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    I think they're trying to make her appear ditzy/immature or something... as if someone who can enjoy the moment in life and be silly is those things.

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    right. it seems to have fallen completely flat.

    i also smiled at this: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls Trump a ‘Motherf-cker’ While Promising Impeachment

    i know all trump supporters will join me in lauding her as they respect politicians who speak freely and say what's on their minds, right?

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    Unfortunately for him, no one wants to grab him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alasdairm View Post
    right. it seems to have fallen completely flat.

    i also smiled at this: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls Trump a ?Motherf-cker? While Promising Impeachment

    i know all trump supporters will join me in lauding her as they respect politicians who speak freely and say what's on their minds, right?

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    I'm reminded of the phrase 'be the change' which was often bandied about here. Shame politicians don't adhere to it in the slightest.

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    Today was Day 1 for the new congress, no? How'd they do now that the Dems took charge? Oh, they voted unanimously to go home after a grueling 4h session. That'll send a message.

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    Good work! FFS

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLoveBandit View Post
    I'm reminded of the phrase 'be the change' which was often bandied about here. Shame politicians don't adhere to it in the slightest.
    sounds like wanting cake and eat it...

    alasdair

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    Quote Originally Posted by alasdairm View Post
    sounds like wanting cake and eat it...

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    Perhaps it is more a concern over people being hypocritical.

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    Looks like the 2018 midterms aren't going to be over until Nov. 2019:

    Last Thursday was the first day of the 116th Congress, but only 434 representatives took office. One seat remains vacant: the North Carolina 9th District, where the outcome remains in doubt as a result of possible election fraud. Accusations of misconduct by a Republican operative continue to pile up, but the investigation is, somehow, likely an even longer way from a conclusion than it was last month. Now, the courts and the new U.S. House of Representatives are considering getting involved and may decide whether the 9th District hosts an entirely new election later this year.

    Over the last few weeks, more witnesses have given statements supporting the allegation that Leslie McCrae Dowless, a consultant working on behalf of Republican Mark Harris's campaign, coordinated an effort to illegally collect (and, perhaps, destroy) absentee ballots.1 When we last wrote about the scandal in December, there was already plenty of suspicion surrounding Dowless; since then, more voters have signed affidavits saying Dowless personally collected their absentee ballot, which is illegal in North Carolina. According to one voter's statement, at one point Dowless said he had "over 800 ballots in his possession." Another affidavit, from a member of a local elections board, suggested that county elections officials may have given Dowless access to absentee voters sensitive personal information, like Social Security numbers. The affidavit claimed that, when elections staff discovered absentee-ballot request forms that they believed were forged, one local official (who has since resigned) contacted Dowless rather than taking the issue to the state board of elections. Dowless himself has said in the past that he encouraged local officials to contact his team, rather than the voters whose names were on the absentee-ballot applications, if there were any problems with the forms he and his crew submitted.

    We also learned that, over the last two years, state investigators repeatedly tried to bring suspected absentee-ballot fraud in the 2016 election to the attention of local district and U.S. attorneys. State officials specifically recommended in January 2018 that criminal charges be brought against Dowless for illegally collecting absentee ballots in 2016, but prosecutors apparently did not act on this recommendation or the previous tips. The Washington Post also reported that Harris ordered Dowless?s hiring even after being told that Dowless had a criminal record and after Dowless had publicly testified about irregular election practices.

    The North Carolina State Board of Elections had scheduled an evidentiary hearing to be held on or before Dec. 21. But on Dec. 14, the board announced that they were still awaiting some documents and delayed the hearing to Jan. 11. But now that hearing isn?t happening either; in fact, it's been postponed indefinitely. That's because North Carolina currently has no state board of elections at all and no board means no hearing. After the Republican legislature passed a series of changes giving itself more power over the state elections board (part of a larger effort to curtail the power of the then-new Democratic governor), a state court ruled that the board's resulting makeup was unconstitutional. On Dec. 28, the board was dissolved.2 Under a new law passed last month, the board will reconstitute on Jan. 31 in its pre-2017 form: with five members (no more than three from any one party) chosen by the governor from lists submitted by the state Republican and Democratic parties.3 However, the board's staff continues to investigate the election fraud allegations behind the scenes. For example, on Jan. 3, Harris met with the board's executive director and chief investigator.

    The same day, the Harris campaign filed a lawsuit arguing that a court should compel the board to certify the election results. It?s unclear when the court will rule on Harris's motion (a hearing date has not been set, but legal briefs in the case are due Jan. 14), but it may not matter what the court decides. Even if Harris shows up in Washington with a certificate of election, the House has the final word on admitting him, and its newly minted Democratic leadership has said they would not seat him as the situation currently stands. Over the weekend, Politico reported that House Democrats were even preparing to launch their own investigation into potential fraud in the 9th District.

    There's also the possibility (still a long way off) of a new election in the 9th District. And if the state board of elections orders a revote (which it has the authority to do if it finds that irregularities or improprieties tainted the results), there would be a new primary in addition to a new general election, per that same law the legislature passed last month. If the U.S. House chooses to investigate, it too can trigger a new election, including a primary, by declaring the seat vacant.

    Several Republicans have been mentioned as potential challengers to Harris in that hypothetical primary. Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour (a Marine veteran like probable Democratic re-candidate Dan McCready) has been the most explicit about his interest. However, two big-name Republicans have already said they won't run: former Gov. Pat McCrory and former 9th District Rep. Robert Pittenger, who lost the 2018 Republican nomination to Harris in a primary that may have also been tainted by election fraud. There's going to be plenty of time for the field to develop: With the new delays in the investigation and the potential need for three rounds of voting (a primary, a runoff and a general), it's now possible that the 9th District's representative to the 116th Congress won't be chosen until November 2019.

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features...na-house-race/

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    North Carolina investigators find evidence of significant fraud in House election

    North Carolina investigators find evidence of significant fraud in House election



    North Carolina?s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

    An investigation into North Carolina?s 9th Congressional District 2018 election has founda "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" in two counties carried out by a political operative hired by the Republican candidate, the state?s elections board executive director revealed Monday at a hearing.

    Why it matters: The evidentiary hearing may last for two days and it could prompt the five-member election board to certify the November results or order a new election in the district if there?s strong evidence that ballot-tampering was widespread enough to affect the outcome of the race. Meanwhile, House Democratic leaders in Washington had signaled that they could launch their own inquiry, depending on the outcome of hearing.

    The backstory: Fraud allegations have roiled the country?s last unresolved midterm House race after the election board in late November declined to certify Republican candidate Mark Harris, who holds an unofficial 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent Dan McCready, as the winner. The board cited claims of "numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" with the collection of absentee ballots in breach of state election law.

    What we've learned from Monday's hearing:


    • After a months-long probe into election irregularities, elections board director Kim Strach said the Republican operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, hired workers and paid each $150.00 per 50 absentee ballot request forms, and another $125.00 for every 50 absentee ballots collected.
    • There?s evidence that workers directory provided Dowless with ballots from Bladen and Robeson counties in order to get paid, and instructed them to falsely sign as witnesses. [It?s illegal in the state for anyone other than close relative to handle a voter?s absentee ballot.]
    • More than 1,000 ballots from both counties were affected.
    • Investigators found that Dowless completed and mailed in incomplete or blank ballots from his office and home, and he took several steps to conceal the fraud. These include using the same color ink as voters to forged witness signatures and instructed workers to deliver ballots in small batches to the post office closest to the voter.
    • Lisa Britt, who said she was hired by Dowless, testified that she collected unsealed ballots, and in some cases, filled them out in favor of Republicans in down-ballot local races.


    The big picture: The allegations against Harris campaign run counter to the baseless claims of rampant voter fraud by Democrats often trumpeted by President Trump and other Republican officials. National Republicans have been silent on the case ? undercutting their own purported hardline stance on election fraud ? while Harris and his allies are urging the state to certify him as the winner.

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    Hopefully this gets settled once and for all!

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    EXCLUSIVE: Audit Finds Signs of Fraud in New Mexico House Race

    An audit of absentee ballots suggests fraud may have occurred in one of the closest House races in the country, The Daily Signal has learned.

    Democrat Xochitl Torres Small squeaked by Republican Yvette Herrell in the final results of the Nov. 6 election.

    On election night, Herrell declared victory in the race to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. But as more votes were counted, Torres Small secured the win.

    The roughly 3,500-vote victory for Torres Small—out of about 200,000 cast in the southern New Mexico district—relied heavily on absentee ballots from Do?a Ana County, the largest county in the district, including the Las Cruces area.

    A new audit report obtained by The Daily Signal alleges a “concerted effort” to push for absentee votes where New Mexico voter ID laws are not enforced. It also points to potential fraud in applying for absentee ballots, and says a significant number of absentee ballots were time-stamped after the 7 p.m. deadline election night.

    The report was prepared for the losing Herrell campaign by Full Compliance Consulting LLC and Herrell campaign lawyer Carter B. Harrison.

    Herrell’s campaign is not contesting the outcome of the 2018 contest, but sought the review based on its concerns that extra votes appeared to pour in.

    Torres Small spokeswoman Jennifer Lee did not respond to phone and email inquiries from The Daily Signal for this story.

    Torres Small, 34, who was sworn in Jan. 3, replaced retiring Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican who was re-elected by 26 points in 2016.

    The House seat has been held by a Republican for all but one term since 1968.

    Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, won the district by 10 points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    The report says the consulting firm reviewed about 12,000 requests for absentee ballots, 8,577 outer envelopes for absentee ballots, and hundreds of rejected applications from Do?a Ana County.

    “There were not enough irregularities in Dona Ana County alone to alter our race (though local races could have been altered),” Harrison, the Herrell campaign lawyer, told The Daily Signal in a written response. “But if other counties were to be found to have similar irregularities, the race certainly could have been altered by them.”

    On election night, media outlets called the race for Herrell, 54, who has been a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives since 2011.

    But well after midnight, Harrison said, the office of New Mexico’s secretary of state informed the Herrell campaign of 4,000 absentee ballots in Do?a Ana County still to be counted, which would not have flipped the race to Torres Small, who previously had not held elective office.

    However, the state informed the campaign of another 4,000 absentee votes that had been counted but not tabulated, which was enough to change the outcome.

    The report says nongovernmental groups “are almost certainly engaging in at best aggressive—and at worst fraudulent—procurement of absentee ballot applications.”

    This would have involved an outside group that requested a large quantity of absentee ballots on behalf of others, possibly without their knowledge.

    Fully 25 percent of the people who purportedly requested absentee ballots from the Do?a Ana County clerk didn’t mail them back, according to the report.

    That is more than twice the statewide average for unreturned absentee ballots. To receive an absentee ballot for mailing back, a voter first must send in an application providing a reason why he or she can’t vote in person on Election Day.

    “This is suggestive of the possibility that someone was submitting absentee ballot applications for Democrats and those deemed likely to vote for Democrats,” the report says, adding:

    Also consistent with potential absentee ballot-application fraud is the apparently high rate of applications rejected for incorrect Voter ID or for submitting duplicate applications, i.e., where the same voter purportedly applies twice for an absentee ballot.

    In 2016, a presidential year, 17.5 percent who had absentee ballots from Do?a Ana County didn’t mail in the ballots, a percentage almost identical to the statewide rate and slightly above the comparable counties of Bernalillo and Chaves.

    However, in 2018, the statewide rate of unreturned ballots was 12.1 percent, and comparable counties were below the statewide average.

    “In the 2018 election, there was a concerted effort to encourage absentee voting,” the report says, adding:

    The numbers cited above, both with regard to the steep increase in total absentee votes cast as well as the high number of unreturned ballots, cannot be explained any other way. Much of this effort may have been perfectly lawful, but the 25 percent non-return rate indicates such a high rate of ‘unawareness’ on the part of those who supposedly requested the ballots that it is possible there may have been fraud in this area, as well.

    Harvesting absentee ballots would be a fourth-degree felony under state law if applications were altered, Harrison said.

    The legal case against mass procurement of absentee ballot applications could depend on whether forgery occurred, said Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at The Heritage Foundation

    “It depends on whether the organizations [filled out applications] themselves and forged the signatures of the voters, or did they go to the voters and say, ‘Would you like an absentee ballot?’, and help them with that,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal.

    Sometimes, absentee voter fraud is easy to spot, he said.

    “If on Election Day, a candidate wins 60-40, but all the absentee ballots are 90 percent for the loser, that doesn’t make any sense,” said von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department lawyer. “Absentee ballots usually have the same proportion as votes on Election Day. If they don’t, that’s a possible clue that something may have been done.”

    The report also found that 577 absentee ballots in the New Mexico race were time-stamped after the 7 p.m. deadline.

    “We do have strong concerns about those ballots. The statute is clear: No ballots may be accepted after the deadline,” Harrison said.

    The report cites some instances of unusual addresses for absentee voters, noting:

    —5 envelopes that provided a registration address that did not match the absentee register.

    —25 envelopes that listed 845 N. Motel—the county clerk’s address—as the registration address.

    —49 envelopes with no registration address provided.

    —23 envelopes with a P.O. Box provided instead of a registration address.

    Regarding the state’s voter ID law, the report contends that “there is no convincing basis … to exempt absentee ballots from the same requirements that are mandatory for all other methods of voting.”

    Previously, New Mexico required the signature of a witness as well as the voter on an absentee ballot. However, in 1993, the state Legislature passed a law removing that requirement.

    The report notes that as a result, absentee ballots need only the voter’s signature.

    “Today, however, the name, address, and year of birth fields are the Voter ID, and it makes no sense not to verify that information, as is required for every other type of voting,” the report says. “The removal of the second signature eliminated the crucial element in confirming the voter was who he or she claimed to be, but replaced it with the new ID standard.”

    Neither the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees elections, nor the Do?a Ana County Clerk’s Office responded to inquiries about the situation.

    “We do not require photo ID in New Mexico, but we do require voters to provide their name, address, and year of birth,” Harrison said, adding:

    This law was ignored with the absentee ballots in Do?a Ana County. More generally, if absentee voting is going to be converted from a backstop form of voting for out-of-town or bedridden voters to something that independent groups try to promote through mail and on-the-ground canvassing, then there frankly needs to be more attention given to security—and more attention given to the operation of those groups.
    Yes! Hopefully this gets settled!

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    Liberal Group in Oregon Faces $94,750 In Ballot Tampering Scandal

    The investigation has shown that canvassers for Defend Oregon were collecting ballots from voters, but failed to do their duty of turning in the ballots before 8:00 PM on election night. In fact it wasn’t until the next morning that Defend Oregon field operators turned in the ballots. One of the ballots was apparently from the May 15th primary election.

    ...

    According to Secretary Of State records, the director of Defend Oregon is Becca Uherbelau. Defend Oregon is the Political Action Committee wing of Our Oregon. And there is big money flowing in and out of the hands of Uherbelau and her deputy director, Christy B Mason. To the tune of $8.7 Million in the 2018 election, and millions of dollars in past elections.

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    Does seem to be out of hand!

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    Well we first heard about the GOP fraud in the NC house race... I guess it doesn't surprise me to find it on both sides. Disappointing though.

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    Aye, I think it's widespread both ways. My other (right leaning) site is where the left corruption headlines keep popping up, but I had to show them the one CD provided about the right corruption. I think the right has done a better job at hiding it, at least that's my impression as I do see more left corruption headlines. But my gut still says it's happening by both all over the place. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" comes to mind, as well as "If you aint cheatin' you aint tryin'" (usually with nascar or college football).

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    Well the problem is that the perception of left corruption headlines among the left is that the right is spreading fake news to cover up its own corruption. It fits strongly with the narrative of using voter fraud to justify making it harder to vote, which makes it harder for the types less likely to vote republican to vote. Plus the GOP's blatant and extreme gerrymandering, which is basically legally allowed voting manipulation (I guess if it's legal you wouldn't call it fraud but it seems to me like it's clearly a corruption of the intention of our system).

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    2018 midterms continue...

    N.C. board declares a new election in contested House race after the GOP candidate admitted he was mistaken in his testimony

    RALEIGH, N.C. ? North Carolina election officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the 9th Congressional District, ending a dramatic months-long investigation into allegations of widespread ballot-tampering and potentially refocusing the national debate about election fraud.

    The board voted unanimously to throw out the November results between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready after Harris, an evangelical minister from Charlotte, admitted under oath that he was mistaken in his testimony earlier in the day. Harris blamed the error on a recent sepsis infection that he said caused two strokes and affected his memory.

    ?It appears to me the irregularities and improprieties occurred to such an extent that they tainted the results of the entire election and cast doubt on its fairness,? said the board chairman, Bob Cordle. ?I believe the people of North Carolina deserve a fair election and deserve to have their votes counted properly.?


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    Well, Your Honor, it was those strokes due to sepsis. What?!?

    I would think this is one serious downside of mail voting, which is increasingly popular. Soon we'll be scanning our faces to vote in a booth. On a computer. That's been hacked.

    Maybe we should just do the inky finger and paper ballot with aihfl counting them? Any other ideas?

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