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Want to Know How Your Rep. Voted on Wall Street Regs? Check the Campaign Cash.

Want to Know How Your Rep. Voted on Wall Street Regs? Check the Campaign Cash. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
House members who voted in favor of a recent bill scaling back financial reform happened to receive lots more money from the financial industry.
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As someone once said, "Follow the money."

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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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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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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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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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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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