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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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2008: 22 Percent of Early Voters Were Black, Brown Sues Florida Featured - Washington Informer

2008: 22 Percent of Early Voters Were Black, Brown Sues Florida Featured - Washington Informer | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
2008: 22 Percent of Early Voters Were Black, Brown Sues Florida FeaturedWashington InformerNew Florida Voting Laws Attract Lawsuit. "There is absolutely no explanation for restricting early voting other than intentional voter suppression, said Rep.
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New York City Regulators Prepare for Super PACs’ Effect on Local Elections

New York City Regulators Prepare for Super PACs’ Effect on Local Elections | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The city said it would track and post on the Web not only contributions and spending by independent groups, but also their ads and information about their backers.
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Official In Charge Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law: ‘I Don’t Know What The Law Says’

Official In Charge Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law: ‘I Don’t Know What The Law Says’ | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Pathetic: Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state’s controversial voter ID law, said she wasn’t sure about the details of the law and stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.

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The Other Barbarians at the Gates

The Hamptons are Romney territory. But billionaire Jeff Greene thinks his neighbors would be wise to buy a little democracy insurance.  The Occupy movement has scared him into thinking that a little tax increase to pay for services for the poor may forestall a revolt by the masses that would threaten the estates of the rich.

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Reporters Know What the 'Voter ID' Push Is Really About. Why Don't They Just Say So?

Reporters Know What the 'Voter ID' Push Is Really About. Why Don't They Just Say So? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Does any journalist who is not an overt shill for the right actually believe that Republicans are pushing voter ID laws because they're concerned about voter fraud? No, of course not.

 

<<Think about it. If you were covering elections in another country, and one political party was actively trying to limit voting in the name of a problem that objectively didn’t exist, would you hesitate for a moment to call out that tactic — and question that party’s legitimacy? Hardly.>>

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Free speech and donations

Free speech and donations | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

A Nation writer defends the attack on Chick-fil-A.  And this writer uses hypotheticals to show how wrongheaded it is for the government to block a business from opening on the basis that its owner has political views someone doesn't like or gives money to causes someone doesn't like.

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An Obama quote taken out of context, yet again

An Obama quote taken out of context, yet again | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
FACT CHECKER | Romney earns four Pinocchios for claim Obama said his economic plan “worked.”...
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Voter ID is the fraud

Voter ID is the fraud | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

by Sally Kalson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

All this time we thought Republicans hated government waste and bureaucracy, unfunded mandates and over-reaching laws that infringe on freedom. Was that just an act? Because Pennsylvania's voter ID law requiring certain kinds of photo identification for most voters is the very embodiment of that loathsome list.

 

1. It will "solve" a problem that doesn't exist.
2. It will impose unnecessary hardship on those least able to overcome it.
3. It will squander millions of scarce public dollars.
4. Its application will be inconsistent.
5. It will impede the freedom -- not to mention the constitutional right -- to vote.

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As for disproportionate effect, the study found 22 percent of voters in households earning $20,000 or less lacked a valid photo ID, vs. 8.2 percent of those in the $80,000-plus range.

 

These gaps are more than enough to swing an election, which is exactly what state Republicans had in mind. Rep. Mike Turzai actually admitted it when addressing his fellow party members: "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania -- done."

 

The voter ID law was on trial last week in Commonwealth Court, with the ACLU calling it what it is: voter suppression. But since voter fraud has proven to be a complete fabrication, state attorneys haven't even tried to show a need for it. Their argument boils down to this: We did it because we could.

 

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World Leader Outraged By Romney's 'Racist Statment'

World Leader Outraged By Romney's 'Racist Statment' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch...
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Romney and the Go-For-Broke Election | RealClearPolitics

<<In the process, the right hopes to redefine middle-of-the-road policies as "left wing," thereby altering the balance in the American political debate.

What should alarm both liberals and moderates is that this is the rare election in which such a strategy has a chance of succeeding. Conservatives have their opening not because the country has moved far to the right but courtesy of economic discontent, partisan polarization and the right's success in defining Obama as standing well to the left of where he actually does.>>

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Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives

Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Liberals think they’re more intelligent than conservatives because they are.  By Satoshi Kanazawa, evolutionary psychologist, in a provoctive article published in Psychology Today.

 

I'm sure this is intended to generate protest and controversy, but I hope the last paragraph of the article is not overlooked:

 

<<Incidentally, this finding substantiates one of the persistent complaints among conservatives. Conservatives often complain that liberals control the media or the show business or the academia or some other social institutions. The Hypothesis explains why conservatives are correct in their complaints. Liberals do control the media, or the show business, or the academia, among other institutions, because, apart from a few areas in life (such as business) where countervailing circumstances may prevail, liberals control all institutions. They control the institutions because liberals are on average more intelligent than conservatives and thus they are more likely to attain the highest status in any area of (evolutionarily novel) modern life.>>

 

 

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ALEC Exposed - Alec Exposed

ALEC Exposed - Alec Exposed | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Center for Media and Democracy has EXPOSED over 800 "model" bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
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Dinesh D’Souza new movie 2016: Obama’s America looks to uncover Barack Obama’s deep and hidden socialist and communist roots.

Dinesh D’Souza new movie 2016: Obama’s America looks to uncover Barack Obama’s deep and hidden socialist and communist roots. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Twenty minutes into a new conservative documentary about Barack Obama, there’s a moment that’ll break a birther’s heart.

 

<<“On August 4, 1961,” says D’Souza, “Barack Obama II is born in the Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu. His birth is recorded in two local newspapers.” *** There are no conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth, religion, Social Security number, passport, or college transcript.>>

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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: 'Shameful' Voter ID Laws Are A Modern Day Poll Tax - ThinkProgress

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: 'Shameful' Voter ID Laws Are A Modern Day Poll Tax - ThinkProgress | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

STRICKLAND: "The voter suppression efforts that we're seeing in multiple states across the country is shameful behavior on the part of the Republicans in those states."   

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Take Three: Mitt Romney Now Says He Stands By Palestinian ‘Culture’ Comments

Take Three: Mitt Romney Now Says He Stands By Palestinian ‘Culture’ Comments | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

On Sunday, Mitt Romney boldly declared that Israeli’s economic superiority over the Palestinians was due to its culture. On Tuesday morning, he dismissed any notion that he had even discussed Palestinian culture. On Tuesday night, he reversed himself yet again.

 

Wow.  In less than 48 hours, Romney flips, then completely flops back again.  Only a man with no core principles, who is so desperate to pander, can achieve this kind of 360 degree reversal in such a short span of time.

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Corn on "Hardball": Romney's "Moonwalking Tour"

Corn on "Hardball": Romney's "Moonwalking Tour" | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

On his overseas trip, the GOP candidate leaves a trail of global gaffes—and misguided statements.  Romney accused of "moonwalking" because he has had to walk back so many intemperate remarks he made or made by his aides.

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Why Romney Keeps Attacking Things Obama Didn't Say

<<Why does Romney continue to base much of his campaign on attacks on things Obama never said? The simplest answer is that Romney needs to obscure the true nature of the differences between the two men.

 

I’ve already taken a stab at arguing here and here how Romney tries to achieve this on the “didn’t build that” quote. This goal is equally clear on the more recent distortion of the “our plan” remarks. Obama wants to raise taxes on income over $250,000 earned by the top two percent of taxpayers. Romney wants to cut taxes across the board in ways that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. On this question, the public sides with Obama. So Romney needs to obscure Obama’s true proposal by continually sidestepping who would see their taxes go up under it>>

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American Enterprise institute; U.S. Austerity Measures Hurting Broader Economy

American Enterprise institute; U.S. Austerity Measures Hurting Broader Economy | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Austerity lovers of the world take note: Cutting government spending hurts the economy and it's not just the Paul Krugmans of the world that say so.  Even the AEI, a neoconservative think tank that includes the likes of Newt Gingrich and Lynne Cheney, and many of the architects of the W Administration such as John Bolton and Paul Wolfowitz, agrees.

 

<<Public sector GDP -- a measure of the goods and services produced by the government -- has shrunk for eight consecutive quarters, according to AEI. At the same time, private sector growth has increased for 12 quarters in a row, indicating that America’s slow overall GDP growth may mostly be a result of a drop in government spending.

In just the last year, federal spending has fallen more than 3 percent, and the cuts may be countering private-sector growth, the Wall Street Journal reports.>>

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wow, If I Didn't Know Better, I'd Think Our Government Doesn't Want People To Vote

INFOGRAPHIC: Wow, If I Didn't Know Better, I'd Think Our Government Doesn't Want People To Vote | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Voter suppression isn't just about having a photo ID.
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Newsweek cover asks if Romney is too big of a wimp to be president

Newsweek cover asks if Romney is too big of a wimp to be president | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Way back in March, I wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News about Mitt Romney and the likelihood that his campaign would be damaged by cowardice.

 

Alternative point of view from Salon, which says that Mitt is not a wimp, he's a bully: http://www.salon.com/2012/07/30/newsweek_gets_romney_wrong/

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Conservative Millennials, Boomers & Libertarians all being Conned...by the Koch Bros.

Video Essay by THOM HARTMANN

 

Multigenerational political influence by a very narrow special interest group is rare, but we're seeing it played out right now in front of us. A billionaire family - the Kochs - have gone from influencing my father's generation, to my generation, to my kids' generation - and very few Americans realize it... [MORE]


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Romney's Economic Plan: Dubya 2.0

Romney's Economic Plan: Dubya 2.0 | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

<<To review: The way Mitt Romney's economic plan differs from what George W. Bush did is that Romney favors exploiting energy resources, free trade, having a good education system, balancing the budget (something every candidate in both parties says they'll do, but only Bill Clinton actually did), tax cuts, and less regulation. In short, Romney's program is exactly the same as what George W. Bush did. Yet Romney says, "My policies are very different than anything you've seen in the past." Right.>>

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'Dark Money,' Secret Donors Behind Half Of Independent Election Spending

'Dark Money,' Secret Donors Behind Half Of Independent Election Spending | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- In May, the conservative nonprofit group Crossroads GPS, founded by famed political strategist Karl Rove and other leading Republican operatives, ran a television ad showcasing a fictional mother who had supported Barack Obama in 2008. Yet, this is not considered a campaign ad but instead is an ad run by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, a "social welfare non-profit."  A travesty.

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Everything most people think about the budget is wrong

Everything most people think about the budget is wrong | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Tea Party is wrong.Defense spending and wars -- not foreign aid or government workers -- dominate the budget...
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Mitt Romney’s insults and mistakes while at the London Olympics aren’t gaffes as much as a fair representation of his worldview.

Mitt Romney’s insults and mistakes while at the London Olympics aren’t gaffes as much as a fair representation of his worldview. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney’s not-so-excellent adventure abroad (“Romneyshambles,” the Brits are calling it) has been many things: shabby, hilarious, scandalous, an enlivening hoot to a dreary election season. One thing it shouldn’t be, though, is surprising.

 

<<Private-equity firms, such as Bain Capital, where Romney made his fortune, tend to view their client companies as cash cows, susceptible to cookie-cutter formulas from which the firms’ partners reap lavish fees, almost regardless of the outcome. Their ends and means breed an insularity, a sense of entitlement, a disposition to view all the world’s entities through a single prism and to appraise them along a single scale.  How Romney should have behaved in London may have been obvious to Charles Krauthammer, who studies politics; it would have been obvious to politically ambitious businessmen from more traditional lines of work or from an earlier era. But as we have been graced to see this week, it is not necessarily obvious to Romney himself.>>

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