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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:57 PM

So the last race in CA looks pretty certain to go to the D's--the most recent updates for all four counties in the district ended up favoring Cox, the Democratic candidate, who now has a lead of a little more than 500 votes.

https://fivethirtyei...e-race-of-2018/

Of note, Paul Ryan says that he doesn't understand what's going on in California. How can you have an electoral system that doesn't arbitrarily discard votes from "those people"? I think he's a strong challenger to Poliquin as Whiner-in-Chief of 2018.

https://thehill.com/...lection-results
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 03:27 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 29 November 2018 - 12:57 PM, said:

Of note, Paul Ryan says that he doesn't understand what's going on in California. How can you have an electoral system that doesn't arbitrarily discard votes from "those people"? I think he's a strong challenger to Poliquin as Whiner-in-Chief of 2018.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 06:34 PM

A newly elected Representative from a Florida district kinda' admits to campaign finance fraud. Another Republican criminal.

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Newly elected Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL) admitted Friday that loans he made to his campaign committee “may have been in violation of the Federal Campaign Finance Act.”

In a letter dated Friday to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), a lawyer for Spano listed $180,000 in personal loans Spano took out during his congressional campaign from two people, who Spano claims are longtime friends, between June and October.

Around the same, Spano personally lent his campaign nearly the same amount from “personal funds.”

While candidates for federal office may donate or loan an unlimited amount of their own personal wealth to their campaigns, according to federal election law: “If any person, including a relative or friend of the candidate, gives or loans the candidate money ‘for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office,’ the funds are not considered personal funds of the candidate even if they are given to the candidate directly.”

Loans given for the purpose of influencing a federal election, according to the law, are subject to standard $2,700-per-election limits.

Spano and his lawyer have painted the episode as one big oversight.

“When Representative-Elect Spano took out the personal four loans and when Representative-Elect Spano made the four loans to the Committee, he believed he was acting in full compliance with the law – as did Mr. Carreno and Ms. Hunt when they entered the promissory notes with him – based on the consultations they had at the time,” his lawyer wrote to the FEC. (Read the full letter below.)

But Spano’s defeated Democratic opponent, Kristen Carlson, has referred the matter to the FBI for investigation, and according to the Tampa Bay Times, Spano’s Republican primary opponent, a former state representative, “has also accused him of breaking the law.”

“I don’t know if that amount of money would have affected the outcome of my race,” Carlson told the Times, “but I really do believe it affected the primary race.”

And the Tampa Bay Times reported during the campaign itself that Spano was months overdue in filing a personal financial disclosure form that ultimately revealed the personal loans he took from the two friends.

Spano also initially lowballed the amount of one loan. A footnote in his letter to the FEC blames the mistake — which listed a loan of $75,000 erroneously as $35,000 — on a “draftsman’s error.” A Spano spokesperson told the Times Saturday that he had not yet received “any letter of inquiry” from the FEC, the paper reported.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 03:18 PM

The Republican whiner from Maine just got smacked down by the judge hearing his case contesting the ranked choice voting system, the one that was approved by the popular vote of the PEOPLE. Notice how he didn't fight it until it cost him his cushy job.

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A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation’s first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system.

Democrat Jared Golden defeated Bruce Poliquin in the November contest, which allowed voters to rank up to four candidates. Poliquin won the most votes but failed to get a majority. Votes cast for two trailing candidates were then reassigned to voters’ second choices, which swung the election to Golden.

Poliquin then filed a lawsuit alleging that the new balloting system, also called ranked choice, violated the U.S. Constitution.

He asked Judge Lance Walker either to declare him the winner or order a second election for the 2nd Congressional District. But Walker, a recent appointee by Republican President Donald Trump, did neither.

The judge said he failed to see how Maine’s candidate-ranking system undercut voters’ First Amendment rights “in any fashion.” He said the system was “motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, and to enable their supporters to express support, without producing the spoiler effect.”

The new method of voting “actually encourages First Amendment expression, without discriminating against any voter based on viewpoint, faction or other invalid criteria,” said Walker, a judge with U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Meanwhile, the state is about halfway through a recount in Augusta, the state capital, of the 2nd Congressional District election. Poliquin requested the recount.

After the judge’s ruling was announced Thursday, Poliquin said he remained concerned about some Maine voters expressing confusion with the voting system. He defended Maine’s old system as a “common sense, one-person, one-vote process.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 12:21 PM

Leave it to North Carolina Republicans to try to use election fraud by one of their own to protect and hide future grift.

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North Carolina’s governor said Tuesday he’s vetoing legislation that directs fully rerun elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race, saying the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he’ll sign the legislation if state lawmakers remove the section that includes details like requiring that state elections officials refer apparent campaign finance crimes to a separate commission for a confidential review on whether prosecutors are notified. The section raising Cooper’s ire also requires that new rules regulating lobbying to go through a time-consuming review process.

“This bill makes it harder to root out corruption in elections and campaign finance,” Cooper said at a news conference. “These new provisions can shield wrongdoers by adding broad confidentiality requirements, limiting those who can file a complaint, handcuffing investigators on how far back they can look and by requiring a re-investigation by a second committee before evidence can be turned over to prosecutors.”

The legislation also reworks who oversees the enforcement of state elections and ethics laws and would require new primary elections if last month’s results in the 9th Congressional District race are abandoned.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 09:22 AM

Really interesting graphics and info here about the Dem shift during midterms.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:32 AM

The NC Republican who is in deep with real voter fraud won't be seated when the Dems take the House.

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The Republican House candidate whose unofficial victory in a North Carolina race has been called into a question with an ongoing election fraud investigation won’t be seated with the new Congress next week, incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) confirmed to Charlotte’s WSOC-TV Friday.

State election officials this month refused to certify the election of North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, where Republican Mark Harris had an unofficial lead of 900-some votes over Democrat Dan McCready. Irregularities in the absentee vote tallies in the district prompted an investigation into an absentee ballot scheme run by a local operative linked to Harris’ campaign. The state elections board will hold a hearing on the investigation’s findings next month.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:41 PM

More on the machinations in NC.

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Long before accusations of absentee ballot fraud in a small North Carolina county cast doubt on the results of a heated 2018 congressional race, a state elections investigator spent weeks probing whether the man at the center of the current scandal was among a group buying votes.

That 2010 investigation was one of at least a half dozen instances over the last nine years that prosecutors and elections officials received complaints of serious elections irregularities in Bladen County, a rural locale of 35,000 people that has long had a statewide reputation for political chicanery by both Republicans and Democrats. The state’s ongoing criminal investigation into 2018 voting irregularities has focused on Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., a local political operative and convicted felon.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 02:16 PM

View PostTraveler, on 09 January 2019 - 12:41 PM, said:


Good thing that per the Constitution, the House has the final word here.
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