Nice to see some good news coming out of Wisconsin. By way of background, the Wisconsin legislature, currently being run by a bunch of nightmare retro-fuck Republicans (but I repeat myself…) passed a horrendous “voter ID” bill designed to suppress the vote.
Judge Flanagan issued an order temporarily barring the implementation of the act. Included in his findings are that the Act (surprise!) has a disproportionate effect on minorities, the indigent, and the elderly, and that “the scope of the impairment has been shown to be serious, extremely broad and largely needless.” Again, what a surprise.
Full article at the link below.
Judge bars voter ID law temporarily – JSOnline.
Bonus story on Talking Points Memo today on a couple of Alabama pols who were caught up in a bribery scandal, and were required to wear wires, which apparently they promptly forgot they were wearing.
So anyway, they are serving as federal witnesses, but the judge is questioning their credibility, noting on the record that they’re a couple of racist shitbags. Ok, maybe he didn’t use those exact words. He did say this:
“First, their motive for cooperating with F.B.I. investigators was not to clean up corruption but to increase Republican political fortunes by reducing African-American voter turnout. Second, they lack credibility because the record establishes their purposeful, racist intent,”
So, you know, close enough.
It’s hard for me to disconnect this story from the fact that in April, the Alabama state legislature passed the most racist anti-immigrant legislation in the country. The bill is so problematic, in an area of the country with a long and entrenched history of being anti-civil rights, that the DOJ brought suit to block its enforcement. The appeals court just ruled on blocking only portions of it.