Sunday Open Thread

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  1. rikyrah says:

    October 30, 2014, 05:06 pm
    Parties brace for war over voter registrations in Ga. Senate race

    By Cameron Joseph

    Georgia’s tight Senate race could be headed for the courtroom after voters head to the ballot box.

    A state judge ruled earlier this week against civil rights groups seeking to force the Georgia secretary of State to account for roughly 40,000 voter registrations that were filed but allegedly haven’t shown up on the voting rolls. Those voters could have a big impact on the tight open seat contest between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue.

    That initial ruling raises the possibility of further post-election legal action — and is likely to increase the number of potential provisional ballots, the type of votes that get fought over in court in close elections.

    Civil rights groups are vowing to fight to make sure every new voter they helped register gets their vote counted after next Tuesday. And both parties are quietly preparing for chaos in close races like the current deadlocked battle, where the results could be fought out in the courts as well as in a runoff.

    At issue are a large chunk of the more than 100,000 new voters registered by the state NAACP and the New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan group focused on registering African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic voters.

    The legal wrangling is officially nonpartisan, as was the voter registration drive, but both have clear racial and political overtones. The head of the New Georgia Project is Georgia state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D), an African-American and close friend of Nunn’s, while Georgia’s secretary of State is white Republican Brian Kemp.

    “The only recourse the judge has allowed for these voters is provisional ballots and it’s our mission to make sure every provisional ballot cast is counted,” Abrams told The Hill. “My focus as head of the New Georgia Project is making sure that every provisional vote that’s cast that’s valid is counted and if it means going to court to do that we will certainly do that.”

    Others agree that legal fights could be in the offing, both because of these voters and the large number of other newly registered voters in the state. Newly registered voters are more likely to have problems with their registrations and have to vote provisionally more often. As both Nunn and Perdue aim for an outright victory in the close race, every vote will count.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Who Controls the Senate Controls the Courts
    With a Republican victory in the Senate looking increasingly likely, the President’s ability to appoint federal judges is about to be curtailed. And that matters a lot.

    As we approach Election Day, you might wonder why everyone is fussing so much over whether the Democrats or the Republicans will control the Senate for the next two years. After all, with the Democrats in control of the White House and the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, why does it matter who controls the Senate?

    Even if the Republicans control both the House and the Senate, they can’t enact any laws without the President’s approval, and even if the Democrats control both the Senate and the White House, they can’t enact any laws without the approval of the House. In short, no matter who wins the Senate, we have gridlock.

    There is at least one respect in which control of the Senate is truly critical, though. This concerns judicial appointments.

    Because a majority of senators can block a nomination, control of the Senate becomes critical. If the Democrats retain their majority, they can continue to confirm President Obama’s nominees. If the Republicans gain control of the Senate, however, they will be able to block his nominees—and there is little doubt that they will do so with a vengeance.

  3. rikyrah says:

    North Carolina voters report voting machines switching their votes to GOP candidate
    Tom Boggioni
    02 Nov 2014 at 17:32 ET

    A voter in Guilfrord County, attempting to take advantage of early voting in North Carolina, told the News-Record that the voting machine he used repeatedly switched his vote for a Democrat to a vote for her Republican opponent.

    Percy Bostick, 69, of Greensboro said he tried casting a vote for Democrat Kay Hagan — who is locked in a tight battle with her GOP opponent — however the machine, located in the Old Guilford County Courthouse — assigned his vote to Republican Thom Tillis.

    “I called one of the poll workers over,” Bostick explained. “She said do it again. And again, I touched the screen at the proper place for Kay Hagan, and it again reported it for Thom Tillis.”

    According to Bostick, the machine finally recorded his vote for Hagan on the fourth attempt.

    A poll worker then stepped in and cancelled Bostick’s ballot altogether and directed him to another machine which registered his vote correctly. The problematic machine was taken out of service.

    On Wednesday a voter using a machine at the Craft Recreation Center in Greensboro experienced the same problem with their vote going to Tillis.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Russell Schaffer @RussOnPolitics

    Good news for Dems in #GAsen and #GAgov: Black early voter turnout in 2014 has matched 2012 levels. No drop-off.
    4:40 PM – 2 Nov 2014

  5. rikyrah says:

    Young candidate facing racist, sexist attacks
    11/02/14 01:34 PM

    Kentucky Republicans, who are trying to win control of the state legislature on Tuesday, may have underestimated Ashley Miller.

    “I think they just said, ‘Oh she’s young, she’s brown, You don’t have to worry about her,’” said the 30-year-old nurse practitioner, who is running for state representative in the state’s 32nd district, in East Louisville.She would be the first black woman in the Kentucky legislature in 14 years; women currently make up only 18% of the assembly overall.

    But Republicans seem worried indeed. In September, a website anonymously surfaced calling Miller “Trashley Miller,” singling out her job at Planned Parenthood for its connection to abortion. Miller is prochoice and and provides options counseling for pregnant women, among other services, but Planned Parenthood in Kentucky does not provide abortion services. It also pointed to her modeling career, which included appearing on the cover of a local rap group’s mix tape. The website referred to the group, Nappy Roots, as “a popular gangster RAP group,” a characterization that doesn’t match the group’s alternative image but seems to play on racial fears. (It’s unclear why rap was in all-caps.)

    “There were several people in the community that felt like it was a dog whistle of sorts to remind the voters that I am a minority woman,” Miller said.

  6. vitaminlover says:

    Happy, blessed Sunday, ladies! Just got back from church. Nothing like good worship!

  7. Good morning and thanks for that inspiring song this morning/afternoon.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  9. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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