Not content with gutting the Voting Rights Amendment and nullifying the 15th Amendment, conservatives set their sights on exterminating the principle of "one person, one vote" and at least some members of the US Supreme Court are looking to help them.
Up next (probably): a reconsideration of poll taxes and literacy tests followed by the nullifying of the 19th Amendment.
These photographs (and the story) are difficult to view but should serve as a reminder to every Congress Critter who votes in favor of sending our men and women into combat. I also strongly feel that Congress should be forced to send their own kin to war if they feel so strongly about it and should be forced to vote. Perhaps some of these good-for-nothings would be able to convince their colleagues to vote nay, particularly those who didn't have any war-ready children.
The first photo is of Capt. Nicholas Vogt. He received blood from my cousin who was stationed in Kandahar as a nurse and was part of the surgical team that saved his life.
[B]oth liberal and conservative lawmakers assume their voters are much further to the right than they actually are:
The typical conservative legislator overestimates his or her district’s conservatism by a whopping 20 percentage points. Indeed, he or she believes the district is even more conservative than the most right-leaning district in the entire country.
Liberals also think their constituents’ views are more conservative than they really are, but are typically only off by about five percentage points.
The research finds "no meaningful statistical relationship" between incumbency or professionalism and the accuracy of lawmakers' perceptions.
[T]he co-authors note that many scholars have found "politicians feel much more accountable to the wealthy, party leaders, or interest groups than to rank and file voters’ preferences," and that "politically active citizens tend to be wealthier and more conservative than others."