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Wisconsin county clerk objects to weekend voting because it gives urban areas ‘too much access’

By David Edwards

A Wisconsin county clerk testified in federal court this week that weekend voting should be eliminated because it gave urban areas “too much access” to the polls.

In a hearing on Tuesday, Republican Waukesha County clerk Kathleen Novack spoke in favor of voting restrictions signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker ® between 2011 and 2015, which opponents argue suppress the votes of non-whites.

According to The Cap Times, Novack said that voter ID restrictions and reduced early voting had caused “virtually no problems at all” in Waukesha County, which is about 95 percent white.

Novack argued that the state should end weekend voting because it gave an unfair advantage to large urban areas, where minorities are more likely to support Democrats.

“If there’s an office open 30 days versus an office that’s only open 10 work days, there are obviously voters that have a lot more access than someone else,” Novack insisted. “There has to come a point where it’s just giving over-access … to particular parts of the state.”

When she was asked if some voters had too much access, Novack replied that there was “too much access to the voters as far as opportunities.”

The county clerk added that long lines in urban areas were actually a sign that voters had enough access to polls.

“Apparently access is an easy thing or they wouldn’t have long lines,” she opined.

(h/t: Americablog)

Closing Statements
  • Kasich:I like guns, I cut funds, I saved Ohio from dying
  • Christie:MIDDLE CLASS BACKGROUND, ice cream, 9/11, pro-life, New Jersey hates teachers
  • Paul:I'm a different kind of Republican, I've been to Detroit
  • Rubio:My parents were born poor in Cuba, AMERICAN DREAM
  • Cruz:Obama sucks, amirite? Also, I hate women
  • Carson:I removed someone's brain once
  • Huckabee:DEATH TO HILARY
  • Walker:I'm a winner from Wisconsin, y'all
  • Bush:I can make America like Florida
  • Trump:CHINA RABBLE RABBLE JAPAN RABBLE RABBLE MEXICO RABBLE RABBLE OBAMACARE RABBLE RABBLE I WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN RABBLE RABBLE
AND NOW, A PSA ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS

Okay so I know you guys love Bernie Sanders. I do too. He’s amazing and his policies are just what this country needs.

So for those who want to check out his policies in-depth, or if you need solid evidence for an argument (because nothing is more satisfying than shutting someone down with straight facts) there’s this website called 

feelthebern.org

It’s a website that has Bernie’s stance on pretty much EVERY issue, from immigration, to income inequality, civil rights, healthcare, foreign policy, and so much more.

It even has a section that is about Bernie and his life.

It really is an amazing resource for everything Bernie and if you’re interested, I would STRONGLY advise that you check it out.

Once again, the website is

feelthebern.org

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

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Dylan Garity - “To Governor Scott Walker” (NPS 2014)

“My grandmother is the only person I know who prays for me. When she dies, I imagine God will no longer hear my name.”

Performing during the Button Showcase at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

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1] The retroactive classification of material would have happened even if Hillary had used a government account. This is a normal process that is occurring.
2] The GOP committee investigating Hillary also has retroactively classified material on their unsecured servers.
3] What Hillary did was legal and permitted at the time she was Secretary of State.
4] Hillary went above and beyond all previous Secretary of State’s by making her e-mails public.
None of this would be happening if Hillary hadn’t decided to be more transparent than all previous Secretary of State’s.

But for the Clintons, no good deed goes unpunished.

Republicans have made careers out of witch-hunting Bill and Hillary Clinton, and believe the Clintons are held to a much higher standard than others [ie: George Bush deleted thousands of e-mails during his administration]. Though Clinton has been more transparent than any other Secretary of State, that’s still not good enough.  

I don’t blame Hillary for not cooperating with the GOP committees whose sole purpose is to launch a witch-hunt against her. There’s been more committees on Benghazi than 9/11/2001. Oh, and back in the 1990s, the GOP actually did an investigation into the Clintons Christmas card list. Hillary will soon be appearing before these clowns, and I almost feel sorry for them.

Unfortunately, what I fear is when the New York Times starts reporting right-wing character assassination as fact. The NYTimes had to retract a recent report stating there was a “criminal” investigation into Hillary’s e-mails. Turns out, it isn’t a criminal investigation and Hillary is not being directly investigated. Shame on the NYTimes for doing the job of Fox News and Trump.

Fact is – nothing Hillary did was illegal. The law regarding e-mails changed after she left office. It is simply a conspiracy theory that she is hiding some “Benghazi Bombshell” related e-mail. The GOP literally has no proof but pure speculation that Hillary is hiding something. Hillary was more transparent than any other Secretary of State, but the GOP is still out to destroy her [just like they have been trying and failing to do since the early 1990s]

Hillary should wear these investigations as a badge of honor. They fear her. And they should.

Oh, and if Bernie and his supporters don’t think the GOP will go after him just as hard, they’ve got another thing coming. He is un-vetted.

Common Misconceptions About The 2016 US Elections

Misconception: Voting is just on Election day 2016, which is November 8th, 2016

Reality: While that’s mostly true, that’ll be the Democratic Nominee vs. the Republican Nominee, both of which are not chosen yet. All the buzz you’re seeing today is about the nomination contests, called Primaries and Caucuses, which will take place in early 2016. This is how the Democrats and the Republicans choose their guy/girl to represent them in the election on Election Day.
For the Dem side, here’s the information you need, state-by-state, to determine when your primary or caucus is.
Here’s the same for the Repub side.

Misconception: “My vote doesn’t matter. X candidate is already winning my state”

Reality: Beyond the standard “every vote matters” line you’ve heard over and over, this is particularly untrue of the Primaries and the Caucuses. Primaries and Caucuses go by proportional representation, which means that if Hillary gets 60% of the votes in a state and Bernie Sanders gets 30%, then Hillary only wins 60% of the delegates for that state, and Bernie gets 30%. It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s the gist of it. Your vote matters, especially in the primaries.

Misconception: “Who cares? None of this matters at all.”

Reality: It’s easy to feel this way, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Beyond certain policies that just adjust your tax rate by a couple percentage points or do economic things that you might not understand, politics directly affects almost everything in your life. Job availability, how much you get paid, union membership, your HEALTHCARE, and your rights as a human being are constantly at stake, regardless of what your position is on these issues, if you have one. Politics cares about you, even if you don’t care about politics. Get just a little bit aware, spare a bit of time. It’s worth it.
Oh, and on top of all of that? One of the reasons people in government do stupid things is because the sane people stay home because they have a “real life” to attend to. It’s the crazies who consistently vote. GO VOTE.

Misconception: “So I just show up to vote on the primary/election day, right?”

Reality: NO. I mean, it should basically be that way, but it isn’t. In the USA, you have to register to vote, unless you live in one of the very few states that automatically registers you to vote.
And on top of that, some states require that voters be registered to a certain party in order to vote in that state’s primary or caucus. The links I provided at the top have the details state-by-state.
If your state has an Open Primary/Caucus, you can be registered to any party and vote in that primary/caucus.
If your state has a Modified Primary/Caucus, you don’t have to be registered for the party you’re primarying/caucusing for, but you can’t be a member of the opposing party.
If your state has a Closed Primary/Caucus, you HAVE to be registered as a member of that party to vote in that primary/caucus.
In addition, each state has a due date by which you need to be registered as a member of that party in order to vote in their primary/caucus. So be aware of that and register ASAP.
Party registration does NOT matter on election day, however.

Misconception: “Ugh, I don’t like that party, I don’t want to register as a member of that party. But I do want to vote in their Closed Primary/Caucus. Guess I just don’t get to vote.”

Reality: Registering as a member of a party does not affect anything other than what closed/modified Primaries and Caucuses you can participate in. In fact, you can register as an independent or the opposite party the day after the Primary or Caucus if you want to. It doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s a little silly NOT to register as a member of one of the parties if your state has a Closed Primary or Caucus, because then you have no say until the general election and the nominees are chosen and you have 2 options.

Misconception: “Okay. I’m registered as the appropriate party before the deadline set by my state. NOW I CAN JUST VOTE AND GO HOME, RIGHT?”

Reality: Hahaha, you think you’re off the hook? Well, most of you are. Primaries are really simple! Just like an election, you vote and you go home. Caucuses are not quite so simple. Here’s an article on the difference between a primary and a caucus.

Misconception: “So, after all the votes are cast you just tally up the number of delegates for each candidate and then you know who’s the winner, right?”

Reality: Well, the good news is that your responsibility as a common voter is through, unless you chose to be a delegate for your candidate in a Caucus. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that.

On the Dem side, there are 3,253 “pledged delegates” that attend the Democratic National Convention and vote for a nominee. These are sent from the states and are supposed to represent the way that their state voted, but they’re not technically bound to do so. Roughly, though, you can usually estimate how many of these delegates are going to vote for each candidate at the actual convention. There are additionally 794 “superdelegates”, which are mostly members of the current government who get to have one vote at the convention. Each superdelegate’s vote weighs exactly as much as a pledged delegate, so sometimes “The People” can vote mostly for one candidate and these 794 votes can swing the nomination to another candidate. The reality is, you don’t know for sure who the Dem nominee will be until they’re the Dem nominee. But the more people vote for a candidate, the more likely they’ll be to win.

On the Repub side, there are 1719 “pledged delegates” that, as with the Democrats,  are sent from the states and are supposed to represent the way that their state voted, but they’re not technically bound to do so. There are also 661 “unpledged delegates” which also operate like the superdelegates do on the Dem side. However, unlike the Dem side, some of these are just people from the states, not just members of Republican leadership, those though are included too.

Misconception: “Jesus, this only happens once every 4 years, right?”

Reality: Well, for President, yes, unless the President dies, steps down, or is removed from office. But every 2 years, Congress, the people -who actually make the damn laws- have elections as well. The Senate is up every 6 years and the House is up every 2. So while elections like 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all big Presidential elections, the elections of 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, etc. are almost equally as important and have much less people actually using their vote because they think it doesn’t matter or isn’t happening. But it matters VERY much and you should try to vote on those years too.

In addition, those remaining years? The odd numbered ones? Have local elections that matter to your city and state. These will matter as well, and your vote matters EVEN MORE than usual during these years due to even worse voter turnout and the fact that there are less people in your city/state vs. the country, so your vote is a higher percentage of the votes. It makes more of a difference.

AND on top of all of that, there are sometimes “referendums”, which means you can vote for or against a specific policy or idea, rather than just voting for a person you hope best represents your interests.

FUCKING VOTE, PEOPLE.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN VOTE HERE (click “Find Your Polling Place”): http://www.canivote.org/

FIND OUT WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAY, SO YOU CAN PICK ONE: http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

HERE ARE THE SCHEDULES FOR THE DEBATES, SO YOU CAN SEE THE CANDIDATES TALK ABOUT STUFF LIVE: Democrats Republicans

If anything in this post is something you didn’t understand before and now do, please spread it around. Voting and being aware about the candidates isn’t enough, you have to understand the system in order to participate.

And if you have questions about the system, you can send them to me, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

thinkprogress.org
Wisconsin Begins Drug Testing Applicants For Food Stamps And Unemployment Benefits Today
Drug testing will begin despite big legal hurdles facing the state's new rules.

On Monday, many Wisconsin residents who apply for food stamps, unemployment benefits, jobs training, or benefits and training from a handful of other state programs will have to be screened and potentially tested for drug use.

Applicants will have to fill out a questionnaire about drug use, and depending on their answers, may have to submit to an actual test. Those who test positive will be referred to a state-funded treatment program.