On Voter ID: College Republicans discuss whether the poor should be allowed to vote – FreakOutNation (video)

College Republicans took on the task of debating Voter ID laws — this is the same law which is enacted to prevent fraud which according to studies doesn’t exist or is so insignificant that this extraordinary measure simply disenfranchises vast amounts of voters. Democrat voters.

While speaking on this controversial subject one panelist said, “If you cannot afford to go and buy and ID, then should you be electing our nation’s leaders?” At this point, the speaker rephrases his statement, which expels from his mouth like the most unconstitutional bullshit I’ve heard in quite awhile.

via On Voter ID: College Republicans discuss whether the poor should be allowed to vote – FreakOutNation.

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“It’s been tried in our history and it hasn’t worked. It didn’t work when we tried it in the decade before the Great Depression. It didn’t work when we tried it in the last decade. We just tried this. What they’re peddling has been tried — it did not work!”

– President Obama, in a fiery campaign speech in Vermont, referring to Republican proposals as “you’re on your own economics.”

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Wisconsin Governor Recall Vote Is On – Dems will seek to unseat Scott Walker in June election

(NEWSER) – And the state’s elections board makes it official: The recall election against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been ordered, the AP reports. Mick E. Mous, Donald L. Duck, and Adolf Hitler have been scratched, but almost all the other 900,000 signatures on a petition to recall Wisconsin’s controversial Republican governor have been declared genuine, clearing the way for a June 5 election. At least three Democrats are running to replace Scott Walker, and a primary will be held May 8, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. The state’s lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators also face recall.

If Democrats succeed in ousting Walker, he will be only the third governor in US history to be recalled. “This was the greatest petition campaign in American history for a reason: Scott Walker’s radical overreach and abuse of power,” said a Democratic Party spokesman. A Walker campaign spokeswoman says the governor is ready to defend his record. The recall battle has been such a prominent issue in Wisconsin that even Republican activists say they haven’t been paying much attention to state’s April 3 primary, AP notes.

via Wisconsin Governor Recall Vote Is On – Dems will seek to unseat Scott Walker in June election.

Senators Who Voted To Protect Oil Tax Breaks Received $23,582,500 From Big Oil | ThinkProgress

In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. Although a majority voted for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) bill, it fell short of the 60 needed. The only two Republicans to break rank were Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

A Think Progress Green analysis shows how oil and gas companies have funneled cash to the same senators who protected its handouts:

– The 47 senators voting against the bill have received $23,582,500 in career contributions from oil and gas. The 51 senators voting to repeal oil tax breaks have received $5,873,600.

– The senators who voted for Big Oil’s handouts received on average over four times as much career oil cash as those who voted to end them.

– Overall, Senate Republicans have taken $23.2 million in oil and gas contributions. Democrats received $6.66 million.

– Since 2011, Senate Republicans have voted seven times for pro-Big Oil interests and against clean energy three times.

Democrats who joined the Republicans in defeating the bill include Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Jim Webb (D-VA). Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) broke ranks and voted to cut the tax breaks. Two senators, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) didn’t vote.

via Senators Who Voted To Protect Oil Tax Breaks Received $23,582,500 From Big Oil | ThinkProgress.

This is what oligarchy looks like, my friends. Welcome to it. A crumbling empire governed by the greedy.

Santorum Warns Guy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball – Rick challenges Mitt to Wisconsin bowl-off

(NEWSER) – Rick Santorum bowls a good game, but gay rights groups say he talks an offensive one. “You’re not gonna’ use the pink ball. We’re not gonna’ let you do that, not on camera,” he told a young man while bowling with college Republicans in Wisconsin yesterday, the Raw Story reports. “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls,” he added. Critics say Santorum’s remarks are just the latest in a long line of insensitive statements.

“He’s proven that he thinks LGBT people are second-class citizens not worthy of dignity or respect,” says a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign gay-rights group. “In this case, he’s advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball.” Santorum has been bowling his way through Wisconsin ahead of the state’s April 3 primary, and has challenged Mitt Romney to a bowl-off, according to the Washington Examiner.

via Santorum Warns Guy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball – Rick challenges Mitt to Wisconsin bowl-off.