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Board rejects 'whiteman' ballot language from Milwaukee candidate
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 21, 2010 | Jason Stein and Patrick Marley

Posted on 07/21/2010 5:35:02 PM PDT by ruination

Madison — State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot.

Ieshuh Griffin, a Milwaukee independent running to replace retiring Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams (D-Milwaukee), said in response she would sue the Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech.

"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not," Griffin told board members. "It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."

In other action, the state elections agency Wednesday knocked three state Assembly candidates and one congressional candidate off this fall's ballot but kept U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) on it.

Unlike candidates from the established Democratic and Republican parties, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain to voters what their candidacy is about.

Shane Falk, a staff attorney for the Accountability Board, said that the board had the ability to restrict obscene or derogatory candidate statements from the ballot.

The board staff ruled that the statement should not be allowed. With one member absent, the board voted 3-2 in favor of reversing that ruling and allowing the wording. Under board rules, however, four votes are needed to overturn a staff decision.

As a result, Griffin will be on the ballot with "independent" by her name and nothing else.

Board member Thomas Barland, who voted to allow Griffin to make the statement, said he thought it was not obscene and "not racial." But Roxanne Dunlap of Sussex, a citizen attending the meeting, told the board that she found the statement offensive and believed that a white person making the opposite statement - "not the black man's bitch" - would be sharply criticized.

Griffin, who describes herself as a "30-ish" community activist, said she had attempted unsuccessfully in the past to run for a position as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge. She said she will appeal the board's decision in federal court.

The board found that Republican Paris Procopis, who was attempting to challenge Rep. David Cullen (D-Milwaukee), came up eight signatures short of the 200 needed to gain access to the ballot.

That leaves Cullen without an opponent from a major party, though he will face a challenge by Constitution Party candidate Lisa Becker.

The board also knocked Matt Bitz of Rice Lake off the ballot because he has not lived in Wisconsin long enough, leaving just one Democrat in the race to replace retiring Rep. Mary Hubler (D-Rice Lake). Four Republicans will appear on the Sept. 14 primary ballot, and the winner will face Democrat Steve Perala of Barron on Nov. 2.

The state constitution says members of the Legislature must have lived in Wisconsin for at least a year, and the board determined that provision meant the year prior to taking office. Bitz, who was raised in Rice Lake, moved back there in May, after living in New York City in recent years.

The board knocked Assembly candidate Andrew Wiesniewski off the ballot because he failed to collect enough signatures. Wiesniewski sought to run as a Republican to challenge Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc, who recently switched his parties from Democrat to independent and faces a Democratic challenger, Kerry Trasik.

The board also dismissed a ballot challenge against Baldwin brought by the Young Republicans of Dane County saying she should be disqualified for running for reelection because she had listed her campaign office rather than her home address on her nomination papers.

The board said Baldwin could continue to list her office address because, as an openly lesbian member of Congress, she said she had received threats.

Republicans Chad Lee of Mount Horeb and Peter Theron of Madison are running against Baldwin.

An independent running against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) was also removed from the ballot.

The board found independent Bill Tucker of New Berlin had just 977 valid signatures, 23 short of the 1,000 needed.

Democrat John Heckenlively of Racine withstood a challenge to his signatures and will remain on the ballot for that race. Libertarian Joseph Kexel of Kenosha is also running.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2010electionbias; blacksupremacist; liberalbigot; mediablackout; naacp; napl; playtheracecard; pravdamedia; takethisviral; thatsracist; whitemansbitch
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1 posted on 07/21/2010 5:35:04 PM PDT by ruination
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To: ruination

>> “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ “

Methinks she doth protest too much!


2 posted on 07/21/2010 5:36:56 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: ruination

Classy.


3 posted on 07/21/2010 5:37:50 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Nervous Tick

I think they were called a ‘winch’.


4 posted on 07/21/2010 5:38:15 PM PDT by rovenstinez (,)
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To: ruination

5 posted on 07/21/2010 5:38:35 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: Nervous Tick

Still, the board should have let her run with it. Let her look like the fool if that’s what she wants


6 posted on 07/21/2010 5:40:15 PM PDT by robert561
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To: ruination

It’s not a derogatory statement, just a racist one!


7 posted on 07/21/2010 5:41:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ruination
"Unlike candidates from the established Democratic and Republican parties, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose..."

Can you imagine the anarchy if there were no "Allowers"?

8 posted on 07/21/2010 5:41:47 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ruination

Will a group of offended Whiteys go and protest her where she lives? No, because they are too busy working while she’s out running for office and looking for handouts to support that.


9 posted on 07/21/2010 5:43:02 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: robert561

>> Still, the board should have let her run with it. Let her look like the fool if that’s what she wants

Sure, no skin off my nose.

It begs the question: “So, what group’s b!+ch ARE you, Ieshuh?” Which is actually kind of funny to contemplate.


10 posted on 07/21/2010 5:43:33 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: ruination

Interesting how all the black racists are coming out from under their rocks lately.


11 posted on 07/21/2010 5:45:17 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: ruination

Ieshuh Griffin, an independent candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly, holds up her nomination papers Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., after an election oversight board said the Milwaukee woman can not describe herself on the ballot as "NOT the 'whiteman's b----.'" State law allows independent candidates to have five words describing them placed after their name on the ballot. Griffin argued that the phrase was protected free speech but the state Government Accountability Board said that the statement was pejorative and not allowed. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

12 posted on 07/21/2010 5:45:51 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: Slings and Arrows

whiteman’s bitch ping.

Heck of a campain slogan here.


13 posted on 07/21/2010 5:45:51 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: ruination

Welcome to post-racial America!


14 posted on 07/21/2010 5:46:32 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It could be sexist! Where is NOW complaining about her wish to describe herself as a b*tch?


15 posted on 07/21/2010 5:46:56 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: ruination
"NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' "

She could have said "NOT the white man's bitch" and still kept it within the maximum five words.

16 posted on 07/21/2010 5:49:05 PM PDT by OCC
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To: tina07

Like Chris Rock said, “Keepin’ it real...real dumb.”


17 posted on 07/21/2010 5:49:20 PM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Nervous Tick

Griffin, who describes herself as a “30-ish” community activist, said she had attempted unsuccessfully in the past to run for a position as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.

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Wow. Just give her 15 years and she’ll be perfectly qualified to serve as POTUS.


18 posted on 07/21/2010 5:50:25 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: ruination

Let her put it on the ballot, I say...


19 posted on 07/21/2010 5:50:59 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: OCC

Obviously she needs to go to court for a name change:

Notthe Whitemans Bitch.

(Problem solved)


20 posted on 07/21/2010 5:53:07 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: vladimir998

I used to very colorblind before Obama

He is such an asshole by setting back race relations 50 years


21 posted on 07/21/2010 5:53:23 PM PDT by Popman (Why does the New Black Panther Party want to kill saltines ?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

>> a “30-ish” community activist
>> Just give her 15 years and she’ll be perfectly qualified to serve as POTUS.

She’ll have to work real hard and get promoted to “community organizer” first.


22 posted on 07/21/2010 5:54:02 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
From the story;

State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot.

Anyone else see anything nutty about this rejection?

23 posted on 07/21/2010 5:55:22 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: ruination

On the ballot???

There shouldn’t be anything on the ballot except name and party affiliation. That’s the way it is in Texas.

Carole Keeton Rilander Strayhorn McClellan wanted to have “One tough grandma” as her nickname on the Texas ballot and the election commission threw it out.

If this candidate wanted to legally change her name to Not Da Whiteman’s Bitch Griffin, that’s another thing. She can do that if’n she wants to pay to have that her legal name.


24 posted on 07/21/2010 6:03:29 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: ruination

Gosh I hope she hangs around, after Blago it’s going to be hard to find quality political buffonery like this.


25 posted on 07/21/2010 6:04:17 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: ruination

On the ballot???

There shouldn’t be anything on the ballot except name and party affiliation. That’s the way it is in Texas.

Carole Keeton Rilander Strayhorn McClellan wanted to have “One tough grandma” as her nickname on the Texas ballot and the election commission threw it out.

If this candidate wanted to legally change her name to Not Da Whiteman’s Bitch Griffin, that’s another thing. She can do that if’n she wants to pay to have that her legal name.


26 posted on 07/21/2010 6:05:29 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: tina07

Yeah she is about as independant as any democrat running is.
Wonder what her platform is—Maybe she can get her own reality talk show “Not The Whitemans Bitch A day in the life of an Independant Post racial racist”


27 posted on 07/21/2010 6:05:39 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Responsibility2nd

Or the Supreme Court


28 posted on 07/21/2010 6:06:51 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Rational Thought
More fun from Milwaukee...
 
Woman gives birth, gets beaten by visitors
 
 


29 posted on 07/21/2010 6:07:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: ruination

These people are sick.


30 posted on 07/21/2010 6:27:49 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Nervous Tick
I'd vote for her, just for the sheer defiance of it all.
31 posted on 07/21/2010 6:47:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: tina07

Dang! I really thought this was satire until I saw the photo and caption you posted. Lordy!


32 posted on 07/21/2010 6:56:17 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: ruination

She be sassy!


33 posted on 07/21/2010 7:03:12 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: 50cal Smokepole

Are there any sane people in Wisconsin? (Besides you, of course.)


34 posted on 07/21/2010 7:13:49 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: ruination

Too bad, they should have left that phrase on the description, it would have pointed out exactly how racist she is and everyone would know exactly where she stands. Truth on the ballot for once.


35 posted on 07/21/2010 7:27:50 PM PDT by calex59
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To: smokingfrog
Yep. Just need to get away from Madistan, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, and a few other areas (like mine) that have an overabundance of libtards. The rest of us are salt of the earth.
36 posted on 07/21/2010 7:44:58 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: Popman

I get riled up about the whole “If you don’t agree with the government you are a racist.” mantra today. And sometimes I look at blacks and wonder if the drink the koolaid. But time and again I find that when you talk to blacks (I refuse to call them African-American like I refuse to call myself French-Irish-American) nothing has changed since 1/20/2009. We are all Americans and people are the same wherever you go. Every human essentially wants the same things and if you are open, yet guarded and equal in your expectations of others, you will find we can all get be friends.
That said, black popular culture is a retrograde force against progress. The bright see it as music industry bs. The not so bright see it as gospel.


37 posted on 07/21/2010 8:03:03 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

priceless!


38 posted on 07/21/2010 8:09:26 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (STATE CONTROLLED ECONOMIES SUCK ! LONG LIVE AMERICA.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
She's wasting her time in Milwaukee. She could do better in Detroit.


39 posted on 07/21/2010 8:55:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Popman
I used to very colorblind before Obama

You are not alone.

40 posted on 07/22/2010 4:13:35 AM PDT by TheOldLady (<73 0)) 2!m^^ ejo87 $$ lsa;iht! -- Tagline ruined at the cleaners.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Yes, she can probably have anything she wants on the ballot in the Motor democrat-caused-slum City.
41 posted on 07/22/2010 4:19:59 AM PDT by TheOldLady (<73 0)) 2!m^^ ejo87 $$ lsa;iht! -- Tagline ruined at the cleaners.)
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To: ruination
Board member Thomas Barland, who voted to allow Griffin to make the statement, said he thought it was not obscene and "not racial." But Roxanne Dunlap of Sussex, a citizen attending the meeting, told the board that she found the statement offensive and believed that a white person making the opposite statement - "not the black man's bitch" - would be sharply criticized.

Well that's because that's DIFFERENT.

42 posted on 07/22/2010 7:17:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: ruination

Ms. Griffin should take her parents to court for saddling her with that spelling of a beautiful name.


43 posted on 07/22/2010 7:27:37 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: gorush

Somebody has to decide what goes on a ballot or there really would be anarchy.

That doesn’t mean this woman was properly or improperly treated, it just means that election boards do work that is essential to democracy. This year in my county there were some candidates removed from the primary ballot. One guy had a whole sheet of signatures done in one person’s handwriting and another only had to get 37 signatures to get on the ballot but had so many signatures from outside her district of 3,400 people that she couldn’t even handle that. No “allowers,” that felon and that incompetent end up on the ballot and possibly controlling the business of a county of 50,000 people for four years.

That said, I think they should put her statement on the ballot. One of the great things about free speech is that it makes it much easier to spot the idiots.


44 posted on 07/22/2010 7:50:54 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Mr. Silverback

I agree that someone must choose how to print the final ballot and certainly fraudulent cases must be excluded, but deciding how a candidate may use their allotted 5 words (independents only) should not be within their control. Something stinks here.


45 posted on 07/22/2010 5:54:04 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

The panel is wrong, but I doubt there’s corruption. It’s not like they shut down a candidate who crusaded for marriage or smaller government or put “God Bless America” in their statement. They ruled against someone who put forward something blatantly racist.


46 posted on 07/22/2010 6:03:08 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Mr. Silverback

I just don’t see how that should be up to them. So it’s racist, the voters should know.


47 posted on 07/22/2010 6:08:01 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ruination
State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot.

A bitch, nonetheless.

48 posted on 07/22/2010 6:11:29 PM PDT by upsdriver (ret.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Maybe if Robert Byrd had been allowed to tout his KKK membership he wouldn’t have been elected so many times, maybe not, but who’s to say?


49 posted on 07/22/2010 6:12:28 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ruination

“Ieshuh Griffin: NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ “ under her name on the ballot.”

Then who’s bitch you be?


50 posted on 07/22/2010 6:15:21 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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