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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Hans Von Spakovsky
Ever in search of new voting blocs, the administration is making felony disenfranchisement its latest cause. Felons who have served their time in prison are now to be called "returning citizens."
Will they lean left and favor progressive Democrats? A political phenomenon has emerged with the launch of the Freethought Equality Fund, the first political action committee that supports candidates who are humanists, atheists or agnostics — and advocates for the rights of "nonbelievers" and the separation of church and state.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez's nomination by President Obama as labor secretary has been met with criticism from Republicans and widespread concern among current and former Justice Department attorneys who question whether the Civil Rights Division chief is qualified for the post.
"In most states, you lose your rights to own a gun, to sit on a jury, to engage in certain kinds of employment, like being a police officer," Mr. von Spakovsky told The Hill, a Capitol Hill political daily. "Nowhere does he say a word about restoring those rights. That tells me he is only interested in the potential votes."
But Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said the courts are not likely to side with ACORN.