The ACLU Challenges Florida Voter Purge in Federal Court; The Conservative Effort to Divide the Working Class

06/11/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about the ACLU' s lawsuit against Florida over the voting purge. And we'll talk about the conservative strategy to divide working class voters. But first some listener comments about last Friday's program. Several listener comments wanted to discuss the voting purge and tax breaks for Wal-Mart. Here's what three listeners had to say.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLUFL), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) and the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP last Friday filed a legal challenge to Florida’s efforts to make lawful citizens and already legally registered voters re-verify their citizenship or lose their ability to vote. Here to talk about it is Baylor Johnson who is a spokesperson for the Florida ACLU.

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Next up- in the wake of last week's Wisconsin recall vote some conservatives have come up with a new strategy to divide working people in the US. The strategy was out lined on Red State by Ned Ryun president of the American Majority last week.

And yesterday there was a discussion on the ABC-TV show THIS WEEK in which the conservatives on the panel (Mike Huckabee and Ann Coulter) decried the salaries paid to public sector workers.

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t seems like the system is cracking down in various ways to identify folks who may not be legal citizens in America. My last name is Vassallo which could be mistaken for Latino heritage. However it is Maltese. Here is an example of what I am referring to: It was time to renew my driver's license and I was required to bring my birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a social security card, and 2 proofs of address. I submitted all of the above including 2 marriage certificates, one from the church and one from the state of California; both certificates had raised sealed stamps. The Tax Collector did not accept my marriage certificates. I am required to get a certified copy from the vital statistics clerk in California. The cost is 14 dollars, along with the 6 plus change dollars I was required to pay for a temporary renewal license and a 2 dollar fee to use the ATM. The tax collector does not accept Visa credit cards. These additional charges of almost 25 dollars do not include the 65 dollars I will be required to pay once I submit a 'certified' marriage certificate. The fact that I have been divorced for over 20 years is irrelevant. What a racket! Enjoyed your call in show today and was compelled to share this tidbit. Margaret Vassallo