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Voter ID Laws Strike Again
This Time Wisconsin

Greg Palast 
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Wisconsin’s ‘How to get a voter ID’ Info Sheet

Arizona isn’t going to be the only place with voting issues this primary season. Today, voters in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin head to the polls. Due to changes in voting laws, there’s a very good chance that there’s going to be a problem.

Wisconsin has some of the strictest voter ID laws in the country and today will be the first time they are tried out during a primary. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites will be disenfranchised thanks to these laws. The hardest hit will be the poor, minorities and college students, i.e. black and blue voters.

Many Wisconsin college students will be out of luck and unable to feel the Bern as their college ID is not acceptable for voting. As some are from out of state – but registered at their college – this leaves them out of luck as their ID doesn’t have their address on it or a signature. With the ways of getting an acceptable ID limited (one office on a campus, with limited hours) and their requests for a new Scott Walker approved college ID card denied, voting in what is likely their first election seems like a no go.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. In 2008 when voter ID laws came to our attention with Crawford v. Marion County Election Board – Indiana was the test case. You might have read about it in our comic book – Steal Back Your Vote or in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. It was the silly story with the nuns.

Here’s the text that inspired the comic.

Angela Hiss and Allyson Miller both students at Notre Dame were denied the right to vote because they didn’t have the right kind of ID – one that listed their dorm rooms as their residence. …more

Alabama Gov. Fixing Mansion with BP Fund Money

Greg Palast 

 

The Governor of Alabama has decided that instead of using BP’s cleanup money for restoring the lives of those affected by one of the worst man-made disasters in history, he’s using it to rebuild a mansion.Alabama_Governor's_MansionOwned by the State of Alabama the million dollar beach residence of the Governor has been closed for 18 years since Hurricane Danny damaged it. The fix-up is “estimated at $1.5 million to $1.8 million” and will be done by May according to the Associated Press.

A million and a half bucks could pay for a lot of beach cleanup, something that’s still needed in the Gulf. But as with everything associated with this deal the money goes to the top – and then trickles down to the bottom. Just like the oil in the Gulf.

The BP settlement has been a disaster since the beginning, as I reported back in 2012:

The lawyers for 120,000 victims of the Deepwater Horizon blow-out cut a deal with oil company BP PLC which will save the oil giant billions of dollars. It will also save the company the threat of a trial that could expose the true and very ugly story of the Gulf of Mexico oil platform blow-out.

I have been to the Gulf and seen the damage — and the oil that BP says is gone.  Miles of it.  As an economist who calculated damages for plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, I can tell you right now that there is no way, no how, that the $7.8 billion BP says it will spend on this settlement will cover that damage, the lost incomes, homes, businesses and boats, let alone the lost lives — from cancers, fetal deformities, miscarriages, and lung and skin diseases.

In 2010, President Barack Obama forced BP to set aside at least $20 billion for the oil spill’s victims.  This week’s settlement will add exactly ZERO to that fund.  Indeed, BP is crowing that, adding in the sums already paid out, the company will still have spent less than the amount committed to the Obama fund.

There’s so much corrosion, mendacity and evil covered up by this settlement deal that I hardly know where to begin.

Read the rest: BP Settlement Sells Out Victims – Deal buries evidence of oil company willful negligence

Download the investigation, Vulture’s and Vote Rustlers here.