What We're Reading: Votes at Stake Edition

October 30, 2012
By Linsey Pecikonis | 0 comments

We're 6 days away from Election day and our staff is fully integrated in all campaign related activities. Whether it's supporting Democrats on the ground through our DFA dialer or looking at how voter fraud could impact the election, we're all hands on deck. Are you? What are you reading? Julielyn Gibbons, Training Director "Dont believe the hype as usual, the Romney camp is full of a lot of hot air, and thats about it." Romney Says Hes Winning Its a bluff By Jonathan Chait Romney is carefully attempting to project an atmosphere of momentum, in the hopes of winning positive media coverage and, thus, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy." Linsey Pecikonis, Communications Director "The so-called grassroots organization True the Vote has the support from local Tea Party activists and a national support group of lawyers and others to help them target voters and households they perceive as fraudulent. These voters whose registration was targeted only had one opportunity to appear in court to dispute the charge. If these individuals show up on Election Day, theyll only be able to vote provisionally, which in Ohio, would not count until after the election is called. These efforts to disenfranchise voters will have an impact on local elections and in swing states like Ohio, could have a national implication." The Voter-Fraud Myth By Jane Mayer "The Sharp household had first been identified as suspicious by computer software that had been provided to the Ohio Voter Integrity Project by a national organization called True the Vote. The software, which has been distributed to similar groups around the country, is used to flag certain households, including those with six or more registered voters. This approach inevitably pinpoints many lower-income residents, students, and extended families. Alex Showerman, New Media Manager "When I lived in DC, one of my roommates was a staunch conservative from Texas. When we discussed our home states, I found it very interesting when he told me that he always loved the ruggedness and fierce individualism of the people of Vermont. It lead us down a conversation on how the people of Texas, and people of Vermont are similar, in their commitment to individualism, but politically it manifests its self in completely different ways. This article is a fascinating continuation of why there are Red States and Blue States and what the underlying historical reasons are for that." Why are States So Red and Blue By Steven Pinker "The historian Pieter Spierenburg has suggested that democracy came too soon to America, namely, before the government had disarmed its citizens. Since American governance was more or less democratic from the start, the people could choose not to cede to it the safeguarding of their personal safety but to keep it as their prerogative. The unhappy result of this vigilante justice is that American homicide rates are far higher than those of Europe, and those of the South higher than those of the North." Franco Caliz, Southern States Field Organizer "Paul Wellstone is a hero. Much like Gov. Howard Dean he embodies what progressives should be like Courageous and someone who stands up for the right thing. Paul Wellstones Legacy 10 years later By Al Franken "My friend and hero Paul Wellstone died 10 years ago this week. I miss him. And so does pretty much anyone who cares about economic and social justice. Paul was the kind of progressive many of us strives to be -- feisty, fearless, and energetic. Stephanie Canelas, Political Intern "As someone from a state who faced Voter ID laws, it's nice to know that they won't disfranchise as many people as I thought. Still, not battle is not over. Voter ID laws to have smaller impact on election By Emily Schultheis "In many cases, a big part of the courts decision to postpone the laws had to do with the short timeline for implementation. After the election, though, the courts will hear cases that determine the constitutionality of the laws with a longer period of time to implement them before the next elections. The fight is not over, Norden said. Theres no question were going to see it again after November.?" Jay Henderson, Campaign Manager "We're less than two weeks away from Election Day and the polls remain neck and neck. The thing that helps me sleep at night - other than working away and the Electoral College - is the OFA ground game. This election will come down to turnout. If you're not already plugged in to volunteer locally or help turn out the vote now is the time to sign-up! Obama's Edge: The Ground Game That Could Put Him Over the Top By Molly Ball In Colorado, one top GOP consultant who has worked on presidential campaigns told me he mentally added 2 to 4 points to Obama's polls in the state based on superior organization. Michael Perry, Communications Intern "The title alone is why I wanted to read this article and I am very happy I did. It focuses on Romney's 800 vetoes and how they were almost always overturned and not just by the democrats, but the republicans that were part of the legislature as well. He would also micromanage when he was never around. In his last year in office he spent over 212 days campaigning. Romneys 800 vetoes shatter his bipartisan myth By Sarah Jones Vetoes dont scream bipartisanship, and Romney had so many of them that its obvious he was on bad terms with the legislators from both parties as Governor. All told, Romney issued 800 vetoes in his one term as Governor. 800. Nearly all of them were overridden 707 to be exact. Romney doesnt mention that part in his I like vetoes ad. Dylan Gibson, Political Intern "If voters' only understanding of Governor Romney's proposed foreign policy came from his showing at the Foreign Policy Debate of Monday Oct. 26, they would probably think that Mitt's interactions with the rest of the world wouldn't be all that different from Pres. Obama's, if the number of times he agreed with the President was any sign. But we can't afford to let people forget how untrue this is. We can't afford another eight years under George Bush's foreign policy." Bushies in Romneyworld By Anna Palmer Mitt Romney's running as far as he can from George W. Bush. In all three presidential debates, Romney's raced from the last Republican president's policies claiming he's got new ideas for foreign policy, the deficit and energyBut for all of Romney's efforts to divorce himself from Bush, behind the scenes there's one critical way he's given the era a full embrace: its people."

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