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Obama re-takes oath of office January 22, 2009

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Courtesy Salon:

Sometimes, even presidents — and chief justices of the Supreme Court — need to take the occasional mulligan. Wednesday evening, Barack Obama was sworn in as president again, and this time he and Chief Justice John Roberts got it right.

On Tuesday, Obama, following Roberts’ lead, had said, “I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of President of the United States faithfully” instead of “do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.”

“We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the President was sworn in appropriately yesterday,” new White House Counsel Greg Craig said in a statement. “But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time.”

A pool reporter was present for the swearing-in. According to the pool report, as Roberts prepared, Obama joked, “We decided it was so much fun…” and later told the chief justice, “We’re going to do this 

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The Rise of Dynastic Politics January 9, 2009

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Courtesy Salom:

Last month, when the possibility first arose that Caroline Kennedy (or Andrew Cuomo) would be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, I wrote about how prevalent dynastic succession is in our political system.  Though I was aware anecdotally of what a problem this has become, I was actually surprised, as I wrote that, by how high the number really is of current members of Congress with immediate family members who previously occupied either their seat or some other high political office in their state.  In response, numerous commenters and emailers questioned whether dynastic succession, as commonplace as it now is, was just as common in the past or whether it’s an increasing trend — a question I couldn’t answer because I hadn’t performed, and wasn’t aware of, any empirical historical analysis of those issues.



Dr. Nathan Burroughs, a Ph.D. in Political Science who is currently with Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, has done extensive work studying dynastic politics.  His dissertation examined the systemic advantages dynastic candidates have enjoyed over the last several decades, and in response to my inquiries a month or so ago, he has now analyzed recent historic trends in Congress to determine whether there is now a notably higher percentage of dynastic office-holders than in the past.

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Block the Vote October 23, 2008

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Courtesy Rolling Stone.

These days, the old west rail hub of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is little more than a dusty economic dead zone amid a boneyard of bare mesas. In national elections, the town overwhelmingly votes Democratic: More than 80 percent of all residents are Hispanic, and one in four lives below the poverty line. On February 5th, the day of the Super Tuesday caucus, a school-bus driver named Paul Maez arrived at his local polling station to cast his ballot. To his surprise, Maez found that his name had vanished from the list of registered voters, thanks to a statewide effort to deter fraudulent voting. For Maez, the shock was especially acute: He is the supervisor of elections in Las Vegas.

Maez was not alone in being denied his right to vote. On Super Tuesday, one in nine Democrats who tried to cast ballots in New Mexico found their names missing from the registration lists. The numbers were even higher in precincts like Las Vegas, where nearly 20 percent of the county’s voters were absent from the rolls. With their status in limbo, the voters were forced to cast “provisional” ballots, which can be reviewed and discarded by election officials without explanation. On Super Tuesday, more than half of all provisional ballots cast were thrown out statewide.

This November, what happened to Maez will happen to hundreds of thousands of voters across the country. In state after state, Republican operatives — the party’s elite commandos of bare-knuckle politics — are wielding new federal legislation to systematically disenfranchise Democrats. If this year’s race is as close as the past two elections, the GOP’s nationwide campaign could be large enough to determine the presidency in November. “I don’t think the Democrats get it,” says John Boyd, a voting-rights attorney in Albuquerque who has taken on the Republican Party for impeding access to the ballot. “All these new rules and games are turning voting into an obstacle course that could flip the vote to the GOP in half a dozen states.”

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A Call To Action! Prepare for Voter Fraud, Suppression and the Stolen Electon October 9, 2008

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Recent and past articles have pointed to the fact that this election, like the past two, are likely to be tainted by all kinds of problems related to voter suppression, mistakes in the registration process, fraud and untrustworthy electronic voting machines.

What are we going to do? What CAN we do?

First, I suggest that we begin to point out these problems frequently – in all our favorite blogs and in letters to members of the Congress. We need to make this a story that people notice and that they are thinking about. We need to write letters to newspapers, write to members of the MSM, make phone calls and do whatever we can to make it clear that a stolen vote is unacceptable, and that there’s already enough evidence that this election is in trouble to warrant concern.  Source Article

Poll workers needed October 6, 2008

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Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor October 6, 2008 01:45 PM

With record turnout forecast for Nov. 4, the League of Women Voters put out the call today for poll workers to keep things running smoothly.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that so many millions of Americans are expected to come out to express their most important democratic right,” league president Mary G. Wilson said in a statement. “At the same time, we know that the race could be extremely tight — and lines extremely long — in many states.”    Source Article

Election officials telling college students they can’t vote September 24, 2008

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WASHINGTON — Colorado Democrats accused a Republican county clerk Wednesday of falsely informing Colorado College that students from outside the state could not register to vote if their parents claimed them as a dependent on their tax returns.

At a news conference in Colorado Springs, Democrats also criticized Robert Balink, the El Paso County clerk and recorder, who was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, for taking other steps they said would dampen voting by college students, who are expected to heavily favor Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

“When election officials spread false information about who is eligible to vote and remove, not add, polling places, we need to be concerned that eligible voters will be denied their right to vote,” said Pat Waak, chairwoman of the Colorado Democratic Party. Source Article

Democracy and Media September 13, 2008

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All Americans obtain the greatest part of their news and information about national events from the television, including broadcast and media. The television content is informed to a large degree from the major newspapers, and many papers own some television businesses. So by the mainstream media or MSM, we mean the large conglomerates that, across newspapers and television cable and broadcast outlets, provide the largest share of news and information to Americans.

And my goodness is that MSM sabotaging democracy. By far, this is the worst election coverage in the history of electronic media.

The primary problem is that the MSM has virtually en masse decided that the election is a celebrity feud, Entertainment Tonight, verbal WWF, high school hallway shoving match — and that both truth and the direction of America are quite irrelevant to the sheer fun of broadcasting each twist and turn of the name calling emanating largely from the McCain camp. Source Article

Obama to Palin: ‘Don’t Mock the Constitution’ September 8, 2008

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Posted at 10:09 PM ET on Sep 8, 2008

By Peter Slevin
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Sen. Barack Obama delivered an impassioned defense of the Constitution and the rights of terrorism suspects tonight, striking back at one of the biggest applause lines in Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech to the GOP convention.

It was in St. Paul last week that Palin drew raucous cheers when she delivered this put-down of Obama: “Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America and he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.”

Obama had a few problems with that.

“First of all, you don’t even get to read them their rights until you catch ’em,” Obama said here, drawing laughs from 1,500 supporters in a high school gymnasium. “They should spend more time trying to catch Osama bin Laden and we can worry about the next steps later.” Source Article

Nearly 600,000 Subject to Possible Caging in Ohio September 5, 2008

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By: David Rosenfeld | September 05, 2008 | 05:00 AM (PDT)

Ohio election officials are sending out a mass mailer stamped “do not forward” to all registered voters today (Sept. 5) with an absentee ballot application and other important notices for Nov. 4.

What’s important here is not so much what’s going out as what’s being returned to sender.

Unbeknownst to the would-be recipients, the same mailer — just 60 days before the election — has the potential to determine their eligibility to vote, challenged not by election officials but by partisan opposition.

A similar mailer in March netted nondeliverable mail from almost 600,000 registered voters in just five Ohio counties who could now have their ballots thrown out for voting under the wrong address. Source Article

We know McCain, Palin and the GOP will reverse Roe v. Wade. They also want Griswold gone. That means birth control. September 3, 2008

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Joe Sudbay (DC) · 8/30/2008 02:41:00 PM ET

The traditional media thinks the Palin pick means Roe v. Wade is now part of the presidential debate. It always has been — McCain wants to reverse Roe (although the punditry often overlooks that extreme view.) The real question isn’t Roe. We know how the GOPers feel about that. The bigger issue is birth control. Remember how freaked McCain got when he had to answer a birth control question?

Roe is based on the holding in Griswold v. Connecticut, which held we have constitutional right to privacy. If Roe goes, Griswold is on the chopping block. Griswold overturned a Connecticut law that prevented the use of contraceptives by married couples. That case was decided in 1965. Think about that: 43 years ago, in Connecticut (not Alabama or Utah), married couples were prevented from using contraceptives. Source Article