“We’re the only state in the nation that has black elected legislative representation equal to black population.”
Rant Begins @ 1:45:
“For those who say that things are all right because we’ve got a black president let them come to Alabama,” former Ala. Democratic Party official Joe Reed said. “It was the state of Alabama and the state of Mississippi where the Voting Rights Act was considered to be most needed – these states gave Barack Obama fewer votes than any states in the nation. Racism, racism, racism is very much alive!”
Supporters of the act rallied outside the court today including busloads of Alabamians who say Section 5 is still needed to protect minority voters in places with troubled racial pasts.
Shelby County today argued that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that requires certain states like Alabama to get “preclearance” or permission from the government before redrawing districts or polling places is outdated, in part because the formula the government uses is based on voting data from 1964.
At least four of the court’s conservative justices seemed to agree, with swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy asking how long states like Alabama must live “under the trusteeship of the united states government.”
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I would like to give you a little background on Joe Reed, whom I liken to Sharpton & Jackson. And his connection, as many racists, like Wright, Ellison, etc. with obama.
In March of 2008, in obama’s race against Clinton for the nomination, obama was one convention delegate ahead. Alabama AFL-CIO President Stewart Burkhalter as an unpledged add-on delegate for the convention. Burkhalter, who was backed by the Obama campaign, won by six voters over Jerome Green of Birmingham, who was supported by Clinton’s team. Burkhalter pledged his vote to barry.
Obama won Alabama’s presidential primary on Feb. 5 by 14 percentage points back then. HOW that happened I don’t have a clue. Considering Reed cries foul on southern racist votes. Sixty-five people paid the $50 qualifying fee to run for the 10 Obama spots. That I also did not know. Pay to vote for obama, hmmm.
The interesting part is where Joe comes in:
“You wouldn’t want someone who supported another candidate to select the delegates,” Coleman said.
“That’s just a lie,” Reed said. “They had some folks they wanted to pay off.”
Then in April of last year, the Truth about Joe became apparent.
A quiet storm brewed inside the Alabama Democratic Party (ADP). Emails were forwarded, notarized letters were Fedex’ed, members of the State Democratic Executive Committee met to hand deliver notarized letters … to what purpose? A formal challenge (filed Thursday with the DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee, or RBC) to Dr. Joe L. Reed’s credentials as an “uncommitted” Party Leader/Elected Official (PLEO) delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
The basis for this challenge is that Dr. Reed appeared as both “uncommitted PLEO” and “Barack Obama PLEO” on the ballot at the April 14 SDEC meeting.
From the credentials challenge:
The issue is simple: you can’t hedge your bets. The challenged individual ran in Alabama at the PLEO level simultaneously pledged for opposing presidential preferences. Please see exhibit A. Essentially he “double-dipped” to increase his chance of selection. Rule 12(A) requires all supporters to choose and “be identified as to presidential preference or uncommitted status” at any given level. The language is clear because “or” requires a choice between mutually exclusive options. Rule 12(D) provides further guidance. The challenged became a “bona fide supporter” of Barack Obama when OFA certified him in writing. Therefore, the challenged cannot satisfy Rule 12(J) requiring he “reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.” Simply put, a certified Obama supporter can’t fairly represent uncommitted voters.
The challenge asserts that all males running as “uncommitted” were injured by Dr. Reed’s double dipping. They ask that he “be retroactively stricken from the uncommitted ballot as a corrective remedy,” a remedy which would cascade through the “uncommitted” male delegates as alternates move up in the PLEO and at-large categories.
The challenge also expresses concern for the integrity of future elections if Dr. Reed’s precedent of standing in more than one camp is allowed:
In this case, it can be argued, the challenged individual demonstrated a flagrant disregard for core democratic principles and created a dangerous precedent for 2016. Just like you can’t qualify in multiple districts to increase your odds, you also can’t run for multiple presidential candidates at the same level. Cast in a familiar light, consider it’s 2008 and someone couldn’t choose so they ran for both Barack and Hillary. Left unchallenged we will see this practice deployed widespread next cycle. It is imperative the RBC act decisively to deter further manipulation.
… If unscrupulous people are allowed to run at the same level for multiple presidential candidates they will be unfairly advantaged. Additionally, the RBC’s failure to intervene will greenlight this behavior to other states.
The controversy arises because Dr. Joe L. Reed is the person who did it and his are the credentials being challenged. He’s vice-chair of the SDEC, head of the minority caucus, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference and generally the Big Dog in the ADP.
To tell Dr. Reed that the rules apply to him the same as they apply to other people and to revoke his credentials at all levels would be like a cyclone sweeping through the ADP’s power structure.
So you see the connection of Joe Reed JUST being another racist for obama. You see he’s typical lib, by ‘hook or crook to get his way. He likes causing trouble. He enjoys being an upstart. And get this he has a son, Steven Reed is a familiar house-hold name in Montgomery. Frightening he is now a Probate Judge.
Joe has an interesting comment on our Constitution:
I mean who’s worried anymore about some racist language in the constitution? That’s symbolic.
This coming from someone who is using ‘race’ as his game plan. Jessie and Jessie Jr thrive in Alabama as well. I have seen many parallels in the 5 years I’ve been here, to Alabama politics with the Machine in Illinois. Here they are JUST named ‘Reed’. ~ JP