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More on voting lines, specifically who doesn’t have them

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Ezra has a post up about how other countries miraculously don’t have long lines for voting the way Americans do. I’m on board 100% with opposing long lines and thinking something fishy is going on. You know why? Because guess who doesn’t have long lines to vote? Texas. (Austin, at least, though none of my relatives or friends who’ve voted elsewhere say they’ve waited in line. I just realized I’ve only ever voted in Austin, having lived here since before I could vote.) The only time I’ve waited in line to vote was during the Democratic primary this year, and it was the last hour of the last day of early voting. And even then it was 30-45 minutes. And in that case, it was obvious that they just didn’t have the time to handle what was something like 10 to 20 times the capacity of voters they usually get during primaries, so it was understandable.

Otherwise, the idea of waiting in line is baffling. Our early voting stations have like 30 machines, and 6-10 volunteers. It takes about 2 minutes to vote, at least if you vote straight party, and I suspect most people do. Even on Election Day, it’s not a big deal. I remember my ex-boyfriend diddled until he had to vote on Election Day in 2004, and he went at the highest traffic time and waited 5 minutes. I live in a part of the city that’s remarkably dense for this part of the country and thus there’s absolutely no excuse for long lines in other cities in the South and Midwest that are almost surely less dense than we are in these parts of Austin.

It’s easy to see why there’s no hassle in Texas to vote—because there’s too few elections that are close enough to bother going to the effort to make it hard for people to vote. The state is firmly red. Small pockets are firmly blue. The geography of the state means that discouraging voting wouldn’t make a difference, most likely. However, the geography of the state encourages ridiculous redistricting schemes, but that’s the topic of another post.

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Ch-ch-changes…..

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After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.

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Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies

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I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.

And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.

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Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence

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At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:

I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.

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