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  • Census Still ‘Struggling’ With IT Problems That May Affect Count’s Accuracy

    04/30/2010 3:36:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 62 replies · 1,244+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 30, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Census Bureau is still having problems with its computer system that handles the data for households that did not return a census form. However, the Census Bureau director said the system has successfully printed out the assignments for the enumerators who will conduct in-person interviews with households that did not mail in their forms. “We continue to struggle with the software system called the paper-based operation control system, but we passed, just amazingly, a wonderful threshold last week where we printed out assignments for all these enumerators,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “It worked.” The Census director...
  • (Ohio) Absentee-ballot policy under fire (Democrat tosses out McCain absentee ballots)

    09/11/2008 10:59:13 AM PDT · by weegee · 34 replies · 658+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 3:14 AM | Mark Niquette
    In the 2004 presidential race, Democrats cried foul when Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell initially ordered that voter-registration cards be rejected if the paper used wasn't thick enough. Now, Republican John McCain's campaign is complaining that Blackwell's successor, Democrat Jennifer Brunner, has decided that certain absentee-ballot applications should be rejected if a box on the form isn't checked. McCain's camp is worried that potentially thousands of requests for absentee ballots will be rejected and voters forced to reapply -- if they get notice that their application wasn't accepted, said Jon Seaton, McCain's regional campaign manager. At issue is...
  • Student voting raises concerns

    08/30/2008 9:55:29 AM PDT · by Darnright · 37 replies · 194+ views
    roanoke.com ^ | Saturday August 30, 2008 | Kevin Litten
    A registrar drew fire for pointing out possible effects of students' registering to vote. A Montgomery County official's attempt to outline state elections law for thousands of Virginia Tech students this week prompted a swift reaction from Barack Obama campaign officials, who worried the statement could have a "chilling effect" on a massive registration effort now under way. Montgomery County Registrar Randy Wertz said he wrote the news release, distributed through the county's Web site, amid concerns that the hundreds of Tech students registering to vote using their Blacksburg addresses would essentially change their permanent address. That, he wrote, could...
  • Inquiry in Ohio Could Hurt Obama Vote

    08/13/2008 6:53:32 PM PDT · by Larry Sinclair · 45 replies · 229+ views
    The New York Tmes ^ | Published: August 9, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER MAAG
    CLEVELAND — A federal investigation of Democratic Party leaders in Cuyahoga County could pose problems for Barack Obama’s campaign in Ohio, party insiders and political analysts say....
  • Inquiry in Ohio Could Hurt Obama Vote

    08/09/2008 3:09:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies · 99+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER MAAG
    A federal investigation of Democratic Party leaders in Cuyahoga County could pose problems for Barack Obama’s campaign in Ohio, party insiders and political analysts say.
  • Why is Barack Obama Taking--& Lying About--Illegal Campaign Contributions from Gaza's HAMAS Muslims?

    07/31/2008 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 355+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | July 31, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    UPDATE: Looks like Pam missed another Edwan--Osama Edwan--also a Palestinian from "Rafah,GA," who illegally donated to Obama; lists himself as a "trader" **** As we all know, it is illegal for any U.S. candidate for federal office (and most state and local offices) to accept campaign contributions from foreign nationals. It is also illegal for any U.S. candidate for President to accept more than $2,300 per election cycle. So, why has Barack Hussein Obama accepted over $24,000 from Monir and Hosam Edwan in Rafah, Gaza? And why is he lying about it by noting on his official filings with the...
  • Pa. House spam scam is outlined Prosecutors: $1.7 million spent on campaign-related e-mail

    07/27/2008 5:14:44 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 13 replies · 196+ views
    Phillly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer) ^ | 7/27/08 | Mario F. Cattabiani
    HARRISBURG - They cost only a dime each, but it added up quickly. Over more than two years, as they toiled in the minority, Democrats in the state House allegedly purchased millions of e-mail addresses to send campaign-related propaganda to Pennsylvania voters who were stuck paying the political tab - $1.2 million. And that's not including several hundred thousand more in public funds that went to a tech consultant - the son of a state representative - who allegedly made it all look like a legitimate legislative endeavor. Details of the conspiracy were laid out recently in the 74-page grand-jury...
  • The Far Left's War on Direct Democracy [stop ballot initiatives]

    07/26/2008 8:29:58 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 17 replies · 219+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-26-08 | John Fund
    A total of 24 states allow voters to change laws on their own by collecting signatures and putting initiatives on the ballot. It's healthy that the entrenched political class should face some real legislative competition from initiative-toting citizens. Unfortunately, some special interests have declared war on the initiative process, using tactics ranging from restrictive laws to outright thuggery. - Snip - The initiative is a reform born out of the Progressive Era, when there was general agreement that powerful interests had too much influence over legislators. It was adopted by most states in the Midwest and West, including Ohio and...
  • Where DOES the Money Come From?

    07/20/2008 5:00:27 PM PDT · by pharmamom · 36 replies · 283+ views
    Atlas Shrugged ^ | July 20, 2008 | pharmamom
    I don't know if this has received Freeperization yet, but Atlas Shrugged has an interesting post about Obama's evidently very-rich-yet-unemployed donors. Surely this will be followed up on by the MSM?
  • Democrats used state funds to research foes

    07/20/2008 4:04:51 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 18 replies · 195+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 20, 2008 | Dennis B. Roddy and Tracie Mauriello
    HARRISBURG -- As the pivotal 2006 legislative election season began, top Democratic House aides, using state resources, undertook a wide-ranging opposition research campaign into both Democratic and Republican office seekers, e-mails show. The project was spearheaded by Eric Webb, director of the Democratic Office of Member Services, who, on Jan. 31, sent e-mails to state employees advising them to begin digging up information on 35 declared and potential candidates for the state House. "We are mainly looking for bad things: liens, bankruptcies, homicides ... you get the picture," Mr. Webb advised a dozen House colleagues via their state e-mail accounts....
  • Prominent Democrat is charged with voter fraud (Washington)

    07/13/2008 9:57:58 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 387+ views
    PTLeader.com ^ | 7/12/08 | Allison Arthur and Patrick J. Sullivan
    Todd Stuart McGuire, a longtime Jefferson County Democratic Party supporter, was charged July 2 with voter fraud. He's accused of either repeating a vote or impersonating his wife, Rebekah, by casting her ballot in a Feb. 6, 2007, special election. Both charges are Class C felonies and carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine, according to charging documents. Neither the McGuires nor Todd McGuire's attorney Ben Critchlow could be reached for comment last week or Monday. Todd McGuire is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. The...
  • Obama's Liberal Shock Troops (Important read)

    07/12/2008 7:07:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 65 replies · 248+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 12, 2008
    Obama's Liberal Shock Troops By JOHN FUND July 12, 2008 While he is a skilled candidate, Barack Obama's ability to surprise, stun and sweep over the vaunted Clinton Machine to capture the Democratic nomination was rooted in his background as a community organizer. He's now turning those skills to the general election. But liberals aren't just on the march on the presidential level. This year, liberal activists are spending parts of the fortunes of their wealthy donors to transform politics at the state and local level. In 2005, billionaire investor George Soros convened a group of 70 super-rich liberal donors...
  • Obama not keeping promise to fully disclose fundraising 'bundlers'(Obama, the Change Agent!)

    07/10/2008 7:49:23 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 122+ views
    KC Star ^ | 7/10/2008 | MICHAEL LUO and CHRISTOPHER DREW/NY Times
    Barack Obama has long been among the most outspoken critics of the influence of money in politics. Yet records show that in his presidential campaign, he has not lived up to his promise to fully disclose the identities of his top money-collectors who bundle millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Since November, Obama had added just two new names to a list of more than 326 fundraisers who have bundled contributions of $50,000 or more for him, despite the campaign’s taking in more than $180 million during that time. After receiving an inquiry from The New York Times, the campaign...
  • Illegal Voting

    07/10/2008 7:33:37 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 29 replies · 95+ views
    NRO ^ | July 10, 2008 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Amid all the talk of new voters becoming involved in the election, hopefully one group of voters will not vote in November — non-citizens, many of whom are illegally registered to vote all over the country, particularly in the southwest. Although there is no reliable method to determine the exact number registered aliens, there is evidence that this is a significant and growing problem. The Government Accountability Office estimated that up to 3 percent of individuals called for jury duty from voter registration rolls in just one U.S. district court were not U.S. citizens. While that may not seem like...
  • Officials Investigate 3 Alabama Counties in Voter Fraud Accusations

    07/09/2008 10:01:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 513+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | July 10, 2008 | Adam Nossiter
    MARION, Ala. — Federal and state authorities are looking into accusations of voting fraud in three largely black counties of Alabama, including Perry and Lowndes Counties, which played a historic role in the struggle for black voting rights in the 1960s. In May, a local citizens group gathered affidavits detailing several cases in which at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times. The affidavits were presented to state officials in Montgomery, the capital, and after the June 3 primary, the Alabama attorney general, Troy King, a Republican, seized voting records...
  • Obama contest rules changed to avoid lottery issues ( Change )

    07/08/2008 7:59:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 179+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 8, 2008 | Sara Burnett
    Barack Obama's campaign changed the rules of a highly publicized fundraiser Tuesday, after gambling regulators said the contest — a chance at one of 10 trips to the Democratic National Convention — was an illegal lottery. "We are happy to have resolved this issue working closely with state officials," said Nick Kimball, spokesman for the Obama campaign ... A spokesman for the Colorado Secretary of State said Democrats would have to get a license if they were conducting "a standard raffle where they're buying tickets" in order to win. But under the new rules, supporters don't have to donate money...
  • State [Minnesota] is asked to clarify Web solicitation

    07/08/2008 7:58:42 AM PDT · by KarlInOhio · 12 replies · 219+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | 7/7/2008 | Randy Furst
    The fundraiser on Barack Obama's national website might be considered a raffle in Minnesota. Not so, his campaign says. The head of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board said that a solicitation for funds on the national website of the Barack Obama presidential campaign may constitute a raffle, which is a violation of Minnesota gambling laws. [snip] The state Gambling Board website specifically states that one cannot conduct a raffle as a fundraiser for a political campaign. Only nonprofit charities may conduct raffles. He said three elements make a drawing a form of gambling under state law: if it costs money...
  • Well, At Least She’s Honest

    07/01/2008 4:41:41 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 5 replies · 207+ views
    The Corner on National Review Online ^ | July 01, 2008 | Roger Clegg
    An official from the aptly-named group By Any Means Necessary is quoted today in the Omaha World-Herald, on why her group is trying to disrupt the signature-gathering efforts of Ward Connerly, who is leading an effort in Nebraska (and Colorado and Arizona) to pass a ballot initiative that would ban preferences based on race, ethnicity, and sex: "The key to defeating the initiative is to keep it off the ballot in the first place. That's the only way we're going to win.” The Left, as you know, favors democracy, power to the people, and nondiscrimination, except when it doesn’t.
  • NYC REPS CONCEAL CONGRESSIONAL REQUEST$ (pork projects hidden from public heat)

    06/30/2008 3:51:49 PM PDT · by Liz · 54+ views
    NY POST ^ | DAPHNE RETTER, Post correspondent
    Several scandals in recent years have revealed Congress members may have sought earmarks that were somehow repaying the favor. NYC's reps, including likely Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and powerful Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel, opted to not reveal their plans. The current system allows members of Congress to secretly petition the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to instruct agencies to direct federal funds to their districts.
  • Two Years Later, DeLay Wants Day in Texas Court

    06/17/2008 8:50:33 AM PDT · by Neoncon · 18 replies · 77+ views
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | Tuesday, June 17, 2008 | Jane Roh
    WASHINGTON — Nearly 32 months after a Texas grand jury indicted him for election-law violations, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay still hasn’t gotten his day in court on one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. More than two years ago DeLay surrendered to a Harris County jail. Even by Texas standards, that lag is an unusually long time for a relatively minor criminal case to remain unresolved. It does take two to two-step: Appeals have been flying from the defendants as well as from Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle’s office. The...
  • The looting of Fannie Mae by Democrat insiders

    06/15/2008 2:01:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies · 248+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 2006 | Wash Post
    Much more information over here --->>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/23/AR2006052301751.html 
  • Tribes give big to Gregoire, avoid sharing casino cash (WA)

    06/13/2008 8:31:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 172+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | June 12, 2008 | Chris McGann
    Governor says deal curbs the growth of Indian gamblingOLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is benefiting from more than $650,000 in campaign contributions from Indian tribes that hit the jackpot in 2005 when she killed a gambling compact potentially worth more than $140 million a year to the state. Unlike 22 other states that collect millions from revenue sharing agreements for tribal gambling, Washington gets no money from tribal casinos under the compact that Gregoire renegotiated with the Spokane Tribe. Gregoire backed away from the 2005 agreement that included revenue sharing in an attempt to keep gambling from expanding too quickly...
  • Dems digging up votes in Louisiana

    06/11/2008 10:28:32 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 26 replies · 71+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 6/11/08 | Ed Morrissey
    Analysts used to joke about waiting for the results from cemetery precincts in Chicago before calling elections. In Louisiana, that may be closer to the truth than one might imagine. WBRZ reports on a voter registration scandal that had Democrats submitting thousands of fraudulent enrollments, included George W. Bush and a bunch of dead people:Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said Tuesday he will meet today with a Democrat-affiliated group responsible for a voter registration effort that is inundating East Baton Rouge and other parish registrars with bogus and incomplete applications.Dardenne said his investigators are trying to determine if any state...
  • Is (Washington) state so blue, McCain will write us off?

    06/10/2008 8:33:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies · 113+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 10, 2008 | Ralph Thomas
    It's been 24 years since a Republican candidate for president came out on top in Washington state. Given our longtime blue-state status, what chance does John McCain have of beating Barack Obama here? For that matter, will he even try? So far, the McCain campaign has sent mixed signals. When McCain held a fundraiser in Bellevue — including a $31,000 per person "Victory Dinner" — none of the money raised that evening went to the Washington State Republican Party. Instead, it was divided among the McCain campaign, the national GOP and the state parties in places that both sides view...
  • EDITORIAL: State lawmakers - play by the rules

    06/08/2008 3:02:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 135+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/8/8 | Editor
    Karen Bass, sworn in as Assembly speaker less than a month ago, is facing her first big test of leadership. The events of those ignoble three days in May - when the Assembly scrambled to meet a deadline to pass bills it originated - represented an affront to representative democracy. In one documented case, a member of the leadership team, Assemblyman Kevin de León of Los Angeles, hit the voting switch of a fellow Democrat, Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley, while she was elsewhere in the Capitol. That would have violated Assembly rules even if she had agreed with the...
  • Relatives of U.S. Congressman Accused of Charity Fraud

    06/06/2008 12:00:12 PM PDT · by dellbabe68 · 9 replies · 97+ views
    Relatives of a U.S. congressman indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and racketeering, have been charged with using charities for personal financial gain, reports the Associated Press The sister, brother, and niece of U.S. Representative William Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana, have been charged with conspiracy and fraud. Mr. Jefferson’s sister, Betty Jefferson, an elected New Orleans property-tax assessor; his brother Mose Jefferson; and Betty Jefferson’s daughter, Angela Coleman, are accused of stealing as much $620,000 from charities that were supposed to benefit poor people. They each face up to more than 200 years in prison. Mr. Jefferson has been...
  • Obama knows his way around a ballot: Ability to play hardball goes back to his first campaign

    05/29/2008 9:27:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 125+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 3, 2008 | David Jackson and Ray Long
    The day after New Year's 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot. Fresh from his work as a civil rights lawyer and head of a voter registration project that expanded access to the ballot box, Obama launched his first campaign for...
  • Democrats' voter fraud lawsuit against state settled (TX)

    05/28/2008 3:00:44 PM PDT · by mnehring · 4 replies · 44+ views
    MARSHALL — The Texas Democratic Party and a group of voters have settled a federal lawsuit against state officials over allegations of voter suppression. The agreement reached Wednesday came just before a U.S. District Court trial was to begin in a lawsuit challenging the state and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott. Gerry Hebert, an attorney representing voters, said the settlement includes the Texas Attorney General's Office agreeing to no longer prosecute what are called hypertechnical violations involving mail-in ballots. In a statement, Abbott proclaimed the settlement a victory in efforts to fight election fraud.
  • Romney's Campaign Offices Burglarized

    09/10/2007 10:35:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies · 1,074+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/10/7 | GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
    BOSTON (AP) -- The campaign headquarters of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney was burglarized over the weekend and a television and computers stolen. A campaign spokesman for the former Massachusetts governor described the crime as "a routine burglary" and did not believe it was politically motivated. "Several laptops and a TV were stolen," said campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. "All the computers are password-enabled and the hard drives are encrypted. The only thing they're good for is parts." The Boston Police Department was called to the scene, an office building overlooking Boston Harbor in the city's North End, but a report...
  • Soros-linked group hit with huge fine [$775,000 for using unregulated cash]

    08/29/2007 11:09:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies · 1,383+ views
    <p>The Federal Election Commission has fined one of the biggest liberal political action committees $775,000 for using unregulated cash to boost Democratic candidates during the 2004 elections.</p> <p>America Coming Together (ACT) raised $137 million for its get-out-the-vote effort in 17 states in the 2004 elections, but the FEC found most of that cash came through contributions that violated federal limits or were otherwise barred by campaign rules.</p>
  • Ignoring Chavez's Plan

    02/20/2007 7:19:54 AM PST · by billorites · 12 replies · 641+ views
    New York Sun ^ | February 19, 2007 | Michael Rowan % Doug Schoen
    Hugo Chavez may have lost both the recall referendum in 2004 and the December 2006 presidential election, according to studies conducted by a distinguished multidisciplinary team in Caracas, Venezuela. The team includes the rector of Universidad Simon Bolivar, Frederick Malpica, and a former rector of the National Electoral Council, Alfredo Weil. Astonishing as it may seem to Americans who believe the contention by Mr. Chavez that he won both elections by a landslide — 58% to 42% in the recall and 61% to 39% in the presidential election — the studies show that since 2003, Mr. Chavez has added 4.4...
  • No criminal charges for Dems that rifled through a Republican's desk (CT State 'Watergate')

    02/02/2007 6:12:32 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 24 replies · 1,369+ views
    WTNH ^ | February 2, 2007 | Mark Davis
    It is being compared to Watergate, on a much smaller scale. Two Democrats were caught on tape rifling through a Republican's desk drawer at the Legislative Office Building. For nearly five minutes, on a day late last month, after 5 o'clock, the security camera showed a man going through a desk while a second man watches. The desk belongs to Republican assistant clerk Juliana Simone. A four-day investigation concludes that this was intentional employee misconduct, but not criminal behavior. "I think I'm in the minority party and they just wanted to let me know that and that I should not...
  • A Compilation of Accusations of Voting Irregularities from Around the Nation

    11/07/2006 2:17:38 PM PST · by dangus · 12 replies · 1,245+ views
    Compilation by Dangus ^ | 11/7/06 | Various
    The following are news stories involving potential voting irregularities around the nation. Headlines are changed only to provide more or clearer information. When multiple stories about the same incident appear, I try to post the later ones, supposing the information may be more up-to-date. I make no judgments about the credibility of the accusations, as I consider wolf cries to be newsworthy and I also make no claim to expertise in evaluating credibility of events in distant states. Judge issues injunctions against Democrats for vote-buying; accusations would be of felonies. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1734244/posts Pennsylvania voter (union thug) smashes vote machine --...
  • Lieberman Web Site Down, Lamont Supporters Blamed

    08/08/2006 9:52:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 1,564+ views
    Lieberman Web Site Down, Lamont Supporters Blamed Image Tamsen Fadal Reporting (CBS/AP) HARTFORD, Conn. The Joe Lieberman campaign claims it's been victimized by computer hackers who support his challenger Ned Lamont for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. The senator's official campaign Web site, Lieberman2006.com, is down and has been down since this morning. The site has been hacked and apparently it has been so thorough that the senator's campaign can't even use e-mail.
  • Back to the “Honor System”: Judge Deals Major Blow to Election Security

    08/02/2006 3:58:09 PM PDT · by truth49 · 21 replies · 762+ views
    Yesterday a federal district court in Seattle handed down a decision that undermines the security of your ballot this fall. The case is called Washington Association of Churches v. Secretary of State Reed, and is the brainchild of a New York-based group called the Brennan Center for Justice. If you’ve never heard of them before, don’t feel bad. All through the recounts and lawsuits of the 2004 gubernatorial election, and despite the thousands of legal voters who were disenfranchised by illegal votes and counting errors, the Brennan Center hasn’t once stepped foot into the state of Washington to help bring...
  • PA Dems Will Challenge Green Signatures

    08/02/2006 9:42:19 AM PDT · by PDR · 5 replies · 353+ views
    Hotline On Call ^ | August 2, 2006
    The chairman of the PA Dem party, T.J. Rooney, said today he'll challenge the signatures that Green Party candidate Carl J. Romanelli submitted to join the Senate ballot. A number of those signatures were collected by JSM, Inc. Rooney: “This is a questionable and controversial firm that has a history of fraudulent activity where many signatures, and candidates in some instances, have been thrown off the ballot in various states. We will ensure that this doesn’t take place in Pennsylvania and that the integrity of the electoral process is safeguarded.” Backers of Sen. Rick Santorum donated nearly $60,000 to help...
  • McGavick sued over Safeco payout

    08/02/2006 8:16:32 AM PDT · by proudpapa · 15 replies · 730+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | August 2, 2006 | Neil Modie
    A prominent Seattle lawyer and a scion of a prominent Seattle family are suing a prominent politician -- U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick -- over his lucrative retirement package from a prominent Seattle company, Safeco. The intriguing cast of characters came together Tuesday in a shareholder lawsuit, heavy with political overtones, against Safeco's board of directors and McGavick, a Republican who was its chief executive. It was filed in federal court in Seattle. The complaint said Safeco paid the candidate $28.4 million in early 2006 in an illegal "waste of corporate assets" after he resigned to run against Democratic Sen....
  • Shareholder sues McGavick over Safeco pay (MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE ROBERT MAK STORY-SEE NOTE)

    08/01/2006 7:18:58 PM PDT · by paulat · 9 replies · 343+ views
    Shareholder sues McGavick over Safeco pay 05:26 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Safeco Insurance Co. shareholder sued Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McGavick on Tuesday, claiming the former executive's $28 million payout for leaving the company was fraudulent and wasteful. The claim resembles criticism from Washington state Democrats, who already have filed a federal campaign complaint about what they called McGavick's improper "golden parachute." McGavick has dismissed those complaints, but did not immediately return messages seeking comment on the lawsuit. Safeco spokesman Paul Hollie also declined immediate comment, saying company lawyers were...
  • The Democrats' Robin Hood

    07/31/2006 6:51:07 AM PDT · by liberty_lvr · 7 replies · 777+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Monday, July 31, 2006 | Paul Jacob
    Meet Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Most will recognize her name; she's the daughter of Missouri's late governor and posthumously elected U.S. Senator, Mel Carnahan. She's also the "Show Me" state's highest election official. Robin Carnahan doesn't merely administer elections. She's hell-bent on preventing them. Her short track record in public office demonstrates the dangers of partisan politicians holding offices on which mere little guys must depend for an honest democratic government. Oh, sure, she recently came up with more than a dozen reasons for counting votes on spoiled ballots in Rolla, Missouri — her decision yielding a one-vote...
  • Republicans file elections complaint against Bysiewicz (CT)

    06/20/2006 1:59:12 PM PDT · by Puppage · 6 replies · 379+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 6/20/2006 | Puppage
    (Hartford-AP, June 19, 2006 6:35 PM) _ Republicans in the state House of Representatives have filed a complaint accusing Democratic Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz of improperly helping four Democrats get on the November ballot. Republicans filed the complaint today with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. But Bysiewicz denies the accusation. She says Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told her she has the discretion to place the four House of Representatives candidates on the ballot, even though they missed deadlines to file paperwork.The four Democrats include Representatives Mary Mushinsky of Wallingford, Terry Backer of Milford and Claire Janowski of Vernon,...
  • Democratic Party chairman is charged

    06/17/2006 7:03:50 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 25 replies · 832+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 6/17/2006 | Justin Hill
    The chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party was scheduled to be arraigned July 26 after allegations he offered a candidate money to drop out of a Democratic primary. Rob Weyher, 54, has been charged in Salt Lake County Justice Court with one class B misdemeanor count of prohibited elections activity, inducements not to become a candidate. The charge stems from a voice message left at the home of candidate Josh Ewing's employer May 14, offering to contribute money to Ewing if he withdrew from the House District 25 race. A criminal complaint filed in court details what the caller...
  • Hacks Play Switcheroo Game + WA Election Contest Decision Liveblogging

    06/06/2005 11:17:09 AM PDT · by ScoopandDizzy · 1 replies · 410+ views
    The Radio Equalizer ^ | June 6, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    A small, weekend item in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was missed by many, yet it's another example of a dubious trend: liberal Democrats switching between journalism and partisan political positions..... (AND) Election Decision Live Blogging GOP Loses First Round In Gubernatorial Challenge...
  • Election Shocker: Washington State Judge Calls for Armed INSURRECTION! (apparently)

    06/06/2005 11:11:03 AM PDT · by dangus · 60 replies · 2,849+ views
    None ^ | 6/6/06 | Dangus
    A Washington state judge found that more than 1600 votes were illegally cast in the gubernatorial election last year. They were nearly all cast in overwhelmingly Demonrat-controlled regions, and constitute several times the margin of "victory" by the Demonrat candidate, Christinie Gregoire. The judge acknowledged the injury due to the fraud. But, he found that as defined by the Washington State election statute the fraud provided no basis for overturning election. The statute states that the challenging party would have to not only demonstrate that fraud occured, but that the perpetrators of the fraud intended to commit fraud. Merely being...
  • Wash. Judge Upholds Gubernatorial Vote

    06/06/2005 10:45:44 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 1,462+ views
    AP ^ | 6/6/05 | Rebecca Cook
    A judge on Monday upheld Washington's 2004 gubernatorial election, rejecting Republicans' bid to nullify the 129-vote victory of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire. Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges denied Republican claims that election errors, illegal voters and fraud stole the election from GOP candidate Dino Rossi. He announced his decision in court, saying the state's election process was flawed but that he was not the proper person to remedy those flaws. "This court is not in the position to fix the deficiencies in the election process," Bridges said. "However, the voters are in a position to demand of their...
  • WA Gov. Race: Judge Upholds Election of Governor Gregoire

    06/06/2005 10:02:05 AM PDT · by Publius · 238 replies · 7,673+ views
    KOMO-TV ^ | 6 June 2005
    A state judge has upheld the election of Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. In turning back the Republican challenge to the Democrat, Judge John Bridges says there was no evidence of fraud in last fall's election. The judge did find there were more than 1,600 illegal votes, but he says it's up to voters to fix errors in the state's election system. Republicans have said they will appeal to the state Supreme Court.
  • Court Decision on Washington state Governor's Race - It Doesn't Sound Good

    06/06/2005 9:58:44 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 15 replies · 930+ views
    OK, this thread may be partially vanity...but it looks like breaking news based upon what I'm reading on the soundpolitics web site. Go there and read it for yourselves...but it looks like the county jdge isn't gonna allow a new election. This looks bad for democracy. Check it out and let me know what you think.
  • Live Thread: Washington State Court Decision on Gov Election

    06/06/2005 9:20:36 AM PDT · by watsonfellow · 89 replies · 6,404+ views
    Live thread, discuss.
  • Georgia state senator(Dem.) convicted on 127 federal corruption charges

    06/04/2005 10:57:21 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies · 878+ views
    SATURDAY, JUNE 04, 2005 12:00 AM Georgia state senator convicted on 127 federal corruption charges Associated Press AUGUSTA--A federal jury found Georgia state Sen. Charles Walker guilty Friday of using his once-powerful position for personal gain, including skimming profits from a charity football game. Walker, the Senate majority leader from 1996 to 2002, was convicted of 127 of 137 counts, including mail fraud, conspiracy, campaign finance fraud and tax fraud.He left the courthouse surrounded by lawyers and family members, without speaking to a horde of reporters. He then got into a black sport utility vehicle and sped off. "Justice has...
  • Jury convicts state senator of corruption (Georgia)

    06/04/2005 10:55:32 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Gwinnett Daily News ^ | 6/4/05 | Kristen Wyatt
    AUGUSTA — A federal jury found state Sen. Charles Walker guilty Friday of using his once-powerful position for personal gain, including skimming profits from a charity football game. Walker, the Senate majority leader before losing re-election in 2002, was convicted of 127 of 137 counts, including mail fraud, conspiracy, campaign finance fraud and tax fraud. He left the courthouse surrounded by lawyers and family members, without speaking to a horde of reporters. He then got into a black sport utility vehicle and sped off. Richard Goolsby, the prosecutor, said: ‘‘Justice has been served.’’ No sentencing date was set for the...
  • High Court Won't Hear Burke's (D, WI) Dismissal Request

    06/03/2005 3:54:34 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Madison.com ^ | June 3, 2005 | Todd Richmond
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear former state Sen. Brian Burke's request to dismiss charges against him stemming from a probe into allegations of illegal campaigning. Burke, a Milwaukee Democrat, was charged with 13 felony counts in connection with the investigation, including misconduct in office, falsifying per diem payments and destroying records. Prosecutors say he used state employees to run his campaign for attorney general in 2002. He is set to stand trial in late October. His attorneys contend Wisconsin law on using state resources for political activity is unconstitutionally vague. They asked the Supreme Court last week for a...