AZ law to
by Greg Palast
What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the
Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding
number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who
are daring to vote -- and daring to vote Democratic by more than
two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive
is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be
electoral toast. Or, if you like, tortillas.
In 2008, working for Rolling Stone with civil
rights attorney Bobby Kennedy, our team flew to Arizona to
investigate what smelled like an electoral pogrom
against Chicano voters ... directed by one Jan Brewer.
Brewer, then Secretary of State, had organized
a racially loaded purge of the voter rolls that would have made
Katherine Harris blush. Beginning after the 2004
election, under Brewer's command, no less than 100,000 voters,
overwhelmingly Hispanics, were blocked from registering
to vote. In 2005, the first year of the Great Brown-Out,
one in three Phoenix residents found their registration
That statistic caught my attention.
Voting or registering to vote if you're not a
citizen is a felony, a big-time jail-time crime.
And arresting such criminal voters is easy: after
all, they give their names and addresses.
So, it's about scaring "darkies" into not voting?
Too bad there's no national media that could turn
a spotlight on this vote-rigging scheme..
because the super-rich control the airwaves and
the super-rich are always Republicans
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