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GOP Firm Now Said to be Facing Criminal Probe in CO as Well, While Repub Sec. of State Ignores Allegations, Rants About Imaginary 'Voter Fraud'
(great blog on this by Brad)
The above link has other updates on Florida and other voting issues in CO
One very key thing Brad noted that I had also seen in the pattern of GOP hiring ads:
We also uncovered evidence that the same scheme is being carried out by GOP voter registration workers in Oregon, though Sproul has insisted to The BRAD BLOG that none of his companies are doing registration work in the state. If true, that would suggest that the insidious and dishonest scheme to misrepresent GOP voter registration workers as pollsters, instead, to potential registrants, in hopes of screening out Obama supporters, may, in fact, be a coordinated national Republican strategy going beyond just that of Sproul's firms.
In a report Brad doesn't mention, the same GOP firm has been accused of voter registration fraud in NC (I believe again based upon a news report I linked last week)
So far, the state board has identified about six questionable forms in N.C. from the firm — but many forms have not yet been processed.
This is also a good site for tracking voting news in various states probably with many things I haven't included above (beyond google news searches) for those interested
Posted by cleduc | Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:00 AM (7 replies)
Similarly worded In Colorado:
And a differently worded ad in Nevada that describes the polling scam like we saw in the CO video:
I found a lot of hits using google for the text within those two ads that link to jobs finding sites.
I linked this thread to Rachel Maddows blog to see if it would interest them
Posted by cleduc | Wed Oct 3, 2012, 12:22 PM (2 replies)
Orlando Ad quote:
"Are you a passionate Republican looking to make an impact this election?
Posted by cleduc | Wed Oct 3, 2012, 11:38 AM (1 replies)
It may have already started.
If Romney blows the debate on Wednesday, I think think there will be a mass exodus of money to down the ticket.
I've been looking at indicators for the jobs report on Friday and it looks like it will be another moderate month of jobs growth - but better than August.
Payrolls, after slowing in five of the first eight months this year, rose 115,000 in September following a less-than- forecast 96,000 gain in August, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg ahead of a Labor Department report due Oct. 5. Private employers added 130,000 workers, they predicted, and the jobless rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in August.
The Small Business Employment Index shows that employment rose by 0.2% in September, or an annualized growth rate of 2.5%. The growth equates to about 40,000 new jobs created in September.
However, the numbers of holiday season hires are going to be significantly higher than in last year and add at least 40,000 more jobs
There was also encouraging news on manufacturing, orders and exports today.
Iran's currency hits all-time low as western sanctions take their toll
Iranians are suffering their worst financial crisis since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, with the national currency hitting an all-time low and the prices of staple goods soaring.
So it doesn't look like Romney is going to get much new on the economy or Iran to work with from that. He'll have to do it in the debates or get crazy lucky from some other incident (Euro collapse? - something dramatic like that before the election but that he can pin on Obama).
Posted by cleduc | Tue Oct 2, 2012, 12:20 AM (0 replies)
Sep 24th 8:20 PM
Obama and Michelle Obama attend a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government
President Barack Obama talks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan before the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama is pictured in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
UNGA 2012 Reception
United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar during the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York
He was also seen chatting with the Brazilian PM
Obama cancelled a previously scheduled meeting with Egyptian PM so that an international flap with Israel wouldn't start up in the media. (it was a newspaper who erroneously reported Obama had declined to meet with Bibi - Bibi's office said that report was wrong)
Then, Obama gave a speech many of you wouldn't know about because the media didn't do their job:
President Obama in Ministerial Meeting on Sudan: "The Fate of Millions"
As described earlier, President Obama attended a meeting of heads of state, and Sudanese leaders, to address the urgent situation in Sudan as part of his long-standing personal commitment to supporting peace in Sudan and ending the genocide in Darfur.
Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi talks to President Obama through an interpreter on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, September 25
Sep.26 (Saba)- President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi met on Tuesday at the United Nations building with the U.S. President Barack Obama, who welcomed him warmly in this visit to the U.S..
Obama also had "courtesy call" meetings with Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the current president of the U.N. General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic of Serbia. (Obama's visit with Ban was on a schedule released by the State Department, but was absent from Obama's public schedule released late Monday by the White House.)
And most would know:
Obama delivers remarks to the UN General Assembly; Michelle Obamaalso attends.
Obama delivers remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.
Obama departs New York City en route Washington, D.C.
That's what Obama did two weeks after the attack in Bengazi during his less than 2 days in New York where he also stopped in for his interview on the View. He'd dealt with Bengazi long before his trip to New York.
Posted by cleduc | Mon Oct 1, 2012, 05:56 PM (1 replies)
Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service.
It's a frightening situation.
A bunch of that is due to the right wing rhetoric.
When I was a kid, I liked to read biographies about great people. After reading a lot of them, I wondered what it would be like to observe one of them while they were still alive as all the individuals I'd read about had passed except Churchill who was in his 90s and out of public view. Then I read my Dad's books on JFK and thought I was all set to watch a great man while he was still alive ... he was shot within the year. I latched onto RFK and had become an admirer of MLK's efforts and you know the story. Vietnam. Watergate. And that series of events knocked the steam out of my interest in politics. But the assassinations were by far the most painful for me.
Jimmy Carter rekindled my interest some. John Lennon's assassination had a similar effect on me. He was one of my favorite people of all time. And my interest in politics waned again.
And then after many years passed, along came Barack who really reignited and inspired me.
I've been worried about Obama since before his election. I reported three of those threats to the Secret Service on the same individual and they did a fine job.
Have you ever tried to imagine what it would be like to get up in town halls and rallies, exposed in front of thousands of people, knowing there are thousands of wacky people out there who want you dead? And knowing that although they've caught a bunch of them in the act, those who are supposed to protect you are understaffed and overwhelmed? Yet this man can shut that all out and speak beautifully and relaxed with such conviction and compassion - focused on doing the people's business and giving it his all. To me, that's a demonstration of real inner strength and courage that is rarely acknowledged.
Meanwhile, those who claim to be "real Americans" disparage this man putting his life on the line as a communist anti-American Muslim n-word- or whatever. It's sickening. And it irresponsibly increases the risk of some nut taking his life.
I wish Barack Obama the best and hope he is allowed to finish what he's started. After being disappointed with assassinations so many times before, I'd like to see one great man that appealed to me survive and complete his work.
Posted by cleduc | Sat Sep 29, 2012, 06:55 PM (2 replies)
Romney had to borrow $20 mil to get through August.
Romney & Ryan have been doing a lot of fundraisers - including many in non battleground states - a bunch more than Obama. Romney-Ryan are behind and have been criticized for doing fewer campaign events than Obama-Biden ... because they're running around the country with their hands out to the 53%.
Early voting has started. We're down to the short strokes of this election.
If they're so starved for cash and need to do more campaign events, you'd think the Super Duper PACs would step up. Isn't that why we were supposed to be so afraid of them? The big ad spending that would put Obama away? Wouldn't you want to get behind your guy when he's down and push to get him back into the game?
Ad Spending in Presidential Battleground States
- was updated recently today
Restore Our Future is Romney's own Super PAC that his people control and it's still contributing what it can. It's funding was falling in August and it's bank balance was down to about $7 mil at the end of August so it was running short of cash then.
Apparently, according to a Washington Post article, this week's ad spending has pretty much exhausted what the RNC can contribute to Romney.
the RNC has used up nearly all of the $21.6 million it is allowed to spend under law on coordinated advertising with the Romney campaign, records show.
Here's what that leaves:
Crossroads (Rove) spent $331k in Florida and $395k in Nevada. That's it. And that's way below Karl's pace (particularly as ad spending is ramping up) and well below his $5.66 mil last week.
Americans for Prosperity, American Future Fund & Concerned Women for America didn't show up last week or this week with any dough for ads.
I've been watching this closely for a couple of weeks because I felt that if the internal polls done by the GOP started to stink, Rove wouldn't be stupid and bet heavy on second place. I figured he'd do what they did to Bob Dole: bail out and place bigger bets down the GOP ticket.
Today, might be evidence of that happening. I wouldn't take it to the bank yet because these folks are not stupid or trustworthy. But there's been funny stuff going on for a few weeks with this ad spending so it's quite possible this is a further sign that they've thrown in the towel on Mitt.
I just saw the numbers so I've got some more crunching to do and I'll post back in this thread if I have anything else to add.
Posted by cleduc | Fri Sep 28, 2012, 05:41 PM (4 replies)
past three weeks. They've bought ads in that state every single week since May 14.
Romney campaign stopped nearly all ads for a couple of weeks including NC - which is probably why Obama ad buys slowed down during that time. Romney has resumed buying ads in NC the last couple of weeks spending more than Obama - strange for a campaign that's supposedly so far ahead, their opponent is dropping out. For evidence of that, look at Michigan where Obama hasn't spent but Romney spent $10 mil for nothing.
Obama is +1.0 in Real Clear's GOP slanted poll of polls
In the last 30 days, Obama has had 9 campaign events in NC. Romney has had just one.
A look at barackobama.com shows about 600 phone banks, registrations, etc scheduled over today, tomorrow and Wednesday in that state.
I serious doubt their claim that Obama is pulling out of the state.
Posted by cleduc | Mon Sep 24, 2012, 09:29 PM (0 replies)
With absentee and early voting set to begin next week in Iowa, a battleground state in the presidential race, Democrats have a 6-1 edge in ballot requests so far, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Probably has something to do with the organization Obama set up there in 2008 and on. That has to be a chilling result to those at the GOP hoping Iowa is in play as there were only about 1.5 million votes cast in 2008. 100,000 Dem early voting ballots requested out the gate is daunting for the GOP.
The other thing that Obama did was invest in these offices last fall. My sister tells me that a few offices were never closed since 2008 though she was vague on how many or where they were.
As a community organizer who ran get out the vote campaigns in Chicago, this president would know this game as well as any candidate for that office we've ever seen.
Posted by cleduc | Mon Sep 24, 2012, 03:46 PM (0 replies)
If you buy the theory that anyone in a swing state who is still undecided is pretty unlikely to vote, that means that this election becomes pretty much a ground game, coming down to who can get their folks out. It is absolutely impossible to gauge at this point the relative effectiveness of the Obama and Romney campaign operations and their respective party apparatus. At the suggestion of Cook Political Report House Editor David Wasserman, I counted up the state headquarters and field offices for the two campaigns, with the RNC Victory offices counted in the Romney totals. Clearly this is a crude instrument of estimating effort, but in those 11 swing states, the Obama campaign has 526 offices while the Romney campaign and RNC Victory offices total 251. In Colorado, Obama has 55 and Romney 14; it’s Obama 80 and Romney 47 in Florida. In Iowa it’s 65 for Obama and 14 for Romney. Michigan is the one state where there are more Romney than Obama offices (23 to 20). In Nevada, it’s 25 for Obama and 11 for Romney. Obama also holds the edge in New Hampshire (22 to eight), North Carolina (49 to 24), and Ohio (79 to 37). Pennsylvania has 39 Obama and 19 Romney outposts, Virginia has 40 for Obama and 30 for Romney, while in Wisconsin the advantage is for Obama is 52 to 24. This may or may not be a fair way to measure field activity, but I certainly can’t think of any other way to quantify it at this stage.
That article struck me as a fair and worthy read of the election at this point in time. There's plenty more than the above quote.
So the number of offices for the ground game looks good for Obama but it doesn't consider:
Koch Group Kicks Off Massive Voter Mobilization Effort
With Voter ID laws, election hours, intimidation, questionable voting machines and various GOP shenanigans and the big money behind them, this thing is far from over and will never be in the bag until Nov 7th.
If you can help out at any of those 526 Obama offices or elsewhere, I'm sure it would be appreciated. Now wouldn't be too soon to start.
Posted by cleduc | Mon Sep 24, 2012, 02:53 PM (7 replies)