Sign in to comment!

Special Report

Some Surprising Numbers on the Public's Reaction to Voter ID Laws

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Proof Positive

A majority of whites, blacks and other ethnic and racial minorities support laws that require photographic identification before voting.

A new survey indicates 67 percent approval overall for voter ID laws. Sixty-nine percent of whites support them — along with 58-percent of blacks — and 66-percent of other ethnic and racial minorities. Seventy-six percent of Republicans are in favor — and 63-percent of Democrats and Independents.

The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to Indiana's voter ID law — and that ruling will likely influence the laws on the books or being considered in other states.

I Have a Dream

When he was president — Bill Clinton had a fondness for midday naps — saying they can make all the difference in the world.

Sunday, Mr. Clinton managed to get in some shut-eye during a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service in Harlem. Mr. Clinton had a tough time staying awake during remarks by Martin Luther King III.

Most of the snoozes were fairly brief, he would nod off for several seconds until catching himself, and then nodding in agreement at whatever had been said. But at one point he seemed pretty far gone… he is out... good night.

Cash Flow

Democrats have a reputation for owning Hollywood politically. But some Republicans are getting support from high profile people in the industry.

The Politico reports John McCain had received a total of about $391,000 as of late October from the likes of "CSI" producer Jerry Bruckheimer and executive Barry Diller — as well as actors Rip Torn and Dick Van Patten.

Rudy Giuliani came in at around $380,000 — and he gets more A-list performers — such as Adam Sandler, Robert Duvall, Kelsey Grammar and Jon Voight — as well as "24" producer Joel Surnow.

And of course Mike Huckabee's secret weapon for several weeks has been actor and tough guy Chuck Norris.

Smack Down

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has received what is being called a humiliating rebuff from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ahmadinejad had refused to implement a law requiring the government to provide about a billion dollars of gas supplies to villages suffering through power cuts during a very harsh winter.

Khamenei overruled him — ordering the law be enacted. It's the latest signal that the supreme ruler may be losing patience with Ahmadinejad — whom he had defended publicly in the past. Earlier Khamenei said there have been what he called "mistakes and shortcomings" in the Iranian government.

FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.