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GOP willing to tolerate crime

Republicans claim to be tough on crime, but their true priorities are made clear by Bush's recent decision to free Scooter Libby.

President Bush’s commuting the sentence of Scooter Libby is another instance where the law is selectively applied.

Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted by a jury of lying about a national security matter. He now avoids facing the consequences that ordinary Americans would endure.

Les Merritt Retirement Cake

Democrats are generous.

That’s why we thought it was important to send a cake to Republican State Auditor Les Merritt wishing him well on the retirement of his side gig as a personal financial advisor.

We delivered a retirement cake at approximately noon today, along with your retirement wishes. A photo of it is attached.

The cake serves as a reminder of Mr. Merritt’s promise that on June 30 he would stop providing investment advice to private clients.

She Should Run

She Should Run is a project of the Women’s Campaign Forum. It's purpose is to provide resources for potential female candidates. According to the website, studies show women are more likely to run for office if they are asked to run. She Should Run is a public invitation, backed up with practical advice. Visit the site here: http://www.sheshouldrun.com

NO on Hans von Spakovsky

Demand the Senate take a stand against voter suppression

Hans von Spakovsky has made a career out of suppressing the vote of minorities, most recently at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Under Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, von Spakovsky led the charge to turn the DOJ into an agency that undermines voting rights instead of protecting them.

Now Bush wants von Spakovsky to be confirmed for a seat on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency in charge of enforcing election finance laws. It's an insult to Blacks, other minorities, and all who are struggling to maintain fair access to our democracy.

Les Merritt, maybe he's just incompetent

On the same day Republican State Auditor Les Merritt failed to present any evidence of voter fraud to a state Senate committee, he submitted incomplete documents to the state Board of Elections.

Merritt filed on Tuesday a Statement of Organization that was unsigned and incomplete. That afternoon he presented a state Senate committee with vague and unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in order to delay passage of legislation that would make it easier for people to vote.

Such actions are consistent with a national GOP plan to intimidate low-income and minority voters through false claims of voter fraud and frivolous Election Day challenges.

Tom Coburn Blocks Civil Rights Investigation

Yesterday Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) denounced Senator Tom Coburn's (R-OK) announcement that he would place a hold on The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which was passed in the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 422 to 2 and scheduled to be passed by unanimous consent in the Senate Thursday. Thursday marked the anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of three young civil rights workers (Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner) in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and is also the anniversary of Edgar Ray Killen's conviction for those crimes two years ago.

Hazardous Waste Legislation

A bill that seeks to prevent industrial accidents like the Oct. 9 fire at a chemical plant in Apex received the Legislature's final approval Wednesday. The measure would require such facilities to provide information to emergency workers about the types of chemicals in storage, and urges the state to review ways to increase financing for special state medical assistance teams that respond to waste accidents. The bill would require commercial hazardous waste facilities to renew their permits at least every five years instead of the current 10-year cycle. Property owners would be notified of the permitting process if they live within a quarter-mile of a proposed storage site.

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