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Blacks Need To Know Who The Dems Are

From the Washington Times:

Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

October 20, 2009

Ben Conery

KINSTON, N.C. | Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.

The Justice Department’s ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" – identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.

The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters’ right to elect the candidates they want

"On top of that, you have an unelected bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., overturning a valid election," he said. "That is un-American." …

Others noted the absurdity of partisan elections since Kinston is essentially a one-party city anyway; no one among more than a half-dozen city officials and local residents was able to recall a Republican winning office here.

Justice Department spokesman Alejandro Miyar denied that the decision was intended to help the Democratic Party. He said the ruling was based on "what the facts are in a particular jurisdiction" and how it affects blacks’ ability to elect the candidates they favor.

"The determination of who is a ‘candidate of choice’ for any group of voters in a given jurisdiction is based on an analysis of the electoral behavior of those voters within a particular jurisdiction," he said…

Whites typically cast the majority of votes in Kinston’s general elections. Kinston residents contributed to Barack Obama’s victory as America’s first black president and voted by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 to eliminate partisan elections in the city.

The measure appeared to have broad support among both white and black voters, as it won a majority in seven of the city’s nine black-majority voting precincts and both of its white-majority precincts.

But before nonpartisan elections could be implemented, the city had to get approval from the Justice Department.

Kinston is one of the areas subject to provisions of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires the city to receive Justice Department approval before making any changes to voting procedures. Kinston is one of 12,000 voting districts in areas of 16 states, almost exclusively in the South, that the Voting Rights Act declared to have had a history of racial discrimination.

In a letter dated Aug. 17, the city received the Justice Department’s answer: Elections must remain partisan because the change’s "effect will be strictly racial."

"Removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office," Loretta King, who at the time was the acting head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, wrote in a letter to the city.

Ms. King wrote that voters in Kinston vote more along racial than party lines and without the potential for voting a straight Democratic ticket, "the limited remaining support from white voters for a black Democratic candidate will diminish even more."

Ms. King is the same official who put a stop to the New Black Panther Party case. In that case, the Justice Department filed a civil complaint in Philadelphia after two members of the black revolutionary group dressed in quasi-military garb stood outside a polling place on election last year and purportedly intimidated voters with racial insults, slurs and a nightstick.

After a judge ordered a default judgments against the Panthers, who refused to answer the charges or appear in court, the Justice Department dropped the charges against all but one of the defendants, saying "the facts and the law did not support pursuing" them.

Ms. King’s letter in the Kinston case states that because of the low turnout black voters must be "viewed as a minority for analytical purposes," and that "minority turnout is relevant" to determining whether the Justice Department should be allowed a change to election protocol.

Black voters account for 9,702 of the city’s 15,402 registered voters but typically don’t vote at the rates whites do.

As a result of the low turnout, Ms. King wrote, "black voters have had limited success in electing candidates of choice during recent municipal elections."

"It is the partisan makeup of the general electorate that results in enough white cross-over to allow the black community to elect a candidate of choice," she wrote

A little more background on this story from the Carolina Journal:

U.S. Justice Department Spurns Kinston Decision on Elections

By Lee Raynor

October 01, 2009

KINSTON — City leaders appear unwilling to challenge a U.S. Department of Justice ruling to overturn a citizen vote changing Kinston municipal elections from partisan to nonpartisan. Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, who announced the change, was the same DOJ official who, The Washington Times reports, recommended that the federal government “drop voter intimidation charges against members of the militant New Black Panthers” in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election.

Sixty-four percent of Kinston voters said “yes” to a November ballot initiative that would have switched city elections from partisan to nonpartisan. The measure passed by a 4,977 to 2,819 margin, with seven of nine precincts approving the change. The DOJ decision leaves the city as one of five municipalities in North Carolina to hold partisan elections, and the only one east of Charlotte.

King, in a letter overturning the election, said the city did not meet its burden of proof that the change “has neither a discriminatory purpose nor a discriminatory effect.” King’s letter went on to declare, “Removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office. In Kinston elections, voters base their choice more on the race of a candidate than his or her political affiliation, and without either the appeal to party loyalty or the ability to vote a straight ticket, the limited support from white voters for a black Democratic candidate will diminish even more. And given that the city’s electorate is overwhelmingly Democratic, while the motivating factor for this change may be partisan, the effect will be strictly racial.”

The letter cited voter statistics as of Oct. 31, 2008: “… 14,799 registered voters, of whom 9,996 (64.6%) are African-American.”

President Obama appointed King, a career lawyer in the department, to her post in January.

In the Philadelphia incident, several New Black Panther Party members in paramilitary clothing were filmed at a polling place wielding nightsticks and taunting white voters with racial epithets. The Times reported in July that King recommended dropping a civil case against two of three Philadelphia suspects and that her boss, Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, went along. The Justice Department opened an internal inquiry of the dismissal of the case in September.

Kinston has a five-person city council. Two of the five members are black. The city’s mayor, “Buddy” Ritch, a white male, defeated a two-term black mayor, Johnnie Mosley. Mosley won his first term by a margin of fewer than a dozen votes in a race against a white Republican. A black mayoral candidate was defeated in the September Democratic primary, leaving only white mayoral candidates. Nonpartisan elections eliminate the need for party primaries. The city would have saved about $20,000 if a primary had not been necessary in September…

Democrats have held a lock on power in Kinston for more than a century. Neither a Republican nor an unaffiliated candidate has won a city office since Reconstruction

The partisan system requires candidates without a party affiliation to collect about 600 signatures, or 4 percent of registered voters, to get their names on the ballot. It was just such an incident two years ago that prompted former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque to initiate the fight for change.

Hilary Greene, a black teacher, ran for Kinston City Council as an unaffiliated candidate two years ago. She lost the race.

“(She) was the impetus for the action,” LaRoque said. “I thought it was ridiculous to have to get nearly 600 signatures to run on the ballot. It was something I’d thought about for years, and discussed with others.”

Isn’t this (among other things) racist?

Mind you, the citizens of Kinston (who are largely black) voted to do away with party affiliation.

(Thanks to Nick B for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Blacks Need To Know Who The Dems Are”

  1. ilzito guacamolito says:

    Typical shameless libs. Just like affirmative action ~ blacks are just too stupid to get it right.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Democrats and the Obama administration say there needs to be partisan elections because blacks, and mind you only blacks, need to know which candidate is the democrat because they are too stupid to make an informed decision about the candidates without the overt bias of party affiliation. WOW, and people have the temerity to call Rush a racists. My favorite part:

    “Ms. King is the same official who put a stop to the New Black Panther Party case.”

    No bias here, nothing to see, move along. Wonder how many people ACORN registered in Kinston?

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      On a side note, since whites are the minority in Kinston, shouldn’t the Justice Department be more concerned with protecting their voting rights as opposed to the majorty black population?

    • caligirl9 says:

      Nope, it’s like a hate crime. It’s not a hate crime if the victim is white, unless he or she is gay, lesbian, or transgendered.
      You know, I don’t recognize this country anymore …

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Dingle”Barry” just called Blacks “Too Stupid” for their own good.
      Dare I ask, “Where are the crybabies now?”

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Next week, unnamed city works to provide a racial profile of all candidates in order to help white people / supremacists choose the candidates who best reflect their values.

    Turn around the racial configuration, for sake of argument, and see how rotten it sounds. Why are the Democrats so obsessed with race?

  4. proreason says:

    How can they know who the biggest thieves are if the party isn’t named? And if they don’t know who the biggest thieves are, how can they know who to vote for?

    Without the sure knowledge, they would have to learn to read more than the letter “D”.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    The leader of the gang (king o-blah-blah) and his entire administration simply know no bounds!

    Americans need to be loudly crying “FOUL”.

    These bast_rds are shameless!

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Another example of Washington taking Americans for knuckle draggin’ mouth breathers. When will it end?

  7. VMAN says:

    Personally I prefer partisan elections. Around here county councilmen and judicial races are non-partisan and frankly I don’t like it. I want to know the political affiliation so that I can vote against the crooks I mean democrats. I think the non-partisan judicial races piss me off the most. I know judges are supposed to be non-partisan. Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Give me a break!!!

    • U NO HOO says:

      I tend to prefer partisan designations. I usually know who I am going to vote for. I check ther vote guides.

      When someone crossfiles, shows up for both parties, I almost never vote for him, he has to be very very very strongly on my side.

      Actually in our states ballots are listed by party, not by individual.

      That’s it.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s things like this that make me want to turn up my Hank Jr, Jr, in the truck and decorate it with confederate flags and put a gunrack in….etc etc. However, I know that though a large majority of blacks support this kind of buffoonery, there is hope that it’s slowly changing…but will, of course, take a long, long time to find any semblance of sense; Decades or more.

  9. pdsand says:

    “On top of that, you have an unelected bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., overturning a valid election,” he said. “That is un-American.” …

    He sounds like he’s about 44 years too late to be making that argument.

    “The measure appeared to have broad support among both white and black voters, as it won a majority in seven of the city’s nine black-majority voting precincts and both of its white-majority precincts.”

    All gerrimandered by the same department of justice I’m sure.

    “Black voters account for 9,702 of the city’s 15,402 registered voters but typically don’t vote at the rates whites do.”

    So that means 62% of the registered voters are black. .62 times 11 districts gives 6.9 districts. So why do blacks get gerrimandered majorities in 9 districts?

  10. Tater Salad says:

    Seems Rev. Al screwed up again:

    Woman in Torture Case Says She LiedBy TOM BREEN, AP
    posted: 14 HOURS 38 MINUTES AGOcomments: 252filed under: Crime News, National NewsWith HP wireless printers, you could have printed this from any room in the house. Live wirelessly. Print wirelessly.
    PRINT|E-MAILMOREText SizeAAACHARLESTON, W.Va. (Oct. 21) – A black woman whose racially charged allegations of horrific abuse helped put several people in prison now says she lied when she alleged she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and tortured in a ramshackle West Virginia trailer.
    West Virginia authorities said in 2007 that Megan Williams, now of Columbus, Ohio, had been stabbed, beaten with sticks, sexually assaulted, doused with hot water, forced to eat animal feces and taunted with racial slurs by seven white men and women. She later said that hot wax was poured on her and that two of her captors had forced to drink their urine.
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    Shocking Case Takes Odd TurnJeff Gentner, AP7 photos Two years ago, Megan Williams said she went to a mobile home in Big Creek, W.Va., for what she thought was a party. Instead, she told authorities that she became the victim in a horrific kidnapping, rape and torture case. On Wednesday, Williams, pictured on the left with her mom in 2008, said she made up the whole thing.(Note: Please disable your pop-up blocker)
    Shocking Case Takes Odd Turn
    Two years ago, Megan Williams said she went to a mobile home in Big Creek, W.Va., for what she thought was a party. Instead, she told authorities that she became the victim in a horrific kidnapping, rape and torture case. On Wednesday, Williams, pictured on the left with her mom in 2008, said she made the whole thing up.
    Jeff Gentner, AP
    Jeff Gentner, AP

    In a press conference Wednesday, her attorney said his client fabricated the story to get back at a boyfriend who had beaten her up. Byron Potts said that Williams came forward because she no longer wants to live a lie. He encouraged West Virginia authorities to re-evaluate the case.
    Brian Abraham, the former Logan County prosecutor who pursued the cases, expressed skepticism that the story was a lie.
    “If she’s going to say that she made it all up, that’s absurd,” Brian Abraham told The Associated Press Wednesday. “This looks like another attempt to generate more publicity.”
    Abraham said police and prosecutors realized early in the case that they couldn’t rely on statements from Williams, who tended to embellish and exaggerate details.
    Instead, he said, the seven people were convicted based on their own statements and physical evidence. All seven pleaded guilty, and all but one were sentenced to long prison terms.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lawyers for Justice had urged prosecutors to pursue hate crime charges. The lawyers group organized a march on Williams’ behalf in November 2007, while Sharpton addressed a rally in Charleston a month later to urge the filing of hate crime charges. The state NAACP and other black leaders opposed the march, saying prosecutors should be trusted to make the decision.
    At the time, Abraham said that because Williams had had a relationship with one of the defendants — Bobby Brewster — it would be difficult to prove a hate crime occurred. Even so, one of the defendants, Karen Burton, pleaded guilty to a state hate crime charge.
    Those convicted were Brewster, his mother, Frankie Brewster; Danny Combs; George Messer; Burton; and Burton’s daughter Alisha Burton and son Linnie Burton Jr. Linnie Burton Jr. was the only defendant not to serve jail time; he was convicted of a misdemeanor battery charge and given a six-month suspended sentence.
    The assaults occurred at a trailer owned by Frankie Brewster in a rural area of Logan County, about 50 miles from Charleston.
    Calls to lawyers for the seven were either not immediately returned Wednesday or were met with refusals to comment. Abraham said none of the seven have appealed.
    “This was a very detailed criminal investigation,” he said.
    It will be up to the defendants to decide how they will respond to Williams’ statements, said Philip Morrison II, executive director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.
    Morrison questioned whether Williams’ actions would be sufficient to overturn their confessions, saying, “What are they going to say, ‘I didn’t really mean that?'”
    In late August, a woman who claimed to represent Williams arrived at the offices of The Associated Press in Columbus and said new information on the case would be released at a rally downtown on Oct. 21. A flier announced that Williams was “coming out with the truth.” There were no signs of a rally Wednesday afternoon.
    The Associated Press generally does not identify suspected victims of sexual assault, but Williams and her mother, Carmen, agreed to release her name. Carmen Williams, who died in June, said she wanted people to know what her daughter had endured.
    Reactions from people who supported Williams were guarded Wednesday, as advocates talked cautiously about a young woman whose mother once described her as “slow.”
    “We did have some concerns about what was being done at the time and how it was carried out by Megan and the family, because of her mental condition,” said the Rev. Audie Murphy, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Logan and Boone counties.
    “We feel the legal system will handle it accordingly,” Murphy said. “We didn’t rush to judgment then, and we’re not rushing to judgment now.”
    Sharpton, who donated $1,000 to Williams’ family as a Christmas gift, was contacted by Potts on Tuesday, who told Sharpton that Williams wanted to apologize for lying.
    Sharpton has sent a letter to Logan County prosecutor John Bennett asking him to look into Williams’ new claims and has urged Potts and Williams to meet with Bennett.
    “If Ms. Williams has, in fact, fabricated her story, then I urge your office to vindicate any wrongfully convicted individuals,” Sharpton wrote.
    In a phone call to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sharpton said the matter should be handled delicately, citing “psychological issues” with Williams.
    “This isn’t cut and dried either way,” he said. “Right is right, but I have no idea if tomorrow her story will change back.”
    Calls to Bennett were not immediately returned.
    Associated Press writer Matt Leingang in Columbus

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