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Two sides, two Dan McGraths in voter-ID issue: ‘It’s funny until it isn’t’


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By Beth Hawkins

Dan McGrath is executive director of Minnesota Majority, a conservative advocacy group lobbying in favor of a bill to put a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo ID on the ballot in November, among other issues.

Dan McGrath — no relation — is executive director of Take Action Minnesota, a progressive advocacy group lobbying against the measure, among other issues.

Call either of them and ask about this and you’ll get the same initial response: A slow, resigned exhaling of breath, followed by a low chuckle that clearly reads as “Alrighty then, we’re going there,” followed by a joke.

“Bane of my existence,” quipped Take Action’s Dan McGrath.

“Amusing anecdotes abound,” supplied Minnesota Majority’s Dan McGrath.

“I get regular calls from people saying I’ve been misquoted in the paper,” continued the former.

“Any time Dan from Take Action is quoted in the paper or writes an op-ed, my phone starts ringing off the hook with people saying, ‘Have you lost touch with your senses?’” the latter added.

“Our world views could not be more different,” the former concurred.

It’s funny until it isn’t, the McGraths agreed.

Read the rest at MinnPost.

5 Responses to Two sides, two Dan McGraths in voter-ID issue: ‘It’s funny until it isn’t’

  1. Wantdemocracy March 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    nobody said it was funny, just mind-blowing

  2. Wantdemocracy March 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I actually know a third Dan McGrath! And you, sirs, are no third Dan McGrath… (now that’s funny)

  3. Wantdemocracy March 6, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    But the elite will get their way. If not now soon enough. They want electronic voting everywhere, and they will achieve that. After that, well, it’s just a scary thought. The new “21st Century Voting” (wow sounds good huh?) has a lot of appealing aspects to it. Sounds good, sure does. Funny thing though- we didn’t really need it. And the old fashioned way was very accurate and not expensive, and only inconvenient for those in big cities who had to wait in long lines. But heck, once every four years, even two, most people don’t mind a minor inconvenience like that to support and uphold something as crucial as democracy. Isn’t that what all these bloody wars are for (not really)? We are letting out kids die for “democracy” in foreign lands… Must be an important consept, huh?

  4. Wantdemocracy March 8, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    The Poverty Law Center reports a steady rise in the number of hate groups in America — from 604 in 2000, to more than 1,000 last year. Those include anti-gay groups, anti-Muslim groups, black separatists and “Christian Identity” groups, which hold racist and anti-Semitic views that overlap with neo-Nazi beliefs.

    The spike in these groups can be attributed to a combination of factors, including the sluggish economy, radical propaganda and anxiety over the election of a black president, Potok said.

    Potok said although many individuals involved in patriot militias are not criminals, a handful of these groups have been responsible for a significant amount of violence in recent years.

  5. Dan March 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    The poverty Law Center and their ilk call anyone who disagrees with their radical ideas a “hate monger,” so I’d think the rise in the number of groups on their enemies list is just a reflection of how much further they keep drifting from the mainstream.

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