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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

“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.

Mike Pence + Imaginary Friend Run for IN-Gov in 2012

11:04 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Congressman Mike Pence, announcing from Washington that the governor’s seat in Indiana is his next career step, may have an imaginary friend he’s bringing along. He certainly got caught up in the first person plural construction so favored by Queen Elizabeth and the Pope:

“Our reasons for entering this race are really two-fold,” Pence said. “First, as lifelong Hoosiers, we love this state. … The opportunity to lead the good and great people of this state would be the greatest privilege of our lives. Second, we believe our state is on the verge of an era of growth and opportunity like no other in our lifetime.”

Surely such a staunch GOP isn’t suggesting that Hoosiers will get a ‘twofer,’ a deal first proposed for the White House by the Clintons? Just whose and Mike’s reasons is he talking about? Was the conversation about these reasons of ‘theirs’ a long one?

Entirely too much royal ‘WE,’ Mike. Better try to sound like a man of the people and, oh, as the Indiana Democratic Party Chair pointed out, really bad optics announcing your campaign from DC.

“That’s the kind of attitude that makes it impossible to get things done. A vitriolic critic with a megaphone does not a quality executive make, and he’d bring everything that’s wrong with Washington back to Indiana,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker. “Hoosiers cherish compromise, and we need leadership that can go beyond party lines.”

Let’s hope Mike kept the flak jacket he wore during his Shorja market visit in Baghdad — I’ve heard those Indiana summer market are just like Shorja! Maybe he can borrow McCain’s for his Imaginary Friend.

Indiana Congressman and AIDS Prevention Witch-Hunter Mark Souder to Resign: UPDATE 3

7:17 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Mark Souder, GOP Congressman from Indiana who easily won renomination last month for a ninth term, will resign this morning after revelations of an affair with a staffer in his local district office. This career-ending dalliance is especially ironic given Souder’s witch-hunts, fake audits, and harassment of San Francisco AIDS prevention agencies early this century, which diverted scarce resources and may have cost lives.

From FOX News:

Eight-term Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he was conducting an affair with a female aide who worked in his district office, Fox News has learned.

Multiple senior House sources indicated that the extent of the affair with the 45-year-old staffer would have landed Souder before the House Ethics Committee.

The AIDS prevention non-profit agency I worked for early this century was almost destroyed by ‘family values conservative’ Mark Souder’s witch hunts and prurience. He was, filling some undeserved chairmanship role in the GOP House, convinced that our HIV/AIDS prevention messaging to sexually active adults was too explicit and violated the odious Helms amendment preventing sexually transmitted disease prevention messaging from, um, talking about sex.

In San Francisco, sexually active men were fatigued from fifteen years of AIDS prevention messaging that was neither explicit nor informative. At the same time sexually explicit messaging for porn and every other consumer good barraged us from all sides. The AIDS messages used by the STOP AIDS project were proven: they worked to stop the transmission of the disease through harm reduction, peer-to-peer relationships, and community input and norms.

These programs were being adopted nationwide; they were models for reaching men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) who were burned out on "use a condom every time." These messages were also extremely effective at engaging sexually active HIV-positive men in the prevention community.

But Souder, through audits, onsite investigations, public hearings and witch hunts against agency employees and public funders, made sure scarce time was devoted to responding to his spurious claims rather than preventing HIV/AIDS transmission. STOP AIDS Project worked with sexually active adult men who had sex with men: abstinence messages only made them laugh.

We were already fighting a losing battle as new ‘miracle’ drugs made HIV/AIDS look like a survivable disease. Lazarus-like stories about dying men coming back from the dead and working out at the gym every day made younger, more vulnerable men less worried about catching ‘the bug.’ Souder’s insistence that abstinence-only programs would be effective with sexually active men, some of them HIV-positive, was ludicrous. It was bad — murderous — public health policy.

Mark Souder wanted our agency to use ONLY abstinence messaging to reach this vulnerable and over-saturated population. He wasted untold agency hours requiring duplicative community reviews of already proven programs. He delved into employees’ poetry and fiction, and micromanaged advertising imagery to ensure it was ‘family-friendly.’ He made it almost impossible to do our jobs, and it showed. Agency morale plummeted, staff departed, and people all across America stopped using effective reproducible prevention programs because of Souder’s questions and harassment.

People seroconverted, and people died, because of Mark Souder’s wrong-headed focus on abstinence-only education.

His fall from grace today due to his own yield to temptation would give me much greater pleasure if I didn’t know there were dead gay San Franciscans due to his prurient jock-sniffing.

Clearly, our population didn’t need an abstinence message nearly as much as the married Congressman needed a fidelity message.

Good riddance.

UPDATE (full statement here):

Updated: Representative Mark Souder, a conservative Indiana Republican, said Tuesday that he is resigning his Congressional seat as of Friday after having an extramarital affair with a staff member in his district office, as events continued to roil the midterm election landscape.

“I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,” Mr. Souder said in a statement issued by his office. “In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain. I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process.”

UPDATE 2: TPM reports Souder made a video touting abstinence-only education — with his mistress:

Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) had an affair with a part-time staffer named Tracy Jackson, Fox is reporting. Jackson played the role of interviewer for a Souder Web video show on the issues of the day — including one on the value of abstinence.

Dubbed "Congressional Update with Congressman Mark Souder," the show hit on issues like intelligent design and fencing the border.

In the November 2009 abstinence video, Jackson introduces Souder this way: "You’ve been a longtime advocate for abstinence education and in 2006 you had your staff conduct a report entitled ‘Abstinence and its Critics’ which discredits many claims purveyed by those who oppose abstinence education."

WaPo’s The Fix is focused on how Souder will be replaced on the fall ballot:

The revelations regarding Souder come two weeks after he survived a serious primary challenge from car dealer Bob Thomas who spent considerable sums of his own money on the race. Souder won the primary with less than 50 percent of the vote.

How Souder will be replaced on the ballot remains to be seen. State law allows Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) wide leeway in whether or not to call a special election and in the immediate aftermath of the resignation Republicans said it was unlikely there would be any vote before November.

Within 30 days of the Souder vacancy — and he has said he will resign officially on Friday — the precinct chairmen and women of the counties in his district must gather to select a replacement. One named being bandied about is state Sen. Marlin Stutzman who ran unsuccessfully for Senate earlier this month.