It's another busy Friday on the Nicole Sandler Show. In addition to all the breaking news, we have two great guests. Mother Jones' Ari Berman tells us the latest on the Trump administration's efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census and why it's such an awful idea. And Professor Harvey J Kaye joins in to explain the significance of Bernie Sanders' speech on Wednesday about Democratic Socialism and what it has to do with FDR. And in case you missed it, here's Bernie and his speech in its entirety.
Eighteen days out from election day, and a number of states are throwing up barriers to prevent people from voting. Today, Nicole Sandler is joined by Mother Jones' Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.
Last night, Rachel Maddow laid out disturbing Wisconsin Voter ID Law details. Republicans resort to cheating, gerrymandering, and voter suppression because they have nothing to run on. They've been on the losing side of the issues, their congressional leaders rely on obstruction rather than legislation, and their state legislators and governors eliminate voting rights in order to eliminate Democratic voters. They continue to be the party of discrimination. Rachel: Wisconsin is a state that has never had a documented case of voter fraud by way of impersonation... That's the kind of voter fraud that would, conceivably, be put off, deterred, stopped by [...]
The Los Angeles Times letter to the editor below illustrates the stark differences between Democrats and Republicans. My frustration, anxiety, and concern have grown recently as the number of polls showing the chances of a GOP Senate takeover have increased. If Dems and Independents don't get their asses to the polls, those predictions will become a reality. And that reality will spawn more realities, scary ones, that will make the mess this country is in now look like paradise. So before deciding to sit out the elections in November, please think again: Like what happened to abortion clinics in Texas? Then don't vote. [...]
That seems to be the attitude these days -- especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Forget protecting these innocent little lives; arrest them and insure that they grow up to be troubled teens and adults. Quite the vicious circle. I first learned of this new trend three weeks ago, when I read "Students Arrested for Throwing Spitballs", Lollipops" in my local newspaper! The story was as bad as the headline made it sound. Offenses that used to result in a trip to the principal's office and detention or suspension are now prompting police visits and, often, handcuffs. [...]
Welcome to democracy's nightmare. Today, it comes in the form of a lawsuit brought by Shelby County, Alabama challenging the Voting Rights Act working its way up to the Supreme Court. More specifically, the part of the Voting Rights Act under attack today is Section 5 of the law that gives the Justice Department the right to review any changes in voting procedure proposed by a county or state that's covered under this provision before it's enacted. Greg Palast, author of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, has been covering the subject of voter suppression efforts for years now, and has [...]