“People can be on public assistance and scheme the system and that’s real, these systems are teetering on bankruptcy. But most people on public assistance don’t have a character flaw. They just have a tough life. I want to create more jobs. The focus should be on creating more jobs, not demonize those who find themselves on hard times”, remarks Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave an interview highlighting his issues with Romney’s belief. “I don’t want to rebut him point by point. I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work,” Rubio said. “I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job.”
“It’s unfortunate that this many Republican politicians seem to have discovered the divisiveness of their party’s policies towards minorities and the working class only after a massive loss to President Obama”, states New Mexico governor Susana Martinez (R).
Newt Gingrich also dismissed the remarks during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. “I just think it’s nuts,” he said. “I mean, first of all, it’s insulting.” “The job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”
RIDICULOUS: Ariz. woman runs over husband for not voting (against Obama) and not participating in his civic duty.
Police allege Holly Solomon ran over her husband after they had an argument over the 2012 presidential election. GILBERT, Ariz. Police say a woman who was upset over the outcome of the presidential election ran over her husband because he didn’t participate in his civic duty.
VOTE EARLY. If you wait until later in the day, you’re more likely to be prevented by an unexpected problem or distraction.
Sen Snowe(RE-ME) “We don’t know any longer how to work out differences in the U.S. Senate. We can’t get past our differences”.
Coburn: “When the goal is always to win the next election rather than put the country on the right course…the Senate is not gonna work”.
Bayh: “Trying to forge consensus across the aisle & move the country forward is now viewed by many as a betrayal of your party”.
Sen. Reid: “We’ve run into a situation here where compromise is not a part of what we do around here anymore”.
McConnell: “Compromise is sometimes very difficult. My 47 members of the Senate have very different views from Harry & his colleagues”.
Coburn: We’re on autopilot as a country. America probably saved $5B, $6B, $10B by the fact that we’re a ‘do-nothin’ Congress”.
Want to learn more? Go to #60Minutes Overtime for a conversation with Steve Kroft about his story, “The Broken Senate”– http://t.co/JPbh90ph
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Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) plan to do away with half of Florida’s early voting days has survived the scrutiny of a federal judge. Judge Timothy Corrigan of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled Monday that there was not sufficient evidence that the reduced schedule would disenfranchise black voters, allowing the state to cut required early voting days from 14 to 8.
Corrigan, appointed by George W. Bush, said that while there were “understandable concerns about how the change in the law might impact African American voters, the court concludes that the new law will not impermissibly burden the ability of African Americans to vote.”
Separately, a panel of federal judges decided in August that five Florida counties covered under the Voting Rights Act because of their history of discrimination must continue to hold 12 days of early voting. In that case, the court found that cutting early voting would indeed have a harmful impact on minority voting rights in those counties. While Corrigan referred to this decision in the state-wide case, he reasoned that the risk has already been covered by holding longer voting hours in these 5 counties. He also stated that no counties are planning to stick to the required minimum of 8 early voting days, and about half of Florida’s counties will offer the maximum of 96 voting hours.
The upheld law also gets rid of early voting on the Sunday before Election Day, which saw heavy turnout from African Americans in 2008. 33.2 percent of Floridians who voted on that Sunday were black, while 23.6 percent were Hispanic.
Before this case, Rick Scott was not having much success pushing his voter suppression efforts through the courts. Judges have halted his attempts to curb voter registration drives and purge unconfirmed non-citizens from the voter rolls. Judge Corrigan’s decision will appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, a very conservative court with a recent history of placing ideology before the Constitution.
Both parties seem to agree the Latino vote will be crucial in the upcoming election. The population is growing rapidly, and Latino voters can mean the difference in several states.