TEXAS: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Drops Federal Court Battle Against State’s Racist Voter ID Law

Talking Points Memo reports:

For the last six years, the Justice Department has sided with the citizens and civil rights groups fighting Texas’ voter ID law, which a federal judge at one point found to be intentionally discriminatory against black and Latino voters. But its position changed Monday when the department decided to drop its claim that Republican state lawmakers enacted the law to make it harder for minorities to vote.

“This signals to voters that they will not be protected under this administration,” said Danielle Lang, the deputy director of voting rights at the Campaign Legal Center, which is challenging Texas’ law in court.

The reversal, on the eve of a key hearing in the case, is a clear sign of the DOJ’s direction under Attorney General Jeff Sessions—a longtime advocate of voter ID laws and other voting restrictions. The department signaled its intentions last week when it joined with the state of Texas to ask the court to hold off on judging the constitutionality of the law until Republican lawmakers can modify it. The court rejected this request.

  • David in Tucson

    A rotting piece of garbage, rather than a human being.

  • Jay George

    What? But they told us he was a champion of civil rights? Why ain’t he championing?

    • McSwagg

      Civil rights as long as you’re white, doncha know.

  • FAEN

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED that a member of the KKK supports voter suppression.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      At least he doesn’t smoke pot

      • another_steve

        And was not complicit in Benghazi.

      • don’t be so sure. you’d be amazed how many of the warriors in the War on (Some) Drugs are users.

        • just like people so hell bent on hurting the gays are probably gay themselves.

      • FAEN

        I bet that cracker has smoked plenty. The more anti something the cons are the more you know they’re heavily involved.

      • This is mean of me but I swear if the feds start arresting people for marijuana in states the legalized it I’m going to narc on every republican pot smoker I know (and I know quite a few).

        • -M-

          That’s not mean it’s self defense. And doing unto them as they voted to have done unto others.

  • Do Something Nice

    That the issue of voting rights, voter ID, closing polling places making it take 6 hours in line to vote, etc, should have been fixed long ago.

    • McSwagg

      It is fixed, as long as you’re white. All this is considered a feature of the system, not a bug.

    • -M-

      Too many people assumed these things would just work out.

  • zhera

    As shocking as finding bedbugs in one of the Trump hotels. Remember when he said “What have you got to lose?”

    Sessions: Fuck you.


    • Guest

      Wow. Who is that and where is it from?

      • zhera

        Sebastian Stan, the most beautiful man on Earth. I guess it’s from one of his movies or TV shows but I don’t know which.

  • Carl

    I hope we haven’t lost 2020 already. I hope we haven’t lost our last shot to keep our democracy already.

    • clay

      I have no faith in their nominee for Sec. of Commerce. He seems perfectly willing to have a cheap, incomplete census of easy to count, high response rate counties drive redistricting for the next ten years. There’s even talk (well, actually, bill drafting) to ignore all residents under voting age, reinforcing the representation of aging rural counties and private prison towns over college towns and dynamic cities.

      • That’s not just about the district lines (though that’s part of it). Not counting children would mean that social services would have no idea how many kids there were in need of school and other services and where they live. Any move like that is intentional. And note: we have counted children in every census beginning in 1790. (I do family history research and am familiar with what questions were asked and how from 1790 to 1940 except 1890, the “lost” census that was destroyed in a fire.)

        • clay

          Yep. In Nigeria’s first census after independence from the British, they felt their growth rate would give them a bad reputation, so they artificially lowered the number before publication– that screwed up their human services planning significantly.

        • McSwagg

          Not counting children would violate the “original intent” of the constitution. I just read this clause over the weekend, and the only demographic that was not counted fully was the slave population in the south. Even indentured servants, though not completely free, counted as a full person.

          Not that I wouldn’t be surprised by anything this regime would try.

          • clay

            Their claim at being “originalists” is bullshit. They’re even claiming that redistricting should be based on voters, not voting age residents, let alone residents. And just as they’re drafting laws that employees should have to show voter registration (including party affiliation) to their (state) employers, they’re claiming that representatives are ONLY responsible to the voters of their own party.

          • McSwagg

            That is clearly an unconstitutional read of the document. I just read that part of the constitution last week end.

            [edited for clarity]

        • stuckinthewoods

          Quite interesting. I hadn’t encountered the 1890 being lost as that’s later than the time I look at. The 1800 data from my area is gone (and partly reconstructed) and I read it was also destroyed by fire, during the War of 1812. It’s quite absurd not to count children in a decennial census only to have adults magically appear in the next. People today complain about violating their privacy (if you’ve ever been a census worker) but looking back it would be wonderful had more data points been collected.

    • McSwagg

      Demographics say Texas is close to flipping. GOTP says “NUHH UHH!!! Not as long as we run things. The fix is in.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4dfc6254c7862e2fa8d6bc43f3f17e16e49af1fbbde3e710bb7fb8dfc6ed1f8.jpg

      • Carl

        I haven’t given up hope. I’m not a defeatist. But I also know there are no guarantees this ship will right itself.

        I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfd1c91d7ee4f041307fd5c82fd43f33be057a750c1cf5ecf05a78699b53e7f9.jpg

      • And yet we don’t see any hint of this in the election results. Yes, there are a lot of Hispanic people here but they mostly don’t vote.

        • Carl

          That’s my fear. That while we were in our corners celebrating diversity these past eight years, the rest of the country quietly gave up.

        • McSwagg

          Yeah, Texas has one of the lowest voter turn-outs in the nation. A concerted registration drive like the one in the South during the 60s could put a dent in that.

          • I vote but I don’t know why. No one I vote for here ever wins and even when Democrats bother running a candidate, they don’t really campaign. I have to look them up online to see who is running because there’s no so much as a yard sign or flyer for most of them.

          • McSwagg

            I live in Houston and I feel your frustration. Harris county got lucky in 2016 as the Dems swept the Courts, DA, and Sheriff races. I was really surprised. But it’s because the GOTPs dramatically over-reached locally. The voters were pissed. The new DA, Kim Ogg is ‘family’, and that fact was harped on endlessly by the former DA. That and the former DA locked up a rape victim in the county jail because she broke down on the stand and the DA thought she would refuse to testify. Like I said, voters were pissed.

          • I lived in Houston at one point and am back there a few times a year to visit family. Houston has always been rather apathetic politically. At one point it was the most transient city in the US. (Not sure if that’s still true.) It also had a higher percentage of renters vs owners than other cities. That all contributes to apathy. In 1988 both major party tickets had a Houstonian on the presidential ballot (Bush 41 for president and Lloyd Bentsen for Veep) and the turnout was even lower than usual. It’s a city that elected a lesbian mayor three times but then voted to repeal a gay rights ordinance (the second time that had happened there!). Even so Harris county is blue but not that liberal. Just not as right wing as the rest of the GOP has become especially not in Texas.

            Oh and that DA story. I remember that. I kept thinking that I had misunderstood what she had done, but no. She ought to be run out of town for a shitty stunt like that. Good luck. It’s a great city in so many ways, especially culturally. (It’s one of the best opera companies in the US and the Menil is one of my favorite places ever.) If only it weren’t in the heart of Teabagistan. (Oh and then there’s the weather. Ugh. It’s a nice place to spend Christmas though.)

          • McSwagg

            The new DA is supposed to be lesbian. And you’re spot on about the rest.

            Personally, I’m ready to move someplace cooler. Houston’s grown tiresome to me.

          • If 70,000 of us moved to OH, PA, WI or MI those states flip back to blue. That’s not that many people.

          • McSwagg

            I’m looking at Colorado, western Washington, and Alaska for personal reasons.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          Do they all have an abuela who sits in a dark corner and tells them not to vote???

    • FAEN

      The pendulum WILL swing the other way.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        Not without a lot of hard work on our part.

        • FAEN

          Isn’t that always the case. Sadly.

  • another_steve

    Quelle surprise.

    Racist Republicans.

  • Frostbite

    They reap what they sow.

  • Mike C

    They can only win if they cheat. And if we stay home. They’re never going to stop cheating so I hope the hell we stop staying home.

    • McSwagg

      Check your voter registration at least 45 days before any election to be sure they haven’t purged you from the rolls.

      • Tomcat

        In some states that might be too late.

        • McSwagg

          I stated that on the basis most states have a 30 day before an election deadline to register. Of course, check your local laws to be sure.

      • AW

        Also volunteer! Find your local Dems and distribute the information as far and wide as you can. Make sure people are aware of the laws and restrictions in their voting precinct and everyone can help do that.

        • One thing we all need to do is volunteer to help people get their ID. If that means using a day off to drive someone to the DMV and wait with them so they can get an ID so they can vote, then we have to do that. No one is coming to help us with this. This is going to have to be a grassroots effort that involves millions of us doing the work.

          • McSwagg

            You have to begin six months out. Some people will need birth certificates or other documents.

          • At least. Yes, this is an effort that needs to start now. The organization and planning need to be starting now so that 18 months from now we have everything in place to get people registered and to the polls.

          • McSwagg

            Definitely! By six months, I meant hitting the streets, etc. Planning must start now.

          • AW

            And that is what needs to be done. We need a ground game here. We need to GOTV in ways we never have before. It will take work, real work, hard work and it’s up to all of us to get involved in some way. I’m trying to be as active as possible in Democrats Abroad myself.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          If you absolutely can’t volunteer yourself, donate to Vote Riders (www.voteriders.org). They help people jump through all of the hoops in order to get the necessary voter IDs.

          • NancyP

            Now THAT’S a good bit of information. Thanks.

      • Cuberly

        ..and nag the crap out of friends and relatives and acquaintances to do the same.

        • McSwagg

          I wish I could up vote this 1000 times.

        • Professor Barnhardt

          Unless your relatives are RW.

    • AW

      Too true! That is why we have to get out and get support behind local candidates across the US. Find and run viable candidates in every election possible! 50 state strategy is what I believe this is called. Run a dem for dog catcher and school board member and whatever. Party build.

      • bsinps

        You’re absolutely right! If Dem’s and progressive’s don’t come together strong in 2018, we’re dead meat and this country will no longer be a Constitutional Democracy. It will most likely be a Theocracy. Elect progressive democrats in 2018 nationwide.

        • Silver_Witch

          Dems don’t want progressives. Many major Dems are saying we progressive must be flushed out. I have missed posting here are JMG. What a mess our country has become.

    • Ninja0980

      Indeed and if we hadn’t stayed home in midterm elections, they wouldn’t be able to keep doing this.

    • Guest

      Also, please read.

      I know a lot here give to good, wonderful, amazing LGBTQ-P causes, but even if you have to decrease that a small amount, please consider a donation that you can afford to the ACLU. Why? Because right now they have the largest and most effective network to step in on cases like this and do the legal action the federal government just decided to abdicate their responsibility. The ACLU can pull in lawyers from all over the country faster than anyone else to help with research and with cases.

      I gave a bit larger of a donation in February han I should have, with some bills being tight, but what is floating for 4 days. Lol and I am willing to skip a few meals, or eat a few more cheap items to do this because it is only going to get worse before it gets better. These people we are fighting are pure evil and never forget that.

      I am proud to say I have donated to them every year, but one since 1982.

      • McSwagg

        Also consider the NAACP and the LULAC groups in your state. They directly represent those being denied voting rights, and so have standing in court. These two organizations also can organized effective voter registration drives in their demographic communities.

      • McSwagg

        I had to look up the “P” (pansexual) as I’ve not seen it in the acronym before.

      • Guest

        I guess it is easier to just complain on a blog. Lol

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      And if people keep getting stupider. Betsy DeVos is in charge of that part.


      • McSwagg

        La Times requires you to subscribe or white list in your ad-blocker. No article is worth the possibility of a nasty virus from the unregulated ad services. Remember to practice “Safe Surfing” for the health of your “device”.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          Same with the Chicago Tribune. Fuck them.

        • JCF

          What I do when I’ve run out of free articles: click on a link, and then go to the Edit menu and hit “Select All”, then right click “Copy”. You can get the article text to put on your clipboard. Read and enjoy—for free, and w/o subscribing or giving personal info.

          • McSwagg

            Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve found that deleting history/cookies in your browser can reset the count of free articles. LA Times doesn’t offer any free reads. It’s “subscribe” or “white list in your “Ad Blocker”. My security software has blocked too many instances of malicious software from the embedded ads for me to ever trust them. It only takes one virus to slip by to ruin your day.

    • joeintexas

      Well said. I know to many people that couldn’t be bothered to vote.

  • McSwagg

    Texas was ingoring the court ordered stay anyway. This just rewards Abbott for his intransigence.

  • no surprise there. the last thing they want is more poor and brown people voting.

  • HZ81

    It’s the only way our lily-white snowflake GOP retains power. Well, that and Russian assists and a tea-tardish FBI head.

    We’re on our own, folks—and I feel like fighting.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)


  • AtticusP

    This bitter little Henry Gibson wannabe is going to overturn all of the state marijuana laws that have been enacted by the citizens of each of the many states and commonwealths.

    States’ rights is the argument when depriving transgender kids of their right to choose the restroom that they are most comfortable in.

    Fucking hypocrites!

    • Chucktech

      Wouldn’t it be great if all the governors of those pot states called up their National Guards to protect the growers and just fucking dared the Feds to do anything about it?

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Another industry the rethugs destroy.

  • Mark

    105, and he’s still a fucking punk.

  • M Jackson

    Then citizens and civil rights groups
    outside of The Swamp will have to continue fighting the destruction of voters’ rights without the DOJ.

  • Tomcat

    Hypocrisy, pure and simple.

  • William

    Back to using my passport card to vote, just because they have to check that it is valid ID.

  • ByronK

    They can’t say no one was warned.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      But but but… people were just too BUSY to vote on November 8.

  • JWC

    Another miserable ol CRACKER

  • PeedeResistance

    This scurrilous KKK Grand Wizard, and his attendant scumbags, will not prevail. RESIST. ORGANIZE. WORK LOCALLY.

    • McSwagg

      He’s the most Scabulous AG ever!

      • AtticusP

        Jefftimus Slime!!!

        • McSwagg

          Beauregard (French for “good looking”) was a hopeful name bestowed by his mama! It’s a name he failed to grow into.

          • AtticusP

            “Trou de cul” (asshole) must have been reserved for a close relative.

            Somebody in the Trump bloodline, no doubt…

          • McSwagg

            “Beauregard” is an ancestral surname for me (Quebecois, not Al Bama Scama), so I’m a bit embarrassed by this runt by proxy.

          • Christopher

            The dude barely grew at all.

            I normally have a thing for short guys, him not so much.

          • McSwagg

            He’s not short, he’s stunted, physically, morally, ethically, intellectually, and likely emotionally.

  • Dale Snyder

    It must be hell to go through life as one of the fugliest runts on the planet to the point where it’s driven to be the most vile racist homophobe in Alabama and now Washington.

  • Tomcat

    What do you have to lose,,,,, by voting for Trump?

    • Tomcat

      The list goes on and on.

  • Robert Conner
  • billbear1961

    You fucking FASCIST piece of EXCREMENT!

    Evil, racist BASTARD!!

  • Christopher

    What. A. Douchebag.

  • Todd20036

    And this will be how the GOP turns America into South Africa’s apartheid. It will make sure that IDs are heavily weighted towards white people.
    For instance, NRA membership cards will be valid, but a SNAP ID card, will not

    • In other words, America before 1964.

      • The_Wretched

        Oh, you mean the bs that the civil rights act and then the voting rights act helped to alleviate?

        • Todd20036

          That SCOTUS already overturned (with Kennedy’s help, I might add)

        • Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. We had apartheid in America. It was that long ago. I was alive (but too young to remember). I never went to a segregated school but both my sisters did. They won’t go that far again. It looks bad. It’s easier to create de facto segregation anyway.

          • Jay George

            No, they’re just going to defund public education and make it easier for those who can afford it to self-segregate.

      • geoffalnutt

        Before 1864.

    • Daveed_WOW

      It’s already done. This has been decades in process. Goes back to segregation days. This is straight up racism.

      They know that poor minorities have a much more difficult time obtaining ID, particularly in the South where many minorities are in small rural communities. They deliberately place ID-issuing facilities at a distance to create great hardship. They also assure that polling places in minority neighborhoods are understaffed and only open limited hours.

      • McSwagg

        Remember, the IDs were made more onerous to obtain by the “Real ID” part of the “Patriot Act” of the W/Darth regime.

    • McSwagg

      So you’ve read the law? No, this is NOT snark. It’s literally in the law, though it’s “license to open/concealed carry IDs”, not “NRA membership cards” (as if there’s really a difference).

    • Chucktech

      I’m guessing that an NRA membership is relatively easy and cheap to get? If so and Texas pulled some crap like that, poor and minority voters ought to just get an NRA membership. You don’t need to own a gun.

      • BobSF_94117

        The NRA long ago stopped doing what the majority of its members want. It’s a trade organization, run by the big arms makers.

    • M Jackson

      Will there be such thing as a SNAP card? Isn’t that exec order scheduled soon?

  • The_Wretched

    America, the greatest not-quite-a-democracy in the world.

  • billbear1961

    “The department signaled its intentions last week when it joined with the state of Texas to ask the court to hold off on judging the constitutionality of the law until Republican lawmakers can modify it.”

    An admission–PROOF–they KNOW it’s RACIST!!

    “The court rejected this request.”

    The courts are, for the time being, the ONLY branch of government left STILL defending the Constitution and the Rule of LAW.

    But soon the hatemonger tyrant usurper will begin, with the help of his co-conspirators in the Senate, to CORRUPT the courts by appointing his fellow NAZIS.

    A special prosecutor must be appointed NOW to get to the bottom of ALL the tyrant usurper’s CRIMES while there is still TIME, before the republic ceases to be!!

    • McSwagg

      Texas ignored the Federal District Court stay on this law in the 2016 election even though the Court repeatedly ordered them to desist. Texas has long past crossed the line into defying the Rule of Law in their quest to “fix” the elections.

      • billbear1961

        One more reason the 2016 election is illegitimate.

        Defiance of the courts should be HEADLINE NEWS!!

        • McSwagg

          It was reported in the news. Nobody cared.

          • billbear1961

            It should be news until the problem is addressed.

            Where the HELL are the DEMOCRATS?!

            Why are they so AFRAID to DEFEND this REPUBLIC?!

            What the HELL are they FOR, what are they doing there if they let this kind of CRIME–this barefaced SEDITION–go UNPUNISHED?!

          • McSwagg

            The Texas junta makes the dRumpf regime appear liberal. Yet Texas have one of the lowest voter turn-outs in the nation.

            In good news, the Dems swept the local elections for the courts, sheriff and DA in Harris County (i.e. Houston).

          • J Ascher

            The Democratic defense force is kind of like the Swiss Guard at the Vatican: showy and good looking, but no match for a truly militant opposition.

  • bkmn

    What other group would have standing to continue the suit?

    • billbear1961

      The court rejected their request to postpone the trial.

      Voters have standing to contest a law which interferes with their fundamental RIGHT to VOTE.

      • bkmn

        Good, so the challenge should go forward. It would be a good place for the ACLU to use some of their windfall.

        • McSwagg

          Give some love to your local NAACP and LULAC. They can mobilize their constituencies in support of the ACLU.

  • Lazycrockett

    Its the only way the GOP can stay in relevant.

  • j.martindale

    Surprise! The rethugs are racists, homophobes, misogynists, xenophobes and assholes. You expected them to be anything different?

    • Christopher

      And liars. They couldn’t tell the truth even if their own lives were on the line.

  • billbear1961
  • Ninja0980

    Bottom line, when this gets to SCOTUS, the law will be upheld by the five conservatives.
    Therefore, we have to have a GOTV operation like never before to help those who can’t get ID’s get one.
    Sucks it has to be that way but that is the reality we now face.
    For those who don’t get why courts matter and who gets to appoint judges matters, this is another example in a million of them why both parties aren’t the same.

    • Talisman

      It’ll come down to Kennedy, and his record on voting rights is mixed at best.

  • jimbo65

    Hope Joe Fucking Manchin is proud of his vote for the Keebler Elf.

    • Chucktech

      I’m sure that fucking DINO is just fine with it.

      • andrew

        We Democrats are going to need that “DINO” in 2018, if we are to have a chance of regaining control of the Senate. Keep in mind that Trump carried West Virginia by 67.85% of the vote to Hillary”s 26.18%. We are also going to need Democratic Sen. Heitkampf of ND. Trump carried ND by 62.96% of the vote to Hillary’s 27.23%. Joe Donnelly is another Democratic Senator in a Red State. Trump carried his State of Indiana by 56.47% to Hillary’s 37.46%.They are all up for reelection in 2018 and they need to be concerned about the views of their conservative constituents, if they are to have a chance of getting reelected.

        • karen in kalifornia

          I begrudgingly agree with your assessment. Need those DINO’s in the D column, otherwise their replacements turn to R.

        • McSwagg

          Texas looks solid red, but it is vulnerable. In 2016, these are the results. Plus Ted Cruz is up for re-election in 2018.
          R D. Trump 52.6% 4,681,590
          D H. Clinton 43.4% 3,867,816
          L G. Johnson 3.2% 282,524
          G J. Stein 0.8% 71,307
          Demographics shifts plus a highly aggressive voter registration campaign (including voter ID) could have an effect.

        • Chucktech

          Don’t get me wrong, a DINO is better than a Republican.

  • No More GOP.


  • Even though those lawmakers were on record as saying their intention was to suppress minority voting.


  • Gerry Fisher

    [grits teeth] In terms of priorities for the Resistance, it’s best not to dwell on this one. (We could really use an education campaign to help people to understand what rights are being violated, the history of such violations, and why we need to reverse these voter suppression laws.)

    • McSwagg

      So you’re OK with only GOTP members having the right to vote? Because that’s their end game here.

    • BobSF_94117

      Not dwell on voter suppression? How many elections do you want the GOP to win?

  • Artsy
    • Jay George

      That’s really good! I love this.

  • Talisman

    Of course they have….can’t have those brown folks voting in any democrats and taking power away from the rich, white, christian, straight men.

  • JT

    TEXAS: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Drops Federal Court Battle Against State’s Racist Voter ID Law

    Jayeff Sayshons: Ah kaint be prosecuting them if ahm more racist that they are.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Well, ah dyew declay-yuh! Just try to imagine all of my shock and surprise.

  • Richard B

    of course the serial little voter suppression bigot did …
    – anyone surprised?
    – do you think this is the end of it?

  • BobSF_94117

    Unconscionable. To drop a case that they were winning is against any ethical system under his oath of office.

  • Tomcat

    Republicans always say government is the problem.
    They took over all of the branches to prove it to us.
    Now we are ALL believers in that adage.

  • justmeeeee

    Fucking assholes. No other way to describe them.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Who was that character Leslie whathisname played on will and grace?
    And doesn’t Sessions just look like his widowed mother with a very bad case of constipation?

    • DaMoldBrok

      The caricatures name was Beverley Leslie

      • McSwagg

        Perhaps he has a guest gig on SNL in the cards?

      • Ben in Oakland

        And he was indeed a caricature.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      The frosted mini-wheat?

  • narutomania

    I saw a graph the other day that showed an estimated 90+ million eligible voters did not vote in the 2016 elections.

    Drumpf received 62,984,825
    Hillary Clinton received 65,853,516

    Imagine what could have been accomplished, what could have been averted, had even 500,00 of those APATHETIC FUCKWITS decided to exercise their constitutional rights and participate in the election.


    • andrew

      Yep. Clinton lost the Electoral College votes of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pa by a combined total of fewer than 150,000 popular votes.

      • Ross

        Did she lose?

        Or were the paperless voting machines hacked by the Russians?

    • Vista-Cruiser

      But but but… they didn’t have time to vote. On election day, there were just so many updates they had to make to their Facebook pages, and so many “reality” TV shows that they had to watch.

  • Lars Littlefield

    So he blatantly rejects there is any reason to protect voters’ rights? As if we didn’t already suspect it. Good to know we were right.

  • DaddyRay

    And this my friends is why EVERY Election matters and is proof that both parties are not the same.

  • bkmn

    Sessy has always given me a “I kill the hookers after I screw them” vibe.

    • McSwagg

      That’s cuz they laugh at his little limp pee-pee.

    • Treant

      Really? He gives me the “I screw the hookers after I kill them” vibe.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Forget Russia. Let’s investigate that freshly dug earth at the Sessions plantation. Over there, under the magnolias.

  • Paula

    I am afraid that these people are going to fix things so no Democrat can ever be elected to national office again.

    • McSwagg

      You must have read the last chapter of their program guide.

      • Paula

        I won’t lie, its what I would do.
        Remember to always spay or neuter your republicans!

        • McSwagg

          Yet another worthy service provided by Planned Parenthood.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      All of this could have been avoided had Democrats bothered to vote back in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

      Your right to vote: Use it or lose it.

      • Mark

        A quick spank every fifteen minutes gets old after awhile….

        • Vista-Cruiser

          The Democratic Party needs one every second. I am so fed up with their complacency.

  • Danieruw

    Here, I’ll fix the headline:

    TEXAS: Hardcore Racist Jeff Sessions Drops Federal Court Battle Against State’s Racist Voter ID Law

  • Tiger Quinn

    Blacks faced vote suppression on a level we’ve never encountered – they mobilized and got it done. We’ll have to do it again – luckily history has shown the way.

  • Travis Morrow

    The people who want democracy to grow don’t restrict voting rights.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Yes this is terrible. But it’s also a direct and foreseeable result of Democrats not bothering to vote.

    • Ross

      Hillary received more votes than any white Presidential candidate in history.

      The problem is that Russia likely hacked the paperless voting machines.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        1. Hillary still didn’t receive enough votes to win. Plus, the presidency isn’t the only race that matters. Since 2010, Democrats have lost an enormous number of Senate seats, House seats, governorships, and state legislative seats. The party has never been this close to extinction.

        2. Yes, running for office is difficult, and there are many hurdles to overcome. However, the more Democrats lose, the higher the hurdles will be. The problem with Democrats is that they don’t have effective messaging, and they don’t get enough of their supporters out to vote.

        3. Citing irrelevant statistics, and blaming others for our own failings, is exactly the kind of thinking that got our party in trouble to begin with.

      • Tread

        There were 90+ million Americans of voting age who didn’t vote. We just didn’t get out the vote where we needed to. Hopefully all of those people who didn’t vote can now see how important voting actually is.

        • Ross

          What does voting matter when Russia will just hack the paperless voting machines to assure the desired outcome?


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  • halfwaythere

    I just can’t say “fuck you” enough to this administration.

  • David Walker

    I’m shocked, I tells ya. Shocked! JeffBeau would never do such a thing. I mean, just because he DID it doesn’t mean…I lack the Kelly girl’s way with alt-truth.

    • Tor

      “He’s protecting the civil rights of everybody.”

  • Mark

    a fucking nazi that suffers from ‘little man’ syndrome.

  • Franciscan

    Sessions: appointed to take a states’-rights approach to elections. Taking the pressure off Texas and other states (Wisc. among them) that want to restrict the vote to core Republicans.

  • Deppa Kote

    He;s a tool and he’s evil, Just wait till he gets his hands on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    I’ve said this before and I am not speaking in hyperbole. Serious question. Can American citizens lobby the UN to step in and oversee our elections?

    We have an intentional and flagrant suppression of our voting rights which is undermining our democracy. Considering US blood was shed to help other countries hold democratic elections, it seems reasonable (and sad) that we request help in holding ours.

  • Thorn Spike

    Beverly Leslie is looking hard these days.

  • Richard

    Is anyone surprised by this? We shouldn’t be, when we allow racists and homophobes, and misogynists, etc to be elected or appointed into power. By failing to vote we get the government we deserve…….. We need to sweep Republicans out in the midterms, or in any election for that matter.