In Utah, Democrats allow anyone to vote for any candidate in the Utah primaries.
Republicans don’t. In 2002 Republicans only allowed Republicans to vote for Republicans in the primaries.
So the Utah legislature over turned that allowing open voting in primaries.
Now Republicans want to go back and restrict that.
Only Republicans can vote for Republicans in the primaries.
If you’re an Independent voter and nearly half in Utah are, unless you vote Democrat, you will have no say as to who the Republican candadite is.
‘State Sen. Scott Jenkins is firing the first shot in a legislative battle that may dilute or overturn a new law that changes how parties select their nominees’.
‘Jenkins unveiled a bill, SB43, to erase a new requirement for parties appearing on the ballot to allow independent voters to participate in their primary elections. Democrats have allowed that for years, but the Utah GOP, beginning in 2002, closed its primaries to everyone except registered Republicans’.
‘It’s a big deal because 43.6 percent of Utah voters are now unaffiliated, compared to 45.5 percent who are registered as Republicans and 9.4 percent registered as Democrats. If the nearly half of Utahns who are independents can’t vote in primaries, they have no say about who appears on the general-election ballot’.
From : http://www.sltrib.com/news/2006913-155/senator-proposes-bill-to-close-utah
Remember this? :
‘Kochs sent hundreds of thousands of fake voter registration mailings in North Carolina’
‘It didn’t make any sense. Jennifer Odom’s daughter shouldn’t have gotten anything in the mail, let alone a voter registration form’.
“It was disturbing for a couple of reasons,” said Odom. “First, Samantha would only be four-and-a-half years old. So it’s a far cry from the age of voting. Secondly, she passed away two years ago.”
‘Odom says her daughter died on Sept. 11, 2012′.
“That’s right about the time we started getting these notices,” said Odom’.
‘It turns out that AFP has sent hundreds of thousands of these error-ridden, confusing voter registration forms in North Carolina, and both local elections offices and the state board of elections have been swamped with phone calls from confused voters’.
Well………They’re doing it again…………
DECATUR – ‘It’s not uncommon for residents such as Maryilynn Baer to receive political mail before the general election’.
‘But when recent letter came to her home that asked for her husband, Edgar, to re-register to vote before the November election, Baer was overwhelmed and upset’.
Her husband had been dead since May.
“It was upsetting,” she said. “His name had already been taken off the voter registration list, and I sent the letter to (Macon County Clerk) Steve Bean and told him I had already notified him that Edgar had passed away.”
‘See, the mailer made it seem like it had one from County Clerk Bean’.
‘All over the state, people have been calling their county clerks to find out if they really do have to re-register, because all of the mailings from AFP are meant to look like they’re coming from elections officials’.
‘They’re also wondering why their dead relatives are getting these letters, because they’re going to a lot of deceased people’.
‘This is how they do it’.
‘Peel off a few votes here, and a few there’.
‘Send some fraudulent, official-looking forms out with incorrect dates to dead people, whatever’.
‘They might be caging, which is the act of sending mailings out to see what comes back, so they can challenge voters at the ballot box’.
From : http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/koch-group-sends-deceptive-voter
As it turns out, the Reagan image is wrong.
The Republicans want ‘their’ Country back – the ‘good old days’.
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – ‘Joy Dunn’ :
“I got a letter saying my vote wasn’t counted because I didn’t have ID. But I’ve been voting in this state since 1954 and I never had to have ID,” she told ThinkProgress. “I didn’t know I was supposed to send in an ID this time. Nobody told me.”
‘Dunn, who just turned 79, has several forms of valid ID, but says she was never notified that she had to include a copy of it with her absentee ballot’.
‘Arkansas is one of a tiny handful of state to require copies of ID from absentee voters, and the only state in the nation to make those over age 65 do’.
“I had to depend on somebody to go do it for me and that’s a hardship on me,” she said. “And most people don’t even have that kind of help! I think it’s unfair for a lot of us older people.”
‘She said this hardship reminded her of the very first time she cast a ballot, in Little Rock in 1954′.
‘She was forced to pay a $2 poll tax, which she said was “not much more” than people made working a full day’s shift. “It was a little white slip, looked like a rent receipt,” she said. “You had to have that slip to vote.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/10/10/3578451/meet-joy-voter-id-arkansas/
‘The practical effect of the order will mean that, at the least, early voting will not be allowed this week — a period that supporters of early balloting have called “Golden Week.” That permits voters to register and cast their ballots on the same day’.
‘Depending upon the timing of the state’s filing of a petition for review and the Court’s action on it, Monday’s order may also mean that early voting will not be permitted on most Sundays between now and election day, November 4, and will not be permitted during evening hours — that is, after 5 p.m’.
‘Early voting during “Golden Week,” on Sundays, and in evening hours are the opportunities that civil rights groups have said are most important to black and low-income voters and the homeless’.
‘State officials, however, contended that those arrangements would raise the risk of voter fraud, and would cost too much for county election boards to implement’.
Now if Republican extremism history is any guide, this will likely not happen in full force.
But voter intimidation is voter intimidation.
Just an extension of Republican voter suppression……..
‘An armed militia group in Wisconsin plans to confront people who signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) at the polls on Nov. 4’.
‘The “Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia” will check the names of those on the petition and will then seek out the Democrats on that list, according to Facebook exchanges viewed by Politicus USA’.
‘The group plans to follow people from polling locations to their homes, according to a Facebook post viewed by The Capital Times’.
“Please private message us names of people you know are active voters and wanted on warrants. We can get our agents to watch their polling location, identify the individual, and then follow them to their residence. A call the police and they will be picked up for processing,” the Facebook message read’.
‘The group is using the website Put Wisconsin First to identify petition signers who have outstanding arrest warrants and those with tax defaults’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wisconsin-militia-intimidate-polls
This is going to be the next 2 years.
Silence is acceptance.
THEY are going to vote.
If YOU don’t, then YOU accept that Obamacare should be repealed and who knows how many years before the Republicans will come up with a ‘plan’. And who knows what it won’t cover. The US will continue to be the ONLY industrialized Nation NOT TO HAVE Universal health care.
Over the next two years, Congress will continue to cut food stamps, pass legislation to drug test everyone on welfare. Congress will keep cutting back on unemployment benefits. And Congress will continue to give larger and larger tax cuts and subsidies to the large corporations and wealthy.
Immigration ‘reform’ will be to ignore the law passed in 2008 and just deport children who are running from drug violence, rape and murder.
The Supreme Court will continue to grant wider religious freedoms to corporations.
Women – you will lose the right of choice. Oh you can still vote – but history has shown you won’t in 2014 – so you will continue to lose for the next 2 years to have control of your body, your wages, your right to vote, your right to have even a say in your home.
This is YOUR COUNTRY – NOT theirs.
Take it back and vote.
WASHINGTON — ‘Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday filed a resolution directing the House Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest former IRS Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress’.
From : http://stockman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/stockman-files-motion-ordering-the-arrest-of-lois-lerner
A fantastic piece by Ministry Of Truth over a the Daily KOS :
‘I think you hate gays, Obama, black people, poor people, all of us, women, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, all of us, I think you hate every one who isn’t exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country’.
‘I meet you all the time. You hate Obama’.
‘You hate gay people’.
‘You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all’.
‘You hate being called racist’.
‘You hate being called a bigot’.
‘Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn’t call you bigots’.
‘Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn’t call you racist’.
‘You hate socialism and social justice’.
‘You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate’.
‘You like war’.
‘You like torture’.
‘You like Jesus’.
‘I don’t know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency’.
‘You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate’.
‘You hate everything else’.
‘Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is’.
‘America is a melting pot, it always has been’.
‘We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual christian male or his submissive and obedient wife’.
‘You hate liberals, moderates, hell, anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You hate em’.
‘You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its’ debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush, so you could blame it on Obama and it failed’.
‘You’ve used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders’.
‘You remember 9/11, don’t you, it’s that thing you used to lie us into a war in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail’.
‘You monsters. You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican’.
‘You call him a Kenyan’.
‘You call him a socialist’.
‘You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950’s musical’.
‘Frankly, you disgust me. Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me’.
‘Dear haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism’.
‘You love spending on faith based initiatives and abstinence based sex education (George Carlin would have loved that one)’,
‘You love spending on subsidies for profitable oil corporations’,
‘You spend like drunken sailors when you are in the White House’,
‘But if it is a Democrat then suddenly you cheer when America doesn’t get the Olympics because it might make the black President look bad’.
‘But oooh you love your country, you say, and you want it back’.
‘Well listen here skippy, it isn’t your country, you don’t own it, it is our country, and America is NOT the religiously extremist Foxbots who hate science, elitist professors and having a vibrant and meaningful sex life with someone we love if Rick Santorum doesn’t approve of it’.
‘Rick Santorum isn’t running for America’s fucking high school dance chaperone, he should probably just shut the hell up about sex, but he can’t because he has nothing else to run on’.
‘Dear haters, you are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat’.
‘You would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care’.
‘You cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases’.
‘And you boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity’.
‘You are a cross to carry and a flag to wrap yourself in away from being the people who Sinclair Lewis warned us about, but I guarantee that if Fox News told you to dress that way you would, because you are the same blind, ignorant and closed minded dunces who drove this country into a civil war years ago because you are bound to the notion that some men are more equal than others’.
‘If corporations are people, they are neither American patriots nor capable of love. Just like you’.
‘You should be ashamed’.
‘I know that you are just doing this to motivate your misinformed hate cult base because if they actually knew that your ideas will make them poorer than they are now, they would never vote for you’.
‘You are doing your best to impoverish your countrymen so rich people can get bigger tax breaks and you can keep on delivering corporate welfare to the special interests who have bribed you’.
‘And I am disgusted by the way you gleefully parade your hatred with aplomb’.
‘I don’t think you do love America’.
‘At least, not as much as you hate everyone in America who isn’t exactly like you’.