Protecting the Vote

In Texas, you can vote with a gun license but not with a student ID.

It’s not just students who are finding themselves at risk of being disenfranchised as we approach the 2012 elections. In the past year, the GOP has launched a nationwide, politically motivated effort to restrict our most fundamental civil right: casting a ballot. Today, the Democratic National Committee Voting Rights Institute is releasing a report on this unprecedented assault on voting—and what Democrats are doing to protect the vote for all Americans.

The Voting Rights Institute’s report, A Reversal in Progress: Restricting Voting Rights for Electoral Gain, finds that, across the board, these new Republican-passed laws make it harder to vote, particularly for voters who supported President Obama and Democratic candidates in 2008. By restricting different stages of the voting process, each of these measures is designed to shave off eligible voters from the 2012 electorate—purely to benefit Republican candidates.

The report highlights how Democrats across the country—from the grassroots level to Congress—are taking a stand to protect the right to vote, shifting momentum back toward an electoral system that is open, accessible, and fair for all eligible Americans.

From Democratic activists gathering signatures to overturn repeals of Election Day Registration, to Democratic governors vetoing photo ID laws, to lawyers volunteering at the polls, Democrats at all levels are continuing the important work of protecting the vote, from now through Election Day 2012.

Visit the Democratic National Committee’s new website to read the full report and learn how you can get involved in Democrats’ voter protection work. The first step in fighting back? Get the word out by sharing the site with your friends and family.

World AIDS Day: Leading with Science, Uniting for Action

The Doña Ana County Democratic Party joins in commemorating World AIDS Day and joins in this year’s theme “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action.” Today the Doña Ana County Democratic Party looks forward to the day we get to zero: Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Held on December 1 each year, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate the lives of those people who have been lost and promote awareness of HIV prevention.

First held in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. While people are living longer with HIV/AIDS because of tremendous advancements in medications and treatment, the threat of infection remains real and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is still increasing in 2011—both worldwide & locally. HIV/AIDS shows no discrimination. In 2011 it is the #1 killer of African American women between 25-34 years old, and the rate of new infections is increasing in the Latino/Latina population. In the United States one of every five of those infected don’t know it. Today we join in bringing awareness to the ongoing health crisis of HIV/AIDS.

More information on World AIDS Day, to get the facts about HIV/AIDs, and to find national and community resources go to AIDS.gov.

December 1: News Roundup

New report shows economy adding more jobs than expected, more positive numbers in housing, retail. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times.

No “do-overs.” President Obama won’t back off the deal Republicans made in August on the debt. There’s more at Politico.

LULAC, the Hispanic civil rights organization is allowed into the New Mexico Congressional redistricting case by the Court over objections by Governor Susana Martinez. There’s more at the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Mitt Romney squirms in a Fox interview. There’s more at the Washington Post.

New polling in GOP primary states suggests Newt’s rise against Romney may not be just another mirage. There’s more at TPM.

A Gallup Poll this week shows a big “intensity gap” for Mitt Romney among Republicans. There’ s more at Gallup.

More trouble in paradise: As Newt Gingrich’s primary poll numbers rise, Mitt Romney attacks. There’s more at the Washington Post.

New polling from the PEW Research Group shows a steep decline in the popularity of the Tea Party, even in Tea Party districts. There’s more at PEW Research.

Missed it by that much: “Foreign policy expert” Michelle Bachmann criticizes Obama Administration saying she would close the United States Iran Embassy. The Embassy’s been closed since 1980 during President Jimmy Carter’s Administration. There’s more at TPM.

The ever-clueless Texas Governor can’t recall what the voting age is as the Rick Perry campaign shimmies into New Hampshire. There’s more at the Washington Post.

“I’m the Democrats worse nightmare,” declares scandal-ridden Herman Cain on his farewell tour in Ohio. There’s more at TPM.

We used to criticize the Soviets and Cubans for this: Alabama, the “show-me-your-papers” state, urges residents to spy on their neighbors in case they are illegal immigrants. There’s more at ThinkProgress.

A silver lining to austerity: House Republicans complain that cutbacks will force Congressional staff reduction. There’s more at The Hill.

Republican anti-Union bill fails in New Hampshire. There’s more at the Nashua Telegraph.

In an editorial today, the Washington Post tells Republicans to “get real” on immigration and drop the shameless rhetoric. There’s  more at the Washington Post.

He said it, not us: Newt Gingrich responding to an HIV/AIDS question tells a South Carolina audience, “One of the real changes that comes when you start running for president – as opposed to being an analyst on Fox – is I have to actually know what I’m talking about.” Watch it on YouTube.

By the Numbers: $1500

President Barack Obama’s proposed payroll tax cut would put an extra $1,500 in the pockets of the typical American family that makes $50,000 a year. But if Congress doesn’t act soon, the same family could see their taxes go up by $1,000.

The President was in Scranton, Pennsylvania today urging Congress to take action and extend the payroll tax cut.

Want to find out how you would be affected by President Obama’s payroll tax cut—or how much more you’ll pay if Congress doesn’t act? Check out the White House Payroll Tax Cut Calculator.

White House photo (above)