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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.”

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Nick Sorrentino
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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.

 

Too Much Public Discussion About Fed These Days?

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Source: http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org
 
By Hunter Lewis
 

Too Much Public Discussion About Fed These Days?

 

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No, too little.

Richard Fisher merits every bit of his outstanding reputation as head of the Dallas Fed. But we think he is wrong to suggest that the selection of the new Fed chairman should be kept out of politics.

The Fed is no more an apolitical institution than the Supreme Court. It is simply a political institution which has lost its way. Right now it is run by professors with a theory, a theory that is grounded in little logic and few facts. These professors, who have no prior management experience themselves, are taking the US right over a cliff. We need more political oversight, not less, because that is the only way to fire these people and replace them with more practical people.

We do not need any more back room deals in which special interests are well represented, but not the voters. Nor do we need self-appointed elites telling the people not to be concerned, because it is too complicated for them to understand. It is only hard to understand because these elites intentionally obfuscate and confuse. And they are often aided and abetted by the media.

The chairman of the Fed arguably has more power over the economy than the president. Yet most voters are completely unaware of what the Fed does. When the media says that the Fed “buys bonds,” they are are not told that this means the Fed is creating new money out of thin air. In particular, voters are not told that about the Fed’s key role in blowing up the dot com and housing bubbles and in bailing out Wall St at the expense of Main St and the average American.

Monetary politics was not always conducted in secret, away from scrutiny even of Congress. The Constitution puts Congress in charge of money and we have had great debates about the management of money in American history. Just take a moment to read President Andrew Jackson’s veto of the Second Bank of the United States Act (this bank was the Fed of its day) or William Jennings Bryan’s famous cross of gold speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president.

The Fed more than any other player is responsible for today’s collapse in real income for the average American and accompanying crony capitalist corruption. We should be having a very public debate about the appointment of the next Fed chairman. Voters ought to learn enough to have a view and express that view to Congress. The monetary elite have failed the people. The people need to change this in the only way they can, by speaking up to their elected representatives.

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John Stossel – Detroit Gutted By Government

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John Stossel – Detroit Gutted By Government

 

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John Stossel discusses the demise that is Detroit with guests Darcy Olsen and Shikha Dalmia, regarding causes behind the Detroit collapse and other cities following a different model running in the black unlike the bankrupt situation facing Detroit.

Thinking Sandy Springs, Georgia is a model worth much more study.

Report: How GOP lost young voters

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Source: http://libertycalling.net/

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

East TN – Wheel Tax is latest ploy demonstrating hypocrisy of Republicans

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Wheel Tax is latest ploy demonstrating hypocrisy of Republicans

 

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Blount County voters will once again decide if they wish to pay a Wheel Tax, in the specially called election on June 11. The cost to the taxpayers for the special election will be at least $80,000, but saving money is of little concern to the resolution sponsors who have a habitual history of tax and fee increases. The Wheel Tax is the latest demonstration that being a Republican doesn’t necessarily mean limited government and low taxes.

All 21 members of the Blount County Commission were elected as Republicans in 2010, at a time when people were angry with Democrats and calling for a return to constitutionally limited government. The Blount County Republican Party sent a post card mailer warning people not to vote for local Democrats because of the big tax and spending Democrats in Washington DC. The three Democrats on the Commission were easily defeated.

Blount County voters handily defeated a wheel tax in 2006, with 71% of the voters rejecting it. Voters rejected a sales tax increase in 2008. Both of these votes took place prior to the current Commission, but Republicans had a super majority on the previous Commission, with a majority of the current Commissioners sitting on the previous Commission.

The current all-Republican Commission voted to raise the property tax rate the first year of their new term in 2011. While some of the Republican Commissioners voted against the tax increase, many of them voted for most or all of the spending that caused the tax increase, which makes them guilty of big spending and culpable for the tax increase.

Instead of creating a Committee to cut waste, the Commission created a Committee to Study Lost Revenue. The all-Republican Commission finished out the last month of the first year of their current term with litigation fee increases, with the resolution reading “WHEREAS, Blount County is in need of additional revenue.”

Rather than increase property tax in the second year of the current term, a sales tax increase was proposed in 2012. Blount County voters defeated the proposed sales tax increase a second time, but with a much narrower margin of defeat than in 2008.

Now the Wheel Tax is back, as the all-Republican Commission faces a huge spending increase from Blount County Schools, in its third year. The timing of the special election is interesting, the middle of June when School is out and people are taking vacations. The Commission has been unable to get voters in November elections, when voter turnout is at its highest, to approve tax increases. The date of the election appears to be deliberately set to catch people off guard so that the tax can be slid through, knowing that government employees usually vote, while hoping that those opposed are unaware or busy during the specially called election.

Republicans gave Blount Countians a property tax increase and fee increases in their first year. Republicans tried to give Blount Countians a sales tax increase in their second year. Now Blount Countians are faced with a Wheel Tax. The Commission could implement a Wheel Tax on its own authority with a two-thirds majority vote during two consecutive Commission meetings. Republican Commissioners don’t want to do this, partly because they hope to get the voter to do it for them.
The other reason is because the Wheel Tax won’t fix the School Budget problem entirely. The $86.8 million School Budget means a funding deficit of $6.9 million. Commissioner Holden Lail, one of the Wheel Tax resolution sponsors who is a retired Blount County educator and is married to Blount County educator, doesn’t know how much the Wheel Tax will actually generate. Estimates range from $2.5-3.5 million, which is far short of the $6.9 million needed. The Commission would then have to decide whether to increase the property tax rate to fund the deficit or tell the School Board to cut its budget.

The Wheel Tax proposal is sloppy, slothful and sly. It’s sloppy because the amount it generates is unknown but the best estimate shows it only providing about half of the requested increase. It’s slothful because it raises taxes without making any attempt to cut wasteful spending. It’s sly because it’s planned to avoid a general election so that County employees can ramrod it through.

The people of Blount County need to critically evaluate the performance of this all-Republican Commission. Voters have rejected all proposed tax increases, while the all Republican Commission has proposed a tax increase each year. Republicans railed about the dangers of big government Democrats in Washington DC in 2010, but the people of Blount County have an all-Republican Commission that hasn’t gone a single year without trying to increase taxes since their rhetoric about the Democrats in Washington DC.


Tona thumbnailTona Monroe, East Tennessee Government Examiner

Tona Monroe, a regular contributor to BCPublicRecord.com, is actively involved in state and local politics having a keen desire for restoring privacy and our right to travel. She resides in Greenback, Tenn. with her husband and dogs and enjoys a healthy lifestyle and dog rescue work.

 

Fluoride Bill gives voters a voice

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Source: http://www.examiner.com

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Fluoride Bill gives voters a voice

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Utility companies are entrusted with precious resources and often have a government granted monopoly on the products provided to their customers. Goods and services provided by companies that face competition must work to earn your business. Competition is good for consumers, but it’s usually lacking with utility companies.

Water is essential to life. No one would live more than a few days without it, yet few people live in an environment where it’s feasible to dig a well. Thus, most people are dependent upon water supplied from a municipal source monopoly.

The problem is further compounded with Water Boards in Tennessee because many of these Boards are unelected and get to select the nominees that local elected officials must make their appointments from. It’s a closed loop system where unelected Boards get to choose unelected nominees. Customers must address their grievances with the local elected official who has the precarious job of choosing from the list of people the unelected Board provides. Customers can address their concerns to the Board, but members face no fear of defeat in upcoming elections since they are appointed, and worse, are able to choose the nominees for the appointments. Usually these Boards re-nominate themselves.

There is no mandate to fluoridate the water provided to customers in Tennessee. Several Water Boards stopped fluoridating when legislator Joey Hensley M.D. sent a letter to the Boards informing them of some of health dangers with adding fluoride compounds to water.

Many still continue the practice of fluoridating though. Hensley was frustrated with the lack of accountability of the Water Boards in his district so he passed legislation in the House to require the Boards in his district to be elected. The legislation didn’t pass in the Senate.

HB 1186 by Representative John DeBerry and SB 1211 by Senator Stacey Campfield will give voters a say in whether they want water fluoridation to continue, if their Board is fluoridating. As written, the bill doesn’t allow for a vote to add fluoride to areas where there is no fluoridation. It only allows for citizens who have previously had no voice on the matter to say whether they wish for the practice to continue. This legislation brings together the unusual combination of a Democratic sponsor in Memphis with an ultraconservative Republican in East Tennessee, showing that thoughtful comprise can be good for the democratic process.

, East Tennessee Government Examiner

Tona Monroe, a regular contributor to BCPublicRecord.com, is actively involved in state and local politics having a keen desire for restoring privacy and our right to travel. She resides in Greenback, Tenn. with her husband and dogs and enjoys a healthy lifestyle and dog rescue work.

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Here is the link to HB1186 and SB121.

Added note taken from www.bcpublicrecord.com:

Below is the information for the committee that will hear this bill on 3/12.

Rep. Art Swann, Chariman R 615-741-5481
Rep. Kent Calfee  R 615-741-7658
Rep. Charles Curtiss  D 615-741-1963
Rep. Barry Doss  R 615-741-7476
Rep. Pat Marsh  R  615-741-6824
Rep. Jason Powell  D 615-741-6861
Rep. Curry Todd  R 615-741-1866
Rep. Tim Wirgau  R 615-741-6804

rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.barry.doss@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.tim.wirgau@capitol.tn.gov

Additionally, these same members are the same legislators to contact in support of the smart meter bill.

Are voters finally fed-up enough to go for the block?

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Source: http://www.examiner.com

By Lori Stacey

From the far left to the far right and everywhere in between, American voters are more dissatisfied with the choices of only Barack Obama or Mitt Romney than perhaps anytime in our nation’s history. Thanks to the internet and alternative media sources, voters also are more aware than ever before that there are other choices on the ballot or available via certified write-in status and are finding out about them long before the shock of seeing their actual ballot on election day when it is often too late to research who the other candidates are or what they stand for.

The sham and concerted effort by the entire political system itself and the national mainstream media to try to hide, belittle or exclude the other choices has perhaps reached such a truly un-American level of stench that maybe, just maybe, voters will have finally decided that they have had enough.

The truth is that millions of Americans are finding alternative party, independent and official write-in candidates that they don’t have to plug their nose to vote for and can get excited about. Whether it is Ron Paul that is expected to be a certified write-in candidate in at least a dozen states, Dr. Jill Stein or Gary Johnson that appeal to social liberals, Vigil Goode or others that appeal to social conservatives, the truth is that the field of candidates running outside the 2-party sham on America are offering real choices that people can support. What they seem to have in common is their recognition that we must get the federal government back in adherence with our constitution, defend our freedoms and finally bring our troops home.

If voters finally stand up on their own set of principles and ideals and just vote for the best individual candidate rather than settling for a major party label, at least a powerful message of blowback will finally be heard in Washington, DC. If enough people reject Obama and Romney, it could result in some state victories for the other candidates. If each of the most popular alternative candidates were able to pick off victories in a state or two each, it could be possible to block both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney from reaching the required 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election outright. Then it would be thrown to the US House to decide and they would of course choose either Romney or Obama. The important thing though is that the 2-party monster of menace would never be the same again.

A group of teenagers put together a video plea to vote only for candidates that will stand up for our founding principles and save their future. They are involved in the organization www.im2moro.org. It is currently going viral across the web. (see video) Will the adults actually take their advice and vote on principle or cave yet again to party loyalty that is bringing our nation to its knees? Aren’t we supposed to be electing a person to live on Pennsylvania Avenue, not a party?

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, DC Conservative Examiner

Lori Stacey has been passionate about politics all her life. She started working on political campaigns going back to Ronald Reagan’s first bid for the White House while growing up in Sacramento. In November 2010, she ran for Secretary of State of South Dakota for the Constitution Party. Lori…

 

Egypt’s military warns protesters over presidential election result

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Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

By , Cairo

8:30PM BST 22 Jun 2012

Egypt’s military warns protesters over presidential election result

Egypt’s ruling military council on Friday warned it would use its powers to overcome protesters’ threats to confront the regime if it announced a former general won last week’s presidential election.

Egypt's military warns protesters over presidential election result

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Morsy chant slogans during a rally at Tahrir Square in Cairo Photo: REUTERS

In a strongly worded statement, it blamed the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsi, of stirring up emotions that drew thousands into Cairo’s Tahrir Square as a mounting political crisis threatened to come to a head.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said everyone should accept its “legal decisions” and refused to reverse its dissolution of parliament and its declaration reserving sweeping powers and a constitutional veto.

“The army and the police will combat any attacks on Egypt’s public or private institutions and enforce the law immediately,” a spokesman said. He intoned his statement invisibly from behind a screen on state television, using the menacing style of the decades-long military dictatorship of the deposed and now ailing president Hosni Mubarak.

The statement was repeated on state radio throughout the afternoon. Mr Morsi retorted that the generals were defying the democratic will of the people and said protests would go on. The Brotherhood has claimed that he won a narrow but clear victory.

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How Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You

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Source: http://www.propublica.org

By Lois Beckett

Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services.

The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used for political targeting.

How Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You

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In one sense, campaigns are doing a more sophisticated version of what they’ve always done through the post office — sending political fliers to selected households. But the Internet allows for more subtle targeting. It relies not on email but on advertisements that surfers may not realize have been customized for them.

Campaigns use voters records to assemble lists of people they’re trying to reach — for instance, “registered Republicans that have made a donation,” Yahoo’s director of sales Andy Cotten told ProPublica. Microsoft and Yahoo help campaigns find these people online and then send them tailored ads.

These messages don’t just pop up in Yahoo Mail or Hotmail. Because Microsoft and Yahoo operate huge networks that provide advertising on some of the most popular web destinations, targeted ads can appear when a voter visits a swath of different sites.

Microsoft and Yahoo said they safeguard the privacy of their users and do not share their users’ personal information directly with the campaigns. Both companies also said they do not see the campaigns’ political data, because the match of voter names and registration data is done by a third company. They say the matching is done to target groups of similar voters, and not named individuals.

According to Microsoft, President Obama’s re-election campaign has recently done this kind of targeting, and both national political parties have done so previously.

The marketing site ClickZ, the Wall Street Journal, Slate and others have previously noted the ability of campaigns to target online ads to specific groups of voters. But what has not been detailed is which companies are now making the targeting possible by providing users’ personal information — and which have decided it’s off-limits.

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Obama to Legalize Illegal Immigration by Decree; Will Add 800,000 Voters In November

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Source: http://www.shtfplan.com

By Mac Slavo

Obama to Legalize Illegal Immigration by Decree; Will Add 800,000 Voters In November

In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression in which millions of Americans have lost jobs we can expect even more competition in the employment marketplace.

According to AP sources, President Obama will speak today about a new administration policy that will grant immunity from deportation for some 800,000 immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation.

Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.

Source: AP

Opponents of the new policy argue that the move will not only add pressure to an already struggling economy, education and healthcare system, but will likely strengthen Obama’s position in the upcoming Presidential election by adding hundreds of thousands of new voters sentimental to democrat candidates.

While it is illegal to vote in a Presidential election unless you are a U.S. citizen, the only thing a would-be voter needs to cast a ballot is proof of residency (in most States, not even that is required), which is easily obtainable once immunity or legal status is granted.

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