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NORDSTROM ENDORSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY | In an email to 56,000 employees, nationwide, the Seattle-based Nordstrom announced its support for marriage equality. The company’s executives — all three eponymous members of the Nordstrom family — wrote “It is our belief that our gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same rights and protections marriage provides under the law as our other employees. We also believe supporting freedom to marry will help us create a more attractive and inclusive workplace for our current and prospective employees. Again — this decision is consistent with our long-time philosophy of inclusivity and equality for our customers and employees.” Washington State voters will vote on Referendum 74 next month, which would enact marriage equality in the Evergreen State.



Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions

Source: Talking Points Memo

Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions

In a notably sharper stump speech on Thursday, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney for his shifting positions on taxes, health care and education by using the Republican's own descriptor as "severely conservative."

"He's trying to go through an extreme makeover. After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney's trying to convince you that he was severely kidding," said Obama at a campaign event in Florida. "Look. What he was selling was not working. Because people understood his ideas wouldn't help the middle class so these days Mitt Romney's for whatever you're for."

Obama continued:

Suddenly he loves the middle class. Can't stop talking enough about them. He loves Medicare. Loves teachers. He even loves the most important parts of Obamacare. What happened? Now, what does he have to say this new version of Mitt Romney about all the things he's actually promised to do as president? Tax breaks for outsourcers? Never heard of such a thing. Saying we should cut back on teachers? Doesn't ring a bell.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-romney-now-severely-kidding


Mr. Romney, Sir YOU ARE DEAD WRONG: "Every 12 Minutes-A Person WITHOUT Health Insurance Dies"

Mr. Romney (Not Fit To Be President)

“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’  ” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.

“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

(Reuters) - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday.


An similar study in 1993 found those without insurance had a 25 percent greater risk of death, according to the Harvard group.


and more here:


Getting His Groove?

Barack Obama on Romney just now :”After a year of running as severely conservative now he’s trying to convince you he was severely kidding.”


Muppet Mitt arrives on Sesame Street



It's Raining In California

yes, that is news.

peace, kpete

Warren up 6, Obama up 14 in Massachusetts PPP's newest Massachusetts poll finds two races going in

Source: Public Policy

Warren up 6, Obama up 14 in Massachusetts

PPP's newest Massachusetts poll finds two races going in opposite directions- Mitt Romney's cut Barack Obama's lead to its smallest level in the state all year. But at the same time Elizabeth Warren's built her advantage out to the widest margin we've ever found.

Warren leads Scott Brown 50-44. The big change over the last month is that Brown's image is finally starting to take a hit. His approval rating is now a +7 spread at 49/42, down a net 14 points from mid-September when he was at 55/34. There's an increasing sense that he's been more a partisan voice for the national Republican Party (45%) than an independent voice for Massachusetts (44%). That's a 10 point shift from our last poll when voters thought 49/40 that he'd been more of an independent voice.

The biggest thing that continues to make it very hard for Brown to win this race is that 52% of voters in the state want Democrats to have control of the US Senate to 35% who want the Republicans in control. Warren is now winning the Democratic vote 82/13, erasing most of the crossover support that Brown had earlier in the year.


In the Presidential race Barack Obama's seeing the same kind of decline in Massachusetts that he is nationally. He leads Mitt Romney by 14 points, 55-41. That's down from an 18 point lead last month, and it's the smallest advantage we've found for him in the state all year. The big shift over the last month in Massachusetts has been among independent voters. They now support Romney 53-40, after giving Obama a 47-44 edge last month.

Read more: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/10/warren-up-6-obama-up-14-in-massachusetts.html

Breaking: 6th Circuit-Finds Constitutional Violation in Not Counting Certain Wrong Precinct Ballots

Source: Election Law

Breaking News: Sixth Circuit Decides Provisional Ballot Cases, Finds Constitutional Violation in Not Counting Certain Wrong Precinct Ballots
Posted on October 11, 2012 9:32 am by Rick Hasen
The Sixth Circuit has decided SEIU v. Husted and NEOCH v. Husted in a single opinion.

This is the most important decision in this election cycle, and it represents a major victory for voters’ rights, regardless of party. It is especially important because this was a very conservative Sixth Circuit panel, and it affirms the idea that Bush v. Gore and Sixth Circuit precedent requires some degree of uniformity and fairness in the counting of ballots.


The procedural history and issues in this case are complicated, and one aspect of the opinion is being sent back to the lower court for clarification and to make sure an earlier remedy does not create its own “Bush v. Gore problem” (in the 6th Circuit’s words), but the main point is this: it violates the Constitution (equal protection and due process) for the state of Ohio to fail to count ballots cast in the right location but in the wrong precinct solely because of poll worker error. As I stated in my Slate piece: “This is crazy. Amid all the fights over voter ID laws, purging noncitizens from voter rolls, and early voting, we should at least be able to agree, across partisan lines, on one thing: No one should lose the right to vote because a poll worker can’t tell an odd from an even number.”

Today the panel agreed. Two excerpts:

The application of Ohio Rev. Code §§ 3505.183(B)(4)(a)(ii) and (B)(4)(b)(ii) to right-place/wrong-precinct ballots caused by poll-worker error effectively requires voters to have a greater knowledge of their precinct, precinct ballot, and polling place than poll workers. Absent such omniscience, the State will permanently reject their ballots without an opportunity to cure the situation. The mere fact that these voters cast provisional ballots does not justify this additional burden; as the district court explained, Ohio law now requires thirteen different categories of voters to cast provisional ballots, ranging from individuals who do not have an acceptable form of identification to those who requested an absentee ballot or whose signature was deemed by the precinct official not to match the name on the registration forms….

Nor has the State shown abuse in the district court’s fashioning of injunctive relief tailored to the identified harm. The State would disqualify thousands of rightplace/wrong-precinct provisional ballots, where the voter’s only mistake was relying on the poll-worker’s precinct guidance. That path unjustifiably burdens these voters’ fundamental right to vote. Recognizing that a prospective remedy could not undo all of the harm occasioned by poll-worker error, the district court crafted a narrow remedy that preserves as much of a miscast ballot as possible.

Read more: http://electionlawblog.org/?p=41452

Ohio Loses Appeal, Can’t Reject Voters in Wrong Precincts

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued the ruling today, the second loss in two weeks for the state in election- related lawsuits.

A lower-court federal judge in August ruled that provisional ballots, used to record votes when eligibility is an issue, can’t be thrown out if they’re filed in the wrong precinct as a result of poll-worker error. Opponents of a 2006 law saying they must be discarded argued that the law would unfairly cause the rejection of thousands of votes in the November election.

Ohio said the law didn’t disenfranchise anyone and allowed a more efficient election. A three-judge panel of the U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati disagreed, finding that the plaintiffs had “shown a likely equal-protection violation.”

Ohio’s secretary of state “failed to present evidence to the district court that other factors besides poll-worker error caused wrong-precinct ballots, and the state offers none now,” the panel said.

“Because the state offers no evidence of alternative causes, we find no clear error with the district court’s factual conclusion that most right place/wrong-precinct ballots result, and will continue to result, from poll-worker error,” it said.



Photos of Joe Biden arriving at the Lexington Airport in Kentucky. He looks ready.

Get 'em, Champ.

2-Party System Working Out Just Fine

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