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Rachel Maddow Show

Rachel Maddow hosts MSNBC’s top-rated primetime show, The Rachel Maddow Show. The show features Maddow’s take on the biggest stories of the day, including issues in the news that most of the media may have underplayed or overlooked.
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This intro by Rachel summarizing the 2012 election results is worth revisiting and savoring this Inauguration Day.

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Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People
American elections feature an epic struggle between actual people trying to express their views in the face of fictional "people" (i.e., Corporations) trying to buy influence. I want to highlight topics such as corrupt money in politics, campaign lies and dishonesty, voter suppression.
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Democrats who voted for the CRomnibus have received twice as much money from the finance industry as the ‘no’ voters

Democrats who voted for the CRomnibus have received twice as much money from the finance industry as the ‘no’ voters | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The vote was as much about alliances as it was about party.
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Surprise, surprise.  This atrocious bill further guts campaign finance laws and includes a bill written verbatim by Citibank that ensures that taxpayers continue to subsidize big banks' reckless activities so they can make windfall profits--until they fail.

 

If it wasn't clear already the corrosive role that money plays in our supposedly democratic system, this is Exhibit A.  Shameful.

 

 

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Outside Groups Set Spending Record in Midterms

Outside Groups Set Spending Record in Midterms | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and the rise of super PACs are setting the stage for even higher totals in 2016.
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Unfortunately, this is going to be the same result in every election from here on out: every election is going to set a record in spending by so-called independent groups.

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The Battle to Protect the Vote

The Battle to Protect the Vote | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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"So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind—it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen.” — Martin Luther King Jr. 


Nothing is more fundamental to American democracy as the voting franchise.  This report details the efforts and impact of GOP attempts to deny the franchise to millions of citizens.

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Purging the Electorate and the APIA Vote

Purging the Electorate and the APIA Vote | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
“The children of...European parentage, quickly merge into the mass of our population and lose the distinctive hallmarks of their European origin. On the other hand, it cannot be doubted that the ch...
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<<Voter disenfranchisement is one of the most symbolic contemporary acts of political violence against Asian Americans—the perpetual foreigner within a political system designed to privilege white racial identity.>>

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Separating Fact from Fiction on Voter ID Statistics | Brennan Center for Justice

Separating Fact from Fiction on Voter ID Statistics | Brennan Center for Justice | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.
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Judicial elections getting more political with new campaign spending

Judicial elections getting more political with new campaign spending | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In a season of rough campaign attack ads, the one aimed at a North Carolina judge was among the roughest.
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Terrible trend.

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GOP Intel Report Debunks Its Own Party's Nutty Benghazi Theories

GOP Intel Report Debunks Its Own Party's Nutty Benghazi Theories | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
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Too bad the Republicans running for President in 2016 won't accept the facts and these conclusions, even if they were determined by their own party.

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The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years

The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Apathy, anger and frustration at the negative tone of the campaigns resulted in the lowest percentage of voter participation since 1942.
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Interesting stats, especially that states that allow mail-on ballots did much better than other states in terms of turnout percentage.

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Report: Birther Behind Misleading Chicago Election Judge Robocalls (AUDIO)

Report: Birther Behind Misleading Chicago Election Judge Robocalls (AUDIO) | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Two Republican parties officials were behind the confusing automated phone calls to Chicago election judges ahead of the election, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

The weekend before the election, multiple election judges received robocalls telling them that they needed to attend additional training in order to help with the Nov. 4 election. At least one robocall gave the judges instructions on voting.
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Figures.  More blatant attempts to cheat by Republicans.

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Voter Suppression: The Midterm Election Story that Doesn't Fit the Media Narrative - The Nation. (blog)

Voter Suppression: The Midterm Election Story that Doesn't Fit the Media Narrative - The Nation. (blog) | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In mainstream media it’s considered downright impolitic to link voter restrictions to election results.
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Dark Money Helped Win the Senate

Dark Money Helped Win the Senate | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Now the chances for limiting secret, special-interest donations seem more distant than ever.
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Depre$$ing.

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Voting glitches reported on Election Day in Virginia after final push in Senate race

Voting glitches reported on Election Day in Virginia after final push in Senate race | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The election in which Ed Gillespie hopes to unseat Sen. Warner puts Virginia’s new voter ID law to the test.
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Regardless of which way the voting machines act up (the video shows a vote for the Republican candidate being recorded as a vote for the Democratic candidate), it is a huge problem and shows why such machines should not be widely used. 

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A Flood of Late Spending on Midterm Elections, From Murky Sources

A Flood of Late Spending on Midterm Elections, From Murky Sources | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Outside groups are pouring tens of millions of dollars into campaign attack ads and automated calls, timing their efforts to avoid identifying donors until after the election.
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Who Wants to Buy a Politician?

Who Wants to Buy a Politician? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
After Citizens United, it turns out that surprisingly few wealthy people and corporations are using campaign donations to influence elections.
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The facts in this article seem to contradict the facts in the other article from the NYT I just posted.  The fact is that spending is at astronomical levels, whether they are actually setting new records or just coming very close to matching previous records.  And, that (unlike individuals who may give $3 or $100 to a candidate) corporations and rich folks don't just give away money to feel good.  

 

Giving huge sums of money may not result in a direct quid pro quo, like a bribe.  But it surely provides access to the politicians and that can lead to the undemocratic specter of corporations writing legislation that provides direct benefits, such as Citibank sneaking in language to the "Cromnibus" bill that will enable it to gamble with taxpayer money knowing that if Citibank bets wrong, the taxpayers will bail them out again.

 

Why this author doesn't seem to understand this impact of pollitical money is beyond me.

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RIP: Obama the Campaign-Finance Reformer

RIP: Obama the Campaign-Finance Reformer | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The president is overseeing a new era of big money politics, despite pledges to level the playing field with wealthy interests.
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This is definitely one of the blackest marks on the Obama presidency.

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Literacy tests were outlawed for a reason

Literacy tests were outlawed for a reason | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The hosts of "Fox & Friends" think it'd be "great" to have Americans pass tests before they can cast a ballot. They're wrong.
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The real irony is that if there were a test of facts that one had to pass in order to be able to vote, so many Fox News viewers would fail miserably, as it has been documented by multiple studies that those who get their news from Fox News are the most misinformed of all.

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If The Supreme Court Reads This Study, It Could End Partisan Gerrymandering Forever

If The Supreme Court Reads This Study, It Could End Partisan Gerrymandering Forever | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A new study out of Duke University casts serious doubts on the reasoning of the justices who have thus-far refused to strike down unconstitutional gerrymanders.
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The headline is hyperbolic and I think wrongly assumes that the Supremes always make decisions based on fact and logic.  But the study discussed and linked in this article offers interesting, objective analysis supporting the common sense observation that North Carolina's congressional districts reeked of naked partisanship when the 2012 election resulted in 4 Democrats elected vs. 9 Republicans, despite Democrats winning over 50% of the votes. 

 

From the summary of the study itself: 

"When random districts are drawn and the results of the 2012 election were re-tabulated under the drawn districtings, we find that an average of 7.6 democratic representatives are elected. 95% of the randomly sampled redistrictings produced between 6 and 9 Democrats."

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Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign spending

Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign spending | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In a decision that could force disclosure of some of the secret money flooding into elections, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that groups that run election-related ads must reveal their donors.
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Let's hope this ruling stands up on appeal.

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Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The underlying anger that goes unnoticed.
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Interesting thesis tying in voter ID laws as part of a systematic reaction of white power structures to Obama's election.

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Michigan's electoral-vote scheme, back from the grave

Michigan's electoral-vote scheme, back from the grave | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Michigan hasn't backed a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. It's led some GOP officials to think of new ways to rig the system in their favor.
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I guess if you can't win fair and square, change the rules.

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It's Pretty Much Just Fox Viewers Who Think Voter Fraud Is A Problem

It's Pretty Much Just Fox Viewers Who Think Voter Fraud Is A Problem | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
There's what some might call a bit of a divide about what is really plaguing voting in the United States: voter fraud or voter disenfranchisement.
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Since voter fraud is objectively-speaking virtually non-existent, this proves once again that those who are fed a steady diet of disinformation on Fox News are simply stupider than those who are not.

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Photo ID Laws Led To Voter Suppression - FOX News Radio

Photo ID Laws Led To Voter Suppression - FOX News Radio | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Photo ID laws resulted in six million fewer people voting this year, most of them poor or people of color, according to political scientist Michael P. McDonald.
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The Voter-Fraud Myth - The New Yorker

The Voter-Fraud Myth - The New Yorker | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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Article reveals the nauseating and conscious-less actions of the conservatives who are determined to cheat their way to victory. 

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Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.
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The midterm results only put a stamp on this.

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Texas vote suppression debacle: Why GOP’s scheme is already working

Texas vote suppression debacle: Why GOP’s scheme is already working | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Just as state Republicans hoped, its new photo ID law is keeping certain people from voting. Here's how bad it is
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Totally nauseating.

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