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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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Dark Road to the White House

Dark Road to the White House | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
If the repulsive strategy Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are using doesn’t motivate some voters who had been considering sitting out this election, nothing will.
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Early Voting, Valued By Minorities, Falls To GOP Voter Suppression Campaign

Early Voting, Valued By Minorities, Falls To GOP Voter Suppression Campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, on the Sunday before Election Day 2008, members of predominantly African American congregations in Cleveland went straight from celebrating God to rejoicing in their right to vote.

 

<<"We had buses at every church that Sunday," recalled the Rev. Emmitt Theophilus Caviness, the 83-year-old pastor of Cleveland's Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church. "As soon as we left church, we got on the bus and went down to vote." 

 

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Four year earlier, the November election in Ohio was a debacle. Shortages of voting machines in some minority neighborhoods led to thousands of voters giving up their franchise rather than waiting for as long as 10 hours for their turn. Other votes went uncounted.

 

In response, Ohio's legislature established early in-person voting, supplementing traditional Election Day voting and mail-in absentee ballots. Voters would now have 35 days before the election to cast ballots, including that final weekend. In 2008, some 93,000 Ohioans -- including the members of the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church -- cast votes during those last three days before the election.

 

But early voting was apparently too much of a success for some people. In Ohio and four other states -- Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia -- Republican-led legislatures have dramatically reduced early voting in 2012 as part of what can only be explained as a concerted effort to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning voters. Other parts of that effort include voter ID bils, intimidation of voter registration groups and the purges of voter rolls.

 

In Ohio and Florida, two of the most critical swing states in this year's presidential election, the GOP early voting rollback specifically included a ban on voting on the Sunday before Election Day.>>

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Daily Show: Democalypse 2012 - Cockblock the Vote

A Pennsylvania judge says the partisan voter I.D. law must be carried out in a nonpartisan manner.  Makes sense to me.

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If political lies are going to be repeated, the truth needs to be, too.

If political lies are going to be repeated, the truth needs to be, too. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

What to do with political lies.  Fact-checkers are no longer enough.


by GARANCE FRANKE-RUTA, The Atlantic

 

My former Washington Post colleague Alec MacGillis has a thought-provoking piece in The New Republic today about "The Welfare Card and the Post-Truth Campaign," lamenting the lies he's heard from Mitt Romney on the stump in Ohio and how little covered they are. Romney, writes MacGillis:

 

...got his biggest applause during this riff:


I want you to know I heard something the other day that really surprised me... What I heard is that the president is taking the work requirement out of welfare. (Boos.) Yeah. We value work, our society which celebrates hard work, we look to a government to make it easier for jobs to be created and people to go to work. We do not look for a government that tries to find ways to provide for people who are not willing to work. And so I'm gonna put work back into welfare and make sure able-bodied people can get jobs.


....After the speech, several in the audience told me that their favorite part had been Romney's calling out Obama for weakening welfare work requirements. Yes, one of the more depressing parts of the job of being a political reporter is watching an audience fully absorb a blatant and knowing lie. Which is, of course, what this is....


Romney just keeps using it, at stop after stop, in ad after ad. How can this be possible? Well, maybe because very few of my colleagues in the press seem all that troubled by it. Unless I've missed it, none of the national papers or networks or Buzzfeeders have done a comprehensive report on Romney's persistence in playing the welfare card. It's as if it was enough to have the factcheckers offer their initial scolding, but after that, hey, anything goes. I saw no mention in dispatches from yesterday of Romney's successful use of the welfare line in Beallsville -- instead, the stories were dominated by Romney's declaration of outrage, later in the day, over Obama's campaign of "anger and hate."


One person who is troubled by it is the Post's Dan Balz, who also lamented the ineffectiveness of the fact-checking process today in a piece on how poisonous the 2012 campaign has become.

 

News organizations instituted fact-checking and ad watches in reaction to earlier campaigns, when candidates were getting away with half-truths and worse, with little accountability. These have become robust and increasingly comprehensive. But they are not providing much of a check on the behavior of the campaigns.

 

Fact-checking was a great development in accountability journalism -- but perhaps it's time for a new approach. It's no longer enough to outsource the fact-checking to the fact-checkers in a news environment where every story lives an independent life on the social Web and there's no guarantee the reader of any given report will ever see a bundled version of the news or the relevant fact-checking column, which could have been published months earlier. One-off fact-checking is no match for the repeated lie.

 

Objective news outlets had to deal with this last cycle, too. Remember the huge controversy over how to cover the allegations that Obama was a Muslim without just publicizing the smear -- or suggesting that there is anything wrong with being Muslim?

 

The solution now as then lies in repeated boilerplate, either inserted by editors who back-stop their writers, or by writers who save it as B-matter (background or pre-written text) so they don't have to come up with a new way of saying something every single time they file. Basic, simple, brief factual boilerplate can save an article from becoming a crutch for one campaign or the other; can save time; and can give readers a fuller understanding of the campaigns, even if they haven't had time to read deep dives on complex topics.

 

"Obama, who is a Christian" was the macro of the 2008 cycle in reporting on the "Barack Obama is a Muslim" smears. Also widely used: "the false allegation that Obama is Muslim." Such careful writing may not have done much to disabuse nearly a fifth of Americans of the idea that Obama is a Muslim -- national newspaper stories can influence elite opinion while barely making a dent on widely held views in a nation of more than 300 million -- but they provided readers with an accurate sense of the facts while learning about a politically significant campaign development. [MORE]


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Americans Find Online Political Ads Really Creepy

Americans Find Online Political Ads Really Creepy | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
...and politicians like them because they work.
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Mitt Romney's Great Tax Loophole Scam

Mitt Romney's Great Tax Loophole Scam | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Despite what the candidate says, Republicans are not the slightest bit interested in closing loopholes on the rich.
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Romney advisers confirm it: We’re running a `just trust me’ campaign

Romney advisers confirm it: We’re running a `just trust me’ campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Romney campaign doubles down on policy vaugeness.
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Romney Adviser: This Campaign Won't Talk Specifics

Romney Adviser: This Campaign Won't Talk Specifics | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
So far, putting Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's ticket hasn't led to any detailed plans for his top issue, the budget. That won't change, according to a Romney aide who spoke to Politico.

 

Just like his taxes, you're just going to have to trust him.

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The One Where The Presidential Candidate Fails At Understanding His Own Plans On National TV

The One Where The Presidential Candidate Fails At Understanding His Own Plans On National TV | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney wrote on a white board. Then these guys corrected him.
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Federal Court Rules Florida’s Shortening Of Early Voting Discriminates Against Blacks

Federal Court Rules Florida’s Shortening Of Early Voting Discriminates Against Blacks | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A panel of federal judges ruled late Thursday that a Florida law that limits the number of early voting days cannot be implemented in several counties because it would have an adverse impact on minority turnout.
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Not A Blog - "Show Us Your Papers"

Not A Blog - "Show Us Your Papers" | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Interesting blog post by the author of GAME OF THRONES against voter suppression efforts by the GOP.

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From 'very different' to 'identical' in 24 hours

From 'very different' to 'identical' in 24 hours | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney's position on Paul Ryan's Medicare privatization scheme has been all over the map.  Romney knew they would have to speak to this issue and had weeks to prepare for it.  

 

<<But the contradictions persist, in part because the right hand doesn't know what the further-right hand is doing: "Some [Romney] advisers have gone on television to say publicly that he wholly and enthusiastically endorsed Ryan's budget proposals and would, if president, have signed it. Others have sought to distance him from it."

 

Monday, Mitt said his plan for Medicare is "very similar" to Ryan's, but on Tuesday, the campaign said the plans are "very different."  Yesterday, he said the plans are "close to identical."

 

As of last night, Romney still wants to destroy the existing Medicare guarantee, replacing it with a voucher system that force seniors to either ration care, pay thousands more, or both.

 

By Jed Lewison's count, Team Romney has taken six competing positions on the Ryan Medicare plan this week.>>

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Mitt Romney said Barack Obama robs Medicare of more than $700 billion to pay for Obamacare

Mitt Romney said Barack Obama robs Medicare of more than $700 billion to pay for Obamacare | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it


<<Romney said, "There's only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare."

 

The only element of truth here is that the health care law seeks to reduce future Medicare spending, and the tally of those cost reductions over the next 10 years is $716 billion. The money wasn’t "robbed," however, and other presidents have made similar reductions to the Medicare program.

 

We rate this statement Mostly False.>>

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Romney Tax Plan on Table. Debt Collapses Table.

Romney Tax Plan on Table. Debt Collapses Table. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
I can describe Mitt Romney’s tax policy promises in two words: mathematically impossible.
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Ohio Secretary Of State Removes Democratic Members Of Election Board For Supporting Weekend Voting

Ohio Secretary Of State Removes Democratic Members Of Election Board For Supporting Weekend Voting | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In a dramatic move, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted immediately suspended two Democrats on a county election board after they voted to allow weekend voting. Earlier, Husted issued a directive canceling weekend voting statewide.

 

HEY, GOP!  NOTHING SAYS, "I HATE AMERICA AND ALL IT STANDS FOR" MORE THAN PREVENTING CITIZENS FROM VOTING. 

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A presidential campaign that’s not serving the country

A presidential campaign that’s not serving the country | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Americans deserve more than harsh words and nasty ads.
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Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXX

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXX | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Mitt is truly setting new standards for dishonesty.

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Mitt Romney's Terrible Laugh

Mitt Romney&#039;s Terrible Laugh | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

It's wince-inducing, and most often deployed when the former Massachusetts governor is lying.  [Which is nearly always.]

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President Obama, Mitt Romney running a most poisonous campaign

President Obama, Mitt Romney running a most poisonous campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Campaign 2012 is a battle with no restraints and no boundaries.
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Romney: Campaigns shouldn’t run ads that fact-checkers say are false

Romney: Campaigns shouldn’t run ads that fact-checkers say are false | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Pot, meet kettle?...
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Paul Ryan and the Dangers of Bipartisan Perception

Paul Ryan and the Dangers of Bipartisan Perception | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

<<Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his potential Vice President has predictably set off a storm of commentary from Republicans and Democrats alike. Notably, in these immensely divisive (so we’re told) times, the bulk of the commentary from both sides of the aisle seems to be operating on the same basic reality: that Paul Ryan is a paragon of fiscal conservatism. Obviously both sides have different opinions about the implications of this reality, but the underlying premise is the same.

 

The only problem is that it’s not true.

 

Even assuming that a Romney Administration would adopt Rep. Ryan’s fiscal philosophy in its entirety, the most cursory scrutiny of that philosophy beyond all the shrill hyperbole and alarmism shows that Paul Ryan is just another big government authoritarian, even on fiscal issues>>

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The face of the 'war on voting'

The face of the 'war on voting' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
When it comes to Pennsylvania Republicans' voter-suppression tactics, perhaps the most notable victim is Viviette Applewhite, whom we were introduced to several months ago.
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Shocker: PA Judge Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Setting Up Chaos Like 2004 in Ohio

Shocker: PA Judge Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Setting Up Chaos Like 2004 in Ohio | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Informed prediction: utter chaos on election day.
Via J'nene Solidarity Kay
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Romney/Ryan’s plan for America: Massive Redistribution Of Wealth From Middle Class To The Already Rich

Romney/Ryan’s plan for America: Massive Redistribution Of Wealth From Middle Class To The Already Rich | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

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In America, our leaders are supposed to work for all of us, not just the wealthiest few. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are planning a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the already-rich.
Their top-down class warfare would make the entire middle class pay more taxes, end guaranteed Medicare, and cut Social Security — all to pay for more wasteful tax breaks for the already-rich.>>

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Romney's "Dog Whistles" Are Clear to White Racists Online - Chauncey DeVega - Open Salon

Romney's "Dog Whistles" Are Clear to White Racists Online - Chauncey DeVega - Open Salon | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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