The Free Patriot
In a victory for the GOP and for honest elections, an US District Court Judge Eric F Melgren, has ruled that the constitution grants states the right to set whatever requirement they wish on voting, provided it is constitutional. He also cited a SCOTUS ruling last year that the EAC (Elections Assistance Commission) cannot refuse to add voter ID on their motor voter registrations.
“On one hand, the ITCA decision acknowledges the broad scope of Congress‘ power under the Elections Clause, which includes the authority of the NVRA to preempt state law regarding voter registration. But the ITCA opinion also emphasizes the states’ exclusive constitutional authority to set voter qualifications — which Congress may not preempt — and appears to tie that authority with the power of the states to enforce their qualifications.”
The states had previously requested it, but they refused and the states refused to recognize those applications. SCOTUS ruled that the states had to accept the applications but also made it clear that if the states insisted on voter ID, the EAC could not refuse them. The suit was brought by Kansas and Arizona. The case was tried by Kansas Secretary of State Kris W Kobach, who called it a victory for himself and the states he was representing.
Voter groups are saying it will prevent some people from voting, which is precisely why the law was written. Illegal aliens and the dead can swing a lot of elections as witnessed by large absentee balloting. The GOP will be watching closely to see
What could possibly go wrong? The Obama administration is looking to hand over $7 billion in military equipment to Pakistan – for free!
Pakistani youths view the house, background, of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday, May 8, 2011. Osama bin Laden was killed by a helicopter-borne U.S. military force on Monday, in a fortress-like compound on the outskirts of Pakistani city of Abbottabad. (AP Anjum Naveed)
With the war in Afghanistan winding down, news reports suggest that the United States may dispose $7 billion in military equipment by handing it over to Pakistan.
The Washington Post (WP) reported that the potential move could be, “part of an effort by the Pentagon to unload excess military supplies to US allies at no cost”.
The report said that discussions on this issue has been taking place over several months between American and Pakistani officials.
One motive for this potential transaction is that the US does not want to pay to ship out leftover military hardware from the conflict in neighboring Afghanistan.
The WP report gives detail that although a final decision on this issue has not been taken, Pakistan has particular interest in acquiring the US Army’s mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.
The MRAP vehicles could be used by Pakistan’s military in its fight against Taliban insurgents within its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
The WP report describes the MRAP as,”the backbone of the US military’s vehicle fleet in Afghanistan…designed to protect American troops from explosive devices”.
Pentagon leaders have said it would potentially cost more than $100,000 per vehicle to ship MRAP vehicles back to the US.
The US government is offering the vehicles to allies for free on an “as-is, where-is” basis, said the report quoting a Pentagon spokesman.