VIDEO: Ellison Pushes to Ban Photo ID Voting Requirement, Challenges 'Secret' Farm Bill

The 5th District representative will host a panel Wednesday in Hopkins about LGBT issues.

Voter ID

Last week saw Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduce two bills intended to make access to voting easier. One bill allows people to register and vote on the same day in federal elections. The other bill bans states from requiring voters to show voter idea.

Ellison says the bills would prevent millions from being disenfranchised and argues that Republicans are trying to suppress historically Democrat blocs, such as youth and minority voters.

“Eligible voters deserve access to the polls. By passing these bills, we can ensure our nation lives up to its ideals and protect the most fundamental right in our democracy,” he wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Kos.

The proposals won praise from liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

“We are seeing some signs of life in Congress,” she said.

Ellison’s Republican challengers countered that the move infringes on states authority.

“King Keith wants to take a basic constitutional right away from States. Are your rights next? Everyday he's in office, Everyone suffers,” Chris Fields, who threw his name into the GOP primary last month, wrote on Twitter.


‘Secret’ Farm Bill

Ellison joined 25 other representatives in a letter voicing concerns that four agriculture committee members—including Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL-MN) want to use the deficit-reduction process to slice $23 billion from the Farm Bill, according to The Minnesota Independent. The plan hasn’t yet been released, but it’s expected to cut direct payments to farmers in favor of programs focused on lost revenues.

The proposed changes arise out of the Super Committee tasked with cutting $1.2 trillion over the next decade. The recommendations must receive an up-or-down vote and are not subject to amendment or filibuster. Critics say the committee members are using the deficit-reduction process to introduce new programs into the Farm Bill without congressional oversight.

“We urge the Joint Select Committee to resist proposals that would go beyond its mandate of deficit reduction and authorize new, complicated agriculture programs that have not been the subject of congressional review,” the letter reads. “If the agricultural committees believe that these cuts will require a fundamental redesign of agricultural programs, those committees can and should move legislation through regular order.”


LGBT Forum

Ellison and other community leaders will host a panel discussion Wednesday about how the district, state and nation can be made more inclusive for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) families. The panel should discuss issues such as a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota. Also on the table are bills that have been introduced to give legal recourse to students bullied in school because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and bills to repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act," which prohibits federal agencies from recognizing nearly all LGBT families.

The panel speakers will be:

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the .

Kevin O'Donovan November 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM
John, Have you ever tried to Google search Keith Hakim, Keith Muhammed, Keith X, and Hakim Ellison to try and find the record of our radar defying "Congressman from CAIR"? He uses other names, but who knows them all? How is it polite to dismiss relevant facts, and replace them with your opinions, or put up diversions from the pursuit of a solution? You say there is no Mn problem with voter fraud, others say it's a national problem,and Mn is not immune. You say voters will be disenfranchised, but when offered a solution to your concerns you seem both dismissive and derisive. I wonder what names Comrade Keith might have registered to vote under? Are you checking?
John Haluska November 30, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Kevin, since we seem just maybe to have a rational discussion going on another article on this site, let me try again here. Show us please any real, not imaginary, instance of voter fraud in Minnesota along with how the proposed Minnesota voter ID amendment would in anyway have any impact on a voting in Minnesota other than to suppress the vote in those communities of voters who tend to support liberal candidates. The fact is you can't do it. Instead you resort to the thinly veiled anti Muslim rhetoric exhibited above. Since, I believe, you likely are a devout Roman Catholic, perhaps you should take a break here and reflect on the broader range of Catholic teachings, especially those that deal with Social Action and Social Justice. Namaste.
Michael Hindin November 30, 2011 at 03:39 AM
OH COOL! Juvenile name calling. That always makes for a persuasive argument.
Charlie Dickens November 30, 2011 at 04:01 AM
@ Mike, I don't see any name calling. Barney grows weed on his property, claims he doesn't know. Barry is his birth name, Keith X gave that one to himself, and If you refer to wasting space it was merely a reference to his wasting time comment. @ John, we have. You have been dismissive. Your idea of real is subject to the fact it has not gone through the court process yet. I'd bet you are union, maybe volunteered for Keith X himself.
Amy Paddock November 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Well, this discussion certainly has gone off the dock.


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