Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2137, July 25th, 2012

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As a young boy, I was mystified when people, Americans in the deep south prohibited people of color from participating in an election. The struggles of the Civil Rights movement changed that forever. Or at least I thought that. The new voter ID law being proposed in swing states that happened to be controlled by the Republican party is disturbing. To me it is an attempt to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians from being able to vote. I know that most everyone needs an ID to rent a movie, cash a check, etc. But there is a segment, especially those who are elderly and infirm that do not have identifications. And truth be told there doesn’t seem to be a provision that is uniformed so that getting an ID to vote will be made easier. This week’s “Write On Wednesdaty” features two points of view. The first from Eddie Day Pashinski, a state representative from the 121st district in Wilkes Barre. 
IT SEEMS each day another thread unravels to expose the ugly truth about the state’s new voter ID law. Many people were shocked when the Corbett administration recently revealed that 758,000 registered voters lack a PennDOT-issued driver’s license or non-driver photo ID. Without the most common type of photo ID, a staggering 9 percent of voters might be unable to participate in the November election. While the number is shocking, it’s more disturbing that Gov. Tom Corbett lobbied for the law by misleading the public when he repeatedly said less than 1 percent would be affected. His administration knew the truth was nine times higher. Why did the governor and Republican leaders deceive us? Sadly, it’s no accident. The voter ID law was rushed through the state Legislature as part of a national Republican strategy to steer the balance of elections toward the GOP by creating barriers to vote for seniors, young adults, people with disabilities and the working poor. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai recently revealed the truth and sparked a national controversy when he said, “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania – done.” The Republican leaders in Harrisburg are so out of step with the values of regular people – both Republicans and Democrats – that they’re taking a victory lap for rigging the presidential elections. The deception doesn’t stop there. Turzai’s justification for the law – that people go to the polls impersonating other voters – is a myth. It doesn’t happen. As attorney general, Corbett prosecuted no one for this alleged act. The GOP’s fixation with this fictional crime is even more mystifying when you consider Republicans have won elections to control the state House, Senate and governor’s mansion. I have introduced legislation that would protect the integrity of our elections and the rights of voters by giving people more time to prepare. For many seniors, people with disabilities and working poor, the cost and time required to obtain a photo ID that complies with the law is unnecessarily burdensome. The fact is this deceptive law is intended to help Republican candidates by making it harder for 758,000 registered voters to participate in our democracy. Rigging elections with voter ID is a slippery slope that’s dangerous to the very foundation of our American system. The strategy to mislead the people from all political parties has been used repeatedly to advance the extreme Republican agenda. Take the state’s weak Marcellus Shale impact fee. It’s a gift to global energy companies reaping billions of dollars from extracting our natural resources. To make things worse, the recent state budget deal included a demand from Gov. Corbett to give Shell Oil – the second most profitable company in the world – a virtual blank check to cash in billions in state tax credits. Regular people and businesses don’t get that deal. They demonstrate their patriotism by paying their fair share. In addition, if you own a for-profit cyber charter school, you’re getting a great deal. You can pocket millions of dollars in overpayments from state and local taxpayers. Don’t worry, Republicans controlling state government won’t even force you to reconcile your books at the end of the year like public schools, and your teachers get a special exemption from the new teacher-evaluation system. Starting to get angry about how Republican leaders are running your state? If you’re one of the 9 percent of voters without a photo ID – senior citizens who don’t drive, college students, people with disabilities or working poor – they don’t care. You probably won’t be able to vote in November anyway. It’s one thing when you win an election fair and square. But when people controlling government steal the election by deceiving the public and manipulating the democratic process, then the Republicans in charge cannot and should not be trusted
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, of Wilkes-Barre, is a Democrat representing the 121st District. Omeed Firouzi is a young political activist who also has thoughts on the subject. This letter was recently published in the local newspapers. 
Editor: The author David Mamet once urged people to "always tell the truth because it is the easiest thing to remember." Perhaps that was the case last Monday for Pennsylvania House Republican leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County. In discussing the achievements of Governor Corbett and the Republican legislature, Rep. Turzai let it slip that the new discriminatory voter ID law will "allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania." Don't just take my word for it; go to YouTube and search "Turzai: Voter ID Will Allow Romney to Win Pa." and you will find the video. In making this assertion, Rep. Turzai essentially conceded that the aim of the new law is to purge the voter rolls of Democratic voters, including many senior citizens, low-income voters, and college students. If it was unclear to anyone that the intention of the new law is to ensure President Obama's defeat in Pennsylvania, it ought to be clear now. This law is not about fixing voter fraud, a problem that does not exist. This law is all about politics and is all about ensuring the president loses Pennsylvania. Rep. Turzai said the truth because, after all, it was the easiest thing to remember. Hopefully, we too will remember the truth this November.  
Omeed Firouzi, Trucksville,  is a local political activist, works for State Representative Phyllis Mundy and is an avid reader of this site. 


At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

How could ANYONE, in good conscience, support Republicans after this sort of thing?

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think Mr. Firouzi is short sighted in his letter. I think it has more to do with President Obama's broken promises list to voters and of course, his failed economic policies as to why he will lose Pennsylvania.

Again, I could be wrong, but if i were a betting man, that would probably be more of a factor than voter fraud. His cowardice in dealing with Republicans could also be a factor too among working class Democrats..but i could be wrong about that as well.

Blythe Evans III

At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blythe, at best, you're a young man with little direction so you fall into the FOX news BS. Can you tell us just a wee bit as to how Obama showed cowardice in dealing with Republicans?

Yonk, with regard to assault rifles, again you go off into areas of which you have no first hand information. The assault rifles available to Americans is not the same as the military have. They are semi automatic and that type of rifle is available in other foms other than assault rifles. Pistols are available in every town with a sporting goods store and they too are semi's. That bastard in the movie house could have used any number of guns and had the same results without the assault rifle. If he had a multi shot shotgun, he could have done even more damge than he did with he used. He did have a shotgun but people such as you are up in arms over the rifle. It doesn't matter Yonk, it just doesn't matteer. There are millions of people who hunt and many who don't but they have istols, revolvers, pump action shotguns and of course lever action rifles. Its our society my friend, music, movies and just plain old attitudes that are the blame.

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

and of course democrats have nothing to do with the push to tighten voter I.D. laws across the nation ......face it the American people overwhelmingly support these laws both democrat .... indies and Republicans ..... why ? .....simple everyone in the country watched as fraud after fraud was committed by obama'a former employer ACORN ....there have been convictions for fraud in NY ......Fla ....Ga....Miss..... Wi.....Mich over the last year or 2 and alll because of activities in the 08 election and in support of obama ....* SHRUG * and now the democrats are bitching ...well actions have consequences

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Pennsylvania has 0% voter fraud. Period. Our governor should know, he was attorney general after all...

The judge is going to block the law, for sure; the laws defenders from the PA AG's office have admitted that their entire rationale for the law doesn't exist, and coupled with the Turzai admission from a month or so ago, it's pretty much case closed...

This will be appealed to the Supreme Court, and while I and the Democrats are preparing for election day under the assumption that VoterID will be in effect, there is a good chance that the PASC will delay or block the law for further review; just as judges in other states have done with similar laws.

Now, digest that, embrace the reality that PA has 0% voter fraud, and the fact that this law is only in place to give a partisan advantage to the GOP, disenfranchising legitimate, registered voters because of a hoax the Republicans made up. Ask them how many legitimate voters have to have to be disenfranchised in order to prevent one fictional person from committing voter fraud?

The answer: 800,000 statewide. What a ridiculous law.

Casey Evans

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

according to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, which was created in 1978 and tracks criminal sentences in the state for statistical purposes with the goal of having consistent sentencing guidelines.

In 2008 and 2010, there were a total of 11 convictions for voter fraud in Pennsylvania. Eight of those convictions were for a single person, who tried to misrepresent himself multiple times at different polling places during the 2008 election, according to the commission’s statistics.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

June 11, 2012

The Monroe County district attorney's office charged the embattled former Middle Smithfield Township golf course director with several counts of voter fraud Monday.

Robyn Pugh was charged with perjury, false swearing in official matters and unlawful voting. She could receive up to 10 years in prison and fines of $20,000.

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The DA alleged that Pugh registered to vote in Middle Smithfield Township and voted there four times when she was actually living in Stroud Township.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

Other Democrats on the ground have complaints. Fred Voight, deputy election commissioner in Philadelphia, protested after Acorn (according to the registrar of voters and his own investigation) submitted at least 1,500 fraudulent registrations last fall. "This has been going on for a number of years," he told CNN in October. St. Louis Democrat Matthew Potter, the city's deputy elections director, had similar complaints.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

In Pennsylvania, former ACORN workers Alexis Givner, Mario Grisom, and Eric L. Jones, were convicted of voter registration fraud-related offenses. All three were sentenced to two years probation.

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand corrected thank you..and its not Fox News may be perfectly happy and content with the President Obama's performance these past three years..i assure you sir i am not!

Blythe Evans III


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