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  • Trashing the 12th Amendment with the National Popular Vote

    02/17/2016 8:34:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/17/16 | Publius Huldah
    The compact for a National Popular Vote (NPV) is a destructive scheme. Yet it’s been approved by several States; and is pending in others. Since the text of the compact no longer seems to be set forth on the NPV website, we’ll look at the NPV bill now pending in Tennessee. In a nutshell, the compact seeks to evade the 12th Amendment to our Constitution (where the States elect the President); and substitutes a national popular vote where inhabitants of major metropolitan areas elect the President. The Constitution our Framers gave us The federal government created by our Constitution is...
  • '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws

    01/24/2014 5:38:53 AM PST · by Phillyred · 57 replies ^ | 1/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    Dinesh D'Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated. Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama's America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Federal authorities accuse D'Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate...
  • Obama creates panel to recommend state election law changes

    03/28/2013 6:54:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/13 | Neil Munro
    The White House announced Thursday the formation of a nine-seat Presidential Commission on Election Administration tasked with recommending changes to states election laws by the end of September. The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles, said Obamas executive order, issued March 28. State elections are conducted by states, usually under state laws. However, the federal Congress has the constitutional authority to any...
  • Obama to sign order creating election reform commission

    03/28/2013 11:03:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 98 replies
    The executive order will direct the commission to produce a report for Obama within six months of its first public meeting, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. The panel will be tasked with considering "a variety of ways to shorten lines and promote the efficient conduct of elections" and its findings will be "intended to serve as a best practices guide for state and local election officials to improve voters' experience at the polls under their existing election laws."
  • Stronger voter ID laws are not enough

    01/28/2012 2:21:26 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 22 replies
    Renew America ^ | January 27, 2012 | Kevin Price
    The media has been up in arms recently over the move by many concerned Americans to try and require improved voter ID requirements in order to fulfill one of the most sacred aspects of government. It is simply unfair to have elections stolen by ghosts (AKA "dead people) and gangsters (AKA "community organizers). The United States government has, for years, put a premium on the act of voting. The idea has become, the more people voting, the better. Are you getting your license renewed? Apply for a voters registration! Are you applying for Food Stamps? Go ahead and register to...
  • Dan Walters: Voters may get second try at election reform

    04/27/2010 8:02:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 212+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/27/10 | Dan Walters
    The very liberal leadership of the California Democratic Party and the equally conservative hierarchy of the California Republican Party agree on virtually nothing, but they equally despise efforts to create some form of "open" primary election. Party activists leftist Democrats and rightist Republicans loathe the idea that voters who don't share their ideologies could choose candidates. Political reformers persuaded voters to approve one version in the 1990s. But it was in place for just one election cycle before being voided by the courts in a challenge by the two parties. By and by, however, courts endorsed another version...
  • No Country for Close Calls (Elections)

    04/19/2009 3:18:33 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 316+ views
    NYT ^ | Apr 18, 2009 | NATE SILVER and ANDREW GELMAN
    ELECTION junkies like us cant help but savor the excitement of races where the advantage shifts with nearly every click-refresh of the Board of Elections Web site. SNIP In truth, these nail-biters (the Minnesota Senate race and the New York 20th) have become, at least in elections to the House of Representatives, exceedingly rare. SNIP Why is it that there are fewer close elections than there once were? We can think of three reasons: POWERFUL INCUMBENTS The incumbency advantage has generally been increasing over time. . . . Since there are no term limits for Congress, and since most senators...
  • Rich Leftists Bankroll John McCain's Assault on Freedom

    08/02/2008 2:00:33 PM PDT · by average american student · 26 replies · 229+ views
    Stiff Right Jab ^ | February 11, 2008 | Steve Farrell
    If you are not yet alarmed and outraged by radical Republican John McCains bipartisan campaign finance reform package, which is in no way bipartisan, Mondays revelation from the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) should put an end to your complacency. In its latest report, Whos Buying Campaign Finance Reform? (1) the ACU unveils the secret that some conservatives have suspected all along: The campaign finance reform movement has, contrary to its anti-big money agenda, raised and spent more than $73 million since 1996; has, contrary to its bipartisan claims, been funded by wealthy Democratic Party soft-money donors, ultra-liberal foundations and...
  • Democrash! Electronic voting is a good idea - just not yet

    09/25/2006 8:08:46 AM PDT · by tang0r · 15 replies · 454+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 9/25/2006 | Justin Hartfield
    Computer technology, as a science, is still in its infancy. Far more is known about the automobile, for example, than the computer. Since the personal computer has only been in existence for thirty years, our experiences are limited simply due to lack of historical perspective. So computers of today are equivalent to the cars which were made in the 1930s; they were able to deliver you from point A to point B, but in terms of reliability there was more to be desired. There are shockingly few best practice guides on the market for designing bug-free software, because there just...
  • Count Every Vote Act

    05/15/2006 4:53:13 PM PDT · by AmericanDave · 16 replies · 418+ views
    THOMAS(Library of congress) ^ | 5/15/2006 | congress
    SEC. 701. VOTING RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES. (a) Short Title- This title may be cited as the Civic Participation Act of 2005. (b) Findings and Purpose- (1) FINDINGS- Congress makes the following findings: (A) The right to vote is the most basic constitutive act of citizenship and regaining the right to vote reintegrates offenders into free society. The right to vote may not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, gender, or previous condition of servitude. Basic constitutional principles of fairness and equal protection require an equal...
  • The case for unsafe election districts

    09/27/2005 1:22:28 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 16 replies · 428+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | By John H. Bunzel,
    IT IS NOTHING less than a scandal that 90% of the seats in Congress and the California Legislature are not competitive. It is also why Democrats, who have long championed a level playing field in elections as an important progressive goal, should be leading the call for an end to the "incumbent protection racket." Democrats strongly supported the concept of "one person, one vote" established in 1962 by the U.S. Supreme Court in Baker vs. Carr, a ruling that also required equal representation in all legislative bodies in order to reflect the interests and wishes of the people in a...
  • McCain Clueless on Impact of McCain/Feingold (on the Internet and bloggers)

    09/23/2005 7:56:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 784+ views
    Patterico Pontifications ^ | September 21, 2005 | Patterico
    Oh, Lord. John McCain doesnt even know what his own law is doing. Paul from Power Line reports on a dinner he and about 40 others had with John McCain. Heres what I found interesting: I asked Senator McCain about the impact of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act on bloggers. He replied that he wanted no government regulation of the internet. I followed-up, politely I hope, by noting that a court decision in litigation undertaken in his name was serving as the basis for proposals to regulate the bloggers. McCain responded that he was not aware that the litigation...
  • Defects In 2004 Balloting Described (Jimmah and James Baker)

    04/18/2005 9:53:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 1 replies · 309+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2005 | Brian Faler
    It did not feature much in the way of butterfly ballots, hanging chads or protracted Supreme Court fights. But the first hearing yesterday of the Commission on Federal Election Reform made it clear that the 2004 election was not without problems. Former president Jimmy Carter and ex-secretary of state James A. Baker III, who co-chair the commission, invited a dozen experts to American University to recommend ways to improve the nation's voting system. The commission will consider those suggestions, along with others expected at a second hearing in June, and submit its own recommendations to Congress. Former president Jimmy Carter,...
  • More problems in Valley vote (Washington)

    04/17/2005 12:35:51 PM PDT · by rockrr · 23 replies · 855+ views
    King County Journal ^ | 2005-04-15 | Mike Archbold
    More reports of dead people receiving ballots or voters receiving multiple ballots for Valley Medical Center's all-mail election have some voters again shaking their heads in frustration. Four people reported to the Journal this week that their dead relatives were mailed ballots for the special election. They joined another man upset last week when his son who died two years ago was mailed a ballot. Already inundated by reports of election malfunctions in King County from last November's governor's race, voters are much more sensitive to any irregularities, especially when they show up in their mailboxes.
  • Real Reform Rally (Olympia, WA - April 11)

    04/10/2005 6:13:13 PM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 8 replies · 508+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | April 10, 2005 | Evergreen Freedom Foundation
    I, unfortunately, have to work tomorrow, but for those of you who have the day off and/or live in the Olympia area, you might be interested in going to this: GRASSROOTS WASHINGTON ACTION ITEM: There will be a Real Reforms rally on Monday to urge House leaders to pass meaningful election reform legislation. We need you to be there! Real Reforms Rally This Monday, April 11 10 a.m. on the Capitol steps. Invited guests: Bob Williams, Evergreen Freedom Foundation Chris Vance, Republican Party State Chair Lt. Bryan Suits, Iraq War hero and disenfranchised military voter Mike Siegel, KTTH radio host...
  • Kerry: Election Reforms Should Be Pushed

    04/10/2005 3:04:11 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 54 replies · 796+ views
    AP ^ | 4/10/05 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    BOSTON (AP) - All Americans must demand their right to vote and refuse to be intimidated, former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a voters' group Sunday. "Last year too many people were denied their right to vote, too many who tried to vote were intimidated," the Massachusetts senator said. "There is no magic wand. No one person is going to stand up and suddenly say it's going to change tomorrow. You have to do that." Kerry supporters charged that voting irregularities in largely Democratic areas made it difficult for voters to cast ballots in the November presidential election. A...
  • CA: Democratic values - San Diego council may take two steps back

    04/02/2005 9:44:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 389+ views
    Returning today from its two-week spring recess, the San Diego City Council may be poised to take two giant steps backward for democratic values. In the first action, the council will be reviving the still-simmering passions from last fall's fiercely contested election for mayor. Before the council is a proposed ordinance that would ban write-in candidates for mayor, council or city attorney in general elections. It's a direct spinoff from Councilwoman Donna Frye's last-minute and nearly successful entry into the November election for mayor against incumbent Dick Murphy and challenger Ron Roberts. In the other action, the council will consider...
  • Truth held hostage: Day 9 (WA State Elections)

    03/07/2005 9:14:46 PM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 6 replies · 610+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 3-07-05 | Stefan Sharkansky
    Today's update on King County's magical binder of precinct-by-precinct reconciliation worksheets, which the lunatic-fringe blogs tell us are "sitting down there at KC Elections for anybody to inspect". The punchline is: the lunatic-fringe bloggers are living in a sick fantasy world (but you knew that). The binder is not now, nor has it ever been, available for public inspection. King County is perpetrating a cover-up. Two things happened today: First, County Councilmember David Irons confirmed to me that he's been asking for these documents for the last six weeks but that the Elections office has still not made them available...
  • Democrats offer election reform plan (Still bitter in Ohio)

    03/02/2005 11:20:51 PM PST · by Columbus Dawg · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 2, 2005 | Mark Niquette
    Democrats in the Ohio Legislature today unveiled an election reform plan that would allow early voting and have a hired elections officer run all state elections instead of the secretary of state. The plan came in the form of three bills the party will introduce in the Ohio House and Senate. One bill would institute specific changes in election law, such as allowing early voting, eliminating Election Day challengers and allowing provisional votes to be cast anywhere in a voter's home county. Another would create a six-member, bipartisan state election board that would hire a chief elections officer to run...
  • Clinton and Boxer, Representative Tubbs Jones and Others to Unveil Major Election Reform Bill

    02/20/2005 5:12:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies · 1,108+ views
    February 17, 2005 Senators Clinton and Boxer, Representative Tubbs Jones and Others to Unveil Major Election Reform Bill Legislation Would Enact Sweeping Reforms by Next Major Election Cycle in 2006 WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today unveiled comprehensive voting reform legislation to make sure that every American is able to vote and every vote is counted. Senators Clinton and Boxer announced the legislation today in a press conference joined by Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), who will sponsor the legislation in the House of Representatives, and voting rights advocates. "Voting is the most...
  • Sen. Clinton Pushes for Voting Holiday [Better hope it doesn't rain!]

    02/17/2005 9:18:36 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 28 replies · 554+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | February 18, 2005 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a possible White House candidate in 2008, joined 2004 nominee John Kerry and other Democrats Thursday in urging that Election Day be made a federal holiday to encourage voting. -snip- "I think it's also necessary to make sure our elections meet the highest national standards," said the New York senator. -snip- Kerry, who lost the national contest by 3.3 million votes nationwide, and 118,000 within Ohio, denied the bill was an attempt to discredit the 2004 results. "This has nothing to do with me," said Kerry. "It is not partisan, or shouldn't be."...
  • Sen. Clinton Pushes for Voting Holiday (voting for felons)

    02/17/2005 1:38:52 PM PST · by finnman69 · 129 replies · 2,183+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/17/05 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites), a possible White House candidate in 2008, joined 2004 nominee John Kerry (news - web sites) and other Democrats Thursday in urging that Election Day be made a federal holiday to encourage voting. She also pushed for legislation that would allow all ex-felons to vote. Standing with Massachusetts Sen. Kerry and other Democrats who had alleged voting irregularities in the 2004 contest, Clinton said, "Once again we had a federal election that demonstrates we have a long way to go." "I think it's also necessary to make sure our elections...
  • Petition - Washington State Election Reform

    02/14/2005 7:14:49 AM PST · by HannaUSA · 5 replies · 337+ views
    02/14/05 | HannaUSA
    For Washington State Voters: There is an online Election Reform Petition that will be delivered to the Legislature and the Election Reform Task Force after sometime has been given to gather signatures. You may read and sign-off on the Petition at: You may post your comments about the Petition and Election Reform at: This proposals suggest are not intended to be a cure-all, however this will let the officials know that we are serious about meaningful election reform, that protects the integrity of our elections.
  • Hillary and Barbara wants Election Reform

    02/09/2005 2:11:57 PM PST · by reagandemo · 50 replies · 869+ views
    DNC ^ | 2/9/2005 | Hillary Clinton
    Dear XXXX, It's time to tell those who celebrate elections and voter participation in countries around the world that we must make sure every vote is counted in elections right here at home! That's why I am asking you to sign on now as a citizen co-sponsor of vitally important election reform legislation. Next week, I will introduce the Count Every Vote Act of 2005, co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer. This comprehensive election reform bill will: Provide a verified paper ballot for every vote cast in electronic voting machines. Set a uniform standard for provisional ballots, so that every...
  • Voting Committee Examines 2004 Election (Rep. Bob Ney slaps Blackwell)

    02/09/2005 10:17:54 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 6 replies · 317+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2/9/05
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of a new federal voting commission meeting Wednesday to review problems with the 2004 election denounced the secretaries of state from Ohio and Florida, two states at the epicenter of complaints, for failing to show up. ``We can have disagreements, but you can't run and you can't hide,'' said House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney, R-Ohio. Ney, whose committee oversees election issues, said he would continue to push for Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and his Florida counterpart, Glenda Hood, to appear the Election Assistance Commission. Elections chiefs from four other states were to testify...
  • TALK IS CHEAP We need real reform

    01/29/2005 10:07:47 AM PST · by afvr · 11 replies · 225+ views
    Americans For Voter Reform ^ | 01/10/05 | David Flint
    This is not a solution that will be solved county by county or state by state. We need a total solution
  • Voting Fraud!! How upset would "We" be now if JFK were elected President??

    01/27/2005 8:48:45 AM PST · by 56newblog · 3 replies · 394+ views
    After reading the "Blogs" about some of the obvious voting "Fraud" (King County, Washington; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; East St. Louis, Ill...etc) that went on during the 2004 elections, I could not help but wonder how "POed" I would have been had JFK won. I could live with that fact (maybe?) if I believed it was an "honest" election. In one of the blogs (I think PL or LGF) someone recommended issuing a "photo ID" for all eligible voters. There would be a chip on the ID with the basic voter information on it (such as SSN#, State of Residence, etc). The...
  • Ari.(zona) requires proof of citizenship to vote

    01/26/2005 3:57:59 AM PST · by kattracks · 36 replies · 935+ views ^ | 1/26/05 | AP
    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona has become the first state to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote, a measure that supporters say is intended to prevent voter fraud. The law went into effect Tuesday after being approved by voters in November. It requires that people provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, when registering to vote and show specified forms of identification when casting a ballot at a polling place. A civil-rights group and Democratic legislators recently had urged the Department of Justice to reject the law. They argued the changes will erect barriers that will hinder...
  • Dems' electoral `reform'

    01/25/2005 10:42:39 PM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 359+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/26/05 | Boston Herald editorial staff
    There are dirty political tricks and then there are just stupid, dirty political tricks. In the latter category are the five Democratic activists, including the sons of a first-term Wisconsin congresswoman and a former acting Milwaukee mayor, now charged with slashing the tires on a fleet of vans rented by the state's Republican Party. The GOP hired about 100 vans to ferry watchers to the polls first thing on Election Day and to later drive voters without rides. The tires were slashed on at least 25 vans. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted sources as saying the five were paid Democratic...
  • Thank media watchdogs for spurring election reform (WA State)

    01/25/2005 5:02:57 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 12 replies · 629+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 01-25-05 | Bill Finkbeiner
    Much has been said about the role of talk radio and the "blogosphere" in whipping up public opinion and bringing to light the errors in the 2004 election. However, members of our local mainstream media deserve a great deal of credit for uncovering many of the flaws the new media talk radio and blogs have been discussing. On Nov. 16, our local newspapers reported on King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum's decision to release the names of 929 provisional-ballot voters whose ballots were not counted because they either had mismatched signatures or had no signatures at all....
  • Top Individual Contributors to 527 Committees--2004 Election Cycle

    01/15/2005 1:38:05 PM PST · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 8 replies · 956+ views
    Open Secrets ^ | Jan. 11, 2005 -- IRS Data | excerpted from site
    Major financiers in the era of McCain-Feingold. Excellent donor research knowledgebase.
  • Election Reform: Who got it wrong the first time around?

    01/06/2005 5:22:29 PM PST · by watchinginawe · 3 replies · 481+ views ^ | Oct. 30, 2002 | UPI
    The bipartisan legislation was the result of findings by a commission headed by former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Only two senators voted against the measure: New York Democrats Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, who opposed requiring voters to identify themselves. In New York, anyone can "prove" his identity by merely signing his name or anyone's name.
  • Future Republican Voter Fraud Scenario Alleged (Major Barf Alert)

    11/03/2003 7:53:57 AM PST · by twas · 11 replies · 373+ views
    MediaStudy/ArtVoice ^ | 10/30/03 | Michael I. Niman
    *NOTE* For those of you who do not know Mr. Niman, he is the alternative journalist who predicted the assignation of Paul Wellstone after the fact. In this piece, Mr. Niman establishes his next Republican-driven conspiracy theory. Here, Mr. Niman sets the groundwork to challenge all future elections won by Republicans as being rooted in Republican voter fraud. This is his preemptive strike; his attempt to taint every future Republican victory with alleged conspiracies. Mr. Niman is doing this, of course, because he knows that with voting reforms will come less opportunities for DemonRats to commit voter fraud; thereby ushering...
  • Group Pushes Voter IDs at Polls (NM)

    07/08/2003 8:56:03 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies · 223+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | Friday July 4, 2003 | Dan McKay
    Friday, July 4, 2003 Group Pushes Voter IDs at Polls By Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer Bernalillo County voting records are no fountain of youth. The records suggest there are more people over the age of 100 registered to vote than there are people that age actually alive, according to a group pushing for voters to present an ID at the polls. Seth Heath of the Albuquerque Voter ID Initiative released a study this week indicating that 166 registered voters are older than 100. The analysis was done by a volunteer consultant for the group in late...
  • Will Doyle and Lawton Stand in the Way of Common-sense Election Reform?

    03/14/2003 7:45:52 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies · 237+ views
    (MADISON) By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, the Wisconsin Assembly has passed Assembly Bill 111 -- legislation that would require prospective voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW) Chairman Rick Graber hailed Thursday evenings 60 34 vote, calling it a key victory in the battle against election fraud. Graber pointed out that 4 Democrats joined 56 Republicans to support AB 111. This is simple, common-sense reform that would help prevent our open election system from being exploited, Graber said. The intent of this bill is to keep felonies from...
  • Holding Out on Reform - Only two senators voted against last week's bipartisan election

    10/24/2002 10:46:12 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 566+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/24/02 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    AN ELECTION REFORM ACT in the works since the last presidential election headed to the president's desk last Wednesday after receiving approval from the Senate. The Help America Vote Act passed 92-2, with only New York senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton opposed. Clinton and Schumer claim that the bill's tougher requirements for identification at polling places may prevent or discourage minorities from voting. "For the nation it's a good bill, but for New York it's a bad bill," said Schumer. Clinton says she fears the identification provision "will disproportionately affect ethnic and racial minorities, recently naturalized American citizens, language...
  • Democratic officials challenge rule on provisional voting (Missouri)

    10/22/2002 6:39:45 PM PDT · by BOBWADE · 15 replies · 575+ views
    Jefferson City News Tribune ^ | Tuesday, October 22, 2002 | PAUL SLOCA
    Democratic officials challenge rule on provisional voting By PAUL SLOCA The Associated Press Two Democratic elected officials are challenging a new election rule by Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt in a case that could determine how easy it is for some Missourians to vote Nov. 5. At issue is a state law passed earlier this year that allows a person whose eligibility is questioned to cast a "provisional ballot" in federal and state races. The ballot is counted only if the person's eligibility is later verified. To implement the law, Blunt's office drafted rules that took effect Monday. A...
  • Trouble in Paradise - Elections in Hawaii may not be a luau for Democrats ~ John Fund

    10/17/2002 1:20:50 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 8 replies · 480+ views
    <p>The popular 1970s police drama "Hawaii Five-O" showcased the nation's 50th state and attracted millions of tourists to its shores. This year, political reporters have been trooping to Hawaii to see if the entrenched 40-year-old Democratic Party machine--dubbed "Hawaii Four-O"--will finally lose a race for governor and open up the Aloha State's politics.</p>
  • Hillary, Schumer Oppose Election Reform

    10/16/2002 3:10:48 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 9 replies · 181+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/16/02 | Limbacher
    Only two U.S. senators today opposed a mild effort to reduce election fraud: New York Democrats Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer. The Senate voted 92-2 to establish nationwide election standards and hand the states billions of dollars to improve voting systems. The bill now goes to President Bush, who has promised to sign it. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the bill a "historic consensus" that "will help make all elections more accurate, more accessible and more honest." "Election Day 2000 was not a proud day for our democracy [sic], but that day was also a gift. Had there never been...
  • Deal Reached On Election Reform (Senate-Mitch McConnell Is On Board, Too!)

    10/05/2002 1:17:50 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 25 replies · 160+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lawmakers announced a deal Friday on a bill to overhaul the nation's election system, making it, in the words of one Republican, "easier to vote and harder to cheat" and providing $3.9 billion to states to help update equipment and train poll workers.</p>
  • Now For Some Real Election Reform

    07/22/2002 2:23:51 PM PDT · by Magnum Fan · 3 replies · 199+ views
    Monday, July 22 | Just Me
    According to the press, John McCains campaign finance legislation has saved the nation and will cause all corruption to melt awayor something like that. Thats wonderful, but McCain and his fellow reformers dont seem to understand what really bedevils American democracy. Forget the lobbyists and special interest groups. Like them or not, they do have a legitimate role to play, and whatever excesses they commit are well documented (and heartily denounced) by both the media and countless watchdog groups. Furthermore, lobbyists actions already were proscribed carefully by law long before McCain-Feingold. Instead, our republic sustains far greater damage on Election...
  • Texas Gets An 'F' On NAACP's Test Of Reform Efforts (More From The Race Baiting Poverty Pimps)

    07/09/2002 6:46:00 AM PDT · by demkicker · 22 replies · 204+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2002 | Lori Rodriguez
    July 9, 2002, 2:17AM Texas gets an 'F' on NAACP's test of reform efforts By LORI RODRIGUEZ Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle Minority Affairs Writer Texas was one of only six states that got an "F" grade for its election reform efforts in a report released Monday by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during its annual convention. Texas was one of only six states that got an "F" grade for its election reform efforts in a report released Monday by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during its annual convention. NAACP President Kweisi Mfume...
  • RNC SUBPOENAS DEMS, LABOR UNIONS: Analysis Finds 'Soft Money' Moving From Ntl Parties to States

    06/25/2002 1:09:23 PM PDT · by Liz · 20 replies · 462+ views
    AP ^ | 6/25/02 | SHaron Theimer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican National Committee, seeking to strengthen its case against the new campaign finance law, has subpoenaed the New Democrat Network and several labor unions for details on their fund-raising. The RNC subpoenas and deposition requests seek information on campaign ads the New Democrat Network has run, how and when it solicits contributions, its top donors and communication between the political action committee and federal officeholders, include any lobbying. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, helped found the PAC five years ago to promote the ideas of centrist, pro-business Democrats. The RNC requests...
  • Direct Danger

    04/26/2002 9:25:58 AM PDT · by mondonico · 7 replies · 216+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 26, 2002 | David Lewis Schaefer
    If you advocate direct elections for the U.S., take a second look at France's Le Pen mess. The results of the first stage of the French presidential election in April have been widely decried. In that election the anti-immigrant demagogue Jean le Pen scored an upset, beating out Socialist leader Lionel Jospin to enter the runoff against Gaullist candidate Jacques Chirac. Given the widespread loathing for Le Pen, he has essentially no chance to defeat Chirac and become France's next president. But the election result does provide an important lesson for would-be reformers of the American electoral system. In the...
  • Compromise on Senate election reform bill raises hopes of passage by end of this week

    03/20/2002 6:19:18 AM PST · by FairWitness · 12 replies · 260+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 3-20-02 | Deirdre Shesgreen
    <p>WASHINGTON - Senate negotiators have reached a tentative deal on a sweeping election reform bill, raising hopes that the bill could be passed as early as this week, aides to two senators said Tuesday.</p> <p>Lawmakers have been locked in a stalemate over an anti-fraud provision pushed by Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., that would require first-time voters who register by mail to prove their identities with a photo ID or other verification before they vote.</p>