How do you defeat voter suppression tactics when it's fueled by billionaires' cash and partisan power? The same way the Voting Rights Act was first won 50 years ago. ...more
Being right never felt so horrid.
â€œThis is the story of the theft of the 2016 election.
Itâ€™s a crime still in progress.â€
So opens my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
And on Election night I waited for the returns to make a fool of me.
Instead, the returns made the fool a President.
And so, my vacationâ€™s cancelled. My lifeâ€™s cancelled; that is, a life of anything but sleuthing and exposing the details of the heist of our democracy.
Whatâ€™s at stake?
No way around it, this is one frightening moment.
Decades of progress created with sweat and determination face destruction.Â Within the next six months, we may see the Voting Rights Act repealedâ€”and civil rights set back 50 years; the entirety of our environmental protection laws burnt in a coal pit; police cruelty made our urban policy; the Education Department closed to give billionaires a tax holiday; and a howling anti-Semite as White House Senior Counselor.
But the horror we face is countered by this one hard and hopeful fact:Â …more
Listen to The Best Democracy Money Can Buy podcast with Greg Palast and Flashpoints’ Dennis Bernstein. This week they expose Donald Trumpâ€™s go-to operative who would steal your vote â€” by accusing you of not being an American. The Vote Rustler of the Week: Kris Kobach, Trump’s man behind SB 1070, the “Driving While Brown” law.
Dennis Bernstein: Welcome to our weekly Election Protection Bulletin withÂ best-selling author Greg Palast. Let’s start in Topeka, Kansas withÂ its Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He’s definitely going head toÂ head with the ACLU there.
Greg Palast: Kris Kobach is the most influential Republican Secretary of State inÂ America – the Katherine Harris of 2016.
He’s one of the very firstÂ governmental Republican supporters of Donald Trump. Anne Coulter hasÂ said Trump should pick him as his running mate. This guy is anÂ important cat.
What’s he up to? He’s â€œsavingâ€ America from anÂ invasion of aliens – not from outer space, but from other nations,Â wading the Rio Grande to vote in American elections. He claims thereÂ is a mass incursion of illegal aliens coming to the US to vote forÂ Hillary.
Reporter Greg Palast confront Trump ally Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas from the video by Zach D. Roberts
The federal government, despite a massive and costly hunt, has foundÂ almost no non-citizen has voted. (Floridaâ€™s campaign to stop alienÂ voters netted a single convictionâ€”an …more
By Greg Palast.
Updated from the original article published on TheMudflats.net
Note from TheMudflats.net: In 2011 Karl Rove wrote a column calledÂ â€œWhy Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012â€ – Rove was betting on North Carolina to be a swing state for the Republicans… Romney took the state but to Rove’s surprise he failed at stealing Ohio for the third time. Just Google “Karl Rove Meltdown,”Â and you’ll see a video fromÂ Fox News election night, he did not take it well.
After the knock-down of the Voting Rights Act by the US Supreme Court earlier this year North Carolina jumped at the chance to …more
by Greg Palast forÂ Truthout
They might as well have burned a cross on Dr. King’s grave.Â The Jim Crow majority on the Supreme Court just took away the vote of millions of Hispanic and Africanâ€“American voters by wiping away Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Â I’m directing the Palast Investigative Team to drop all other work for a â€˜round-the-clock investigation of the Theft of 2014 and 2016 elections that the Supreme Court’s ruling sets in motion.Â Help us, join us.
When I say “millions” of voters of color will lose their ballots, I’m not kidding. Â Let’s add it up.
Last year, the GOP Secretary of State of Florida Ken Detzner tried to purge 180,000 Americans, mostly Hispanic Democrats, from the voter rolls.Â He was attempting to break Katherine Harris’ record.
Detzner claimed that all these Brown folk were illegal “aliens.”
But Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act requires that 16 states with a bad history of blocking Black and Brown voters must “pre-clear” with the US Justice Department any messing around with voter rolls or voting rules.Â And so Section 4 stopped Detzner from the racist Brown-out.
I’ll admit there were …more
Will the Supreme Court pull the teeth out of the law?
by Greg Palast for TheMudflats.net
Now, if you saw the film Lincoln, you probably thought that issue was settled about 143 years ago. But Honest Abe never imagined a High Court occupied by Dishonest Thomas and Scalia the Scurrilous.
Thereâ€™s been a lot of nonsense talk fogging the issue before the Court. To cut through the BS, the Palast Investigative Fund has made a little film, How Do You Steal a Dream?
You could call it ‘The Idiotâ€™s Guide to the Voting Rights Act.’ The idiots, of course, are …more
How Do You Steal a Dream?
Supreme Court to decide on Voting Rights Act this month.
Jim Crow is alive and well â€” and he has mounted a new attack on the law Martin Luther King dreamed of: the Voting Rights Act.
This month, as early as Wednesday, the Supreme Court will decide on the suit brought by Shelby County, Alabama, which challenges the right of the Department of Justice to review changes in voting procedure.
Sixteen states are subject to this â€œpre-clearanceâ€ law, every one with a history of Jim Crow rules such as â€œliteracyâ€ tests â€” Blacks had to recite the Constitution, Whites â€œMary Had a Little Lamb.â€
But Jim Crow is still alive and well in these states.
Examples: Attempts to cut the number of early voting days, to expunge â€œillegal alienâ€ voters without any evidence, refusing Spanish-language ballots, have been blocked by the Department of Justice and courts because they have stopped Black and Hispanic citizens casting ballots.
Dixie moans itâ€™s been picked on unfairly, but the â€œpre-clearanceâ€ states, chosen by an arithmetic formula, include all or parts of the â€œConfederate statesâ€ of California, Arizona, Alaska and New York. …more
Reported by: Melissa Simas, KARK 4 NBC News
After two years, and several resignations among Department of Justice staffers, in July, a special prosecutor wrapped up her investigation of the nine U.S. Attorneys fired in 2006. Bud Cummins, a Republican from Arkansas, was one of the U.S. Attorneys fired. Tim Griffin, another Republican, and the current candidate for Congress in Arkansas was named as his replacement.
Though no criminal charges were filed, the report indicates, “the process used to remove the nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006 was fundamentally flawed.”
The report itself makes reference to Mr. Griffin’s alleged involvement with voter caging. Because of Mr. Griffin’s candidacy, we sat down with him to discuss the allegations. He told KARK he was not concerned about the Department of Justice report when he decided to run for Congress.
Special to The BRAD BLOG
Wednesday, May 16, 2006
“The wheels have come off, the engine is on fire and no one is driving,” Captain David Iglesias told me yesterday. I’d asked the Naval Reserve officer, heading off to duty in Norfolk, why he didn’t want his old job back, United States Attorney for New Mexico.
The busted, burning, ghost-mobile he described is the Department of Justice, driven by Alberto Gonzales. Or is Karl Rove at the wheel? Or no one? Whomever, he didn’t want to jump back into Bush’s Justice Jalopy.
Today, Iglesias is in Washington to pull the junker off the road, meeting with the Office of Special Counsel where Obstruction of Justice may be swirling around in the old oil pan laying on the garage floor.
The ex-prosecutor and I, long, long ago, had both worked for the Attorney General of New Mexico, a state where the snakes have less venom than the politicians.
First, there’s Senator Pete Domenici, whose hiss is as smooth as his bite is deadly. …more
NEW YORK — Monday, May 7, 2007
Voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called for prison time for the new US Attorney for Arkansas, Timothy Griffin and investigation of Griffin’s former boss, Karl Rove, chief political advisor to President Bush.
“Timothy Griffin,” said Kennedy,”who is the new US attorney in Arkansas, was actually the mastermind behind the voter fraud efforts by the Bush Administration to disenfranchise over a million voters through ‘caging’ techniques – which are illegal.”
[Hear Kennedy on Griffin, Rove and ‘caging lists’ below or here]
Kennedy based his demand on the revelations by BBC reporter Greg Palast in the new …more
If I could read every email I receive from activist organizations, I would feel more qualified to write what I write. When I read Greg Palast, it is clear to me that he has done his homeworkâ€”granted, thatâ€™s how he makes his living; to revive my tired metaphor, he turns over rocks and shows us the slimy ...more
Behind the “Delay” in Renewing Law is Scheme for Theft of ’08
White Sheets Changed for Spreadsheets
The Guardian (Guardian Title of Article: Democracy in Chains)
[New York] Don’t kid yourself. The Republican Party’s decision yesterday to “delay” the renewal of the Voting Rights Act has not a darn thing to do with objections of the Republican’s White Sheets Caucus.
Complaints by a couple of Good Ol’ Boys to legislation has never stopped the GOP leadership from rolling over dissenters. …more