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Democrats Against Journalism?

Posted on | May 6, 2012 | 13 Comments

Michael Delaney is a Democrat who is attorney general of New Hampshire. James O’Keefe is a journalist who exposed the fact that it was possible for dead people to vote in New Hampshire.

In reaction to O’Keefe’s blockbuster investigative report, the New Hampshire legislature enacted a voter ID law.

Michael Delaney tried to serve a subpoena on O’Keefe.

We support James O’Keefe.

Republicans in New Hampshire demanded Delaney’s resignation last month. They now have a new reason to repeat their demands.

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A Memeorandum thread with more commentary from Legal Insurrection and Power Line

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  • http://thatmrgguy.wordpress.com/ Mike G.

    But won’t Eric Holder and the Obama DOJ come in and say the new law is Raaaaacist?

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  • Stan Brewer

    The only Journalism the DemocRATs like is what being practiced by PMSNBC, Communist News Network, All Barack Channel, Communist Broadcasting Corruption, New Barack Channel, the New York Slimes, et al.

  • http://proteinwisdom.com/ McGehee

    I emailed Delaney back when his threat was first reported, bu apparently I forgot to use the <sarc> tag.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     They don’t have the same authority in states not fully covered by the Voting Rights Act, which gives DOJ the right of “pre-clearance” of any changes in laws in covered jurisdictions.  Only a few townships in New Hampshire are still covered.

    Of course, there hasn’t been any real attempts to squelch minority voting in any of the covered places in a very long time, and the pre-clearance is used to maximize Democratic results.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Being “fully covered by the Voting Rights Act” was that meant to be a life without parole sentence?

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    A lot of leftists would like to silence O’Keefe by any means necessary. On the other hand, they turn around and look at somebody like Julian Assange and his work with Wikileaks as a heroic figure who should be championed and protected.

    And yes, I know there are quite a few Democrats who have disparaged and criticized Assange and called for his prosecution as well. Those are the ones he has uncovered crap about, by the way, so they don’t really count.

  • Saul

    the New Hampshire legislature enacted a voter ID law.

    Um, no. It didn’t — as the story you link to makes clear. You can check the current status of SB289 online:

    http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/default.aspx 

    The Senate passed a voter ID bill, but it’s still in a subcommittee in the House. And if the House and Senate were to eventually agree on a version, it would then go to the governor — who vetoed a similar bill last year.

    So, not a law yet.

    Take it away, Schoolhouse Rock:

  • Saul

    New Hampshire is indeed required to get preclearance for any election law changes passed by the state legislature. The state has finally conceded this after thumbing its nose at the VRA for decades, and is now engaged in filing for retroactive preclearance of hundreds of election law changes passed since the 1970 revision of the VRA brought the state under regulation.
    http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/319836/us-voting-rights-act-regulates-nh?SESS74084f19d09f7b1d5368adc3c805663e=google&page=full New Hampshire is under VRA regulation for two reasons: 1) in 1968, the state still employed a literacy test for voting, and 2) in 1968, voter turnout in a handful of towns was less than 50 percent. The irony here is that New Hampshire was over 99 percent white in those days, so there were virtually no minorities among the non-voters the feds were stepping in to protect in those 10 towns. Still, New Hampshire did have the same kind of literacy test as Alabama.Bonus trivia: it was the Bush DOJ that rejected New Hampshire’s 2004 bid to get out from under the VRA. 

  • Saul

    No. There’s a provision to get out by demonstrating compliance with the law. Lots of jurisdictions have done it. New Hampshire is working on it now.

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/319836/us-voting-rights-act-regulates-nh?SESS74084f19d09f7b1d5368adc3c805663e=google&page=full 

  • Saul

    So how do you stay informed enough to safeguard your freedoms? Fox can’t fill the gap. Example: Fox is soft-pedaling the biggest public-integrity scandal in recent U.K. history to protect Rupert Murdoch. Democracy subverted by bribing  and blackmailing public officials? Fox doesn’t want you to know about that.

  • SDN

     That concession wouldn’t happen to have come from a Democratic AG, would it?

  • Saul

    No. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) — who’s currently being talked up as Mitt Romney’s running mate — was the New Hampshire AG who started the retro-active preclearances. Here’s her letter to the Bush DOJ:

    http://doj.nh.gov/election-law/documents/2005-rsa-652-11.pdf

    Delaney, Ayotte’s successor, continued the work she started.