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"Conservatives lost last time around and took the beating with dignity."
Sure if you call Mitch McConnell's meeting with Republican Leadership to "block all Obama initiatives at any cost and make him a one term president." dignity!
I think you could call yesterday's march a call for "going back to the drawing board."
"I believe men in our society are much less inclined to pass laws that have the effect of reducing protections for women."
What a crock of malarkey John. Just look at the Republican platform as it relates to Women's healthcare needs, conception, Planned Parenthood or abortion law. Those old white men seem very inclined to pass laws that have the affect of reducing protections for women in my opinion. It is time for the good citizens of this country to reject that kind of backward thinking. My wife marched yesterday and I support her in those efforts.
We are not going back to the days of:
"The Good Wife staying home in the kitchen and raising the kids."
To paraphrase our local youth "Those days are gone dude!"
You can quote old poetry all you want, but if you listen to the young women in your life I think you would come to a different conclusion about the way they would choose to live their lives. Whether you agree with them or not is a different question, but you should at least be listening because quoting Kipling and Thoreau is not going to change their opinions.
Where in my words did you see an offer to buy your property?
With all his bad attitude about Steamboat taxation and management, it surprises me that Eric continues to own property in this town. If he is that dead set against the decisions made then he should either move here permanently and run for office so he can set them on a path he approves of, or sell his property and walk away.
Sorry man, if you don't live here, you get no vote in the process.
For the record, I live in Clark and do not get a vote in Steamboat policies either.
Yes Ken, I do agree that having a voter ID law is not a bad thing. Citizens should be able and willing to prove their identity. What bothers me is when states pass these kind of laws, they do so with malicious intent when they include things like shutting down early voting hours, or closing all of the Driver License offices in areas they do not want votes from. Also included are things like making college student travel extraordinary distances to vote or refusing to permit the same ID that a potential voter would use for other identification purposes.
Re-districting needs to be taken away from the partisan efforts of both sides and given to independent citizen committees to prevent the people holding office from creating safe districts for themselves. While the most recent re-districting efforts have highlighted Republican gerrymandering, the Democrats are no angels when it comes to this issue. Elected officials simply can not be trusted to be fair or balanced.
Let us be clear when we discuss "voter fraud" as opposed to voter registration. While there are significant examples of illegal voter registration efforts, the amount of actual voter fraud is negligible. There is absolutely zero evidence that actual voter fraud had any effect what so ever on recent elections so making draconian changes to voter laws is more like tilting at windmills than effective legislation.
Find me one concrete example of actual voter fraud. There are a few out there but they are so small in scale as to be non-existent despite the Republican rhetoric.
" I'm not aware of any person that has ever promoted voter ID law with the expressed purpose of disenfranchising eligible voters."
This statement is directly at odds with the appeals court decision that said:
a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that provisions of the law targeted "African-Americans with almost surgical precision."
A few more examples for you to consider:
"Grothman replied by arguing that “Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up and now we have voter ID and I think voter ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”
Here’s Schlafly: “The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that ‘early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide,"
Gov. Chris Christie: Same-Day Voter Registration Is a “Trick” and GOP Needs to Win Gubernatorial Races So They Control “Voting Mechanisms”e this election.’
Here’s what Millar wrote in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution: “[T]his location is dominated by African-American shoppers and it is near several large African-American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist…
Greg Abbott: "It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.”
There are so many more they will not fit in this space. It would appear that these so called voter ID laws are more about stopping people you disagree with from voting than they are about stopping cases of voter fraud.
Ken, The courts disagree with your assertion that voter id laws were about actual voter fraud.
In July, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that provisions of the law targeted "African-Americans with almost surgical precision." ... "North Carolina has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote," he said.Aug 31, 2016
Dan, If healthcare and health insurance are such a great big problem, I believe that it is worth making a serious attempt to get it right. Simply repealing the ACA with nothing on the table is short sighted and foolish (ie. mistake). Before they upend the entire market yet again, they should at least take the time to do the "replacement work" first.
If they continue with their efforts to repeal the ACA without a replacement plan in place each and everyone of us will pay the price. For all the screaming about how Democrats shoved this down our throats, the Republicans now want to do just exactly the same thing and consumers will pay. Get ready folks, you think the last round of price increases was bad, just wait until you see the next one!
Mother Nature has dealt all of us a heavy task over the last two weeks with the road crews carrying the heaviest load of all. I think we all owe them a friendly smile along with a hearty thanks for all the hours they put in. How many places in the world could even keep these roads open given the sheer volume of snow we have seen?
Thanks out there guys, keep up the good work and know that we appreciate your efforts.
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