Well, in political news, here are the highs and lows: Highs: Vermont IOWA. I mean really, Iowa can get their ish together and where the hell are we California? Geez. Lows: This article... A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt namesthat are “easier for Americans to deal with.” The exchange occurred late Tuesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony from Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans. Ko told the committee that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have problems voting and other forms of identification because they may have a legal transliterated name and then a common English name that is used on their driver’s license on school registrations. Easier for voting? State Rep. Betty Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if youcould adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?” NICE.

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