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Justice Department Blocks Voter ID at Every Turn PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Corrine Williams   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:18

Below is a recent “Morning Bell” piece from The Heritage Foundation regarding Voter ID.  Senior Legal Fellow Hans Von Spakovsky will be publishing a book on the Voter ID issue.

For example a recent attack on voter ID is occurred in Minnesota, where earlier this month, the state Supreme Court will hear a case filed by the League of Women Voters (LWV).

In League of Women Voters Minnesota v. Ritchie, the LWV is trying to convince the court to remove a referendum question from the November ballot. Its argument is that voters won’t be able to understand the ballot question.

This referendum was passed by the Minnesota legislature in April and would amend the state constitution to require all voters voting in person to “present valid government-issued photographic identification before receiving a ballot.” The amendment would also require absentee voters to be “subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification.”…read more

Justice Department Blocks Voter ID at Every Turn

People seemingly voting after they've been dead for years. Drug kingpins buying votes from poor people to sway elections. Non-citizens being bussed to the polls and coached on how to vote. Stories of voting fraud are shocking, and states have been taking action to make sure that elections are secure. But the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, has blocked states at almost every turn.

This is the same Justice Department that stopped a non-partisan election reform by arguing that if party affiliation were removed from a ballot, African-American voters wouldn't be able to identify and vote for the Democrats. Holder has continued to stoke the racial fires, calling a requirement for voters to produce photo identification a "poll tax." Heritage expert Hans von Spakovsky said this argument is merely political. "Holder continues to perpetuate the incendiary error to the public, knowing that the poll-tax assertion is a racially charged one that should not be used lightly," von Spakovsky said. He explained:

Even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the most liberal appeals court in the country—did not buy the Holder poll tax claim when it reviewed Arizona's voter ID law. In Gonzalez v. Arizona (2012), the Ninth Circuit held that even though "obtaining the free identification required under [Arizona law] may have a cost," such immaterial costs are not a poll tax.

Holder is now "investigating" Pennsylvania's voter ID law, on the left's charge that it disenfranchises minorities.

Former Congressman Artur Davis, an African-American from Alabama who served in Congress as a Democrat from 2003 to 2011, finds this argument incredibly insulting. Speaking at The Heritage Foundation yesterday, Davis held up his driver's license and said, "This is not a billy club. It is not a fire hose. I used to represent Birmingham and Selma, Alabama, and I know something about fire hoses."

In states that have voter ID laws, the real-world results show that minorities have not been disenfranchised by any means. States that require ID to vote have offered free IDs to anyone who does not have one already. In Kansas, which allows any of nine different forms of ID as proof of identity to vote:

Out of a total of 1.713 million registered voters in Kansas, only 32 people had requested a free photo ID as of May 4, 2012. That represents only 0.002 percent of the registered voters in the state. Of those 32 voters, 80 percent were white, 10 percent were black, and the race or ethnicity of 10 percent was unknown. Thus, there is no evidence that minority voters were disproportionately affected.

Georgia, which has had voter ID since 2007, allows six different forms of ID to vote. And there has been no stampede of would-be voters who lack identification: "The number of photo IDs issued by Georgia to individuals who did not already have one of the forms of ID acceptable under state law is remarkably small, averaging less 0.05 percent in most years, and not even reaching three-tenths of 1 percent in a presidential election year."

What happened to minority voting after the law went into effect? In the 2008 presidential election, Hispanic voting in Georgia increased by 140 percent over the 2004 election. African-American voting increased by 42 percent. That is also a higher rate of increase than in other states without voter ID. Von Spakovsky notes:

The increase in turnout of both Hispanics and blacks in the 2008 presidential election after the voter ID law became effective is quite remarkable, particularly given the unproven and totally speculative claims of the Justice Department that the voter ID requirements of Texas and South Carolina will somehow have a discriminatory impact on Hispanic and black voters. In fact, Georgia had the largest turnout of minority voters in its history.

The evidence that producing photo ID is a burden simply isn't there. "How can it be a burden to ask people to do something they do all the time?" asked Congressman Davis, who said he went to a news organization to do an interview on voter ID and had to produce his driver's license to enter the news organization.

The Justice Department requires ID from visitors as well.

Voter ID battles are not over, and activist groups are trying everything they can think of to challenge these requirements. The Minnesota legislature passed a referendum that placed the question of voter ID on the ballot for citizens to decide. But the ballot question is under litigation because the League of Women Voters has sued, arguing that the question is "misleading" to voters. The Minnesota Supreme Court will be considering it.

In the state of Kentucky, it has become clear that buying votes is a common practice. A person's vote can often be bought for $50. Recently, it has come to light that cocaine and marijuana dealers are using drug money to buy votes and turn elections. According to one report, "In the Eastern District of Kentucky alone, more than 20 public elected officials and others have either been convicted or pleaded guilty in various vote-buying cases just in the last two years."

America cannot allow its elections to be anything but secure and legal. Preventing voter fraud is common sense, and it is outrageous that the U.S. Justice Department would stand in the way.


Holder Gets It Completely Wrong on Poll Taxes and Voter ID

The Problem of Non-Citizen Voting

Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Kansas

Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Georgia

Without Proof: The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification

Schilling Announces Upcoming Mobile Office Hours for August PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:19
Moline, Illinois – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) has announced the schedule of upcoming mobile office hours.  His staff will travel throughout the 17th Congressional District to meet with constituents and address any questions or concerns they may have.  No appointments are necessary.  

“As your representative in Congress, it’s my job to keep in close contact with folks across the district, asking for your input on issues before Congress or notifying you of upcoming events and how we can help,” Schilling said. “My staff and I prioritize constituent service and communications, and will continue working to keep in touch with folks in all corners of our area.  We work for you.”

A field representative will be available in the following locations at the following times:

August 1, 2012
Monmouth City Hall - Council Chambers
100 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
9:00am - 12:00pm

Albany City Hall
102 S Main St.
Albany, IL 61230
1:00pm - 4:00pm

August 15, 2012
Oquawka Village Hall
507 Schuyler St.
Oquawka, IL 61469
9:00am - 12:00pm

Aledo City Hall – Council Chambers
120 North College Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
9:00am - 12:00pm

August 29, 2012
Kewanee City Hall
401 East Third St.
Kewanee, IL  61443
9:00am – 12:00pm

Constituents are also encouraged to visit the Moline, Galesburg, Canton, and Rock Falls offices during normal office hours:

Moline District Office
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
3000 41st St., Suite B
Moline, IL 61265
P: (309) 757-7630

Galesburg District Office
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30am - 5:00pm
Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce
185 South Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
P: (309) 343-2220

Canton District Office
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am - 5:00pm
8 South Main St., Suite 200
Canton, IL 61520
P: (309) 649-3307

Rock Falls District Office
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
1600 First Ave., Suite A
Rock Falls, IL 61071
P: (815) 548-9440

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To send Congressman Schilling an e-mail, click here

Press Release from Campaign of Mark Riley for Iowa House District 90 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Riley   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:16

Mark Riley filed nomination papers today with the Secretary of State's office to be placed on the ballot as an Independent in District 90.  Mr. Riley was the Republican nominee for the State Senate in District 43 in 2010 facing State Senator Joe Seng.

Mark Riley is a locomotive engineer for Canadian Pacific railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen local 266.  Mr. Riley is a retired Marine Infantry SNCO and is a member of the American Legion post 26 and the Davenport VFW.  He is also a member of the Davenport Family Y.

Mark Riley is married to Elizabeth Riley who is the business manager for the Adler Theater.  They have 3 children, Ethan, Robert and William.  William is a special needs child who graduated Central High school this year and will continue to reside with his parents.

Mr. Riley is running as an Independent whose campaign theme is "for the common good".  He believes that the political system has been broken by special interest money which has led to the extreme polarization of both parties.  This polarization has affected the ability of State and Federal legislatures to function as the Founding Fathers intended.  In his State Senate race in 2010 Mr. Riley was threatened by the Iowa Corn Growers association to support Ethanol or $5000 would be given to his opponent.  Riley continues to oppose Ethanol as  theft from working class families and "stupid" policy even before our current drought,  He feels that Ethanol is an example of how special interest has corrupted our politicians and political system to be unable to respond to "the common good'  of the citizens it is supposed to represent.

The candidate also believes that too much emphasis and resources have been given to rural and small town Iowa and will support initiatives that require the State to spend monies collected in user taxes such as the fuel tax to be spent primarily in the areas in which it was collected.  The candidate feels that Iowa has expanded its Highway system to much and should take federal monies to begin establishing light rail connections to all Iowa's major urban areas.

The candidate supports creating reduced tax zones for Manufacturing Companies in Iowa's large cities so that there is no financial incentive to build or develop in rural Iowa, but rather in Iowa's Cities were infrastructure is already in place.

Mark Riley will advocate for policies that increase the Median Income of Iowa Families that have steadily declined since the 1970's.   The results of High Unemployment and falling wages for families have made our large Cities unable to meet basic needs and staff public servants.

Mark Riley will also run on a position to De-criminalize Marijuana and follows the philopshy of prison reformer Chuck Colson with regard to the over incarceration of our citizens for non-violent crimes.

The Riley Family attends the Harvest Bible Chapel and other churches in the area.

Here is information about Senator Grassley’s schedule this week. The Senate is in session. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:55

Senator Grassley will meet with Iowans from Iowa Workforce Development.


Senator Grassley will meet with Iowa families visiting Washington from West Des Moines, Toddville, Urbandale, Coralville, Van Horne, Waverly, Dysart, Anamosa, Cedar Falls, and Ames.


Senator Grassley will be a guest this week on public affairs programs hosted by Mark and Steve on WOC Radio in Davenport and Ryan Schlader on WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids..


On Wednesday, August 1, at 9 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in an Agriculture Committee hearing for a “Continued Review of MF Global and Peregrine Financial:  Accountability in the Futures Market.”  In July, Senator Grassley wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee asking them to address Peregrine Financial during this hearing that had already been scheduled regarding the loss of funds by farmers, grain co-ops and commodity brokers when MF Global’s broker-dealer unit collapsed late last year.  Senator Grassley also has asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to provide detailed written information on what the CFTC did in response to red flags that were raised with the commission regarding Peregrine Financial, saying people need to have confidence in our commodity trading system in order for it to work for farmers and investors the way it’s intended.

On Wednesday, August 1, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in a Judiciary Committee hearing on “Rising Prison Costs: Restricting Budgets and Crime Prevention Options.”

On Wednesday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. (ET), there is a Finance Committee hearing on “Tax Reform:  Examining the Taxation of Business Entities.”

On Thursday, August 2, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in the Judiciary Committee’s weekly executive business meeting.  The nominations of Thomas M. Durkin to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Jon S. Tigar to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, and William H. Orrick III to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California may be considered.  In addition, S.225, the Access to Information About Missing Children Act of 2011 (sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn, and Patrick Leahy) and S.J. Res. 44, Granting the consent of Congress to the State and Province Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding (sponsored by Senators Herb Kohl and John Hoeven) may be considered by committee members.

Next week, Senator Grassley will hold meetings in Columbus Junction, Donnellson, Burlington, Agency, Bloomfield, Keosauqua, Mount Pleasant, Lockridge, and Cedar Rapids.  Here is the schedule.

Tuesday, August 7

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Louisa County Town Meeting

Columbus Junction City Hall, ICN Room

232 2nd Street in Columbus Junction


12 noon-1 p.m.

Lee County Town Meeting

Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Community Center

506 North Main Street in Donnellson


2-3 p.m.

Speak at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Connect with Leadership Series

River Park Place

610 North 4th Street, Suite 200 in Burlington


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Wapello County Town Meeting

Agency Area Community Center

100 West Main Street in Agency


Wednesday, August 8

6:45-7:45 a.m.

Speak to the Bloomfield Rotary Club

Davis County Hospital, Conference Room D

509 North Madison Street in Bloomfield


8:45-9:45 a.m.

Van Buren County Town Meeting

Village Cup and Cakes

202 Main Street in Keosauqua


12 noon-1 p.m.

Speak to the Mount Pleasant Noon Rotary Club

Iowa Wesleyan College Student Center

Second Floor, Food Services Area

Mount Pleasant


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Town Meeting

Lockridge Senior Center

104 West Main Street in Lockridge


Thursday, August 9

5:30 p.m.

Speak at the Central States Shrine Association Legions of Honor Banquet

Cedar Rapids Marriott

1200 Collins Road Northeast in Cedar Rapids



IA, CO, OH and PA Officials Hold Call to Hold Romney Accountable for Opposition to Wind Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:36

With Thousands of Jobs at Stake, Pena, Culver and Wind Energy Leaders Praise Obama on Wind


DES MOINES – Today, officials from Iowa, Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania will hold a conference call to hold Mitt Romney accountable for opposing support for the states’ wind industries. As thousands of jobs are at stake with expiration of wind production tax credit, Fmr. Secretary of Energy Frederico Pena, Fmr. Iowa Governor Chet Culver, PA Wind Developer Brent Aldefer, and Mark Shannahan, former head of the Air Quality Development Authority, will draw a contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney on wind energy.


Mitt Romney’s “Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth,” calls wind and solar, “two of the most ballyhooed forms of alternative fuel.”  He said that wind has failed to become “economically viable.”  Earlier this month, Romney’s campaign confirmed that Mitt Romney would let the wind production tax credit expire [The Hill 7/11/12]. He would let this growing wind industry wither jeopardizing 37,000 American jobs as we compete with countries around the world.

The wind energy industry is critical to each state’s economies. The Wind Energy Tax Credit tax is slated to expire at the end of the year and the Obama Administration has called on Congress to renew the credit.


Monday, July 30th

11:30 AM CDT


WHO: Fmr. Iowa Governor Chet Culver

Fmr. Secretary of Energy Frederico Pena

PA Wind Developer Brent Aldefer

Mark Shannahan, former head of the Air Quality Development Authority


WHAT: Conference Call to Hold Romney Accountable for Opposition to Wind Energy

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