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These States Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Adults

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These States Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Adults

 

One time only please.

One time only please.

 

Now I wonder why that would be allowed to happen?

 

I know that it’s a common talking point among some to argue that voter fraud is not pervasive. Anyone who has lived in New Orleans, West Virginia, Chicago, New Jersey, Baltimore, or voted in the GOP primary in Maine in 2012, can tell you otherwise. It’s a problem.

Of course it’s only a problem for those of us who are not part of the political class which benefits from such fraud.

(From The Blaze.com)
 
“Dirty voter rolls mean dirty elections,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said during Monday’s press conference. “Many states are shirking their legal responsibilities to maintain clean voter rolls. This undermines confidence in our election system and outrageously, the Obama Justice Department simply refuses to enforce the federal law that requires states to take responsible steps to clean voter rolls. Judicial Watch is now doing the job of the U.S. Justice Department.”

Click here for the article and to see the states.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

Blount County Tax Revolt Issues Endorsements for Local Primary Elections

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Blount County Tax Revolt Issues Endorsements for Local Primary Elections

 

Here are the endorsements for the May 6, 2014 local County Primary elections, along with a School Board endorsement for the August 7 primary.

http://www.blountcountytaxrevolt.com/

We have endorsed the following candidates for:

County Commission Republican Primary:

District 1 Seat A:    Archie Archer
District 1 Seat B:    [no endorsement]
District 2 Seat A:    Mike Akard
District 2 Seat B:    Douglas Benton
District 3 Seat A:    Sean Thompson
District 3 Seat B:    Chipper Wyatt
District 4 Seat A:    Linda King
District 4 Seat B:    Karen Miller
District 4 Seat C:    [no endorsement]
District 5 Seat A:    [no endorsement]
District 5 Seat B:    Wade Masters
District 6 Seat A:    Thomas Cole
District 6 Seat B:    [no endorsement]
District 7 Seat A:    Troy Ball
District 7 Seat B:    Tona Monroe
District 8 Seat A:    [no endorsement]
District 8 Seat B:    [candidate withdrew]
District 9 Seat A:    [no endorsement]
District 9 Seat B:    Steve Simon
District 10 Seat A:    Jamie Daly*
District 10 Seat B:    Larry Henry

County Commission Democrat Primary:

District 4 Seat A:    Richard Neal Hutchens

General Sessions Judge:

Division 2: Kenlyn Foster

County School Board:

District 7: Stan Giles*

For other positions, please check back later.  There is a chance there may be one more endorsement.

Don’t forget, early voting is April 16 through May 1.  Election Day is May 6.

Click here for a printable list.  You can print this and stick it to your fridge as a reminder,

or give copies to your neighbors.  Here’s the URL for hand outs.  http://blountcountytaxrevolt.com/

* Stan Giles was originally endorsed for District 10 seat A.  He dropped out to run for School Board District 7.  Our endorsement follows him, and we are supporting Jamie Daly for Seat A.  The school board election will take place in August.  I will update this with specific dates.

 

Nigel Farage: Europe Run by Big Banks, Big Business and Big Bureaucrats (Video)

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Nigel Farage: Europe Run by Big Banks, Big Business and Big Bureaucrats (Video)

 

European elections are coming.

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Republican Crony Class: 2014 Elections will be a throwdown, Washington must “shed the trappings of royalty.”

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Republican Crony Class: 2014 Elections will be a throwdown, Washington must “shed the trappings of royalty.”

 

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The battle for the heart of the GOP is on. The establishment Republican Party is not concerned with liberty, it is concerned with power. As freedom and dignity ebb away, day by day, month by month, for the average person, the GOP leadership cruises along muttering under its breath about the Tea Party. The turd in the punch bowl. The party poopers. The guys and gals who actually want to reverse the growth of government. Don’t the small government people know that there is no money in taking favors away from donors.

The establishment GOP cares about losing elections (but not so much as to actually stand up for small government), and losing chairmanships, and not getting that sweet lobbying job for their wife, son, daughter, or for themselves when they exit the Senate or House. They didn’t come to DC to be poor after all.

In the attached article Professor Angelo Codevilla of Boston University examines the war currently being waged in the halls of Washington and on the Net. He says there is one way for the GOP to remain relevant and that is for it to truly embrace small government and to abandon crony capitalism.

Yeah.

(From The Daily Caller)
 
“Why is the Republican leadership part of the ruling class? Because it has constituents other than Republican voters,” he said. “And these constituents are the large corporations and the various monied interests that happen to be the same as the people who support the Democratic Party.”
 
Codevilla also described the lure of power: “There is also another factor — and that is the attraction of power, the attraction of prestige, the attraction of favorable treatment by the media, easy access to the universities and to the prestigious foundations, to the best dinner parties, the A-list in Washington, etc. These things are enormously attractive.”

Click here for the article.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

Report: How GOP lost young voters

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By Judy Morris

Report: How GOP lost young voters

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There can be no doubt that the GOP is shocked over it’s election loses and the fact that it’s lost the youth vote. However, the reasons it offers for its ballot box failures completely miss and/or ignore any reference whatsoever to issues that are important to the young, like civil liberties, foreign policy, drug laws and the contentious social issues.

Politico reports:
A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation’s leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO on Sunday.

The College Republican National Committee on Monday made public a detailed report — the result of extensive polling and focus groups — dissecting what went wrong for Republicans with young voters in the 2012 elections and how the party can improve its showing with that key demographic in the future.

It’s not a pretty picture. In fact, it’s a “dismal present situation,” the report says.

The 95-page study, which looked at the party’s views on social and economic issues, as well as its messaging and outreach, echoes a March report on the election debacle issued by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, which presented a devastating assessment of the party’s current state of affairs.

But in some ways the new report from inside the GOP tent is even more scathing and ominous — since it comes from the party’s next generation.
Titled the “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” the report is sharply critical of the GOP on several fronts.

Read the rest at Politico:
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/gop-youth-vote-report-92119.html#ixzz2VCe87NOK

Why Do Politicians All Sound the Same?

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Posted by LearnLiberty

Published on May 27, 2013

Could you tell the difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during the last election debates? To many people, they sounded more or less the same. If you’re wondering why this was the case, it’s not because they agree. During elections, political party platforms move to the middle, to attract what is called the “median voter”, essentially, the Independents and the voters closest to the middle. A Democrat expects to get votes from the most extreme Democrats, and a Republican expects to get votes from the most extreme Republicans. In a two-party system, there usually isn’t another viable option to vote for.

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Just a side note or two, as we have seen, even recently, politicians from both sides gather major funding from many of the same banking and Wall Street interests.  Also, the definition of a “viable” candidate?  Unfortunately, for most people this is defined by the endorsement of the bobble heads reading scripts on the mainstream media.

TN State Legislature Truth Updates April 5, 2013

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State Legislature Truth Updates April 5, 2013Source: http://www.bcpublicrecord.com

By Tona

State Legislature Truth Updates April 5, 2013

 

Last week in the Tennessee General Assembly, House bills requiring labeling of GMO foods and seeds were deferred until 2014.  House Subcommittees are shutting down for the year, while Committees finish hearing bills as the legislature prepares to begin budget discussions.

This week, a bill prohibiting United Nations representatives from monitoring elections in Tennessee failed in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.  A bill making evidence obtained by drones inadmissible in court, except when a warrant is obtained or in exigent and authorized exceptions, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously.  The bill authorizes civil suits against law enforcement agencies to prevent or stop violations of the legislation.

Several tax bills are moving forward.  The House unanimously passed a bill reducing the sales tax on food ¼ of a % saving about $25 million a year which is about $3.50 per individual.  This makes the State portion of sales tax on foods 5%.  A bill raising the Hall income tax exemption levels for senior citizens in 2013 from $16,200 to $33,000 for single filers and from $27,000 to $59,000 for joint filers passed the Senate Tax Subcommittee.  Tennessee has the highest beer tax rate in the nation.  The Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 removes the wholesaler beer tax of 17% replacing it with a flat tax of $35.60 per barrel.  The legislation is moving forward in both the House and Senate.

The Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013 passed the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee and is headed to the floor next week.  The state workers’ compensation system was established in 1919.  Tennessee is one of only two States to adjudicate workers’ compensation claims in the trial courts, causing medical costs related to workers’ compensation to be some of the highest in the nation.  The overhaul is suppose to make the system more efficient by allowing allow workers to receive benefits faster and return to work sooner.  The bill has already passed the Senate 28-2, with Blount County Senator Doug Overbey voting against it.

A bill allowing State legislators to nominate their parties candidate for general elections of US Senators was taken off notice.  This bill attempted to partially return the process of selecting Senators back to State legislature.  The 17th amendment to the US Constitution allegedly ratified 100 years ago, requires popular election of US Senators, although some States were already doing this prior to the amendment.  A copy of the State Legislative Journals documenting the ratification process of the 17th amendment in Tennessee is available at www.bcpublicrecord.com.  This reporter visited the Tennessee State Library and Archives to obtain documentation of Tennessee’s ratification process for the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments to the federal Constitution and is happy to share those documents.

This is Tona Monroe with Blount County Public Record.  I am delighted to bring you these weekly State legislative updates and thank Truth Radio for the opportunity.  For more information on these bills, visit www.bcpublicrecord.com.

 

U.S. Supreme Court takes aim at Voting Rights Act

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The Associated Press  |  Posted: Feb 27, 2013 4:49 PM ET  |  Last Updated: Feb 27, 2013 5:25 PM ET

U.S. Supreme Court takes aim at Voting Rights Act

Activists distribute pro-voting rights placards outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Egan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure’s vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested that other important laws in U.S. history had run their course. “Times change,” Kennedy said during the fast-paced, 70-minute argument.

Kennedy’s views are likely to prevail on the closely divided court, and he tends to side with his more conservative colleagues on matters of race.

The court’s liberals and conservatives engaged in a sometimes tense back-and-forth over whether there is still a need in 2013 for the part of the voting rights law that requires states with a history of discrimination against blacks, mainly in the Deep South, to get approval before making changes in the way elections are held.

Justice Antonin Scalia called the law a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, a vocal skeptic of the use of race in all areas of public life, cited a variety of statistics that showed starker racial disparities in some aspects of voting in the northeastern state of Massachusetts than in the southern state of Mississippi. Then he asked the government’s top Supreme Court lawyer whether the Obama administration thinks “the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?”

The answer from Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was no.

Location of law

The question, and others like it from the conservative justices, largely echoed the doubts they first expressed four years ago in a similar case that ended without resolving the constitutionality of the latest renewal of the voting rights law, in 2006. They questioned whether there remain appreciable differences between the locations covered by the law and those that are not.

They also wondered whether there was any end in sight for a provision that intrudes on states’ rights to conduct elections and which was regarded as an emergency response to decades of state-sponsored discrimination in voting, despite the U.S Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment guarantee of the vote for black Americans.

People wait in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

People wait in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The provision shifted the legal burden and required governments that were covered to demonstrate that their proposed changes would not discriminate. Another part of the voting rights law, not being challenged, allows for traditional, after-the-fact claims of discrimination in voting and applies across the country.

As his administration was defending the voting rights law, U.S. President Barack Obama was across the street at the Capitol unveiling a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who in 1955 famously refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white man. The court will have to decide whether the conditions that gave rise to that seminal event are, like the statue, a part of history, or whether they persist in parts of the nation.

Defer decision

The court’s four liberal justices, including Obama appointees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, appeared uniformly to be willing to defer to the decision by Congress that more progress needs to be made before freeing states from the special federal monitoring.

Those justices aggressively questioned Bert Rein, the lawyer representing Shelby County, Alabama, a southern state, in its challenge to the law.

Sotomayor acknowledged some parts of the South had changed, but she asserted that recent voting rights lawsuits in Alabama suggested that Shelby County, near Birmingham, has not made sufficient progress.

“Why would we vote in favour of a county whose record is the epitome of what caused the passage of this law to start with?” Sotomayor asked.

Kagan chimed in that any formula devised by Congress “would capture Alabama,” where she said certain discriminatory voting practices have persisted.

But Rein said the issue was whether the formula in place, using statistics that are at least 40 years old, remains a valid way to determine which locations have to ask for permission to make voting changes.

Protection of minorities

Debo Adegbile, a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund, argued to the court on behalf of local Alabama elected officials and civil rights leaders. He sought to show the justices that there is a current need for the law, an effort to counter the court’s admonition four years ago that current conditions, not history alone, must justify the continuing application of the law. The NAACP is a leading civil rights organization.

In 2011, Adegbile said, a judge in Alabama cited state lawmakers’ derogatory references to African-Americans as a reason to continue to protect minority voters through the Voting Rights Act.

But Roberts challenged the lawyer. “Have there been episodes, egregious episodes of the kind you are talking about in states that are not covered?” the chief justice asked.

Absolutely, Adegbile replied.

“Well, then it doesn’t seem to help you make the point that the differential between covered and noncovered continues to be justified,” Roberts said.

The requirement currently applies to the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. It also covers certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South Dakota, and some local jurisdictions in Michigan and New Hampshire. Coverage has been triggered by past discrimination not only against blacks, but also against American Indians, Asian-Americans, Alaska Natives and Hispanics.

Among the covered states, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas are siding with Shelby County, while California, Mississippi, New York and North Carolina argue that the law should be upheld.

Nearly 250 of the 12,000 state, county and local governments covered by the law have used an escape hatch to get out from under the special oversight by demonstrating that they and smaller places within their borders no longer discriminate in voting. The 10 covered towns in New Hampshire are poised to exit as they await federal court approval for an agreement between the state and the Justice Department.

A decision is expected by late June.

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Next News Network Interviews Jim Babka from DownSizeDC.com

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Gary Franchi from NextNewsNetwork interviews Jim Babka from DownSizeDC.com.  Topics discussed include proposed bills, Congress and Senate actions, the influences behind the decisions we see out of DC along with the need to fix the two party system to open up future elections.

Free & Equal’s Christina Tobin Interviews Emmy Award-Winning Whistle Blower Amber Lyon

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Amber-LyonChristina Tobin of Free & Equal interviews Amber Lyon, Emmy Award winning journalist and whistle blower.  Free & Equal has been on the fore front against the limited choices that We The People have been stuck with thanks to the two party duopoly sitting in D.C.  Please visit Free & Equal and support their actions as best you can.  The lead in and interview to follow.

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Emmy Award-Winning Whistle Blower Amber Lyon Broke Away from CNN; Here’s Her Side of the Story!

Free & Equal empowers people to demand liberty, honesty and integrity from those they vote for. Amber Lyon is encouraging Americans to demand the same from journalists. Together, honest journalism and open elections can transform America – and that change is already beginning.

Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, became famous during the Arab Spring, when she reported on Bahrain’s human rights violations and couldn’t get CNN to air certain stories; she investigated further and discovered that CNN was in fact was taking money from dictators worldwide in exchange for content.

Since Amber Lyon was fired after over a year of conflict with her bosses, she has been pursuing her vision of journalism by acting “as a watchdog of government and a muckraker, not a puppet.”

Free & Equal is dedicated to supporting integrity like Amber’s by uniting all honest media, musicians, authors, leaders, and providing support for grassroots movements and causes, including breaking the stranglehold of the two-party system.

 Many millions of passionate, hardworking Americans want honest and accurate media. Tough-minded journalists can break away from the networks and work independently to expose the elite. Amber Lyon is the beginning of a movement to create honest, high-quality media with her website www.muckraker.com. Amber Lyon is blazing a trail, and you’ll want to hear all about her bravery and innovative plans for the future of journalism!
Listen to Christina and Amber discuss this powerful, positive movement for honesty and toughness in journalism!

Free & Equal’s next two podcasts will feature Intellectual Revolution’s Ty Loomis and Matt McKinney (www.intellectualrevolution.tv). Then 2012 Presidential Candidates -Gov. Gary Johnson of Libertarian Party (www.garyjohnson2012.com) and Jill Stein of the Green Party (www.jillstein.org). Stay tuned!

Creating honest media can only be done with the help of people who are tired of mainstream misdirection.

You can subscribe to the Free & Equal podcast through iTunes directly or through Podomatic at this link. You also can listen to the show through the Free & Equal mobile app currently available for the Android device and soon to be available for iPhone.

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