Some highlights from the piece
just out from McClatchy:
Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed tougher state voter identification laws and steered U.S. attorneys toward investigating voter fraud _ policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes....
Since 2005, McClatchy Newspapers has found, Bush has appointed at least three U.S. attorneys who had worked in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division when it was rolling back long-standing voting rights policies aimed at protecting predominantly poor, minority voters.
Another newly installed U.S. attorney, Tim Griffin in Little Rock, Ark., was accused of participating in efforts to suppress Democratic votes in Florida during the 2004 presidential election while he was research director for the Republican National Committee. He's denied any wrongdoing....
Several former voting rights lawyers, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of antagonizing the administration, said the divisionâs political employees reversed the recommendations of career lawyers in key cases and transferred or drove out most of the unitâs veteran attorneys.
And Rove's preoccupation with the issue:
Last April, while the Justice Department and the White House were planning the firings, Rove gave a speech in Washington to the Republican National Lawyers Association. He ticked off 11 states that he said could be pivotal in 2008. Bush has appointed new U.S. attorneys in nine of them since 2005: Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico. U.S. attorneys in the latter four were among those fired.
Rove thanked the audience for âall that you are doing in those hot spots around the country to ensure that the integrity of the ballot is protected.â He added, âA lot in American politics is up for grabs.â...
One audience member asked Rove whether heâd âthought about using the bully pulpit of the White House to talk about election reform and an election integrity agenda that would put the Democrats back on the defensive.â
âYes, itâs an interesting idea,â Rove responded.
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