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Voter Fraud News: Indiana GOP Secretary of State “Ineligible to Serve”

2:47 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Cheatin' Charlie

An Indiana Court has overturned the results of the 2010 Secretary of State election, “won” by GOP Charlie White, because as a candidate he misstated his residency for months in his previous elected position and was therefore ineligible to seek the Secretary of State position. White’s “victory” more than a year ago was through voter fraud, the court ruled, and the second-highest vote-getter, Democrat Vop Osili, has been declared the winner of the 2010 race for Secretary of State.

Republican Charlie White is out as secretary state and Democrat Vop Osili now has the job.

On Thursday, a Marion County Circuit Court judge ruled that White wasn’t eligible to be a candidate in the November 2010 election, setting aside an earlier decision by the Indiana Recount Commission. Judge Louis Rosenberg ordered that Osili, who received the second highest number of votes, be certified as Secretary of State.

Rosenberg ruled that White was not lawfully registered at the address he listed and did not reestablish residency at the address.

White is also facing seven felony charges, including allegations of voter fraud. A criminal trial has been set for Jan. 30

While a huge victory for the rule of law, and a severe dent in whatever propaganda the GOPs want to put forward about ‘voter fraud’ to support their push for ID laws, this case is largely due to the push by Bilerico blog publisher Bil Browning, writing at HuffPost:

If you have moved outside of your precinct since the last election, you must re-register to be eligible to vote. You may only vote in your old precinct if you move to another precinct within 30 days before the election. White moved more than 30 days before the election, so he was not eligible to vote at his old precinct. But, he did it anyway. He says it’s all an “embarrassing mistake”.

To put it bluntly, the “embarrassing mistake” was White not updating his registration when he moved into his new home in March 2010. However, when he physically travelled across town to his old polling location in May and signed his name and old address, is he saying he forgot that he no longer lived there?

The legal thing to do at that point would have been to not vote in the Primary. That’s not the choice Mr. White made.


Indiana Democrats issued this statement
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“More than a year later, justice has finally been served. We applaud this ruling and congratulate Vop Osili as the rightful winner of the 2010 election. This is the second judge in recent weeks to deny Charlie White’s attempts to dodge legal responsibility for his actions.

“As a result of his vote fraud, Charlie White was never eligible to be a candidate for this office, and he’s done nothing but embarrass Hoosiers since wrongfully assuming the position. This is a victory for Indiana, and it validates the months we’ve spent making it clear that this kind of behavior should not and will not be tolerated.

“We hope that Vop will be sworn in quickly so that we can restore openness and transparency to an office that’s been clouded by Charlie White’s antics for more than a year.”

So, next time you hear GOPs nattering on about the need to prevent voter fraud by denying people with the approved documentation the right to vote as they have for decades, mention former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, who served illegally for more than a year in that position due to his own voter fraud, something the incumbent in that office is sworn to combat.

Wife-Abandonment: A GOP Nominee Tradition

4:09 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Despite the heavy lift among evangelical leaders hoping to convince their flocks that Newt Gingrich’s adultery-based serial divorces aren’t misaligned with Family Values and that Newt has earned forgiveness for his bad behavior, GOP primary voters actually have a long modern tradition of nominating wife-abandoners for the Presidency.

As GOP voters weigh the stylistic differences between Mitt and Newt, it’s important for them to understand their own party’s recent tradition, as well. Mitt Romney would break the party’s pattern of presidential picks’ — those not named Bush, at least — multiple marriages. The two Presidents Bush aside, all GOP nominees since 1980 had previously shed a spouse.

1976: The GOP experimented with putting divorce on the ticket; Appointed President Gerald Ford replaced Appointed Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (of whom, more later) with Kansas Senator Bob Dole as his Veep running mate. Four years previously, Dole had disposed of his first wife, the occupational therapist who nursed him back to health in a military hospital after his severe WW2 wounds, during the Senate recess in the summer of 1972. He arrived back in Washington a single man.

By 1975, Senator Dole had acquired a Watergate apartment that came fully equipped, including new wife Elizabeth Dole, whom he’d met spring 1972. Dole’s personal history wasn’t viewed as contributory to Ford’s loss, although his discussion of “Democrat Wars” — one of which he served and was wounded in — lent him the reputation, never shed, of a partisan bomb-thrower.

Practically unknown at the time, but an intriguing footnote, was that Gerald Ford had delayed his marriage to wife Betty when he first sought his Congressional seat because he didn’t know how voters would react to his marrying a divorced ex-dancer. That year, both GOP ticket-holders’ families had divorce in their past, one recent and one distant.

1980: Ronald Reagan, he of the dysfunctional family values, had been previously married to actress Jane Wyman before he locked in the special skills of the ambitious Nancy Davis.

Reagan’s tax-cut religion, grandfatherly befuddlement and nasty hippie-bashing charmed the GOP base, who have subsequently elevated him to undeserved small-government tax-cutter sainthood. He is now the icon of the party who wouldn’t ever nominate him. But Ronald Reagan also set the trend of nominees with colorful marital histories, embraced by the base.

1984: Reagan Redux

1988: GHWBush, whose wife Barbara Pierce tolerated peccadilloes but wasn’t about to be replaced, lending as she did a certain presidential sheen, albeit drenched in melancholia, to his ambitions.

1992: Bush Redux

1996: Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole topped the ticket. See 1976, above.

2000: Little Bush becomes the country’s first SCOTUS-selected occupant of the Oval Office.

2004: Shrub Redux

2008: Vietnam War Hero John McCain defeats marital-fidelity exemplars Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee for the GOP’s nomination. McCain had returned from his Hanoi war prison only to quickly dispose of his disfigured accident-victim first wife, who in his unplanned absence had raised their children, been through painful physical rehab, gained some weight and lost six inches in height after painful operations to repair her legs.

His history was spotlighted every time chic beer heiress and Wife Number Two Cindy Hensley appeared with him, dripping with money that financed his rise in GOP circles. The GOP base mumbled about having a RINO atop the ticket, but ignored his adulterous marital history as unimportant and, critically, forgiven in some unexplained way.

Let’s reflect, though, shall we? GOP voters now find themselves almost 48 years from the GOP nominating convention at the San Francisco Cow Palace. There, wealthy divorce’ and Governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller, having lost the presidential nomination to Barry Goldwater, insisted on his right to speak to the delegates who then booed and hissed (and, by some reports, spat at) him for 16 minutes. Rockefeller was reviled by the Goldwater Family Values Party because of his divorce from the mother of his five children and quick remarriage to a just-divorced staffer named, unhappily, “Happy.” The Rockefellers put the spotlight on the two-suddenly-broken-homes issue by giving birth shortly before the hotly contested California primary, which Rockefeller narrowly lost.

Additionally, Rocky had been publicly denounced by Connecticut Senator Prescott Bush, Hitler-backer and self-appointed marital moral arbiter, father and grandfather of the later Presidents Bush.

That was the last time the re-marital history of a potential nominee hurt his chances, though. It was, coincidentally, the last public paroxysm the GOP displayed at its nominating convention. I remember it, and the reaction across America to it. Rockefeller’s treatment at the hands of his party’s delegates was an ugly episode. It has never been equaled.

And, apparently, the Family Values that animated it have been turned upside down.

Now, divorce is a requirement to be nominated for president by the GOP — if your last name isn’t Bush. I wonder: can Mitt Romney successfully buck his party’s penchant for men who’ve disposed of their wives? Or will the GOP go with what they know, and double-down (if you’ll pardon the expression) with the twice-divorced former Speaker?

Don’t be fooled by anguished Villager pundits and cable news talking heads who despair over whether the GOP base will accept Newt Gingrich’s “colorful marital history.” Far from a disqualification, it’s a prerequisite.

It’s not a bug; it’s a feature.

Sunday Book Salon Guests’ Interview with Rachel Maddow

12:58 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

You’ll need to watch an ad first, I imagine, but Rachel Maddow scheduled her Friday night guests incredibly fortuitously. These authors of “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism”, Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, will be our Book Salon guests Sunday, December 11th at 5pm Eastern time (2pm FDL/Pacific time). If you’d like a preview of their book, please watch the interview.

It should be a rollicking Book Salon discussion, as we all try to understand exactly how a consummate DC insider like Newt Gingrich became the change-agent darling of the fickle Tea Party faction of the GOP. And where the grievances of this coddled, middle-class entitlement-happy troop of wealthy activists stem from.

Let’s figure out what charges their Hoverrounds.

Pro-life Party? Yeah, not so much

9:55 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Ladies and gentlemen, the utter hypocrisy of the GOP’s claim to be the Party of Life, in two acts.

NBC’s Brian Williams encounters the bloodlust of today’s modern GOP: In the presence of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, the Simi Valley debate audience cheers the sheer number of executions Rick Perry has presided over.

And, at Monday’s Tea Party Express GOP consulting firm & CNN extravaganza, Compassionate Conservatism on display as Wolf Blitzer presses Ron Paul on whether a previously healthy but uninsured person should be left to die since he didn’t take personal responsibility and managed his risk wrong: Read the rest of this entry →

Obama Impersonator Pulled Off Stage at GOP Gathering After “Jokes”

3:19 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

I wonder if it was the oversize, two-screen depiction of Anthony Weiner’s tweet that was the last straw. Or, if it was the “jokes” that bothered the GOP leadership gathered in New Orleans, exactly which joke it was that pushed the conference management to pull this ‘comedian’ off the stage:

A President Obama impersonator was pulled off the stage Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference, after telling a string of racially themed jokes about the president.

The impersonator, Reggie Brown, took the stage at the annual presidential cattle call to the Bruce Springsteen song “Born in the USA” — an apparent allusion to the birther controversy. He proceeded to tell a series of off-color jokes poking fun at Obama’s biracial heritage and a gay member of Congress.

You know you’d like a sample of the “jokes”, so here they are:

• On Black History Month: “Michelle celebrates the full month. I celebrate half.”

• “My mother loved a black man,” but “she was not a Kardashian.”

• A picture was shown of Obama and the first lady when he took office. The impersonator then showed a picture of what the Obamas will look like when the president leaves office, and it was the characters of Fred Sanford and his sister-in-law, Ethel, from the show “Sanford and Son.”

Race wasn’t the only subject where the impersonator pushed the envelope.

• Of Tim Pawlenty’s decision not to criticize Mitt Romney at Monday’s debate: “[CNN’s] John King served him up a ball softer than Barney Frank’s backside.” (Frank is a gay member of Congress from Massachusetts.)

• Of Newt Gingrich’s approval ratings: Dropping “faster than Anthony Weiner’s pants in an AOL chat room.”

• There was also one moment where the original Weiner twitpic was shown on the large screens on either side of the impersonator, with no blurring.

Oh, and — ooops!

The jokes came after speakers including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made pleas for Republicans to be civil in their criticism of Obama.

Flashy GOP House Fundraiser Party Stars LeAnn Rimes, Nets $59 per ‘Critter

1:02 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Spending a quarter of a million dollars to make a big splash with their first DC fundraiser, freshman California Congressman Jeff Denham and ten other fellow newbies managed to bring in a major haul: each of the eleven newly minted GOP ‘Critters will receive exactly $59.09 in campaign funds for his first re-election campaign.

Rimes and her entourage made out well at the Jan. 4 fundraiser that served as Republican Rep. Jeff Denham’s big political debut in Washington. Between assorted fees, flowers, catering and other costs, Denham’s special fundraising committee reported spending $212,250 on the Rimes event.

The committee, meanwhile, raised only $212,900 from outside contributors.

Add it all up, and Denham’s special committee spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars to net a grand total of $650 in outside contributions.

These are the people many Americans trusted with our country’s fiscal future last election day, and the people Barack Obama thinks he can negotiate with. They are also, of course, the new freshmen ‘Critters pulling the strings on the newly hatched, orange Speaker marionette.

Of course, no GOP event would be complete without a little Nathaniel Hawthorne shaming in the midst:

One conservative commentator asked Denham at a news conference whether it was right for an “admitted adulteress” like Rimes to entertain at a GOP event.

A expensive adulteress at that:

The myriad costs reported for the LeAnn Rimes performance itself included $75,000 for “musical entertainment fee,” $25,000 for “event management” paid to Nashville-based Maximum Artist Management, and nearly $55,000 for hotel rooms and catering paid to the W Hotel, a couple of blocks from the White House.

Of course, if adultery is an excludable offense, then the GOP is gonna have a hard time getting a poker game together, let alone a well-attended event like this one. Perhaps only adulteresses, and not adulterers, are to be excluded?

GOP Bill Will Require IRS to Audit Abortions

7:05 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

IRS

IRS by alykat, on Flickr

Another step towards smaller, less intrusive government, courtesy of the libertarian-minded teabagger-dominated House majority: Internal Revenue Service agents will be required to determine whether your abortion was paid for with tax dollars. Even more horrifying, income tax return filing forms may need to ask if you’d had an abortion and how you paid for it.

Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest. And one tax expert says that the measure could even lead to questions on tax forms: Have you had an abortion? Did you keep your receipt?

The absurdly redundant ‘forcible rape’ language since stripped from this bill, sure to pass the House, was a Trojan horse. The remaining legislation is the most sweeping assault on women’s reproductive health ever undertaken by Congress.

“Were this to become law, people could end up in an audit, the subject of which could be abortion, rape, and incest,” says Christopher Bergin, the head of Tax Analysts, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit tax policy group. “If you pass the law like this, the IRS would be required to enforce it.”

Speaker John Boehner has declared this bill to be a top priority of the new GOP Congress. Can you find the jobs agenda in this bill, except possibly the need to hire more IRS auditors to review women’s tax returns and inquire about how their abortion was paid for? Or whether parents paid for a daughter’s abortion with pre-tax health savings accounts?
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Why Did LGBT Voters Move to GOP in 2010?

11:08 pm in 2010 election, Elections, Government, Legislature, LGBT, Politics, Republican Party, Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Initial figures of LGBT voters showed they shunned Democrats in this medterm election:

The number seemed startling: 31 percent of voters who identified as “gay, lesbian, bisexual” in a national exit poll on November 2 said they voted Republican. Just two years ago, only 19 percent voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

When precinct-level data was analyzed and then weighted, these exit polls seemed to be close to the money:

Keen News Service looked at the vote November 2 in precincts in heavily gay neighborhoods in six cities around the country. That data suggests the gay vote for Republicans was 26 percent. But that 26 percent represents a seven percent increase over how those same precincts voted in the 2006 midterm elections.

And when you consider that the national exit poll data was re-weighted a few days after the election so it would correspond with actual election results – meaning the estimate of the gay vote for Republicans is now calculated at 29 percent – then the two data sets are not that far off.

Furthermore, notes Patrick Egan, a public opinion specialist and professor at New York University, both sets of data show a relatively similar shift. Between 2006 and 2010, the exit poll data showed a shift of about five points toward voting Republican. The gay precinct data showed a shift of about seven points.

The two very different polling methods produced very similar results about gay voters moving to the GOP:

The national exit poll data was collected by an independent firm, Edison Research, for a coalition of national news organizations called the National Election Pool. This year’s data was based on information collected from 17,504 voters as they left 268 polling places around the country on November 2. To collect data from the many voters who vote absentee, by mail, or early, the researchers also interviewed another 1,601 voters by phone. How the gay or lesbian voter cast his or her ballot in the House race determined how they were scored in the exit poll. The re-weighted exit polling data can be viewed at CNN’s website.

The gay precinct data was collected from election officials and/or their websites for Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Provincetown, San Francisco, and South Beach. Precincts were chosen in neighborhoods which local gay activists or newspaper editors had identified as heavily gay populated. The data covered a total of 20,882 voters in 34 precincts.

With the gay precinct data, one city, Boston, posed a problem because its House race involved an unopposed Democratic incumbent. However, a look at how gay precincts voted in the governor’s race indicated a similar increase (6.7 percent) – from 13.9 percent Republican in 2006 to 20.6 percent in 2010.

Unfortunately for Democratic candidates and officeholders who blow smoke on gay rights at election time, it looks like gay voters pay attention, and have paid attention in the past. Performance matters to this voting bloc, and we punish non-performers:

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all in gay voting data, however, comes from looking at a chart published by the New York Times of all the national exit polling data collected which included “gay, lesbian, and bisexual” voter identification. It shows that the largest gay vote for Republicans was not in 2010, but in 1998. That’s the year voters shifted away from Republicans, many believe because of the unpopularity of the Republican-led impeachment proceedings against Democratic President Bill Clinton. But that was also just two years after Congress passed – and Clinton signed – the Defense of Marriage Act, and the exit poll data showed that 33 percent of the gay vote went to Republicans.

Lisa Keen wisely wonders what lies ahead for a Democratic party that fails to deliver for a core voting bloc they may have taken for granted one too many times:

But there are questions that loom inside the data. Will the swing of gay voters toward Republicans again last for two election cycles – 2010 and 2012 – as it did in 1998 and 2000? Will the potential failure to pass repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” act like a catalyst for gay Republican voting as DOMA did in 1998? The numbers don’t say.

GOP OR-Gov Candidate Chris Dudley: “I Was a Minority in the NBA for 16 Years!”

12:23 pm in 2010 election, Elections, Politics, Race, Republican Party by Teddy Partridge

Funny one, Chris Dudley.

Having moved here barely two months ago, I haven’t focused much energy or time on the Oregon campaigns, except for my advocacy for YES votes on Measure 74 ("Safe Dispensaries, Please") but this comment by Yale University graduate and former NBA player Chris Dudley, who’d like to begin his political career in the governor’s seat in Salem, really cries out for mockery.

When Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley addressed the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs’ monthly “Coffee & Issues” breakfast on Sept. 24, he reprised a comment he’d made at an earlier interview with the Urban League of Portland.

“I heard him say he ‘understood what it was like to be a minority because he had played in the NBA,” recalls state Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland), the only African-American man in the Oregon Legislature. (Frederick’s business partner, former Portland Public Schools board member Sue Hagmeier, recalls Dudley’s comments similarly.)

Oh, no — poor minority white boy! . . .

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Is ‘Shoving’ What California Needs in Our Next Governor?

12:15 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Having put up with Arnold’s image-making shenanigans for most of this century, Californians deserve a governor who understands the levers of power, not a governor who allegedly shoved an underling when she herself was unprepared for an interview.

According to the NYTimes, Meg Whitman is alleged to be a workplace shover. That doesn’t bode well for a gubernatorial candidate who tries to end press questions by saying, as you would to Wall Street stock analysts on the quarterly call, "Okay, we’re going to move on now." The press will decide when we’ll move on, Meg — should you ever subject yourself to the indignity of an interview again.

Control issues much?

During her 10 years as chief executive of eBay, Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, was known as a demanding leader who did not hesitate to express displeasure with employees who failed to live up to her standards.

But on one occasion, she was accused of going too far — and paid for it.

In June 2007, an eBay employee claimed that Ms. Whitman became angry and forcefully pushed her in an executive conference room at eBay’s headquarters, according to multiple former eBay employees with knowledge of the incident.

Here’s my favorite part:

Two of the former employees said the company paid a six-figure financial settlement to Ms. Kim, which one of them characterized as “around $200,000.”

I don’t care how unwitnessed or gentle this ‘guiding her out of the conference room’ was, when the payment reaches six figures, that’s real money. Something happened here.

And Meg Whitman didn’t stay around eBay very long afterwards, either:

Ms. Whitman announced she was leaving eBay a few months after the mediation, in January 2008. She had said early in her time at eBay that she anticipated staying at the company for a decade. The company was under a variety of pressures at the time, as its stock sharply declined because of a stagnant auctions business and competitive advances from the likes of Amazon.com and Google.

What’s your takeaway from the Whitman campaign spokesperson’s statement?

"Meg is a serious, results-focused boss," said spokeswoman Sarah Pompei. "A verbal dispute in a high-pressure working environment isn’t out of the ordinary. Meg’s record of accomplishment in business, including her success at leading eBay from a 30-employee startup to a Fortune 500 company, speaks for itself."

What I hear is: the Whitman campaign is bracing for more stories like this one because they know there are more.

Vote Meg: Don’t Make Me Hit You!