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This Is Why Corporate Interests Fear Disclosure

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 27, 2010

The first of a new set of particularly sleazy ads targeting Mark Dayton is being run by a shadowy right-wing group calling itself “Minnesota’s Future“.

Now, if the 72-hour disclosure provision that was originally part of the state legislature’s response to the Roberts Courts’ greenlighting unlimited corporate spending in Citizens United had been allowed to stand, we’d already know who these people are. But since the business community lobbied hard to eliminated that provision, we’ll have to wait a full month.

However, there are some hints.

When one signs up for email updates on the Minnesota’s Future website, one is asked to confirm one’s address. Doing that results in being led to a page with an Alexandria, Virginia address for Minnesota’s Future:

The address (66 Canal Plaza, Suite 501) is that of Targeted Victory, which — surprise, surprise! — has Coleman’s American Action Network as another one of its clients. They made the news back in June when they made a little “oopsie” that may have revealed Michele Bachmann’s plans to run for Amy Kloubuchar’s Senate seat in 2014. They’re a group known for their slick efficiency at promoting Republican candidates. (And need I say that Alexandria — particularly the ritzier parts of Old Town, which is where 66 Canal Plaza happens to be — is Fatcat Lobbyist Central? The deeply sleazy front group Americans for Job Security has its headquarters in the very same building.)

I think we can connect the dots here.

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Deriving their just powers

Posted by Charles II on August 27, 2010

Via Bradblog, the Memphis Flyer’s Jackson Baker reports that ten Democratic candidates have sued for injunctive relief after yet another extremely implausible election.

Last week the Shelby County Election Commission formally certified the August 5th election and issued a report chalking up a now infamous election-day glitch to “human error” without effect on any final outcome. But this week the number of litigants seeking to overturn that election has swelled from two to ten, as the entire slate of Democratic candidates defeated in races for countywide positions has joined in a revamped lawsuit which contends that the election results are “incurably uncertain.”

The suit, filed in Chancery Court Tuesday, will probably be combined with an earlier one which sought injunctive relief on behalf of two litigants, Regina Morrison Newman, the incumbent Trustee who had sought reelection, and Minerva Johnican, candidate for Criminal Court clerk. …

A handout issued at the press conference to media representatives itemized 12 different lapses or suspicious circumstances in the election. One of them involved the well-publicized fact, acknowledged in the Election Commission’s report, that early-voting data from the May countywide primary election was incorrectly entered into the electronic poll books (EPBs) used for August 5th voting — an error potentially affecting 5390 voters, many of whom were in fact originally told they had already voted and could not do so again on August 5….

Numerous other problems were listed as having been uncovered by the litigants and their consultants in a post-election investigation. Allegedly, for example, there was a discrepancy between the “Participating Voters List” of 176,119 voters and the SCEC’s “Certified Statement of Votes Cast,” showing 182,921 votes — a difference of “6,802 more votes…cast than individuals who participated.”

Also referred to in the handout were problems in the handling of provisional ballots for those voters who were turned away and who asked for such ballots; improperly discarded poll tapes; inconsistencies in poll-by-poll turnout reports; improperly sealed or unsecured “voting machines, tabulators, memory cards, and other voting apparatuses;” and even a “ghost race,” i.e., a voting-machine category hidden to voters but capable of being “used to transfer, delete, or temporarily store votes.”

And there was the issue of a “manual override” function in the Diebold Corporation machines, one which Election Commission officials acknowledge was used during the election period and which the litigants allege can be used to change vote totals — something which has been explicitly denied by Election Commission chairman Bill Giannini.

The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

Elections that no one trusts– even if they did not involve hanky panky– do not provide the consent necessary to call what emerges a government based on just powers. Shelby County has, according to the allegations presented to the court, become an ulcer of injustice on this country.

Expect much more of this in the November elections.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on August 27, 2010

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The Absentee Representative

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 27, 2010

Just as the State of Minnesota currently has an absentee Republican governor more interested in out-of-state campaign fundraising than in actual governance, Minnesota’s Sixth District has an absentee Republican congressmember with similar priorities:

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R- MO, MI, TX) continued her “Everywhere But Here” Tour on Saturday at the Freedom Rocks Concert hosted by Fox News personality Sean Hannity in Dallas, Texas.

Bachmann has also made appearances in Missouri and Michigan during the Congressional recess period, leaving residents of her home district scratching their heads and wondering who Bachmann thinks she represents.

While Bachmann said that she was using the Congressional recess to “connect with constituents” in an email and on her Townhall Blog, she has not held a single event where constituents might be able to talk to her about the challenges faced by the 6th District. Other than a brief appearance at Game Fair in Ramsey, parades have become the only place voters in the 6th District can even hope to see their Congresswoman, yet while campaigning in Texas this weekend, she missed community parades in Lino Lakes, Rice, and Montrose.

A recent letter to the St. Cloud Times expressed the frustration that many of Bachmann’s constituents are feeling. Her national campaigning, the recent creation of a PAC to help right wing candidates across the country, and her continued absence here at home show that Bachmann’s focus is not on the 6th District – despite her claims to the contrary.

“Once again, Michele Bachmann’s rhetoric isn’t backed up with any kind of results,” said Zach Rodvold, Campaign Manager for Tarryl Clark’s campaign for Congress. “She claims to want to connect with her constituents but gives them no opportunity to do so. She claims her focus is on the 6th District but she spends her time traveling the country pursuing her personal agenda. She claims to stand up to the special interests but takes their money and votes with them time and again.”

Since the August Recess began, Tarryl Clark has attended countless parades, visited the Game Fair, Farm Fest and various county fairs, and held public events in senior centers and city halls across the 6th District.

“Tarryl Clark is doing the job Michele Bachmann was elected to do,” concluded Rodvold. “Bachmann was elected to do the job of a Congresswoman, not a rock star or media personality. If she wants another job than the one she’s got, we’re here to help her find it.”

You know what to do.

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