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    Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to 2012

    Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to 2012 - The Washington Post

    the document in the hands of the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor. It constitutes the centerpiece of indictments issued this week that that accuse one of Ehrlich’s most trusted aides, as well as a campaign consultant, of conspiring to suppress the black vote last year.

    For the defense, the document is no less important. The voter suppression strategy was flatly rejected by those present at the meeting last summer, according to an attorney for Paul Schurick, Ehrlich’s de facto campaign manager, and the apparent inspiration for the document’s namesake, “The Schurick Doctrine.”
    So we have a dispute between the parties about whether this strategy was used or not. However ...

    The indictments, handed up by a grand jury in Baltimore on Thursday, allege that the strategy was carried out.

    The effort culminated, according to the indictments with Election Night robo-calls to mostly black neighborhoods in Baltimore and Washington’s eastern Maryland suburbs. The calls told tens of thousands of residents to “relax” and not worry about voting, because Democrats had already won.

    State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, said he has the document, and that authorities seized it from the Baltimore home of Schurick’s alleged co-conspirator, Julius Henson, late last year. Henson did not return a phone call on Friday.
    I don't particularly care about the charges of whether one race or demographic was favored over another. What I do care about is that voters were flat out lied to, and that sort of thing should be prosecuted as fraud.

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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Suppressing the black vote was the entire way that Florida's electoral votes were given to the Republican party in 2000... Though unlike then, this tactic is simply dishonest, as opposed to massively illegal. But yeah, stopping black voters from voting has been a strategy for a long time.
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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    What I do care about is that voters were flat out lied to, and that sort of thing should be prosecuted as fraud.
    Absolutely. Unfortunately, the penalties for fraud are not nearly harsh enough.

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    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Does this mean that Democrats are going be prosecuted when military votes are suppressed?

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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Stupid and illiterate people should not be allowed to vote that would mean that Obama would not be in office

    In California it is illegal aliens that flock to vote by mail because you can register and vote and there are no checks yo make sure you are of legal age or here legally.

    Voting is a privilege that that should be closely monitored to insure that voters can at least read English.

    Today there are so many people who are high school graduates that are illiterate it's not funny and most of them are minorities because they come from one parent families and that one parent is also illiterate.

    Most high school graduates these days don't have any clue about the Constitution.

    I registered to vote by mail when I retired and moved back to California. I did it over the Web and it's been almost 4 years and they didn't check a damn thing.
    I could have been a member of the Taliban anf they would never know or care for that matter.
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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Stupid and illiterate people should not be allowed to vote that would mean that Obama would not be in office
    The Republican platform -- here's a list of people we think should not be able to vote....

    Yep, they love democracy. Of the privileged. "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. (well, educated people who own property and would never dream of voting for a liberal anyway)."

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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Stupid and illiterate people should not be allowed to vote that would mean that Obama would not be in office

    In California it is illegal aliens that flock to vote by mail because you can register and vote and there are no checks yo make sure you are of legal age or here legally.

    Voting is a privilege that that should be closely monitored to insure that voters can at least read English.

    Today there are so many people who are high school graduates that are illiterate it's not funny and most of them are minorities because they come from one parent families and that one parent is also illiterate.

    Most high school graduates these days don't have any clue about the Constitution.

    I registered to vote by mail when I retired and moved back to California. I did it over the Web and it's been almost 4 years and they didn't check a damn thing.
    I could have been a member of the Taliban anf they would never know or care for that matter.
    Isn't it amazing how any time a person makes a list of people deserving of a privilege, that person just happens to make it onto that list every time?

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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    Voting isn't a right, it is a privilege; however, extending that privilege to pretty much everyone is central to any from of democracy. Just because a person isn't educated does not make their opinion invalid or make them stupid. However, I do stress and tell these people they shouldn't vote unless they know the issues and who the candidates actually are. Thankfully, elections aren't decided by people who don't pay attention.
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    Re: Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to

    If we truly wanted our leaders to only come from a pool of the best and brightest and only allow the best and brightest to have a say in who they are, I doubt very much that any of us would have a vote. Let's show a little humility and admit that none of us have Nobel Prizes, or are the top minds in any field at all, or are considered one of the top constitutional lawyers in the country. We, here on this board, are a far cry from the best and brightest. Maybe some of the more passionate. But if we really did stop ignorant people who aren't smart enough or knowledgeable enough from voting, I couldn't point out more than a few people here who MIGHT be on the list, and none who would be without a doubt.

    Councilman's list of people who shouldn't vote is "everyone less qualified than Councilman". But that won't get us the best and the brightest. That'll just cut off poor people. If you want to really get into exceptionalism, how about we require IQ tests to vote, and anyone below 150 can just go home.
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