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My Obamacare 'Nightmare'!: In less than an hour, I signed up to save $3600/year...

In Less Than an Hour, I Signed Up for 'Obamacare' and Saved $300/month ($3,600/Year)

Well, that was easy. On Sunday, December 22, the day before the deadline for January 2014 insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"), I signed up without problem. I used the California exchange website, it took me less than an hour, I'll be able to keep the same provider I had previously (and therefore, the same doctors), and I'll be saving almost exactly $300/month or $3,600/year…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10436

REPUBLICAN OBENSHAIN CONCEDES; DEMOCRAT HERRING TO BECOME NEXT VA ATTORNEY GENERAL

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REPUBLICAN OBENSHAIN CONCEDES; DEMOCRAT HERRING TO BECOME NEXT VA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Dems sweep all three statewide offices for first time since 1969...

At a press conference in Richmond moments ago, late on the third day of a three-day "recount" process in Virginia, state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) conceded this razor-thin race against state Sen. Mark Herring (D) for state Attorney General.

The concession comes after what had previously appeared to be the closest statewide race in history. Just 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast had separated the two when the November 5th race was certified by the State Board of Elections late last month. But, by yesterday, Herring's lead had widened to more than 800 votes after two days of what passes for a "recount" in VA (there is no "recount" on touch-screen electronic voting systems used by most voters in the state and most of the paper ballot localities simply re-run the bulk of paper ballots through optical-scan systems again, as per state election code.)

Obenshain's decision means that Democrats will take control of all three statewide offices --- Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General --- for the first time in the Old Dominion since 1969 and the first time in twenty years that a Democrat will control the AG's office there…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10427

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Yet Another Reason Internet Voting is a Terrible Idea...

Yet Another Reason Internet Voting is a Terrible Idea: Targeted Attacks Hijacked 'Vast Amounts of Data' to Foreign Countries Earlier This Year
Unknown to users, 'massive security vulnerability' in Internet architecture allowed massive 'man-in-the-middle' rerouting...

We've discussed, many times over the years, the madness of Internet Voting schemes. Today we've got yet another piece of disturbing evidence that underscores why such a scheme for American democracy would be nothing short of insane.
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Zetter details a "huge security hole" indeed, one which, as she documents, was found to have been used earlier this year to re-route "vast amounts" of U.S. Internet data all the way out to Belarus and Iceland, where it was intercepted in a classic "man-in-the-middle" fashion, before being sent on to its intended receiver. During the hijack attack, the senders and receivers of the Internet data were none the wiser, just as would likely be the case if the same gaping security hole in the Internet's existing architecture was used to hijack votes cast over the Internet, change them, and then send them on to the server of the intended election official recipient...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10419

[UPDATED] Premiere Decides to Keep Progressive Talker Randi Rhodes on Air After All

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Premiere Decides to Keep Progressive Talker Randi Rhodes on Air After All
UPDATE: Rhodes confirms news on air. (AUDIO NOW POSTED)

Clear Channel's Premiere Networks has reversed course. After previously announcing they would end their relationship with her at the end of 2013, the nation's largest radio syndicator has decided to keep progressive radio talker Randi Rhodes on air into next year after all.

According to an email announcement with the subject line "Randi Rhodes Show Continues!", as sent to radio station affiliates that carry Rhodes this morning, Premiere has apologized for their previous announcement earlier this week...

UPDATE WITH AUDIO: Randi Rhodes confirms news on air, describes Clear Channel/Premiere Network's NEW decision to keep her on air in 2014, as "the most confusing story since the 2000 election in Florida," but with a "better outcome this time for our side."

FULL STORY, NOW WITH RHODES' AUDIO EXPLANATION: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10375

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BREAKING: Democratic Candidate Takes Lead in Razor-Thin VA Attorney General Tally

BREAKING: Democratic Candidate Takes Lead in Razor-Thin VA Attorney General Tally
GOP-requested review of several precincts in Richmond City gives Mark Herring (D) edge over Mark Obenshain (R)...

For the first time since the bulk of votes were tallied in Virginia on Election Night last Tuesday, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, state Sen. Mark Herring appears to now have taken the lead over Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain in the razor-thin results of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

Herring just barely leap-frogged Obenshain's totals on Monday afternoon after tallies from a voting machine in the city of Richmond --- the results of which had been previously missing from official tallies since Election Night --- were added to the running totals. The addition of 190 votes from electronic voting machine #3791, plus a few other votes from seven other precincts re-reviewed by Richmond City's Electoral Board on Monday, resulted in what now appears to be a 115 vote lead for Herring over Obenshain.

While the results posted by State Board of Elections (SBE) do not yet reflect that change in the state tally (showing, instead, a 17 vote lead by Obenshain), a number of election experts following and closely documenting the post-election canvassing and correction of vote tallies from across the state have confirmed Herring's new lead. Those experts have been consistently and accurately ahead of the SBE in reporting results in many cases over the past week.

Ironically, the review of the poll tapes printed out by the tabulation computers from eight different precincts in very-heavily Democratic-leaning Richmond City today, came at the request of the Republican Party...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10365

BREAKING: Democratic Candidate Takes Lead in Razor-Thin VA Attorney General Tally

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BREAKING: Democratic Candidate Takes Lead in Razor-Thin VA Attorney General Tally
GOP-requested review of several precincts in Richmond City gives Mark Herring (D) edge over Mark Obenshain (R)...

For the first time since the bulk of votes were tallied in Virginia on Election Night last Tuesday, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, state Sen. Mark Herring appears to now have taken the lead over Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain in the razor-thin results of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

Herring just barely leap-frogged Obenshain's totals on Monday afternoon after tallies from a voting machine in the city of Richmond --- the results of which had been previously missing from official tallies since Election Night --- were added to the running totals. The addition of 190 votes from electronic voting machine #3791, plus a few other votes from seven other precincts re-reviewed by Richmond City's Electoral Board on Monday, resulted in what now appears to be a 115 vote lead for Herring over Obenshain.

While the results posted by State Board of Elections (SBE) do not yet reflect that change in the state tally (showing, instead, a 17 vote lead by Obenshain), a number of election experts following and closely documenting the post-election canvassing and correction of vote tallies from across the state have confirmed Herring's new lead. Those experts have been consistently and accurately ahead of the SBE in reporting results in many cases over the past week.

Ironically, the review of the poll tapes printed out by the tabulation computers from eight different precincts in very-heavily Democratic-leaning Richmond City today, came at the request of the Republican Party...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10365


Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10365

Down to the Provisionals: 55 Vote Margin (or Less) Out of 2.2 Million Cast in Virginia AG Race



Down to the Provisionals: 55 Vote Margin (or Less) Out of 2.2 Million Cast in Virginia AG Race
Memo from State Board of Elections delays final tally in heavily Democratic Fairfax County, where hundreds of provisionals remain...

As of late Saturday, just 55 votes separated the Democratic candidate from the Republican in the Virginia Attorney General's race, according to the State Board of Elections (SBE) website. 55 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast after four days of canvassing, double-checking and processing a number of provisional ballots cast across the state during last Tuesday's election.

The state's 55 vote spread, however, is still larger than the margin cited by the election geeks who have been following this race on a county-by-county and often precinct-by-precinct (even ballot-by-ballot) level. For what it's worth, it's the Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain currently leading the Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring by either 55 votes or 15 votes or somewhere in between right now. But there still remain between 400 and 500 provisional ballots to be adjudicated and possibly added to the totals in heavily Democratic-leaning Fairfax County as of Saturday night, according to Michael McDonald, a specialist in American elections at George Mason University in Fairfax.
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Indeed, it was a surprise edict concerning provisional ballots, as issued by the Republican State Board of Elections, that stopped the Fairfax County Electoral Board dead in their tracks on Saturday before they were able to adjudicate all of the county's provisionals as previously planned...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10363

Tallying VA's 'Missing' Op-Scan Votes; And Other Surprises in the Incredibly Close VA AG Election



Tallying VA's 'Missing' Op-Scan Votes; And Other Surprises in the Incredibly Close VA AG Election

Diebold paper ballot optical-scan tabulator behind recently discovered 'unaccounted for' votes in Fairfax County

But there was yet another unexpected computer tally twist on Friday...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10362

UPDATE: Diebold Op-Scan Probs 'Suspected'; 1000s of Votes 'Unaccounted For' in Virginia AG Race

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BREAKING: Thousands of Votes Discovered 'Unaccounted For' in Virginia AG Race

Inexplicably low absentee results in parts of Fairfax County, which uses paper ballot op-scan systems with history of dropping votes

UPDATED: Diebold op-scan probs 'suspected' by County Registrar: 'Machine totals either didn't print tapes, or didn't show full tallies'...



Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10361

Diebold Charged With Bribery, Falsifying Docs, 'Worldwide Pattern of Criminal Conduct'



Diebold Charged With Bribery, Falsifying Docs, 'Worldwide Pattern of Criminal Conduct'

One of the world's largest ATM manufacturers and, formerly, one of the largest manufacturers of electronic voting systems, has been indicted by federal prosecutors for bribery and falsification of documents.

The charges represent only the latest in a long series of criminal and/or unethical misconduct by Diebold, Inc. and their executives over the past decade.

According to Cleveland's Plain Dealer, a U.S. Attorney says the latest charges are in response to "a worldwide pattern of criminal conduct" by the company.

The $50 million the company has agreed to pay in exchange for the deferred prosecution is a mere fraction of the firm's $3 billion in annual revenues. That, even though Diebold is a repeat offender --- which may be describing it mildly...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10323
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