Federal judge with Rockford ties regrets ever supporting voter IDs

Federal Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner (who has ruled on several Rockford cases, by the way) is not the conservative ideologue he was when Ronald Reagan appointed him to the bench in 1981. Five years ago, for example, Posner opined that “the policies of the new conservatism are powered largely by emotion and religion and have for the most part weak intellectual groundings.” Posner’s ideological  evolution has continued apace and reached a milestone of sorts when he changed his mind on the issue of voting rights, as we see HERE:...

read more

Five federal judges say GOP claims of voter fraud in Wisconsin are partisan and goofy

Numerous studies in recent years have shown that verifiable cases of voter impersonation fraud are as rare as hen’s teeth. Still,  that hasn’t deterred Republican politicians in various states from pushing preposterous and sometimes racist voter-suppression schemes. But now, such efforts in Wisconsin are the target of blowback from federal judges, as we see HERE: Just 14 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin’s voter ID law for the Nov. 4 election, five appeals court judges Friday issued a blistering opinion...

read more

Bad news for Scott Walker: Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law

A scheme by Republican politicians in Wisconsin aimed at suppressing voter turnout has been negated by the nation’s highest court. The story is HERE: The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election. Three of the court’s more conservative members dissented, saying they would have allowed officials to require identification… The Wisconsin requirement, one of the strictest in the nation, is part of a...

read more

Rand Paul criticizes Republican efforts at voter-suppression

Every once in a while, uber-libertarian Rand Paul makes sense. HERE‘s the latest example: Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party. “Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”...

read more

GOP steps up voter-suppression efforts in swing states

THESE PEOPLE are shameless: Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls. The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote....

read more