Thursday, August 9, 2012

It’s Scottie’s Time To Whine

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has joined in the Republican conspiracy game.

At issue is the fact that the state of Massachusetts hasn't been complying with federal law, the National Voter Registration Act (Motor-Voter). States are supposed to give residents the opportunity to register to vote when they get a driver’s license or apply for social services. Massachusetts hasn't been doing that, so a number of voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit alleging the state was in violation. The suit was brought on behalf of a woman who had applied for assistance from the state but wasn't offered a chance to register to vote. One of the groups suing was Demos. Elizabeth Warren's daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is on the board of directors for Demos.

And there is Scott Brown's conspiracy. 

Brown issued a statement saying, “I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign. It means that I’m going to have to work that much harder to get out my pro-jobs, pro-free enterprise message.”

Yes, it's outrageous that the law says everybody who is eligible to vote should be given every opportunity to do so. Who thought that up? A bunch of lawmakers in the world's greatest representative democracy? Obviously, the point of voting systems, if you're a Republican, is to make sure as few people as possible vote, particularly those kind of people. That's obviously the only way to win, since it's not going to be happening on the strength of your ideas.

Warren’s campaign dismissed Brown’s accusations.

“For Brown to claim this is some kind of plot against him is just bizarre,” said campaign manager Mindy Myers, adding that the attack on Warren’s daughter was “ridiculous.”

Voting rights groups have sued a number of states for failing to comply with the motor voter law, most recently Pennsylvania. Cases have been settled in New Mexico, Indiana, and Georgia.

“His entire attack is built on efforts in multiple states to enforce a law passed almost 20 years ago with bipartisan support. Even the Bush Justice Department filed suit to enforce this provision of that law,” said Myers.

Daniel Curley, commissioner of the state’s transitional assistance department, said the mailings had nothing to do with partisan politics.

“We’re responding to a court decision,” he said.


  1. I give Senator Brown some props for staying away from heavy political advertising, but when he jumps on the Republican bandwagon with "You didn't build that", and now this, I take the props right back.

  2. "As part of that settlement, the state government agreed to contact, by mail, the 477,944 welfare recipients who might also have been denied their right to be offered a chance to register to vote and give them that chance now. "

    and all of those 477,944 who "Might" actually registered to vote BETTER SHOW THEIR ID when doing so. IF one is to be touted they all need to be touted otherwise Brown is right and it is just partisan posturing. That wouldn't happen in the blue zone state now would it?

  3. I don't understand the issue on this site against voter id because MA already has some forms of the law already. Id must be shown when registering to voter or in the case of inactive voters starting to vote again. Now if this law is actually being followed with the partisan hatred against voter id is yet to be seen.
    Following the law is the real issue pushed by this blog post so hopefully Maddy's crew follows the law regarding asking for ID in those required instances.
    One simply can't pick and choose which laws to follow. Ma already has some voter id components so might as go all the way and end all the drama.

    1. Ken and the rest of the informed world are talking about ID requirements at polling places. How does it feel to be what pollsters refer to as a low information voter?

  4. As gomer pyle used to say "surprise surprise surprise"!
    Throw out existing voter facts for consideration and get insulted in return by a much lower form of humanity.

    1. So we'll count you as one more vote to adopt leash laws for unicorns.

    2. Correction - with your use of the word "WE" I must amend my previous comment to Lower forms of humanity.

    3. Correction - with your use of the word "WE" I must amend my previous comment to lower forms of humanity. That should address all those voices in your head where the insults come from.

  5. Typical corrupt Massachusetts politics. If this was such a problem why wasn't it done ten years ago? The woman who "filed suit" has been on the dole for ten years.

    And why are these being mailed by the welfare folks instead of the Secretary of State, where they should really come from? Is it so everyone knows it's the Dems who are responsible?

    I know, I know, it is only a coincidence that it's Warren's daughter and Patrick's wife works for the law firm who brought the suit. Silly me for thinking anything but.


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