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rawstory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:15 PM
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LETTER: Four House Dems ask for Ohio criminal investigation
Edited on Fri Jan-14-05 03:15 PM by rawstory
Four Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee asked the Department of Justice to begin a criminal investigation into Ohios Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell today, RAW STORY has learned. For the detailed story and background click here.

Among other matters, the referral is to request an investigation into voter intimidation, improper voter purging, perjury, possible misuse of Help America Vote Act funds, tampering with voting machines during Ohios recount and Blackwells misuse of the Great Seal of the United States in a campaign letter.

In the matter of misusing the Great Seal in violation of federal law, which was reported first by the Brad Blog earlier this week, the congressmen and women are seeking a special prosecutor.

Letter (six pages) at link: http://rawstory.rawprint.com/105/conyers_ashcroft_lette...
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:16 PM
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1. thank you Mr. Conyers and friends.
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no_to_war_economy Donating Member (962 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:19 PM
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2. i love the sound of that " Special Prosecutor "
say it with me .. Opposition Party, Opposition Party, Opposition Party

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Kota Donating Member (658 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:22 PM
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3. Thanks Rawstory.
Conyers is keeping the pressure on.
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FreepFryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:25 PM
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4. And here's how you can help.
The extraordinary step of requesting a special prosecutor means that eventually, whatever the venue, Blackwell be investigated for his actions.

And how can you help? Get on the record yourselves. Contact the Republican leaders of House and the Senate and make your opinions known, in a polite and determined way!

I recommend that you write Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) requesting that they assist in the effort to determine whether criminal wrongdoing took place.

Contact Congressman J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
http://www.house.gov/hastert/write1.shtml

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Contact Senator Bill Frist, MD (R-TN)
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:48 PM
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6. Thanks for the contact links - keep kicked
I appreciate the contact links FF, and I just sent messages to each. Now I will contact my own Rep and Senators.
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:49 PM
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8. Wrote both of them n/t
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Catbird Donating Member (633 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:32 PM
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12. Done
I contacted both of them and also my representative.
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darkworkz Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 11:20 PM
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23. When you write your letters!!
Send through the USPS. Washington is run on paper. So flood the House and Senate with letters.

Take back the Republic with a stamp
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Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 12:36 PM
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32. Can anyone post a letter or email sample I can plagarize?
I want to write via regular mail, but I'm having trouble with the wording, and would greatly appreciate help - if anyone can post a sample, I'd appreciate it!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:46 PM
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5. " ...reported first by the Brad Blog earlier this week ..."
If it were not for BradBlog, rawstory, truthout, the Nashua Advocate, Freepress.org and a few other non-MSM media, we'd all be pod people. Keep up the good work, all ya'll.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:49 PM
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7. I know, I check out Rawstory and the like
before I check my email now. They are awesome.
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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 10:39 AM
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29. How sad but true! n/t
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LeahD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:05 PM
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9. Let's Do It
Let's do what FreepFryer suggests in Post #4...call, fax, E-mail.
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tex-wyo-dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:05 PM
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10. Outstanding!
Thanks for the article and keep up the good work!

Things should get interesting...

Thank you Mr. Conyers!!!
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bmoney07 Donating Member (304 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:06 PM
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11. Awsome - maybe they should pull ole Kenny Star to investigate
ole Kenny Fuckwell
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JackORoses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:39 PM
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13. mmmmmmmm, Special Prosecutor
just think
if a Special Prosecutor can turn a blowjob into an Impeachment

what could one make of widespread election fraud???
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AmerDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:57 PM
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14. Thanks again RawStory
Great stuff and it's very appreciated! :toast:
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Twist_U_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:58 PM
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15. as if
ashcroft, hastert and frist will even acknowledge this letter let alone assign a special pro to this.
Wake up guys we are in a dictatorship,the only thing that will fix this is to take it to the streets.
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LeeB Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 04:23 AM
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26. You're probably right, Twist_U_Up . . .
. . . but if we spread this kind of news all over Hell's half acre, they lose, no matter which way they respond (or don't). If they approve the plan, it might reflect better on them when the scheme is exposed and we get to watch those perp walks; but if they refuse, they just add another log on the fire as we get ready to roast them in 2006, if not sooner, for their un-American behavior. I'm all for closing in on them from all sides and making enough noise to catch the attention of the innocent (clueless?) bystanders.
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 07:19 AM
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27. twist_U-Up: taking to the streets...
500,000 people took to the streets in New York to stop the invasion of Iraq, and millions more around the US and the world. It had zero affect on BushCon policy. For a while I thought it might have helped reduce casualties, but the report that came out just before the election from British doctors said that our bombing killed AT LEAST 100,000 innocent people.

I'm not against street protests. I've done many myself, and completely endorse the coming DC protests. Street presence is vital. If nothing else, the big antiwar protests heartened people, and established that we are not alone, and there is great value also in merely bearing witness, no matter how big or small.

However, it does not move the BushCons (because they are a fascist coup--they do not have "consent of the governed," nor do they care), and it does not change the power situation in the government.

From what I can see, there is only one thing left that we can do, and it is vitally important: a state by state, county by county recovery of our right to vote. We need

a) paper ballots
b) hand counts

or at least

a) voter verified paper ballot for all electronic voting (and one that takes precedence over electronic tallies in any recount)
b) open source code in all electronic machines, including central tabulators

and c) honest exit polls to check for fraud (as is done everywhere else in the world.

There is a REASON that the BushCons stole our vote--because voting holds tremendous potential power. They can marginalize, and ridicule and ignore any size of protest. But they can't do that to a fair and honest election that throws them out of office.

I think we really, really need to focus peoples' attention on their loss of the right to vote, so that it can be remedied locally (Congress isn't going to do it!). Those who believe in peace, fairness and justice are the majority, but we have not been able to get our will enforced. If and when we ARE able to get our will enforced, we can transform this country very quickly.

Anyway, I'm not arguing with street protest; I'm arguing with saying that it is "the only thing that will fix" the BushCon coup. The BushCons can easily crush street protest, and would love to do it. But a widespread, decentralized, and highly focused effort, at the local level, to retrieve the election system will be much harder for them to prevent, and the direct power that it holds to evict them our government is considerable.

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bush_is_wacko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 05:21 PM
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16. Thanks, this is good news. Too bad Ashcroft is the recipient!
I emailed everybody with this story. I have seen a little depression and helplessness creeping back in on those that thought it was all over on January 6. This ought to cheer a few of them up!

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Alizaryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 05:35 PM
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17. Spread it to every media source you can think of.
MAYBE (Yes I'm an optimist)will report on it and pressure Ashcroft to respond fairly.
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AmerDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 06:31 PM
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19. send it out to those on your e-mail list
anything to break the silence of the MSM.
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 05:46 PM
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18. kick
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Pepper32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 06:33 PM
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20. Great news! Thanks again, Raw Story... eom
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 10:44 PM
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21. I'll bring the marshmallows. Let's have a wienie roast!
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No Exit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 10:46 PM
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22. HOORAY!!!
The way to the antichrist is through his minions!!
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 11:32 PM
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24. EXACTLY!
EOM

:kick: :kick: :kick: :kick: :kick:
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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 11:36 PM
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25. Keep hope alive!!!!!!!!!!
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 09:10 AM
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28. Conyers is magnificent.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 10:50 AM
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30. This is wonderful news
makes my day!

:bounce:
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marcologico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 12:15 PM
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31. THANK U Robert Scott, John Conyers, Sheila Jackson Lee, & Jerrold Nadler!!
:toast:
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 01:43 PM
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33. Real Democrats know how to kick someone in the balls
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