Archive for October, 2010
The Argus Leader is reporting that the South Dakota Republican party is asking US Attorney Brendan Johnson (son of US Senator Tim Johnson) and Attorney General Marty Jackley to look into what they call food for votes.
The Democrats are hold three early vote rallies with ‘feeds’ to attract potential early voters. This can violate state law.
Secretary of State candidate issued a statement today.
This is down right wrong. They get a ride by the party, they get a free meal, and then shuffled off to another location to vote.
One happened Tuesday in Pine Ridge, two more are expected later this week.
Would these people show up if meals weren’t offered. Would they show up on election day. This is a pure mockery of the system. It sickens me also…
Back in 2008 I was a research intern for Nebraska State Senator Bill Avery. I did a report on election-day voter registration that looked at pros and cons of this type of legislation. Since Dr brought it up, I figured I’d post my report. Since it was written as a report, it may not be the joyous read you’re hoping for, but it should get through most of the main points. Here it is:
Same-Day Registration Report
Senator Bill Avery
Election Day Registration
There are currently nine states with Election Day registration. They are Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Iowa, and North Carolina. Connecticut allows for presidential Election Day registration. North Dakota is the only state that has no voter registration (David, 2002). It is, in principle, similar to Election Day registration. Montana, Iowa, and North Carolina have recently added this legislation, and there are many other states considering it.
The goal of this report (more…)
Are the Dems throwing in the towel in the South Dakota congressional race? It appears that way.
According to the Rapid City Journal the DNCC has announced that they are cutting funding by $150,000 to the democratic incumbent.
$150,000 is a considerable amount that could buy a lot of TV spots, pay for campaign staff, or just get her around the state. And when her opponent, republican challenger Kristi Noem, out-raised her 2 to 1 in the third quarter, this could give a huge advantage to Noem. The $1.1 million Noem raised was the most by any challenger for a congressional seat and it is being noticed across the country.
We are less than three weeks away from the election, expect to see these two out trying to earn your vote.
State Sen. Jason Gant was in Aberdeen Tuesday to speak to supporters in at the Ward Hotel. He talked about the importance of open government and election laws. He states that he is opposed to same day voter registration, opposed to making have a valid ID not required when you vote, and the ability to making corporate tax filings electronic.
His opponent, Sen Ben Nesselhuff has accepted a donation from a the Secretary of State project. To get that endorsement he must believe in the following(pay close attention to numbers 3, 5, and 6):
1) No election official should play a partisan role in an election he or she will play a role in administering. All election officials must conduct their responsibilities openly and objectively to restore public confidence.
2) Our elections must be verifiable and secure. Every vote cast must be counted by a system that is auditable with a verifiable paper trail and all voting materials, including ballots and voting machines must be secured at all times.
3) Universal, automatic, and portable voter registration should be the goal of every state. Our election officials should endorse state and federal legislation legislation in support of this ultimate goal.
4) Election officials should not place onerous requirements on or attempt to intimidate non-partisan voter registration groups.
5) Voter suppression and election fraud defined as the intent to cast a ballot illegally will not be tolerated. Efforts to suppress the vote through onerous requirements, such as unconstitutional photo ID laws, must be opposed.
6) There should be equal access to the ballot box for all citizens. Every citizen must have equal access to locations, adequate machines and well-trained election judges. Efforts to raise voter participation of citizens who often face special barriers, such as students, military personnel, low-income people and minorities — including Election Day Registration — should be endorsed and actively supported.
Having the federal government in charge of elections is bogus. Everything the fed touches becomes more complicated and more expensive to do.
No photo ID’s at the polls. Really? Unconstitutional? Garbage. You can figure out what kind of problems this would cause.
Same day voter registration. Cannot happen. Doesn’t allow the county auditors to check the validity of the registration. Whether they are registered somewhere else, convicted felon, or even worse, dead.
I like the idea that we bet letting the other blogger choose what you have to post on. I am advocating a repeat of last week’s bet only we make it a twofer. We each pick the scores of both games, and the person with the least total points of wins. (And I mean if you pick Ohio St. over Wisconsin 10 – 5 and the actual score is Ohio St. wins 12 – 0, you are off seven points. So what you’re off on each teams’ respective score.)
I’ll start the picks:
Ohio State – 28
Wisconsin – 24
Nebraska – 27
Texas – 10
It’s hard for me not to have us scoring more on Texas, but I can’t let emotions cloud my judgement.
Enjoy me picking your next post, Dr.
Hint: “Our freedom” isn’t one of them. Their religion also isn’t as salient as many wish.
As seems incredibly obvious to most people, military occupation is the main source of terrorist attacks.
Makes you wonder how this cycle will ever end. I don’t see our continued presence in the Muslim world ending, and I don’t see attacks ending as long as this is true. We could play chicken or egg all day but the only thing that remains is the horrible reality.
Enjoy Lee vs. Price.
I was thinking that once in awhile it has been nice to do a little sports trash talking to mix it up. For instance, I love knowing that both Dr and me are jacked to see the Cowboys looking so horrible. If Ray were still around I’m sure he’d have a lot to say about his Steelers being so dominant in the absence of their star quarterback, who is about to return, and how that bodes well for their championship chances. Since I’m a Red Sox fan and Dr is a Twins guy, it’s no secret who we want to win that series. It’s also fun for a little extra spice when we get a showdown (week 13, Dr).
But since the Sox didn’t make the playoffs, the most important thing going right now is college football. Nebraska Cornhuskers football, to be exact.
Now I know not everyone loves the chosen team, so I am curious as to who else has support around these parts. Feel free to include an FBS and FCS team. For instance, there were a ton of SDSU fans in Lincoln the weekend before last sporting State jerseys and Husker hats, or some such combination. There’s no shame in that.
Are there any Minnesota fans? Would they admit it (which I would respect)? Other Big 12 fans? Perhaps Iowa State, Kansas, or the much hated Texas Longhorns?
Sometimes it’s just a nice reminder that we’re all people that have interests outside of politics and if we sat down for a beer we’re probably have a decent time debating the merits of Nebraska’s decision to enter the Big Ten (great call) or whether or not baseball should expand the use of instant replay (it should).
Here is a little taste of what redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez (T Magic) has in store for the country:
The Huskers have their first real test against an undefeated Kansas St. tomorrow in Manhattan. Snyder always has his boys ready, so it should give us a good feel where we are at (and whether or not that SDSU game was an anomaly). Let’s have a little contest. Closest to the correct score (of course with the right winner) can write a comment in this section and have it turned into a post. I prefer it be a sports-related comment, but whatever you want is welcome. Since I did this a little late, there probably won’t be too many participants, increasing your odds of success.
Who am I kidding? We all know I’m getting it right.
Nebraska – 41
Kansas St. – 10
You heard it here first, folks.
Enjoy the drubbing.
South Carolina Republican Senator Jim Demint stands behind his belief that unmarried women that have sex and homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed in the classroom (as teachers). His argument is that the governments shouldn’t be able to tell local people what to do.
I have always found an inherent problem with this. Of course I just think it is silly and backwards, but even beyond that I think the logic is flawed. Wouldn’t any government telling homosexuals and unmarried women that they are wrong and not fit to do what they trained for also be a huge infringement on freedom? What gives local governments the right to discriminate?
I think at a very basic level he is wrong here, but even if you accept that he is on the side of freedom this seems backwards.
Enjoy South Carolina always making the political scene funny (though sad).
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