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Grand Theft Election

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Republicans are trying to pass a new Electoral College system that will ensure victory in future presidential elections, and it’s all thanks to redistricting.
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This is a clearly worded explanation of the GOP's plan to steal the majority of the elctoral votes in key blue states in a presidential election, even though the Democratic candidates win more of the popular vote in those states.

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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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New evidence that voter ID laws ‘skew democracy’ in favor of white Republicans

New evidence that voter ID laws ‘skew democracy’ in favor of white Republicans | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
One of the first studies examining the impact of recent voter ID laws draws some strong conclusions.
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The Conservative Case for Campaign-Finance Reform

The Conservative Case for Campaign-Finance Reform | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Big money encourages big government. So why aren’t the Republican candidates talking about it?
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Oh, if only there were a few Republicans who lived in a logic- and reality-based world.

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Here are 3 big reasons millions of Americans don't feel like voting.

Here are 3 big reasons millions of Americans don't feel like voting. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Why so many voters don't feel like it matters to them at all to actually get out and cast a ballot.
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Alabama Demands Voter ID--Then Closes Driver's License Offices In Black Counties

Alabama Demands Voter ID--Then Closes Driver's License Offices In Black Counties | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
What happens when a state with a tough voter ID law suddenly makes it much harder for minorities to get driver's licenses? We are about to find out in Alabama.

Facing a budget crisis, Alabama has shuttered 31 driver's license offices, many of them in counties with a high proportion of black residents. Coming after the state recently put into effect a tougher voter ID law, the closures will cut off access -- particularly for minorities -- to one of the few types of IDs accepted.

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Can you be more transparent, GOP?

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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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Fed Official Requires Proof Of Citizenship For Voter Registration In 3 States

Fed Official Requires Proof Of Citizenship For Voter Registration In 3 States | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal elections official has decided — without public notice or review from his agency's commissioners — that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship.
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Surprise, surprise: this stems from evil Kansas Secretary of State Kris (Voter Disenfranchisement) Kobach.

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Study Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think

Study Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In primary elections, strict voter ID laws drive down Latino turnout by 9.3 points, Black turnout by 8.6 points, and Asian American turnout by 12.5 points.
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Let Math Save Our Democracy

Let Math Save Our Democracy | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The ­Supreme Court can limit gerrymandering with a judicious use of statistics.
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The 3 People Being Prosecuted For Voter Fraud In Kansas

The 3 People Being Prosecuted For Voter Fraud In Kansas | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
They're all in their 60s and accidentally voted in multiple states.
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Not only did these three cases have absolutely no chance of affecting any election outcome; but voter ID laws would have had no effect on whether any of them could have voted.  The only fraud is Kobach using these cases as a ruse to justify voter suppression of disfavored groups.

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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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