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Colin Powell slams North Carolina’s new voter ID laws in front of the state’s GOP governor

Speaking at a CEO conference this Thursday in Raleigh N.C., former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed a sweeping new North Carolina voting law — with the state’s GOP governor who signed the bill listening in attendance.

Speaking at a CEO conference this Thursday in Raleigh N.C., former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed a sweeping new North Carolina voting law — with the state’s GOP governor who signed the bill listening in attendance.

During his speech, Powell argued that Republicans should be courting minority voters, not driving them away at the polls. “I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” Powell said, according to a report from The News & Observer.

“It immediately turns off a voting bloc the Republican Party needs. These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away,” Powell added.

Powell’s comments were especially notable because North Carolina’s GOP Gov. Pat McCrory was in attendance at the conference. McCrory signed the voting bill which was passed by the GOP-controlled legislature with little media attention earlier this month. The law, which isn’t due to take effect until 2016, will require that government-issued photo IDs be presented at polls — while shortening the early voting period. The measures have come under fire from the NAACP and the ACLU for the hindering affect it will have on minority and younger voters.

North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the law. According to a PPP (Public Policy Polling) survey, half of N.C. voters are opposed to the measure.

This is not the first time Colin Powell has spoken out on this issue. In January leading up to the 2012 election, Powell said that he still considers himself a Republican  but was disturbed with the presence of a “dark vein of intolerance” within his party, referring to racially tinged slurs directed at President Obama along with the GOP’s tolerance of the birther movement.

Powell returned to that narrative in a major way this Thursday, saying that measures like North Carolina’s sends the wrong message to minority voters.

“What it really says to minority voters is … ‘We really are sort of punishing you,’” Powell said according to The News & Observer.

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  1. Linda Warren

    August 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    You tell them ! Come and join the intelligent-non cheating party

  2. Bob Cull

    August 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The governor probably pulled him aside later on and explained to him that they weren’t trying to keep the good n****rs like him from voting, only the “undesirables.”

  3. Jim S

    August 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Colin Powell should have been President instead of Idiot Boy George! We would NEVER have invaded Iraq and he would never have allowed the radical right to get a foothold in his party.
    The sad part is, this wonderful and brilliant retired General is in the wrong party! I’m sure he mutters in disgust under his breath on a regular basis at the shenanigans the GOP keep pulling.

  4. karen fortier

    August 23, 2013 at 2:18 am

    My admiration for General Powell has always been great and it increased tenfold today. This new law won’t take effect until 2016, right? This should give the voter’s enough time to realize they have to vote the t-baggers out asap. We can’t ever allow a repeat of 2010 to happen!

  5. steve

    August 23, 2013 at 3:26 am

    if he is so smart why is he a republican?

  6. Joseph Booker Jr.

    August 23, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Them his (Colin Powell’s) boys. Lol

  7. Barry Dung

    August 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Is Bob Cull trying to be funny, yet failing miserably, or is he just a d!ck?

  8. Bob Cull

    August 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Make unfounded judgments like that often, Barry?

  9. Joseph Booker Jr.

    August 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Back when Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice were young the Republican party had a moral philosophy

  10. Joseph Booker Jr.

    August 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Stop smoking Meth amphetamine

  11. Bob Cull

    August 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Just one question, Joe. WHAT!?

  12. Joseph Booker Jr.

    August 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Mr Cull… apparently not, I think that you’re a manifestation of inbreeding

  13. Joseph Booker Jr.

    August 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    You are WHAT Mr Powell has a problem with. People like yourself that utilize philosophical differences as a means of pushing a hidden agenda that is non beneficial except to a small speck in the population that does very little if anything positive or worthwhile in the community.

  14. Bob Cull

    August 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    An ad hominem attack, particularly one that is totally unprovoked, is evidence of a low intellect and even lower information. Those who have an argument (based on facts not what you want to believe) make it and those who don’t simply attack.

  15. Bob Cull

    August 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Please enlighten me, Joe. What exactly is this hidden agenda of mine, I hid it so well that even I can’t find it and I seem to have forgotten what it was.

  16. Nick

    October 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Your sarcasm is biting. The MILLIONS of people who are being directly targeted by the NC voter ID law will not stand by so quietly and encourage the governor to do the right thing for the good of the party if you take away their right to vote.

  17. jade4142

    January 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    OK, three big cheers for Colin Powell who I have always admired and now I admire him more.

    And could the trolls please leave the room? Bob is ethical and committed to communicating truth to people who may not have another source to consider. He does not lie, he is not a drama queen, and this is getting as old as the attacks on the President, which are every bit as groundless as your attacks on Bob. Go away. Your mother is coming home and she does not want you on her computer.

  18. George

    January 3, 2014 at 3:31 am

    The Republican Party is Irrelephant. Mr Powell needs to change affiliation like I did. I kept thinking that I had a say but the loonies won out and destroyed the legacy of TR and the progressives. It’s time to move on.

  19. Perry

    April 9, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Bob, you must be doing something right to bring this many Teapublican morons out on a relatively benign issue. Kudos to you for not pointing out to Booker that methamphetamine is one word.

  20. Douglas Huston

    June 7, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Perhaps this asshat should have thought about the repercussions of signing on to the Good-Old-Boy express and becoming an enabler of one of the most horrific regimes… strike that, we call them administrations…before he sold out. There are choices that a person makes that change fore ver how they are perceived and judged, and Colin Powell needs to go off to whatever monastery defunct warmongers go to and do penance for his remaining days.

  21. ewest883

    June 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    More Fed intervention in Red states.
    Cut their subsidies!

  22. Michael Miller

    June 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    “irrelephant”…Oh…..I so like that. Well done and I agree. Powell would make one hell of an addition to our side.

  23. Nodda Nothen

    June 24, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Someone explain to me how Obama and President Cheney were any different on forwarding the long term hegemonic plans on the middle east. And, how both of these men slyly rendered of our Constitution as null and void. President Cheney, with Connie Rice and Powel giving him credibility to moderates, sunk our nation into a hole. Obama, instead of getting us out of that hole, has unleashed a police state to keep us all in it.

  24. jeb

    July 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    General Powell, why do you continue to disgrace yourself by belonging to the Republican party! Do you have no sense of shame?

  25. jeb

    July 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Nodda, or is it NADA, because your comment is worth NOTHING! It was fine up to the last sentence which is total bullhockey! Watch FAUX news much? or should I say the “lie a minute network”?

  26. Becky

    July 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I remember having to show picture ID to vote. It proves that I’m the person on the voter registration list. I’m all for it. What is wrong with people? What is so wrong with showing ID to prove who you are. WHY is showing ID a “hindering affect on minorities and the young”? It doesn’t matter what color you are. We ALL can get a valid, legal ID. Does not have to be a driver’s license. I’m sick of people throwing in the color card. There are areas where it needs to be and I’m all for it. NOT every time the “minorities” think that their little toes are being stepped on only because they disagree or maybe, in this case have to go out of their way to get a legal ID. SICK SICK OF IT!!

  27. Nodda Nothen

    July 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Jeb, Fox News much? WTF are you talking about? I watch no news because just like Cheney and Obama are two sides of the same coin, MSNBC and FAUX News are two sides of the same organized corporate media. Just because Fox News is over the top garbage doesn’t mean the rest of the news media is not also garbage just the same.
    Obama, in many ways, is as bad, and in some ways, worse than Cheney. I voted for Obama twice, I had no choice as I was blackmailed into choosing the lessor of two evils. The fact that you don’t know Obama to be what he actually is makes you the same as the audience of Fox News. When was the last time Fox News complained about Obama enhancing sweeping police state tactic like the NSA and murder squads called SWAT all over this nation?
    http://www.policestateusa.com/

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