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Philly Trib’s Ellison Chats with McAllister on VRA, Civil Rights and the Relationship between Blacks and the GOP

In Articles on August 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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“Are issues like the recent decision from the Supreme Court on the VRA (voting Rights Act), the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, and the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action the type of issues that will get Black voters mobilized for the 2014 midterm elections?” Writer Charles D. Ellison (above) asks this to Lenny McAllister in an upcoming interview for The Philly Tribune.

PHILADELPHIA / WASHINGTON, DC (August 1, 2013) – (Courtesy The Philly Tribune) Sirius XM Radio host and Washington correspondent to the Philly Tribune Charles D. Ellison talks with Republican strategist and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister about the impact of recent legal decisions over the summer on the upcoming elections in 2013 and 2014.

 

The full quote from McAllister is listed below. The full article from Ellison will be published this weekend (August 2 – August 4).

 

“Although these issues were not designed to prompt Black voters to a higher level of political engagement and consciousness, the historic events of the past 60 days will certainly become a collective force that will galvanize voters for the rest of 2013 and, most likely, throughout 2014 as well. As long as Republicans and conservatives are collectively incapable of connecting to Black voters in the aftermath of these events as well as on pertinent ‘dinner table’ issues, the GOP ticket will be on the wrong side of election night results in more areas across the nation.”

 

“It was good to see a meeting at the White House concerning the Voting Rights Act this week. We need to see more Republicans taking the forefront in securing the potency of the Voting Rights Act moving forward. Politicians such as Leader Eric Cantor have indicated support for this, so we must move forward and make Republican support for the VRA a visible advocacy. I support this effort, as civil rights protection must be a bipartisan goal in the 21st century. Sadly, on issues such as the Voting Rights Act, there is an element within the Republican Party that is more inclined to disengage Black voters and distance some from suffrage rights than this element is to engage Black citizens and win over these valuable voters. This approach is both un-American and unethical. It works against the party at election time. It works against healing and rebounding the nation overall. It is misguided and inappropriate. If it continues, 2014 starts lining up to be a repeat of 2006, 2008, and 2012. As leaders within the GOP, it is time that we prove to African-Americans that our focus as a party is to always uplift the American Way, not merely the Republican way or any GOP candidate. Without this clear and renewed focus, issues of civil rights, race, and justice will become partisan issues – and if this is so, the Republican brand currently cannot withstand the electoral scrutiny it will face in 2013, 2014, and moving onward into the next presidential election.”

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

For more information, go to http://www.LennyMcAllister.com or call 773-492-0509

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LISTEN: The McAllister Minute (November 14 – November 20, 2012)

In The McAllister Minute on November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

“…And, by the way: one other mandate: Black voters still matter – a lot. For all of the Republicans’ focus on Latinos and the Democrats’ focus on marriage equality laws, it was the Black voter turnout that shocked pundits across the nation…”

AMERICAN URBAN RADIO NETWORK (November 14, 2012)

“People will come around and tell you that there was a mandate given as a result of (the) re-election of President Barack Obama.

“Well, they would be right – and wrong.

“There were a LOT of mandates given at the ballot box throughout America…”

“One mandate told the American people that personal connection meant a little more than economic and political apathy…another mandate told the Democrats in Washington: find a way to make a deal work with the fiscally-conservative Republicans controlling the House of Representatives before we all fall off of the fiscal cliff.  Yet another mandate told the Republican Party: it’s time to back to the future if you’re going to lead in this diverse nation. Go back to a time when Republicans were ahead of the social curve on issues of justice, such as abolition, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and fiscal reform…

“And, by the way: one other mandate: Black voters still matter – a lot. For all of the Republicans’ focus on Latinos and the Democrats’ focus on marriage equality laws, it was the Black voter turnout that shocked pundits across the nation.

“Democrats: Black America can still deliver when it’s time to vote in politicians, but when that is over, Black America demands that those politicians act as leaders when in office. And Republicans: Black America will demand political accountability from both sides of the political aisle, so if you will compete for votes, Black America will push for positive change in our communities.

“And your mandate, Black America: demand nothing less than results starting in 2013.”

Catch this version of “The McAllister Minute” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch the version on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

LISTEN: Lenny McAllister on Radio New Zealand (Friday, September 28, 2012)

In Audio on September 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law remains before a state judge to determine its validity. Lenny McAllister speaks with Radio New Zealand Friday morning (in New Zealand) to discuss the impact of the current crop of voter ID laws nationally.

RADIO NEW ZEALAND (September 28, 2012): Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister speaks to Geoff Robinson of Radio New Zealand’s Morning Reportabout the Pennsylvania voter ID law and the controversial wave of new laws that have hit the books in time for the 2012 general election. Catch the interview by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

 

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Lenny McAllister Calls It Right on PA Voter ID Law Ruling

In Upcoming Appearances on September 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist and notable commentator, is responding to news of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voter ID law ruling, nearly a week after standing with voter advocates.

McAllister stood on the steps of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last Thursday, saying that the law was being implemented hastily and was not in the best interest of voters. Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the law be vacated.

“As I said while standing with the NAACP on Thursday, I believe in voter validation. However, I believe that all voter validation efforts must protect both the citizen’s right to vote and the process of the vote simultaneously,” said McAllister.

“Pennsylvania’s law in its current form overreaches its intended goal by way of flawed legislation and implementation. I welcome future efforts that will encapsulate the need and insightful implementation of voter validation efforts moving onward,” Lenny added.

Read today’s statement by the Pennyslvania court by visiting: http://www.pacourts.us/Opinions/SupremeOpinions/SupremePostings.htm.

 

 

READ: Lenny McAllister’s Statement from Philadephia, PA on Voter Validation

In Speeches on September 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

A cutting-edge Republican that connects with the emerging America, Lenny McAllister speaks out on controversial issues such as the proactive need for voter validation measures.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT:

I believe in civil rights. I do not always agree with the NAACP’s direction on the political front. In fact, more often than not, we respectfully disagree. Yet, there are times when a critical concurrence should take place.

On cautioning Americans on laws that potentially inhibit the votes of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians in its current implementation, we concur on the side of those at risk, many of whom are African-Americans or disadvantaged citizens that desperately need to deepen their engagement with both political parties and the political process overall.

Voter validation efforts must uphold the attribute of empowerment that comes whenever a citizen exercises his Constitutional right to vote. Those efforts must also bolster the parameters of appropriate participation in the greatest democracy in the world so that our republican form of government – from decorum during debate to valor in protecting the right to vote – is done in a manner that honors the Republicans and Democrats that fought and died to ensure American suffrage for our fellow citizens. Both our forefathers and future generations of Americans are counting on us to get it right today.

These legislative maneuvers – pursued, in theory, to optimize the value of America’s collective voting effort – cannot, in turn, truncate the nation’s diverse electoral voice and inhibit our ability to celebrate freedom across racial, socioeconomic, and geographical differences. Pennsylvania’s recent Voter ID law – passed in March and under appellate scrutiny ever since – may not be the best way to approach voting vulnerabilities with its current form, pace, and rollout. Not with a $5 million rush as we approach November. Not with the perception that it’s an “us vs. them” situation between Republicans and Black Americans that does not reflect civic partnership. Not with statements from Republican leaders that suggest that this law is key in guaranteeing a victory in 2012.

Let me be clear: there is a need for us to implement a proactive, intelligent, and empowering model to address voting in a 21st century America that faces the challenges of transient populations, questions of naturalization and residency, and mistrust across the sharp partisan divide. I believe in voter validation. I believe that a majority of Americans across political perspectives – conservatives like me on through – also believe in voter validation. However, I also believe that successful, non-discriminatory, and citizen-centric validation efforts are best implemented methodically and without the over-reach of jeopardizing the votes of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. The efforts must be in the full spirit of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, placed into law with the overwhelming support of Republican congressmen and renewed by the pens of Republican presidents Reagan and Bush.

While the intent of voter validation may be legitimate and well-intended, new validation laws must ensure that the thousands already legally within the voting system are embraced, even as we work to eradicate suffrage vulnerabilities. When we work in a potentially-rushed fashion in response to hundreds of cases of voter fraud at the risk of disenfranchising thousands of voters – many of whom are African-American and in need of more responsive government in contrast to what they currently get as constituents – it is advisable for us to take a step of contemplation for the sake of the best solution for the future. We cannot allow the need for tempered, methodical voter validation laws to morph into a movement for implementing voter suppression tools for the sake of winning specific elections – whether that notion is perceived or otherwise.

Both Democrats and Republicans must be honest: voter validation is bigger than President Obama, Governor Romney, and the 2012 election. This is bigger than the notions of racist Republicans and demagoguing Democrats. American democracy is bigger than American politics. Yet, this issue is primarily wrapped in the partisan labels of today, not the potential consequences for tomorrow.

Today, African-Americans face high unemployment, harsh economic conditions, poor education choices, and tragic healthcare disparities. It is critical that these Pennsylvanians – from North Philly to Pittsburgh Penn Hills –are capable of engaging both political parties effectively with discourse each legislative session and at the ballot box every November. Any tone from either side of the partisan divide that manipulates the most vulnerable of Americans away from this does a disservice to my native Pennsylvania, regardless of if you believe voter ID laws are necessary or if you believe voter suppression laws are on the rise. I caution my Democratic friends against actively demonizing all members of a political party over a reasoned, yet currently flawed legislative solution. I caution my fellow Republicans against taking back America by taking away legitimate access to ballot boxes – while throwing away legitimate opportunities to form new partnerships with voters in sore need of new political leadership. No partisan monopoly on civil rights struggles can exist in modern day America if we are to rebound moving forward as united states.

It is my hope that those reviewing the law today will hold paramount in their thinking – the ramifications for the disadvantaged for years to come, not just the fates of the political combatants for the elections this fall.

Thank you, God Bless you all, and God Bless America.

Black Republicans: Bolster Voter Validation Efforts, Stop Voter Suppression – Yes, Both Can Be Done

In Articles on July 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Controversial issues such as Voter ID laws should find Black Republicans actively on the front lines of artfully conveying the conservative standpoint and articulating advocacy for constitutionally-based Black suffrage.

Without the unique positioning of Black Republicans to mitigate the differences between appropriate voter validation efforts and unethical voter suppression actions, the GOP will remain cast as civil rights villains – and the nation loses as a result.

Can there be voter validation efforts through the nation – particularly in this heated election year – without those efforts wading into the shark-infested waters of voter suppression?

Most progressives – and most minorities in America these days – say no. Yet, there is a way, but that path must be laid and led by Black Republicans.

Although there have been some Black conservatives that have supported efforts that have put into question access to voting moving forward, there is a large segment of Black Republicans that believe in upholding the civil rights efforts of the past.

…no one is better suited to balance the efforts of voter validation than Black Republicans. Yet, as has been argued before, these conservatives must take their efforts to both the GOP party ranks and the Black community simultaneously. If Black Republicans are not willing to push back on voter ID efforts that, in their yield, prevent Black citizens from being able to vote in 2012 without appropriate Constitutional cause, then they must be willing and active in modifying the arguments, efforts, and laws that cause this unfortunate reality. Despite the rhetoric from many Black conservatives, today’s political environment does promote some instances where Black Republicans must be dutifully aware of the history of discrimination in America and how it has consistently impacted Black people in this nation – from slavery to Jim Crow to voting rights. If anyone has the capability of making sure that voter ID laws are about validating voters and not suppressing the Black vote, it must be the active Black Republican, a politico that must be both aware of the realities of sanctuary cities and one-stop voting and the vile re-introduction of racism in American political discourse. A semblance of hope for balance and political civility for Black America (and the nation overall) could sprout from a successful and appropriate Black Republican role in this debate…

 

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DREAMing Voter ID and Presidential Evolution

In Articles on June 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

Voter ID requirements have already produced a large reaction both for and against the proposed laws. President Obama’s new immigration policy will likely stoke the fires of passion even more.

Between sanctuary cities, the Department of Justice’s lawsuit concerning SB 1070, and the president’s evolution” on immigration reform, voter validity measures are more important than ever moving forward.

 

Just fill in your information and just sign here. I’ll transfer your information myself and we’ll mail you a voter registration card.”

These noteworthy words above come on the heels of President Obama’s recently-announced (and oft-interrupted) plans to change the deportation policies. They were recently spoken by a genteel, non-threatening older woman with a clipboard on the south side of Chicago.

“If you just put in your information and your address, we’ll transfer your information to this other form and we’ll mail you your voting card for this year.”

In a sanctuary city such as Chicago, and coming right after the president’s announcement, this template for “change” is one that should give Americans pause – and validate concerns that some conservatives have in support of Voter ID laws.

It is impractical for the same set of progressives that commend the president’s move with illegal immigration on Friday and champion the continued practice of sanctuary city status around the nation – often in defiance of federal law.  We can’t ignore the heightening need to get a handle on voter validity issues as soon as possible.

 

Catch more of Lenny McAllister’s DREAMing Voter ID and Presidential Evolution” on Politic365