Links for 8-28-2012

  • The Republican National Committee establishment and Mitt Romney’s people replaced a couple of Rules Committee members and made a few concessions on one of the new party rules, but otherwise got their way and avoided a floor fight, prompting this statement from FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe: “I believe that the Republican party has made a huge mistake by effectively disenfranchising grassroots activists who want to be a part of the party process. If the party sincerely wants the support of citizens, shutting them out of the process is not the way to do it. Sooner rather than later the Republican establishment needs to come to terms with the decentralized nature of grassroots organization circa 2012. The terms of engagement can no longer be dictated from the top-down.” The RNC’s actions are an invitation to start organizing a third political party in time for the 2016 election.

  • Surprising no one, the D.C. District Court failed to approve Texas’ redistricting maps [PDF], which means the case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. If Texas’ voter ID law is also rejected, you can expect a full-on challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act at the Supreme Court.

  • A federal judge ruled that Ohio must count provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct during elections, which is an invitation to voter fraud.

  • Two more young Tibetans self-immolated in Ngaba province, near the Kirti Monastery.