India is a poor country. Its per capita income ($2,000/yr) is just 3% that of the US ($60,000/yr). Yet, despite its relative poverty, India takes the voting rights of its citizens far more seriously than our vastly wealthier country does. In April and May of this year, India will go to the polls to elect a new central government. That means almost 900 million eligible voters across its length and breadth will have a chance to cast their vote. And Indian officials will move heaven and earth to ensure every last soul has a reasonable chance to vote. Voters are electing …Continue reading →
In a night of many firsts, several minority and LGBT candidates won local elections that echoed the blue wave in which Democrats won races large and small.
Two openly transgender candidates won races as well as the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey and first African-American mayors in major cities.
Danica Roem defeated incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected 13 times over 26 years, for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. When Roem takes office, she will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body.
Marshall had been at odds with LGBT issues and had proposed a state bill in 2015 that would allow anyone who has a license with the state to refuse services to gay people and earlier this year introduced a bill to restrict transgender people’s access to public restrooms, CNN local affiliates reported.
During the campaign, Marshall refused to use Roem’s correct pronouns.
Roem was open about her gender identity and had backing from LGBT groups.
“To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you,” she told her supporters Tuesday night.
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Southeastern Wisconsin native Randy Bryce says he’s running for office because not everybody is seated at the table, and “it’s time to make a bigger table.”
Bryce recently announced his bid to run for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st District come 2018 — a House seat currently held by Republican Speaker Paul Ryan. With the Twitter handle “@IronStache” and Ron Swanson vibes to boot, the Democrat iron worker says every American deserves “a good-paying job, health care security, and the ability to have hard work pay off.”
The campaign ad focuses on health care with a personal look at Bryce’s mother who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
“My mother has multiple sclerosis, my father is in assisted living, and I survived cancer in my 20s to have a miracle child in my 40s,” said Bryce. “What Paul Ryan and the Republicans are doing to take health care away from millions of us, to make it cost more and cover less, and to allow the protections we’ve gained to be stripped away – it’s just unacceptable.”
In closing remarks during the new ad spot, Bryce offers Ryan a trading places proposal.
“Let’s trade places,” Bryce says. “Paul Ryan you can come and work the iron. And I’ll go to DC.
Hello everyone..I’m taking a day off from planting my gardens , catching up on my neglected emails and just relaxing. I hope you are having a lovely Mother’s Day weekend in your neck of the woods. 🙂 While reading my email notifications I came across an interesting and revealing new documentary that’s being talked about on Twitter. It details how Democratic Party DNC Political Strategists influenced, planned and eventually set-up the election of the Orange One. I learned a lot of new stuff watching it. It’s a citizen journalism documentary film showing the terrible corruption that comes when big money …Continue reading →
Does No One Care That up to 7 Million Votes Were Not Counted? By Thom Hartmann – Crosscheck kicked millions of people – overwhelmingly people of color, according to Palast – off the voting rolls before election day. In many key states, the number of people purged by Crosscheck was much, much larger than Trump’s margin of victory. MI, WI, PA – As of 1-9-2016 Thoms story has almost 40,000 FB shares, 800+ Twitter Shares, and 40,000+ shares in other ways. at 100,000+- shares, sharing is running 100 times that of many recent stories posted to his site. Does No …Continue reading →
Some of the 502 bills introduced in the legislature to modify the CA Election processes since 2015. SB 450 – Signed into law in September 2016 – Voters will soon cast ballots in ‘centers’ instead of neighborhood polling places in 2018 California is on the verge of sweeping changes to its election system intended to boost plummeting voter turnout. Based on a model used in Colorado, Senate Bill 450 would authorize counties beginning in 2018 to conduct elections where every voter is mailed a ballot and drop-off locations are available up to four weeks ahead of time in lieu of polling …Continue reading →
Humbly, is this what happened in the 11-2016 elections? A GOP coup d’etat? The GOP stole our government in 11-2016? The GOP-12-step-program-for-their-2016-Coup d’etat (draft chart)? As always your feedback, thoughts, corrections, updates, suggestions are appreciated.
CA Counties reports of missing and/or uncounted ballots as of 11-18-2016. CA SOS and counties seems to be ignoring 1.24M+- provisional ballots, 10%+ of all ballots. Personally i have no idea why CA has so many provisional ballots. Practices seem to vary dramatically by county in CA. CA counties reported totals of uncounted ballots in 3 categories: Vote-By-Mail: 1,481,327 Provisional Ballots: 1,238,495 (note: this number was 1,071,005 in the first report on 11-10-2016; hard to believe since a constant inventory of all ballots is required — it seems like in most counties these are being ignored). Damaged ballots, ballots that could not be machine read and need to …Continue reading →