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Mon Jun 8, 2015, 10:45 PM

"IA GOP Kingmaker Mickelson Wants To Bring Back Jim Crow-Era Voting Laws"

More: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/06/08/ia-gop-kingmaker-mickelson-wants-to-bring-back/203912

Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson, the state's self-appointed vetter of GOP presidential candidates, recently told members of the League of Women Voters that it should be harder for people to vote, suggesting it be limited to state property owners or people who pass a civics test -- both of which were used to disenfranchise black voters and others in colonial America and the Jim Crow era.

On the June 4 broadcast of Mickelson in the Morning, Mickelson hosted two representatives of the League of Women Voters. During the discussion, Mickelson declared that unlike his guests, whose group works to register more Americans to vote, he is in "the voter repression business" and doesn't want people to vote "unless they agree" with him. He also suggested that in order to vote, Americans should have to pass a "civics test" to prove they're smart enough.

Later in the show, in response to a caller's comment about who should be eligible to vote on property tax ballot issues, Mickelson suggested that only people who pay property taxes -- i.e., property owners -- should be allowed to do so, which would effectively exclude local citizens who are students or renters.

Mickelson's suggestions are a stunning endorsement of disfavored economic restrictions on the right to vote that are now presumptively unconstitutional. Owning property was a prerequisite for white males to vote in colonial America, but eventually gave way to a law requiring voters to be taxpayers. However, by the 1850's, even the tax-paying requirement was phased out in most states. Despite passage of the 15th Amendment, which sought to eliminate that litmus test, some groups, including women and African-Americans, were still denied the vote.

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Reply "IA GOP Kingmaker Mickelson Wants To Bring Back Jim Crow-Era Voting Laws" (Original post)
Jamaal510 Jun 2015 OP
Xipe Totec Jun 2015 #1
LuvLoogie Jun 2015 #2
JustAnotherGen Jun 2015 #3
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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2015, 11:05 PM

1. Clearly the man does not get irony, since he obviously flunked civics. nt

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2015, 11:09 PM

2. No. He knows what he is saying is racist.

He just doesn't care. He suffers no consequences.

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Response to LuvLoogie (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 9, 2015, 08:18 AM

3. Plus 1000000000000000 n/t

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Jun 9, 2015, 08:43 AM

4. It is a reality

 

that the racists, in this country, have never given up the fight to keep POC subjugated. You think jewish people in pre-1933 Germany thought that Auswitch would become a realty for 6 million + men, women and children. Vigilance and immediate response to their hate mongering and ignorance is the battle of this long and ongoing war, I KNOW! Or it is a distinct possibility that picking cotton becomes a realty for POC again, speaking metaphorically, of course.

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