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… the Results of the Early States affect Us here [#Ohio]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 23rd,2016

.. in my home state , early voting has begun . I have sent for my in – mail absentee ballot . It should be here at my home in a few days ..

.. you can do that [by mail] up to the day before the election [in our case , March 15th] . By then , you have to then do it the old – fashioned way [in person] ..

.. between now and then [February 17th and March 15th] , you can vote in person absentee at our state ‘ s individual county boards of elections . You can take your time , but not forever . other people will also want to take advantage of the electoral process ..

.. [h/t — ncsl.ORG]..
.. [link] to the website …

.. there are still quite a few states that do not have this voting feature . It has changed campaigning , no doubt . Whether it has changed campaigning for the better is still open to a great deal of question ..

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… You Can Never Tell [#campaign issue][#campaign 2016]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 15th,2016

.. yeah , sure , I want ObamaCrapCare gone . Dead and Buried . But , will it ?? ..

.. campaigns have a habit on their own of determining what issues seem important . Some issues come to the fore that people would never expect to be important .Yet , other issues , like the economy , are ” old reliables , ” and are always a part of the campaign debate …

.. [h/t — newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. so be patient . Also , expect the unexpected …

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… an Election is Coming [#Great Britain]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 2nd,2015

.. and it is going to be a wild one ..

.. when is it ? May 7th , 2015 ..

.. Great Britain has the House of Commons , which is where the election is for . There are a total of 650 constituencies in the House of Commons …

.. [h/t — en.Wikipedia.org]..
.. [link] to the blog article …

.. how many parties …

[at least the significant ones]

.. Conservative [Con] .. (right wing)

.. Labour [Lab] .. (left wing)

.. Liberal Democrats [LDP] .. (left of center moderate)

.. Green [Grn] .. (socialist)

.. UK Independence Party (right of center to conservative) [UKIP] ..

.. Democratic Union Party [DUP] (Northern Ireland) … (unionist)

.. Sinn Fein [SFN] (NI) .. (irish nationalist)

Sinn Fein does affect the number of seats needed to achieve a majority , because they do not actually take their seats . As a result , the actual total is reduced to 645 , and the # needed for a majority is reduced from 326 to 323 …

.. Scottish National Party [SNP] (Scotland) (left wing)

.. there are many other parties , but these are the ones that matter …

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… Funny Election Night [Colorado]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. well , you can call it that ..

.. in Colorado , it is a surprise ..

.. is it Tancredo ? Nope . Secretary of State Gessler ? Nope .

.. so , who ?

.. businessman and Townhall.com / Finance columnist Bob Beauprez . Beauprez is a former 3 term congressman in Colorado , so he is not unknown . He has also run statewide before [for the US Senate] , so his name is known statewide , as well .

.. I think that Beauprez has a much better than you think chance of unseating DemoCrap incumbent John Hickenweenie . Hickee is no bright light bulb , so Beauprez should be able to beat up on him but good ..

.. even better , he will be a big assist to Congresscritter Cory Gardiner , who is running for US Senate against Tom Udall ….

.. good luck to them both …

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… May POTUS be a [as the French put it]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 6th,2014

.. and join Francois Hollande in polite company …

.. to become a lame duck , or as the French put it … a carnard émasculé …

.. [h/t — BabaluBlog]…

.. [link] to the blogpost…

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… Big Shock in the Heartland [Election Law Case] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 25th,2014

.. I know this guy is a liberal , but he is the go – to guy on election law cases .

.. big shocker for Kansas and Arizona … they won their election law case yesterday in U.S. District Court . So , what does it mean ??

.. the U.S. Supreme Court case Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council laid out the path for the states to set out the requirement that they can require proof of citizenship after they register a voter ,

.. the same case sets out that while Congress sets out the time , place , and manner of elections , the states are allowed to set the qualifications , in concert with the U.S. Constitution ,

.. the federal Election Assistance Commision [created in 2001 in the wake of Bush v Gore controversy] cannot stop the states from requiring on their state – specific registration form that one ‘ s proof of one ‘ s citizenship is required and is allowed .

.. [h/t — ElectionLawBlog]..

.. [link] to Rick Hasen ‘ s analysis …

Today a federal court decided Kobach v. United States Election Assistance Commission.The upshot of this opinion, if it stands on appeal, is that states with Republican legislatures and/or Republican chief election officials are likely to require documentary proof of citizenship for voting, making it harder for Democrats to pursue a relatively simple method of voter registration.

The case is complicated and has a complex history, but here are the basics.

In 1993, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (or “motor voter”), which makes a number of changes at issue in federal elections. Among other things the law requires that states must accept from voters voter registrations submitted on a federal form for voting in congressional elections. Preparing this form used to be the responsibility of the Federal Election Commission, but when Congress created the U.S. Election Assistance Commission as part of its Help America Vote Act after the 2000 contested presidential election, it shifted responsibility for preparing the form to the EAC. The federal form approved by the EAC is a relatively simple form, and those who register voters like to use it for voter registration not only because it is easy, but because it is uniform across the country. Democratic-aligned groups like the federal form a lot.

Arizona had been fighting with the EAC for a while over whether the federal form has to require citizenship information for those who vote to register in Arizona. The EAC did not require such information (in fact deadlocking on the question a while back, in a story I tell in The Voting Wars.)  The dispute with Arizona eventually made it to the Supreme Court, which issued an opinion last year in Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council. In the case, the Supreme Court held that under the NVRA Arizona had to accept the federal form for voter registration, even without a proof of citizenship requirement.

While some promoted this opinion as a big victory for the federal government, I did not see it this way. The opinion by Justice Scalia, joined by the liberal Justices and others, contained a path for Arizona to get the case reversed.  I wrote The Supreme Court Gives States New Weapons in the Voting Wars, Daily Beast, June 17, 2013 and Are the Liberal Justices Savvy or Suckers? They are playing to beat John Roberts at his long game, Slate, July 1, 2013, expressing concerns about this case.

Here’s the issue. Inter-Tribal says that the federal government has plenary power to set the manner of conducting federal elections. But it also says that states have the power to set voter qualifications, and suggests that Congress cannot set a manner for voting in federal elections which deprives states of the ability to confirm that voters meet the state’s qualifications. Justice Scalia, for the majority, suggested that Arizona sue the EAC to get it to either change the federal form to require proof of citizenship for Arizona or get a court order for the EAC to do so.

Arizona, joined by Kansas, brought this case. The case is complicated by the fact that due to a dispute between Democrats and Republicans on the EAC, there are NO commissioners on the EAC. Justice Scalia noted the “nice question” of how the EAC is supposed to respond when it has no commissioners.  In the lawsuit, the Executive Director of the EAC, without any commissioners, issued an opinion rejecting Arizona’s request to add citizenship information.

In today’s decision, the federal district court makes three essential moves.

1. The judge expresses doubt, without resolving the question, whether the Executive Director of the EAC had the authority to decide this question.  The court said it was not necessary to resolve the question because even if the EAC had a full set of commissioners and voted 4-0 to reject Arizona’s request, the EAC would still lose for other reasons.

2. The judge expresses doubt, without resolving the question, whether Congress would have the authority in the NVRA to pass a law about voter registration which would block states from collecting information, such as citizenship information, necessary to verify voter qualifications. Again, it said it did not reach the issue.

3. The judge concludes that Congress in the NVRA did not expressly preempt states from requiring citizenship information (if it did, it would raise serious constitutional questions about the NVRA). In the absence of express preemption, and in light of the doubtful constitutional power to prevent states from collecting this information, the EAC was without power to deny Arizona and Kansas’s request to include the information on the federal form.

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I do not know how this case will fare as it works its way up on appeal.  I can see the arguments on both sides here—but this is exactly the path I feared after Inter Tribal. In the meantime, in states which impose citizenship requirements, the streamlined path of voter registration just got a whole less streamlined.

.. LEC here again — I included Rick ‘ s analysis , because nobody can explain this stuff more simply that I know of than Rick can . So , shamelessly , I lifted the whole thing …. I will be back with more once I have had a chance to read the judge ‘ s opinion …

.. also , it is out in the heartland — so , it should get picked up either by the 7th Appeals Circuit or the 10th Appeals Circuit . That will give it a decent to fairly good chance at being upheld on appeal . You can guarantee that this one will be appealed , especially with the loons at the Holder Department of InJustice and the radical maniacs in the Voting Rights Section .

.. to be honest , Scalia was a genius . He set out a roadmap for the states to follow , and got the Court ‘ s liberals to join him . This case was a 7 to 2 ruling , so it is a solid precedent . Nice going , Nino !! …

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… Waaah ! [Chris Matthews ‘ Election Forecast] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 19th,2014

.. it seems that even pMSNBC ‘ s star head – shrinker , Chris Matthews , is a pessimist about November ‘ s election forecast ….

.. I think that he is right (that is a first for me) …

.. no , I do not have the exact figures on what may happen in November . Also , the GOP has a habit of kicking away victory with ease … this time , though , I do not think so ….

.. fundraising has been good , but not spectacular . Both the NRCC and the NRSC have outraised their Democratic counterparts  . Also , the DemoCraps have to contend with O.F.A. , POTUS ‘ old campaign arm , in competing for funds . That competition will cause trouble for the Dems all year along . Candidate recruitment has been very good , so far …

Also , they have  to  cope with  the unpopularity of POTUS  . The money that the DemoCraps raise with POTUS ‘ help can be tainted and tagged and tarred right up against the Dems ‘ collective and individual backsides …

.. Enjoy , Dems ,  in getting your butts kicked !! …

.. [h/t — NationalReview]..

.. [link] to the pMSNBC video  segment …

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… It is Election Day , folks ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 5th,2013

… make sure that you get out and vote .

.. Who you vote for is your business . Ditto the issues that you choose to vote on , and how you choose to vote . All I ask of the folks that I know is that they get off their butts , and get out and vote ! …

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… Be Careful , International Election Monitors …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 2nd,2012

… monitor our elections , yes , you can …

… interfere with them , no you cannot , folks …

… if they seek to interfere with them , arrest them on the spot !

… make our own State Department come in to free them , and bring in the press when they do ! …

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… a Potential Game Changer in Missouri ? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 10th,2012

… i repeat ,  it is a potential game changer …

… it appears Sen Claire McCaskill and her husband , Joseph Shepard    , got caught making up to nearly $39 million in revenue from public housing subsidy contracts , and did not disclose it . Not on her U S Senate financial disclosure form(s) . Most possibly , not even on their tax returns . How many ways other than “Six Ways from Sunday” can you say stupid . Even worse , corrupt . Even more of a problem , criminal …

… Forget about her Senate financial disclosure forms . How about releasing the relevant years of federal income tax returns . Both of them are in very deep trouble . Not to mention her campaign against Todd Akin …

… Yea , I know , Akin stuck his foot waaaay into his mouth . But Missouri is in the heart of the Bible Belt , folks . Their tolerance for corruption is far lower than that of an idiot sticking his foot in his mouth …

… This election is back in the tossup category . It may even be potentially be within reach for Akin , if he can prosecute the argument adequately …

{gateway pundit}

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