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September 12, 2013 - 7:32 am

The recalled president of the Colorado State Senate said voter suppression worked against him as voters drove him from office for his support of new gun-control laws.

Former state Sen. John Morse defended the legislation as “the right thing to do.”

“We had very sensible, commonsense gun legislation. You got to reload after cranking out 15 rounds. You have got to get a background check. You got to pay for the background check yourself. You want a concealed weapons permit, you got to get that training in person, not on the Internet,” Morse said on MSNBC last night. “And we took some existing federal law and made it state law concerning domestic violence, so judges have jurisdiction over that. None of that comes anywhere close to the Second Amendment.”

Of his recall, Morse added, “I don’t think it’s right, and I don’t think Colorado is going to want to do politics the way now it may have to with general elections in even number of years and recalls the following year.”

“It’s not smart governance by any stretch of the imagination, but it is what it is.”

He argued that “if you look at this from a distance, it looks like exactly what you have said, the NRA has some power in local races.”

“But if you lift the hood just a skosh, you see they only got 9,100 votes turned out. They actually didn’t do a very good job of this at all. What they were able to do was to suppress the vote overall. And, truthfully, we weren’t able to get 9,101 votes out, which was incredibly frustrating,” said Morse. “But they got less than 11 percent of the vote in this case, even though people are mad as the dickens. But the truth is 80 percent of the people approve with what we did. And so they got half of those 20 percent.”

When asked how the vote was suppressed, he noted “we didn’t have any mail-in ballots.”

“And the clerk in the area set the voting time such that it was very difficult for working people to vote. They had 11 hours total to vote that wasn’t between 8:00 and 5:00 Monday through Friday. And so they had Thursday, Friday, Monday, and then Election Day on Tuesday, and Tuesday the polls were open from 7:00 to 7:00,” Morse continued.

“But on those other days, they were open to 8:00 to 5:00 and they were open on Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00. So, they got those hours and they got the hours from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. But 70 percent of Coloradans vote by mail-in ballot. And in this case, they got the mail-in ballot squashed, so that nobody got to use a mail-in ballot.”

Also read: 

Colorado Recall Myths

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Of course there was voter suppression.
Out of state college students we not allowed to fraudulently vote and neither were the dead. Liberals, commies and pinkos were only allowed to vote once.
How are Democrats supposed to win under those circumstances?
Talk about your disparate impact...
49 weeks ago
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Sir--

You have no idea how difficult it is for a dead person to vote other than by mail-in ballots. The history of discrimination against the dead in this country is disgraceful. Shame on you for your insensitivity. Shame.
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"When asked how the vote was suppressed, he noted 'we didn’t have any mail-in ballots.'"

Hey, genius, not having mail-in ballots is not a form of voter suppression. While voting is right, voting by mail is a privilege that can be revoked at any time. If your supporters were too lazy to get out of bed to got to a poll to vote for you that's an indictment on your supporters, not on the process of voting.

Maybe next time you won't use a single tragic event to restrict the rights of millions of people who had nothing to do with that event.
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48 weeks ago
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Morse says, "You got to reload after cranking out 15 rounds."

The idiot fails to comprehend 3d printers and the Internet.
48 weeks ago
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"you see they only got 9,100 votes turned out. They actually didn’t do a very good job of this at all. What they were able to do was to suppress the vote overall."

What he says is true. The Dems nationally have the exclusive use and benefit of the tech geniuses like Brin and Zuckerberg to reach their targeted voters. We don't have anything approaching that sophistication in reaching ours. The abysmal turnout for conservatives killed Romney in '12 against the most beatable, inept, unfit person to occupy the office in my 67 years. .
49 weeks ago
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"I don’t think Colorado is going to want to do politics the way now"

I guess he wasn't paying attention when California dot.com billionaires pushing a gay rights agenda in Co. swept into the state with the specific intent of up-ending Colorado's conservative politics. Those guys didn't do enough damage to California to suit them; they had to come to Co. and spread their liberal toxin.
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In Colorado, they call that "Californication"
49 weeks ago
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It was not a rejection of our policies. It was just voter suppression. And we didn't have enough time. There was insufficient turnout. And they vastly outspent us. And the judge was biased against us. And the moon was in the wrong phase.

Any excuse will do. Anything to deny that the people do not want what they are peddling. Hey, moron, a recall election not tied to a scandal is specifically a repudiation of your policies.

This has been the constant lie of late, that the people overwhelmingly support gun control. It's the same argument they use for gay marriage. The polls may reflect that, but the results at the voting booth do not. He said that 80% support his commonsense laws. No sir, they do not. If they supported such, they would have turned out to vote in support. They did not, so by definition, they do not support you and your position. But, guys like him have to deny the results in order to keep the lie alive.
49 weeks ago
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So did these people get tarred and feathered and forced to ride a rail? Because that's the traditional, dignified exit plan for enemies of freedom. In these latter times, they just whine and lie and fester. I like civilization, and wish we still were one.
49 weeks ago
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The Democrats love mail-in ballots because they're unsecured -- we've had two instances of voter fraud in the past decade in the Texas county I'm in, both involving mail fraud in Democratic primaries, where people would make sure mail ballots were sent to the homes of elderly voters who they knew, and they would then go to those people's homes and 'help' them vote.

It's a far bigger problem than people falsifying their identities and voting in-person, because with the mail ballots, one person who knows enough elderly or disabled people can vote for their preferred candidates dozens of times.
49 weeks ago
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There's a reason SEIU really wants to represent all the nursing home and adult day care and assistance employees. SEIU members just ever so helpfully assist dementia patients with their voting.
49 weeks ago
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The notice was so short, they voted before their out-of-country voters arrived on their buses.
49 weeks ago
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Of course there was voter suppression.
Out of state college students we not allowed to fraudulently vote and neither were the dead. Liberals, commies and pinkos were only allowed to vote once.
How are Democrats supposed to win under those circumstances?
Talk about your disparate impact...
49 weeks ago
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There were the same amount of hours for both sides. How is that suppression?
49 weeks ago
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They didn't get the result they wanted. It really is just that simple. They just consider it to be rude if you put it in those terms. Con artists really hate it when things are reduced to simple English. Even LIV's and morons can then see the Con, and the Con is only useful when it can't be seen.
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