Posted: March 16, 2012
I was pleased when the U.S. Justice Department blocked Texas from enforcing a law that requires voters to show state-issued voter identification at the polls, which bolsters the Wisconsin courts in its attempt to overturn the law that was approved by the State Legislature last year.
A county judge in Wisconsin last week blocked part of a voter-ID law that passed last year, ruling that the state legislature and our governor "exceeded their constitutional authority" by requiring citizens to show a photo ID to vote.
The rationale for the law is that there could be the potential for voter fraud. I may be mistaken, but I've never heard about voter fraud,nor do I think it's a problem in the Badger State. The fact is that Republicans want to potentially block people, like the elderly and minorities, from voting.
I lean towards the conservative side, but I do not think that Wisconsin law should mandate that a voter show a photo identification to cast their ballot. In fact, I would go as far to say that the legislative move is wrong for a lot of reasons. I hope more state courts agree with me and tell lawmakers that they are off-base to require a pictured ID to fulfill the right to vote.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it best:"Instances of voter fraud are rare and that instances of voter-ID laws are a solution in search of a problem".
RANDOM THOUGHTS: I have never given props to a restaurant or establishment for their food, service, etc., but I highly recommend a visit to the Blue Moose Grill & Bar in Bloomer. For the price and service, there is no better restaurant in the Chippewa Valley that produces a great meal and experience.
This is the week that my office mangager, Tammy, is reminded that it's March Madness. The fax machine is full of college basketball sheets with people who fill out their brackets Wednesday and Thursday. For the record, even though I have not followed college basketball as closely as in year's past, I have Kansas winning it all, accompanied by Duke, Ohio State and my sleeper, Murray State in the Final Four. (I'm guessing that two of those teams will not be in the tournament by the time you read this).