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  • Venezuela opposition submits 1.85 million signatures in recall effort

    05/02/2016 2:28:25 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 7 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    see what happens when they run out of beer: Venezuela's opposition said it delivered 1.85 million signatures to the country's elections authority on Monday as part of the process of seeking a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. Food and medicine shortages, triple-digit inflation, rampant violent crime and increasingly frequent water and power cuts have stoked anger against Maduro. The Democratic Unity coalition (MUD) gathered far more than the required 1 percent of voters' signatures, or nearly 200,000, needed to trigger the next phase of a recall referendum. "With this successful strategy the MUD has progressed in achieving urgent political...
  • Kasich Admits He Did Not File Enough Valid Signatures to Appear on Pennsylvania Ballot

    03/12/2016 6:38:40 PM PST · by ak267 · 33 replies
    Red State ^ | 3-10-2016 | Leon Wolf
    A couple days ago we reported that team Kasich was facing a court challenge to their ballot access in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the plaintiff in the case alleged that Team Kasich failed to file the required 2,000 valid signatures to appear on the ballot in Pennsylvania. The Kasich campaign filed 2,184 signatures, but the plaintiff alleged that well over 184 of those signatures were invalid and/or fraudulent for a whole host of reasons.
  • [Rep. Colorado Sec. of State] Scott Gessler's visit prompts Boulder County ballot policy change

    11/05/2014 6:09:21 AM PST · by catnipman · 7 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 11/4/2014 | Joe Rubino
    A morning visit from Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Election Day prompted a last-minute change to the ballot verification process at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office. Gessler arrived at the Boulder office, 1750 33rd St., around 10:30 a.m. and had a closed-door meeting with Clerk Hillary Hall. His visit followed complaints from Boulder County Republicans that their party was not equally represented on bipartisan election judge teams, and a lawsuit filed — and dismissed — Monday alleging deficiencies in the oversight of ballot signature verification in the county. ...
  • Md. court rejects lawsuit challenging redistricting referendum

    08/19/2012 5:41:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland’s highest court rejected an appeal Friday by state Democrats who were hoping to block a referendum on the state’s new congressional map. The Maryland Court of Appeals filed an order upholding the state Board of Elections‘ decision to hold a November referendum on the map after it received signatures from more than 59,000 registered voters hoping to get it put on the ballot. The Maryland Democratic Party sued the board this summer, alleging that it erroneously validated thousands of signatures that were collected using the website Read more: Md. court rejects lawsuit challenging redistricting referendum - Washington Times
  • Same-sex marriage question will be on Maryland ballot

    06/08/2012 10:08:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Organizers of a petition against Maryland’s same-sex marriage law have collected enough valid voter signatures to send the law to a November referendum, state election officials said Thursday. The state Board of Elections announced that local elections boards have verified 70,039 signatures on the petition to force a statewide vote on the law — exceeding the 55,736 signatures that were required to be turned in by June 30. The Maryland Marriage Alliance has led the petition effort against the law, which was passed in February by the General Assembly. The group says it submitted more than 122,000 signatures...
  • Board seeks more time to review Walker recall petitions

    03/01/2012 5:50:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-19-12 | Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Madison - State election officials say they likely will need extra time to review recall signatures even though Gov. Scott Walker has said he will not challenge the petitions against him - a move that would give Walker more time to raise unlimited sums of money. Meanwhile, Republican legislators groused Wednesday that the Government Accountability Board was not doing a thorough enough analysis of the signatures even as it was asking them for $975,000 to do its work. "It just seems like they are doing the bare minimum but not enough to instill confidence in the system," said Rep. Robin...
  • GOP leader Fitzgerald sees recall elections moving ahead (WI)

    02/16/2012 8:59:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State journal ^ | 2-15-12 | SCOTT BAUER
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said Friday he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. As for the others, Fitzgerald said, "They're not even close." Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to...
  • Missing signatures? Review finds gap in Wisconsin recall figures

    02/11/2012 8:37:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-11-12 | M. D. Kittle & Ryan Ekvind
    MADISON — The numbers don’t add up, and Wisconsin’s elections watchdog can’t explain it. A third-party analysis of petition signatures in recall campaigns lodged against four Republicansenators found large disparities between the number of signatures claimed by recall committees and the signature count scanned and made public by the Government Accountability Board, or GAB. That means one of two things, said Mark Antill, executive director of, a nonprofit aligned with the tea party that advocates for election integrity. Either the campaigns inflated the number of signatures or the GAB, which oversees the state’s campaign finance, elections, ethics and lobbying...
  • Judge doubles time GAB has to review recall signatures

    01/25/2012 2:33:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-25-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - A Dane County judge on Wednesday doubled the amount of time state election officials could have to review an unprecedented number of recall signatures filed against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans. That will give the Government Accountability Board 61 days instead of 31 days to examine the petitions and determine whether recall elections should be held this summer. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess also granted the Republicans more time to challenge the signatures. Their challenges will be due next month, and the accountability board will take those challenges into account as it determines whether recall...
  • Wisconsin Recall: Yes It's A Vanity...But An Important One

    01/21/2012 12:21:23 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 50 replies
    1/21/12 | Me
    I signed up a while ago to help verify the signatures on the recall petition against Scott Walker of WI. I just received an email asking me to download a program so that I may help. Problem is, I'm afraid to download ANYTHING. I put nothing against these b@st@rds to scr&w us, so I am hesitant about downloading the program. I tried to contact the office and of course no one was available to speak to, so I left a message. I am eager to help Gov. Walker out, which is the reason for this vanity post of mine. Has...
  • Aldermanic candidates disqualified for flawed nomination papers

    01/07/2012 11:44:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 1-6-12 | Larry Sandler
    Four Milwaukee aldermanic candidates won't appear on the ballot because of flaws in their nomination papers, the city Election Commission staff has ruled. Unless the commission overturns those decisions, five incumbent aldermen will be running without opponents on the April 3 ballot - up from three initially - and the number of aldermanic primaries Feb. 21 will be reduced from four to three. Two other incumbents filed challenges to another two candidates' papers, which could bring the number of primaries down to two. Sue Edman, the commission's executive director, said nominating petitions submitted by 1st District candidate Virgie Wynn, 4th...
  • Judge rules for Walker campaign in case against state election officials (NO Bugs Bunny!)

    01/05/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by milwguy · 65 replies
    jsonline ^ | 01/05/2012 | tom tolan
    judge ruled Thursday that the state Government Accountability Board needs to take more aggressive action to vet recall signatures that are expected to be submitted in two weeks against Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican office holders. The ruling by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis came in a case filed Dec. 15 by Walker's campaign committee and Stephan Thompson, executive director of the state Republican Party, asking Davis to order the accountability board to seek out and eliminate duplicate and fictitious signatures and illegible addresses in recall petitions. Davis, who refused to enter injunctions in the case, based...
  • Signatures of Hitler, Mickey Mouse acceptable on Scott Walker recall petitions

    12/14/2011 11:57:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/14/11 | Caroline May
    CBR® - World's LargestSee Why 46,811 Parents in Your Area Banked Newborn Stem Cells with CBR. Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker The signatures of Adolf Hitler and Mickey Mouse will be counted in the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, so long as they are properly dated and bear a Wisconsin address. The Government Accountability Board reviewing the petitions unanimously approved a plan that would allow questionable names to be counted if they are signed within the circulation dates and have a proper address, WISN Milwaukee’s Channel 12 is reporting. According to the ABC affiliate, the suspicious names...
  • Suspicious recall signatures, with proper dates and locations, will be counted

    12/13/2011 12:02:04 PM PST · by knittnmom · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:35 pm | SCOTT BAUER
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  • UPDATE: Butch Morgan, Democratic chairman, resigns his position (ANOTHER Obama Scandal!)

    10/17/2011 8:31:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    WSBT-TV ^ | 10-17-11 | WSBT
    t's official. WSBT first told you that a long-time St. Joseph County Democratic Chair Butch Morgan had resigned. But there was some confusion over whether that in fact did happen, until shortly before 10 p.m. when his attorney confirmed it. Earlier Monday night, Morgan’s attorney told WSBT he was considering a leave of absence, not a resignation. That was after Indiana State Democratic Chairman Dan Parker sent WSBT an email stating Morgan resigned effective at 6 p.m. This comes as the St. Joseph County Prosecutor investigates the local Democratic Party for possible voter registration fraud. A South Bend Tribune and...
  • Md. elections officials looking at complaint on tuition petition

    06/11/2011 6:13:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2011 | John Wagner
    The Maryland State Board of Elections said Friday that is looking into concerns about the potential for fraud with the online petition-gathering system being used by opponents of a new law that grants college tuition breaks to in-state illegal immigrants. In a May 31 letter to elections officials, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland asks for a review of the online system’s legality. The group is using the system to mount what appears to be a highly effective campaign to put the new law on hold. If the group collects 55,736 valid signatures — or 3 percent of...
  • He's In! Traficant Will Be On The Ballot

    09/02/2010 6:43:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 2+ views
    TPM Muckraker ^ | September 1, 2010 | Rachel Slajda
    It's official. TPMmuckraker's favorite ex-convict ex-Congressman Jim Traficant will appear on the ballot for his old House seat in Ohio. A county board of elections ruled today, in a meeting that lasted less than a minute, that Traficant has enough signatures to make it on the ballot. Traficant, who was a Democrat while serving in the House, is running in the 17th District as an independent against Rep. Tim Ryan (D). Ryan replaced Traficant in 2002 when he was kicked out of Congress over 10 felony convictions for bribery, racketeering, tax evasion and other charges. Traficant was released from prison...
  • Excerpts: George E. Pataki -(Gathering Signatures To Repeal HC Bill)

    04/14/2010 10:12:54 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies · 851+ views
    The Wall Street Journal: I understand you made a decision about the Senate race and I was hoping you could talk to me a little bit about why you decided not to challenge Sen. [Kirsten] Gillibrand (D., N.Y.). George E. Pataki: I'm very excited about Revere America. This is a great group of people that I'm going to be working with and as I've said for some time, I do want to get more involved in the national political dialogue and I think this is the best way to do it. We're going to be kicking off the end of...
  • Apparently, signatures all you need to run for president in Virginia

    12/03/2008 8:50:27 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 4 replies · 366+ views
    Democratic party of VA ^ | 12-19-2007 | democratic party of VA
    Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson all turned in enough signatures to the Virginia State Board of Elections to qualify to run in the Commonwealth.
  • Scottish Masons' Mysterious Signatures In Stone To Be Recorded

    02/09/2008 6:38:15 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies · 173+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 2-8-2008 | Courtesy Historic Scotland
    SCOTTISH MASONS' MYSTERIOUS SIGNATURES IN STONE TO BE RECORDED By 24 Hour Museum Staff 08/02/2008 Courtesy Historic Scotland Mysterious symbols carved into Scotland’s medieval churches, castles and bridges are to be studied and recorded in a new scheme supported by Historic Scotland. Masons’ marks are enigmatic signatures cut into stone wherever they worked, and hold clues as to dates of construction as well as the craftsmen who worked on the structure. However, little is known about the identities and life stories of these men who played such an important role in creating the country’s most cherished buildings from the Middle...

    11/30/2007 7:15:16 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 68 replies · 139+ views
    The Mitt Report ^ | 11/28/07 | The Mitt Report
    Mike Huckabee has always been the most vocal about Romney 'buying' his support. At Ames, he accused Romney of buying his support, at CPAC, the same thing. Now apparently Huckabee has taken up the practice of buying support himself and he is now trying to hide it. On Monday the website Too Conservitive had a post by a Vincent Harris, who is officially "coordinating Governor Huckabee’s petition drive in NOVA," promising to pay those who would work for Huckabee to obtain signatures 50 cents per signature. Just hours later however as the word spread, the language promising to pay money...
  • Lieberman weighing run as independent

    06/26/2006 8:50:11 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 19 replies · 966+ views
    Brocktown News ^ | 6/26/06 | SUSAN HAIGH,
    HARTFORD, Conn. - Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman , warily watching his primary challenger advance in the polls, must soon decide whether to start collecting signatures for a possible independent bid this November. "I am not going to close out any options," the senator recently told reporters. But any effort to gather signatures before the primary would be a sign of weakness, indicating that Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, fears that he could lose to businessman Ned Lamont. The effort also would rile Democrats who already question Lieberman‘s party loyalty and his perceived closeness to President Bush ....
  • Vanity - NPI Intimidation towards WA state signature gatherers? (Is this happening in your state?)

    02/18/2006 9:03:57 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Came across this and thought I'd pass it along. If it's happening here, there are probably similar organizations in other states and areas. This is from their Web site: "Report Right Wing Signature Gathering Activity - Add A Button to Your Site Yesterday, I wrote the following: Progressive activists should be on the lookout for signature gatherers collecting signatures for Initiative 917 and other right wing initiatives. If you see petitioners collecting signatures for any right wing initiative, please use Permanent Defense's new reporting tool to tell us about it so we can more efficiently organize and mobilize. Permanent Defense...
  • Calif. gov. submits signatures for measure

    05/04/2005 5:00:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/4/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday turned in thousands of petition signatures supporting ballot measures he wants to put before voters in a November special election. But Schwarzenegger said he is still interested in reaching compromise solutions with Democratic leaders before a mid-June deadline for calling the election. "Our doors are open for negotiation," he said. The move comes as Schwarzenegger's popularity has hit new lows and Democratic opposition to his proposals have grown in strength. The governor and his supporters are pushing three constitutional amendments that would put new limits on state spending, lengthen the time...
  • CA: Signatures to be gathered for business tax initiative (CTA/CCPOA co-sponsors)

    03/26/2005 9:44:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 280+ views
    SACRAMENTO – A labor-backed coalition announced a signature-gathering drive yesterday for an initiative that would increase business property taxes by an estimated $2.8 billion a year to aid schools, transportation, local public safety and senior citizen tax relief. The drive, funded by the California Teachers Association and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, is part of a scramble to ready measures for a possible special election this fall. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, calling this the "year of reform," has business backing for four proposals that would control state spending, create new legislative and congressional districts, change public employee pensions and switch...
  • Wal-Mart doesn't discount penmanship

    01/07/2004 10:13:55 AM PST · by Willie Green · 94 replies · 187+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, January 07, 2004 | Lawrence Walsh
    <p>Josh Wander is the first to admit his signature is "a scribble."</p> <p>It looks like an A without a middle bar or an open J.</p> <p>Wander, 33, a businessman, has been signing his name like that for years. It's on his driver's license and credit cards. He's also a notary public who, among other things, verifies that a signature is genuine.</p>
  • California counties struggling to count Davis recall signatures

    07/20/2003 6:18:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 252+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/20/03 | AP - San Bernardino
    <p>SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and his allies aren't the only ones getting headaches from the Republican-led recall drive that could qualify for the ballot this week.</p> <p>The recall is also creating burdens for elections officials in California's 58 counties, who have the task of counting more than 1.6 million signatures submitted by proponents, verifying them through a random-sampling process, and reporting totals to the secretary of state by Wednesday.</p>
  • CA: Republican activists promise up to 1.6 million signatures to counties Monday

    07/11/2003 6:44:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 201+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/11/03 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican activists aiming for the first recall of a sitting California governor scrambled Friday to ship their last petitions, promising to have up to 1.6 million signatures in the offices of county elections officials Monday.</p> <p>Third District Court of Appeals justices in Sacramento, meanwhile, took no action Friday on a lawsuit filed Thursday by a pro-recall group to make elections officials count faster. The Recall Gray Davis Committee is accusing Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, a Democrat, of letting counties count signatures slowly to stall the election until next March.</p>
  • CA: Anti-Davis Group Claims 1.4M Signatures

    07/08/2003 3:05:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 191+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/8/03 | Erica Werner - AP
    LOS ANGELES - Organizers of a Republican-led effort to oust Democratic Gov. Gray Davis (news - web sites) declared Tuesday that they have 1.4 million signatures — more than enough to force a recall election in the fall. "An election's going to happen here pretty quick," said Tom Hiltachk of Rescue California Recall Gray Davis. The effort needs 897,158 valid signatures — 12 percent of the number of voters in the previous California election — to get on the ballot. The signatures collected will be sent to county election officials to be verified. They will report the results to the...
  • CA: Signatures come easy for recall

    06/28/2003 12:08:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 209+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 6/28/03 | Dani Dodge
    Sitting at a card table outside a Thousand Oaks office building, state Assembly candidate Mike Robinson queried passers-by in the rapid-fire staccato of a mulish machine gun."Recall Davis?" "Recall Davis?" "Recall Davis?" "Sure, I want to be counted," said Debra Cheli, a store manager from Ojai. "Why not?" said Michael Lee, an account executive from Northridge. "Tsk, tsk, tsk," said Sandy Emberland, a Thousand Oaks computer trainer. "I'm going to talk to the manager of this building. This isn't right." In the first half-hour Thursday, Robinson had 14 signatures to recall Gov. Gray Davis. They came from Republicans citing the...
  • Davis recall effort now at 389,337 signatures

    06/24/2003 6:33:51 AM PDT · by boris · 40 replies · 168+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 06-24-2003 | Erica Werner
    Davis recall effort now at 389,337 signatures By Erica Werner Associated Press The Republican-led campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis has collected nearly 400,000 signatures, close to half the number needed to put it on the ballot, elections officials in California counties reported Monday. Recall proponents have claimed they were well on their way to collecting the 897,158 needed signatures, but Monday's deadline for counties to report totals to the secretary of state was an important date for them to prove they actually were. The submitted signatures were those collected as of June 16. Many counties said they'd collected...
  • CA: Slow and steady does it for recall [90.6% valid in Contra Costa sample]

    06/19/2003 3:50:19 PM PDT · by heleny · 25 replies · 193+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | June 18, 2003 | Daniel Borenstein
    <p>CONTRA COSTA ELECTION officials have boosted the Gray Davis recall campaign's claim that the signature-gathering effort is being carefully conducted.</p> <p>Only registered voters' signatures count. So, recall backers said, they were at first slow to turn in signatures because they were checking names against voter rolls.</p>
  • CA: Recall effort collects two-thirds of needed signatures

    06/13/2003 7:44:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 194+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/13/03 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of Californians are signing petitions to kick Democratic Gov. Gray Davis out of office, spurred on by a campaign bankrolled by a Republican congressman who wants to take his place. Rep. Darrell Issa, a conservative whose multimillion dollar fortune comes from the car-alarm business he built, has so far contributed$645,000 to the effort. He says it is "not a means to be governor. It's a means to eliminate a bad governor." At the same time, he acknowledges, "I'd be very interested in being governor. I've made that clear." Democrats who are increasingly worried about the...
  • Officials: 400,000 sign recall petitions

    06/07/2003 10:16:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 156+ views
    North County Times ^ | 6/7/03 | Dave Downey
    Organizers of the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis said Thursday that they had gathered more than 400,000 signatures statewide as of midweek, roughly a third of the total they need to make the ballot in the fall. And, said David Gilliard, director of Rescue California, one of three recall committees, a little less than half that number have been turned in to the county registrar of voters. Gilliard said groups turned in 160,000 names Wednesday night, after turning in 18,590 in mid-May. The Secretary of State could not independently verify Thursday the new filing of 160,000. The claim of...
  • Gray Davis recall effort gains steam (different from earlier article w same title)

    02/11/2003 5:12:20 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 413+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb. 11, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    Website sees over 10,000 sign-ups in 1st 4 days Californians fed up with Democratic Gov. Gray Davis are taking to the Internet to express their disgust, as the website dedicated to an effort to recall the governor collects thousands of supporters' names. "In the first 96 hours since the Recall Gray Davis effort was launched, over 10,000 Californians have signed up to join the recall campaign at the official recall website, , " former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, statewide chair of the Recall Gray Davis Committee, announced yesterday. In a statement, the recall organization said those signing up on the...
  • Board removes (Gary) George from primary ballot (Wisconsin)

    08/01/2002 10:28:26 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 279+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 8-01-02 | JESSICA McBRIDE and LINDA SPICE
    Board removes George from primary ballot 221 signatures, addresses were falsified, body says By JESSICA McBRIDE and LINDA SPICEof the Journal Sentinel staff Last Updated: July 31, 2002 The Wisconsin Elections Board voted 7-1 Wednesday to remove state Sen. Gary George's name from the primary ballot for governor, saying "clear and convincing evidence" showed at least 221 signatures and addresses had been falsified or were not valid on George's nomination papers. Gary George Removed Photo/Erwin Gebhard Gary George leaves the Elections Board meeting Wednesday after being removed from the ballot by a 7-1 vote. What Happened The state Elections Board...
  • Democracy in action

    07/22/2002 7:36:43 AM PDT · by vannrox · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Boston GLobe ^ | 7/18/2002 | By Adrian Walker, Globe Columnist
    <p>Essentially, Massachusetts legislators decided yesterday that direct democracy doesn't work for them.</p> <p>So lawmakers, in a procedural maneuver, canned a ballot question that had drawn more than 130,000 signatures, but still needed legislative approval to appear on the 2004 ballot. If passed by voters, the measure would have banned same-sex marriage as well as some domestic partnership rights.</p>
  • LIBERTARIAN HYPOCRACY (Jim Ryan vs. Carla Howell)

    06/26/2002 3:18:57 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 28 replies · 474+ views
    Freeper Question of the Day: If there is an effort to throw a legitimate statewide candidate off the ballot because of minor technicalities in the number of signatures they collected, is this good or bad? If ANOTHER's party's candidate for the same office says they support removing the other candidate because he could take votes away from him, is this good or bad? According to many Libertarians, it seems, this is: *Good during the 2000 Massachusetts Senate race...and Carla Howell was absolutely right to support it. *Absolutely wrong and tyrannical during the 2002 Illinois Governor's race...and Jim Ryan must be...
  • Ward Connerly Expected to Turn in 'Racial Privacy Ballot Initiative' Signatures in CA.

    04/19/2002 2:42:28 PM PDT · by codebreaker · 26 replies · 229+ views
    ABC News Daily Political Tip Sheet 'The Note' ^ | April 19, 2002 | Mark Halperin and Elizabeth Winter
    American Original Ward Connerly is expected to turn in signatures on his racial privacy ballot initiative in Sacremento today.If passed by voters in November, it would prohibit the state from collecting data based on racial, ethnic or gender catagories.The Sacremento Bee's Dan Smith looks at the soft money donations fueling the signature drive.