Republican Tim Scott to Become Only African-American Senator, Replacing Jim DeMint

By: Monday December 17, 2012 10:00 am

This is probably another vote in the Senate for the hard-right conservative movement that DeMint fostered. Scott was DeMint’s choice for his replacement.

South Carolina Voter ID Case Going Poorly for the State

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 10:21 am

Another court case is taking a run at the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, which gives the Justice Department pre-clearance authority over any voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination. We already saw Section 5 upheld when a federal court struck down the Texas redistricting maps because of their discriminatory and [...]

Voting Rights News: Win for Ohio, Pennsylvania Photo IDs Released

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 6:57 am

In voter suppression news, a big ruling in Ohio paves the way for thousands of wrong-precinct provisional ballots to be counted. A federal judge ruled Monday that Ohio must count improperly cast ballots this fall if the mistake is caused by an election worker rather than the voter, a small but potentially significant issue in [...]

Demagoguery Will Trump Financial Incentives in the Medicaid Expansion Fight

By: Monday July 2, 2012 11:54 am

So far we have Florida and South Carolina definitively saying they will opt out of the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act, and a few other Republican governors, like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, close on their heels. This represents well over a million potential covered residents who would go without Medicaid coverage in the [...]

Over 9 Million Low-Income Americans at Risk From State Medicaid Expansion Opt-Out

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 8:14 am

I keep seeing these confident predictions from health care experts that no state would be so foolish as to reject the Medicaid expansion for their state. I want to set up a poker game with these people, to provide for my family in retirement. How many times can you say “well that’s so radical and [...]

Bank of America Running Debit Card System for Tax Returns in South Carolina

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 9:35 am

Via Pat Garofalo, here’s another income stream for the banks that has opened up in the past few years. Call it another “financial innovation.” I’m talking about debit cards to deliver benefits. Banks issue the debit cards, which allow recipients to access welfare or unemployment benefits, and they make a small profit on fees from [...]

Conservative “Redemption” Story a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Overmoralizing Philanderers

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 12:16 pm

The story from Evan McMorris-Santoro here, about conservatives turning up their nose and saying “Meh” to the upcoming Marianne Gingrich revelations, even the open marriage stuff, is completely anecdotal. But it fits with a general story about redemption that conservative Christians often tell themselves to allow for a candidate who fails them morally but still [...]

Colbert SuperPAC Goes on the Air in South Carolina

By: Friday January 13, 2012 10:19 am

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Last night, Stephen Colbert became the conservative savior the GOP has been looking for over the past year, when he announced that “I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for president of the United [...]

Brutal 30-Minute Anti-Romney Attack Ad Released

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 7:01 am

The full 30-minute attack ad called “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” is out, and it is really hardcore. Dolloped with a hint of xenophobia (Romney speaks French in the film twice), the film features the roadkill from the freight train of vulture capitalism, the workers who had the misfortune of getting caught up in [...]

Looks Like Bachmann, Perry Out After Iowa

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 6:55 am

I mostly agree with Jon Walker’s take on the Iowa caucus results, and the eight-vote victory for Mitt Romney. It’s not clear Rick Santorum, to this point completely un-vetted by conservative or traditional media, will have the staying power or the resources to hang with Romney. I thought of half a dozen things off the [...]

Justice Department Rejects South Carolina Voter ID Law

By: Saturday December 24, 2011 9:17 am

The Justice Department, under the authority granted to them by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, rejected a voter ID law from South Carolina, making good on a promise to exercise vigilance on voting rights as we near the 2012 elections. Per the Voting Rights Act, DoJ must pre-clear changes to election law in [...]

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