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Sun May 21, 2017, 05:20 AM

Remember when Russia asked to monitor Houston, TX polling places?

Ran across this when I was googling the head of TX GOP party recently resigning, trying to see if he had any Russia connections. Google brought up an entry from TX Public Radio because he was quoted on a page that talks about when Russia asked to not only monitor polling places in Houston but also OK and Louisiana.

Just one of many things that probably had us all going "meh..." back THEN but makes you wonder NOW how it fits in with Russiagate/Trump.
Side note..the TX SOS Casco mentioned in the article resigned shortly afterwards.


The Russian consulate general in Houston has asked if its delegation can monitor polling places during the Nov. 8th election in Texas. The state's Secretary of State Carlos Cascos not only denied the Russians' request but said if it happened they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
In a letter, Zakharvo says his government simply wanted to study the U.S. experience in the organization of the voting process. Cascos, in the return letter, told the Russian delegation that would not be possible.


We reached out to the Russian consul general’s office in Houston, but they were not available for comment. ​Texas was one of three states that turned down such requests from Russia. The other two states were Oklahoma and Louisiana.

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Sun May 21, 2017, 07:24 AM

1. Oh, yeah.....! Not just Texas, as I recall. Florida, too, maybe? nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #1)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:25 AM

3. Kushner had his "data" office in San Antonio, too

Wonder if the FBI, etc... have rounded up any of Kushner's "pro bono non-traditional background" data people yet?
I say this as someone who lives in Texas: what better place to hide than a red state? It's not like the state officials are gonna come after you. How I would love to see some TX repukes dragged into this and brought down.


By June the GOP nomination secured, Kushner took over all data-driven efforts. Within three weeks, in a nondescript building outside San Antonio, he had built what would become a 100-person data hub designed to unify fundraising, messaging and targeting. Run by Brad Parscale, who had previously built small websites for the Trump Organization, this secret back office would drive every strategic decision during the final months of the campaign. "Our best people were mostly the ones who volunteered for me pro bono," Kushner says. "People from the business world, people from nontraditional backgrounds."

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Thu May 25, 2017, 09:24 PM

4. Bad etiquette, I know. Kicking my own post, don't feel like re-writing it

Now that the Kushner news broke today...wondering if his little "secret backroom" data center plays any part in it given the Russian hacking, etc..
If it's not...it needs to be another dot in the connect the dots that's going on.

He seems to have been a main player in data/computers/messaging/targeting voters.

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Sun May 21, 2017, 07:32 AM

2. Last Danish election for the European Parliament was monitored by OSCE

"Earlier this year, Russia sent personal invitations to US monitors asking them to observe the September parliamentary elections, and 63 accepted the offer. In total, 774 monitors from 63 nations received accreditation to observe Russia’s parliamentary elections. In addition, US representatives visited Russia earlier as part of an OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ monitoring mission."

Of course the Russians is using this as a propaganda tool, and so does many of the other countries sending OSCE representatives. But it is silly to block this work!

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