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Block the Vote

Will the GOP’s campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president?

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. & GREG PALAST | Rolling Stone | Posted Oct 30, 2008 11:10 AM

Video: Behind the Story With Kennedy Jr. and Palast

These days, the old west rail hub of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is little more than a dusty economic dead zone amid a boneyard of bare mesas. In national elections, the town overwhelmingly votes Democratic: More than 80 percent of all residents are Hispanic, and one in four lives below the poverty line. On February 5th, the day of the Super Tuesday caucus, a school-bus driver named Paul Maez arrived at his local polling station to cast his ballot. To his surprise, Maez found that his name had vanished from the list of registered voters, thanks to a statewide effort to deter fraudulent voting. For Maez, the shock was especially acute: He is the supervisor of elections in Las Vegas.

Maez was not alone in being denied his right to vote. On Super Tuesday, one in nine Democrats who tried to cast ballots in New Mexico found their names missing from the registration lists. The numbers were even higher in precincts like Las Vegas, where nearly 20 percent of the county’s voters were absent from the rolls. With their status in limbo, the voters were forced to cast “provisional” ballots, which can be reviewed and discarded by election officials without explanation. On Super Tuesday, more than half of all provisional ballots cast were thrown out statewide.

This November, what happened to Maez will happen to hundreds of thousands of voters across the country. In state after state, Republican operatives — the party’s elite commandos of bare-knuckle politics — are wielding new federal legislation to systematically disenfranchise Democrats. If this year’s race is as close as the past two elections, the GOP’s nationwide campaign could be large enough to determine the presidency in November. “I don’t think the Democrats get it,” says John Boyd, a voting-rights attorney in Albuquerque who has taken on the Republican Party for impeding access to the ballot. “All these new rules and games are turning voting into an obstacle course that could flip the vote to the GOP in half a dozen states.” (more…)

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Steal Back Your Vote!

Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. investigate how your vote is being stolen… and tell you how you can steal it back! Endorsed by Willie Nelson.

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It’s Already Stolen

Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | OpEdNews | October 17, 2008 at 10:05:19

ROLLING STONE: IT’S ALREADY STOLEN

Investigation by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast released today

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of “GOP vote tampering” on a massive scale.

- Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state Colorado have quietly purged one in six names from their voter rolls.

Over several months, the GOP politicos in Colorado stonewalled every attempt by Rolling Stone to get an answer to the massive purge – ten times the average state’s rate of removal.

- While Obama dreams of riding to the White House on a wave of new voters, more then 2.7 million have had their registrations REJECTED under new procedures signed into law by George Bush.

Kennedy, a voting rights lawyer, charges this is a resurgence of ‘Jim Crow’ tactics to wrongly block Black and Hispanic voters.

- A fired US prosecutor levels new charges – accusing leaders of his own party, Republicans, with criminal acts in an attempt to block legal voters as “fraudulent.”

- Digging through government records, the Kennedy-Palast team discovered that, in 2004, a GOP scheme called “caging” ultimately took away the rights of 1.1 million voters. The Rolling Stone duo predict that, this November 4, it will be far worse. (more…)

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Truthdig | October 18, 2008

Cleese
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Venerable Britcom star John Cleese has a thing or two to say about the U.S. election, speaking on behalf of the world, or at least Europe, or at least himself, about George W. Bush (the world was fuhhlabbergasted, we learn, when Bush was re-elected), Barack Obama and a certain other candidate who reminds Cleese of “a nice-looking parrot.” And Cleese knows from parrots.
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BUSHED!

Bush corruption scandals exposed

AntiConformist911 | YouTube | Added: August 16, 2008

BUSHED! (Part 1 of 13)

Keith Olbermann comments on the many Bush Administration corruption scandals that have been ignored by the mainstream media. Included in each video are issues such as:

* the false justification for the Iraq war
* war profiteering involving contractors such as blackwater, Halliburton, and KBR
* the Justice Dept, Atty. firings, Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey
* torture, water boarding, Abu ghraib, Geneva convention, Guantanamo Bay
* the economy, recession, corruption
* FISA, illegal wiretapping

(more…)

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