Statements about Civil Rights
Says a gun bill before the Senate "is proposing the universal registration of all firearms and their owners."
Says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says "we can only have three bullets" and "the NRA wants firearms with nukes on them."
"When (John) Brennan ... was asked directly … ‘Is there any geographic limitation to your drone strike program?’ Brennan responded and said, ‘no, there is no limitation.’"
"The president is advocating a drone strike program in America."
"When the president's spokesman was asked about (Anwar) al-Awlaki's son, … he said he should have chosen a more responsible father."
"Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African-American voter turnout? Massachusetts. Do you know what has the best, where African-American turnout actually exceeds white turnout? Mississippi."
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
Says "overwhelming majorities of Americans" support gun legislation "like background checks."
"Even members of the NRA, when they were polled recently, were under the impression that everyone has a criminal background check."
"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."
Three thousand felons voted in Rhode Island in 2008.
Says 40 years ago, the U.S. placed Texas under Voting Rights Act for failing to print ballots in Spanish.
Says recent studies indicate that nationally, only 8 percent of white voting-age citizens but 25 percent of African-American voting-age citizens lack government-issued photo IDs.
Says, "Less than half of all states have legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, despite the fact that LGBT Americans report employment discrimination and unemployment at much higher rates than the U.S. average."
"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."
On support for gay marriage.
Says Mitt Romney "has refused to say whether he would have vetoed or signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act."
The Wisconsin law repealed by Republicans, which allowed discriminated workers to sue in state court, "was kind of a gravy train" for lawyers.
Says Wisconsin women facing pay discrimination can't "do something about it" under bill passed by Republicans.
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