The cynical strategy focused on driving down the vote in Pennsylvania

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments


In Pittsburgh last month, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, laid out part of the Democratic strategy for swinging control of the Pennsylvania Senate in this year’s election.

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GOP to test get-out-the-vote machine during partisan primaries

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


By M.D. Kittle |Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Turnout may be sparse in today’s partisan primary elections, but the numbers will be more than enough to test the GOP’s new-and-improved get-out-the-vote machine, say Republican Party of Wisconsin officials.

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Has Hawaii’s governor lost his mojo?

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Gov. Neil Abercrombie

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Just months after becoming governor in 2010, Neil Abercrombie was ranked by Public Policy Polling as the nation’s most unpopular governor.
In the past three years, his continued to spiral downward.
With the Democratic primary set for Saturday, key political polls show he is trailing behind his relatively unknown opponent, Senate Ways [...]

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Election irregularities crop up on eve of GOP runoff in Mississippi

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Mississippi, State Elections, Transparency, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

WELCOME, WHERE'S YOUR MONEY: Thoroughfares, including Interstate 20, i-59 and I-10 in Mississippi could have toll booths if a White House transportation bill passes, opening the way for tolls on America's interstates.

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
According to a pair of advocacy organizations for free and fair elections, Tuesday’s U.S. Senate GOP runoff in Mississippi might not meet that ideal.
The American Civil Rights Union has sent warning letters to five Mississippi counties — Clarke, Humphreys, LeFlore, Madison and Noxubee — to purge their voter rolls of ineligible voters or face [...]

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For Dems, ‘welfare reform’ wasn’t always an untouchable phrase

By   /  June 12, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CHANGING TIMES, PLACES: Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, Democrat Don Beyer pushed welfare reform legislation.

“Welfare reform” hasn’t always been an untouchable phrase in the Democratic Party. In fact, the presumptive next congressman of the 8th District, considered one of the most securely Democratic districts in the nation, helped author Virginia’s first welfare reform legislation.

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PA’s closed primary system shuts out independent voters

By   /  May 20, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

NOT ALL WELCOME: Political parties have the right to limit who participates in their primaries, but everyone helps to foot the $20 million bill.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Voters are heading to the polls in Pennsylvania.
Well, actually, only voters who are registered with political parties who have races on the ballot are welcome at the polls Tuesday — in other words, just Democrats and Republicans — because of Pennsylvania’s closed primary system.
Pennsylvania’s system means voters who are registered with third parties, [...]

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