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Democrats call on McDonnell to back off changes in felon voting rights restoration

Anita Kumar

After our story posted Saturday explained that Gov. Bob McDonnell plans to add another step for nonviolent felons to have their voting rights restored, the Virginia Young Democrats called on him to "to end his disenfranchising practices."

"Gov. McDonnell and the Republican Party have time and again showed the public their disinterest in seeing those that have paid their dues welcomed back into society," said Sean Holihan, president of the Virginia Young Democrats, which has 10,000 members in the state.

McDonnell (R) will require the offenders to submit an essay outlining their contributions to society since their release, turning a nearly automatic process into a more subjective one that some say may prevent poor, less-educated or minority residents from being allowed to vote.

"Any Virginian who has committed a non-violent offense and has paid his or her debt to society deserves the basic right to vote," said John Chapman, national committeeman for the Young Democrats. "We respectfully call on Gov. McDonnell to end his disenfranchising practices."

McDonnell's administration said the essay requirement is designed to put a human face on each applicant and to help staff members better understand each person's situation.

Officials are revamping the entire system for felons to have their rights restored as McDonnell works to make good on a campaign pledge to process every application within 90 days, considerably faster than any other administration in recent history.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 11, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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Comments


Keep stirring the pot Anita . . . “may prevent poor, less-educated or minority residents from being allowed to vote” . . . you forgot to add even though they could have someone write the essay for them.

Maybe the Virginia Young Democrats could step up to the plate and assist. Heaven forbid we should expect the “disenfranchised” to have some education or contribute to society . . . especially when it such a mundane matter as voting.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | April 11, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

While I know there are activists who want voting rights automatically restored, or as near as possible so that felons can vote (Democratic), the Constitution says otherwise. Asking what the person has learned from the experience is a very reasonable way of determining who should get the right to vote back. After all, you can get along just fine without voting, millions do. It seems a small price to pay if it is important to you.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | April 11, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse


Maybe the Virginia Young Democrats could step up to the plate and assist. Heaven forbid we should expect the “disenfranchised” to have some education or contribute to society . . . especially when it such a mundane matter as voting.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | April 11, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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Where in the constitution does it say thay a voter has to be literate or even a contributor to society? Who decides when someone is sufficiently literate, or if their contribution is big enough.

The South has a bad history of throwing obstacles in the way of voters.

Posted by: maggots | April 11, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

WeThePeopleofVirginia

Do you represent the bigot white barefooted virginian who chews tobacco and collects cans along side of the road?

I won't ask you does it hurt been retarded because from your blatant ignorance of a respone to this story....you basks in retardation!

People are sick and ashamed of McDonnell already and just want him to go away....I bet those independence saying he better be glad there's a term-limit on the governorship because his tight wad-assss wouldn't elected back in office....

AND HE SURE AS HELL WON'T GATHER STEAM WHEN HE TRIES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

Posted by: dove369 | April 11, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

WeThePeopleofVirginia - That has to be the most arrogant, egotistical, and downright ignorant comment so far. You are not, as your name indicates, representative of Virginia, unless its definition is exclusive to old, angry, uneducated, on government assistance, pot-bellied, white men.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | April 11, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

He doesn't have to worry about building support for re-election, but he better worry about his chance for the Presidency, and the GOP might as well forget about another Republican in the Governor's seat next term. Between him and the Attorney General it's only taken a few months to show their true colors. He said what he had to, to get elected. Probably the next misstep will be about woman's rights.

Posted by: tojo45 | April 11, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Virginians would like to recall this governor and replace him with someone who can do the job? McDonnell is clearly more an idealogue and a puppet of the ultra-right than anything else.

Posted by: greeenmtns | April 11, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

If a convicted felon who has a job is obligated to pay income taxes, then why shouldn't he/she be allowed to vote? It's past time for society to stop punishing those who've served their time.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | April 11, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Although the voting restoration issue is not nearly as polarizing as the Confederate History Month fiasco, McDonnell is finding out that once you step in deep doo-doo it's hard to remove the smell from your shoes. Civil right activists will dog him throughout his term, which shows that the master's thesis controversy was a relevant discussion topic during the campaign. Mr. McDonnell has not been entirely reborn as a pragmatist. Yet. Perhaps he will catch on that the public has no desire for a cultural transformation to the far right. Are you listening Mr. Cuccenilli? Mr. McDonnell needs to take a deep breath and focus on issues relevant to the majority of Virginians, like how to improve education, jobs, roads and medical care.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 11, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Deah Massuh Govenuh, Yassuh!

Me 'n Julio n' JimBob done seen da lite (da poleese lites)

I'ze been workin for Mizz Sheila and Bossman Doug doing some steppin 'n fetchin...dey dun learned me real, real good.

Kin I get my gun permit back?

Truly Yoursn,

Tiny

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

A reasonable solution is to have those who choose not to describe their "church and community" activities in an essay simply pay a fee instead. This approach clearly does not discriminate against any group, as proven by historical fact.

Posted by: Zontag | April 11, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. GOV

I know I am but a poor little black boy, but I found Jaysus in jail. Can I vote now??

Posted by: racerdoc | April 11, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Gov is re-vamping the system, not trying to keep potential Democrats from voting.

The same way McDee only left slavery out of the Confederacy Proclamation because it wasn't an important "issue for Virginia's secession."

LET'S START THE TIME CLOCK: HOW SOON BEFORE BOBBY MCDEE APOLOGIZES AND BACKTRACKS?

Posted by: rebeccajm | April 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Let my felons vote.

Posted by: shawnp220 | April 11, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

At first it seems completely reasonable to keep convicted felons from voting - until you realize that in VA, pretty much everything is a felony.

Posted by: fleeciewool | April 11, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

At first it seems completely reasonable to keep convicted felons from voting - until you realize that in VA, pretty much everything is a felony. And the rich or well-to-do never get arrested.

Posted by: fleeciewool | April 11, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Why not require EVERYONE to submit an essay... to the head of the Republican National Committee in EACH and EVERY state... before their allowed to vote.

You turn 18 you mail in your essay and see if they allow you to vote.

Why Not?

Oh, it's Unconstitutional? Oh, well, what if I interpret the Constitution conservatively?

Oh, really? Even More Unconstitutional? Oh, Ok, but what if I interpret the Constitution as a fascist, racist, classist, smug, daddy's boy?

Oh, so, THAT'S the ticket, huh? Well, then, that's what I am, so that's what we do.

PS - Praise Jesus! God Bless The United States of America and all her wealthy/and/or/ignorant White folk.

(PS stands for piece of sh!t)

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 11, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Is there any criticism of McDonnell by any group, however small, that the Washington Post will not deem a major news story?


Posted by: coastofutopia | April 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

All of this bull crap isn't about what the Governor of Virginia has done,is doing or will do..Its all about the last election when they were trounced in those election...
Next it will be the New Jersey Governor and then Sen.Brown from Mass....The wapo and Liberals just can't get over that and anything that have done or will do.. is just spite....


Posted by: Micholina1 | April 11, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I see the Democrats are using their youth programs just as Hitler did with the Nazi youth - the Dems have them issuing statements and making claims, per orders directly from the Democratic leaders and the White House.

Posted by: Realist20 | April 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So the governor wants to process voter applications more quickly? How about restoring non-violent felon voting rights automatically when their sentence is completed like 48 other states do!

Posted by: steve_k2 | April 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this sounds like a "Literacy Test"! What's next,a "Poll Tax"? Is the Governor willing to repeal the Voters Right Act? Google Literacy Test and Poll Tax and see what was done to Blacks in this country to keep them from voting. What is McConnell willing to do to "take HIS state and country back? Does he not look at the demographic trends? He can't change the fact that Whites will be a minority in the next 25-30 years!!!!
If a person has paid his/her debt to society, why shouldn't they be able to vote?
This is a dangerous and backward thinking man!

Posted by: mrobertson011 | April 11, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Would essays be read? By who? Someone in government? Would that make the government bigger or smaller?


Echos of ACORN. The main reason Karl Rove and the Republicans went after ACCORN is that they felt the people ACORN were helping to register would not vote GOP.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What a sanctimonious SOB.

Posted by: tom_walker | April 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

This is just the start, folks. McDonnell will throw every obstacle possible into the mix to narrow the voter rolls. He is and always has been a radical. Wait until he starts eroding women's rights. What's next, literacy tests? Ol' Virginny rises again.

Posted by: faygokid | April 11, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Any changes to the right to vote should not affect those who've already been convicted of a felony. They committed their crimes knowing that one of the consequences of being convicted was losing their right to vote. If a change to the law is made regarding non-violent felons having the right to vote it should be for those committing their crimes after the date this change is made.

Posted by: 0460 | April 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The Governor is a self righteous religious zealot. He plays to the ignorance and fear of the right wing community.

Gee, write a paper and see if I approve, then you may get the return of your voting rights.

The world and the country is changing, the Governor just can't accept change.

Before the election I called him an idiot, and he has done nothing to change the idiot label.

Posted by: COWENS99 | April 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

jagraham wrote:
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

From: James Graham

From: S STEELE
THE HEART OF OUR PROBLEMS IS OUR POLITICANS ARE MONEY HUNGRY !!!!

As a widow of a military retiree, who stood with her husband for over 20 years while he served this country (which was the greatest in the world until this Congress and President took over), I have to say I agree. Shirley

As a retired military man that have given over twenty-seven years of my life to my country, I truly feel that what this
Country needs most is a new amendment to the Constitution . I am recommending that we add the 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that Congress members could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn't pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Congressman, Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Congressman. Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States”.

This 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES Will apply to all passed, present and future
Congressman, Senators And Representatives.
Just think of all the money this would save the tax payers!!!!!

I think the Senators, Representatives or Congressman that comes out strongly for this will be our next President.

HTCM USN Retired James A. Graham E-Mail address is ( jagraham@charter.net ) Please forward !!!!!!!

Posted by: Micholina1 | April 11, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Micholina1:
"The wapo and Liberals just can't get over that and anything that have done or will do.. is just spite...."

No, if Creigh Deeds was doing this, it would still be appalling. Pity you can't see that.

Posted by: presto668 | April 11, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Their playing the Race Card, pure and simple. Since the Goldwater (1964) and Reagan gubernatorial (1966) races the GOP has perfected the black art of dividing America along racial lines. McDonnell is only the latest in this proud tradition. It may work in VA. and among older voters who still have a great deal of residual racism, but have you seen the cross tabulations of polls of younger people, particularly the 18-30 demographic, but also the 30-45s? They don't respond to the GOP's "dog whistles." So, where does THAT leave the party of Reagan, eh?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | April 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to be a member of a committee that grants or denies voting rights to elected officials, based on my subjective reading of their essays on what they have contributed to society. Being elected doesn't count. McDonnell's plan sure seems to be a covert attempt to decrease the number of registered Democrats so as to increase the effect of Republican votes in elections. Karl Rove would be proud. The best way to convince me to vote Republican is for Republicans to work to solve America's problems. And America HAS problems -- many of which do NOT involve the police AND/OR the armed forces.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | April 11, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

We should also give full rights to the French since they would likely vote Democratic as well.

Posted by: rlmayville | April 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse


Echos of ACORN. The main reason Karl Rove and the Republicans went after ACCORN is that they felt the people ACORN were helping to register would not vote GOP.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


Ref:ACORN
you are probably right...superman,bugs bunny and tweety bird are more than likey liberals..... being ACORN helped them register...

Posted by: Micholina1 | April 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Just bring back the poll tax and be done with it already, Governor.

Posted by: AReaderOutsideTheBeltway | April 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We are democrats and we only support the enfranchisement of those who would vote for us. Screw the rest. Screw the Constitution.

Posted by: AWWNats | April 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Once agan, the dems find themselves currying favor with a voting group -- small as it is -- in the same way they try to make citizens out of illegal aliens.

They just don't get it. They are all about themselves and, in cases like this, totally without principle -- again.

Posted by: jimbob3 | April 11, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Are you people for real? Now you want to give voting rights to convicted felons because they will vote Democratic too ? How bout we give everyone voting rights - illegals & foreigners too ...but only if they vote Democratic right ??? Writing an essay - oh wooopeee...wow....the companies that write essays for students will now be bursting with business !! After that the felons could just write on the chalkboard "I am rehabilitated now and promise to vote Democratic 50 times and that will suffice too huh ?? No wonder our country is in such a mess with idiotic thinking like this.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | April 11, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Great work Governor -- AND, KEEP IT UP!!

Taxpayers have already spent enough on these criminals -- regardless of whether or not they are, or are not violent! Future behavior is best predicted by past behavior. Liberals just cannot comprehend that fact! Progressives/liberals are merely looking for soft groups to get to the polls on election days. We do not need more dependents on the government. We do need honest citizens voting -- NOT CRIMINALS>

Great work Governor.

Anita, go get a job where you can make a positive contribution. Thanks!

Posted by: wheeljc | April 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch a bleeding heart liberals, forgive everybody for ANYTHING they have done. If you punks had your way mass murders would be on the street required to take self help and society made me do it classes.


Commit a crime and KNOW you are a second class citizen and you lose rights that you were born with.

Posted by: washpostlogin | April 11, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This action may please conservatives BUT it will require administrators to read the essays (if he plans on running an honest program), writing a reply (explaining why the essay failed to satisfy the reviewer) and maintaining a record data base to track all requests and actions. In other words, it means people must be hired WHICH means increased state payroll. According to the article, the gov has received about 300 requests since coming to office. Simple math tells us that he will receive about 1,200 requests annually. If his goal is what I think it is -- it would have been cheaper (and much more honest) to simply state he will not approve any request for a return of voting rights. Honesty, however, is not a conservative trait. Nor is fiscal conservatism. Thus we have a conservative doing what comes naturally -- spending more money, not addressing that fact and lying about the root reason for his decision.

Posted by: Freethotlib | April 11, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse


Next headline, "MCCONNELL REQUESTS POLL TAX IN VIRGINIA"


Posted by: mortified469 | April 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute, why limit it to a simple essay governor? Bring back the poll tax. You could also ask them what political party they belong to or intend to vote for, who they sleep with and finally if they believe in God or Allah. Do anything to suppress votes. How is the job market in your state, governor?

Posted by: info22 | April 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Of political extremism, Abe Lincoln would have said;
"You can fool some of the people, ALL of the time"... ;^)
-- cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

Posted by: RField7 | April 11, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Dems feel that way. They have tax cheats and law breakers in the Administration and Congress! Another outrageous demand by the far left!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | April 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Only the Democrats would worry about "disenfranchising" convicted felons. Now the Felons are the "victims", according to the limp-wristed Dems. I guess they feel that the right to vote is so cheap, that it should be handed out iwhtout a care......no ownder the country has turned against Obama and his socialist democratic party.

Posted by: Realist20 | April 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Heaven forbid we try to make people better. Let's just stick with the typical LIB method, mediocre is acceptable. No need to excel. PATHETIC

Posted by: askgees | April 11, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

DemocRATS have destroyed the US and created an entire group of idi0t's that are incapable of taking care of their selves and must depend on the Gov. Their constant pandering to groups for votes is the cause of just about every problem in the US.

Posted by: askgees | April 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The governor is taking Virginia back to a time before the Civil War....

AND TO HONOR THE SOUTHERN CIVIL WAR SOLDIER IS LIKE HONORING ANY OTHER TERRORIST WHO FIGHTS AGAINST HIS COUNTRY!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | April 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This is just the start, folks. McDonnell will throw every obstacle possible into the mix to narrow the voter rolls. He is and always has been a radical. Wait until he starts eroding women's rights. What's next, literacy tests? Ol' Virginny rises again.

Posted by: faygokid | April 11, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

And yet he won the election with out any of the BS you mention. LOL the thing I love about LIBS the most. They never let the FACTS interfere with their BS. LOL

Posted by: askgees | April 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If only democrats cared as much about preventing blacks from killing blacks as they did about getting black felons their voting rights back. The democrat party is all about power, and nothing more!

Posted by: cschotta1 | April 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

You race-baiters are out in force today.
You apparently go into convulsions at the mere mention of the name McDonnell.
There you all go again!
And why are you so interested in restoring voting rights to convicted felons?
It could be your concern for the civil rights of your fellow man? Well, that can't be it, otherwise you would be vocal supporters of the Tea Party protesters. After all, they are exercising their rights. But we all know that you would like nothing more than to shut them up 'by any means necessary'.
So therefore, I can only conclude that there must be something for you to gain from this change to the law. Could it be that these convicted felons will most likely be more dependant on the government and will, therefore vote for Democratic politicians that you also support? Yep! I think that's it.

Never trust a Democrat.
My mother is a Democrat and I don't trust her either.

Posted by: tulsadave | April 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse


To those who would deny full voting rights for non-violent parolees or who blame the disenfranchised of the nation for being dependent on the government - just what would you have these citizens do? Doesn't it occur to you that once a man or woman receives their due rights and the opportunity to work (without their pasts hanging over them) that they will become less dependent upon the other members of society?

Did you attend religious services this weekend? What message did you receive there? Hatred and intolerance or love and an open heart?

Posted by: talitha1 | April 11, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"My mother is a Democrat and I don't trust her either.
Posted by: tulsadave | April 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse"
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How proud you must make your parents. What ever happened to honouring thy mother and father?

Posted by: TraderX | April 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

to talitha1,
Will you please explain to us how restoring the right to vote to a convicted felon will help them become less dependant on the government?
Why are you so concerned about the rights of convicted felons?
Are you just as concerned about the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens when Congress passed health care reform that will require all of us to give the Federal government access to our medical history?
Or you might want to just call me 'hateful and intolerant' and then run and hide.

Posted by: tulsadave | April 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

OH NO! If non-violent felons had their constitutional voting rights automatically restored once their 'debt to society' was paid and done, just imagine the dangers it could pose to public safety! Voting might be highly addictive for all we know! They could start to crave that voting rush more & more and, before you know it, these ex-cons would all have hopelessly unstoppable voting addictions! Just imagine them hopping from state to state to illegally vote in every election they may find out there just to get their poll-fix. No doubt they'll turn to panhandling & prostitution to support their expensive voting habit. 'American Idol' and 'Dancing with the Stars' will be on TV forever!

I don't see any way of preventing such scenarios - unless, of course, we have these offenders write an essay about...uh, something, which would then be sent it in to, um, somebody somewhere. And then they could read all about whatever it is they wrote.. And that way the whole State of Virginia can just chill out, I guess.

Seriously though, what's next for [blacks in] Virginia? "Poll-taxes" or "Literacy Tests" as 'new' voting requirements? This guy sticks his foot in his mouth, what, almost every day now right? I guess he's trying to get into the Guinness Book as the elected official who made the most inexplicable statements to offend/insult/scare the crap out of an already-marginalised racial/minority group.

McDonnell would be HILARIOUS if he was a fictional character and not actually a real-life governor of a real-life state. The man is his own self-caricature and I can't help but feel as if he's really just part of a giant political prank someone's playing on everyone - it's hard to believe he really physically exists in this dimension and is actually doing and saying these things.

Posted by: ShakeAppeal | April 11, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

to TraitorX,
It is called 'hyperbole'. You should look it up. You might learn something.

Posted by: tulsadave | April 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Of course the left is going to whine about this because that's what they do. The fact is it has always been the Republicans that championed racial equality and the Democrats know it. When they start rejecting the likes of Robert Byrd then perhaps somebody might take them seriously. This is a phony show by the leftist Democrats and they need to be called out on it.

Posted by: rplat | April 11, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Echos of ACORN. The main reason Karl Rove and the Republicans went after ACCORN is that they felt the people ACORN were helping to register would not vote GOP.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


Ref:ACORN
you are probably right...superman,bugs bunny and tweety bird are more than likey liberals..... being ACORN helped them register...

Posted by: Micholina1 | April 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse
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That ACORN thing really didn't turn out well for the Republicans.

1. DA's and AG's have cleared ACORN one by one once they looked it to the unedited taps and how the ACORN workers reported the O'Keeffe, the pimp, to appropriated authorities.

2. O'Keeffe tried it again and now is facing Federal charges that require 10 years in prison without parole (will he write his own essay).

3. You won't see the above on FOXNEWS. So this may be new to many. Ultra Conservative US Sen. Coburn (R) advised right wingers not get all their info from he FOXNEWS (and says Pelosi is a nice gal).

I'm cool with all the racist posts though. It;s the type of thing that drives people away from the GOP. Long live the Tea Party, Southern thought and inferior leaders like McDonnell.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

washpostlogin wrote: "What a bunch a bleeding heart liberals, forgive everybody for ANYTHING they have done."

How Christian of you. Isn't that what Jesus supposedly did for you? And wasn't there something in the Bible that says man should strive to be Christ-like in all things? How's that lovie forgivie thing working out for you? [wink] Hypocrite.

Posted by: Sofie230 | April 11, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

wow, democrats default position has become hyperbole and a fear-mongering. what a sad commentary after the promises of obama's campaign. if requiring a felon to write an essay is "disenfranchisement" then taxation is slavery. get real people.

Posted by: dummypants | April 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

the fact that there isnt such a requirement already is dismaying.

democrats default position has become hyperbole and a fear-mongering. what a sad commentary after the promises of obama's campaign. if requiring a felon to write an essay is "disenfranchisement" then taxation is slavery. get real people.

Posted by: dummypants | April 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The State run Compost thinks this is a bigger story than Stupak seeing the light at the end of the Obamacare tunnel? Yeah, right..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 11, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell, the man who put guns back into bars. He really likes his nostalgia in brilliant living colors, especially VT Massacre red.

Time to resign, Bobby the Kid.

Posted by: BigTrees | April 11, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Felons are an integral part of the Democratic coalition:

Felons and public employees...

Do you think that partnership might hurt the reputation of ...felons?

Posted by: bobdame | April 11, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

eyez already tolz yuh dat eyez didn doo nuffins! Eye beez a good boy and bees turnin mi life aroun cuz eye bbez aspirin' rapper..... gnomesayin?

Hold your ground Governor!

Posted by: genbarlow | April 11, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Felons are an integral part of the Democratic coalition:

Felons and public employees...

Do you think that partnership might hurt the reputation of ...felons?

Posted by: bobdame
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Republican politicians say they want to shrink and not expand government but somebody has to be hired by the government to read and certify that the essays are good enough for the ex-con to get to vote.

Were you thinking the essays were gunna read themselves?

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

eyez already tolz yuh dat eyez didn doo nuffins! Eye beez a good boy and bees turnin mi life aroun cuz eye bbez aspirin' rapper..... gnomesayin?

Hold your ground Governor!

Posted by: genbarlow | April 11, 2010 8:36 PM
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What are you a comedian? Do you consider yourself a racist and I don't mean a NASCAR racist.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

LET'S FACE IT

ALL CRIMINALS ARE DEMOCRATS

THEY BLEW THEIR ONLY CHANCE IN LIFE

DON'T LET THE DEMOCRAT LOSERS VOTE

THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY COMMITTED THEIR CRIMES.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | April 11, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

LET'S FACE IT

ALL CRIMINALS ARE DEMOCRATS

THEY BLEW THEIR ONLY CHANCE IN LIFE

DON'T LET THE DEMOCRAT LOSERS VOTE

THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY COMMITTED THEIR CRIMES.

Posted by: charlietuna6661
Ken Lay hurt an awful lot of people. His conviction was vacated when died.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 11, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...is the criminal vote part of the Democrat party base?

Posted by: allamer1 | April 11, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Ofcourse they don't want to restore their voting rights. Those aren't their constituents. If they do, they will vote them out of office.

Posted by: amosdefnails | April 12, 2010 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a literacy test for voting. Worse, each one will be different and evaluated subjectively and unequally.

Posted by: audritsh | April 12, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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