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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Thursday, September 25:

• Democrats have long touted the strength of their field operation, and now they are starting to see results. According to a Washington Post report, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has helped register 60,000 new voters in 48 districts — a first for the committee, and a potentially crucial counterweight to the expected voter dropoff that usually plagues Democrats in midterm elections.

• Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) continues to struggle in his re-election campaign against Independent challenger Greg Orman. The latest stumble: Newly revealed documents in which Roberts lists his primary residence in Fairfax County, Virginia — not in Kansas.

• Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) continues to lead comfortably in his re-election race. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows him up 9 percent over Republican nominee Ed Gillespie; although that’s the closest Gillespie has polled in weeks, he still trails Warner by 15.8 percent in the Real Clear Politics poll average.

• A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Republican Rep. Cory Gardner narrowly leading Democratic senator Mark Udall in Colorado’s Senate race, 47 to 45 percent. That’s within the poll’s margin of error, but it’s the latest in a series of surveys to show Gardner gaining. Udall leads by less than 1 percent in the poll average.

• And Democrat Kelly Kultala is making waves in her longshot bid to unseat Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), with an attack ad criticizing him for “skinny-dipping on the job.” Yoder was one of several House Republicans to disrobe and jump into the Sea of Galilee during a 2012 trip to Israel.

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  • FT66

    My hat off for you all at DCCC. You have done a remarkable, brilliant, superb job. I started to notice this in June/July. We haven’t reached the end of registering. Keep up the good job you are doing.

  • elw

    This election is all about turn out and the ground game is the key to that. One thing for sure when it comes to ground games the Dems beat the GOP hands down. keep up, there is still over a month to go.

    • neeceoooo

      We just need to encourage everyone to get out and vote

      • FT66

        That is coming for sure. They need to register first. Thats our big homework at the moment. Everyone of us needs to ask those who are around us if they have registered.

  • Whatmeworry

    The Dem’s plan on registering all of the 400,000 illegals that arrived this year to vote absentee. They had over 4 Million vote in 2012

    • LotusJoan

      Once again the “voter fraud” meme. Prove to me that just one illegal was able to vote in any election this century, you can’t. That will not stop you from believing and spouting that nonsense.

      Of the proven cases of voter fraud most of them were pretreated by GOP proponents, even so it is negligible.

      • Whatmeworry

        mmm try the vote count in MN for Al Franenstein. Or the mail drop boxes in CA, FL and TX that have had hundreds of absentee ballots delivered to single boxes.
        The fact that you are so poorly read is shocking

        • Independent1

          You and your horse manure – you can’t prove one iota of what you’re claiming. You’re nothing more than a pathological lying RWNJ!!!

          Fact is the GOP HAS NEVER been able to prove even 1/2 a dozen actual fraudulent voting incidents in the past decade.

          Here’s an item on just such a thing(note the judge says “purported instances of voter impersonation are so infrequent, if they exist at all, that “no rational person could be worried about it.”” But then you don’t qualify as a ‘rational person”:

          U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman found not just that the law disproportionately deters minorities and low-income individuals from voting; but also that purported instances of voter impersonation are so infrequent, if they exist at all, that “no rational person could be worried about it.”

          He points out that Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) lawyers could not identify a single instance of known voter
          impersonation in Wisconsin’s recent past, even though that is the primary justification for the requirement that voters show photo identification. He also found that 9 percent of registered voters lack the sort of qualifying ID required under state law — enough to change the outcome of the election, particularly because many of those same individuals who lack an ID also lack the birth certificate necessary to obtain an ID.

          • Whatmeworry

            You mean a Clinton appointee??? The Judges decision on voter ID was roundly defeated upon appeal.

          • Independent1

            Blatant lie – the judge I just quoted overroad the judge who allowed the Wisconsin voter ID to continue. Wisconsin can no longer enforce their voter ID law!!!!!!!

          • Whatmeworry

            Better get a newspaper

          • Whatmeworry is Dan M Ketter

            Let me get my brain first

        • Independent1

          Now if you’re looking for ‘true voter fraud’, all you have to do is look to the GOP. Here’s just one account from a New York crooked Republican:

          Robbins had no plans to seek office, so he was shocked a couple of weeks ago when a Green Party secretary called to tell him that a petition had been filed in his name to run against GOP Rep. Tom Reed, the vulnerable first-term Republican who represents the 23rd congressional district in upstate New York.

          The story gets stranger. A Republican operative was behind the attempt to put Robbins on the ballot. Aaron Andrew Keister, a notary public who has worked as a video tracker for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the political committee dedicated to electing GOPers to the House, filed ballot accesspetitions—each bearing the signatures of about 75 registered voters—for Robbins and a second Green Party member. If Keister’s plan had succeeded, it could have helped Reed—the Northeast regional chairman of the NRCC—by putting on the ballot a progressive candidate who would likely draw votes away from his expected Democratic opponent, county legislator Martha Robertson. But Keister messed up: Because he filed the Robbins petition late and got the other Green Party member’s address wrong, neither Green will appear on the ballot for the June primary or the November general election, according to New York election officials.

          • Whatmeworry

            What does this have to do with 4 Million Illegals voting and that is the reason why Al Frankin is a US Senator and Barak is pres

          • Independent1

            If the GOP hasn’t been able to prove even 1/2 a dozen fraudulent votes in the past decade then your idiot claim about 4 million illegals is just more of an absurdity!!!!! Stuff it in your ear!!!!

          • Whatmeworry

            Don’t like the truth I see

          • Independent1

            There have been NO KNOWN CASES of illegals trying to vote. You’re so stupid you can’t even fathom that the last thing an illegal would do is set him or herself up for deportation by trying to vote. YOUR STUPIDITY KNOWS NO BOUNDS!!!!!

          • Whatmeworry

            Really? Lets see they drive drunk, rape, murder, steal, do drugs and you think attesting that you can legally vote would stop them???
            Sorry the Dem’s pay them $50-100 to vote from their walking around $$$

        • Independent1

          And here are a few more cases of Republicans committing BIG TIME voter fraud. Let’s see you come up with something similar on the Dems (and I’m not buying any more of your fake conspiracy theories):

          From Huffington Post articles:

          NEW YORK – The Times cites Sproul’s Republican Party ties and real voter registration abuse taking
          place in Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Virginia, key swing states, in the November election. Charges include registering dead people and altering and faking registrations. Colin Small, a Republican voter registration supervisor in Virginia, and former Allied employee was arrested last
          Thursday and charged with 13 counts of voter registration fraud.

          According to the Times, Sproul’s various companies have collected more than $17.6 million since 2004 from Republican committees, candidates and super PACs.

          BOSTON – In the midst of his 2012 GOP primary campaign for a Massachusetts state House seat, Jack Villamaino changed the party affiliation of nearly 300 people in his town of East Longmeadow. Days later, the same number of absentee ballot requests were dropped off at the town clerk’s office, a list that was almost a “name-for-name match” for those whose registration information Villamaino had altered.

          Earlier this week, Republican candidate Villamaino pleaded guilty to felony charges of stealing ballots and changing the party affiliation of 280 Democrats during his campaign for state representative. A judge sentenced him to a year in jail, only four
          months of which he’ll be forced to serve behind bars.

          WASHINGTON — Eight felony charges against Colin Small, the Republican contractor accused of destroying voter registration forms, were dismissed by a Virginia judge on Tuesday. The judge dismissed the felony charges under a probable cause standard during a preliminary hearing, Small’s lawyer said.

          Small, 23, tossed eight voter registration forms into a dumpster in October 2012, when he was working to register voters on behalf of the Republican Party of Virginia.

          • Whatmeworry

            No mention of the 10+ thousand that voted for Kennedy in Chicago

  • charles king

    Like I have said before that “I am A reasonable person and I believe in our Democracy even those many of the States are being Govt by Plutocracy” come Nov I will be Voting Democractic because the Republicans did not do the job that was required in running the People’s business in keeping the Country running on all of their cylanders. In other words they tried to shut the country by not passing any of the bills that Which? were required. In my book you do not get paid tax payers dollars to Do Nothing. Yes, I will definitely be VOting Democract cause they are the best thing moving in D. C. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  • Richerd Heatherly

    The democrat political party is little more than a coalition of the useless.