Charley James: The current draft of Jackson’s proposed law seems to take advantage of a little-noticed and seldom mentioned part of Bush v. Gore requiring state voter franchise laws apply equally to all.
Vivian Rothstein: That was a fight we won, right? Not exactly. In 2011, more than 30 states introduced legislation to once again restrict the access of regular people to the voting process.
Ruth Rosen: The election looms closer and people who cannot meet the new requirements get fed up, feel helpless, and are less likely to go to the polling place on Election Day.
Berry Craig: Even in the Empire State and elsewhere up north and out west, the GOP is largely what the Eastland wing of the Democratic party used to be: the white peoples’ party.
Lawrence Wittner: The GOP platform will have plenty of rhetoric about freedom and limited government. But the party’s actual policies will reflect a very different agenda.
Tom Degan: What the right-wing extremists who control the Republican party have in mind for this November the sixth is nothing less than an electoral coup d’etat.
Karen Finney: Despite only 13 cases of in-person voter impersonation in the last 10 years when 649 million votes have been cast in general elections, we hear a consistent GOP myth about rampant voter fraud.
Bobbi Murray: Walmart is well-equipped to forge ahead despite scandal and without ALEC, tidily attending to image-protection and lobbying chores on its own. The company, after all, has carefully worked Washington circles over the last decade.
Brent Budowsky: It is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter-registration, -mobilization and -turnout campaign in the history of freedom.
Brent Budowsky: his week, former Vice President Al Gore called for an Occupy Democracy movement using the Internet to escalate the battle against the corruption of democracy.
Hans Johnson: Provoking some of the growing anger against Tea Party Republicans is the tone of callousness toward people of color, women, and the sacrifice of veterans who voice frustration at the toll of cuts and barriers in the democratic process itself.
Berry Craig: With Wisconsin Governor Walker’s blessing, Republican lawmakers are ramming home a bill that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. Of course, the idea is to decrease the Democratic vote.
Anthony Samad: Do Republicans expect these two segments of Obama’s enormous base to stay home in 2012? If they do, they had better wake up. The “Obama Wave” is waitin’ on ’em.