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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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Outstanding summary of President Obama's political strategies in his first term vs. his second, including footage from the PBS documentary illustrating the GOP's plans -- hatched the very night of O's first inauguration -- to simply say "NO!" to everything the President wanted to do, even if they were pollicies that Republicans themselves had previously endorsed.

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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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A Dream Undone

A Dream Undone | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.
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Long but rewarding article about the history and importance of the Voting Rights Act.

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WSU statistician sues seeking Kansas voting machine paper tapes

WSU statistician sues seeking Kansas voting machine paper tapes | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Beth Clarkson has analyzed election returns showing an unexplained pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increases the larger the size of the precinct.
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Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out

Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Americans are required to register if they want to vote; as of this week, Oregonians will have to register not to.
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Huge step forward.

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Voting Rights Legacy of the ’60s Heads to Court as North Carolina Law Is Tested

Voting Rights Legacy of the ’60s Heads to Court as North Carolina Law Is Tested | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A federal trial is meant to determine whether recent changes in the state’s election laws discriminate against black voters. It could help define the scope of voting rights across the country in the coming presidential election.
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This could be huge: a crucial effort to begin to stem the tide of discriminatory laws sponsored by the GOP to curtail voting by disfavored groups.

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Supreme Court Rejects Attempt To Make Voter Registration Harder

Supreme Court Rejects Attempt To Make Voter Registration Harder | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Court narrowly avoided dealing a blow to non-partisan redistricting and allowing more barriers to voter registration.
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Huge victory for democracy!

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'What's the matter with Kansas?' gains new urgency

'What's the matter with Kansas?' gains new urgency | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
It's not Kansas' budget crisis -- Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is creating political turmoil in other key areas of state policymaking, too.
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Brownback to give an avowed "voter fraud" zealot the power to instigate supposed fraud prosecutions when experts have declined, based on the evidence, to bring them. What could go wrong?

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Campaign finance reformers just won a massive victory at the Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberals in letting states limit judicial fundraising.
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Welcome ruling, but some of the same considerations that animate the opinion should also apply to rein in campaign fundraising for political candidates.

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12 charts that show American politics has gone off the rails

These charts should worry both Republicans and Democrats.
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This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
By simplifying gerrymandering we see how problematic it really is.
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Simple and cogent.  That Philadelphia district map: wow!

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Chuck Todd screwed up when he told this whopping truth? (VIDEO)

Chuck Todd screwed up when he told this whopping truth? (VIDEO) | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Were all the producers on holiday vacation? This was taped. How did they allow Chuck Todd to screw up by speaking a truth many did not know about the news.
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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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President Obama’s Letter to the Editor

President Obama’s Letter to the Editor | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A letter from the president in response to Jim Rutenberg’s article about the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.
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<<I am where I am today only because men and women like Rosanell Eaton refused to accept anything less than a full measure of equality. Their efforts made our country a better place. It is now up to us to continue those efforts. Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act.>>

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Trump: "When you give (money to politicians) they do whatever the hell you want them to do." (VIDEO)

We are Against Crony Capitalism. ACC is a completely non-partisan organization. We do not support/endorse or oppose any candidate for office. We believe that both major parties are heavily...
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The Donald makes the case for public financing of elections.

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court struck down Texas' voter ID law on Wednesday in a victory for the Obama administration, which had taken the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight new Republican-backed mandates at the ballot box.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 2011 law carries a "discriminatory effect" and violates one of the remaining provisions of the Voting Rights Act — the heart of which was struck down by the U.S. Supre
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YES!  This should encourage DoJ and others to continue to fight GOP-led efforts to disenfranchise voters.

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How the Billionaires Bought Justice For Scott Walker

How the Billionaires Bought Justice For Scott Walker | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
() Scott Walker is the perfect example of how billionaires can purchase justice a la carte to protect their pet politicians.
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i wish there was more outrage about this.

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The Florida Supreme Court just made a huge new anti-gerrymandering ruling

It struck down eight districts for being drawn to help Republicans.
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States Seeking Voter Citizenship Proof Denied by U.S. Supreme Court

The rebuff is a victory for the Obama administration and voting- and minority-rights groups.
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Hillary Clinton Calls For Automatic, Universal Voter Registration

Hillary Clinton Calls For Automatic, Universal Voter Registration | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton in a speech on Thursday called for universal, automatic voter registration, saying every citizen in the country should be automatically registered to vote when they turn
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Republicans are trying to deflect from this proposal by saying Hillary is "dividing the country."  But they have no substantive objection to a policy that would go a long way toward facilitating the exercise of the most fundamental democratic right for millions of American citizens.  

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Top RNC Data Official: Actually, There's Not Much Vote Fraud

Top RNC Data Official: Actually, There's Not Much Vote Fraud | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Chief Data Officer for the Republican National Committee on Friday cast doubt on ongoing claims that continue to find life on the right: that voter fraud is a widespread problem that sometimes swings elections against the GOP.
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Republican gaffe: official admits there is no significant evidence of voter fraud.

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Why Republicans May Come To Regret The Gerrymandering Lawsuit They Took To The Supreme Court

Why Republicans May Come To Regret The Gerrymandering Lawsuit They Took To The Supreme Court | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Republicans could win the right to gerrymander Arizona's congressional districts, only to lose voter ID laws and similar efforts at voter suppression enacted via initiative.
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A History Of Dishonest Fox Charts

A History Of Dishonest Fox Charts | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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Even knowing Faux News is more right-wing propaganda than actual news, some of these charts are still head-shaking in their brazenness.  

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How Fox News Covers Right-Wing Cop Killers

How Fox News Covers Right-Wing Cop Killers | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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The contrast between Fox News' coverage of a disturbed black man killing cops and right wing nuts killing cops could not be more stark.

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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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