Ken Blackwell, your roots are showing!

Updated! Ken Blackwell’s Blog Caught Scrubbing Super Secret Post

Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 08:05:00 PM PDT

Ken Blackwell Ohio Candidate for Governor Caught Scrubbing Post about Speech Before Ultra-Rightwing Conservative Group

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A third indictment in Ohio

Third elections worker indicted over presidential recount
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) – The third highest ranking employee at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has been indicted on charges of mishandling ballots during the 2004 presidential election recount.

Jacqueline Maiden is the third board worker charged with six counts alleging that Ohio laws were not followed in the selection and review of ballots for the recount.

The most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

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Miami heat?

This ran in yesterday’s Miami Herald–both in print and on-line. Since that paper has, until now, largely shied away from The Issue, we should be much encouraged by the appearance of this piece (even if it was cast as a local story).

Lowery was amazing.


’04 count still sparks debate
WMBM’s anniversary celebration turned political when a controversial author and prominent members of the African-American community voiced their views on election fraud, ethics and civil rights.


Sitting beside two officials of the Miami-Dade Elections Department, political analyst and author Mark Crispin Miller accused the George W. Bush administration of stealing the 2004 elections.

”We’ve had a lot of unfair elections,” Miller said Thursday during a community forum hosted by New Birth Baptist Church for the 11th anniversary of radio station WMBM-AM 1490. A combination of unreliable touch-screen machines and religious fanaticism contributed to vote theft on an ever-larger scale, Miller said.

Candidates think their opponents are evil and that their ”theft” of the election is, therefore, justified, Miller said, speaking on a live broadcast of the forum.

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the real Ken Blackwell and what he's up to

The following article was just posted to the website of The Free Press.

Why did J. Kenneth Blackwell seek, then hide, his association with super-rich extremists and e-voting magnates?
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
March 10, 2006

The man who stole the 2004 election for George W. Bush — Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell — has posted a picture of himself addressing the white supremacist ultra-right Council for National Policy (CNP). He then pulled the picture and tried to hide his participation in the meeting by removing mention of it from his website,

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Tonight at 7:00, Danny Schecter at McNally Robinson Bookstore!

Mediachannel editor Danny Schechter–“The News Dissector”–will talk about (and sign copies of) his new book, When New Lies: Media Complicity And the Iraq War, at 7 PM tonight, at the McNally Robinson bookstore at 50 Prince Street in Manhattan (just east of Lafayette).


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And speaking of Florida….

Posted on Tue, Mar. 07, 2006
Election official hammered for telling the truth

Ion Sancho may be a hero in California, where grateful election officials have verified the ”serious security vulnerabilities” in Diebold voting machines that the Leon County election supervisor uncovered last year.

Sancho is regarded a little differently in Florida.

Florida’s secretary of state’s office disparaged Sancho’s finding, demonstrating considerably more interest in propping up vendors than protecting elections.
California, alarmed by Sancho’s report, dispatched its independent, expert-laden Voting Systems Technology Assessment Advisory Board to conduct its own investigation.
Florida, meanwhile, threatened to sue Sancho.

When two of the only three voting machine vendors certified to do business in Florida (other potential competitors are shut out) refused to sell new machines to the troublemaking maverick from Leon County, the state snatched $564,421 in grant money away from Leon County for failing to meet a deadline for — you guessed it — obtaining new machines.

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MCM in Florida, with Clint Curtis!

For more information contact:
Broward Election Reform Coalition BERC
Press Release
Open to the Public
Sponsored by Broward Election Reform Coalition (BERC), the Paladins (World Can’t Wait) and the Palm Beach Coalition for Election Reform (PBCER).
Make Every Vote Count : Is Our Democracy, the idea of one person, one vote still on solid ground?
Regaining trust in our election system is not a partisan concern but a civic issue of profound importance to all Americans!

Come join our nonpartisan alliance and encourage your friends of all political parties to attend!
Mark Crispin Miller & Clint Curtis
Wednesday March 8, 2006 and Saturday March 11, 2006
Mark Crispin Miller March 8, 2006, 7:30- (when it is over)
Mark Crispin Miller & Clint Curtis March 11, 2006, 1-5 PM
Cafe of the Beach
1801 NE 13th Street,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Mark Crispin Miller author of Fooled Again, discusses his latest work. Fooled Again is a thorough and meticulously documented work–written not to rehash the 2004 election, but to inspire a national discussion of electoral reform, which is badly needed.
Clint Curtis, a computer programmer turned whistleblower, has firsthand knowledge of voter fraud. Clint became a congressional witness who testified that he was asked by a sitting Florida congressman to write a program that would alter the election results of South Florida’s Touch Screen Voting Machines (`fix the election’).
Mark Crispin Miller is scheduled to speak in Broward County for both dates. The Broward location can hold up to 500 attendees so all are welcome! Bring books to be autographed. There will also be some for sale.
Clint Curtis will join us on the afternoon of Saturday March 11, 2006. He is the Computer Programmer who became a whistleblower that came forward and testified to Congress under oath, regarding the request from a sitting congressman to build a computer program that could, without detection, flip your vote in an election. This manipulation would allow a person or political party to take control of voting machine and decide who wins the election, regardless of the true vote count. In March of 2005, he passed a polygraph test as to the accuracy of his statements,

Regaining trust in our election system is not a partisan concern but a civic issue of profound importance to all Americans.

Latest Voter Verified Paper Ballot Legislation in Florida by Sen. Rod Smith.

For more information contact:
Ellen H. Brodsky
Broward Election Reform Coaltion, Palm Beach Coalition for Election Reform, VoteTrustUSA, etc.

THE BROWARD ELECTION REFORM COALITION is a Nonpartisan Broward County think-tank, watchdog and action group with the primary goal of replacing th! e Current Paperless Voting Technology with Voter-verified Paper Ballots, handcounted at the precinct level, reconciled with machine counts and used as the official election result. We will make recommendations to the Supervisor of Elections and County Commissioners in Voting Technology, Election Policy and Practices.. We will keep our elected officials honest, accountable, transparent and working in the public interest The Broward Election Reform Coalition is for all the Broward County Voting Rights Activists to have a central group to join together, brainstorm and unite!
Paladins: Bringing Truth and Justice to the American People. Our motto is “Have Truth, Will Travel”.


Don't let AT&T merge with BellSouth!


AT&T and BellSouth, two of the largest telecom companies, just announced plans to merge into a media monopoly. This deal must be stopped.

The merger resurrects the Ma Bell monopoly that was busted up in 1984. But it’s far worse today. These companies no longer just control telephone calls. They want to become gatekeepers to all digital media — television, telephone and Internet — at prices that many Americans can’t afford.

The merger is now in the hands of the FCC, FTC and Congress. They’ll rubber-stamp the deal unless the public speaks up. It’s time to tell Washington:

Giant media companies have failed us on all fronts. They have failed to provide access to all communities. They have stifled and squelched competition, eliminating choices in the marketplace. They have failed to bridge the digital divide, leaving America far behind other countries. They have failed to open their networks to local and independent content creators. They have failed to protect net freedoms that keep the Internet an open road for all.
We need real competition and a choice of innovative communications services. It’s time to turn back the new tide of media consolidation.

Send your letter to Washington — before it’s too late.

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press


NY voters/civic groups intervene in DOJ lawsuit!

New York Voters and Civic Groups Intervene in DOJ Lawsuit
Rush to Judgment on Voting Machines Risks Electoral Chaos in 2006
A coalition of New York voters and civic groups, including New Yorkers for Verified Voting and the League of Women Voters of New York, announced today that they are intervening to oppose a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) against New York State.
On March 3, 2006 a Motion for Intervention in the DOJ lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York, by Larry Rockefeller, a longtime voting activist; Bo Lipari of New Yorkers for Verified Voting; The League of Women Voters of New York State; Lionel Logan of the Syracuse Onondaga County Branch NAACP; and Steve DeWitt and Hank Nicols, Election Commissioners from Tompkins and Otsego counties, who joined in their personal capacity as registered voters.
If the Department of Justice action forces the State of New York to overhaul New York’s voting systems before the September 2006 primary it risks Election Day chaos. The lawsuit could result in New York being forced into hasty procurement of voting systems which are not secure, poorly tested, and which fail to reliably and accurately record and count votes. Using untested voting systems acquired in haste is a recipe for disaster.
The United States Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to have their votes counted in honest elections. The DOJ case represents a threat to this fundamental right.
For information contact:
Bo Lipari



Excellent coverage of US election fraud

In the Moscow Times–and we’re not talking Idaho!
From the brilliant Chris Floyd (whose new book, Empiure Burlesque, is available via my blog at
Global Eye
Party Hacks
Moscow Times, March 3 2006

Two weeks ago, an obscure, unelected, Republican-appointed official in California decided the future of the world. That future — at least for the next several years — will be an accelerating nightmare of war, corruption, repression, atrocity and terror. That’s because the loyal apparatchik has, with the stroke of a pen, guaranteed the perpetuation of the Bush faction in power in 2008 and beyond.

One of the few certainties in modern U.S. politics is that no Democrat can win the presidency without carrying California. Thanks to the Electoral College system set up by the Founding Oligarchs to keep the low-born rabble from voting directly for president, the big haul of California’s electoral votes is crucial for Democrats to offset the multitude of small, sparsely populated states that reliably vote Republican. Bagging California doesn’t guarantee Democratic victory, but without it, the cliffhanger electoral counts in the goosed elections of 2000 and 2004 wouldn’t even have been close.

Thus, the sudden, hugger-mugger decision by California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to override the objections of his own experts and certify the eminently hackable voting machines of the politically partisan firm, Diebold, for use throughout the state means, quite simply, that the fix is in for 2008. It doesn’t matter who the Democrats run — Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, George Clooney or Jesus H. Christ in an Uncle Sam suit. It won’t make a bit of difference. California is lost, the presidency is lost and the Bushists are in — already. It’s over.

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