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Senate Finance Committee Releases IRS Targeting Report
A headline on POLITICO this Thursday morning summed up the Senate Finance Committee’s long-awaited report perfectly: “ALL THAT FOR THIS?” Considering that the Committee had unique powers to review more than 1 million highly sensitive documents over the period of 27 months, you would think that Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) could agree on more than the fact that Lois Lerner was terrible at her job. The senators actually took contradictory positions on WHY she was terrible – be it political enforcement of the law or pure incompetence. At least we learned something new: Lerner directly considered targeting Bristol Palin for her involvement with a teen pregnancy charity. We’re sure that had nothing to do with the identity of her mother.
TTV Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on CBS Radio
Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves as we reflect on the role True the Vote is playing to restore faith in our elections across the nation. TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht sounded off on CBS News Radio this week about where enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is going in the 21st Century. If you didn’t catch it during a newsbreak on your car radio, you can replay the full segment here.
Texas Voter ID Law Suffers Setback on Appeal
Texas’ effort to appeal an activist lower court ruling striking down its voter ID law received a mixed-bag decision from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Although the Obama appointee Judge Nelva Gonzales found the law to be a poll tax crafted with discriminatory intent and potential outcomes while violating the Constitution, the 5th Circuit saw things a bit differently. The appellate panel found that Gonzales erred in labeling it intentionally discriminatory and unconstitutional. The statistical models presented that claimed that minorities may be disproportionately impacted under the law did win the day, however. But instead of tossing the baby out with the bathwater, the Court instructed all parties to return to the original law for improvements, since the Texas Legislature’s motives were honorable. In a press release circulated in response, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht stated, “True the Vote has been a leading advocate for voter ID. We will continue to work, on behalf of all Texans, for common-sense election reforms and to bring voter ID back to the state.” Click here to read the full press release.
Don’t Forget to Register for the August National Webinar: DIY Election Integrity
This month, True the Vote is planning a presentation that will help you hit the ground running with independent research projects in your community. We’ll let you in on some expert tips to help you dislodge critical information that may be the difference between transparency and concealment from your election officials. Click here to get registered for the call set for Tuesday, August 11, at 7pm Eastern.
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