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More Voting Games in Ohio - Xpost GD

Someday, after they figure out how to appeal to a broader swath of the electorate, Republicans will probably be embarrassed by how much time they have spent making it harder for Americans to vote. For now, though, the beat just goes on. In a misguided effort to hold on to power despite an ever-shrinking base of older white voters, Republican lawmakers around the country continue to impose all sorts of barriers to the ballot box.

One of the most egregious examples is happening in Ohio, a critical swing state in presidential elections and the scene of many recent disenfranchisement attempts.

In February, state legislators quickly pushed through a law removing the first week of Ohio’s 35-day early-voting period — which was also the only week that permitted same-day registration. Days later, Ohio’s secretary of state, Jon Husted, issued a directive further cutting back on early voting by eliminating voting during evening hours, on Sundays, and on the Monday before Election Day. Previously, county election boards had the power to set polling hours based on local needs, which vary widely — one rural county has just 13,000 residents, while more than 1.2 million live in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland.

The effect of the cuts will be felt especially by vulnerable populations in the bigger cities, who also tend to vote Democratic. Minority citizens vote early at twice the rate of whites, while lower-income and less-educated voters often cast ballots on weekends and evenings because they are often unable to take time off work. During the 2012 presidential election, 157,000 Ohioans — making up more than a quarter of all early in-person voters — voted during the days and hours that have now been cut, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which last month sued the state over the new restrictions.

What possible explanation is there for limiting citizens’ opportunities to vote? Mr. Husted has said he wants to make it “easy to vote and hard to cheat,” although it is not clear how his directive does either. Officials also claim the changes will improve “administrative efficiency” and statewide uniformity in voting procedures. But a 2012 federal appeals court ruling striking down a similar directive, also issued by Mr. Husted, found no evidence that local election boards were struggling to cope with early voting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/opinion/more-voting-games-in-ohio.html?emc=edit_th_20140610&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45299538&_r=0

Easy to vote? How do they sell this bullshit?

This is cross posted from GD
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025073503
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 06:44 AM (2 replies)

More Voting Games in Ohio

Someday, after they figure out how to appeal to a broader swath of the electorate, Republicans will probably be embarrassed by how much time they have spent making it harder for Americans to vote. For now, though, the beat just goes on. In a misguided effort to hold on to power despite an ever-shrinking base of older white voters, Republican lawmakers around the country continue to impose all sorts of barriers to the ballot box.

One of the most egregious examples is happening in Ohio, a critical swing state in presidential elections and the scene of many recent disenfranchisement attempts.

In February, state legislators quickly pushed through a law removing the first week of Ohio’s 35-day early-voting period — which was also the only week that permitted same-day registration. Days later, Ohio’s secretary of state, Jon Husted, issued a directive further cutting back on early voting by eliminating voting during evening hours, on Sundays, and on the Monday before Election Day. Previously, county election boards had the power to set polling hours based on local needs, which vary widely — one rural county has just 13,000 residents, while more than 1.2 million live in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland.

The effect of the cuts will be felt especially by vulnerable populations in the bigger cities, who also tend to vote Democratic. Minority citizens vote early at twice the rate of whites, while lower-income and less-educated voters often cast ballots on weekends and evenings because they are often unable to take time off work. During the 2012 presidential election, 157,000 Ohioans — making up more than a quarter of all early in-person voters — voted during the days and hours that have now been cut, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which last month sued the state over the new restrictions.

What possible explanation is there for limiting citizens’ opportunities to vote? Mr. Husted has said he wants to make it “easy to vote and hard to cheat,” although it is not clear how his directive does either. Officials also claim the changes will improve “administrative efficiency” and statewide uniformity in voting procedures. But a 2012 federal appeals court ruling striking down a similar directive, also issued by Mr. Husted, found no evidence that local election boards were struggling to cope with early voting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/opinion/more-voting-games-in-ohio.html?emc=edit_th_20140610&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45299538&_r=0

Easy to vote? How do they sell this bullshit?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 06:42 AM (1 replies)

5 countries with the widest wealth gaps

These nations have the largest income inequality between their richest and poorest citizens. And yes, the U.S. makes the list.

Countries of all sizes have large wealth gaps


There’s been a lot of talk of late about the rising gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. But how does that gap stack up against the rest of the world?

Based on Gini index figures of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the United States of America — the land of opportunity — does have one of the most uneven income distributions in the developed world. Iceland tops the list as the most egalitarian.

The Gini index measures how much an economy deviates from a state of perfect equality where everyone has the same income. A score of zero indicates perfect equality, and a score of one indicates extreme inequality.

Gini index scores can be measured before and after taxes and transfer payments, which are often designed to limit inequality. But according to Chad Stone, chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the economy alone is what really determines income inequality. "It's the whole economy. It's the fact that different people have different skills," Stone said.

http://money.msn.com/investing/5-countries-with-the-widest-wealth-gaps?gt1=33002

No. 5: Israel
http://money.msn.com/investing/5-countries-with-the-widest-wealth-gaps?gt1=33002


No. 4: United States
http://money.msn.com/investing/5-countries-with-the-widest-wealth-gaps?gt1=33002


No. 3: Turkey
http://money.msn.com/investing/5-countries-with-the-widest-wealth-gaps?gt1=33002

No. 2: Mexico
http://money.msn.com/investing/5-countries-with-the-widest-wealth-gaps?gt1=33002

No. 1: Chile
http://money.msn.com/investing/5-countries-with-the-widest-wealth-gaps?gt1=33002
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jun 4, 2014, 09:15 AM (2 replies)

Solar Panels Taking Over Northwest Missouri

This article is almost 2 years old, but should be updated. I am currently traveling in NW Missouri and have never seen so many solar panels. They are on roofs, in yards, farms have banks of solar panels, schools, and homes in and out of town.

http://www.stjoechannel.com/story/solar-panels-taking-over-northwest-missouri/d/story/R0GcHYOE-0uqz6C4Xjv0xQ

Solar panels are trending more and more in the area.

Businesses are spreading the word.

The power bill at AB Storage has gone from $350 to $15.

"I won't have to worry about a bill for the rest of my life, probably, mostly, or if not, close to the rest of my life," says Roger Mann, the owner.

With power tools, fans, and a lot of lights, the power bill at Ken Smith Autobody has gone from $1,719 to $1,403.

"I think it's awesome, considering how very hot it's been. This past month, my bill is $319 less instead of more," says Mary Brown, co-owner of Ken Smith Autobody.

The culprit in both of these locations: solar panels.

Many businesses in St. Joseph are starting to harvest energy from the sun.

More companies are hopping on, while paying a fraction of the installation.

"I think because of all the free money that's out there through KCP&L, and through the government and stuff like that," says Mann.

At U.S. Solar in St. Joseph, they say business is booming.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:11 PM (1 replies)

First Obama came for your guns, now he is coming for your COAL

Obama is going to take everyone's coal away from them. Oh NO!



Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 08:06 PM (1 replies)

Why can the right wing blast hate and false information but, if I counter them with facts, I am...

told to shut up and that I shouldn't be discussing politics?

I had 5 right wing idiots engage with me today, assuming that I will agree with their views and lies. But when I don't agree with them and counter their bull shit with truth, I get heat for it.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 05:19 PM (10 replies)

Gun Control

It has already started at Gander Mountain Sporting Goods.


When I was ready to pay for my purchases of gun powder and bullets, the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me."

Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed.


When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card-reader.

I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer.







I still don't think I looked that bad.
Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 09:31 PM (1 replies)

Not 1 but 2 Steaks in less than 1 hour?



Joey Chestnut is the undisputed king of Independence Day, but Memorial Day now belongs to a 5-foot-7, 125-pound mother of four — and destroyer of 72-ounce steaks (and Chestnut's records).

Molly Schuyler demolishes Joey Chestnut's record, completing the 72oz steak challenge in 4:58 AND her second in 9:59! #bigtexan #72ozsteak


2:11 PM - 26 May 2014

http://msn.foxsports.com/buzzer/story/molly-schuyler-eats-72-ounce-steak-4-minutes-58-seconds-breaks-joey-chestnut-record-052714?gt1=39002

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 10:29 AM (12 replies)

Clearwater Beach Shootings: 2 Shot, 8 Arrested

This one went under the radar because the media is dwelling on the killings in California.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A city spokeswoman says two people have been shot and eight people are in custody and being questioned after a series of three shootings on Clearwater Beach in Florida.

Joelle Castelli says in an email that the shootings Monday arose from fights between groups of people and do not appear to be random. She says the first shots were fired outside the Hyatt Regency. She said at a news conference that someone fired shots from the hotel parking garage.

She says one wounded person has been taken to a nearby Tampa Bay hospital and the other who was shot in the hand left the scene.

She says access to the beach had been cut off for a time but had reopened.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/26/clearwater-beach-shooting_n_5394850.html


The United States has become one big killing field, and the mentality remains that we need more guns! How many more? Tell me how many more have to suffer so that the fucking gun nuts can continue to use people as target practice and deprive others of their rights?

Yes people, it is about rights, the right to live over the right for "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Where does it say anything about the right to take others right to life, when doing so, isn't that also depriving the right to the second amendment as well?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 07:03 AM (8 replies)

A Cable Merger Too Far

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 26, 2014

There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

The combined company would provide cable-TV service to nearly 30 percent of American homes and high-speed Internet service to nearly 40 percent. Even without this merger and the proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal, the telecommunications industry has limited competition, especially in the critical market for high-speed Internet service, or broadband, where consumer choice usually means picking between the local cable or phone company.

By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies like Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network. Netflix, a dominant player in video streaming, has already signed such an agreement with the company. This could put start-ups and smaller companies without deep pockets at a competitive disadvantage.

There are also worries that a bigger Comcast would have more power to refuse to carry channels that compete with programming owned by NBC Universal, which it owns. Comcast executives say that they would not favor content the company controls at the expense of other media businesses.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/opinion/a-cable-merger-too-far.html?emc=edit_th_20140527&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45299538&_r=0


Speaking of gatekeepers, Time Warner is cutting 6 more channels from our lineup this week while raising our prices. They are trying to force everyone to "rent" their ugly fucking digital box to sit on top of your entertainment center. CSpan is one of those cut which surprised me, because I thought that was like the religious and shopping channels that they were compelled to carry.

We are getting fucked by TWC, I can't wait to see what kind of screwing a much larger Comcast would give us.


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 06:50 AM (7 replies)
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