Latest voting news

From Brad Friedman:

It’s primary day in several states across the country, and we’ll try to bring you the most notable “breaking news” (in several cases, quite literally, as you’ll see below!) as it happens.

Also, after the Arizona Sec. of State’s office out-and-out lied to listeners on the radio this weekend about their voting systems — after insisting they would only come on the air if I wasn’t allowed to speak while they were there — I am challenging AZ SoS, Jan Brewer, to a public “Debate for Democracy on the Homefront” in support of our troops…Please join me in supporting this important debate…and raising gas money to drive to AZ so I can meet her at a convenient time and date of her choosing…See below for more… Brad

[Note from MCM-Jan Brewer, like Ken Blackwell of Ohio, served both as Secretary of State and co-chair of the Bush campaign in Arizona. A Bush-bot/theocrat from sole to crown.]

E-VOTE MELTDOWN: Voters Given Paper Ballots as Machines Break Down in Ohio…
Early Reports of Trouble During Primary Elections Today…
It’s Primary Day in Ohio (and several other states) and the meltdown is under way. [Hard sarcasm on] Gosh, I wish someone had warned us about this…

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — There have been some problems at polling locations throughout Cuyahoga County, NewsChannel5 reported.

Because of some confusion at the polling locations, citizens are being given ballots to fill out by hand, said Micheal Vu, director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections…

Tonight in New York City!!

Tonight at the McNally-Robinson Boostore, at Prince and Mulberry, I’ll be introducing Stephenie Hendricks, author of a short, powerful book called Divine Destruction. It’s about the theological basis of the Bush administration’s anti-environmental policies. She’ll be speaking, answering questions, signing copies of her book.

The event begins at 7:00 p.m.


Ohio recount case heats up!

Ohio Recount Mismanagement Case Moves Forward
by Catherine Komp

More than a year after the 2004 general election, indictments against county workers suggest the Ohio recount was not conducted legally.

Apr. 19 – During both the 2004 presidential election and subsequent recount in Ohio, elections observers reported hundreds of problems and irregularities in precincts across the state. But while top-ranking officials have avoided repercussions, one county prosecutor is going after mid-level elections workers in Ohio’s biggest county, accusing them of illegally fixing the recount.

While some voting-rights activists welcome the indictments of three county workers as an opportunity to expose flaws in Ohio’s polling system, some criticize the investigation for failing to hold state leaders and top-level elections officials accountable. Instead, activists are turning to lawsuits over Ohio’s recount procedures to force state officials to repair fundamental defects in the system before the next election.

Last week, Special Prosecutor Kevin Baxter issued formal charges against Jacqueline Maiden, the third and highest-ranking Cuyahoga Board of Elections employee to be indicted by a grand jury. The state has charged Maiden, a former elections coordinator, along with ballot director Kathleen Dreamer and Rosie Grier, an assistant manager of ballots, with violating six counts of Ohio election law, two of them felonies.

Read more.

Republican traitors

May 01, 2006
Watching the Constitution Fade Away
By Paul Craig Roberts

The Bush administration has done more damage to Americans and more harm to America’s reputation than any other administration in history. Yet, a majority of Republicans still support Bush. This tells much about blind party loyalty.

By encouraging the move offshore of American jobs and manufacturing, Bush has run up tremendous trade deficits that have undermined the world’s confidence in the dollar as the reserve currency. Recently, both Chinese and Russian government officials warned of the dollar’s shaky status. The fall in confidence in the dollar is evidenced by the sharp run-up in the price of gold. In January 2001 the price of gold was about $240 per ounce. Today the price is $660 per ounce.

The price of gasoline has risen from around $1.30 per gallon to over $3.00 per gallon. Obviously, Bush’s war in the Middle East did not ensure the oil supply.

Bush voids the Constitution

Bush challenges hundreds of laws
President cites powers of his office
By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | April 30, 2006

WASHINGTON — President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ”whistle-blower” protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush’s assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to “execute” a law he believes is unconstitutional.

Read more.

MCM speaks in Brooklyn

Here is the broadcast schedule for my Keynote talk that taped at Vox Pop. It will air on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 on the DISH Network.

May 11   11:00am   Keynote: Mark Crispin Miller
May 12   4:00pm   Keynote: Mark Crispin Miller
May 13   11:00am +3:00pm   Keynote: Mark Crispin Miller
May 14   7:00pm   Keynote: Mark Crispin Miller