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  • Al Franken backs Iran deal, 5th of 9 Jewish Senate Democrats to do so

    08/13/2015 9:44:01 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 63 replies
    JTA ^ | aug 13 2015 | JTA
    WASHINGTON (JTA) ó Sen. Al Franken endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the fifth of nine Jewish senators to back the agreement. ďMany have expressed reservations about the deal, and I share some of those reservations,Ē Franken, D-Minn., wrote in an Op-Ed on CNNís website. ďIt isnít a perfect agreement,Ē he said. ďBut it is a strong one. This agreement is, in my opinion, the most effective, realistic way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon anytime in the next 15 years.Ē
  • Al Franken 2000 on McCain: I donít buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured

    07/19/2015 9:59:18 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 85 replies
    So the media, liberal hacks and so called Republicans have been bashing Donald Trump all day for speaking the truth about songbird John McCain, the often referred to Ďwar-hero.í Funny, Al Franken, a far left liberal Democrat said something very similar about McCain when he first ran for president in 2000. I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican. I have tremendous respect for McCain but I donít buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as Iím concerned he sat out the war. Thatís actually worse...
  • Donald Trump Uses Old Al Franken POW Joke About John McCain

    07/19/2015 8:24:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 87 replies
    Reason ^ | Jul. 18, 2015 2:18 pm | Jesse Walker
    Franken 15 years ago: "I don't buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured."
  • Minnesota felons should finish full sentences before being allowed to vote

    05/07/2015 5:40:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5-3-15 | Andrew Cilek
    There is a good reason liberal lawmakers and governors across the country are eager to pass laws allowing felons to vote. A recent study conducted by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences indicates that seven out of 10 convicts register as Democrats.The DFL-controlled Senate in Minnesota is leading the way with its recent passage of a bill allowing felons to vote while still on parole or probation. Proponents of changing the law are focused almost entirely on what they view as good for the felon rather than being concerned with the rights of law-abiding citizens. Proponents claim that allowing...
  • Franken takes on Obama

    12/29/2014 4:03:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 29, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Sunday called on supporters to reject one of President Obama's nominees to the Treasury Department. Franken criticized nominee Antonio Weiss in no uncertain terms, arguing Obama had nominated the wrong person for the job of Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance.
  • Help Us Restore Election Integrity (MN-MVA)

    12/28/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 12-10-14 | Andrew Cilek
    Formed in 2005, the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) is the only conservative organization in Minnesota, and one of a few in the nation, dedicated solely to expanding liberty through legal action, determined to strike at the liberal forces which degrade and reduce our freedoms. A critical component of that dedication is the ability to pursue an objective for as long as it takes to win. So, while we have achieved several recent victories in other cases, our commitment to changing Minnesotaís defective Election-Day Registration (EDR) laws continues in full force. Today, I am requesting your support for our impending lawsuits...
  • Franken tells TV network: 'I'm ready for Hillary' to be president

    12/16/2014 11:24:17 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 48 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/16/14 | Paul Walsh
    Sen. Al Franken has told MSNBC that heís enthused about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president, a comment which the network reported as being an endorsement of her potential candidacy. ďI think that Hillary would make a great president,Ē the Minnesota senator said in an interview on the MSNBC cable network with Ari Melber, scheduled for telecast Tuesday at 2 p.m. CST on ďThe Cycle.Ē
  • Cruz fires back at Franken on net neutrality

    11/17/2014 5:14:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/17/2014 | Ashley Killough and Sara Fischer
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit back at Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Monday for his comments that Cruz doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to net neutrality. Cruz used a video that he uploaded to YouTube and social media that shows the senator explaining what net neutrality is and how it works.
  • One of Eight Voter Registrations Is Flawed, James OíKeefe Shows

    11/03/2014 7:16:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/3/2014 | John Fund
    A Pew Center on the States study in 2012 found that one out of eight voter registrations is inaccurate, out-of-date, or a duplicate. Some 2.8 million people are registered in two or more states, and 1.8 million registered voters are dead. So OíKeefe decided to take some of the 700,000 ďinactiveĒ voters the Voting Integrity Project says are on the rolls in North Carolina, the site of one of the nationís most hotly contested Senate races, and see just how easy it would be to obtain a ballot in their name. Sadly, it was childís play as his video demonstrates....
  • Franken: Ebola Victim's Widow to Get Benefits

    11/03/2014 3:17:10 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 11/3/14 | AP
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken says the widow of the first American to die from Ebola will get survivor benefits. Franken says the Social Security Administration notified him Monday that the benefits were approved for Decontee Sawyer of Coon Rapids.
  • Non-Citizens Are Voting

    10/31/2014 8:31:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | John Fund
    OCTOBER 30, 2014 Non-Citizens Are Voting James OíKeefe documents the problem in North Carolina, where the Senate race is close. By John Fund Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next weekís elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections? A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken ís 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota...
  • Sowell: Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.

    11/03/2014 10:29:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote. The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book "Injustice" by J. Christian Adams. He was...
  • Voter ID Myth Crashes (Proof The Demonrats Can Not Win Without Voter Fraud)

    10/28/2014 8:00:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Democrats want everyone to vote: old, young, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, citizen, non-citizen. Wait, what was that last one again? We'll get to that. Voter ID laws, passed by 30 states so far, are efforts by legislatures to ensure the integrity of votes. Being asked to show a photo ID can diminish several kinds of fraud, including impersonation, duplicate registrations in different jurisdictions and voting by ineligible people including felons and non-citizens. The Democrats have made a number of arguments against voter ID laws. They argue a) that the problem of voter impersonation or in-person voter fraud is nonexistent, b)...
  • Moderator Calls Out Franken For Not Answering Ebola Question

    10/27/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014
    On Sunday, Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) avoided questions on travel bans and quarantines to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States. After being prodded to answer, a moderator asked Franken, ďI mean, which is it, do you support a travel ban or not?Ē
  • Report: Non-Citizens' Votes Could Affect Senate Race

    10/26/2014 6:12:48 AM PDT · by cutty · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Oct 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Many non-citizens don't register or vote, but so many do that it could change the outcome of some of the neck-and-neck Senate races as Republicans and Democrats fight to gain control over it ... with non-citizens favoring Democrats, resident Barack Obama took more than 80 percent of the non-citizen vote in the CCES 2008 sample ... Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., won his 2008 election by just 312 votes, and that the votes cast by 0.65 percent of his state's non-citizens may account for that win
  • Coulter To GOP: Stop ĎConstantly Sucking Upí To Hispanic Voters

    10/18/2014 6:36:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    In an appearance on ďThe OíReilly FactorĒ Friday night, conservative columnist Ann Coulter was critical of the GOP for appealing to known Democratic voting blocs, specifically Hispanics, rather than simply appealing to base voters. ďInstead of constantly sucking up to a group of people who will never vote for you,Ē said Coulter, hitting specifically against GOPers for immigration reform, ďhow about appealing to the other voters who are just gonna go home and say ĎScrew you.íĒ
  • Dayton, senators seek federal action on railroad delays

    10/14/2014 5:19:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-13-14 | Don Davis
    DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota's leaders want federal help to ease railroad delays. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday sent a letter to the head of the Surface Transportation Board saying that rail delays are hurting many parts of the economy. "As we watch winter come to the state of Minnesota, we have become increasingly alarmed by the service failures of several railroads that serve critical industries in our state," the three Democrats wrote to board Chairman Daniel Elliott. And on Tuesday, Dayton holds what is expected to be the last of a series...
  • SurveyUSA poll shows Minnesota slipping away from GOP Ö again: Al Franken and Mark Dayton ahead

    10/11/2014 11:57:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In almost every electoral cycle, Republicans feel they have a winning hand in Minnesota to turn the state red. And in almost every electoral cycle, their hopes get dashed. The GOP has not won a statewide electoral contest in Minnesota since Tim Pawlenty’s narrow re-election victory in 2006, and according to Survey USA’s latest poll, 2014 won’t break the pattern: In Minnesota, one month to Election Day, incumbent Democrats Mark Dayton and Al Franken appear well positioned for re-election, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St Paul. The victories do not reflect any larger love for...
  • Voter ID vs. Concealed Carry Ė Liberal Hypocrisy Unmasked

    10/08/2014 10:49:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Bob Barr
    ďLet me be clear,Ē Attorney General Eric Holder emphatically declared in a 2012 speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, ďwe will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious rights.Ē Holderís remarks were a call to arms against efforts by Republicans to require that voters show identification when they go to vote. His words reflect a belief that the right to vote is so ďpreciousĒ that requiring individuals to show an ID before casting a vote is tantamount to being ďdisenfranchised.Ē However, when it comes to protecting the right to ďkeep...
  • Minnesota Senate: Franken (D) 49%, McFadden (R) 41%

    10/04/2014 11:07:52 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 70 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 2, 2014
    Live from Minnesota, itís Democratic Senator Al Frankenís bid for reelection, and heís got an eight-point lead over Republican challenger Mike McFadden.
  • Senate candidates complain about big money - but still take it

    10/01/2014 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Brainerd Dispatch ^ | 10-1-2014 | Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio News
    When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Sen. Al Franken often complains that there is just too much of it. But when Franken called the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that opened the door for corporations, unions and individuals to spend unlimited amounts on candidates a "disaster" earlier this month, his impassioned Senate floor speech disguised a central fact of his campaign, and that of his Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. Both are benefiting from a sophisticated network of donors and committees that have flourished in the wake of the legal decisions Franken and others often criticize. The U.S....
  • Records were falsified at Minneapolis VA, former workers say

    09/04/2014 9:10:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 4, 2014
    MINNEAPOLIS ó Two former employees of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center allege they were pressured to falsify patient appointment dates and medical records to hide delays, a television station reported. In a report that aired Wednesday night, the ex-employees told KARE-TV that in some cases, they were told to falsify medical records by writing that patients had declined follow-up treatments when, in reality, they say the veterans had never been contacted. The former VA workers fear that patients' lives may be at risk because they say some cases involved suspected colon cancer. "Some of them were getting missed altogether," said...
  • Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

    09/04/2014 4:55:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    City Pages ^ | 9-2-14 | Jesse Marx
    It begins well enough. A trail of admirers follow Franken as he tours Bryant Avenue, listening to the activists he meets. Behind an ice cream truck, he shakes hands with a disabled vet and, after a lengthy chat, asks an aide to take down the old soldier's contact information. "North Minneapolis is very important," Franken tells us. "We unfortunately have, as a metropolitan area, some of the greatest disparities in terms of everything -- education, employment, and health care. All of this stuff is connected." He expounds on the same point on stage, noting the need to fund early childhood...
  • Finding Al Franken

    08/28/2014 3:13:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 28, 2014
    The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh?In reality, polls from both parties show Franken with only a tenuous advantage over his challenger, Republican businessman Mike McFadden. President Obama's job-approval numbers are weak in Minnesota, with a Suffolk University poll conducted in April revealing a 43 percent rating. The same survey shows Franken polling at 44 percent against McFadden, with his net favorability at 46 percent/41 percent. (A robo-poll, conducted this week by SurveyUSA, showed Franken up 51 percent to 42 percent, with a 56 percent approval rating.) But...
  • The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign...

    08/28/2014 1:15:01 PM PDT · by upchuck · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | Josh Kraushaar
    Full title: Finding Al Franken The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh? ST. PAUL, Minn.óI flew to Minnesota with high hopes of talking with Sen. Al Franken, and his staff said I'd get my chance during a "media availability" following a speech on the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps. But when I arrived at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center, I discovered I was the only reporter there, and Franken's deputy communications directoróone of three of his staffers working the eventósaid that the senator was in...
  • US senator expects 2014 RFS volumes to go up, following meeting with Obama adviser

    07/25/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Platts.com ^ | 7-24-14 | Washington (Platts)
    Following a meeting with President Barack Obama's top energy adviser, Minnesota Senator Al Franken on Thursday said he believes the Environmental Protection Agency will raise its biofuels blending targets when it finalizes the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. "We are hoping for and we definitely believe we're going to get higher numbers than in the preliminary rule, and we hope they're significantly higher," Franken said on a conference call with reporters. Franken and eight other Democratic senators met with Obama adviser John Podesta to discuss the biodiesel mandate within the 2014 RFS, though Franken said ethanol issues came up, as well....
  • Vote probe aimed at 419 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis (DFL voter fraud)

    07/01/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | July 1, 2014 | Eric Roper and Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Hennepin County attorneyís office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolisí Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters. State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008. No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although itís unclear...
  • Election-Day Registration Lawsuit: Seeking Provisional Ballots(MN)

    06/10/2014 7:35:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 6-10-14 | Andrew E. Cilek
    As you know, we are committed to overturning Minnesota election law that enables ineligible individuals to vote in two ways: by not determining the eligibility of election-day registrants before counting their votes, and by accepting the statements of individuals that they are eligible even when the state has records showing they are not, such as non-citizens and felons. We have spent considerable time with our attorneys refining the arguments that connect the precise text of the Minnesota Constitution (ď[Ineligible] persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state.Ē) to the statutes that in fact...
  • Man Wearing Gorilla Suit Accidentally Shot With Tranquiliser

    06/09/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 6, 2014
    Vet mistakenly shoots zookeeper wearing gorilla suit during escape drillA gorilla hides behind a tree at the Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de La cruz in Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife in this April 15, 2008 file photo. Tenerife: A vet accidentally shot a tranquiliser dart into a zookeeper wearing a gorilla suit. The shooting took place during a drill inside Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, Spain, when the veterinarian was apparently unaware that the gorilla on the loose was in fact an employee wearing a suit, agencies reported. The victim was shot with a tranquiliser dart with a dose...
  • Man pleads guilty in Texas to voting twice, also in Minnesota, Facebook posting led to charge

    06/04/2014 10:05:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 6-4-14 | AP
    GALVESTON, Texas ó A man who voted absentee in Texas and Minnesota during the 2012 general election then touted his bogus balloting on Facebook has pleaded guilty. A judge in Galveston on Tuesday fined Richard Alan Collier $4,000 after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of Texas election law. Collier, who pleaded guilty to attempt to commit illegal voting, claimed residence in both states when seeking absentee ballots for the November 2012 election. Authorities say Collier then voted in Anoka (uh-NOH'-kuh) County, Minnesota, and in Galveston County. Prosecutors in Galveston say a tip that Collier posted a Facebook message...
  • Franken opposes Obama choice for Norway ambassador

    06/03/2014 5:29:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    TwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | AP
    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he opposes President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Norway. Franken says he agrees with the Norwegian-American community's doubts over whether George Tsunis would be an effective ambassador. Franken made his comments in a letter Monday to Secretary of State John Kerry. The Minnesota Democrat, who is running for re-election, says he will vote against confirming Tsunis if it comes up for a vote in the Senate.
  • Minnesota GOP picks Mike McFadden as Al Franken's opponent in midterms

    06/02/2014 1:06:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Here in Minnesota, where we managed to elect Jesse Ventura as Governor and Al Franken to the US Senate within a decade of each other, the state Republican Party held its convention this past weekend. Minnesota has a caucus-plus-primary system, in which the two parties attempt to settle its nominations with convention endorsements for state-wide offices. Often, the fight continues through to a late-season primary, drawing resources away from the general-election campaign. Democrats hold all of the state-wide offices, including Franken as the incumbent Senator and Mark Dayton as Governor, so their nominations have long been settled.Republicans batted .500 on...
  • The [eight] Biggest Myths of ObamaCare

    05/29/2014 10:10:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | May 29, 2014 | John R. Graham
    Four years after its passage, Obamacare has now been largely implemented, and millions have had their coverage disrupted. For years, the administration has propagated a number of myths about Obamacare. Some have already crumbled, and others will fall as Obamacare continues to change the American health system.Myth No. 1: If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Despite President Obama‚Äôs promise that ‚ÄúIf you like your plan, you can keep it,‚ÄĚ about 6 million people have already been notified by insurance companies that their policies are being canceled. That number will grow. Currently, about 19 million people have...
  • They All Look Like Game Show Hosts to Me.

    05/23/2014 8:19:12 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-23-2014 | MOTUS
    Let the record reflect that, having concluded that passing the bill in order to find out whatís in the bill is no longer optimal, the socialist Senator from Vermont has initiated a new set of Democratic rules for passing legislation: ďSome of us are old-fashioned enough to know that maybe folks in the Senate might want to know what is in the bill before we voted on it.Ē ďBut before we vote on legislation, it might be a good idea to understand the full implications of that legislation.Ē Apparently too many senators are still busy trying to find out whatís...
  • Stormy time for Republican U.S. Senate candidate McFadden at tea party event (MN)

    05/10/2014 7:05:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    <p>Storm clouds brewed outside the Mermaid event center in Mounds View Thursday night while inside Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden endured a storm of his own.</p> <p>McFadden, considered a front runner in the GOP contest to vie against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, did not begin his appearance as a favorite. The leaders of the North Metro Tea Party had previously said unkind things about McFadden, including that he had dodged their group and calling him a phony.</p>
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 May 2014

    05/04/2014 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 4 May 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 4th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, California; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Richard Williams, father of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabber; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
  • Judges and Voter ID (Wisconsin)

    05/02/2014 9:58:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 2, 2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    If the state provides free IDs, is there really an ďunjustified burdenĒ on poor voters?To better understand the contrast between an activist, liberal judge who refuses to follow the law and a judge who understands that his job is to follow precedent and the Constitution, consider two recent federal cases on voter-ID laws. On Tuesday, federal-district-court judge Lynn Adelman ó a Clinton appointee, former Democratic state senator, and former Legal Aid Society lawyer ó held that Wisconsinís voter-ID requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, because it places ďan unjustified burden on...
  • Opponents of voter ID laws see time to fight running out

    04/30/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/30/14 | Mike Lillis
    Critics of tough voter ID laws are running out of time and options in their efforts to knock down those barriers ahead of this yearís midterm elections. Opponents got good news last week, when a state judge struck down Arkansasís law, and another jolt Tuesday, when a federal judge ruled Wisconsinís law, which wasnít yet in effect, was unconstitutional. But their enthusiasm could be short-lived. At least eight states are still slated to have strict photo ID requirements in place in November, leading voting rights advocates to send dire warnings about potential disenfranchisement at the polls this year. Yet on...
  • Oversight member on Lois Lerner: ĎNow I see why IRS is scared to give up emailsí

    04/17/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 107 replies
    daily caller ^ | 4-16-14 | Patrick Howley
    Key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed outrage at revelations made in newly released emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice on prosecuting nonprofit groups. One committee member said the emails prove why the IRS is ďscared to give up the rest of Lois Lernerís emails.Ē IRS commissioner John Koskinen was recently threatened with contempt for stonewalling the committeeís investigation. Koskinen claimed in a hearing that it could take years to provide the documents requested by Oversight. ďThe release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party...
  • EDITORIAL: North Carolina answers Democratsí question ĎWhat vote fraud?í

    04/13/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    Itís an article of the faith of the Democrats that voter fraud is nothing to worry about because it never happens. Kim Strach, the North Carolina director of elections, has living proof ó and some dead proof ó otherwise. She has identified 35,750 persons who voted in North Carolina sharing a name, birth date and Social Security number with someone who voted in another state in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died. Ghosts have no constitutional rights, not yet, but Barack Obama and the Democrats think rigor mortis need not keep voters from practicing good citizenship. President...
  • Obama decries Ďbogusí voter fraud complaints

    04/11/2014 2:42:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    April 11, 2014, 04:52 pm Obama decries Ďbogusí voter fraud complaints By Justin Sink President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud ďbogusĒ and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton. Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make ďit harder, not easier to vote.Ē And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred. ďSo let's be clear, the real voter fraud is the people...
  • Al Franken Issues Dire Warning Over Palin Endorsement Of GOP Rival?

    04/08/2014 5:36:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Apr 2014 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is having a bit of a freak out out over Sarah Palin's endorsement on Thursday of state senator Julianne Ortman, the leading candidate to win the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in Minnesota and challenge him in the November general election. On Monday, Senator Franken sent out a dire email warning of Palin's influence on the election. He also could not resist attacking the Koch brothers as well. "Sarah Palin is now involved in the race ó she just endorsed the Republican who, according to the Koch-affiliated poll, is only three points down," he...
  • Julianne Ortman: The Solution to America's Franken Problem (MN)

    03/31/2014 10:00:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/29/14 | Lloyd Marcus
    Just when Mary was mastering not over-cooking (burning) steaks on our grill at home in Florida, duty called us back on the road, with our Conservative Campaign Committee team traveling to freezing Minnesota to defeat Al Franken. My charcoal-grill-master-in-training awesome wife hates cold weather. Nevertheless, she is willing to brave bone-chilling temperatures and snow to fire Franken! Not only is Franken responsible for causing pain and suffering to millions of Americans by providing the 60th vote that enacted ObamaCare, but Franken also threw Minnesotans under the Obama bus in the process. Unique to Minnesota, they already had a program (MinnesotaCare)...

    03/13/2014 5:18:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Big government ^ | March 13, 2014
    Support appears to be crumbling among constituents of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, according to new poll data posted from Public Opinion Strategies this week that the Minnesota GOP is touting.
  • VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

    03/04/2014 12:43:49 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/1/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The recent defeat of a unionization effort by the UAW at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee was not only a major setback for the union, but also for those pushing "card check" legislation. Card check legislation, officially known as the "Employee Free Choice Act," was introduced in Congress in 2009 and would "authorize the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union . . . when a majority of employees voluntarily sign authorizations designating that union to represent them." In other words, employees would "vote" by signing a card in the presence of a union representative, rather than voting in...
  • KSTP/SURVEYUSA POLL: Franken Leads GOP Challengers

    03/03/2014 9:14:34 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-3-14 | Tom Hauser
    In 2008, Al Franken won a hard-fought race with incumbent Senator Norm Coleman, but he had to be patient. The race resulted in a recount that lasted seven months. When the ballots cleared inspection, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. Fast forward to 2014 and Franken's lead in our exclusive new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll isn't nearly that close, but for the incumbent it might be too close for comfort. Franken's lead over his two closest potential GOP challengers is eight points. He leads state Senator Julianne Ortman and St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg by identical 49 percent to...
  • Vote Buying Bill Advances on Party-Line Vote from House Elections Committee

    02/26/2014 5:34:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Minnesota Majority ^ | 2-26-14 | Dan McGrath
    Minnesota Statutes 204C.18 and 204C.22 contain protections against vote buying fraud that have been in place in some form through court rulings and statutes as long as Minnesota has had a secret or ďAustralianĒ ballot, which was adopted statewide in 1891 with strong bipartisan support. Prior to the advent of the Australian ballot system, scholars and historians note that vote buying corruption was common practice, but voters would generally need to provide evidence that they have voted the ďrightĒ way to collect their bounty, typically ranging from $2 to $20 in those days. The proof could often be a mark...
  • NAACP: Bring Photo ID To Protest Photo ID Laws

    02/10/2014 9:34:12 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | February 9, 2014
    The NAACP planned a peaceful march to protest the requirement of voter ID laws on Saturday at the "Moral March on Raleigh." Organizers said 20,000 to 30,000 Americans showed up to the protest. Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, stated, "We return to Raleigh with a renewed strength and a renewed sense of urgency. This Moral March inaugurates a fresh year of grassroots empowerment, voter education, litigation and nonviolent direct action." Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/08/3601888/annual-march-rally-builds... In a flyer sent out entitled ďImportant Doís and Doníts for Marchers,Ē some very responsible marching elements were listed for people's safety....
  • Feds deny state bids to tighten voter registration

    02/09/2014 7:39:45 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Administration Propaganda(AP) ^ | 2-9-14 | Roxana Hegeman
    Feds deny requests from 3 states to require proof-of-citizenship on voter registration forms WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ó The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents. The decision came just hours before a court-imposed deadline in a lawsuit filed in federal court by Kansas and Arizona that seeks to force the commission to modify state-specific requirements for registering to vote in those states. Georgia, which has a similar...
  • Did Al Franken really cast the '60th vote' for Obamacare?

    02/02/2014 12:50:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1/05/14 | KEVIN DIAZ
    So who did cast the critical 60th vote for the Affordable Care Act, a‚ÄČk‚ÄČa ¬ďObamacare¬Ē? Facing a new election year, the GOP has an answer ready to go: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat whose 2008 recount victory over Republican Norm Coleman helped alter the balance of power in national politics. With the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov, Minnesotans can expect to hear a lot about the symbolic 60th vote; for example, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann recently penned an opinion piece calling Franken ¬ďa leading cheerleader and the 60th vote for Obamacare.¬Ē But in a body of 100 senators, Franken...