discovered” or “uncovered”.
          What you guys are really shooting for is that EVERYBODY and his brother (forget legal or not) can cast a vote.

          • idunno1

            You’re ridiculous, Eduardo. This is nothing but a Poll Tax all over again. Read your Constitution.

          • You check the facts and think before you open your mouth and prove you know nothing about freedom and right to vote.

          • gahoof

            Hey, Eduardo, Do you still check under your bed at night for “commies?”

          • Ibsyboy

            Because voter fraud is essentially irrational, it is not surprising that no credible evidence suggests a voter fraud epidemic. There is no documented wave or trend of individuals voting multiple times, voting as someone else, or voting despite knowing that they are ineligible. Indeed, evidence from the microscopically scrutinized 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington State actually reveals just the opposite: though voter fraud does happen, it happens approximately 0.0009% of the time. The similarly closely-analyzed 2004 election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004%. National Weather Service data shows that Americans are struck and killed by lightning about as often.

          • onedonewong

            HUHHHHHHH as I posted earlier MN has a Senator that was ‘placed” in office due to illegal voting Al Franken

          • Ibsyboy

            Was that the legal battle that kept ruling in Franken’s favor? Is that the thing your erroneous comment is pointing to? Sorry, Ducky the law upheld the vote. The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously upheld Franken’s victory on June 30, 2009, and he was sworn into the Senate on July 7, 2009.

            On June 30, 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Coleman’s appeal and said that Franken was entitled to be certified as the winner. Shortly after the court’s decision, Coleman conceded, GOP Governor Tim Pawlenty signed Franken’s election certificate that same evening.Franken was sworn in to the Senate on July 7, 2009, using the Bible of late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone.

            The election was held in November of 2008, Franken did not enter the Senate until July 2009. Norm Coleman had access to the legal system and he used it to the max. But, alas he lost. And Franken won, legally.

            Get you facts straight Ducky. Your desperation is sad.

          • onedonewong

            The State Supreme Court said they had no way to identify the absentee ballots that were cast by felons who had lost their right to vote as well as illegal aliens absentee ballots. There is no way to tell one from the other even though they knew that more than 250 felons voted and had them counted and that over 500 illegal’s did as well.
            It just shows WHY the states have said enough to this ACORN nonsense and are requiring portative ID’s.
            As it is any one can go to the election board in MN and pick up MULTIPLE absentee ballots all you have to do is sign a sheet and say who they are for. Pretty typical for crooked dems

          • Ibsyboy

            No, do not tell me you are that ignorant to tell people that there is a rampant voter fraud epidemic. And we need Voter ID cards. You have bitten on that piece of BS. My My.

            Why is it in Ohio, early voting was shortened in the districts that vote heavier for the DEMs than the GOP districts. I assume you are telling me the GOP voters are more honest. How does shortening early voting stop fraud? It’s plain and simple. The DEM districts are prominently DEM voters, and the Negroes vote on Sunday after church services. So, to avoid massive fraud we take away Sunday as a day for Early Voting. Let them have Friday, our research shows fraud occur less on Fridays, because fewer people get to vote..

            My God man, you have to be completely out of your ever loving mind to try to sell that piece of manipulative chicanery to the Country. You think we are that stupid and can’t see what you are up to?

            This is blatant voter suppression. There is no proven epidemic of voter fraud, unless you include the 2004 Florida Election, where the selection come down to one vote in the SCOTUS. Yeah, SCOTUS can be trusted. Any one hear of Citizens United?

            You are off your rocker. Why should drivers licenses be okay. Any 18 year old in America can get one of those to prove they are 21 years old.

            What we need, if the Right insists, is a national Voter ID Card offered by Social Security the DoT , Post offices and College Campuses. The Government should provide centers, at Government expense, where people could obtain an ID Card, and this should be made available all week including Saturdays, as long as it takes to get everyone a card. I mean everyone DEM, GOP and Independents. That way the GOPers can sleep at night without worry them selves to death that some crafty Negro is casting a ballot for Barack Obama. Or possibly some Latino, Italian or Jew.

          • msrita

            Eduardo Look up the Voters Right Act 1965.

          • onedonewong

            There is no provision in it to allow illegals to vote

        • mynx1

          Well said Sue

        • onedonewong

          Hmmmmm of course the State Run Media glosses over the fact that we have a US Senator Al Franken who was “placed” in office because of fraudulent votes

        • Suzanne – unfortunately, that is EXACTLY what the Repugnantcans want to re-visit…they are despicable in their outright racism and anti-American sentiments….not to worry, anyone can see that they’re desperate – and they should be after that tired, boring and un-enlightening debacle in Tampa – OBAMA wins again!

      • fwcoblejr

        Eduardo…..republicans by their very founding are opposed to universal sufferage. Republican ideology began with the idea that governing should be limited to those who paid taxes, and in the beginning, only property and international trade was taxed to fund government. These folks do not want the apartment renting, low-wage worker having a say in affairs influencing those who own and control wealth.

        • onedonewong

          and that philosophy made as much sence back then as it would today. There are too many people voting themselves other people’s $$ and riding n the wagon while 53% do all the pushing

      • gahoof

        I have not problem with a photo ID for voting. Just make sure that every citizen can easily obtain one. In this country, no citizen should be disenfranchised.

      • Ibsyboy

        There are 6 amendments to the US Constitution establishing and upholding the right to vote.
        How many of the ID required things you allude to are Constitutional Rights.

        If the GOP is intent on Voter ID then they should require one for every eligible voter in the USA. No driver’s License, no Military ID, no College ID, no other ID accepted but a Federal Voter ID Card. And the Government should foot the bill for the costs, including getting to the people who have a complicated situation, like no birth certificate due to age and lost records. The cost for the Birth Certificate should be paid for by the Government. We may be talking in the billions to do it, but the GOP could sleep at night, knowing the non-existing fraud was non existing

        Because voter fraud is essentially irrational, it is not surprising that no credible evidence suggests a voter fraud epidemic. There is no documented wave or trend of individuals voting multiple times, voting as someone else, or voting despite knowing that they are ineligible. Indeed, evidence from the microscopically scrutinized 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington State actually reveals just the opposite: though voter fraud does happen, it happens approximately 0.0009% of the time. The similarly closely-analyzed 2004 election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004%. National Weather Service data shows that Americans are struck and killed by lightning about as often.

        This whole thing is a scam, to deny people access to voting. And if I may borrow from you: To think otherwise is pure dishonesty.

      • un-ED , how long has this country been voteing with out these GOP bull crap and voteing ? cant you see UN-ED that its cosat more money to try to fix this problem that isnt there . the left wants to help the country and its ppl. the right wants to seal and take away from the country and its ppl you cant be so stupid to not see this . can you ? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe you can

      • dsand1445

        Eduardo you are wrong voting is a right not a privilege and besides only the republicans are claiming voter fraud simply because thats the only way they can win. Stop watching so much fox news thats where the dishonesty starts. Hell you have republicans on video admitting these voter suppression laws are put in place to help them win. No coincident all the states with these voter ID laws all have republican governors.

      • Eduardo, what you fail to realize is that the only voter fraud that happens comes from your guys always trying to steal elections (examples: 2000 and 2004 elections) all this stuff that is going on is Republicans trying to suppress the the vote by any means necessary because they know the only way and I mean the only way for them to win is to either steal the election or the people don’t come out and vote. This is the only way your side wins. I’m hoping the American people never go to sleep again you guys can’t be trusted and you are bad for the people of this country and the world as a whole and you know it….

      • dotutz

        All the years I’ve been voting, I only needed a Voter’s Card, now I need picture ID. They have already proven that Voter Fraud is almost non-existent. Why this year are they changing the rules, other than they are afraid that the Dems will get in again, even if they don’t have billions of dollars to spend on this election. I pray that the Reps get the short end of the stick!!!!

      • Eduardo, how many cases of voter fraud can you and your party document in the past century? Heck, let’s go back further than that — in the last 2 centuries?

      • JSquercia

        It doesn’t bother you that the instances of voter fraud are negligible and as far as I know the case of someone posing as someone else is even less.

        I do know of one case of possible fraud in which Mitt Romney claimed to be living in his sons basement in order to vote for Scott Brown. A minor Republican candidate TRIED to get the election Board to look into this but was rebuffed. Frankly I’m sure Mitt had a Massachusetts Drivers License . He has homes in Utah, California and New Hampshire and could well have Drivers Licenses from those states as well. HE could then vote in ALL four states without the voter ID requirement stopping him.

        Pennsylvania has a Voters Hall of Fame honoring citizens who have voted in a large number of elections ( I am unsure of the number but believe it to be 40 or more). It turns out that several of the members of that Hall do NOT have the required ID including a 90 something year old black woman). Sadly in SPITE of the Republicans stating that this would WIN the state for Romney a court upheld the law.

      • that is true but first they did not have early voting and then they passed it and now they want to take it away. So now it is back on again for how long no one knows. The reason why they want to stop the early voting because the Republican figure they will have a advantage in winning the state. Especially the state going to Romney.

      • Voter ID is OK as long as getting the ID is easy. If you can register to vote in the library you should be able to get ID’s there as well. You should be able to use all forms of photo ID’s but seriously does your drivers license photo look anything like you? In AZ you get a photo ID at 16 when you get your license and they never ask you come in to get another. I got my photo ID on my license when I was 40 something and I’m over sixty and never had to update my photo and AZ doesn’t bother to ask. I even changed my address and still didn’t have to change my photo. Some states want to make it hard to get a photo ID since not every one should has a drivers license nor should they be made to get one.

        • onedonewong

          Really??? SS startng Jan 1 will no longer mail checks to residneces you have to have a bank account which requires what??? A valid state issued ID

      • Proof of what you say about corruption from “lefties”? Unsubstantiated claims hint of dishonesty.

      • R

        Eduardo, The voter fraud ruckus has been VERY Overblown, and it has been proven by independent sources, that there is less than .o1% voter fraud, and a much higher persent of illegal disenfranchisment of minority voters.

      • i agree and it should go into effect 01/01/2013

    • onedonewong

      Ther is a great article on Rolling Stone utlining the fact that his BC is a fake and that he was admitted to college as a non US Citizen

  • Elsa

    Republican want to include everyone in their Party, except the people whose voter rights they are trying to take away, who are the very same people that are much more likely to vote for President Obama. It is the only way they can win the election, by cheating.

    • Lying Cheat And Stealing That’s The Only Way They Can Win!!

  • Michelle Hackler

    This is not happening at the present. And dead people can have ID’s. If the pole watchers turn the other way and do not match up the face with the ID picture the ID will prove nothing. For many people who have been voting in the same precinct for years and the same people have been over seeing the election they know who they are because they are neighbors. This is the same with many new voters who have lived in the same precinct for years and just haven’t voted before. In communities which have had the same ministers for years, they know the members of their congregation. This especially true of many older people. People who have picture ID’s from work or the city transit system as they do where I live. Seniors 60 years older have picture ID’s issued by the city transit system because they ride free, but the Florida ID law did not recognize them as valid ID’s even though they have an expiration date on them and they are issued by a governmental body.

    There has been very little voter fraud in any of the states that have passed picture IDs for voting for the last twenty years or more. When there is voter fraud to keep a party in power conservatives have been just as guilty of voter fraud as liberals have been in the elections where voter fraud has been proven. The last time there was voter fraud it was in Florida in the 2000 election when the Republicans controlled Florida and the voting system. The Republicans made sure there was not a complete accurate count of every vote and it gave George Bush the Presidential election even though Al Gore had the majority of the popular vote in the whole country.

    • dotutz

      The Republicans can ‘t win an election honestly, didn’t they prove that with Bush v. Gore?
      Now people are wise to their antics.

    • JSquercia

      Interesting I hadn’t realized that Florida refuses to recognize IDs issued by the city
      transit system.I’d LOVE to hear the reason for THAT.

  • Why are there no people marching in the streest to protest the recent moves at the state level to impede a persons ability to vote. This is freedom at the basic level. Why did’nt Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk about that? Why are the vast majority of people silent on this issue?

    • Texas Voters Fraud Stuck Down And Now Ohio Looks Like The Koch Brothers Couldn’t Buy Off All The Judges!!! LOL

    • Mitt Romney And Ryan Didn’t Talk About That Cause It Was Their Plan To Stop People From Voting!! And The Whole RNC Was The GOP /Tea Party Just Telling One Lie After Another!!

  • blueclouds123

    Thank goodness someone has an understanding of what the word Democracy means. It does not mean communist.

    • BDD1951

      Which is basically what the present day republican party is. Take all the power from the common ordinary man and give it to the rich and powerful.

  • blueclouds123

    You know peoples, Joan Maurer has it right. Why are not people marching in the streets, years ago everyone would have been out at the first trial run of the voting corruption. It is time to wake up. No more snoozing.

    • Gammaanya

      To lazy, they don’t care,they just want stay home and complain or be on this site and spew their venom or stupidity

  • Every voter/tax payer ought to protest Ohio Atty. Mike Dewine to STOP wasting taxpayer dollars fighting what that federal judge decided. What’s wrong with these Republicans, when they lose, they continue to waste tax dollars fighting and fighting this. Where’s the JOBS! JOBS! JOBS you Republicans keep spewing about here?!! Take the court decision with respect and be a good sport about it and MOVE ON!

    • Ask Romney Where’s The Jobs Him And His 5% Wealthy So Called Business Men Been Shipping Them Overseas For Profits And Cheap Labor!!

      • JSquercia

        Yea Mitt NEVER said those 12 Million jobs would be in the US . You got to love when Bain adds insult to injury by making soon to be Unemployed U S workers TRAIN their Chinese REPLACEMENTS. I hope every one of them votes against Romney and if they can do it more than once more power to them

    • dotutz

      The Republicans love to spend money on their investigations, remember Clinton??? I hope that he steps in and helps Obama, he knows how to get down and dirty, I think!

  • Considering an Ohio election commissioner asked why they should bother with opening the polls on that weekend, since only the poor come to vote in those precincts.
    That was like the Repbulican lawmaker in Pennsylvania who touted their new law as “a guaranteed win for Romney”.
    I guess these Republican politicians have severe problems with foot-in-mouth.

  • First of all, pray tell, WHY did the powers to be have to $%^&&^$ mess around with this in the first place?

  • BrightQuang

    if we, the American people, will vote for Mr. Mitt Romney, so he will be the biggest of American financier, the American people will be the poorest.
    As we have been seen Mitt Romney has paid the taxes in the past. When has supported for the American financiers that have been investing to foreign countries, he has ever considered the American people when the American people have needed the jobs in order to pay more bills in their lives.
    He has supported for Red Chinese that it is to be super nation, and then he calls for against to Red Chinese in order to build the war in the future.

  • onedonewong

    all of these decisions will be over trned its called States rights and ONLY states can define legal voting. You would think that some one who supposedly went to a law school would have had a course on the constitution

    • David L. Allison

      Every law school has courses on the U.S. Constitution. They teach about how the Federal Courts have to enforce the entire Constitution, including the amendments that idiot right wing racists really, really wish had never been added to the document. It is really best to know at least a little bit about the issue at hand before spurting out your rhetoric.

      • onedonewong

        Your wrong just look at Harvards course offerings. As usual a lib who has 0 interest in facts and just posts to post

        • David L. Allison

          Your ignorance of law school is exceeded only by your ignorance of law schools and your absence of research skills. This is just a portion of the extensive course and clinic work that Harvard law students must take in the beginning of their studies. If you knew how to read and effectively manipulate a cursor, you would have been able to see how comprehensively in error you were in your “bumper-sticker”, “look once, talk twice” erroneous postings. Get rid of your hate and name calling nastiness and do the hard work of a competent commentator or get over to the RNC where everybody seems to post like you write.

          From the Harvard website:
          Government Structure and Processes

          The two courses most foundational to this program of study, beyond the 1L course Legislation and Regulation, are Administrative Law and the basic Constitutional Law course subtitled Separation of Powers, Federalism, and the Fourteenth Amendment. These courses cover the fundamentals of how the federal government works, and explain the relationship among the branches. The upper-level course in Legislation, which focuses on the processes of enacting and interpreting statutory law, is also fundamental to this area. Students also should consider taking some or all of a number of more specialized courses relating to governmental processes: (1) Law and the Political Process, which focuses on elections, districting, and other matters constitutive of American democracy; (2) Federal Courts, which focuses on the role the federal judiciary plays in the American system of government; (3) Local Government Law, which considers how government operates on the state and local (as opposed to national) level; (4) Public International Law and/or Foreign Relations Law, which consider governmental processes and structures stretching out beyond the United States. Students are encouraged to take seminars in their particular areas of interest that pursue the subject at yet a more advanced level – for example, a seminar in Federal Budget Policy following the general course in Legislation or in Advanced Local Government Law following the basic course on this topic. Students should also consider taking a course that will expose them to other governmental systems. This can be done through explicitly comparative offerings such as comparative constitutional law and politics, or through in-depth study of other regimes in courses such as European Union Law.

          • onedonewong

            Did you read your own post or just cut and paste??? There is 0 in depth analysis of the constitution and our founding fathers. Without which the rest is mumbo jumbo. They also recommend that a student take a course on European Law?? Really what does that have to do with the price of tea in China

          • David L. Allison

            You got caught in a lie. Admit it. You are a liar. You said they did not have a course on the Constitution. I showed you more than one. Yes, I cut and pasted to demonstrate to other readers that you obviously did not look at even the first year courses taught at Harvard where Romney went to school and every other reputable law school. You merely repeated again your bumper sticker bullsh.t that you heard from someone else. What you post and what you posted is the clear mark of the radical right wing republican troll doing what he is told to post in order to take up the time of rational people who want to have a reasonable conversation about the 2012 election. Get back under your bridge and do whatever trolls do with themselves when they are not spouting great green gouts of lies and deception.

  • fwcoblejr

    Republicans are acting disgraceful. First was Citizens United so the Koch brothers could attemp purchasing the best government money can buy, according to their 19th century thinking. And in those areas where money is not as effective, republicans return to their roots which is to regulate who can vote. Remember your history, folks. Conservatives, even before the party of Lincoln was formed in 1856 tried to limit voting to white male land owners ONLY.

    • ralphkr

      Well, fwcoblejr, the 13 colonies DID limit voting to white male property owners. After the US was formed they did count the negro as part of the population to determine how many representatives each state would be allowed although neither blacks nor women were allowed to vote.

  • karinursula

    What is wrong with this people? Are they so scared that Romney will loose unless they cheat? But than reading about the convention and the lies they told why should I be suprised.

  • msrita

    Voter Rights Act 1965 was to stop the voters of Color.

  • good for that Judge. Nice to know we have people of integrity left in Ohio to stop the usurpption of power from the right wing radicals

  • You got it Mimi!!

  • well the good thing is ppl. have their rights to vote as it should be . and not GOP ding dongs trying to sneak or steal . if theres a problem with this thing of voter trouble that isnt there then the GOP ding dongs should of started this at the beging of Mr. O bama,s term then there could be maybe even a vote on if from the ppl. them selfs of this country . and not a last second nasty move by the GOP. (witch seem to be all the GOP dose when thy are not lieing or taking things out of context) this isnt what the country needs today is more of GOP bull crap . didnt Bush screw this country enough ? why dont you see more of Bush now ? if he was such a good Pres. for the GOP . then why isnt he showing him self more or why isnt the anti-christ romney asking for him to speak more for him ? 2 reasons why 1 Bush is imbaressed for where he put this country and 2 for what he did and the country knowing this thy dont want the anti-christ romney to cover up the country with dirt from the grave Bushed dug for thios country and its ppl.. if one was to ask would you like to have the cliton era back ? to where 23 millions jobs were mad in those 8 years and this country had a sur-plus . money in our bank not oweing anybody nothing . fair to all of the countrys ppl. is paying a fair share of a % in taxes . that in it self could bring this country back to where we once was and should be today . whats so hard to saee ? ask the GOP ding dongs if thy woulds like the Cliton times and era back again ? thy say no for then thy cant steal and be sneaky . wanting for only the greedy basatards 2 % . and for the GOP ding dong followers that want to stay and vote for ppl. that could give a rats butt for this country and its ppl. . all thy care about is what thy can @-SUCKOUT of the country . hey ding dongs when all the life is @-S-U-C-K-E-D out of the country then what are the 25 going too do ? well it would be easyer for 25 of the greedy bastards to move some place . then to have the 985 of the ppl. to so some where else . the 25 will have enough money from the 98% of the countrys ppl that the GOP steals . and its alot easyer to find places for 2% TO GO TO THJEN 98% its so simply why are the 98% so blind too see this ? the 2% is in no fair terms calling the 98% stupid ppl. and thy will be right if the 98% let the greedy bastard 2% lead by the anti-christ romney get away with this bull crap . time to open ur eyes ppl. and see whats truly going on

  • deniswinkle1

    I have always believed, we as a Nation, would devoutly safe guard each other in defending our fore father dream for republicanism. Too fervently protect the liberty and inalienable rights of each other. As Judge Peter C. Economus is a light unto the love of Our Forefathers. As we witness a great assault against Our Constitution. By someone, who is said to be a reprehensive of “We the People”? That is the disgrace that belongs to Attorney General Mike Dewine.
    Yet I must ask the question? Where is his wife or his adult children. Will they not fight for the liberty and inalienable rights of the common good and honest living? Where is his pastor? His priest or minister. The State Bar Association that is founded upon protecting the liberty and inalienable rights, which are not too be abridged. And “why” are they even on trial? I cannot call your behavior an Act of Patriotism. And the most Honorable Judge Peter C. Economus has confirmed it.
    Yet in my opinion. Attorney General Mike Dewine should be tried for an act of treason. And maybe The State Bar Association for not putting a stop to the stealing of our voting rights. And again? Where is his wife and those that say they care about the liberty and inalienable rights of each other? In stopping all this “Stupidity”!
    As I ask the question? Where are the Christian and Conservative Values as a faithful patriot in this entire matter? Attorney General Mike Dewine just what is the “special interest” you have in obstructing the “Right to Vote”?
    And it would seem to me. As it is with the children of tomorrow! The common good and honest living of today always pays the price for such as you. Even with there very blood. As you disgrace liberty and the inalienable rights of republicanism. And my prayer is a simple prayer.
    I hope the Nobility of the Sixth Court of Appeals. Will come to harmony. Chews you up and spit you out. As I do The State Bar Association in getting rid of its’ Disgrace.

  • Melford

    Up with voter rights! Down with Corruption of all types, including illegal voting!

  • What does it tell you when a political party understands that the only hope they have of winning an election involves the withholding of a persons constitutional right to vote. And not just one person, but rather a segment of the population large enough to swing the vote in their favor. DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE DEMOCRATS IMPLEMENT A STRATEGY TO WITHHOLD THE VOTING RIGHTS OF A LARGE SECTION OF THE REPUBLICAN VOTERS? Well, that is exactly what the Republicans are attempting to do to the Democrats. Not by preventing voter fraud. But rather by preventing those less fortunate than most from being able to vote for the candidates they feel will best represent them. EXPLAIN TO YOUR CHILDREN HOW THIS IS A GOOD CHRISTIAN PATH TO FOLLOW!!!!!

  • You should go away Ace, your ignorance and lack of compassion for your fellow men is appalling. You should be ashamed of your self but you guys have no shame. That is until is time for you to reap karma fyi, for you guys it’s always to little to late….

  • Here’s the sad part, it is not Fern who is a danger to others, it is people like you, selfless greedy amoral people such as yourself that are main contributors to the suffering of so many in this country and around the world. Shame on people like you, shame on you. Don’t think you will get away with it, we all have to pay for deeds good or bad and yours is pretty bad right now, my advice change your ways before it is too late for you…

  • 1TexasHoney27

    Hey Fern, Give those Retardicons hell… Eduardo sounds like an Obozo must go wannabe. It scares me a bit to know that we have such uneducated asses running loose in this country with the right to vote… That’s were the intelligent must stand together n stop the stupidity of the Republi-pricks from taking control. They’ve already showed this country they aren’t team players in voting against President Obama in every way possible… To stand and applaude some old feeble has been like he was the sharpest knife in the butcher block is ironic. The only thing funnier was that so called speech that Dumbo gave that had very little idea or commitment in it… Much like those before him speaking lies n more lies… I do admit the NRC should be in the G. Book of World Records for the largest group of Dumbasses in one place at the same time… God Bless America n OBAMA/BIDEN 2012…… MOBAMA! MOBAMA! MOBAMA!

  • puregoldj

    Right on!! Keep going after these sleezebag voter suppression bills! Nearly all should be unconstitutional. Trying to prevent people from voting is completely contrary to American and democratic (the principle) values, and is intolerable. At least one of my grandparents, and possibly 3, would not have been allowed to vote under many of the suppression acts that Republicans have passed. This sort of garbage has disqualified any Republican at any level from getting my vote unless they very openly disavow this sort of thing.

  • mwpv11

    I always speak with people voting for Mitt and surprisingly enough none of them know why they support him other than what they hear on the tv. That is really sad. How can people vote when they are so ill informed? Get out there and look up what the real truth is behind what they say and then vote for real. We owe that to our country!

  • robrothman

    There are no illegal aliens voting in our elections. They are too busy working and keeping a low profile so they won’t get deported. Voting could cost them their jobs and freedom.

  • Yeah!!!!

  • Mimi, don’t you ever wonder why it is the Democrats that are against Voter ID? It is NOT about disinfranchising anyone, it is about ignoring fraud for votes. Do you ever wonder why it is the Democrats that always vote “against” a balanced-budget Amendment, so they are not restricted on spending money we don’t have, creating Trillions is debt, so they can “buy” the support of people?

    • All you have to do is look up “voter fraud statistics” on the internet and you will find that there is virtually no voter fraud in the nation. Why do you choose to remain ignorant of the facts when the facts are so easy to find?

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