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How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The Lead Teaser:  As the 2012 presidential race shifts from the GOP primary battle to the general election matchup between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, a new PEJ study of the primary campaign coverage reveals what the public has ...
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Question: How Many Donors Does Karl Rove's Super PAC Have? | Coffee Party TV

Question: How Many Donors Does Karl Rove's Super PAC Have? | Coffee Party TV | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Answer: 90% of their money comes from 24 donors.  2 of their donors have funnelled more than $10 million dollars for the purposes of electioneering, when in fact their tax exempt status forbids them from doing just that.  Cenk Uygur discusses some...
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Code for America recruiting startups for Civic Startup Accelerator | Coffee Party Tech

Code for America recruiting startups for Civic Startup Accelerator | Coffee Party Tech | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Soon after we launched the Code for America (CfA) fellowship, we realized that to accomplish the kind of change we were seeking not only would government have to change but also the civic tech ecosystem.
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Earth Day Dallas and the Conservative Case for Conservation | Washington Times Communities

Earth Day Dallas and the Conservative Case for Conservation | Washington Times Communities | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Former First Lady Laura Bush will speak at Earth Day Dallas to send the message that conservation is conservative.
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FactCheck.org : Romney Misfires with EPA Anecdote

Mitt Romney railed against the “Obama EPA” and “how the Obama government interferes with personal freedom” — using as his example an EPA action taken in 2007, under President George W. Bush.


Furthermore, it was a Republican-nominated federal judge who made the initial ruling — in EPA’s favor — that was overturned recently by the Supreme Court.

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Orrin Hatch to face run-off in primary - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Orrin Hatch to face run-off in primary - Political Hotsheet - CBS News | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Six-term Utah Republican survives convention challenge by Tea Partiers, but is forced to face run-off election in June Read more by Leigh Ann Caldwell on CBS News' Political Hotsheet.

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Wall Street’s Elite Do Know How Much Damage They’ve Done

Wall Street’s Elite Do Know How Much Damage They’ve Done | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

by JEFFREY HOLLENDER, CSR Wire

 

With 1 out of every 7 Americans now relying on food stamps, 25 million children homeless and 46.2 million Americans living below the official poverty line, the highest number in the 52 years, we almost hope that Wall Street execs are unconscious of the consequences of their actions. But they do.

 

In their eyes, the beauty of the system that Wall Street has created is “middle-class serfdom,” as Dan Alpert, a former managing partner of the New York investment bank Westwood Capital coined it.

 

While many of us are focused on the practical and structural problems our society and economy, we can’t avoid a much more difficult conversation about ethics and morals. Business hides behind the law to avoid the conversation about greed and how perfectly legal practices destroy the fabric of our society. While we often talk about “externalizing costs,” we rarely discuss the collateral damage and unintended consequences of a society that has removed ethical responsibility from the conversation.

 

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Does America still want to lead the world?

Does America still want to lead the world? | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

"For all their bitter differences, President Obama and Governor Romney share one overwhelming challenge. Whoever is elected will face the growing reality that the greatest risk to global stability over the next 20 years may be the nature of America itself. Nothing – not Iranian or North Korean nuclear weapons, not violent extremists or Mideast instability, not climate change or economic imbalances – will shape the world as profoundly as the ability of the United States to remain an effective and confident world player advocating its traditional global purpose of individual rights and open societies."

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New curbs on voter registration could hurt Obama

by DEBORAH CHARLES, Reuters


New state laws designed to fight voter fraud could reduce the number of Americans signing up to vote in this year's presidential election by hundreds of thousands, a potential problem for President Barack Obama's re-election bid.


Voting laws passed by Republican-led legislatures in a dozen states during the past year have sharply restricted voter-registration drives that typically target young, low-income, African-American and Hispanic voters - groups that have backed the Democratic president by wide margins. [MORE]

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Politics Done Right With Egberto Willies, Guest Host Eric Byler

Politics Done Right With Egberto Willies, Guest Host Eric Byler | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Politics Done Right with Guest Michael Stafford

Saturday 4/21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET  
Call in (646) 929-2495

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Award-winning film director and Coffee Party president Eric Byler jumps in for Egberto Willies' Radio Show, Politics Done Right.


Eric's guests will include conservative columnist Michael Stafford, author of the book An Upward Calling, and the new article: Earth Day: Empowering the people.


Michael will talk about recent attacks on environmental and public health regulations by polluting industries by way of Congress. [MORE]

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Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Backed By Vermont Legislature

Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Backed By Vermont Legislature | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

BY: PAUL BLUMENTHAL, HUFFINGTON POST

WASHINGTON -- Vermont has become the third U.S. state to pass a resolution calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to get money out of politics and reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that allows unlimited corporate money in politics.


The resolution passed the Vermont House 92-40 on Thursday, one week after the state Senate approved it 26-3.


Aquene Freechild, the senior organizer in Vermont for Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People campaign, called the passage of the resolution "absolutely amazing."


The resolution came after months of campaigning by local activists . . .
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The Three Main Obstacles in the Way of Education Reform

The Three Main Obstacles in the Way of Education Reform | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Previous attempts have only piled more money on the heap of a broken system. We need transformative changes, not additive ones.Reuters Last year, Adam Gray was named the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.  Then he was laid off.


I can't help but wonder if we were to start over and build an education system today to serve our needs, what would it look like?  How much money would we save on prisons?  Could we pay lower taxes?~DM

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Where Dishonest Obama Memes Collide

Where Dishonest Obama Memes Collide | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats are doing all they can to keep oxygen in this “war on women” narrative, and the next big agenda item is the vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
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Pushback for Romney Fund

Pushback for Romney Fund | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
An effort by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to increase the amount of money backers can give has hit a hurdle: new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that are making some Wall Street donors skittish about writing checks.
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Are We Sliding Toward a Police State?

Are We Sliding Toward a Police State? | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
A Sacramento, California area family is mourning
the death of their mentally disabled son, who was shot to death by
a sheriff’s deputy after the family had called the sheriff’s
department for help in restraining him.


Final paragraph talks about the need to think of public employees as community members...thinking beyond the pensions we can no longer afford to pay and relating it also to our law enforcement officers as community members, not invaders.  There are economic consequences to separating "us" into "us v. them".

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Army cancels Ted Nugent's concert

Army cancels Ted Nugent's concert | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
It's lights out on Ted Nugent's scheduled concert at an Army base in Kentucky.


"After learning of opening act Ted Nugent's recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation," according to an announcement posted Saturday on the base's Facebook page.

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Christian ≠ Republican

Christian ≠ Republican | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Timothy Noah laments how Christianists have distorted "Christian": A 78-percent majority of Americans is Christian.
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FactCheck.org : What Priorities USA Action Doesn’t Tell You

A pro-Obama super PAC’s new TV ad portrays Mitt Romney as a past and future threat to middle-class families. The statements it makes about Romney’s business dealings and tax proposals contain some truth — but don’t tell the whole story:

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Super PACs first quarter haul: More than $100 million in political contributions | Coffee Party Tech

Super PACs first quarter haul: More than $100 million in political contributions | Coffee Party Tech | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
By Jacob Fenton and Anupama Narayanswamy Super PACs raised more in the first three months of 2012 than they did in all of 2011, and after just two years of existence have emerged as a financial force that rivals the political parties and...
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On air now...Conservative Michael Stafford talking about locally sourced energy.

On air now...Conservative Michael Stafford talking about locally sourced energy. | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Listen online or call in at 646-929-2495.  Questions will be taken.  What could be done here in the U.S. to move towards locally sourced energy and less reliance on corporate supply?

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Obama kicks off battle versus Romney with big money lead

Obama kicks off battle versus Romney with big money lead | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitt Romney had his best fundraising month yet in March, but the presumed Republican nominee remained far behind Democratic President Barack Obama in the money game, filings with...

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Republicans Concerned Over State Focus on Social Issues

Republicans Concerned Over State Focus on Social Issues | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Some Republicans, eager to focus attention on fiscal issues, fear that a flurry of socially conservative legislation in states across the country could hurt the party in the fall.
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The Surprising Laura Ingraham

The Surprising Laura Ingraham | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
I’ve often thought myself a modern-day Diogenes only, instead of looking for an honest man, I’m looking for a political pundit who will say something—anything—I don’t expect them to say.

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's comment, April 20, 2012 11:03 PM
REALLY?
Michael Charney's comment, April 21, 2012 9:18 AM
Yes, J'nene... Please don't get me wrong: Laura Ingraham is very much one of the pundits that I believe to be a big part of the problem; she, too, is guilty of hijacking the conversation from you and I. However, I'm always on the lookout for anyone who says something I don't expect, who steps outside the lines even just a tiny bit. Even Glenn Beck--and everyone knows how I feel about him!--has earned an occasional kudo from me... The bottom line? Ingraham's response in this case was both civil and reasonable.
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62 Percent of Fund Raised by Rove’s Groups Come From Mystery Donors

62 Percent of Fund Raised by Rove’s Groups Come From Mystery Donors | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

by SUZANNE MERKELSON, United Republic

 

Super PACs, the non-campaign organizations that can raise and spend unlimited amounts, are supposed to disclose all their donors. But by partnering with 501(c)(4) organizations, nonprofit “social welfare” groups that can’t spend all their time on electioneering, super PACs can obscure their donors.

iWatchNews reports:

 

"Sixty-two percent of funds raised by two conservative groups associated with former Bush adviser Karl Rove have come from mystery donors, a statistic that shows the increasingly important role being played by nonprofits in a post-Citizens United political world.

 

"American Crossroads, a super PAC, and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a nonprofit, were founded in 2010 by Rove and another former Bush adviser, Ed Gillespie. Together, they raised $123 million through the end of 2011, according to an iWatch News review of Federal Election Commission data and Internal Revenue Service filings.

 

"Of that sum, $76.8 million, or 62 percent, went to Crossroads GPS, which is a nonprofit, “social welfare” group organized under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code. Like American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS can pay for advertising that attacks political opponents by name and urges viewers to vote against them." [MORE]


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'This Industry's Voice on Capitol Hill': The Drone-Industrial Complex

'This Industry's Voice on Capitol Hill': The Drone-Industrial Complex | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
This will make you feel better in just about every way.


Well...it doesn't breathe.  And other than that, I can only think of snarky things to say.  ~DM

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