Tuesday, August 13, 2013

VOTER ID LAWS - VIDEO: North Carolina Governor Signs Sweeping Voter PHOTO ID Bill into Law - The Blaze - (2) VIDEO: Hannity: Mark Levin's New Book ' The Liberty Amendments' - Fox - Also: Article from American Thinker on His Book (3) Washington Post Buries its Allegation that Terry McAuliffe's Greentech Lied to Virginia Economic Development Partnership - Redstate (4) This New Infographic Seemingly Debunks One of the Most Crucial Anti-Gun Claims - The Blaze

North Carolina Governor Signs Sweeping Voter PHOTO ID Bill Into Law - The Blaze - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a fiercely contested initiative making sweeping changes in how and when the state’s voters can cast their ballots. Hours after Monday’s signing, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it and two other groups had filed a lawsuit challenging the legislation. The Republican-backed measure was opposed since it was proposed. There was no bill-signing ceremony. McCrory’s office issued a statement saying he signed the legislation and posted a 95-second message on YouTube giving his reasons. In the video, he called the measures he signed into law, including voter ID requirements, “common sense.” “You need photo ID to board an airplane, to cash a check and even to apply for most government benefits,” he said. “Our right to vote deserves similar protection.” He also said voter ID won’t be required until the 2016 election to give people enough time to acquire identification. McCrory slammed the “scare tactics” being used by the left to argue against voter ID laws. Republicans have said the legislation is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected. But voting rights groups and Democrats have suggested the true goal was to suppress voter turnout, especially among blacks, the young, the elderly and the poor.

(2) Hannity - Mark Levin's New Book - 'The Liberty Amendments' - Link to Part 2 of Sean's Interview.......

American Thinker Article - Mark Levin's 'The Liberty Amendments' - Tomorrow marks the publication of Mark Levin's important new book, The Liberty Amendments. I must confess that I had some trepidation when starting to read it, for as the editor of American Thinker I turn down most submissions that propose amending the Constitution as a solution for what ails us. The reason is simple: amending the Constitution is deliberately difficult to accomplish, so changing it is a solution easy to propose and difficult to dispose. But Mark, whose body of work as a political thinker includes not just the significant tomes Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia but also three hours a day of extemporaneous political talk on one the nation's most popular syndicated talk shows, is in a different category. And not simply because of his stature. The Liberty Amendments consists of a well thought-out program of amendments (offered as a starting point for discussion and modification), combined with a political strategy that could (at least potentially) work: using a constitutional convention called by two-thirds of the states. Read more........

(3) Washington Post Buries its Allegation that Terry McAuliffe's Greentech Lied to Virginia Economic Development Partnership - Redstate - There’s a good bit here of interest in this surprisingly hostile Washington Post article on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe* and his horrible, awful, no good kiddie electric car company GreenTech, but one particular bit jumps out: VEDP [Virginia Economic Development Partnership] officials were also uneasy about GreenTech’s heavy reliance on EB-5 financing. A top GreenTech executive told the VEDP that each year, 20,000 Chinese entrepreneurs immigrate using the EB-5 program. “If we obtain a fraction of that market alone, the funding will be substantial,” Yi “Gary” Tang, a former mortgage-backed securities trader who is now executive vice president of finance at GreenTech, told VEDP officials in an e-mail. Yet the maximum number of foreign entrepreneurs authorized by Congress is 10,000 a year, and the Government Accountability Office found that many fewer participated. Even after a surge of interest in recent years, a USCIS ombudsman said, about 7,400 visas were issued in 2012. …So, basically, the Washington Post is reporting that McAuliffe’s company lied to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009. Read more.....

Related: Direct Links
(1) Hopeful's Connections Jolt Bigger Virginia Race - N.Y. Times - Article contributed by Steve Peters......
(2) Biden, Napolitano Involved in McAuliffe Arm-Twisting at Department of Homeland Security? - Hot Air.....

(4) This New Infographic Seemingly Debunks One of the Most Crucial Anti-Gun Claims - The Blaze - A new infographic published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation is bound to baffle gun control advocates as it seemingly debunks the main anti-gun argument — that more guns equal more crime and therefore make Americans less safe. Using data from the Department of Justice, ATF, Pew Research Center, National Safety Council and Gallup, NSSF claims that gun crime has plummeted even as gun sales continue to skyrocket. The data indicates that homicides with firearms are down 39 percent since 1991 while other crimes with guns are down 69 percent. The numbers also show that unintentional firearms fatalities are down 58 percent since 1991 and down 81.3 percent since 1929. Additionally, 43 percent of Americans say they have guns in their home. See larger graphics and charts.......

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