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Don midwest
Don midwest

Election integrity experts here in Columbus Oh are on a radio show, a podcast, talking about the democratic primaries and the games they will play to keep Bernie from winning. It seems that it is anyone but Bernie.

Harvey Wasserman is host of the KPFA show from LA where he now lives. Bob Fitrakis is here in Columbus and together they have written 6 books on elections. Also on the show is Steve Rosenfeld who has been around elections and on the ground. He recently attended the DNC meeting about primaries and was in the room in Las Vegas when that fraud happened. It seems that Bill Clinton and other dem big wigs went around town and almost bribed people to show up in the room and we don’t even know if they were registered. Also Steve describes the strange way Iowa does things and some changes they are working on for the primary election.

Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 03.08.19

We joined by world-class election experts BOB FITRAKIS and STEVE ROSENFELD to discuss the mechanics of the upcoming election, both the primaries and the general.

Steve tells us that the Democrats are planning some really bizarre procedures for their election process, including voting by mail and by cell phone.

Bob points out that Ohio is planning to run its elections on machines that may or may not have ballot imaging devices, which are essential to a fair vote count. And that in some cases, county elections boards simply will not turn on the ballot imaging devices.

The whole issue has taken on Alice-in-Wonderland dimensions that in some cases are positively surreal.

But if you are prepared for another lifetime with Donald Trump, don’t waste your time with this astounding discussion.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Important to come out strong because of the games that the establishment will play. Look for more moves like this.

Great News!


Don midwest
Don midwest

in the podcast linked above, Steve talked about Nevada.

something Bernie did wrong was to hold a massive rally the day before the 2016 primary and people had spent 4 hours waiting in a huge crowd

that is just one misstep

college campuses were short changed, etc., etc., many many games

what games this time around???

Both Bob and Harvey said that the dems read their books and executed the same games that the republicans used to throw elections — they did it in the 2016 primary against Bernie










“Bernie! Bernie!” the crowd chanted in Council Bluffs, Iowa on the campaign trail last week. But Bernie Sanders demurred. “It ain’t Bernie, it’s you. It’s not me, it is us.” The crowd responded with a new chant: “Not me, us! Not me, us!”

A similar exchange took place at each of the two campaign kick-off rallies the previous weekend, first in Brooklyn and then in Chicago. In Iowa, Bernie gave a rationale for his response. “The truth is that the powers that be,” he said, “they are so powerful, they have so much money, that no one person, not the best president in the world, can take them on alone. The only way we transform America is when millions of people together stand up and fight back.”

No viable presidential campaign has ever been so encouraging of agitation from below.

Bernie is often compared to Franklin D. Roosevelt, but while Roosevelt inveighed eloquently against inequality, he was nowhere near as consistent in calling for for mass political activity from below. It was his contemporary, the socialist leader Eugene Debs, who spoke of the power of working people to change the world despite the considerable political advantages of elites.

At his kickoff rally in Brooklyn, Bernie invited UE 506 president Scott Slawson to speak to a crowd of thirteen thousand people. At one point during Slawson’s speech the crowd began to spontaneously chant, “Strike, strike, strike!”

That has, without a doubt, never happened before in any presidential campaign rally of recent decades. And if it’s any indication, then some people are ready to do what Bernie asks of them — not simply to support his vision of redistribution, democracy, and equality, but to fight for it.



Warren and Buden are long-time opponents


To get it done, the lobbyists needed Senate Democrats, and Biden was a natural ally. The credit card giant MBNA—at the time, the third-largest issuer of credit cards—was based in his home state. Its executives and employees were some of Biden’s biggest campaign contributors, giving more than $200,000 over the course of his career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. One of Biden’s sons, Hunter, worked at MBNA after graduating from law school and later consulted for the company after a stint in the Commerce Department. The Bidens’ ties to the company ran so deep that Obama campaign officials told the New York Times in 2008 that they were “one of the most sensitive issues they examined while vetting the senator for a spot on the ticket.” Biden was seen as so close to the company that he felt it necessary to tell the Washington Post at one point that he was “not the senator from MBNA.”

Some lobbyists described Biden’s support as crucial to the bill’s eventual passage. “Not having him there would have placed the future of the bill in this Congress in jeopardy,” Scott Talbott, a lobbyist for the Financial Service Roundtable, told Bloomberg News in 2001, as Congress appeared poised to send the bill to Bush’s desk. (Efforts to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill collapsed the following year.) John McKechnie, who spent years lobbying for the bill on behalf of the credit unions — which pressed lawmakers to support it, along with retailers, Wall Street banks and credit card companies — told me he felt Biden’s support for bill helped bring on board other Democrats. “There were several Democrats who followed Senator Biden’s lead in voting for it at the end,” McKechnie told me.

After George W. Bush’s election, lobbyists began pushing for the bill again, so Warren wrote an article in the Harvard Women’s Law Journal castigating Biden in particular for supporting it. “Senator Biden supports legislation that will fall hardest on women, particularly on women trying to rear children on their own,” she wrote. “Why? The answer will have to come from him, if any reporter or constituent presses on this question. There is an unavoidable suspicion, however, that he supports the financial industry’s legislation because there is no political disadvantage to supporting it. Bankruptcy is sufficiently arcane, sufficiently obscure that it is possible for an otherwise respected legislator to support legislation that, over the next decade, will make it more difficult for millions of women to keep their homes, feed their children, and deal with bill collectors.”

Her anger at Biden didn’t abate after Bush signed the bill into law in 2005. In a post on her now-defunct “Warren Reports” blog — which is still accessible via the Internet Archive — not long afterward, Warren accused Biden of “twisting arms to get the bankruptcy bill through Congress.”

Biden was one of 18 Democratic senators to vote for the bankruptcy bill in 2005, but of the more than a dozen current and former members of Congress who are running or considering running for president, he is the only one who voted for it. Two other candidates — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, both of whom were in the House at the time — voted against it. While Biden’s support for the bill is unlikely to torpedo his campaign by itself, it’s easy to imagine his rivals using it to help make the case that he’s too close to Washington lobbyists and Wall Street.



Oh boy. 🙁 T and R, Benny!!


DSA is also voting.

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