This tickles me to no end….in Florida no less…with West

Florida sends auditors to investigate voting irregularities as Rep. West holds out hope
Nov 14, 2012

Florida has sent state election auditors into the state’s 18th Congressional District to investigate early-voting irregularities that have resulted in disputed results in race between Republican Rep. Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.

The unofficial tally shows Murphy winning the race by 1,907 votes, outside the margin that would trigger an automatic recount of all ballots.

Three state officials were ordered to St. Lucie County by Secretary of State Ken Detzner a defendant in the court case West filed Tuesday.

“We applaud your decision to exercise your authority to send auditors to St. Lucie County to examine election returns and the ballot-counting process,” attorneys at the Washington-area firm Hotlzman Vogel Josefiak told Detzner in a letter.

The 18th District race was among the most hard-hitting and expensive races this election cycle. The two sides raised at least $21 million, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, and Super PACs poured about $6.6 million more into the race.

West, a first-term Republican congressman, is a Tea Party favorite known for his strong criticism of President Obama and other Democrats.

St. Lucie County officials recounted three days of early voting from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 following the discovery that machines doubled counted some ballots.

West reportedly gained 132 votes and Murphy lost 667 in the recount Sunday of 16,275 votes, though the West campaign claims the vote count dropped by roughly 1,000 ballots.

Murphy’s margin of victory is still above the threshold to trigger a full recount. But the West campaign argues the full eight days should be recounted, considering the pattern that unfolded during the partial recount.

The suit seeks a temporary injunction to get a full recount of all early voting in St. Lucie and asks the state to postpone certifying the district-wide tally until the process in complete. Martin and Palm Beach counties also are part of the newly-redrawn district.

The disputed outcome made for some awkwardness on Capitol Hill this week, because West has returned for the lame duck session while Murphy is attending freshman orientation.

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Secession talk…really? How many of these states would want to secede if they couldn’t take all the cheap labor that voted against their party platform with them? Nothing happens in a vacuum

Secession petitions filed on White House Web site
Posted by Rachel Weiner on November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

From states across the country, Americans have filed petitions on the White House Web site seeking to secede from the union and form new state governments.
While most of the petitions come from states that supported Mitt Romney in last week’s election, a few swing states and even the deep blue Northeast are represented.
Petitions have been filed for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
“We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government,” reads the Alabama petition. The following text is the same in most of the 20 filed so far:
As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”
Most of the petitions have a few thousand signatures; many signers appear to be from other states. Under the “We the People” program, launched last year, the White House will respond to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days. Anyone over the age of 13 can create a petition. Previous popular petitions demanded the White House beer recipe (success) and marijuana legalization (no success).
The petitions from Louisiana and Texas, however, are approaching the threshold for a response. They were the first two states represented, followed by Alabama. Petitioners only have to put a first name and last initial on the site.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) raised the idea of secession back in 2009, but he has since made clear that he has no interest in it. Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp (R) suggested in 2010 that some states might have to “consider separation from this government” should the leadership in Washington not change. ”I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government,” he said.

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Arizona has 600,000 ballots to count. Election was over 5 days ago……………

Lily Canedo, center, and others took petitions bearing 20,000 signatures on Friday to the county recorder’s office in Phoenix to protest uncounted votes. Joshua Lott for The New York Times

Published: November 9, 2012

PHOENIX — Three days after the election, the outcome of several races remained a mystery in Arizona as officials struggle to count a record number of early and provisional ballots, many of them cast by voters who believed they had registered but whose names were not on the voter rolls at the polling place.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Ken Bennett revealed the magnitude of the situation: 631,274 votes remained uncounted, he said, more than in any presidential election in memory and enough to anger voting- and immigrant-rights advocates, who have called on the Justice Department to investigate. (By Friday, there were 524,633 uncounted ballots. There are 3.1 million registered voters in the state.)

The advocates, who have been staging nearly continuous protests outside the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center, where most of the votes are being tallied, have raised accusations of disenfranchisement, saying the same Latino voters they worked so diligently to register may have been disproportionately affected. Based on accounts they have been collecting since before the polls closed, among the 115,000 voters who cast provisional ballots in Maricopa County on Tuesday were many first-time minority voters who signed up to get their ballots by mail, but never did.

“We’re concerned that some of the barriers we’re seeing fell heavily on Latino and African-American voters,” said Monica Sandschafer, acting coordinator for One Arizona, a coalition of nonprofit groups working to increase voter participation among working families.

Volunteers took to the phones on Friday at the offices of Unite Here, which represents hospitality workers, calling Latinos on the early-voting registry to find out if they got their ballots in time to vote by mail. Meanwhile, the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union wrote a letter to the county recorder, Helen Purcell, saying the “public confidence in the voting process” was at stake.

The uncertainty has also unsettled candidates and campaign staffs, prompting at least one of them — Mark Napier, the Republican candidate for sheriff in Pima County, which had 80,735 uncounted votes on Wednesday — to rescind his concession.

“I was down by 7,400 votes on election night,” Mr. Napier said. “I assumed it was over, but this election could change.”

Three Congressional races remained too close to call on Friday, and there were also some misgivings about the outcome of several other races. One of them was the United States Senate race, where, as of Friday, Jeff Flake, a Republican congressman, was ahead of his Democratic challenger, Richard H. Carmona, by 78,775 votes, according to unofficial results posted by the secretary of state.

Mr. Carmona conceded on Tuesday; on Friday, in a message to supporters, he wrote, “We will take every necessary step to make sure all of our supporters’ ballots are counted.”

Activists say that they believe, based on what they have heard from people in the field, that provisional ballots tended to be used most often in Hispanic and black neighborhoods. But that cannot be verified until all the ballots are counted, and officials in each of Arizona’s 15 counties have until next Friday to do that.

Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Mr. Bennett, said that all valid votes would be counted. Advocates and elected officials are worried, though, that voters who had to cast conditional provisional ballots because they forgot to bring identification to the polls, as state law requires, may not know they have to present their ID at the county elections office by Wednesday for their vote to count.

“You should do it not just for the Democrats or the Republicans, or for the Hispanic voters and the black voters. You should do it because it’s the right thing to do,” State Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, said at a protest on Friday.

Deborah Curtis, a poll observer at Xavier College Preparatory in Central Phoenix attending the same protest, said she saw a black voter being told she could drop off her early ballot only in her neighborhood precinct, although early ballots can be left at any polling place.

“I wondered how many other people were told the same thing,” Ms. Curtis said.

On Thursday night, more than a hundred people — activists, high school students who are too young to vote but worked for months to register voters, and voters who said they were forced to use provisional ballots at the polls — joined hands in a human chain and prayed outside the election center, a squat brick building on a desolate stretch of downtown, next to the train tracks and across the street from a jail.

Friday morning, they marched five blocks along Third Avenue to the county recorder’s office, where they delivered a petition with at least 20,000 signatures, demanding answers. Outside, on small pieces of paper, they left messages taped to a wooden board. One of them read, “We have rights.” Another read, “Justice.”




Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.


Mitt Romney is already slithering into the mists of history, or at least La Jolla, gone and soon to be forgotten. A weightless figure unloved and distrusted by even his own supporters, he was always destined, win or lose, to be a transitory front man for a radical-right GOP intent on barreling full-speed down the Randian path laid out by its true 2012 standard-bearer, Paul Ryan. But as was said of another unsuccessful salesman who worked the New England territory, attention must be paid to Mitt as the door slams behind him in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s brilliant victory. Though Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might.

Aall politicians lie, and some of them, as Bob Kerrey famously said of Bill Clinton in 1996, are “unusually good” at it. Every campaign (certainly including Obama’s) puts up ads that stretch or obliterate the truth. But Romney’s record was exceptional by any standard. The blogger Steve Benen, who meticulously curated and documented Mitt’s false statements during 2012, clocked a total of 917 as Election Day arrived. Those lies, which reached a crescendo with the last-ditch adsaccusing a bailed-out Chrysler of planning to ship American jobs to China, are not to be confused with the Romney flip-flops. The Etch-A-Sketches were a phenomenon of their own; if the left and right agreed about anything this year, it was that trying to pin down where Mitt “really” stood on any subject was a fool’s errand. His biography was no less Jell-O-like: There were the still-opaque dealings at Bain, and those Olympics, and a single (disowned) term in public service, and his churchgoing—and what else had he been up to for 65 years? We never did see those tax returns. We never did learn the numbers that might validate the Romney-Ryan budget. Given that Romney had about as much of a human touch with voters as an ATM, it sometimes seemed as if a hologram were running for president. Yet some 57 million Americans took him seriously enough to drag themselves to the polls and vote for a duplicitous cipher. Not all of this can be attributed to the unhinged Obama hatred typified by Mary Matalin’s postelection characterization of the president as “a political narcissistic sociopath.”

As GOP politicians and pundits pile on Romney in defeat, they often argue that he was done in by not being severely conservative enough; if only he’d let Ryan be Ryan, voters would have been won over by right-wing orthodoxy offering a clear-cut alternative to Obama’s alleged socialism. In truth, Romney was a perfect embodiment of the current GOP. As much as the Republican Party is a radical party, and a nearly all-white party, it has also become the Fantasyland Party. It’s an isolated and gated community impervious to any intrusions of reality from the “real America” it solipsistically claims to represent. This year’s instantly famous declaration by the Romney pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” crystallized the mantra of the entire GOP. The Republican faithful at strata both low and high, from Rush’s dittoheads to the think-tank-affiliated intellectuals, have long since stopped acknowledging any empirical evidence that disputes their insular worldview, no matter how grounded that evidence might be in (God forbid) science or any other verifiable reality, like, say, Census reports or elementary mathematics. No wonder Romney shunned the word Harvard, which awarded him two degrees, even more assiduously than he did Mormon.

At the policy level, this is the GOP that denies climate change, that rejects Keynesian economics, and that identifies voter fraud where there is none. At the loony-tunes level, this is the GOP that has given us the birthers, websites purporting that Obama was lying about Osama bin Laden’s death, and not one but two (failed) senatorial candidates who redefined rape in defiance of medical science and simple common sense. It’s the GOP that demands the rewriting of history (and history textbooks), still denying that Barry Goldwater’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy” transformed the party of Lincoln into a haven for racists. Such is the conservative version of history that when the website Right Wing News surveyed 43 popular conservative bloggers to determine the “worst figures in American history” two years ago, Jimmy Carter, Obama, and FDR led the tally, all well ahead of Benedict Arnold, Timothy McVeigh, and John Wilkes Booth.

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Why Obama Won Is So Clear, The Day After

Posted: 11/07/2012 3:11 pm
NEW YORK — By Howard Fineman, Huffington Post

Everything seems so clear the morning after.

A Manhattan friend, one of the shrewdest guys in media, public relations and politics, just sent me an email that pretty much summarized it all.

“Obama ran a flawless campaign except for the first debate, and they pivoted correctly every time. Very impressive,” he wrote. “Romney ran a ridiculous campaign and the primaries killed him and he was never able to fix that. He wound up being one of two things: either a liar with no center or a right wing nut case.”

I probably should stop there. But given the line of work I’m in, I can’t let it rest. I will be brief. Here are summaries of the analytical pieces I won’t inflict (in full) on Huffington Post readers:

• Organization. In 1960, Jack Kennedy’s team revolutionized presidential politics, taking it away from the state party bosses and putting it all in Bobby Kennedy’s famous “little black book” of JFK friends. Their winning strategy became the template of campaigns for a generation after. President Barack Obama’s team has worked another revolution in method, using social media, micro-targeting and distributed grassroots activism. Now they’ve proved that victory wasn’t an accident in 2008. Their model will be studied and followed for decades.

• Not a Status Quo Election. Sure, the numerical line-up didn’t change much: a Democratic president, a narrowly Democratic Senate and a Republican-led House. But under the circumstances, the results made an extraordinary statement about commitment to change: in health care (Obamacare), in taxes (a push to raise rates on the wealthy), on environmental action and for activist government. The vote was an expression of hope for more change in the future, along the lines of what the president has done so far.

• Where’s Reagan-Kemp? The plain fact is that, his tactical errors, flip-flops and flat-out lies aside, Mitt Romney was — as a type — the very worst kind of character to defend our free market system. The Obama campaign ruthlessly painted him as a corporate raider and quick-buck flipper of companies, and they were successful because it was true. If Republicans are going to sell the virtues of the market, they need a self-made, affable person who knows that a blue collar is not what you see on a hunting shirt from Orvis.

• Billionaires Haven’t Destroyed Us Yet. People such as Linda McMahon, Sheldon Adelson and Karl Rove spent hundreds of millions of dollars and did not get what they wanted. Obama and the Democrats aggregated small donations in a way that blunted the billionaire advantage. It’s no reason to give up on overturning Citizens United, but it was reassuring.

• Latinos. People make fun of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his daily-briefing Rosetta Stone Spanish, but he has a point. This is now a bilingual country, culturally and politically. Hard to see how the GOP avoids putting a Latino on the ticket in 2016. Keep an eye on a Bush: George P. of Texas. He’s half Mexican, moderate on immigration, fluent in Spanish — and he already has a PAC.

• Determinism ‘R Us. I complained about the role of poll aggregators and economic modelers who predict the results of campaigns using algorithms and regression analysis, whatever those are. But experts such as Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt, Nate Silver of The New York Times and Mark Blumenthal of HuffPost were right on target. Bartels, a political scientist, told me weeks ago that the president was likely to win because U.S. personal income growth was good enough in the second and third quarters of the year. He was right. Silver called the final numbers almost exactly. There is still a role for us anecdotal reporter types, I am assured. I’m not sure.

• Cynical Pundits. President Obama called out the “cynical pundits” who belittled the supposed majesty of the campaign, the aims of his presidency and the earnest notion that politics is about helping people. I took the criticism personally, of course, though he at times ran a cynical campaign. And let’s hope that, in his second term, he lives up to his own inspiring view of the aims of politics and of government. Freed of electoral constraints, he has a chance to do so. If he can restore faith in our ability to govern ourselves, I’ll applaud. I promise.

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President Obama wins reelection, beats Mitt Romney to get four more years in White House

President Barack Obama gives a victory speech at his election party in McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.
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President Obama will be in the White House for four more years.

President Obama won reelection Tuesday night as voters gave him a new chance to repair the nation’s economy and fulfill the promises of hope and change he made four years ago.

The networks called the race shortly after 11:10 p.m., as a series of swing states fell in rapid succession to give Obama the 270 electoral votes he needed.

First Pennsylvania, and then New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado fell to Obama. When Ohio was called for the incumbent, a roar went up at Obama’s Chicago headquarters.

Moments later, Obama sent this message on Twitter: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are.”

The nation’s first African-American President will take his second oath of office on Jan. 20, having beaten back a Republican Party that vowed to make him a one-term President.

But Obama will have little time to celebrate as he returns to a gridlocked Washington after a bitter campaign that may have only hardened the partisan divide.

Supporters cheer for President Barack Obama while watching voting returns before his election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday.

Challenger Mitt Romney lost his native Michigan and current home state of Massachusetts. Combined with his loss in Wisconsin, the birthplace of his running mate Paul Ryan, the GOP ticket became the first national ticket to lose both candidates’ home states since Democrats George McGovern and Sargent Shriver did in 1972.

Despite Obama’s lead in the electoral college, the popular vote remained close — raising the possibility of a repeat of 2000, when George W. Bush took the White House despite receiving fewer votes than Al Gore, could not be ruled out.

The suspenseful and extraordinarily expensive election drew to a close as Americans — millions still recovering from the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy — braved long lines at the polls to cast their votes.

For most, the nation’s struggling economy remained at the forefront.

Sixty percent of those questioned in exit polls called the the economy their No. 1 issue.

But more said former President Bush was to blame for the current conditions rather than Obama — despite his nearly four years in office.

In addition, only 3 in 10 said things were getting worse —while 4 in 10 said the economy was improving.

And in all-important Ohio, 59% of voters surveyed in the exit polls approved of Obama’s bailout of the auto industry, while just 36% opposed it.

Exit polls also showed that Obama had an 11-point lead over Romney on the question of which candidate is more in touch with people like them. Most voters said that Romney’s policies would generally favor the rich, while only 1 in 10 said that was the case for the President’s policies. And Obama was getting a majority of voters whose family income was less than $50,000 last year, while Romney led among those with $50,000 or more.

Four years ago, Obama’s lofty oratory and this historic nature of his candidacy drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies and inspired legions of new voters who helped capture several states that had been traditional GOP strongholds.

But Democrats enthusiasm was not nearly as high this time after many of the President’s promises were lost to Washington gridlock and his soaring rhetoric was weighed down by the burdens of office.


The Empire State Building is lit up in blue, in celebration of Obama’s win.

He struggled to frame his major legislative accomplishments – in particular the national health care reform known as Obamacare – and his party took a beating in the 2010 midterm elections.

This time, Obama’s campaign was forced to wage a gritty, county-by-county fight.

His team spent four years building an elaborate ground game that turned out a winning coalition that looked similar to the one that first carried him into office: women, young voters, African-Americans and Latinos.

The candidates, their parties and outside groups spent $2.6 billion on the campaign, by far the most in history.

Confusion ran rampant at polling places in states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and long lines of voters were reported in battlegrounds like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Both campaigns dispatched lawyers to scores of polling sites to help their supporters cast their ballots — and to gather information for potential lawsuits that could challenge the election’s outcome.

People watch the Electoral College Map in Seoul November 7.

Touting his business experience, Romney pledged to jumpstart an economy that showed consistent, but small, growth during Obama’s first term.

A one-term governor from Massachusetts, Romney failed to capture the Republican nomination in 2008 but entered this year’s GOP primary sweepstakes as the early favorite.

But the lengthy primary process, which at times resembled a circus sideshow featured carnival barkers like Herman Cain, Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann, was a harder slog than expected and left Romney bruised heading into a general election fight with Obama’s battle-hardened crew.

The incumbent’s team, based in Chicago rather than Washington, made the tactical decision to spend huge sums of campaign cash early to define Romney as a heartless corporate raider and flip-flopper.

Ad after ad hammered home Romney’s conservative positions, turning his experience running Bain Capital against him and portraying his positions on women’s issues like contraception and abortion as backward.

The Romney campaign, after a gaffe-filled international trip and the release of a video showing the Republican saying he “didn’t care” about 47% of the nation’s people appeared lifeless as the campaign entered its home stretch.

But then during one night in Denver, everything changed.

Romney pivoted toward the center to win over moderates, delivering a performance as powerful as Obama’s was oddly listless.

Overnight, the polls tightened. The President bounced back with stronger showings in the next two debates but Romney moved ahead in several national surveys.

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Obama defeats Romney to win second term, Fox News projects

President Obama won a second term in the White House Tuesday night, Fox News projects, overcoming concerns about the fragile economic recovery to edge out Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The models showed Obama making it over the required 270 electoral votes with wins in the crucial battleground of Ohio and other late-called swing states. The race in Ohio, though, remained airtight as votes were still being counted, raising questions about the final tally — with just over three-quarters of returns in, the candidates remained virtually tied with Obama leading by a few thousand votes.

The president outperformed Romney across a swath of key battlegrounds. Despite the race being tied up nationally in polls leading up to the election, Obama’s investment — in time and money — in a handful of swing states evidently paid dividends. Obama scored a big win in Pennsylvania, a vital battleground where Romney made a late play for support. Obama also walked away with wins in the swing states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Michigan.

The projected victory caps a campaign that was far tougher in its tone than the president’s 2008 run. On defense over a term marked by lackluster economic growth, Obama sought to cast Romney — even before he was nominated — as an elite, tax-dodging, corporate champion. His campaign seized on hidden-camera comments in which Romney said 47 percent of Americans, those who don’t pay taxes, consider themselves “victims.”

He and Democratic officials also hammered the message that Romney’s policies would be bad for women, in an appeal to an important voting bloc for the president who in exit polls backed Obama 55-43 percent.

Romney, who surged following his strong lead-off debate performance in October, accused the man who ran in 2008 on big ideas of going small, because he couldn’t defend his first-term record.

Minutes before Obama was projected the winner, Romney claimed his first battleground prize of the night with a projected victory in North Carolina, where the Democrats held their 2012 convention.

Elsewhere, Obama and Romney each racked up expected victories Tuesday night in relatively safe territory.

Romney was the projected winner in Utah, Montana, Arizona, Missouri, Idaho, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky.

Fox News projects Obama was the winner in his home state of Illinois, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Washington, Minnesota, New Mexico, Maine, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

The electoral-vote count shortly after midnight was Obama with 290 and Romney with 203.

The vote Tuesday marked the end of a grueling race. For Obama, the election is the last time his name will appear on a ballot, or so he claims. For Romney, the election closed out a nearly six-year run for the presidency. The Republican nominee ran unsuccessfully in 2008.

The 2012 campaign was decidedly different from 2008, when Obama ran on a lofty message of change and leveraged voter dissatisfaction with the George W. Bush administration — and particularly the war in Iraq — to defeat Republican nominee John McCain.

This time around, each candidate’s campaign message was bound to the state of the economy, having gone through a recession shortly before Obama took office. Romney argued forcefully that Obama failed to deliver the kind of economic rebound that typically follows a downturn. The Republican nominee accused the president of throwing money at the problem with a poorly designed stimulus, and then abandoning the issue altogether to focus on passing ObamaCare. Romney argued that the health care law, along with countless regulations and an allegedly anti-business attitude, all combined to stand in the way of a full-throated recovery. Issues like the Libya terror attack and the threat from Iran’s nuclear program brought foreign policy into the mix, but the economy remained central.

But Obama argued all along that, despite the slack in the system, the country was moving in the right direction. He pointed to recent economic reports, including Labor Department data showing the jobless rate falling below 8 percent for the first time since he took office, as signs that the economy was improving and would get better over time.

He warned that Romney’s agenda — which he described as tax breaks for the rich and giveaways to corporations — would only reprise the “failed” economic policies of the prior administration which he claimed led to the recession.

Election Day was unexpectedly busy for the campaigns. While Obama himself kept a low profile in Chicago, the campaign dispatched Vice President Biden to Ohio where he visited a Cleveland restaurant and later posed for pictures with volunteers before joining up with the president.

Romney, meanwhile, made stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania before heading back to campaign headquarters in Boston.

As races continued to be called well into the morning, it appeared that the balance of power in Washington could remain the same. Republican kept their majority in the House, while Democrats fended off a series of challenges to their majority in the Senate.


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How does the expression go: Pot calling the Kettle black

Allen West Accuses Florida Democrats Of ‘Nefarious Actions,’ ‘Shenanigans’ In Early Voting Fight

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said in an interview with Fox News on Monday that state Democrats may be taking “nefarious actions” to dampen what he characterized as a strong early voting turnout for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“I think that you’re starting to see some nefarious actions already coming from the other side, because there’s been an incredible turnout from Republicans voters on the early voting down here in Florida,” West said on “Fox and Friends.”

The Miami Herald reported on Monday that more than 4.5 million early votes had already been cast, and that Democrats currently held a 167,000 ballot lead over Republicans. Statewide polling, however, currently shows Romney with a narrow edge over President Barack Obama.

As an example of supposed “shenanigans,” West pointed to a move by Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher to allow voters to cast absentee ballots in person as a way to work around Republican Gov. Rick Scott‘s decision not to extend early voting.

Florida Democrats had urged Scott to extend early voting hours after massive turnout produced lines of up to nine hours at some precincts in the Sunshine State. Scott denied that request, claiming there was no problem, which in turn prompted a lawsuit from state Democrats.

West, like Scott, also suggested that Floridians had a sufficient opportunities to ensure that they could cast their votes.

“I voted during early voting, as well as my wife and my oldest daughter. It took us about an hour and a half, two hours last week,” he said. “So I think that you have the options of absentee ballots, the early voting and also going out on Election Day and I think you’re starting to see some shenanigans already taking place.”


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Don’t leave this to chance or the Officials, get out and VOTE, and take someone with you!

Panthers beat Redskins in bad omen for Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) November 4, 2012 November 4, 1:34PM

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after running for a first down against the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

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Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after running for a first down against the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

In a National Football League upset that could foretell a loss for President Barack Obama to challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s US election, Carolina defeated host Washington 21-13 on Sunday.

The Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak in improving to 2-6 while the Redskins fell to 3-6. Carolina marched more than 90 yards for touchdowns twice in the same game for the first time in team history.

Under the so-called “Redskins Rule”, the candidate from the party that received the most votes for president in the prior election will win the presidency if the Redskins win their final home game before the election.

If the Redskins lose, as they did to Carolina on Sunday, the candidate from the other party would claim an election victory.

In this case, that would herald a triumph for Republican challenger Romney over Democratic incumbent Obama.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins throws a second quarter pass against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. In a National Football League upset that could foretell a loss for President Barack Obama to challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday's US election, Carolina defeated host Washington 21-13 on Sunday.

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins throws a second quarter pass against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. In a National Football League upset that could foretell a loss for President Barack Obama to challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s US election, Carolina defeated host Washington 21-13 on Sunday.

The outcome has been a bellwether for presidential elections since the Redskins moved to the US capital from Boston in 1937.

In 18 elections starting in 1940, the Redskins’ result has accurately predicted which candidate will receive the most overall votes in the subsequent election.

In 17 of 18 US presidential elections, it has predicted the election winner, who is the candidate that collects the most electoral college delegates, which are assigned to states based upon population. At least 270 are needed to win.

The only time the method missed calling the presidency correctly was in 2004 when the Redskins lost 28-14 to Green Bay and Republican incumbent George W. Bush beat Democratic challenger John Kerry.

Democratic challenger Al Gore won the 2000 popular vote but Bush won more delegates and the presidency after the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, halted a controversial recount of Florida votes, upholding original findings that handed Bush a narrow victory in the state and electoral college.

The “Redskins Rule” returned to order in 2008 when Washington lost 23-6 to Pittsburgh on election eve and the next day, with Bush in the White House, Obama defeated Republican hopeful John McCain to claim the presidency.



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Absolutely mind-boggling! A registered republican caught attempting to vote twice in the same election???? You’ve got to be kidding. Only a democrat would commit such a dastardly deed. Must be a mistake. Or, maybe she’s an undercover ACORN agent whose job it is to make republicans look bad. Yeah, that’s it. You can tell by looking at her picture that she’s innocent. Maybe her neighbor’s cousin’s brother-in-law told her that if President Obama was ahead in the polls with three days to go before the election, some republicans could vote twice to make it more even. Whatever, you might want to read some of the (obviously republican) comments. They could cause laughter if the situation was not so serious and their comments so transparent.


The FBI arrests Roxanne Rubin, who is charged with attempting to vote more than once in the same election, at the Riviera in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

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Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 | 4:34 p.m.

Investigators today arrested a Southern Nevada woman suspected of trying to vote twice this week at two different polling locations.

Roxanne Rubin was taken into custody as she arrived for work at the Riviera hotel-casino, investigators said. Rubin, 56, is a registered Republican who lives in Henderson, according to the Clark County Registrar.

Rubin allegedly cast a vote Monday at the Anthem Community Center in Henderson. Later that day, she tried to vote a second time at an early voting location on Eastern Avenue, investigators said.

When Rubin arrived at the second location, a poll worker conducted a routine database check and found Rubin had already voted. When confronted by the poll worker, Rubin denied having voted and claimed the database used by the poll worker was wrong.

Poll workers at the Eastern Avenue location blocked Rubin from voting and notified the county registrar’s office, who forwarded the complaint to the Nevada secretary of state.

“There are two important points worth noting in this case,” Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said. “First, is that as we’ve said and demonstrated in the past, we take all elections complaints very seriously and investigate them thoroughly. Second, this demonstrates the integrity of the system. Someone thought that by going to two different locations they’d be able to cast two ballots. The system immediately caught that, the Task Force responded, and an arrest was made.”

“It’s also worth noting that the Task Force has at least one other case of voting or attempting to vote twice in an election presently under investigation,” Miller said. “We will pursue all such cases and complaints aggressively.”

Rubin was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one felony count of voting twice in the same election.

The Elections Integrity Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force made up of state and federal investigators.

While allegations of voter fraud or faulty voting machines are common during a busy election, Clark County Registrar Larry Lomax said this is the first time in his 15 years on the job that a voter has been arrested for trying to cast two ballots.

During early voting, poll workers use a database to look up a voter’s registration when the voter checks in at the poll. A card used to activate the voting machine is then programmed with the voter’s information and the voter is logged as having cast a ballot. If the voter tries to check in a second time, an alert will flash on a poll worker’s screen, Lomax said.

“When we pull you up, if you already voted, it says so right on the screen,” Lomax said. “It says this person voted at this site, where and when they voted.”

Daily audits are done at each early voting site to make sure the number of activated cards match the number of ballots cast. In Rubin’s case, the card numbers matched the number of ballots submitted exactly, dispelling any concerns that Rubin may have received an activated card but never cast a ballot, Lomax said.