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Russia  election  facebook  twitter  voter  suppression 
5 days ago by Quercki
The voting machines that local officials swore were not connected to the internet have been connected to the internet for years / Boing Boing
ots of election officials, including many in heavily contested districts that have determined the outcomes of national elections (cough Florida cough) just leave their machines connected to the internet all the time, while denying that this is the case, possibly because they don't know any better.

A team of ten leading security experts, including some affiliated with NIST's election cybersecurity efforts, have used internet-wide scanning to locate dozens of these systems, live on the internet, and because it's the internet, they're not even sure who all of them belong to, and can't alert the relevant officials. Many of these systems have been online for months; some have likely been online for years.

ES&S has downplayed the risk, using incredibly misleading definitions of "not connected to the internet" (for example, insisting that "behind a firewall" is the same thing as "airgapped"). The company's account of its security best practices, training and maintenance are belied by their own public documents as well as authenticated whistleblower's accounts.

In one case -- Rhode Island -- it appears that every vote cast in the state is tallied on a single system that is often available on the internet.
election  security  risk 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Kamala Harris rolls out proposal that would require states to prove abortion laws were constitutional - CNNPolitics
Amid a national debate over abortion rights, Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday rolled out a new proposal aimed at stopping some state laws that restrict abortion by preventing them from going into effect in the first place.
Harris pledged that, if elected President, she would create a preclearance requirement for "states and localities with a history of unconstitutionally restricting access to abortion," according to a fact sheet released by her campaign.
Her "Reproductive Rights Act" would shift the burden away from abortion providers who have to file suit against the states to stop new laws; instead, it would require states to prove their laws are constitutional.
States determined to have a history of restricting abortion access would need to obtain approval from Harris' Department of Justice before any abortion law or practice could be enacted, according to the policy sheet.
Kamala_Harris  abortion  election  promise 
may 2019 by Quercki
Finland is winning the war on fake news. Other nations want the blueprint
Helsinki, Finland (CNN) – On a recent afternoon in Helsinki, a group of students gathered to hear a lecture on a subject that is far from a staple in most community college curriculums.

Standing in front of the classroom at Espoo Adult Education Centre, Jussi Toivanen worked his way through his PowerPoint presentation. A slide titled “Have you been hit by the Russian troll army?” included a checklist of methods used to deceive readers on social media: image and video manipulations, half-truths, intimidation and false profiles.

Another slide, featuring a diagram of a Twitter profile page, explained how to identify bots: look for stock photos, assess the volume of posts per day, check for inconsistent translations and a lack of personal information.

The lesson wrapped with a popular “deepfake” — highly realistic manipulated video or audio — of Barack Obama to highlight the challenges of the information war ahead.

The course is part of an anti-fake news initiative launched by Finland’s government in 2014 – two years before Russia meddled in the US elections – aimed at teaching residents, students, journalists and politicians how to counter false information designed to sow division.
fake  news  trolls  election  tampering  Russia  Finland  facebook 
may 2019 by Quercki
Rebecca Solnit: Unconscious Bias is Running for President | Literary Hub
Unconscious bias is running for president again. Unconscious bias has always been in the race, and Unconscious Bias’s best buddy, Institutional Discrimination, has always helped him along, and as a result all of our presidents have been men and all but one white, and that was not even questionable until lately. This makes who “seems presidential” a tautological ouroboros chomping hard on its own tail. The Republican Party has celebrated its status as the fraternity of bias that’s conscious till it blacks out and becomes unconscious bias. But this also affects the Democratic Party and its voters, where maybe bias should not be so welcome.
2020  president  election  politics  gender 
may 2019 by Quercki
What We Must Do Now: Abrams, Georgia & Something Extraordinary - Greg Palast
A week ago, I received a call from Stacey Abrams’ lead attorneys. Our investigative team had “gold,” as they put it, for litigating the election: Expert analysis proving 340,134 voters were wrongly purged by her opponent when he was Secretary of State. Plus, we had, on camera, victims of the purge, including the 92-year-old cousin of Martin Luther King.
Stacey Abrams, Greg Palast review Georgia Purge list 2014 – Photo by Zach D Roberts

But I’m a journalist, not a campaign operative. I could only offer my reports and my affidavit filed in federal court in Common Cause v. Brian Kemp.

With Abrams no longer in the race for Governor, we are now free to open our files to her new voting rights group, Fair Fight Georgia.

Abrams, in her I-won’t-concede speech on Friday, cited one victim of the purge: 92-year-old Christine Jordan. I filmed Jordan on Election Day at the polling station she’d voted at for fifty years. Until this year, when her name was simply wiped off the voter rolls.

That should give “Governor-elect” Kemp pause. Because that’s the signal that this heartbreaking story will become the hammer to smash the Kemp-created Jim Crow machine.

(And Ms. Jordan is up to the task, telling me she’s willing to take the fight into federal court, “If somebody will help me walk there.”)

The immediate weapon will be litigation against the State of Georgia to show that the election was hopelessly tainted, which, under Georgia statute, could result in a court throwing out the whole rotting dung-heap of an election. That is why Abrams technically did not concede, but rather dropped her claim to office. (Lawyers will understand that she has to maintain “standing.”)
Georgia  Stacy_Abrams  Brian_Kemp  election  fraud  voter  suppression  governor 
november 2018 by Quercki
America for sale: 38% of all election funding comes from 0.0001% of Americans (2,210 people account for 25% of the total) / Boing Boing
0.5% of Americans given $200 or more in campaign contributions, accounting for 66% of all campaign funding, but that's nothing: only 0.0001% give $10,000 or more, and their donations are 38% of all the money sloshing around in US electoral campaign coffers.

That means a mere 37,000 people account for more than a third of US campaign finance, out of a population of 325,700,00 people.

But even these 37,000 are small fry compared to the 2,210 people who account for 25% of all campaign spending: $1.1 billion in total.

And of course, that's just the money we know about. Thanks to Citizens United, which allowed for unlimited, anonymous campaign spending, there's billions more spent by "dark money groups" whose funders are a secret.
campaign  finance  election  giving  wealth  1% 
november 2018 by Quercki
(41) Patrisse Cullors - Posts
Statement From Patrisse Cullors on Historic Defeat of Los Angeles County Sheriff McDonnell By Alex Villanueva

"Since 2016 the progressive movement has been strategizing on how to build power and gain power. We lost the presidential race to a racist, sexist bigot and we’ve been experiencing the repercussions ever since.

In Los Angeles, we’ve dealt with our own set of racists elected officials. Sheriff Mcdonnell spent 4 years in office collaborating with ICE, knocking down reform initiatives like ending money bail and prop 47, and he refused to meet with community groups.

As of last night, Sheriff McDonnell is no longer the Sheriff of LA County.
election  L.A.  sheriff  Blackwater  solution 
november 2018 by Quercki
Dan Kalb CityCouncil | Dan's Ballot Recommendations - Nov. '18
Local Ballot Measures

Oakland Ballot Measures:

Measure V – YES – Cannabis – Makes technical changes to Oakland’s cannabis business laws to allow for quarterly payments of taxes and deductions for raw materials for cultivation like other manufacturers already have. Also allows City Council to adjust down the business tax to keep the industry competitive in Oakland.

W – YES – Vacant Property Taxes – Institutes a tax on vacant properties to fund programs and services for the homeless, to provide funding to reduce and deter illegal dumping and blight, and to help preserve and create affordable housing. Establishes a city commission on homelessness.

X – YES – Progressive Real Estate Transfer Tax – Creates a tiered transfer tax on the sale of properties. Lowers the one-time tax for properties under $300,000. Increases the one-time tax on properties sold for over $2 million dollars. No change in the tax on properties that sell for more than $300,000 and less than $2 million. Also reduces the tax on low and moderate income first-time homebuyers, and allows for using a portion of the tax to fund seismic retrofit work or solar energy installation on newly purchased homes.

Y – YES – Just Cause Renter Protections – Removes the Just Cause exemption for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes thereby ensuring that tenants in these smaller buildings have the same eviction protections as tenants in other buildings including other duplexes and triplexes. Allows Council to create new limits on eviction, but does not allow Council to modify or take away any other existing exemptions.

Z – YES – Hotel Workers Protections – Citizen Initiative to create a specified minimum wage for hotel workers in Oakland and to create certain workload standards. Provides emergency panic buttons to hotel workers. Allows city to enforce hotel worker standards and creates a Department of Workplace and Employment Standards in Oakland. Hotel worker provisions only apply to hotels of 50 rooms or more.

AA – YES – Children’s Initiative – Citizen initiative parcel tax to fund early childhood and pre-school education in Oakland. Also funds the Oakland Promise to increase high school graduation rates and increase college readiness.
Oakland  2018  election  guide 
october 2018 by Quercki
Was the 2016 election legitimate? It's now definitely worth asking the question
A nation devoted to majority rule has a minority president. Who squeaked into office on an electoral college technicality. Against most data projections. Using dark money. Using voter suppression. Using Russian disinformation.

As more and more facts about Trump’s incongruous victory emerges, the doubts gnaw harder — and grow harder to ignore.
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And, most chilling of all, with a massive assist from the Russian military, which not only hacked the Democrats, but also hacked voting software and a voting-system manufacturer.

Some people were motivated to vote for Trump because they believed Russian lies about Hillary Clinton’s health or email. But at least they got to cast their votes, and have them counted.

Others, many who planned to vote against Trump, were kept from the ballot entirely. In Wisconsin, as Mother Jones has reported, discriminatory ID laws prevented 45,000 eligible voters from participating in the election, including 23,000 in two heavily Democratic counties. Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes.

The attorney general of Wisconsin, Brad Schimel, even boasted recently that Trump won Wisconsin chiefly because tens of thousands of eligible voters were turned away.
Trump  election  false  Russia 
july 2018 by Quercki
More DGA-Sponsored International Guests
Georgina Benrós de Mello
Director General, CPLP
August 2015
The kickoff event for the Year of the Portuguese
Speaking World was a keynote address by Georgina
Benrós de Mello, Director General of the Community
of Portuguese Language Countries. The CPLP is the
cooperative union of the nine Portuguese speaking
nations. De Mello presented on
Trade, Investment
and Value Chain Development in the Portuguese
Speaking World
. Following her presentation, she
attended a public reception in Prillaman Hall along
with Brazilian Consul General Hermano Ribiero. The
reception and address set the tone for what would
be a successful Year of the Portuguese Speaking
World, culminating in a presentation by Portuguese
Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital.
Flavio Solórzano
Peruvian Celebrity Chef
November 2015
Peruvian celebrity chef Flavio Solórzano headlined
the campus
Quinoa Festival
in November where he
led a cooking demonstration focusing on the 5,000-
year-old Andean quinoa grain. Solórzano hosts a
television cooking show in Peru, is head chef of the
upscale El Señorío de Sulco restaurant in Lima, and
is one of the founders of Mistura, the largest food
festival in Latin America. He also creates entrees
served to first-class passengers aboard various
airlines. At the festival, he worked with chefs at The
Commons to prepare multiple quinoa dishes, such
as quinoa cake and ceviche de quinoa caliente.
Students were allowed to sample the items as they
were served at The Commons throughout the day.
His Excellency Sergey Kislyak, the Russian
Ambassador to the United States, spoke in April
2016 at a reception in his honor at The Georgian
Club in Atlanta. Representatives from Kennesaw
State University met with the ambassador at the
event, which was organized in order to facilitate
potential collaboration during the upcoming Year of
Russia country study program. Ambassador Kislyak’s
visit to Kennesaw State was part of a three-day
trip to Atlanta, which also included a luncheon at
the Capitol City Ballroom organized by the Atlanta
Council on International Relations. At that event,
which was open to the public, the ambassador spoke
about the future of U.S. and Russian relations.
Kislyak  Russia  Georgia  KSU  election 
july 2018 by Quercki
Georgia Election Server Wiped After Lawsuit Filed
Wiping the server clean "forestalls any forensic investigation at all," said Richard DeMillo, a Georgia Tech computer scientist who has closely followed the case. "People who have nothing to hide don't behave this way."

The server data could have revealed whether Georgia's most recent elections were compromised by malicious hackers. The plaintiffs contend that the results of both last November's election and a special June 20 congressional runoff— won by Kemp's predecessor, Karen Handel — cannot be trusted.

Possible Russian interference in U.S. politics, including attempts to penetrate voting systems, has been an acute national preoccupation since the Obama administration first sounded the alarm more than a year ago.

Kemp and his GOP allies insist Georgia's elections system is secure. But Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, a plaintiff, believes the server data was erased precisely because the system isn't secure.
election  security  Georgia  voting  records  wiped  Russia 
july 2018 by Quercki
Diane Becton to be District Attorney After Paul Graves Concedes | East County Today
On Thursday, Paul Graves issued a statement saying he has called District Attorney Diana Becton and congratulated her on the election while conceding.

An update by Contra Costa County Elections Wednesday showed that Diana Becton sits at 50.49% (94,663) while Paul Graves sits at 42.18% (79,081). Becton’s lead is now 15,582 votes. Lawrence Stevens Strauss is at 7.33% (13,739 votes). Becton was less than a 1,000 votes away from a majority.

Becton, a retired judge, now becomes the first woman elected as District Attorney in Contra Costa County.
Contra_Costa_Couny  DA  Diana_Becton  election  results 
july 2018 by Quercki
Indictment: Russia also helped Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein in election
WASHINGTON – It turns out Donald Trump wasn’t the only candidate the Russians allegedly tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Russians “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump,” according to the indictment, which was issued Friday.

More: McMaster: Russian meddling in U.S. elections is beyond dispute
Hillary  Trump  Bernie_Sanders  election  Russia  hacking 
march 2018 by Quercki
Black Women Running for Office in the U.S.
Black Women Running for Office

List of All Candidates Browse Candidates by State Search for Candidates by Name Submit a Candidate who isn't already in the Database
DONATE, SUPPORT and VOTE for Black women!

Please note: This is purely a list of Black women running, and not an endorsement. Click on their names and websites to find out what their stances and beliefs are. Again: this is a database, not a vouching for. Think about it as a phone book. 
Black  women  politics  election 
january 2018 by Quercki
California could flip the House, and these 13 races will make the difference - Los Angeles Times
California could flip the House, and these 13 races will make the difference

Design by JOE FOX

SEPT. 13, 2017

UPDATED NOV. 20, 2017


The stakes are high in the 2018 midterm elections: control of the U.S. House. For Democrats to reclaim power, they must forge a path through California. The party considers nine districts here to be battlegrounds and can't win the House without winning at least a few of them.
2018  election  CA 
december 2017 by Quercki
Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump – Mother Jones
In Wisconsin, the intent of those who pushed for the ID law was clear. On the night of Wisconsin’s 2016 primary, GOP Rep. Glenn Grothman, a backer of the law when he was in the state Senate, predicted that a Republican would carry the state in November, even though Wisconsin had gone for Barack Obama by 7 points in 2012. “I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up,” he told a local TV news reporter, “and now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”
voter  suppression  election 
december 2017 by Quercki
NBC Just Exposed Donna Brazile's "Rigged" Claim as a Total Lie - The Daily Banter
Brazile's "revelation" was that Hillary had taken control of the party's finances because it was broke. As part of the bargain of her essentially bailing out the party, she would assume control of much of its decision-making, thus, proving that she "rigged" the primaries. That scenario didn't hold up well under even cursory examination but a slightly deeper dive finishes it off:
Hillary  Bernie_Sanders  election 
november 2017 by Quercki
Elizabeth Warren, We Love You So Fucking Much. You Are So Fucking Wrong Right Now. | Wonkette
GATHER, ALL YE LOVERS OF LIBERTY! Hillary Democrats, Bernie Democrats, liberals who don’t like party labels because “ugh” … hey, #NeverTrump Republicans, WHO LET YOU IN HERE? OK fine, we’ll let you stay. Everyone say hi to Bill Kristol, hiiiiiiiiii Bill Kristol!

We need to have a family meeting about the stupid shitstorm that exploded Thursday when Donna Brazile, apropos of nothing we can see aside from promoting her new book, published an excerpt in Politico that alleged that Hillary Clinton had “taken over” the DNC with her evil claws, which gave LITERALLY EVERYONE the impression Brazile was endorsing the incorrect claim that the 2016 Democratic primary was #RIGGED.
Hillary  democrats  Elizabeth_Warren  Donna_Brazile  election  rigged 
november 2017 by Quercki
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It Down
The @TEN_GOP account was one of many created by Russia's Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked “troll farm” that devoted hundreds of thousands of dollars and nearly 100 people specifically to influencing American political sentiment. The account was first identified this week in an investigation by Russia's RBC news outlet into the troll farm's efforts to influence US politics.

That investigation documented the lengths that Russia went to in its influence campaign, including paying unsuspecting Americans to undertake activities seemingly intended to increase polarization.

The @TEN_GOP account offered a lesson in how inflammatory tweets can be used to gain followers and influence. In contrast, the actual Tennessee GOP’s Twitter account, @tngop, has only 13,400 followers, despite being the Twitter voice of the state party since 2007.

The actual Tennessee Republican Party tried unsuccessfully for months to get Twitter to shut @TEN_GOP down.

“It was in no way affiliated with our office,” Candice Dawkins, the real Tennessee Republican Party's communications director, told BuzzFeed News. “It was very misleading.”
2016  election  fraud  Russia  Tennessee  twitter 
october 2017 by Quercki
New research on role of sexism in 2016 election.
The MSS attempts to test for resentment toward women through questions about feminism and women in the workplace. Here are the five statements from the MSS that the Blair Center Poll asked its sample to assess:

Many women are actually seeking special favors, such as hiring policies that favor them over men, under the guise of asking for “equality.”
Most women interpret innocent remarks or acts as being sexist.
Feminists are seeking for women to have more power than men.
When women lose to men in a fair competition, they typically complain about being discriminated against.
Discrimination against women is no longer a problem in the United States.
The respondents to the poll ranked their responses to these statements on a scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” The researchers classified respondents as “sexist,” “neutral,” or “nonsexist,” based on their overall scores.
sexism  election  Hillary  research 
june 2017 by Quercki
Has a court ever struck down an election result in the United States? - Politics Stack Exchange
A number of observers have raised the issue of court challenges to the 2016 US presidential election results.

Various rationales might be employed. For instance,

Harvard Law prof. Larry Lessig has discussed the possible unconstitutionality of winner-take-all allocation of electors under the Equal Protection Clause here.
Former CIA officer Robert Baer has stated here that if ample evidence is presented that Russia intervened in the election through information warfare, a rerun of the election might be justified.
There is ample polling evidence that the Clinton campaign was damaged by FBI Director James Comey reopening the Clinton email investigation shortly before the election. The election may have hinged on this intervention. Comey's actions may have constituted a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits him from interfering in elections.
Have any American elections (at any level) ever been overturned by the courts before? In the case of rationales (2) and (3), what possible legal doctrines could be employed?
election  court  overturn 
june 2017 by Quercki
Mark Warner Wants To Know How Russians Knew Best Ways To Help Trump | HuffPost
Warner in March told reporters that more than 1,000 paid Internet “trolls” working out of Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in Trump’s favor by disseminating unflattering and, at times, untrue information about Clinton.

Clinton in an interview last week also suggested that the Russians could not have known how to “weaponize” the emails they stole from the Democratic National Committee and from her campaign chairman, John Podesta, unless they had been helped “by Americans and guided by people who had polling and data information.”

Warner and the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, North Carolina’s Richard Burr, have been examining the question of Russian meddling for months. Last month they issued subpoenas asking Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to turn over documents related to his contacts with Russia. Flynn has refused to comply with that order.
election  fraud  Russia  email  wikileaks 
june 2017 by Quercki
(23) Robert Reich - Posts - 20170524
Latest developments in Trump-Russia connection:
1. Former CIA director John Brennan – who headed the agency last year when Russia was found to be interfering in the U.S. election -- today told the House Intelligence Committee that he became aware last summer of “contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals.” The interactions “raised questions in my mind about whether Russia was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals,” he said. This information “served as the basis for the FBI investigation” of such connections that began in July.
2. Brennan became so concerned last summer about signs of Russian election meddling that he held urgent, classified briefings for eight senior members of Congress,
Russia  election  Trump 
may 2017 by Quercki
False denials from Mike Pence continue to stack up | MSNBC
False denials from Mike Pence continue to stack up
Rachel Maddow looks at the many times Mike Pence has denied something about the Donald Trump team only to be proven wrong by further reporting, leaving Pence with a lot of explaining to do. Duration: 18:29
Pence  lies  Russia  Flynn  Turkey  Kushner  election  fraud  Comey 
may 2017 by Quercki
Has the Trump Budget Blown Republicans’ Cover? -
It is not an easy question to answer, since it violates all precepts of basic decency. I suspect it comes from a meld of Calvinism with social Darwinism. From Calvinism, conservatives borrowed both a pinched and unsparing view of humanity as well as the idea of “election” — namely, that God “elects” some folks for redemption, which, when rebooted for modern conservatism, has an economic component. Plain and simple, rich people are rich because they are better than poor people.

By the same token, poor people are poor because they are worse. This is God’s edict, so to speak.
Calvinism  election  religion  ****  republican  fundamentalism  welfare 
march 2017 by Quercki
The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight | The Huffington Post
3. It seems clear that Giuliani, who was the top surrogate for the Trump campaign and in near-daily contact with the candidate, acted under orders from Trump, and that Prince either acted under orders from Trump or Steve Bannon—well-known to Prince from their mutual association with, and financial investment in, Breitbart and its ownership, including Robert Mercer—and, moreover, that all those associated with the conspiracy were subsequently rewarded. Erik Prince’s sister, Betsy DeVos, was named Education Secretary by Trump, despite having no experience for the job other than advocating sporadically for charter schools in Michigan. Prince himself was named a shadow adviser to Trump, even though, by November 8th, the fact that his statements to Breitbart had been part of a domestic disinformation campaign was clear. Prince is so close to Trump that he appears to have been present at the election-night returns-watching party to which Trump invited only close friends and associates; Prince’s wife posted pictures of the event. Giuliani, originally assured a Cabinet position and then separated from the Trump team entirely—perhaps as punishment for his carelessness on Fox News—was then given a highly lucrative but substance-free position within the administration on the same day, January 12th, that the DOJ announced that the Inspector General would be investigating the sequence of events comprising the Prince-Giuliani-Trump conspiracy.
Trump  Comey  FBI  conspiracy  Hillary  election 
february 2017 by Quercki
4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election - Vox
The Clinton campaign, however, has centered its why-we-lost narrative on the “Comey effect,” along with another outside factor, Russia’s hacking of DNC and Clinton campaign email accounts. The “Comey effect” refers to the impact of FBI Director James Comey’s October 28 letter to the House Judiciary Committee announcing the discovery new emails that appeared pertinent to their closed investigation of Clinton and his subsequent letter on November 6 that absolved Clinton (after millions of votes had already been cast early).

Many people — most notably Trump and other Republicans — have scoffed at the claim that the letter changed the outcome of the election, suggesting that it’s a convenient excuse for a weak candidate who made some questionable strategic decisions.

But the Comey effect was real, it was big, and it probably cost Clinton the election. Below, we present four pieces of evidence demonstrating that this is the case.
Hillary  Comey  FBI  election 
february 2017 by Quercki
Bombshell Report Suggests Trump's National Security Adviser Is Dishonest and a Threat to US Policy | Mother Jones
Trump's national security adviser was in cahoots with Russia to undermine the US government's effort to punish Moscow for hacking the US election—and he apparently lied about it. If Trump does not fire him—and if Washington's political-media complex (including Republicans) does not go ballistic over this revelation—then the Putinization of America has taken another big step forward.

On Thursday night, after a long and wild day of Trump news (Trump attacking Sen. John McCain, Kellyanne Conway seemingly breaking the law, an appeals court ruling against Trump's Muslim travel ban, and much more), the Washington Post dropped a bomb: a thoroughly reported article with the headline "National Security Adviser Flynn Discussed Sanctions With Russian Ambassador, Despite Denials, Officials Say." It began:

National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

Flynn's communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions that were being imposed by the Obama administration in late December to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Here was Flynn working against US policy—against steps President Barack Obama had ordered in response to Putin's meddling in the US election. He was in essence telling Moscow not to fret over these sanctions and that Russia would be rewarded once Trump moved into the White House. He was explicitly aiding the enemy that had attacked US democracy.
Trump  Russia  election  fraud  sanctions  diplomacy 
february 2017 by Quercki
You're not just imagining it: the Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump vote totals do look rigged - Palmer Report
In order to believe that the official vote tallies are legitimate, you have to accept that all of the above legitimately happened: African-Americans in the south went from turning out in droves for Hillary Clinton in the primary to not caring if she won the general election. Donald Trump got sixty-something percent of the same-day voting in Florida. The polling averages were wrong for the first time in modern history. Trump beat his poll numbers despite having spent the primary season tending to fall below them. Clinton fell below her poll numbers despite having spent the primary season tending to beat them. In every state where Trump pulled off a shocking upset victory, he just happened to do it with one percent of the vote. And in an election that everyone cared particularly deeply about, no one really turned out to vote at all. I can accept any one of the above things happening as an isolated fluke. I cannot accept all the above happening. And so for once in my evidence-driven career, I’m left to believe that the conspiracy theorists are right: the vote tallies are rigged.
Hillary  Trump  election  fraud 
february 2017 by Quercki
Rigged election: Hillary Clinton's early-voting lead in Florida was mathematically insurmountable - Palmer Report
So these two models, one based on Florida exit polling and the other based on the expert opinion of a fair minded Republican political operative, say that Donald Trump would have needed somewhere between 59% and 71% of the election day vote in Florida in order to overcome Hillary Clinton’s early vote lead and tie things up in the state. Democrats are somewhat more likely to early vote and Republicans are somewhat more likely to wait until the day of voting. And both of my above models are based on Trump simply coming back to tie things up in Florida. For him to have won the state by one percent of the vote, as claimed, he would have needed around 62% to 74% of the election day vote, an even steeper hill to climb. But while that’s mathematically possible in the theoretical sense, it’s mathematically insurmountable in any real world scenario.

So what the hell happened? That’s a good question. Despite the exit poll documentation showing just how many registered Republican Cuban-Americans were crossing over to vote for Hillary Clinton due to Donald Trump’s extreme anti-Hispanic policies, the official vote tallies in Hispanic dominated Miami-Dade County insist that Hillary only got around the same percentage of the vote in 2016 that Barack Obama got in 2012 despite the fact that his opponent Mitt Romney was not seen as being overtly racist. Trump’s impossible win in Florida was just one of numerous mathematical unlikelihoods and impossibilities around the nation that I’ve documented thus far.
Hillary  Trump  election  fraud  Florida 
february 2017 by Quercki
(4) Jim Wright - You need to stop using the word "Hack" The Russians...
Russia, directed at the highest level, engaged in a campaign of information warfare, using the IW sub-strategy of psychological operations, to manipulate public perception of the candidates. Properly implemented, Information Warfare is based on the truth and thus becomes self-sustaining, a matter of faith. The alternate reality it creates BECOMES reality and can't be disproved to those without the proper training and experience and information.
For example: Everything Wikileaks released regarding Hillary Clinton's email was true.
Of course it was. You were seeing the actual emails, weren't you?
Anyone can point to those documents as "proof" of whatever they like.
Because those are true, valid documents.
They just aren't the whole truth.
They are just the part of the truth Russia wanted you to see. The context, the rest of the truth, the Republican National Committee emails, Trump's email, RUSSIA'S email, you didn't see any of that. Your perception is shaped by incomplete information.
Those who control the information, control your perception.
In a properly executed information warfare campaign, the target does most of the work for you without even realizing it. James Comey's ill-timed announcement, the Benghazi committees, the press, BOTH campaigns' efforts to discredit the other and to shape public perception and the efforts of Third Parties to discredit mainstream candidates, the general untrustworthiness of political parties, efforts by those in power to disenfranchise segments of the population (such as in North Carolina, or abuse of the political process via things like gerrymandering) and above all a public that eschews critical thinking and deliberately embraces false narratives, ALL of those things contributed to the success of the Russian campaign.
"Hacking" oversimplifies the situation.
Russia  election  Trump 
january 2017 by Quercki
Democrats Turn Up Pressure on Republicans for Russian Hacking Investigation | Mother Jones
Last month, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Government Oversight Committee, and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, introduced a measure to create a bipartisan commission—much like the highly praised 9/11 commission—to probe the Russian hacking. Their proposal did not gain a great amount of attention. Even top Democrats on Capitol Hill who supported the idea were not loudly demanding a robust investigation. But on Friday afternoon, Cummings and Swalwell reintroduced the bill, and this time more than 150 of their fellow House Democrats, including the top Democrat on every House committee, were co-sponsoring the proposed legislation.

The bill would establish a 12-member commission with the authority to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony. The panel would examine attempts by the Russian government to influence, interfere with, or undermine trust in last year's US elections. And the commission would have to issue a report with recommendations within 18 months.

With this move, House Democrats are upping the ante, just as the Obama administration is completing its review of the Russian intervention in the election and Trump keeps tweeting positively about Vladimir Putin and suggesting the story has been hyped to taint his election.
Russia  hacking  election  fraud 
january 2017 by Quercki
Why Hillary Lost: The Great American Lie | The Huffington Post
Democratic faithful thought by November that the damage done by Sanders’ hail-Mary strategy would soften and fade. A week before the election, “Benghazi” and “Hillary Clinton’s e-mails” were still ridiculous fodder being churned out by the mainstream media and consumed ravenously by the electorate. The media failed time and time again to call these stories for what they were: Outright lies.

Some argue that the media failed to distinguish between false equivalencies and Clinton’s adversaries were able to malign and abuse her, unchecked and ad nauseam, for one obvious reason. No one wants to admit it, her adversaries scoff at it, and even women seem to downplay it’s significance in the election: misogyny. The 2016 presidential election, much like in 2008, revealed staggering gender biases, mostly in the constant and baseless scrutiny of Clinton’s character.
Hillary  misogyny  election 
december 2016 by Quercki
The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters - Rolling Stone
Like all weapons of vote suppression, Crosscheck is a response to the imaginary menace of mass voter fraud. In the mid-2000s, after the Florida-recount debacle, the Bush administration launched a five-year investigation into the allegedly rampant crime but found scant evidence of wrongdoing. Still, the GOP has perpetuated the myth in every national election since. Recently, North Carolina Board of Elections chief Kim Strach testified to her legislature that 35,750 voters are "registered in North Carolina and another state and voted in both in the 2012 general election." [Editor’s note: This quote was taken from the power point that accompanied Strach’s testimony. In a subsequent letter, she informed us that during her presentation she "stressed that we were not suggesting that 35,750 voters had committed any type of fraud. My testimony was that the data we received from the Crosscheck Program showed that in the 2012 general election, there were 35,750 people who voted in North Carolina whose first and last names and dates of birth matched persons who voted in the same election in another state.”] Yet despite hiring an ex-FBI agent to lead the hunt, the state has charged exactly zero double voters from the Crosscheck list. Nevertheless, tens of thousands face the loss of their ability to vote – all for the sake of preventing a crime that rarely happens. So far, Crosscheck has tagged an astonishing 7.2 million suspects, yet we found no more than four perpetrators who have been charged with double voting or deliberate double registration.
election  fraud  voter  suppression 
november 2016 by Quercki
The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016 | The Nation
How many people were turned away from the polls? How many others didn’t bother to show up in the first place? These are questions we need to take far more seriously. In 2014, a study by Rice University and the University of Houston of Texas’s 23rd Congressional District found that 12.8 percent of registered voters who didn’t vote in the election cited lack of required photo ID as a reason they didn’t cast a ballot, even though only 2.7 percent of registered voters actually lacked an acceptable ID. Texas’s strict voter-ID law blocked some voters from the polls while having an ever larger deterrent effect on others. Eighty percent of these voters were Latino and strongly preferred Democratic candidates.

 On Election Day, there were 868 fewer polling places in states with a long history of voting discrimination, like Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina. These changes impacted hundreds of thousands of voters, yet received almost no coverage. In North Carolina, as my colleague Joan Walsh reported, black turnout decreased 16 percent during the first week of early voting because “in 40 heavily black counties, there were 158 fewer early polling places.”

Even if these restrictions had no outcome on the election, it’s fundamentally immoral to keep people from voting in a democracy. The media devoted hours and hours to Trump’s absurd claim that the election was rigged against him, while spending precious little time on the real threat that voters faced.
election  voter  suppression 
november 2016 by Quercki
Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter
Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
“The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.

Crosscheck in action:  
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922

Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,824

Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:              589,393

On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.  The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted.

Trump signaled the use of “Crosscheck” when he claimed the election is “rigged” because “people are voting many, many times.”  His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised a list of 7.2 million “potential” double voters—1.1 million of which were removed from the voter rolls by Tuesday. The list is loaded overwhelmingly with voters of color and the poor. Here's a sample of the list
election  fraud  voter  purge 
november 2016 by Quercki
Economic anxiety isn’t driving racial resentment. Racial resentment is driving economic anxiety. - The Washington Post
Much debate continues about whether support for Donald Trump has more to do with racial or economic anxiety. A key question in this debate — explored by Wonkblog’s Jeff Guo — is whether economic anxiety may actually cause racism. Guo shows, for example, that Americans who think the economy is getting worse currently score highest in racial resentment.

So which is the chicken and which is the egg? The evidence suggests that racial resentment is driving economic anxiety, not the other way around.

One reason is that perceptions of the economy are often not objective and depend on people’s political leaning. A large body of research shows that party identification strongly colors people’s beliefs about how the economy is doing. Democrats and Republicans both think that the economy is performing better when one of their own is in the White House.
election  race  economy  Trump 
november 2016 by Quercki
Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election | Senator Kevin de León
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love. 

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.
Trump  election  california  bigotry  misogyny 
november 2016 by Quercki
Three Officers Injured In Oakland As Rioters Throw Bombs At Police - Blue Lives Matter
Three Officers Injured In Oakland As Rioters Throw Bombs At Police

Oakland, California – Three officers were injured overnight as rioters attacked police and destroyed property at an election protest in Oakland.

About 6,000 people were estimated to be at the anti-Trump election protest in Oakland, when smaller groups started breaking off from the marchers to start rioting. Officers had fireworks, molotov cocktails, rocks, and bottles thrown at them throughout the night. Three officers were injured in the rioting. The extent of the officers’ injuries are not known at this time.
Trump  election  demonstration  police  injured 
november 2016 by Quercki
The downward spiral of John McCain - Shareblue
John McCain was probably expecting his path to reelection in the Senate would be pretty easy. After all, he's on his fifth term, and he's one of the most prominent members of his party. But challenger Ann Kirkpatrick is closing in on him—and McCain's desperation as the race tightens is palpable. His latest gambit? Pretending he's pro-choice.
John_McCain  2016  election 
september 2016 by Quercki
California Presidential Primary Election Results | California Secretary of State
Election results are updated as often as new data is received from county elections offices after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Many ballots are counted after Election Day. County elections officials have approximately one month to complete their extensive tallying, auditing, and certification work. They must report final certified results to the Secretary of State by July 8, 2016.
california  voting  election  results 
june 2016 by Quercki
Which Presidential Campaigns Have the Largest Gender Wage Disparities? 
we included in our analysis only employees who had received at least four paychecks, and who made a minimum projected annual salary of $24,000 (which we determined by extrapolating assumed biweekly payments). This proved more limiting for Democratic candidates who included hundreds of employees on their reports, as opposed to the Republicans who generally had no more than 50 unique employees (Richard Skinner, an analyst at the Sunlight Foundation, explained this could be because Democratic campaigns often have more extensive field operations, while Republicans tend to unofficially delegate certain responsibilities to PACs). We also made our best efforts to determine how each employee identified gender-wise, which we understand is an imperfect, limiting undertaking.


Although Bernie Sanders’ campaign pays women on average a little under $1,000 more than men, the top ten highest-paid employees are all male.
The highest discrepancy we saw is in the Ted Cruz campaign, where male employees make an average of $20,000 more than female employees.
Marco Rubio’s campaign wins points for the campaign that pays women the best. Women on Rubio’s staff make, on average, just over $5,000 more than men, and of the 10 highest-paid staffers, six are female.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is also fairly equitable, with male and female staffers making essentially the same amount of money.
Every campaign (excluding Clinton’s, which employs 324 women and 202 men) employs significantly more men than women.
The highest paid staffer is Cruz’s political director Mark Campbell, at $192,000. It is impossible to determine which staffer is paid lowest, because of our minimum salary cut off ($24,000).
Sixteen people on Clinton’s campaign make over $100,000. That number drops precipitously for the other campaigns: Four people on Kasich’s campaign, and three on Sanders and Cruz’s campaigns respectively, make that much. Only one Rubio staffer makes over $100,000. No one on Trump’s team earns in the six figures.
election  salary 
march 2016 by Quercki
Cleveland prosecutor who cleared cops in Tamir Rice’s death defeated in Dem primary
Cuyahoga County District Attorney Tim McGinty lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday night, less than three months after Cleveland activists began calling for him to be voted out for his handling of the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s shooting death at the hands of police.
BlackLivesMatter  Tamir_Rice  election 
march 2016 by Quercki
Black Lives Matter Scores Political Victory As Chicago Ousts Its Top Prosecutor | ThinkProgress
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has covered up police killings, condemned the innocent, and doomed children to the school-to-prison pipeline. But on Tuesday, Chicago area voters said that they’ve had enough.
Alvarez lost her bid for a third term to Kim Foxx, a former assistant state’s attorney and a candidate backed by activists from the Black Lives Matter movement. Activists turned the local race into a crucial battle to unseat the controversial top prosecutor who has mishandled cases involving police brutality and allowed miscarriages of justice against men and women of color in Chicago.
The controversy surrounding the shooting of Laquan McDonald was perhaps the most high-profile of Alvarez’s recent failures as state’s attorney. Despite evidence and dashcam footage that showed that the police officer shot McDonald 16 times, Alvarez covered up the incident for more than a year and did not bring charges until less than a day before the video was released to the public. And she still refuses to acknowledge her mistakes.
Alvarez has also refused to reopen the cases of people who are likely innocent, criminalized people for recording officers, and bullied college students who were critical of her office. And she has funneled thousands of black and Latino Chicago Public School students into the juvenile justice system. She also led a crusade against a Chicago-area Innocence Project, subpoenaing students and refusing to acknowledge evidence of an inmate’s innocence. That man, Anthony McKinney, died in prison in 2013.
BlackLivesMatter  election  police 
march 2016 by Quercki
Dolores Huerta says she was shouted down with ‘English-only’ chants from a Sanders crowd - The Washington Post
"The person who was running the caucus ... people were saying we need a translator, so he said the first person that comes to the stage can be the translator," Huerta said. "So I went up to the front to be the translator."

The video above shows that her appearance onstage wasn't so well received. Some Sanders supporters may have been disturbed by the idea of a Clinton supporter interpreting events for the entire crowd. But that doesn't explain everything Huerta said she heard from the crowd.

"It was mostly the organizers," Huerta continued. "The Bernie organizers were shouting, 'No, no, no.' Then a Bernie person stood up and said said, 'No, we need to have it, I can also do translation' or whatever. The person who ran the caucus said, 'Well, we won’t have a translator.' The sad thing about this is that some of the organizers were shouting, 'English only! English only!' The Bernie organizers."

Again, this is what Huerta says happened when she tried to interpret from English to Spanish at a Nevada caucus site. The crowd apparently included a large number of Bernie Sanders supporters. And given that much of the Las Vegas strip's workforce is made up of Latino Americans and Latino immigrants, one would expect that some people in the crowd might have wanted to hear Huerta.
Dolores_Huerta  Nevada  election  Spanish  English  Bernie_Sanders 
february 2016 by Quercki
Politics after Dark: Sanders v Clinton, part 1 (with images, tweets) · rafaeln · Storify
Does that look like the kind of crowd that can phone bank a Latino neighborhood? An African-American neighborhood? A blue-collar neighborhood? Yes, they're passionate about Bernie; but can they translate that passion and make it relatable to people who aren't like them? When they run into resistance, do they show empathy, or do they just become more insistent in their 'rightness'?
These questions matter.

It really was. Obama made some cracks about her ('You're likable enough, Hillary') & lord knows there was a certain bro-ish vibe with OFA, but Clinton's acolytes got the whole birther thing going, and let's not forget the 'whitey' tape. It made reconciliation between the two camps very, very tough.
Bernie_Sanders  Hillary  president  election  *** 
january 2016 by Quercki
MO Town Elects First Black Mayor, 80 Percent Of Police Force Immediately Resigns (VIDEO) | If You Only News
Parma, Missouri, situated less than a three-hour drive from Ferguson, recently made town history by electing its first African-American female mayor. By just 37 votes, Tyrus Byrd unseated Mayor Randall Ramsey from his 37-year position.

Five of the six police officers on the force celebrated this momentous occasion by taking a permanent vacation. According to the KFVS, the officers gave absolutely no notice, and their resignation was immediate as of just hours prior to the Mayor-elect’s swearing-in.

In addition, the city attorney, clerk, and water treatment supervisor resigned their positions, all citing “safety concerns” in their resignation letters, according to outgoing Mayor Ramsey.

Byrd previously served as city clerk, and does missionary work. She says her first order of business will be to help “clean up the city.”

Residents seem unconcerned for their safety in the wake of the majority of the police force quitting.

“I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance,” resident Martha Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people?”

“They resigned the minute they found out Randall didn’t get mayor again. They all abandoned the town immediately which shows how much they really cared about the town and its citizens and the real reason they quit is due to something other than ‘safety issues,’ resident Wendy Stafford wrote on KFVS’s website.

Their free ride was just cut off. We have been trying for YEARS to get someone to listen to the citizens about the dealings going on and no one until now wanted to listen. TYUS BYRD WE THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR SENDING YOU TO PARMA. The citizens of Parma are behind you 100% and will work with you to restore OUR town.
Others, of course, feel that they all just packed up their sheets and hoods…and left.

Amid the sea of conjectures, Bird had no comment on the mass resignations, but she says she still has not seen the letters explaining why so many employees would choose to quit the moment an African-American became Mayor.

Watch a report about the new Mayor-elect in the video below.
police  resign  Black  mayor  election 
november 2015 by Quercki
KY Election Officials Arrested, Charged With 'Changing Votes at E-Voting Machines' | Brad Friedman
The best election officials in the country, however, will underscore that point, and agree that there is no reason any citizen should ever have to simply "trust" them.

Over the years, we've detailed the arrests and other unsavory behavior of many of the not-so-good election officials who, we were told, should simply have been trusted (our "favorite" has always been the case of Monterey CA's Tony Anchundo, who told us on air we should "trust" him, just a month or two before being arrested on 43 counts).

Well, now we've got a whole passel of still more crooked officials to add to the list. Moreover: The Kentucky officials arrested and indicted today, "including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers" of Clay County, have been charged with "chang[ing] votes at the voting machine" and showing others how to do it!


From Lexington, Kentucky's NBC affiliate on Thursday afternoon:

Five Clay County officials, including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers were arrested Thursday after they were indicted on federal charges accusing them of using corrupt tactics to obtain political power and personal gain.
The 10-count indictment, unsealed Thursday, accused the defendants of a conspiracy from March 2002 until November 2006 that violated the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). RICO is a federal statute that prosecutors use to combat organized crime. The defendants were also indicted for extortion, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to injure voters' rights and conspiracy to commit voter fraud.
According to the indictment, these alleged criminal actions affected the outcome of federal, local, and state primary and general elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006.
election  fraud  voting  machine  liars 
november 2015 by Quercki
A mathematician may have uncovered widespread election fraud, and Kansas is trying to silence her - AMERICAblog News
According to the Wichita Eagle, Wichita State mathematician Beth Clarkson has found irregularities in election returns from Sedgwick County, along with other counties throughout the United States, but has faced stiff opposition from the state in trying to confirm whether the irregularities are fraud or other, less-nefarious anomalies.

Analyzing election returns at a precinct level, Clarkson found that candidate support was correlated, to a statistically significant degree, with the size of the precinct. In Republican primaries, the bias has been toward the establishment candidates over tea partiers. In general elections, it has favored Republican candidates over Democrats, even when the demographics of the precincts in question suggested that the opposite should have been true.

Clarkson’s interest in election returns was piqued by a 2012 paper released by analysts Francois Choquette and James Johnson showing the same pattern of election returns, which favor establishment Republican candidates in primaries and general elections. The irregularities are isolated to precincts that use “Central Tabulator” voting machines — machines that have previously been shown to be vulnerable to hacking. The effects are significant and widespread: According to their analysis, Mitt Romney could have received over a million extra votes in the 2012 Republican primary, mostly coming at the expense of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. President Obama also ceded significant votes to John McCain due to this irregularity, as well.

You can read the paper in full here.
election  fraud  politics  voting  statistics 
september 2015 by Quercki
The Netroots Nation Files: An Interview With Jose Antonio Vargas - Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture
But, having said that, the urgency that people of color — that Black people, that brown people in this country — feel about not only race but immigration, about policies that criminalize and dehumanize people in this country. It’s an emergency, somebody said, and it is. That’s what we saw. And I wasn’t about to stop that. As a person of color, as a gay man, as an undocumented person, I wasn’t about to stop that. You can’t silence people who have been silenced for far too long. I was just trying to figure out how I could keep the conversation going. I kept thinking to myself, “Man, handle this with as much grace as you can.”What do you think?

I cannot overstate the importance of #BlackLivesMatter and the intersection of these issues. Remember, when [Phoenix activist Tia Oso] got up there, she talked about immigration, she talked about LGBT rights, she talked about civil rights. That’s the kind of conversation that we’re not seeing nationally. And that’s why it’s imperative that they get to hold that state. I just wish we could have known about it ahead of time, because I could have maybe found a better way to facilitate it, just so we could have had more questions and not just platitudes. So I was disappointed in myself for that.What do you think?

Was it surprising to see the candidates that taken aback?What do you think?

JAV: Hey, if you’re running for the presidency of the United States of America, you’d better be prepared for anything and everything, especially in the social media age. It was actually interesting seeing the layers of identity on that stage: you had two straight white guys running for the presidency, and you have a room full of people — people of color, people who are gay, transgender, documented, undocumented.
BlackLivesMatter  president  election  2016  Sanders  O'Malley 
july 2015 by Quercki - Candidates on the Issues
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politics  reference  election 
june 2015 by Quercki
How Scrappy Community and Labor Activists Took on a California Oil Giant—and Won - Working In These Times
It was not unusual for voters to receive four mailers a day, all labeled “major funding by Chevron.” In “independent expenditures” alone, Chevron spent more than $150 per person who actually voted. The RPA candidates spent around $220,000 altogether, including public matching funds, a ratio of 1 to 15 against Chevron’s dollars.

Chevron’s campaigning was so intense it prompted the Los Angeles Times to write, “For a corporation to manipulate a municipal election on this scale should be illegal.” Rachel Maddow on MSNBC devoted three shows to Chevron’s audacity.

But the three RPA candidates won decisively, as did the candidates they supported for mayor and for a fourth open seat. The results showed a clear slate vote.

How'd They Do It
How did the Davids of RPA beat the Chevron Goliath?

Chevron’s overreach allowed RPA to make corporate domination the issue. The company’s candidate, Nat Bates, said openly that his first act as mayor would be to go to Chevron and ask what it wanted. It was easy for RPA to argue, “Do you want independent candidates who can’t be bought?”

In the months before the election, RPA questioned Chevron’s civic concern again and again as its modernization project was debated. A poll showed voters were less likely to vote for candidates they knew Chevron supported.

Chevron’s dirty campaign energized RPA members but also had the unfortunate effect of turning off other voters, who saw the nastiness and turned away. Turnout was low.

RPA had a record of accomplishments in office and in the community: the lawsuit against Chevron; a $13 minimum wage; municipal ID cards to aid the undocumented; an end to driver’s license checkpoints; community policing and a lower crime rate; attracting a huge lab to Richmond with the potential for good new jobs; lower utility bills through an arrangement with a green energy company; cleaner air.

RPA members and officeholders had stopped a bid to build a casino, fought to keep a hospital open, and floated the idea of the city’s taking over underwater mortgages through eminent domain, to avoid foreclosures. The hospital fight earned them support from local members of the California Nurses Association and the union itself.
Richmond  Chevron  election  labor 
february 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: Perfectly Logical Calculations, and Why They're Actually Not
• Candidate A is sexist, and at worst will not make things any worse for women.
• Candidate B is sexist, and at best will not make things any worse for women.
• Therefore, feminists should vote for Candidate A.

I get why that appears to make sense—and for some FWs it does, particularly Democratic partisans, which is totally legitimate—but then there's that whole my vote is mine thing, and this subject is really bigger than for whom anyone will or will not vote, because the (typically) unspoken corollary to "Therefore, FWs should vote for Candidate A" is "...and they should not do anything to undermine him like point out that he is not their ally."
election  politics  feminism  voting  fair_pay  choice 
august 2012 by Quercki
Teller Reveals His Secrets | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine
7. If you are given a choice, you believe you have acted freely. This is one of the darkest of all psychological secrets. I’ll explain it by incorporating it (and the other six secrets you’ve just learned) into a card trick worthy of the most annoying uncle.

Read more:

THE SECRET(S) First, the preparation: I slip a queen of hearts in my right shoe, an ace of spades in my left and a three of clubs in my wallet. Then I manufacture an entire deck out of duplicates of those three cards. That takes 18 decks, which is costly and tedious (No. 2—More trouble than it’s worth).

When I cut the cards, I let you glimpse a few different faces. You conclude the deck contains 52 different cards (No. 1—Pattern recognition). You think you’ve made a choice, just as when you choose between two candidates preselected by entrenched political parties (No. 7—Choice is not freedom).
magic  politics  election 
february 2012 by Quercki
Politics Verbatim | Keeping politics on the record
About us
Politics Verbatim collects and categorizes the promises, proposals, arguments and attacks made by the two major-party candidates for governor in California. Our site allows voters to drill down on issues and hold the candidates accountable.
california  election  politics  2010  governor 
june 2010 by Quercki
Christine Payne Towler's CANDIDATE REVIEW.pdf (application/pdf Object)
What follows is a short dissertation on generational astrology; followed
by an analysis of the ways the transits that are happening right now -- especially transits
of the outer planets -- are affecting the American presidential candidates' charts at this
crucial time.
election  astrology 
november 2008 by Quercki
somehedgehog: Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly
Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly as a D&D episode
politics  election  funny 
november 2008 by Quercki
Swampland - » Blog Archive The Full Obama Interview «
I think that the immediate economic crisis and the consequent decline in oil prices has led us to a dangerous point where maybe we start thinking in terms of business as usual again.

The biggest problem with our energy policy has been to lurch from crisis to trance. And what we need is a sustained, serious effort. Now, I actually think the biggest opportunity right now is not just gas prices at the pump but the fact that the engine for economic growth for the last 20 years is not going to be there for the next 20, and that was consumer spending. I mean, basically, we turbo-charged this economy based on cheap credit. Whatever else we think is going to happen over the next certainly 5 years, one thing we know, the days of easy credit are going to be over because there is just too much de-leveraging taking place, too much debt both at the government level, corporate level and consumer level.
obama  politics  philosophy  food  energy  election 
november 2008 by Quercki
Joe Biden at Seattle fund raiser transcript says Obama will be tested - Lynn Sweet
"One of the things we're trying to do in this race is not just change the agenda, but we're trying to change the chessboard here. We're trying to change the way politicians have played, the divisive politics."

"Clinton was such an incredibly talented, incredibly talented president and politician, he was able to run upstream," Biden noted. "The truth of the matter was that if you noticed, even in those days, it was not a direct confrontation of the agenda. What we had to do was a little jujitsu."

"That was what drove the Republicans crazy - he took their playbook and he turned it on them."

As he has in the past, Biden described how the nation is at "an inflection point", one of "maybe five times in American history since the founding".

"The next four years are going to determine what it looks like 25 years from now because we either get this right internationally or we're in trouble," he said, citing the Korean peninsula and Pakistan as potential hot-spots.
economy  election  Biden  testing 
november 2008 by Quercki
David Brin's Official Web Site: "The Hidden Danger to Public Servants: BLACKMAIL" (article)
Moreover, consider this: Bribery is actually far less efficient and reliable than blackmail!

If you bribe an official or legislator or bureaucrat, they may demand more, next time, or simply say "I helped you enough, this year." But blackmail puts them in your pocket for good. It transforms the relationship, making him or her less a business associate and more your personal servant.

Has this scenario already been in play, among members of the present ruling caste?

Of course, the imagination can run wild -- colored by your degree of paranoia and your personal politics. (How else would you explain some decision patterns, in recent years, that seem relentlessly to benefit just a few hostile interest groups, over and over again, at great cost to the general commonwealth? Always start by listing the big winners.)
politics  election 
november 2008 by Quercki
Daily Kos: State of the Nation
The GOP is run by rich folks, and basically looks after their class interests; low taxes, no estate taxes, helping out business. However, there are not enough rich folks to elect a president, even if you count the toadies, the hangers-on, the wanna-bes and the folks who think they're rich but aren't. So the party has to use the religious right as its actual voters, and this group includes a fair number of folks who AREN'T rich.

To gather this group in, the GOP promises, but doesn't deliver, a return to a simpler age where abortion was done in back allies, gays were closeted family men who could be thrown in jail and the black folks and the Jews knew their place. It's been a 30-year exercise in stringing these folks along. The rich people who pay for the party have neither interest in making good nor incentive; once abortion is made nationally illegal a lot of the religious right probably won't bother turning up to vote.
politics  election  sarah.palin 
november 2008 by Quercki
Newseum | Today's Front Pages | Archive | Gallery View
Today's Front Pages > Wednesday, November 05, 2008. 730 front pages from 66 countries.
photo  media  obama  election  newpapers 
november 2008 by Quercki
Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide - Jeffrey Ressner -
Michelle Obama's senior year thesis at Princeton University, obtained from the campaign by Politico, shows a document written by a young woman grappling with a society in which a black Princeton alumnus might only be allowed to remain "on the periphery." Read the full thesis here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

"My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before," the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction. "I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong. Regardless of the circumstances underwhich I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second."

The thesis, titled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" and written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, in 1985,
obama  election  race 
november 2008 by Quercki
drawing of the presidents
obama  history  election 
november 2008 by Quercki
Urgent Reminder: Help Protect The Vote. Spread The Word - Jack & Jill Politics
The Voter Suppression Wiki is humming along, and we’re actually having an impact! You can help by completing steps to safeguard your vote before the election. We’ve had a handful of useful conversations to learn from and coordinate among various voter protection activists. The result of those meetings is a workshop report page on what to do in the final week.
october 2008 by Quercki
Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS
To help us navigate this electoral minefield, I'm joined by Mark Crispin Miller, He's a leading media studies scholar at New York University, where he's teaching a course this semester on "How to steal an election."

His new book, LOSER TAKE ALL: ELECTION FRAUD AND THE SUBVERSION OF DEMOCRACY 2000-2008, offers a twelve-step program to save democracy.

Mark Crispin Miller, welcome.
election  voting  video 
october 2008 by Quercki
ObamaMcCainResponses.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Campaign Responses to Questions from
The Association for Women in Science &
The Society of Women Engineers
SWE  election 
october 2008 by Quercki
Making Light: What kind of "Election Day unrest" are we talking about?
This is setting up a fraudulent racist narrative: that any unrest on Election Day will consist of inner-city blacks rioting because the black candidate didn’t win. Some of the things that narrative fails to take into account:

—The most notable recent instance of rioting while an election was in progress did not involve a local urban black population. It was in Florida in 2000, and the rioters were known Republican campaign operatives brought into the state on the national Republican Party’s nickel.

—The most recent instances of campaign-related violence or threats of violence were last week’s break-in and trashing of the Boston and Seattle offices of ACORN, and phoned-in death threats made to ACORN volunteers elsewhere. These happened in the wake of McCain, Palin, and the McCain organization making false and inflammatory statements about ACORN voter registration drives. The actual perpetrators of the break-ins and death threats are not yet known
election  vote_fraud  Oakland 
october 2008 by Quercki
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