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Memorial Day means just 50 days before early voting begins in Shelby County for the August 2nd elections. That means we’re off to the races and the mud is beginning to fly.

A headline in the Commercial Appeal said “Candidates eye school referendum” with the subhead: “Vote could lead to Republican surge at polls in Aug. contests.”

Depending on where you sit, this is a good thing. To the liberals the newspaper is addressing, this is a bad thing. You know those suburbs are full of racist, anti-everything, cheapskate Republicans who actually do want their children to have a solid education. Damn their concern!

Reporter Zack Macmillan is clearly warning Democrats that they had better get busy and get their voters to turn out. They don’t want a repeat of the 2010 election when the GOP had almost a clean sweep. In the summer of 2010, however, Macmillan wrote a scare piece that predicted the opposite would happen. Happily, they got a thumpin’ to quote a recent GOP president.

Shelby Democrat chairman Van Turner whined that they lost because “every time you turned on the TV or radio” there was an ad from GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam. This time he feels that a May 2nd vote on the schools would have been more helpful to his party than the Aug. 2. Suburban voters concerned about the school issue will also be pulling the lever in races for district attorney, assessor, general sessions court clerk and County Commission District 1 seat.

The media is launching head first into the frey. The same issue of the newspaper had a rather devious trick on Congressman Stephen Fincher, up for reelection in the U.S. House. Once again, they used the PolitiFact device to target a Republican. They say “Fincher support of tariffs no foul” and actually cede that the Democrat attack on him for tariffs is not true. But the way it’s placed, someone just scanning the story will connect Fincher’s face and name with the “mostly false” graphic they have beneath his picture. Now that’s sneaky. Most readers probably will not read the full article and will be left with the impression that he lied.

Then we have Steve Cohen arguing yesterday that inconsistencies by the Shelby County Election Commission could rob voters of their rights, as reported by WMC-TV. Channel 5 went on to say “Cohen recently wrote a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder notifying him of significant errors in the voting records last year.

“Cohen says he first noticed the problem while preparing a district-wide mailing to constituents. He says there have been problems as recently as December 2011 with the record-keeping at Shelby County Election Commission and he wants something to be done about it.

“If there is purging of voters and it appears it’s being done to African Americans exclusively, this is an issue for the US Department of Justice to look into,” said Cohen.

“Richard Holden, Administrator for the Shelby County Election Commission says that is not the case.

“That is absolutely false. The voter histories are intact and have not been changed in any way,” Holden stated.

Last month Bev Harris, the director of Black Box Voting, discovered that the voting histories of close to 500 Shelby County residents, many of them lifelong voters, may have been altered to make it appear that they did not vote in recent elections.

“They had voted in the August primaries in 2010 and their records indicated they had not voted. The election commission said only 60 thousand people voted when over 100 thousand had voted. We saw that error. We called it to their attention,” Cohen said.”

Notice that they pulled this trick on the Republican run Election Commission on a holiday weekend when employees were not at the office. Robert Meyers, head of the election commission, couldn’t refute any of the charges since the offices were closed.

Channel 5 leaves the impression, however, that a wrong has been done. For the gullible, that will be enough to persuade them that someone is taking away their rights.

This is pathetic. But, since when did Democrats have any shame? As in Wisconsin, they cannot take a loss. They will weasel with the facts, connive and trick. They have nothing to lose, but democracy does.

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