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The Republican National Committee has been caught red-handed trying to sabotage the Democratic vote around the nation ahead of this year's election. As Brad Friedman at reported, the Florida Republican Party cut ties with a political firm known as Strategic Allied Consulting after it was discovered that firm changed addresses on numerous voter registration forms to block newly-registered Democrats from voting in November. The scandal is now spreading, as at least ten counties in Florida have discovered these fraudulent registration forms. And law enforcement authorities are getting involved in the matter. And the National Republican Committee has also cut ties with the firm, which it gave $3.1 million to register voters in wing states like Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia. It's unclear how much damage this election fraud may have on the elections in those states. Joining Thom Hartmann to break some new information in this scandal is Greg Palast - investigative journalist with the BBC and the Guardian - and author of the book: "Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps."The Republican National Committee has been caught red-handed trying to sabotage the... more
You know things are going badly for the GOP if the little Virginia weasel himself is in danger of losing his seat at the table. Check out this story about him LYING over his sequester vote during the debate.You know things are going badly for the GOP if the little Virginia weasel himself is... more
By David Shuster / current.com / @DavidShuster
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — a tea party favorite — has become acidic to independent voters in her district and is on the verge of losing her re-election campaign.
The latest poll from Minnesota has Bachmann clinging to a 2-point lead (48-46) over Democratic challenger Jim Graves.
According to the polling by the Democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosler, Bachmann has gone from a 4-point advantage among independents two months ago to a 15-point disadvantage among independents today.
Furthermore, the poll found that Bachmann's favorability continues to tumble.By David Shuster / current.com / @DavidShuster Congresswoman Michele Bachmann... more
President Obama continues to hold a clear lead over Mitt Romney in Virginia, a new Washington Post polls shows, buoyed by enthusiastic support rivaling what he marshaled in 2008 to snap the Democrats’ 44-year losing streak in the state.
Likely voters in the Commonwealth favor Obama 52 to 44 percent. Among all voters, the president is up 50 to 43 percent, identical to his margin in a survey in early May.
Obama’s steady lead suggests that an unprecedented barrage of TV ads and dozens of in-person visits have yet to change the bottom line in the key battleground state.
In a place that rode out the recession with relative ease thanks to a huge defense sector, voters are split about evenly on Obama’s handling of the economy. That’s a more positive view than the president gets on the economy nationally.
But Romney runs evenly with Obama when it comes to whom voters trust to deal with the economy, which most Virginians, like all Americans, consider to be the most important issue.
“I think he’s actually making some progress, albeit slow, in terms of … moving our economy forward,” said Henry F. Robinson of Reston, a 64-year-old recruiting manager for government contractors. “I think he is protective and is concerned about the middle class, and I think that’s where the focus needs to be.”
The parity on the economy underlines a lingering vulnerability for Obama, particularly as looming defense cuts threaten the industry and the state’s economy as a whole.
“I’m leaning Republican for the first time in my life,” said Joe Bergin, 38-year-old defense contractor from Ashburn. “Obama, he’s not really favoring government contractors right now. It definitely drives me in the direction of Romney right now. ... I’m primarily concerned about my livelihood.”
Even some Obama supporters would like him to try something new on the economy.
“I think he needs to have a stronger economic program in the second term and he may need a different set of advisers, but I think he has the right idea,” said Robert E. Brogan of Falls Church, a 61-year-old safety analyst for the U.S. Department of Transportation. “He needs some cooperation from the other side in terms of spending cuts and tax increases.”
Obama beats Romney on six of 10 issues tested in the new poll, with Romney holding significant advantages on none. The president enjoys double-digit advantages over his Republican rival on subjects such as abortion, gay marriage and Medicaid. But those issues are far down the list of priorities for most voters, whose top concern is the economy.
“I don’t have any issues with gay marriage or pro-choice. Who you fall in love with is not somebody’ else’s business,” said Tom McIntosh, a 40-year-old budget analyst from Springfield and a Republican. He voted for Obama last time, but intends to vote for Romney for reasons of tax policy.
“Those [social] issues are not a big topic for me,” he said.
Obama has overwhelming support among young voters in the poll and near-universal backing from black voters, reassembling two key components of his winning coalition from four years ago.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/post-poll-obama-up-8-points-over-romney-in-virginia/2012/09/18/ca691d9a-0193-11e2-9367-4e1bafb958db_story.htmlPresident Obama continues to hold a clear lead over Mitt Romney in Virginia, a new... more
Romney says comments in video were badly stated but sticks by them
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Monday that disparaging remarks he made about supporters of President Barack Obama in a secretly filmed video were not well stated but he did not back away from them.
"It's not elegantly stated. Let me put it that way," Romney said at a hastily arranged news conference in California to respond to his latest stumble on the campaign trail.
In the video Romney was shown telling fundraisers he has no way of attracting support from 47 percent of U.S. voters because they are dependent on government and pay no taxes.
The Obama campaign leaped on the video and declared Romney elitist and out of touch with most Americans, who will vote in a presidential election on November 6.
"I'm sure I could state it more clearly and in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that," Romney said.
However, he did not back away from his comments and said it was a message that he would continue to carry.
"Frankly, my discussion about lowering taxes isn't as attractive to them and therefore I'm not likely to draw them into my campaign as those in the middle," he said.
"This is really more about the political process of winning the election and of course I want to help all Americans have a bright and prosperous future and I'm convinced that the president's approach has not done that and will not do that."
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/18/us-usa-campaign-romney-response-idUSBRE88H05620120918Romney says comments in video were badly stated but sticks by them Republican... more
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) found himself being grilled by CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Monday about the claim President Barack Obama had gone on an “apology tour” — and the congressman was unable to name a single instance in which the president had apologized for the United States.
After the U.S. embassy in Cairo condemned an anti-Muslim film that mocked the prophet Muhammad and led to protests and the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya last week, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney accused Obama of “sympathizing” with the enemy. And other Republicans quickly followed by reviving a debunked claim that the president had spent part of his first term going on an “apology tour.”
During a Monday interview on CNN, O’Brien called out King over the assertion that the attacks in Libya were a “logical result” of the president’s apologies.Rep. Peter King (R-NY) found himself being grilled by CNN host Soledad O’Brien... more
Protestor Interrupts Paul Ryan At Values Voters Summit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWUwDl-NdWE&feature=player_detailpageProtestor Interrupts Paul Ryan At Values Voters Summit... more
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) is echoing Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama over the Cairo embassy’s statement on the Islamophobic video that preceded the fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Akin told KMBC-TV, “First of all, apologizing to all people, [to] a lot of countries who are enemies, and apologizing to them and everything. You know, if we did something wrong, that’s one thing. But he’s just apologizing because he didn’t like America? I think that’s the wrong thing to do.”
http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/13/846091/akin-obama-is-apologizing-because-he-didnt-like-america/Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) is echoing Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama over... more
Mitt Romney’s ill thought out and irrational response to the events in the Middle East and Africa show just how poorly he is prepared to deal with foreign affairs. If he truly wants to be the leader of all Americans then he needs to stop blaming the President for everything from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the chaos in the Middle East and Africa and actually propose some well thought out ideas. His comments only make things worse. You don't put Gasoline on a burning fire. Despite his differences with the President he should refrain from commenting about world events until he has all the information.Mitt Romney’s ill thought out and irrational response to the events in the... more
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won't answer the most basic questions about their tax plan
Please register and VOTE, also make sure you have a valid IDMitt Romney and Paul Ryan won't answer the most basic questions about their tax... more
Filmmaker Michael Moore joined HuffPost Live Thursday and predicted that the influence of money in politics would lift Mitt Romney to victory over President Barack Obama in November.
"Mitt Romney is going to raise more money than Barack Obama. That should guarantee his victory," Moore told host Josh Zepps. "I think people should start to practice the words 'President Romney.' To assume that the other side are just a bunch of ignoramuses who are supported by people who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago is to completely misjudge the opposition."
Moore said he believes that if the election were conducted "American Idol"-style, and Americans were able to vote from their couches, Obama "would win hands down."
"That's not what's gonna happen," he told Zepps. "This election's going to be decided on who gets out the most people that day. Who's up at four in the morning, making sure that dozens, hundreds, thousands of people in their communities are getting out to vote. And the Republican machine that is set up and the money behind it to guarantee [what] is really the only important thing -- turnout on that day -- that's what looks pretty scary here."Filmmaker Michael Moore joined HuffPost Live Thursday and predicted that the influence... more
DemocracyNow.org - A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new light on the origin of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's fortune, revealing how Romney's former firm, Bain Capital, used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. Taibbi writes: "What most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: By borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth."DemocracyNow.org - A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new... more
For all the problems that Americans face at this time, these brainwashed Christian Zionist nutjobs want the focus of the elections to be on Zionism (Jewish patriotism for Israel at the expense of Gentiles) and of course everything that goes with that including bombing Iran and other Muslim nations.
""The Presidential election is around the corner. As we head to the polls, the weak economy and our mounting debt will no doubt be on all of our minds. But we must make sure that neither we nor our families forget another important issue. We must remember to vote for the candidate whom we believe will most strongly support our ally Israel."For all the problems that Americans face at this time, these brainwashed Christian... more
Miners Say They Were Forced To Attend Romney Campaign Event Without Pay: ‘We Knew What Would Happen’You gotta' love the rethuglicans. They really do stand the people. (Yuk, yuk, yuk!!!)
How about the line, about the meeting being mandatory, but they weren't forced.You gotta' love the rethuglicans. They really do stand the people. (Yuk, yuk,... more
National polls, swing-state polls, economic news, Republican gaffs...It could all add up to an Obama Landslide.
There is no weight on this Republican ticket at all. At this point our young president has military experience, by definition, commander in chief, during war and yes, fighting terrorism. Joe Biden's son served in Iraq. And the Republican ticket can't put up a candidate as president or vice president with military experience?
This presidential race is being run at a time when many (including Rom-Ryan) advocate immediate war with Iran on behalf of Israel and there are many desperately difficult American military operations going on in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Romney hasn't talked about Terrorism or Afghanistan, he just wants to go to war with Iran with no military experience.
That is xucking I N S A N E.
If our economy doesn't tank these guys should be forgotten before November.
http://thedixiedove.com/National polls, swing-state polls, economic news, Republican gaffs...It could all add... more
Akin is staying in the race! Yipee, we get to keep talking about extremist GOP views on rape and womenhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/todd-akin-decision_n_1819079.html
He stays on the MO ballot. And we get to keep pointing out that ALL of his GOP colleagues in the House voted to redefine rape in a manner that would greatly affect how women would be treated and what resources would be available to them.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/todd-akin-decision_n_1819079.html He stays... more
Please sign a petition to allow the third party candidate, Jill Stein, to participate in the Presidential debatesThe Commission on Presidential Debates was originally sponsored by the League of Women Voters; however, the Republican and Democratic Parties pushed that organization out and assumed control over the debates, preventing any real challenging questions to the candidates on issues that Corporate America did not wished to be addressed.
Also these two parties would not allow Ralph Nader to participate in these debates even though he was certainly a major candidate, especially to independent voters, and would have discussed the embarrassing issue of too much corporate money in politics and the control of our government by corporate America.
I would like all serious candidates for the Presidency to be included in these debates, including Dr. Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Stewart Alexander, Gary Johnson et al.
I started a petition to have Jill Stein included in the Presidential debates. If you feel that the exclusion of other serious candidates is undemocratic, please set up your own petition at Move On and consider signing the petition to allow Jill Stein into the Presidential debates: http://signon.org/sign/allow-jill-stein-to-participThe Commission on Presidential Debates was originally sponsored by the League of Women... more
By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza
Election 2012 has morphed into "Mean Girls 3" this week.
Both sides and their surrogates have so bloodied the political waters that Cenk Uygur and "The Young Turks" are dubbing the past few days "Snark Week"!
First Vice President Joe Biden attacked Republican deregulation policies by declaring that the Romney approach would "put y'all back in chains."
"Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, ... let the big banks once again write the rules," Biden said.
Romney countered that Biden's snark reflected an angry and desperate presidency.
"Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago," Romney said.
Romney should know better than to tell the Obama campaign that fetch isn't going to happen because his guys came back with their own snap.
"Governor Romney’s comments tonight seemed unhinged and particularly strange coming at a time when he’s pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false," said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza Election 2012 has morphed into "Mean... more
Rachel Maddow's research team brought us alarming information on her August 15, 2012 show on what Paul Ryan is really all about when it comes to a woman's rights over her body. Hey Girl, Guess what? According to Paul Ryan YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS. I knew this pathetic little minded man would be horrible for our country but until Rachel let the elephant out of the bag I didn't know HOW MUCH! Hey Girl View the Video and get the startling facts. Now when I see Paul Ryan's face I think North Korea, Absolute Leader, HERE WE COME! (SAY WHAT?) thinkingblueRachel Maddow's research team brought us alarming information on her August 15,... more
Congressman Paul Ryan fought against American on behalf of Wall Street .