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Secretary Of The State (CT) Cautions About Wearing WWE Gear To Polling Places
Courant.com ^ | 10/23/2010 | Daniela Altimari

Posted on 10/23/2010 5:14:00 AM PDT by raybbr

HARTFORD — Wrestling fans might want to think twice about what they wear to the polls Election Day.

A voter wearing, say, a Cenation T-shirt in tribute to WWE superstar John Cena might be asked to remove it, depending on the discretion of poll workers.

That's because the secretary of the state's office is telling local election officials that the prohibition against political paraphernalia within 75 feet of a polling place could be extended to gear promoting World Wrestling Entertainment.

WWE is a worldwide entertainment company built by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon and currently run by her husband, Vince McMahon.

"Even though it doesn't say her name directly ... the brand is so ubiquitously associated with the McMahons,'' said Av Harris, a spokesman for Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

Harris acknowledged that any discussion about voters' apparel is a "very, very delicate issue."

"We have a candidate who is very very well-known, who is a celebrity to millions of fans throughout the country,'' he said. "This has been a very contentious, hard-fought campaign, but the sanctity of the polling place is sacrosanct.''

(Excerpt) Read more at courant.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: connecticut; lindamcmahon; wwe
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A clear case of the government's boot on the neck...
1 posted on 10/23/2010 5:14:04 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: raybbr

>>but the sanctity of the polling place is sacrosanct

In other words, only Democrats can campaign on those hallowed grounds.


2 posted on 10/23/2010 5:17:50 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: raybbr

You know...up until the 1960s...folks dressed up in nice clothing to vote. I remember my dad making a comment once of guys wearing ties and jackets when they went over to vote. Today? You could see a gal in a tube top...flip flops....and some skimpy skirt...acting in the interest of democracy.


3 posted on 10/23/2010 5:19:06 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: raybbr

VOTE NAKED!


4 posted on 10/23/2010 5:21:05 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: Bryanw92
>>but the sanctity of the polling place is sacrosanct In other words, only Democrats can campaign on those hallowed grounds.

well here ya go.

5 posted on 10/23/2010 5:22:55 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: pepsionice
You know...up until the 1960s...folks dressed up in nice clothing to vote. I remember my dad making a comment once of guys wearing ties and jackets when they went over to vote.

Are you kidding me? Guys don't wear anything close to ties and jackets even for weddings and funerals anymore.

I think it's a commentary on this coarsening society.

6 posted on 10/23/2010 5:24:09 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: pepsionice
I remember my father crawling out from under the car, showering and changing clothes before going to NAPA for parts. Then he'd come home, change again, and finish with the car.

I've never been that civilized, LOL

7 posted on 10/23/2010 5:24:25 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: raybbr

John Cena lives here in beautiful Land O’Lakes, Florida ( www.LandOLakesFLA.com ) and when John goes anywhere around here, he get anything he wants, we love him here. And to think he would rather be in High Tax Connecticut over no income tax FLA is just crazy. We do have Marco and his friend Sarah coming to Orlando this afternoon (and maybe the big NRA Dinner tonight?!?)


8 posted on 10/23/2010 5:27:13 AM PDT by ynotjjr (Do you know who you're State Rep is? No Democrat left standing November 2nd)
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To: raybbr

I remember they did this in the 2008 election; no FUBU, NBA, or KFC gear.../s


9 posted on 10/23/2010 5:27:30 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: pepsionice

I agree—people shouldn’t dress any less nicely to go vote than they do to go to shirt. I would never dream of wearing a T-shirt to go vote.

That being said, the CT Secretary of State isn’t banning T-shirts, he’s banning WWE T-shirts because they are somehow “political” just because McMahon is on the ballot. Will he similarly instruct poll officers to order voters to remove SEIU T-shirts?

And since Blumenthal is on the ballot, shouldn’t they ban T-shirts that prominently display the word “Liar”? : )


10 posted on 10/23/2010 5:29:23 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: raybbr

Awwww, but it is perfectly acceptable for Chewbacca and Sheila Jackson Lee to campaign and harrass voters in the polling place. Got it!


11 posted on 10/23/2010 5:32:22 AM PDT by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: raybbr

Better not see any ketchup lovers, either.

12 posted on 10/23/2010 5:34:21 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: raybbr
So if someone wears a WWE t-shirt to a polling place, what exactly do they think will happen?
Will the image of John Cena trigger a subliminal response to vote Republican?
13 posted on 10/23/2010 5:37:21 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh
So if someone wears a WWE t-shirt to a polling place, what exactly do they think will happen? Will the image of John Cena trigger a subliminal response to vote Republican?

With any luck, every darn Wrestling fan who's registered but never votes will get out there and vote for McMahon.

What I've seen about McMahon's campaign is uninspired. Why didn't she advertised herself as a "woman who is a proven success in a man's world"? Blumenthal, lying about serving in VietNam sure isn't a man who knows how to survive and earn respect in a man's world.

14 posted on 10/23/2010 5:43:03 AM PDT by grania
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To: RGSpincich

That is a banned product in my home.

LLS


15 posted on 10/23/2010 5:48:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: raybbr
I wonder how these purblind idiots would react if someone went in wearing a "WWF" item? After all, those initials now stand for the ever so eco-friendly "World Wide Fund for Nature", but those initials were formerly used by the "World Wrestling Federation" prior to an agreement for a name change by the latter.

So, If I went into a CT Polling Station with a T-Shirt just having a "WWF" printed tastefully upon it, I wonder how upscale the reaction would be? Just a thought ...

16 posted on 10/23/2010 5:56:33 AM PDT by SES1066 (If you don't vote in November, quit your bitchin!)
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To: Bryanw92

Excuse me,Ms. Jackson your not allowed to order Popeye’s
in here!


17 posted on 10/23/2010 5:58:44 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: raybbr

Go in black face, it will be fine.


18 posted on 10/23/2010 6:05:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: raybbr

In other words, if one person has WWF on their shirt and a Republican wins, the whole election will be thrown out.

But when criminal thugs harass and threaten White voters, the “justice” department gives them a free pass.


19 posted on 10/23/2010 6:10:05 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Annoying liberals is my goal. I will not be silenced.)
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To: raybbr
A clear case of the government's boot on the neck...

It works BOTH ways. A good law, in my opinion.

Houston woman's Obama T-shirt serves as voting 'dress code' reminder

HOUSTON -- A voter who went to the polls Thursday at an early voting location south of the Texas Medical Center served as this mid-term election’s reminder to keep your politically themed clothing at home.

"This is ridiculous,” Tamika Francis told 11 News as she stood outside the Fiesta grocery store at Main and Kirby, where she had just been denied the right to vote.

“That’s not going to roll with me. Is it going to roll with you?” she asked her mom, who had traveled to the polling location with her.

The problem is that Francis was wearing a 2008 Obama election shirt. It has photos of the first family during the campaign accompanied by the phrase “Our President Obama.” The presiding elections judge told her she could not vote, nor could she help her disabled mother vote, until she either turned the shirt inside out or covered it up to hide the message and photos.

20 posted on 10/23/2010 6:12:21 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must-like men-undergo the fatigue of supporting it)
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To: raybbr

Now wearing a privately run company’s gear is political paraphernalia?


21 posted on 10/23/2010 6:22:48 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: raybbr

Panther gear optional. Clear attempt at voter intimidation. No low is too low for a Democrat.


22 posted on 10/23/2010 6:39:47 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: raybbr

For pure spite!

23 posted on 10/23/2010 6:45:57 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: raybbr

Lets see then...wearing a Cross would also be prohibited because of the anti-abortion anti “Progressive” sentiment it portends. This government MUST be changed.


24 posted on 10/23/2010 6:46:42 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: raybbr
but the sanctity of the polling place is sacrosanct

Sounds like a job for the Department of Redundancy Department...

25 posted on 10/23/2010 6:57:09 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: philman_36

26 posted on 10/23/2010 6:58:37 AM PDT by WVKayaker (Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.)
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To: raybbr

That’s funny because in 2008 there were a couple of stupid college slackers sporting che guevara t-shirts to the polls - and there is no closer identification than the one between che and zero.


27 posted on 10/23/2010 7:03:37 AM PDT by InternetTuffGuy
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To: raybbr

but you can wear a WTF t-shirt, or any kind of near-porno you want.


28 posted on 10/23/2010 7:04:56 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: CounterCounterCulture

I thought you’d get a kick out of this...


29 posted on 10/23/2010 7:06:08 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: WVKayaker

The sick bastards might just make everyone ‘drop trou’ to make sure.


30 posted on 10/23/2010 7:16:28 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: fwdude

“Are you kidding me? Guys don’t wear anything close to ties and jackets even for weddings and funerals anymore. I think it’s a commentary on this coarsening society.”

Declining values are often accompanied by declining traditions. There are a few remaining areas of decorum, but not many.


31 posted on 10/23/2010 7:17:20 AM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: EDINVA

This is total BS..... total BS. Ban the SOS.


32 posted on 10/23/2010 7:20:41 AM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: kearnyirish2
KFC?

Good grief.

Thanks for helping O'Reilly, genius.


33 posted on 10/23/2010 7:47:09 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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Thanks raybbr.

additional:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2612929/posts


34 posted on 10/23/2010 8:06:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Zeppo

Izzat you Retief?


35 posted on 10/23/2010 8:20:08 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: raybbr

It’s not “Voter Suppression”, we’re just not going to let you vote.

When we said “Free speech”, we didn’t mean for you.

Now pay your taxes I need a raise. :)


36 posted on 10/23/2010 8:58:56 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Bzzzzzzzt... Wrong answer.

Thanks for playing the game, better luck next time...

37 posted on 10/23/2010 9:43:28 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: raybbr

So then is an “I’m with stupid” tee shirt also prohibited due to the instant association with the Obama administration?


38 posted on 10/23/2010 9:56:08 AM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: Zeppo

I first came across The Department Of Redundancy Department in Keith Laumer’s series of Retief Sci-Fi/humor novels. Retief was the main character who dealt with the insane bureaucracy of the Future. The books are hilarious.

“Keith Laumer is best known for his Bolo stories and his satirical Retief series. The former chronicles the evolution of super tanks that eventually become self-aware through the constant improvement resulting from centuries of intermittent warfare against various alien races. The latter deals with the adventures of a cynical spacefaring diplomat who constantly has to overcome the red-tape-infused failures of people with names like Ambassador Grossblunder. The Retief stories were greatly influenced by Laumer’s earlier career in the United States Foreign Service. In an interview with Paul Walker of Luna Monthly, Laumer states “I had no shortage of iniquitous memories of the Foreign Service.”


39 posted on 10/23/2010 9:59:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I stole it from Monty Python...


40 posted on 10/23/2010 10:22:00 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Zeppo

They probably stole it from Laumer! I think the Retief series started in the very early Sixties.


41 posted on 10/23/2010 10:45:13 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: raybbr

Wonder if you can get away with voting if you’re wearing a Gadsden Flag t-shirt?


42 posted on 10/23/2010 12:11:55 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: Alas Babylon!
What is she had on the Obama T...With the word Socialist on it...and him looking like "The Joker"????
43 posted on 10/23/2010 12:19:41 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Vaquero

RE the photo: Two assclown thug wannabes. They’d piss in their little panties if they met up with the real deal.

Don’t they look cute in their little berets?


44 posted on 10/23/2010 1:02:59 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale
now here is a quandry.

my poll is in an elementary school....
so if these 2 “ assclown thug wannabes” were posted outside (thankfully, these types do NOT inhabit my neighborhood.....yet.)...and I was to go home and get one of my CCW toys as a FREE PASS to get buy these pieces of walking excrement....

....I would be the one arrested for carrying a weapon in a school zone...

un-friggin-believable

45 posted on 10/23/2010 1:24:53 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: secondamendmentkid
Declining values are often accompanied by declining traditions. There are a few remaining areas of decorum, but not many.

You couldn't be more right.

An example was a wedding I attended several years ago. I was only one of a handful of people who wore anything approaching special dress clothes, including the groom. At a small funeral, I was the only attendee wearing a suit.

If you look deeper, similar attitudes accompany willfully tacky dress. A lack of decorum in behavior and consideration for others - manner, frankly - seems to be tracking the trends in dress.

46 posted on 10/23/2010 2:53:31 PM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fwdude
On the other hand it was not so long ago before formal wear became such big business that people often went to all of their social functions in their clean work clothes.

I've been to funerals where old gentlemen farmers wore their best bib overalls to it. No one judged them for it. In my death I would not wish to burden loved ones with the expense of purchasing formal wear in which that money could be much better spent on meeting their real needs.

As for myself? I can't wear a suit & tie. I can't wear a Tee shirt due to a neurological impairment. Pants won't stay up on me so I wear coveralls any place I go. I can't wear regular shoes either so I wear working boots. They support my feet and ankles which are now quite distorted.

My current and will be my last marriage my wife wore a long night gown. I was in blue jeans & a western shirt. Our own preacher who officiated our wedding said in church the next Sunday it was the prettiest and meaningful weddings he had done in his ministry. The other invited guest there including a priest and several nuns didn't take offense either.

When I pass from this world it will be my request to be buried in coveralls or overalls and my loved ones who show up for services do so wearing their everyday {in good taste} clothing. The last part in honor of my beloved wife whom can not wear a dress and must wear sweatpants everywhere she goes.

Clothing doesn't make the person as a rule. Unless the person wears clothing perhaps with a trashy {obscene} message on them or one obviously showing too much of the body I don't care.

47 posted on 10/23/2010 4:57:35 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: raybbr

"Those were the days---me in uniform in Vietnam."

48 posted on 10/24/2010 5:15:15 AM PDT by Liz (Nov 2 will be one more stitch in Obama's political shroud.)
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To: Liz
Cute...

I am seeing more and more Blumenthal signs around. The people of CT are lost.

49 posted on 10/24/2010 5:59:48 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Vaquero

Lots of things that aren’t weapons can be used as weapons, brother. And used very effectively too...


50 posted on 10/24/2010 1:48:27 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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