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AL Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Votes To Protect Modern Day Slavery

by: countrycat

Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 17:49:34 PM CST

Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III today continued his multi-year record in the Senate of protecting child sex trafficking.  Please join us here at LIA in asking: "WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?"  Oh, and it's not just us.  Even the ultra-conservative Concerned Women of America kicked him around about it in 2011 with a petition drive that attacked (what it termed) Sessions' position that child prostitutes should be arrested.Jeff Sessions 

Well, our junior Alabama Senator hasn't learned a thing in the past few years.  Today, he was one of only 5 extreme Republicans to vote against what one would think is a fairly non-controversial topic: human trafficking... aka... SLAVERY:

As the Senate moves to a final vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), today 93 Senators endorsed an amendment to combat human trafficking. While opposing human trafficking is a fairly non-controversial subject, five far-right Republicans broke with the majority of their own caucus and opposed the bipartisan amendment.

The amendment, authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), strengthens VAWA by reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The measure helps law enforcement investigative human trafficking and supports international efforts to stop the practice. Leahy noted that on the anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, “we continue to fight human trafficking, which can amount to modern day slavery,” making the amendment a fitting tribute. “The United States remains a beacon of hope for so many who face human rights abuses. We know that young women and girls – often just 11, 12, or 13 years old – are being bought and sold. We know that workers are being held and forced into labor against their will. People in this country and millions around the world are counting on us.”

The amendment was opposed by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), James Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Happy Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln!  Unfortunately, some of our Senators didn't learn a damn thing from the "late unpleasantness."


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what a piece (4.00 / 1)
of work! Surely we could do better in the Senate than this!

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

we haven't in a long time (4.00 / 1)

but surely....

this schmuck is up in 2014.  HELLO????  Alabama Democratic Party!  Can we find someone else?

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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Well........ (0.00 / 0)

Take a look back at the year 2008 when Jeff Beau the Toid faced Alabama State Senator Vivian Figures in the race for US Senator. 

In the race for US Senator, the Toid received 1,305,383 votes to Sen Figures' 752,391 with 2417 write-in votes.  Grand total votes cast in the US Senate race:  2,060,191.

Now, to compare the Presidential race.  Sen John McCain received 1,266,546 votes, Sen Barack Obama received 813,479 votes and there were 19,794 votes cast for other candidates.  Grand total votes cast for President:  2,099,819.

Comparing those two sets of results, there were 39,628 people who cast a ballot for President who decided not to vote for a US Senate candidate.  But, even looking at the hard numbers, the Toid received more votes--both in actual numbers AND as a percentage of the votes cast--than the GOP name at the top of the ballot.  Toid got 63.36% of the votes cast for Senator; McCain only got 60.32% of the votes cast for President.

Now, it's not likely that the Toid will pick up that level in 2014 since there's no Presidential race involved.  In 2002, the Toid "only" got 792,561 votes compared to Democrat Susan Parker's 538,878 and Libertarian Jeff Allen's 20,234--with 1350 write-in votes.  Of the 1,353,023 votes cast (just 65.67% of the votes cast in 2008), Toid won 58.58% while Parker only got 39.83%.

Until Alabama loses its Limbaugh-listening, FoxNoise-watching sheeple and are replaced by a more moderate group of voters, we're not going to see an Alabama Democrat in the US Senate--no matter how "conservative" the Democrat may be.

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If Vivian (0.00 / 0)

Figures can generate 750k+, imagine what a better known and more charismatic candidate might accomplish. I don't think Alabama voters are wedded to Jeff Sessions - they simply aren't being given any candidates they can get excited about.

Perhaps it's one reason the GOP likes to keep Don Siegelman in jail.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

Small problem, Julie (4.00 / 1)

And it's with the very numbers I posted above.  Vivian Figures couldn't even pull in as many Democratic voters as voted for Barack Obama during the same election year.  Also, in Sessions' first campaign for US Senate back in 1996, he won with MORE votes than Vivian received in 2008 (and that was with only 73% as many total votes being cast in 1996).

Now, in 1996, we had a bit of a difference in the election:  The Presidential race featured an incumbent Democratic President and the Senate seat was open, a reversal of the 2008 scenario.  Clinton was running for re-election while Howell Heflin had announced his retirement, opening the Senate seat.  In the Dem primary, Roger Bedford and Glen Browder ended up in a run-off which had just under 3/4 the vote that the primary itself had.  The real irony of the June primaries was that more votes were cast in the Dem Senate race than in the GOP Senate race; of the 11 candidates (4 Dems, 7 GOPers), 3 Dems were able to attract more than 50K votes but only 1 GOPer (Sessions) exceeded that level.  And in the run-offs, Bedford got more votes by himself than both GOP candidates (Sessions and Sid McDonald) got, combined; in fact, Browder--the Dem run-off loser--had more votes than Sessions won in the GOP run-off.

However, for some reason, between June of 1996 and November of 1996, Sessions managed to attract enough previously uninvolved voters to win more than 100K votes more than Bedford did in the general election.

We've got another "mid-term" election for the Senate coming up in 2014.  I doubt that Sessions will pull in another million-plus votes in 2014 but I'm also unwilling to bet that any Dem in this state will attract enough votes to really make it a close race.  In 1996 (his first election), Sessions had a 7 percentage point margin of victory over Bedford.  In 2002, he had an almost 19 percentage point margin of victory over Parker (note:  The number of total votes in 2002 was only 146K less than the total cast in 1996; Sessions only picked up 6000 more votes in 2002 than he had in 1996 while Parker lost more than 140K voters who'd gone for Bedford--there were third party and write-in candidates in both years but the roughly 10K loss from 1996 to 2002 is partly accounted for by the increase in Sessions' numbers while the rest were "stay-at-homers").  Then, in 2008, despite Figures' managing to attract more than 70K more voters than Bedford got in 1996 (and more than 214K more than Parker got in 2002), she still got clobbered by Sessions by nearly 27 percentage points.  While Figures posted a nearly 40% gain in voters over Parker, Sessions posted a massive 65% gain in his election-to-election vote (and you really don't want to compare the percentage gains between 1996 and 2008--Figures only increased Dem voters by a meager 10.4% while Sessions increased GOP voters by 66%).  Figures' total vote in 2008 was still 34K LESS than Sessions' total vote in 1996.

I'm not trying to dishearten anyone, but, at this point, about the only way we'll see Sessions out of the Senate is to await his retirement.  Remember:  He's still sitting on a crapload of money in his "war chest" because he simply hasn't had any serious challenge in the GOP primary since 1996 (and a way to see how things have changed in the State, just look at the 2008 primaries--Sessions won the GOP primary with 24K more votes than were cast for all the Dems combined; and unlike 2002, Sessions did have a challenger, Earl Gavin, who managed to win just under 8% of the GOP primary votes).  When you don't have to fund a primary campaign--and it wouldn't surprise me to find out that GOP voters in 2008 were amazed to find another name besides Sessions on their primary ballot--it's easy to just sit back and watch the opposing party's candidates waste THEIR money just to get the party nomination and then they spend the next 4 months playing financial catch-up.  I know it's still a bit early for any formal announcements from Dems, but the interested parties need to start floating their names, even if it's just hypothetical or purely speculative, before the end of summer.  Sessions is going to continue raking in the money from the usual suspects even before he formally announces a bid for re-election and if he doesn't worry about any real Dem challenge, he's not going to worry about spending much of his war chest on the campaign.  (I'm in Montgomery, and, in 2008, I only recall seeing ONE large billboard for Sessions.  And maybe I missed them, but I don't really recall very many TV or radio ads for Sessions until the fairly pro forma ads in the final days of the campaign.)

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wow! (0.00 / 0)

what a wealth of history. You sound like somebody who has definitely ridden in more than one rodeo!

It IS discouraging, but there might be a possibility that Independents and more centrist Republicans are getting sick of the Tea Party obstruction in Congress.

A lot of Alabamians who had previously voted for their good ol' DINOs had a fit of paranoid racism and a) got off the couch and b) decided to elect anything with an (R) after it. I heard more than once from locals that "Yeah, I like old so-n-so, but I'm voting straight ticket this year".

Well, now they're gonna see what that "straight ticket" bought them -  a one way ticket to Tehran!

If the majority of the people are THAT arch conservative, Sessions will be there 'til he feels like leaving, it's true. But I'm an optimist - I think the Republicans have really shown their tail for the past four years, and sensible people are getting fed up.

They thought they were getting people who would balance the budget, and what they're gettingis a bunch of fanatic idealogues who could not care less whether the country and everybody in it goes right down the pan -as long as they get their way 100% of the time.

We need a Democrat with some smarts and some pizzaz! Sessions is real short on both.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill



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