Good friend of the blog Emily Mills on the WISGOP's voter ID bill.
Everybody knows the Republicans' bill is most likely to discourage from voting those classes of persons who are most likely to vote Democrat. Even Wisconsin's Louie Gohmert, Senator Glenn Grothman of Washington County, copped to this empirical fact yesterday.
Personally, I didn't watch any of the hearings, but my most reliable sources tell me the bill's sponsors, Republicans Jeff Stone and Don Pridemore, were utterly clueless in the face of questioning and were reduced to offering up personal anecdotes from their college days.
Indiana passed a similar bill, which was challenged and went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in favor of the constitutionality of the photo ID requirement in the case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Bd., which lead opinion has the added Republican bonus of having been authored by the liberal avatar Justice John Paul Stevens.
Now I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I reckon any and all concerns leveled at Messrs. Stone and Pridemore are addressed in that set of opinions, and even more so among the numerous Friends of the Court briefs filed on behalf of the photo ID bill's supporters, all of which documents are freely available on the internets these days.*
Reportedly Jeff 'Get me the least expensive black guy' Stone mentioned the case, but it was quickly made apparent he hadn't even gotten past the syllabus: Preparation with an H for hilarious.
These are your lawmakers, Wisconsin.
* I mean, you don't even have to hump it down to the law library and reconnoiter the latest-fangled digital reader of microfiches.