The Republican effort to suppress the vote in Ohio is the "biggest story in this presidential race," according to Ed Schultz. And in a fiery appearance on Ed's show, an Ohio lawmaker pulled no punches in describing what's happening.
The GOP has shortened voting hours in all 88 counties since 2008, the host of The Ed Show reminded viewers Thursday. And he noted that 47% of voters—predominantly African-Americans—last time around took advantage of extended hours to cast their ballots.
Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner took it from there. "This is nothing more than uniform voter suppression, make no mistake about it," she told Shultz.
Turner pointed out that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, had cut voting on Sunday—a day when many blacks have traditionally gone to the polls after church. "We know exactly who their targets are," she said, estimating that around 200,000 Ohioans would be affected by the loss of extended voting hours.
Turner was just getting warmed up.
"I'm gonna tell you something, Ed," she went on. "If you are poor, working-class, middle-class, elderly, African-American, Hispanic, or a woman, you are SOL when it comes to Republicans. They are making it very clear that they don't care, that they are here to oppress and suppress, and they don't care how they steal the vote."