Dallas County Got Out the Vote Today, But Republicans Say the Drive Targeted Dems

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Today, in case you haven't been on Twitter, is National Voter Registration Day, in which volunteers around the country hit the streets and Internet to get people signed up to vote in November. It's an admirable effort, particularly seeing as, per organizers, more than 6 million people didn't vote last year because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register.

Seems innocent enough. But look at the website and you can't help but notice how the o-shaped National Voter Registration Day logo is suspiciously similar to the O-shaped Obama logo, and the whole web site has an Obama vibe to it. The list of participating organizations is also decidedly left-leaning.

Dallas County Republican Chair Wade Emmert doesn't have a problem with any of that. It's each party's prerogative to get as many votes as possible, and, all in all, registering voters is a good thing. The line blurs, however, when a governmental body gets involved, as Dallas County Elections did today, when it sent volunteers to 60 public high schools to sign up students to vote.

"When you pick out one group and you actively recruit those voters to the exclusion of other voters, I just think that's wrong," Emmert said.

The voters the county is registering in this case are young and, just glancing at the list of high schools, mostly black or Hispanic. In other words: likely Democrats.

This was a hot topic this morning at this morning's Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting, with Republican Commissioner Mike Cantrell accusing elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole of using her office for the benefit of partisan groups, according to the Morning News. Pippins-Poole said she was approached by the League of Women Voters and agreed to help. County Judge Clay Jenkins dismissed the notion that the drive was in any way partisan.

Still, the county could have at least reached out to the Republican Party, which Emmert said never happened. If Pippins-Pool had, he would have suggested offering registration drives at charter and private schools, among other things, to make the voter registration drive a truly bipartisan affair.

"The bottom line is, I feel like the elections department needs to stay out of the political side of it," he said.

Update at 5:07 p.m.: I just spoke with Pippins-Poole who reiterated what she said at the Commissioners Court meeting, adding that the voter registration drives weren't targeted at students but were intended to be "more of a community event," open to everyone. They were held at schools because that's where the polling places are.

As for the charge partisanship, Pippins-Poole said she couldn't understand it. The League of Women Voters is a well-respected, non-partisan group that has partnered with the county in the past.

"We didn't want to make it political," she said. "We were trying not to make it partisan or get the parties involved or the candidates involved."

That said, she concedes Emmert's point that the drive shouldn't have been limited to public schools. The reason that happened was largely a matter of time. The county had only a couple of weeks to organize and already had contacts with the public schools.

"We don't want to leave anyone out."

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holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

We haven't balanced the budget since 1957 and since that time, NO MATTER THE TAX SCHEME, we have spent more than we collected in taxation - no matter the party in power.

 

Now, both deficit spending and rocketing National Debt is so wildly out of control it blocks job creation and is precipitating a National Financial Crisis and a clear and present danger precipitating a social breakdown.  We are not getting within a TRILLION miles from balancing the budget, much less retiring $116 TRILLION in accumulated debt.  It's alive.

 

If we were going to begin to fix this problem with a tax rate tweak, we would have had to start circa 1975.  And to yammer on about fair share only allows for the next Congress to (once again) declare they are not bound by the agreed-upon spending cuts the new tax rates promised BY THE LAST CONGRESS.  

 

We are out of time and the newly-0minted adults who register to vote will bear the brunt of this.  And so will their unborn, and their unborn.

 

Europe is on fire because of this false utopia.

 

josephl
josephl

More to the point, is any one doing any thing to check the Republican voter suppression program in Texas?

TeaKluxKlan
TeaKluxKlan

"If voters ain't old & white, they ain't right," -GOP

LucreziaDeMontebello
LucreziaDeMontebello

This is an easy one.  The republicans are scared s**tless of minorities coming out to vote.  Seventeen states have legislation in place, or pending, that impedes the process of registration by minority citizens.

gypsytrade
gypsytrade

   I registered 18 year old young adults at a East Dallas high school today. Some of the school staff sat behind watching and one of Maureen Dickey's friends stood right behind us watching all our movements.so I can't imagine any Democratic slant.We never ever asked what party they were voting for..

   The students asked questions and seemed very excited about voting All we did was give any person a voter reg card to fill out, checked to see if they filled in all the information and asked them to place the forms in a locked mail box

   .I believe school should be more than memorizing information but also learning life skills. These students will be out on their own in a few months.and I think this was a wonderful event.

   I would suggest  the people that are all upset about voter reg in DISD today to watch what we did today and thank all the people that put their effort into this huge event!

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

In 1960 the Public Debt was $286 Billion, the budget was balanced and payments to individuals were 26 percent of federal spending.

 

Today’s Debt is $116 Trillion (including unfunded entitlements), we are adding to it by over a TRILLION a year through deficit spending, we haven’t balanced the budget in three years, and payments to individuals are 65 percent of federal spending.  It’s a powderkeg.

 

Economic activity remains down through the floor because of it and you nimrods Nancy about with a gleam in your eye at the thought of jacking up tax rates as the cure.

 

That about cover it?

 

Now who you gonna vote for?  GHOSTBUSTERS!

 

then the building falls in on your head (ha!). 

 

Fortunately, no President has ever won re-election when his job approval is below 50%. 

 

The President is at 47%.  Hurry, kids!  You got bills to pay when you grow up.

 

JFPO
JFPO

Most old, angry white people are already registered and possess the proper papers. Republicans really don't want anyone else voting.

Brandon
Brandon

Oh no, now Romney's going to lose Texas too!

SleeplessGovernor
SleeplessGovernor

Among the High Schools on the list is Coppell High School -- a known bastion of liberal non-GOP thinking (NOT)

Mr_Hand
Mr_Hand

 @LucreziaDeMontebelloYou are absolutely correct.  Its frightning knowing that a larger and larger portion of democrats are getting signed up, that are dependent on, and ultimately determine, how much of republicans money they are going to "extract" through higher taxes, and then how they will split the booty, in the name of "fairness" 

Edward
Edward

 @holmantx Under the Reagan/Bush/Republican "Trickle Down Economics" plan of cutting taxes for the wealthy, the economy worsened. Under Clinton, with a more equitable tax structure, the economy grew.

 

Currently in Europe, the austerity plan (that the Republican would like to put in place here in the US) is destroying economies left and right - Britain (not part of the earo, so you can't blame it on that) is financially collapsing due to the cuts in government and gifts to the wealthy.

 

Over and over it has been proven that tax cuts for the wealthy simply do not help the economy. It's amazing that Republicans keep pushing something that has no basis in fact, but I guess it's similar to their disbelief in science and math.

 

During the Bush years, the rich in the US got dramatically richer while the middle class suffered. We need to refocus on helping the middle class workers because the wealthy simply do not need our help. 

JFPO
JFPO

@holmantx And the guy you're going to vote for is going to make it.worse. Great success!

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @Edward The economy took off after Carter and it was the Republican Congress that drug Clinton from under the bus.

 

And I don't give a shit what Europe is up to.  Their vaunted Social Democracy concept set them afire and is the only reason we have anyone to sell our debt to, as well as retaining the currency of record.  

 

Socialism is collapsing the West and America.

 

Deal with it.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @scottindallas We haven't balanced the budget since 1957 and since that time, NO MATTER THE TAX SCHEME, we have spent more than we collected in taxation - no matter the party in power.

 

Now, both deficit spending and rocketing National Debt is so wildly out of control it blocks job creation and is precipitating a National Financial Crisis and a clear and present danger precipitating a social breakdown.  We are not getting within a TRILLION miles from balancing the budget, much less retiring $116 TRILLION in accumulated debt.  Go wash your face.

 

And you smarm over "my proposal" regarding yet another tax scheme.  

Does that about cover it?

 

If we were going to begin to fix this problem with a tax rate tweak, we would have had to start circa 1975.  And to yammer on about "your proposal" only allows for the next Congress to (once again) declare they are not bound by the agreed-upon spending cuts the new tax rates promised BY THE LAST CONGRESS.  You are sick.

 

We are out of time.

 

 

TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

 @scottindallas  @holmantx

 Wow, the Motley Fool.  Now there's a thinktank brimming with economic genius.  Scott, if what you assert is true, then surely we should raise the rates to 100% in order to maximize revenue, correct?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @JFPO  @holmantx Who knows but he has a plan.  At least he talks about it.

 

Reduce rates, remove deductions and broaden the base = increased tax revenues.

 

What's the President's plan?  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @TheCredibleHulk  @Edward Redistributionists?

 

A liberal is a socialist with a wife and two children. - Anonymous (1930s). Quoted in: Alistair Cooke, “Letter from America,” 8 April 1990, BBC Radio 4.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx  @Edward And. your cowardly refusal to make a cogent argument only affirms my point.   Run away to your mindless bumper-sticker rhetoric.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx  @Edward Because Carter bore the brunt of the suffering.  Volcker's high interest rates are what crushed inflation--caused by Vietnam war debt, and Nixon's price fixing.   You are seriously out of your fucking league Holman

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx your conclusion could happen.  I don't have much faith in the wisdom of mobs. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@scottindallas

Now, we owe too much.

 

I think it was Greenspan back in 2003 who started his testimony in front of every FOMC session (Congressional oversight committee over the Fed):

 

DEATH SPIRAL.  Gentlemen we are on a death spiral over spending money you are not collecting in taxation.  Queried the Senator:  "Mr. Chairman, when must we act to avoid collapse?"

 

"10 years ago."

 

Then he'd roll in to the events of the day and how things currently weren't so bad and where the Fed was tweaking with Monetary Policy blah, blah, blah, as the Committee creaked back in their chairs and contemplated lunch.  Anything but FISCAL policy, which is the Yin to the Fed's Yang.  Congressional spending.

 

The first order of business when you find your self in a kill zone is . . . get out of the kill zone.  Move!

 

And talking about raising taxes at this juncture is just that.  We sit and talk.  Meanwhile if this government begins to engage in a series of partial defaults, issuing script (like California) because it is unable to sell its debt on the velocity it now must maintain, and begin a program of non-reimbursement to the states (like Obamacare has done with Medicaid) in Education, highways, social services, FDA, Agriculture, and many others the states will crater . . .  and the half of the country that has not been affected, will be.  Our police forces will not be able to handle it.

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx THat's exactly what I'm calling for, essentially a return to the 64 tax code.  If you agree that's a better code, the biggest difference are the top tax rates, why do you keep advocating the opposite.  The reason we are out of time is you're giving currency to the opposite of the solution. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @TurdFerguson  @holmantx That's the very point.  The deductible avenues are far more productive than giving the money to the execs.  I wish you people would think about your retorts,  Those are what my argument is based on.   I'm so far ahead of you, I'm only waiting for you dimwits, who listen to people who take your for a fool; to catch up.

TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

 @scottindallas  @holmantx

 You are unaware that under those rates no taxpayer paid an effective tax rate anywhere near 90% due to myriad deductions and credits? 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @TurdFerguson  @holmantx Well, we damn near did under Ike, the top rate was over 90% throughout his presidency, topping out at 94%.  That was a much better economy than the corollary, if we cut the top rate to 6%. 

 

So, I should be able to count you as a convert?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx  @JFPO "reverse course on everything we did and get off the private sector's back long enough"   The only countries with lower corporate tax rates are Mexico and Chile.  MEXICO AND CHILE!   Income taxes are at all time lows. 

 

I don't argue that gov't needs to be streamlined, but the GOP has encouraged much of leviathan.  Our common law has many remedies that the GOP fought under the guise of tort reform.  That limited legal liability and instead regulated those firms. 

 

When you oppose higher top marginal income tax rates, you then support a slew of new taxes, fees and fines.  You encourage a bloated gov't, VATs and novel regressive taxation.   Higher top marginal rates does good for the economy, AND it's a tax.  Few other taxes work so well.  (Gas tax is another good one, as it funds what it taxes.) 

 

Your ideology has blinded you to fact and reality.  Further, you've conflated taxation with the size of gov't--they are different issues.  I'm for higher and fewer taxes, you're more more taxes, particularly on the middle class.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx  @JFPO THe course we're on is a 30 year low top tax rate, voodoo economics that has destroyed the middle class, capital intensive production.   Your silly partisan attacks miss the fact that Obama has kept the Bush tax rates, the Bush foreign policy, and that Billionaires increased their wealth 20% under Obama.   But you're a mindless tool when it comes to partisan politics, and you're the biggest moron on here.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @scottindallas  @JFPO Oh horseshit.  You don't know what you are talking about.  The way out is real simple - reverse course on everything we did and get off the private sector's back long enough for it to tractor us all away from the lip of the abyss or I can GUARANTEE you . . . . this is the best it will be until we hit rebellion.  

 

If you think that by re-electing this moron and not flipping over the Senate is the answer, you really are an idiot.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx  @JFPO Romney's plan will increase taxes on the middle class, which will shrink the economy.  It's higher TOP marginal rates, and higher CAP GAINS that stimulate the economy.  What you're advocating only leads to liquidation of capital production, executive profligacy, financialization, out-sourcing, off-shoring, increased corruption, lobbying and professional services. 

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