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Caught on Video: Federal Contractor Tells Employees to Vote for Murkowski

Posted by iusbvision on November 7, 2010

A federal contractor who gets your money, politicking on your time, to get more of your money. This cycle has to stop and this is the kind of things that public sector unions do with your money.

If you wish to support Joe Miller:

Joe Miller for US Senate needs your help as some Alaska officials are changing the rules on the fly to count the absentee ballots and write ins. https://joemiller.us/goal/index_notover.php

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Marco Rubio – Thank You! UPDATE – Rubio gives first GOP address

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2010

I like this man, he has class.

UPDATE – Rubio gives first GOP address

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AARP and Many Others Hiking Premiums or Dumping Coverage Because of ObamaCare

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

BREAKING – November 1, 2010 It has happened: ObamaCare results in local lay-offs

Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.

In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.

And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.

 

AARP raising premiums, citing ObamaCare, but said when they were pushing it that this wouldn’t happen…

White House on Health Care: ‘Nothing’ From Election Suggests People Want Repeal

IBD – 3M cites ObamaCare – Forced to drop care for 23,000 retirees:

Here’s a Post-it note for ObamaCare supporters and opponents: Over the weekend 3M (MMM), the maker of the ubiquitous sticky message pads, along with electronics, optics and more, decided to end its retirees’ access to its health care plan beginning in 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal:

“health care reform has made it more difficult for employers like 3M to provide a plan that will remain competitive,” (3M said in a) memo. The White House says retiree-only plans are largely exempt from new health insurance regulations under the law.

The company didn’t specify how many workers would be impacted. It currently has 23,000 U.S. retirees.

Americans become eligible for the Medicare insurance program at age 65. Starting in 2015, 3M retirees too young to qualify for Medicare will receive financial support through what the company called a “health reimbursement arrangement” and won’t be able to enroll in the company’s group insurance plan. The company described that as an account retirees can use to purchase individual insurance through exchanges that the health law will create in 2014. 3M didn’t provide details on the financial contributions. [Grats that taxpayer subsidized so WE pay for it – Editor]

Or, as opponents of ObamaCare predicted, they’re finding it cheaper to dump their retirees onto the exchange.

That comes on the heels of a report Thursday that McDonald’s was considering dropping its “mini-med” plan for its employees because those plans may run afoul of the forthcoming medical-loss ratio regulations.

Also on Thursday, the Principal Financial Group (PFG) announced it would stop selling health insurance, which means 840,000 employees who receive Principal coverage through their employers will have to look elsewhere. Just the day before, President Obama said, “So there’s nothing in the bill that says you have to change the health insurance that you’ve got right now.” And he’s right: the bill doesn’t say it; it just causes it.

Indeed, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care was giving the lie to Obama’s statement as he was making it. Harvard Pilgrim announced that it would end its Medicare Advantage plans at the end of the year, leaving its 22,000 Advantage customers scrambling for coverage.

A week before that, a number of health plans including Anthem (WLP), Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Humana (HUM), CoventryOne (CVH) and some Blue Cross Blue Shield companies decided that they would stop selling coverage in the child-only market. It makes sense, given that under the new ObamaCare regulations, no child can be denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition and insurers can no longer vary premiums based on health status. Thus, the cagey parent will now wait until his or her child is sick before getting insurance. This is known as adverse selection: The healthy drop out, and those remaining in the insurance pool tend to be sicker. As insurers found out when a number of states tried this in early 1990s, it doesn’t make for a very viable business plan.

Of course, the evidence of what happened when these reforms were tried on the state level was available in a short, easy-to-read format for all of the so-called reformers. But, as IBD has noted before, since when has health care reform been about evidence? It has always been about power — the power politicians have over insurance companies, doctors, hospitals and, ultimately, patients.

Remember we were told the bill would lower premiums?

The Promises

August 6, 2008

OBAMA: A system where we’re gonna work with your employers to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.

October 4, 2008

OBAMA: We will start by reducing premiums by as much as $2,500 per family.

September 6, 2008

OBAMA: Here’s what change is saying to people who already have health insurance and the employers who are providing it: We’ll work to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.

May 3, 2008

OBAMA: I also have a health care plan that would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums.

January 3, 2008

OBAMA: And if you already have health care, then we’re gonna reduce costs an average of $2,500 per family on premiums.

October 7, 2008

OBAMA: We’re gonna work with your employer to lower the costs of your premiums by up to $2,500 a year.

Campaign Ad

OBAMA: And we’ll cut the costs of a typical family’s health care by up to $2,500 per year.

March 14, 2008

OBAMA: And if you’ve got health care, we’re gonna work with your employer to lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year.

February 23, 2008

OBAMA: And we will lower premiums for the typical family by $2,500 a year.

June 17, 2007

OBAMA: And cut the cost of health care by up to $2,500 per family.

August 17, 2008

OBAMA: And if you already have health care, then we’re gonna work with your employer to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.

Campaign Ad

EVAN BAYH: Barack’s policies will provide health care cost reductions of about $2,500 for the typical family.

June 27, 2008

OBAMA: It’s time to bring down the typical family’s premium by about $2,500. And it’s time to bring down the costs for the entire country.

February 19, 2008

OBAMA: And if you already have health insurance, we will lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year.

April 22, 2008

OBAMA: We’re gonna work with your employer through a catastrophic reinsurance plan to lower premiums by $2,500 per family per year.

October 15, 2008

OBAMA: The only thing we’re gonna try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed on to you. And we estimate we can cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 a year.

March 1, 2008

OBAMA: We’ll work with your employer to lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year.

Campaign Ad

NARRATOR: Barack Obama will provide rural America with affordable health care, and save the typical American family $2,500 a year.

May 30, 2008

OBAMA: And reduces every family’s premiums by as much as $2,500.

April 20, 2008

OBAMA: If your employer does offer you health care, then we’re gonna work with your employer to lower premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.

March 13, 2008

OBAMA: And cut the cost of a typical family’s premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.

Posted in 2012, Chuck Norton, Health Law, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration, Post 2010 | 1 Comment »

Eleven Minority GOP Candidates Make History

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

And here are two of them

Others include Governor Elect Nikki Haley (from India), Senator Elect Marco Rubio (Cuban) etc etc.. All Tea Party approved.

The man in the center is Lt. Col. Allen West who in Iraq was put in a “Jack Bauer moment” made his prisoner talk and stopped an ambush that would have killed the men under his command. West has a powerful rhetorical and intellectual ability that I can best describe as a cross between Sam Adams and Frederick Douglass. His speeches are amazing.

Steve Malzberg interviews Allen West [West talks about how Democrats smeared his family, mailed out copies of private documents etc]

Michael Savage interviews Allen West [awesome interview you don’t want to miss]

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Unhinghed School Employee Sends Out Anti-Tea Party E-Mail – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

What is it with public schools, universities and news rooms that attracts these radicalized, unhinged, uninformed loons?   [… OK the answer to that is obvious but it is fun to pose the question – Editor]

Fox News:

A Florida school official is taking heat for sending an e-mail calling Tea Partiers “dangerous, radical hate mongers” who want to take the nation back to the days of the Ku Klux Klan.

“These people hate Blacks,” the e-mail says. “They hate Latinos. They hate Gays. They hate Muslims and have made many anti-Semitic statements.”

The writer also urged people to vote Democratic, stating, “The Republican Party has been hijacked by dangerous, radical hate mongers called the ‘Tea Party.’”

Click here to read the entire email.

A spokeswoman for the Duval County School District in Jacksonville, Fla., confirmed to Fox News Radio that the e-mail was sent by Cynthia Jones-Humphrey, a school employee. She is listed on a district directory as a technical manager in the community and family engagement department.

The spokeswoman said Jones-Humphrey was not the author of the e-mail but forwarded it to individuals on her distribution list from a school computer.

 

UPDATE – Megyn Kelly –

Posted in Campus Freedom, Indoctrination & Censorship, Chuck Norton, Leftist Hate in Action, Post 2010 | 2 Comments »

Republican election surge hits U.S. state houses.

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

That is 18 state legislative chambers so far.

Now keep in mind that many of these new candidates won in gerrymandered districts that were designed so that a Republican could never win, just like Indiana 2 as half of Elkhart and other parts of our community were gerrymandered out by Democrats. Many other new Tea Party candidates barely lost by 1-2%.

Come February that little problem will be fixed by new GOP legislators.

In 2012 the Tea Party/Republicans may very well enjoy overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate in Washington D.C..

Bottom line, even a mediocre candidate will beat Joe Donnelly in 2012 and he knows it.

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Oklahoma Voters Forbid Judges from Using Sharia Law for Rulings – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

The measure amends the state constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic law or international law when making a ruling.

I am all for it. I say we start making amendments that forbid using foreign law as well.

CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, which has been accused of being a happy faced front for violent Islamic extremism, is suiug claiming discrimination.

My first thought was:

And banning communism is discrimination against people of Russian dissent, so under nondiscrimination will will use the 14th Amendment to make the Constitution unconstitutional!!

Sharia is a system of law affiliated with a religion, Islam, just as western law is based on Christian Scholasticism. No one has a right to impose a system of law on you. If a judge is stupid enough to buy the bogus 1st/14th Amendment argument CAIR is certain to use  then Jews will sue saying that we have to enforce Levitical Law or we are antisemitic. Of course under both kinds of law gays could be in serious trouble….

Any judge who tries to turn the Constitution into a pretzel by buying such a preposterous argument is going to get the wrath of the American people and Congress that they so richly deserve. The only place where this ruling would have a chance at the appeals level is the 9th Circus. This will just give the GOP more ammunition to eliminate the 9th with a new Judicial Act in 2013. I hate to say it, but if a lower court activist abandons all law and common sense and upholds CAIR’s argument politically it will do wonders for Republicans and Tea Party candidates.

American Muslim Association praises new Amendment:

PHOENIX (November 5, 2010) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) issued the following statement regarding the passage of Oklahoma’s State Question 755.

“As Muslims dedicated to modernity, reform and our one law system in the west and in the United States, AIFD applauds the people of Oklahoma for passing State Question 755 and making “the legal precepts of other nations or cultures” off-limits to Oklahoma courts and specifically denying the use of Sharia Law.

The issue is simple. As Americans we believe in the Constitution, the Establishment Clause, and our one law system. SQ755 reaffirms the First amendment to the Constitution and prevents the Establishment or empowerment of a foreign legal system like the specific shariah legal systems implemented in many Muslim majority nations and in western shariah courts seen in places like Britain.

By filing a lawsuit, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has wasted no time in proving once again that they are unable to stand behind public declarations that the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and our one law system supersede and are preferable to a sharia law system. They are using the American cover of religious freedom to try and knock down a simple law that prohibits the domination of one religion over others.

SQ755 is not about religious freedom or minority rights. It is about the inviolable sanctity of the U.S. constitution and our country’s foundational belief in a legal system based in one law that is based in reason and individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The law has no impact on the personal practice of Islam or the personal interpretation of “shariah” (God’s law to a Muslim), but rather SQ755 focuses on shariah as a total legal system that the people of Oklahoma wanted to make clear shall not be used or respected systemically in deciding law in Oklahoma. CAIR’s assertion that it is akin to France’s ban of the hijab or personal head covering for women is absurd. There is no evidence that this law prevents any of the personal manifestation of the practice of Islam or the use of personal religious principles in arguing law based in reason in state or federal court. Shariah as a legal system can just not be used as prima facie evidence in court.

SQ755 also thus prevents the establishment of separate shariah or Islamic courts in Oklahoma. As we have seen in Britain, Islamists have transformed the British arbitration system to the point that they are operating upwards of 85 shariah courts now. These courts are mostly operated out of mosques in Britain. While they claim that the courts are voluntary, as Canadians voiced loudly in their rejection of shariah courts, these groups exploit tribal pressures and coercion within Muslim communities in order to circumvent the one law and one legal system of Britain and western nations. It is naïve and ignorant to believe that such courts are purely “voluntary”. Just ask many of the women who get pressured through them and pressured to stay “out of western un-Islamic courts.”

CAIR’s lawsuit proves that they are part of an Islamist establishment in America that do not and will not believe in the separation of mosque and state and that they promote the ideology of political Islam. This ideology is based in a belief in the supremacy of Islamic legal systems and is often a conveyer belt toward radicalization. CAIR shows once again that they are part of the problem not the solution.

UPDATE II – It didn’t take long for a federal Clinton appointee to put the Oklahoma Constitution on hold:

Via our friends at The Daily Caller:

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday to block a new amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange handed down the order after an Oklahoma man filed a lawsuit claiming the amendment stigmatized his religion and would invalidate his will, which he said is partially based on Islamic Law, also known as Sharia Law.

“My constitutional rights are being violated through the condemnation of my faith,” said Muneer Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. “Islam was the target of this amendment. This amendment does not have a secular purpose.”

The measure, State Question 755, was approved with 70 percent of the vote in the Nov. 2 general election. The judge’s order prevents the state Election Board from certifying the results of that vote, which it had planned to do Tuesday afternoon.

Our take:

Clinton appointee – shocker. It violates his rights because it makes him feel bad. The point here is not discrimination it is Popular Sovereignty. The American people have a right to chose the system of law they live under. We could pass an Amendment preventing judges from using the Russian Constitution as a basis for rulings, does that mean we have to use the Russian Constitution and graft it into our Constitution just so Russians wont feel bad or feel discriminated against?

The problem with too many of these judges is simple, they are not legal minds, they are hacks who make rulings based on politics and personal whims. They do not respect popular sovereignty or the limits of their office.

I am sure there are several leftist judges who would be willing to rule that it is the intent of the Founders and the Constitution for our judges to make case law based on Sharia. Of course this undermines legitimacy. Our system of law should be reasonably predictable, if courts can rule not on the Constitution but rather anything goes, people will have no faith in the law or reason to believe justice can be had in the courts (do women get justice under Sharia?). Those of us political science scholars know where that leads us.

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Democrat Leader Harry Reid Determined to Continue Regulatory Uncertainty at Any Cost: Willing to Listen on Tax Cuts – But Making Them Permanent “Won’t Happen”

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

Next to the phrase “tone deaf” in the dictionary is a picture of Harry Reid.

Harry Reid

Is it any wonder why this guy has an 11% approval rating (and the unions still re-elected him – speaks volumes).

Fox News:

After a noon conference call with his caucus, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., fresh off his own hard-fought re-election, told reporters, “The one thing that we are focused on like a laser is that we are going to cut taxes for the middle class. Now, I would hope that the Republicans will not block that.”

But Republicans have repeatedly said that is not good enough and have introduced legislation to make all of the tax cuts permanent, saying a recession is no time in which to raise taxes.

It seems everything old is new again. This is the exact same rhetoric and fight we heard before the election.

This is the  exact same rhetoric that the Democrats just got shellacked on, even in liberal Washington State.  If you don’t know what your taxes will be down the road how does that encourage you to hire again? Politically this is a gift for Republicans and Tea Party activists as they have a poster child to pin this rejected thinking on who has an 11% approval rating AND looks bad on TV..


Posted in 2012, Chuck Norton, Economics 101, Energy & Taxes, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration, Post 2010, Stuck on Stupid | 1 Comment »

Washington State overwhelmingly votes down new tax on wealthy

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

Even Microsoft opposed it. Gotta love the irony.

The mega rich guys who supported this are big time hypocrite. As 5% means nothing to them and since much of their income is not in the form of taxable wages they would have been exempted from most of it anyways. The producer class though would have gotten soaked.

The truth is we need wealth. Wealth goes where it is treated well and in case you haven’t noticed it is being treated well in China. We have lost 14,000 factories in the last 10 years. We want wealth to come to our communities, not drive them away.

Al Reuters:

The plan devised by the father of the Microsoft Corp co-founder to slap a 5 percent tax on earnings over $200,000 — Initiative Measure 1098 — was rejected by 65 percent of voters, with almost two-thirds of precincts reported.

The result is a boon for the anti-tax Tea Party movement and suggests Americans may be in the mood to extend tax cuts introduced by former President George W. Bush even for the wealthiest citizens. It also signals that Americans are unwilling to accept higher taxes as a way of balancing state budgets ravaged by the recession.

It is a stinging defeat for Bill Gates senior, who put $600,000 of his own money behind the campaign and also for his son, the world’s second richest person, who let it be known he would vote for the measure.

The vote is the fourth failure to introduce a state tax in Washington in the last 70 years and leaves the state as one of only seven without one.

Although the new tax would have affected fewer than 70,000 people out of the state’s 6.7 million residents, an opposition campaign run by an organization called Defeat 1098 persuaded voters that the tax on the wealthy would be extended to lower earners.

Major backers of Defeat 1098 include Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, who contributed $425,000 to the campaign, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Microsoft, Boeing and Alaska Airlines, all major employers in the state, also contributed to the opposition campaign, fearing that a tax on high-earners would hurt their ability to lure talented workers to the state.

Texas Governor Rick Perry recently seized on the issue to invite top businesses in Washington state to relocate to Texas, which does not have an income tax.

Posted in Chuck Norton, Economics 101, Energy & Taxes, Post 2010 | 1 Comment »

Voters Toss Iowa Justices For Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

This is what happens when judges and others refuse to accept the limits of their office and/or the Constitution. There is simply no way that the Founders intended to create a right to gay marriage with the 14th Amendment or any other. There is no right to heterosexual marraige so how can there be a right to homosexual marraige? To put it simply, if I have a right to get married and no one will marry me my rights are violated under this thinking. This is why rights apply to individuals not groups.

If you support gay marraige or not is not the issue, this is a matter of law and popular sovereignty. If  the states wish to have gay marraige people are just going to have to vote on it.

Notice the absolutely pinheaded comment Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal. I hate to put it this way, but some academics are so painfully dumb it makes me cringe at the thought that such a person has access to our kids.

Via Volokh:

Three Iowa Supreme Court Justices were tossed as a result of their votes mandating that same-sex couples be allowed to marry.  They are the first Justices who failed to be retained since 1962, when the current system was implemented.

Although I don’t understand the complaint of Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal that this was a “misuse” of the right of voters to vote on judicial retention.  Isn’t this exactly what the retention power is intended to do?

In Federalist 51 Madison defined the fundamental challenge of constitutional government: “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”  There is no solution to this, just a tradeoff.  You can increase the independence of elected officials, which makes it easier for the government to control the governed by insulating them from majoritarian and interest-group pressures.  But if you increase independence you run the risk of increased agency costs when the government is unable to control itself–when politicians (including judges) pursue their own self or ideological interest instead of the purposes for which they are given independence in the first place.  And vice-versa: more democratic control will make politicians more responsive to the governed but also reduce the risk of agency costs.

Iowa has set up one system that tries to balance this.  If the voters of Iowa concluded that the Justices of the state Supreme Court abused their power in creating a right to same-sex marriage, and that this represents the Justices reading their own ideological views into the law, then it is entirely appropriate for them to toss some or all of the offending Justices.  That’s not a “misuse” of the retention power; that’s what it is there for.

Whether Iowa has struck a proper balance between independence and accountability, or should balance it in some other way  is a different question.  And whether any other system has struck the balance correctly (whether more or less democratic) is also a separate question.  But having struck the balance in this manner it seems to me that this was an entirely appropriate use of the voters’ recall power–to get rid of judges who the voters believe are misusing their authority to impose their personal views on the law.

 

And before some pinhead says it in comments, I have gay friends. I absolutely oppose those who wish violence towards gays or anyone else for that matter. The Golden Rule applies people.This is not a hate issue, this is a popular sovereignty issue.

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PBS’ Bill Press: Americans Are Stupid

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

So typical of the attitude at PBS and NPR and yet another reason why my tax dollars should not be paying for this nonsense.

It also demonstrated that leftist elites have no sense of introspective and cannot see passed the end of their own myopic world view.

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John Boehner – The First Things He Will Do

Posted by iusbvision on November 5, 2010

Wall Street Journal:

Secrecy, arrogance, and the abuse of power have shattered the bonds of trust between the people and their elected leaders. Repairing that trust requires sweeping change, beginning with an end to earmarks.

The political landscape has been permanently reshaped over the past two years. Overreaching by elected officials—in the form of pork-laden “stimulus” spending, permanent bailouts, and policies that force responsible taxpayers to subsidize irresponsible behavior—has awakened something deep in our national character. This has led to a surge of activism by citizens demanding smaller, more accountable government and a repudiation of Washington in Tuesday’s elections.

Tired of politicians who refuse to listen, Americans who previously were not involved or minimally involved in the political process are now helping to drive it. While their backgrounds are as diverse as the country itself, their message to Washington is the same: Government leaders are servants of the people; the people are not servants of their government.

The members of the 112th Congress must heed this message if there is to be any hope of repairing the shattered bonds of trust between the American people and their elected leaders. And that begins with the speaker of the House, who as leader of the institution must lead by example.

Accordingly, there are several steps I believe the next speaker should be prepared to take immediately. Among them:

No earmarks. Earmarks have become a symbol of a broken Washington, and an entire lobbying industry has been created around them. The speaker of the House shouldn’t use the power of the office to raid the federal Treasury for pork-barrel projects. To the contrary, the speaker should be an advocate for ending the current earmark process, and should adhere to a personal no-earmarks policy that stands as an example for all members of Congress to follow.

I have maintained a no-earmarks policy throughout my time of service in Congress. I believe the House must adopt a moratorium on all earmarks as a signal of our commitment to ending business as usual in the spending process.

Let Americans read bills before they are brought to a vote. The speaker of the House should not allow any bill to come to a vote that has not been posted publicly online for at least three days. Members of Congress and the American people must have the opportunity to read it.

Similarly, the speaker should insist that every bill include a clause citing where in the Constitution Congress is given the power to pass it. Bills that can’t pass this test shouldn’t get a vote. House Republicans’ new governing agenda, “A Pledge to America,” calls for the speaker to implement such reforms immediately.

No more “comprehensive” bills. The next speaker should put an end to so-called comprehensive bills with thousands of pages of legislative text that make it easy to hide spending projects and job-killing policies. President Obama’s massive “stimulus” and health-care bills, written behind closed doors with minimal public scrutiny, were the last straw for many Americans. The American people are not well-served by “comprehensive,” and they are rightly suspicious of the adjective.

No more bills written behind closed doors in the speaker’s office. Bills should be written by legislators in committee in plain public view. Issues should be advanced one at a time, and the speaker should place an emphasis on smaller, more focused legislation that is properly scrutinized, constitutionally sound, and consistent with Americans’ demand for a less-costly, less-intrusive government.

The speaker of the House, like all members of Congress, is a servant of the American people. The individual entrusted with that high honor and responsibility should act accordingly. A speaker’s mission should not be to consolidate power in the speaker’s office, but rather to ensure that elected officials uphold their oath to defend the Constitution and the American people we serve. If a speaker carries out that mission successfully, the result should be legislation that better reflects the considerable challenges we face as a nation.

The American people deserve a majority in Congress that listens to the people, focuses on their priorities and honors their demands for smaller, more accountable government. Accountability starts at the top, in the office of the speaker.

Posted in 2012, Chuck Norton, Post 2010 | 1 Comment »

Aftermath Part II – What to do next, where we went wrong, and how to improve.

Posted by iusbvision on November 3, 2010

Every Republican activist should read this post.

Thought to keep in mind:  even though yesterday was a massive Republican/Tea Party blow out there were still many close races where our team lost by VERY close margins.

I will start with The Walorski/Donnelly race right here in Indiana 2.

I – First thing’s first, Indiana 2 was gerrymandered to make it so a Republican could never hold this seat again as much of Elkhart County was gerrymandered out of the district. District lines should reflect communities and it is a no-brainer that Elkhart is a part of our community. If not for outrageous gerrymandering (really you should see the crazy way Democrats carved up Elkhart) Walorski would have won. More on this issue below.

Conservatives outvoted Donnelly last night. Libertarian Mark Vogel pulled almost 10,000 votes while Jackie lost by just over 2,500. Politico.com had something to say about this:

Dems’ third-party tricks worked

My colleague Kasie Hunt had a great story last week on stealth Democratic support for conservative third parties.

One place it worked: Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) narrowly edged out his GOP opponent by about 2,500 votes, while Mark Vogel, the Libertarian in the race netted almost 10,000 votes. Indiana Democrats spent about $15,000 dollars on a targeted mailer touting Vogel as the true conservative candidate in the race.

One consequence: Republicans will have even fewer scruples about aggressive efforts on behalf of the Green Party in 2012.

When gerrymandering is taken into consideration, the way that the voters have rejected the Democrat leadership is truly remarkable. There were many races where “impossible to defeat” Democrat incumbents either lost or skirted by with a few votes to spare. This brings us to….

II – Republicans took the Indiana House back last night (Grats Tim Wesco!) and when you consider the number of House races we lost due to gerrymandering (quite literally as much as two dozen) it becomes more and more clear that voters and conservative activists have to spend more time and attention on state  legislature races. This very writer is guilty of this but has learned his lesson. I hope you will too. On a bright note many states including several in the East had victorious Republican state legislature blowouts that have not been seen in 100 years. This means that in 2012 districts will not be gerrymandered into silliness. Expect the now proven corrupt (more on this tomorrow) Obama justice department to sue over every district redrawn by these new state legislatures so start preparing for that now.

We have great state legislators like Joe Zakas, we should start talking him up and featuring his (and others) substantive accomplishments in mini-ads and posters to engage in a partial permanent campaign to educate voters on how Republican state legislators improve the lives of Hoosiers every day. For Example create a system of mini-posters of revolving internet mini-ads, Facebook status’, tweets, trading cards etc :

Did you know that Joe Zakas lead your Indiana Republicans and provided our local magistrates with additional authority, such as the ability to issue protective orders to combat domestic violence. That was a serious and creative response to an important need. Eventually it became model legislation. Now, Joe’s language is applied not just in St. Joseph County but across the state, improving Indiana’s court system, making it more efficient. You’ll find it in IC 33-23-5-5 (15).

The same can be done for all sorts of things the GOP has done to help improve the lives of people in need every day. I can even see putting little snippets like this on the back of business cards, which brings us to …

III -There were many close races even in traditional Democrat strongholds. Here in South Bend several people running for office like Deb Fleming only lost by a handful of votes. This proves that typically Democratic learning voters are willing to vote for a great GOP candidates (many House and Senate races where  Republicans were thought to have no chance demonstrate this as well) . The national and state parties need to wage a teaching campaign to help educate voters. Democrats and Republicans know that the more accurate information voters have the better it is for traditional/conservative candidates.

This teaching campaign also needs to include a key element: the time has come for black voters to come back home to the GOP. The GOP needs to aggressively target black voters. Any examination of our inner cities where progressive politicians have had unrestrained power shows clearly how Democrats have not just let black Americans down, but have thrown them under the bus.  The other issue to create a wedge is the status of inner city public schools where Obama, the Democratic leadership in league with the corrupt teachers unions have fought tooth and nail to keep minority inner city schools stuck in the status quo. Many people are not aware of this but there is substantial new evidence that proves that bad schools are not a result of bad neighborhoods, but rather bad neighborhoods are a result of bad schools (The documentary “Waiting for Superman” in theaters now  highlighted some of this evidence). Black Americans overwhelmingly agree with the GOP when it comes to education reform.

This ad is a good example of how to get started:

When Carl Baxmeyer ran for office he did pretty good on the West Side for a Republican because he actually went there and asked for their vote. We need a communications machine that goes to the inner cities and gets in their face, but in a good way.

A good start would be for the likely new incoming Speaker Boehner as his first act to appoint Allen West as speaker for the day and have Pelosi pass the gavel to him (bold as hell isn’t it, but its a good start).

Allen West  –

When the redistricting takes place the racial incitement rhetoric from the far left will begin so we need to have a communications offensive underway.

Look at this man in the video below. See that he has been whipped up by the incitement rhetoric of the far left. I would like to ask him a question: What has the NAACP done for you lately? Sure you can tell me all sorts of things they did in the 50’s and 60’s when the NAACP was a solidly Republican organization, but what have they done for you lately? Martin Luther King would be marching on inner city public schools and teachers union halls,  why aren’t they? Why are they fighting to preserve the status quo? They have sold out to the far left for money and power haven’t they?Does the man in this video look satisfied with government?

If the GOP can make gains among black voters it could even make St. Joe County a Republican stronghold permanently.

IV – GOP Communications are often uncreative, ineffective and worn out. As fine a candidate and a leader Jacki Walorski is, IMO her communications machine has a long list of missed opportunities and her campaign wasn’t the only one by a long shot.

I look at the ads that ignore basic communications realities such as “the medium is the message” (an academic term that will take too long to explain here). I see the same tired old ads from our GOP with the candidate around table with blue prints on it, or the candidate in a hard hat pointing to something off camera that isn’t there….  let me be clear… the attention level of the electorate has changed and the type of ads that Chris Chocola ran in 2006 and have been run by so many candidates in this cycle are much less effective.  Why?

It used to be that when organizations like Gallup and Rasmussen gave survey’s to test voter knowledge of the issues the results use dto look like this :

Republican voters would average 8 out of 10 issue questions correct

Independents would average 3 out of 10 questions correct

Democrats would average 4 or 5 questions correct.

Starting in 2009 something changed that many people (including myself) thought we would never see:

Republican voters would average 8 out of 10 issue questions correct

Independents would average 7 out of 10 questions correct

Democrats would average 4 questions correct.

The GOP communications old guard has not pivoted or changed to reflect this new reality and make no mistake, this new political reality changes everything. The GOP needs to have more Socratic and substantive ads and communications. We need to prepare our candidates in more direct and substantive way to articulate the truth. Look at the ads by Allen West and Michele Bachman and even the radio ads by former Congressman Mark Souder, they were tremendously effective. Look at New Jersey where Governor Chris Chrsitie uses a Socratic, blunt, direct style of communicating and he is winning the PR battle against the Democrats and the rich teachers union (that union makes 130 million a year in dues),  in an overwhelming Democrat state, using Youtube. Even the leftists at the Today Show loves this guy.

Chris Christie’s communications strategy is the same as my own. When it comes to the voters talk to them like adults and do not patronize them. When it comes to political enemies and those who put self over service my attitude and the strategy is this: I win. You lose. The people respond to this in a big way including traditional Democrat voters. Here are some links with some examples:

The video that started it all –

Governor Christie Gets It: “People want to be talked to like they are adults. They do not want to be pandered to.”

TOTALLY AWESOME VIDEO: Governor Christie Takes on Teachers Union Hack at Town Hall

Christie vs leftist talking point hack 2 – LINK

NJ Governor Christie: The people didn’t send me here to go to charm school, they sent me here to straighten this government out

AWESOME: Chris Christie “Day of Reckoning” Speech

Governor Christie vs teacher union hack: “This is why the union has no credibility. Stupid statements like that.” Christie rhetoric vs. Obama’s OrwellSpeak.

Gov. Christie: I stopped Democrats from giving away hundreds of millions dollars in the days before I took office.

AWESOME: Gov Christie on MSNBC. Fighting Public Sector Unions

If I was in charge of GOP communications my TV ads would have gone something like the following.  I would have had Jackie in front of the old White Hall plant  and explained how those good jobs were taxed and regulated right out of the country. Then I would have taken her to Elkhart and Mishawaka Bayer and had her explain to voters how these jobs are threatened because of Donnelly’s new tax on medical devices. Than I would have taken her to the Miles Labs plant on Bieger Street where they used to make Alka Selter etc and explain how Donnelly’s new taxes on our medicines and new restrictions on using Health Savings Accounts for certain medicines hurts these jobs and helps send more away.You see, a well done Socratic ad when it comes on TV the first thought that enters their mind is “Hey there’s Jackie” instead of “Oh crap not another one of those ads” as soon as they hear the spooky music and see the first grainy picture. The health care bill was another missed opportunity. Sure Walorski’s ads tied Donnelly to it but many voters did not understand how it hurt their community directly. The ads I proposed would have taken that issue, brought it right home and in the voters face and shoved that terrible legislation right down Donnelly’s throat.

Jackie is an awesome person, but in my view her ads fell short of taking advantage of her personality or showing just how special she is. More Socratic ads would have helped to address that problem.  Also on a minor point; in my opinion Jackie was a little too nice to Joe and let me explain what I mean by this. Those of us who have seen Jackie in action know she can get very tough with someone who is doing wrong, but when Joe Donnelly lies to her face and impunes her with bull-crap that can’t withstand a few minutes of intellectual scrutiny I did not see Jackie display the righteous indignation she was full well entitled to. It is possible to be a little too slick. It is better show a little more humanity (and even be a tad more flawed) as people can relate to that person better (a little too much humanity like with the early, missteps on the Sharon Angle campaign should be avoided).

V – Avoiding Missteps. Last but not least, the Sharon Angle race was winnable and so were several others. The GOP needs to have communications pro’s that understand today’s political reality. Many of our candidates are doers, not talkers. To compensate for that our communications teams need to come up with scripts and ads that best articulate the candidates own ideas and defend them from assault. I am not talking about assembly line talking points. What I am talking about is taking each candidate’s ideas and coming up with creative ways of presenting and defending them. We need more mock debate prep behind the scenes to get the candidate ready for prime time and an elite media who will be out to destroy them. Like I said our candidates tend to be doers not talkers, so we need to learn to avoid the consequences of a good idea being articulated in a bad way that gives the media or an opponent something to jump on (like what happened to Rand Paul early on, fortunately he was able to recover).

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Aftermath Part I: Republicans take back House with 58 seat gain, may be as high as 65 as counting continues. Republicans gain at least 6 in Senate. Many surviving Democrats eek by in 1% to 2% margins. – UPDATE Republicans up 63 and counting

Posted by iusbvision on November 3, 2010

In a nutshell this is what happened:

[This post has been stickied to the top of the page please scroll down to see new posts and updates]

 

UPDATE – Aftermath Part II – What to do next, where we went wrong, and how to improve.

– – Republican winners give passionate, memorable winning speeches (absolutely worth watching) – –

Truly touching speech by New Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner (the video editor added a few seconds of the predictably classless MSNBC meltdown on the end of the video) – 

Senator Elect Marco Rubio Gives GOP awesome victory speech (scroll to 2:45 to get passed the “thank yous” and to the substance):

Allen West who has been called America’s new Frederick Douglass gives a fiery victory speech:

Allen West

Allen West

Dr. Rand Paul: Hey Senate! Deliberate this…  (Scroll to 1 minute to get by “thank yous”) – 

Senator Jim DeMint, who was one of the architects of recent Tea Party victories, gives a smart and substantive speech (scroll to 3:15 to get by “thank yous”) –

Tim Scott Wins in South Carolina –

Tim Scott

Tim Scott

Kristi Noem Wins –

So what now?

BREAKING – November 1, 2010 It has happened: ObamaCare results in local lay-offs

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Media Matters Lies About Vote Fraud Reporting – Obama Justice Department Talks Tough While Encouraging Fraud

Posted by iusbvision on November 1, 2010

This is a part of our new last minute Dirty Tricks” category.

Picking on Media Matters is pretty easy as much of the nonsense that they post can be debunked in minutes utilizing a couple of internet searches. Since George Soros gave this bunch a million dollars to smear people I thought it would be fun to go and pick part one of their posts just as a reminder.

So I started reading and laughing at how transparent the lies they post have become. Behold this latest example:

John Fund and Jedediah Bila baselessly suggest Obama wants felons and illegal immigrants to vote rather than soldiers [on Hannity].

Baselessly? Well apparently Media Matters missed it when the  media and think tanks wrote and broadcast about this, but they also missed it when Obama’s own Justice Department commented on the issue!

The Justice Department is not enforcing the MOVE Act and as a result some states decided not to mail out ballots to military members overseas in time for the election. Yet Felons had their ballots hand delivered to them in the jails.

MOVE is the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) act. Nine states failed to get this done while the Dept. of Justice yawns. The military is being disenfranchised from the election. This is an old tactic used by Democrats as Al Gore’s lawyers convinced a Democrat appointed federal judge to agree to toss out all military ballots in Florida in 2001.


Fox News:

Military voters from the land of Lincoln could be shut out of the midterm election after the Justice Department reached an agreement with Illinois that gave the state “a pass” for violating federal election law, an advocacy group warned Monday.

The Justice Department hammered out the court agreement Friday addressing the failure of 35 Illinois counties to send military and overseas absentee ballots 45 days before the election — a requirement of the MOVE Act. The agreement gave voters from six of those counties a few extra days to send back their ballots but did not specifically address the other 29 counties.

Eric Eversole, a former Justice voting section attorney who runs the nonprofit Military Voter Protection Project, told FoxNews.com the deal effectively lets wayward Illinois election officials off the hook and does little to ensure the state’s military voters get their ballots in time.

Investors Business Daily:

The Justice Department, which has been woefully lax in enforcing MOVE and ensuring compliance among a number of states that have missed their deadlines, reached an agreement in court last Friday with 35 Illinois counties that didn’t get their ballots out on time. Six counties got an extension by two or three days to receive and count overseas ballots by Nov. 16.

The other 29 counties essentially got a pass. Justice spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said these counties already have 14 extra days after the election to count soldiers’ ballots. But if any votes aren’t counted in a timely manner, she said, “we can file a lawsuit.” This is not how soldiers who may get killed not knowing if their votes counted should be treated.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Board of Elections hand-delivers ballots to inmates in Cook County Jail. The board doesn’t even wait for the inmates to apply — it brings the applications with the ballots! More than 2,600 inmates have cast ballots — strikingly similar to the 2,600 soldiers who will likely not receive a ballot for Tuesday’s election.

You see Media Matters that is the Justice Department commenting on the story… But wait there’s MORE!

The Washington Times:

Holder Puts Felons Over Soldiers

The politically charged gang led by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is more interested in helping felons vote than in helping the military to vote. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, has put a legislative hold on the already troubled nomination of James M. Cole to be deputy attorney general until the attorney general ensures full protection for voting rights of our military (and associated civilian personnel) stationed abroad. The senator is right to raise a ruckus.

Mr. Cornyn co-authored a 2009 law mandating that states mail absentee ballots to military voters at least 45 days before the election. Yet, as former Justice Department lawyer Eric Eversole first reported in The Washington Times last week, the department seems to be encouraging states to apply for waivers so they won’t have to follow that law. More than 17,000 Americans serving overseas were denied the vote in 2008 – but, presumably because military personnel are thought to lean conservative, the liberal Obama administration is in no hurry to correct the situation.

The Justice Department is so unenthusiastic about military voting that its website still lists the old requirement for a shorter 30-day military voting window, rather than the current law mandating 45 days. On the other hand, the Justice Department has no legislative mandate whatsoever to involve itself with helping felons to vote, but its website devotes a large section – 2,314 words – to advising felons how to regain voting privileges.

As confirmed by The Washington Times last week, Justice Department official Rebecca Wertz told a Feb. 1 conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State that the new law’s requirements are somehow open to interpretation. On July 28, an attendee at that conference – heretofore uninterviewed – told The Washington Times that Ms. Wertz’s message was “totally undermining” the law. The earlier reports actually underplayed the effect of Ms. Wertz’s comments. “It was even more pronounced at the meeting,” said the source. “She undermined [the law] right in front of everybody. When I heard what she was saying, I thought: ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’ … It was a clear reversal of roles for Justice to no longer be enforcing the law.”

After looking at the minutes of that conference, Mr. Cornyn responded forcefully. His office confirmed that he did place the hold on Mr. Cole because of the military voting issue. His July 26 letter to Mr. Holder does not actually mention his hold, but its tone was strong stuff.

“The statute does not create any discretion for the Executive Branch to decide whether or not to enforce its legal requirements,” the senator wrote. Ms. Wertz’s comments “fly in the face of the clear statutory language, undermine the provisions in question and jeopardize the voting rights of our men and women in uniform.”

The senator laid out a series of four steps he wants Mr. Holder to take to ensure that states respect the 45-day deadline, including a demand that the Justice Department provide a state-by-state accounting of compliance efforts. The hold on Mr. Cole, reportedly a personal friend of Mr. Holder, is sure to grab the attorney general’s attention. Our troops deserve his respect.

Oh look Media Matters the Justice Department commented on the story again!

The Washington Times did a second editorial on this story HERE.

Starting on October 27th (how is that for late in the game) after seeing some local news outlets and the elite media start to pick up on the story the Justice Department held a press conference announcing that they will get tough with states that do not get ballots out in time (of course this is the opposite message they were on record as having before).

CNN:

Justice Dept. pushes states on new law to protect military voters

The ballots of U.S. military personnel abroad — even those in remote war zones — must be received and counted before the November election results are declared final, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights chief asserted Wednesday.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez told reporters his voting rights attorneys have repeatedly gone to court in recent weeks to force states to abide by the 2009 law designed to get ballots to soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen in time.

The new law, called the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, requires states to transmit absentee ballots to service members, their families and other overseas citizens at least 45 days before a federal election.

The military ballots were supposed to be out at least 45 days ago but in the last few weeks the Justice Department leaps into action! Ohhh sound so tough right? Ok now read this very carefully:

Four states and one territory were compelled by courts to comply with the law. Wisconsin, New York, New Mexico, Illinois and Guam were ordered to provide ballots, and in most cases required to provide extra days to receive and count the ballots.

Most of the voters (43,000) are from New York. The court order requires New York to wait until November 24 to receive and count absentee ballots to ensure the military votes are tallied.

New York gets an extension to November 24th to count ALL absentee ballots … hello let the ballot stuffing begin. New York is has  highly contested Governor, House and Senate races. It is no secret that New York has issues with absentee ballot fraud – LINKS –  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

But in Illinois when the GOP asked for a similar extension for military ballots only what was the Justice Department position:

However, in Illinois the Republican Party went to court to argue that in some cases it may be necessary for military personnel to cast ballots after Election Day. The Justice Department objected, insisting post-election voting has never been allowed. A federal judge Wednesday denied the GOP request.

So the Justice Department makes deals that allow some areas extra time to mail out the ballots – some deal since they are still no good if they come back late in most states – In New York the Justice Department is all for an extension as long as ALL absentee ballots can be counted late (let the stuffing begin!) – and in Illinois well no, even though military ballots are sent out late the Justice Department says opposes letting them count if they can’t get back in time.

Yup real tough.

And another lie from Media Matters destroyed in mere minutes. It’s so easy. Felons pushed to vote, military screwed, Obama Justice Department helping it along.

Ralated:

The Heritage Foundation also wrote about the issue HERE asking “Why is Obama Letting Non-Citizens Get Away with Voting?”

Early Voting Vote Fraud Roundup!

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Palin Blasts Lisa Murkowski for Using Special Interest Financed Lawyers to Intimidate Radio Station Into Silence

Posted by iusbvision on October 30, 2010

Lisa Murkowski is evil. Only a truly evil person would abuse our legal system like this. I suspect that the recoil from this evil act can hurt Murkowski.

Sarah Palin:

Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this?

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Does all this sound heavy handed? It is. It is an interference with Dan Fagan’s constitutional right to free speech. It is also a shocking indictment against Lisa Murkowski. How low will she go to hold onto power? First, she gets the Division of Elections to change its write-in process – a process that Judge Pfiffner correctly determined had been in place without change for 50 years. She is accepting financial support from federal contractors, an act that is highly questionable and now pending before the FEC. And today, she played her last card. She made it clear that if you disagree with her and encourage others to exercise their civic rights, she’ll take you off the air.

The concept of “electioneering” involves several issues, but typically refers to campaigning at the polls, which is appropriately banned. Under federal law, it can also mean paying for advertising on broadcast media during a federal election cycle, and it requires disclosures if done by groups and corporations. Fagan used satire to mock Murkowski’s write-in efforts and encouraged Alaskans to run as write-in candidates. That is not illegal. That is free speech.

Individuals like Dan Fagan have a fundamental right to speak their minds without threats from the incumbent Senator from Alaska. It is hard to find a constitutional right Americans cherish more than the right to free speech. This was a right Joe Miller, as a decorated combat veteran – a tank commander tested in battle, was willing to die to defend. Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me. In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family. But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech. I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country. The powers that be want ordinary Americans to sit down and shut up and let the ruling class ride us right off the debt cliff we’re heading towards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid steering the nation’s car. We can’t let them. Now is the time to put aside our past differences and stand up to the establishment powers.

This whole episode confirms again why we need to elect Joe Miller. Lisa, you can sue me if you want (you won’t be the first). But I will not be intimidated from speaking my mind. Your intimidation just empowered us liberty-loving Alaskans. Are you really that out of touch?

– Sarah Palin

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Early Voting Vote Fraud Roundup!

Posted by iusbvision on October 29, 2010

Many states including Indiana have early voting for those who will be out of town, working elections etc. Already the cheating is well underway…

UPDATE IMedia Matters Lies About Vote Fraud Reporting – Obama Justice Department Talks Tough While Encouraging Fraud

 

[Editor’s Note – Special thanks to Olga Mancuso for her valuable research assistance.]

Democrats Arrested for Vote Fraud in Florida Via RWB News:

RWB News Editorial Special Comment: Yes, they are Democrats, but you would not know this by reading the article [below from the Orlando Sentinel]. For some reason the media does not want the public to know about what party is doing the cheating.

From the Orlandosentinel

Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry and his campaign manager were arrested this morning and charged with absentee ballot fraud, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Henry, 41, is charged with two counts of absentee ballots and voting violations, nine counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations.

Genesis Robinson, 21, is accused of 11 counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations.

All of the charges are third-degree felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

They will be taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail with bail set at $6,000 each, Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said.

Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall reported irregularities in absentee-ballot requests coming into her office Aug. 11, Davidson said. McFall brought her concerns to the Sheriff’s Office, which launched a joint investigation with the State Attorney’s Office, Davidson said.

That investigation showed Henry and Robinson devised a strategy to boost Henry’s re-election bid by obtaining absentee ballots for numerous people, most of whom never requested the ballots, Davidson said.

By law, residents are only allowed to request absentee ballots for themselves, immediate family members or for someone for whom they’re acting as legal guardian, he said.

McFall filed the complaint after her office received a large number of requests for absentee ballots that were all initiated from the same e-mail address, Davidson said. Based on the e-mail address, it appeared that the requests came from someone with an interest in the Daytona Beach City Commission Zone 5 race, he said.

Henry, the Zone 5 incumbent who was locked in a three-way primary, was re-elected on Aug. 24.

Washington Examiner: Nevada voting machines automatically checking Harry Reid’s name; voting machine technicians are SEIU members

By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
10/26/10 6:12 PM EDT

Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada’s residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory is a county commissioner. Rory is also a Democratic candidate for governor.

Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot:

Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.

Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

“Something’s not right,” Ferrara said. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

Now there’s absolutely no independently verified evidence of chicanery with the voting machines (yet), but it is worth noting that the voting machine technicians in Clark County are members of the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU spent $63 million in elections in 2008 and is planning on spending $44 million more this election cycle — nearly all of that on Democrats. White House political director Patrick Gaspard is formerly the SEIU’s top lobbyist, and former SEIU president Andy Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House last year.

Just in Nevada, the SEIU has given a lot to groups that are heavily vested in the state — in just one prominent example, the SEIU gave $500,000 to the Patriot Majority PAC, which has spent $1.3 million against Reid’s opponent Sharron Angle. They’ve and have dropped large sums directly on candidates:

NV-3 Joe Heck (R) Oppose $140,000.00
NV-3 Dina Titus (D) Support $344,984.00
NV-Senate Sharron E. Angle (R) Oppose $225,000.00

Now the county voting technicians aren’t unique here — many of Clark County’s employees are also represented by the SEIU. But it is worth mentioning, the SEIU is hyperpoliticized and has seen its fair share of corruption. (It certainly seems more questionable than Diebold, the voting machine manufacturer with Republican ties that was at the center of many conspiracy theories on the left during the Bush administration.)

Fox News report on Nevada and their report on 500 voters in Pennsylvania which had absentee ballots fraudulently submitted in their name by someone else

Bucks County Courier Times: Residents cry foul over ballots (near Philadelphia) –

Voter Registration Director Deena Dean said her staff had rejected more than 600 defective absentee ballot applications as of Friday. Although the voter registration office continued to accept applications until the close of business Tuesday, Dean was unable to provide an updated total.

The petition focused foremost on a series of letters voters in Bucks County began receiving some time after Labor Day. On letterhead of the fictitious Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office, the mailings warned recipients that their right to participate in the Nov. 2 election might be in jeopardy if they failed to respond.

The letters are signed by Frank S. Schultz, a Levittown resident who contributed $2,750 to Murphy’s 2008 campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The letters included an absentee ballot application and a postage-paid envelope addressed to post office box 2172 at the Bristol Borough post office on Beaver Street. The petition includes a photo in which the note containing Persico’s name is visible through the window of the post office box.

“The bogus letter seeks to trick voters into needlessly registering for absentee ballots and then, for reasons unknown, causes them to send those ballots to a post office box apparently controlled by the Democratic candidate for Congress,” the petition says.

Colorado, Arizona and Texas Vote Fraud Attempts by Democrats. Washington State Democrats using illegal aliens as campaign workers:

Democrats Use Thug Tactics Against Poll Watchers – Justice Department Whistle Blower J. Christian Adams:

Now in 2010, we have a pretty good idea what Mr. Bull meant. Because in Houston, poll watchers for a group dedicated to election integrity called ‘True the Vote’ are being harassed because of what they are seeing inside the polls. And it might come as a surprise who is doing the harassing.

Not only are street operatives harassing True the Vote poll watchers, but Representative Shelia Jackson Lee and her confederates are urging law enforcement personnel to crack down – but on the poll watchers!

Lee’s thug tactics are doomed to backfire. The notion of connected elected officials prodding law enforcers to threaten law abiding citizens is an affront to decency. It is the sort of behavior which citizens around the country, in places like Wheeling, Allentown and Highland Park find particularly outrageous.

True the Vote is a group of citizen volunteers, often old ladies or stay at home moms. I should disclose they are also a client of mine. They are dedicated to exercising rights under Texas law to stand watch and record illegal activity in the polling place.

To some, this constitutes intimidation. To the rest of America, this is called public service.

They have recorded dozens and dozens of instances of voters being asked by election officials, “do you want to vote a straight party Democratic ticket?”

These old ladies have been harassed inside the polls by street ruffians as well as sharply dressed ruffian lawyers who told them, “you’ll soon learn what intimidation really means.”

And in each instance, these citizens observers stood their ground – and took names.

Others have complained, “we never had people in here writing things down!” The outrage of it all! Not since Thomas Paine has pen and pad unsettled so many.

During early voting, reports were that one of the old ladies stood too close to a voter, or “hovered.” Whether true or not, this was enough to trigger a Department of Justice investigation, and the outrage of Shelia Jackson Lee.

Never mind that Lee was later videotaped breaking Texas law by engaging voters within a prohibited zone. As we learned in the New Black Panther case, sometimes laws only flow in one direction.

And by the way, the New Black Panther party has announced they will be stationed at the polls again, this time in . . . Houston.

Poll Watcher Testimony from the Advancing Liberty Project from the Liberty Institute:

North Carolina – The News Observer:

RALEIGH — The chairman of the N.C. Republican Party alleged Thursday that a programming flaw with touchscreen voting machines used for early voting in 36 counties is causing votes intended for GOP candidates to be counted for Democrats.

Tom Fetzer, the Republican chairman, said that if the State Board of Elections does not enact a list of demands intended to remedy the problem by the end of today, the party’s lawyers will be in federal court Friday morning seeking a statewide injunction.

Affected counties include some of the state’s largest, such as Mecklenburg and Guilford.

“We cannot have an election where voters in counties where the machines are used have less confidence that their votes are being accurately counted than in counties where optical scan ballots are used,” Fetzer said. “It’s an incompetent situation at the State Board of Elections. We believe that they knew of problems with the calibration of these machines up to two months ago.”

Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the state elections board, said Thursday that her office has received no widespread reports of problems.

“In every election we will have scattered reports of machines where the screens need to be recalibrated,” McLean said. “That sort of comes with the territory with touch-screen technology.”

Fetzer said the GOP is compiling written statements from voters who said they tried to vote a straight-ticket Republican ballot, only to see their votes tallied on a final review screen as being casts for Democrats. He said the problem appears to occur when the touch screen is unsure of the voter’s selection, after which it is programmed to record the vote to the first candidate listed in the race. Democrats are listed before Republicans on the electronic ballots and therefore get the vote.

The machines in question are manufactured by ES&S and programmed and maintained under a statewide franchise by Printelect, a company based in New Bern.

Printelect was recently at the center of questions about high prices charged for paper ballots and sizable donations paid by the company’s owner, Owen Andrews, to high-ranking Democrats that include Gov. Bev Perdue, who appoints the elections board. Andrews has also enjoyed a close relationship with top election officials, for which he provided catered parties and cruses on his 40-foot fishing boat.

Department of Justice Voter section states it has no intention of enforcing vote list maintenance laws. Welcome to Chicago…

Via RedState:

There are 116,000 dead eligible voters in Massachusetts.  And in Florida, one major newspaper recently investigated and reported that almost 15,000 dead Floridians are still hanging around on the election rolls – just six weeks before one of the most vicious and important election cycles in our history.  Can it be the sun?  Most States have similar statistics.  Every two years, states must report to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) information about the integrity and accuracy of their voter rolls.  The latest report is not good news for our democracy – or our international reputation. South Dakota, Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Indiana report in excess of a dozen counties with more registered voters than breathing human beings old enough to vote.  West Virginia, Maryland, Iowa and North Carolina also reported having eligible deceased voters on their rolls.  The list goes on and on.  And so does the real risk that these voters will have illegal votes registered in their names.  Close races, like the Franken/Coleman race in Minnesota can be decided on just a handful of votes.  We may have to go to purple thumbprints at this rate.  Hugo Chavez must be howling at this American disgrace.

Democrats seem to be suspiciously inept at cleaning out the rolls.  The Ohio Secretary of State is not at all anxious about the fact that nearly 5,800 departed Ohioans are still registered to vote.  A partisan Democrat, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is more concerned about the living – Spanish speaking only voters.  She has cooperated with the Department of Justice to force Cuyahoga County to spend $500,000 on bilingual ballots to accommodate about 6,000 non-English speakers.

In November, 2009 political appointee Julie Fernandes reportedly told the entire assembled Department of Justice Voting Section that the Obama Administration would not enforce the list maintenance legal requirements of Section 8 of the  National Voter Registration Act.  Fernandes reportedly said, “we do not have any interest in enforcing that part of the law.”

Fifteen Missouri Counties Have More Voters Than Population Via Pam Geller:

Fifteen Missouri counties have more voters than census population Missouri Watchdog

Missouri has about 90.3 percent of its census voting-age population registered to vote, but 15 counties show more registered voters than people 18 and older.

Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)

Map: Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)

These results use the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Missouri Secretary of State, but 12 of these counties also had more than 100 percent registration in 2008.

These numbers may be high but are an improvement after a federal lawsuit in 2005 found 37 Missouri election jurisdictions had more voters than voting age population.

Obama Administration Gives Illinois Pass on MOVE Act – Illinois than fails to send out overseas military ballots in time, BUT ballots were hand delivered to jail inmates!:

MOVE is the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) act. Nine states failed to get this done while the Dept. of Justice yawns. The military is being disenfranchised from the election. This is an old tactic used by Democrats as Al Gore’s lawyers convinced a Democrat appointed federal judge to agree to toss out all military ballots in Florida in 2001.


Fox News:

Military voters from the land of Lincoln could be shut out of the midterm election after the Justice Department reached an agreement with Illinois that gave the state “a pass” for violating federal election law, an advocacy group warned Monday.

The Justice Department hammered out the court agreement Friday addressing the failure of 35 Illinois counties to send military and overseas absentee ballots 45 days before the election — a requirement of the MOVE Act. The agreement gave voters from six of those counties a few extra days to send back their ballots but did not specifically address the other 29 counties.

Eric Eversole, a former Justice voting section attorney who runs the nonprofit Military Voter Protection Project, told FoxNews.com the deal effectively lets wayward Illinois election officials off the hook and does little to ensure the state’s military voters get their ballots in time.

Texas: Former SEIU Member Registers 23,207 Fraudulent Voters:

Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member Steve Caddle of Houston, Texas has been caught registering 23,207 fake voters in Harris County alone due to the hard detective work of Catherine Engelbrecht and her “True the Vote” project.This is one of the best examples of what good citizen activism inspired by Tea Party principles can do for their community.

Catherine Engelbrecht was sick and tired of the vote fraud perpetrated by unions and Democrats and set out to expose it herself. Along with many friends who donated their time, computers, and sweat, they’ve uncovered thousands upon thousands of illegal Democrat “voters” in Texas.

North Carolina Sun Journal (Craven County):

A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.

Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.

“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”

M. Ray Wood, Craven County Board of elections chairman, issued a written statement saying that the elections board is aware of isolated issues and that in each case the voter was able to cast his or her ballot as desired.

Ninth Circuit Judges Interfere with Arizona Election: Rules that you don’t need to show citizenship to register to vote!

Here the 9th Circuit overturned its own precedent just days before the election in order to influence the election. Of course it is ridiculous to not have to show citizenship in order to vote. The 9th is basically saying that since there is a federal election law the Supremacy Clause will not allow states to have their own election laws. Article III Section 4 gives the states jurisdiction in election law so long as they do not violate the Amendments allowing women to vote or discriminate by race:

“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations”
Congress never indicated that the federal election law standards are designed to replace state law when it comes to legal qualifications to vote. The Supreme Court IS going to reverse this decision and Arizona is already asking the full 9th Circuit (and likely the Supreme as well) to overturn this 9th Circuit mini-panel ruling.

Arizona Daily Star:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship — passed by voters in 2004 — is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.

Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, temporarily sitting by designation, and Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta, with chief judge Alex Kozinski dissenting, said Prop. 200 creates an additional hurdle, while the national act is intended to reduce “state-imposed obstacles” to registration.

The majority noted that Congress was well aware of the problem of voter fraud when it passed the voter act, and built in sufficient protections, including applying perjury penalties to applicants who lie about their eligibility.

New Jersey Teacher Association Union boss caught on hidden camera talking vote fraud

Michelle Malkin – Voter Fraud Watch Page – Updates from Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Arizona, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

Big Government: Boxer campaign caught soliciting teachers to get student to work her campaign for class credit:

Stay with me here: The Boxer campaign has acknowledged that the letter we posted earlier on Boxer campaign letterhead soliciting teachers to recruit student volunteers is authentic… but they weren’t really soliciting teachers to recruit student volunteers… but they are still sorry. Prepare to have your intelligence insulted by Boxer campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski:

Because some local social studies teachers encourage students to volunteer, Boxer campaign volunteer coordinators notified a handful of schools near the campaign headquarters that the campaign was accepting volunteers. The letter did not ask teachers to solicit students to work on the campaign or to use school facilities, supplies or equipment for political purposes. The sole intent of the letter was to provide interested students with information about a volunteer opportunity. However, the letter, which was written by a volunteer and reviewed by a junior staffer, was inappropriate and we apologize. The author of the letter has been counseled and campaign coordinators will no longer conduct outreach to public schools.”

I acknowledge there’s an amount of wordplay, an amount of posturing done in a campaign, particularly when we get down to the wire in a tight race, but the hubris in this response is overwhelming, if not impressive.  The aforementioned letter begins, “As you may know, Senator Boxer is facing her toughest race yet.  With only 19 days left until election day, it’s now or never.” Later on it’s suggested that teachers can award extra credit to students who work on the Boxer campaign. Yet, according to the Boxer crew…

The letter did not ask teachers to solicit students to work on the campaign or to use school facilities, supplies or equipment for political purposes…

But of course this is a big fat lie – here is the letter read for yourself, click to enlarge:

Boxer Letter

High school aged relatives of mine have given me detailed descriptions of local high school teachers politicking in class. I know who you are and don’t be surprised if your name and picture appear in my upcoming book.

This was not the only case of using schools for illegal politicking –

OHIO:  School Buses Students to Vote, Gives Them Democrat-Only Sample Ballot

Thomas Brinkman, a Republican candidate for county auditor, and a group called the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes filed a legal complaint after three van loads of students from Hughes High School were bused on Oct. 13 to the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The students, all registered voters, were given sample ballots that listed only Democratic candidates — “clearly with the intention of instructing [them] how to vote,” according to the complaint — before they cast their ballots.

Then the kids were then taken for free ice cream, a move Brinkman and the coalition said was tantamount to “bribery.”

Brinkman’s attorney, Chris Finney, said a teacher at the high school coordinated with Gwen Robinson, a former principal within the district, to allow a local church to provide three vans to transport the students to a local polling location.

“We wanted to stop this activity, to stop the buses from rolling and the one-sided nature of the contact,” Finney told FoxNews.com. “We want academic freedom.”

On Wednesday, attorneys for the school district and Brinkman filed an agreed order that calls for the district to “not use any personnel or property” for advocating any particular political candidate or party.

We want these kids exposed to the full range of ideas, and this order from the judge requires that,” Finney said.

He isn’t convinced, however, that the busing is limited to Cincinnati.

“We suspect this activity is going on throughout the state of Ohio,” said Finney, who was unable to provide additional details. “And it just needs to stop.”

Winston-Salem Journal:

Some 6,400 staffers and students at Winston-Salem State University received e-mail exhortations Monday to take advantage of early voting and help the Democratic Party, setting off local Republicans.

After a complaint by Nathan Tabor, the chairman of the Forsyth County GOP, university officials acknowledged that the e-mail — sent from the student-affairs division — was improper.

The university cited a state law that prohibits the use of a state employee’s authority or state property to support or oppose a person or an issue in any election.

“We regret it,” said Nancy Young, the director of public relations at WSSU. “We sent out a retraction and said to disregard the earlier e-mail.”

That wasn’t the end of it, though. Yesterday, the university sent out what Tabor called an “equal time” e-mail inviting all the same recipients to work for Republicans during early voting.

That message was to be retracted by the university last night once it had been out six hours — the same amount of time the Democrat message was out before being retracted.

Tabor said he’s upset that he had to call the university and complain.

“That is a tax-funded school,” Tabor said, calling the original e-mail “highly illegal and unethical.”

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