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August 27, 2013 - 5:02 am

Yesterday, Wisconsin Representative Jim Sensenbrenner shared a podium with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at an RNC event to dovetail with the weekend commemoration of the March on Washington.  You can watch grainy video of the event here.

There, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) had this to say about federal oversight of elections under the Voting Rights Act, matters which would include Texas Voter ID. From the Washington Post:

Sensenbrenner said he wants to fix the law so that it is immune to court challenges.

“The first thing we have to do is take the monkey wrench that the court threw in it, out of the Voting Rights Act, and then use that monkey wrench to be able to fix it so that it is alive, well, constitutional and impervious to another challenge that will be filed by the usual suspects.”

The “usual suspects” would be states like Texas and Attorneys General like Alan Wilson (SC).  Wisconsin, Sensenbrenner’s home, was never covered by the preclearance obligations of Section 5.  Federal preclearance powers were abused to the tune of millions of dollars in court sanctions, were used to block election integrity measures like Texas Voter ID and Georgia citizenship verification, and have seen employees inside the DOJ who administered the law commit perjury – and remain unpunished.

When PJ Media reported that efforts were afoot inside the RNC to re-impose federal oversight, RNC officials became volcanic. They sent broadcast emails to conservative bloggers attacking PJ Media and vowing not to cooperate with publications who use anonymous sources and a nom de guerre for writers who are in positions that do not permit their identity to be known – a practice used at both Breitbart and Hot Air also.

Yesterday’s event captured on video provides some factual context to the dispute.

For additional factual context for Tatler’s post, I posted this history of the RNC’s involvement in promoting Section 5 federal oversight.  RNC involvement was essential to renewing the federal oversight obligations in 2006, as I write here.  The history of involvement,  reports from PJ Tatler, and now yesterday’s event with unambiguous statements provide context to the issue of Republican involvement in attacks on election integrity and promotion of absolute federal power over state elections.

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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DEFUND THE RNC and Princess Prepubescent = worthless as karli rove and his gay little white board

Remember BENGHAZI!
34 weeks ago
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Just sent Reince Priebus a note on the GOP website:

Either:
1) Denounce Rep Sensenbrenner for (trying to) yoke certain states under the political control of Eric Holder's Justice Dept or,

2) Write me off as a supporter

I prefer the first, but if it is the second, that's fine. Just let me know so that I can share your thoughts across my social network.
34 weeks ago
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Huh? Whatever happened to these "We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC's" Oath of Office to "protect and uphold the US Constitution?" Limited, small government is US Constitution's main organizing principle. Here, We he "little" People are faced with out-and-out, flagrant disregard for everything this country was built upon...pure, unadulterated tyranny. Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party, let's clean this cesspool.
34 weeks ago
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Sensenbrenner might be Deutsch for Schizophrenic. He's usually a staunch anti-illegal guy; you may even consider him "el padre de las marchas" for his HR 4487 which touced off the Marcha movement back in 2006. He must have took a wrong turn in the North side of Milwaukee and had to repay the favor with this voting rights insistence.
34 weeks ago
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As they say over at "American Digest:" REPUBLICANS: THEY THIRST FOR DEATH.

The GOP is loaded up with quislings and the equivalent of gheto "kapos," all to willing to do the bidding of the other party.
34 weeks ago
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Actually,... I love it when these dolts run-off at the mouth and reveal their true intentions. It tends to focus the mind and reminds us all that we've only got Temporary Friends when it comes to what is Moral, Lawful and Constitutional.
Get to know your Congress Critters. It's freaking eye-opening, to say the least.
34 weeks ago
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Every time you get one of those funding requests from the GOP, return it with a profanity-laced note about their latest idiocy. Tell them to f*ck off and die.
34 weeks ago
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Incredible. I will be seeing our House representative tomorrow. He is a rock bound conservative, and I'm sure he opposes Senselessbrenner's proposal, but I'm sure as hell going to ask him.
34 weeks ago
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It would seem Sensenbrenner's arguments would still run afoul of the equal protection clause. Or doe he want preclearance for the entire US?

I suspect the truth is that he doesn't actually understand the change in the law and believes the liberal caterwauling and lies about it.
34 weeks ago
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Exactly! There is currently no justification for imposing preclearance costs on just the southern states. What would be the extraordinary condition that would justify the federal government power grab in 2013? I think the correct answer is the feds have insufficient justification to impose preclearance on any part of the US. From now on the feds only get to try to prosecute actual discrimination at the polls and only after it happens.
34 weeks ago
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Another worthless product of the republican leisure class. If we ever succeed in wrecking the democrats, the GOP has to be the next target.
34 weeks ago
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Kill the GOP first. Let the Dems rub the voter's noses in their stupidity for a few years until the crash comes. Then, start over without either.
34 weeks ago
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PD: could you let me built up a bigger stash, including gold and ammo first, before this comes about? I want to be one of those who survives the calamity. :-)
34 weeks ago
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I concur....plus food, water, meds - the five fingers of life post-Obama.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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