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Surprise! David Prosser Gains 7,500 Votes After ‘Human Error’ In Waukesha County

via: Huffington Post

In a dramatic turn of events on Thursday, the Waukesha County clerk (Kathy Nicholaus) announced that the vote total announced for Tuesday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race had been mistaken — and that the corrected numbers changed the outcome of the entire election.

– There were 3,456 missing votes for Democratic-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg

– 11,059 for incumbent GOP-backed Justice David Prosser

– Kloppenburg has previously been beating Prosser by just 200 votes of the roughly 1.5 million cast statewide.

–  The NEW TOTAL puts Prosser on a significant path to victory, about 7,500 votes ahead of Kloppenburg.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/07/david-prosser-wisconsin-supreme-court_n_846431.html

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The article is ‘dramatic’, but the updates incuding these, are ‘simply outrageous’!

 

UPDATE: 9:17 p.m. — For 13 years, Nickolaus worked for the Wisconsin State Assembly Republican Caucus as a data analyst and computer specialist. She resigned in May 2002. [AP, 6/3/02]

From 1989-1994, Prosser served as Minority Leader. From 1995-1996, he was Speaker.

Nickolaus was a staff member during this time. As Wisconsin State Journal reporter Mary Spicuzza noted on Twitter, “Kathy Nickolaus worked for Assembly Republican Caucus when Prosser was Speaker. Caucus is controlled by speaker, so HE IS HER FORMER BOSS.”

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UPDATE: 9:49 p.m.– Statement from state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D):

The way Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus revealed her discovery of 14,300 previously uncounted votes raises disturbing questions, particularly in light of her past partisan history. She has been the subject of multiple complaints from other Waukesha officials on how she handles elections and keeps public information to herself outside the official county system where others can verify it. 

The new Supreme Court race vote totals she “discovered” during canvassing not only swung the election but also put the race just barely past the amount needed to trigger a state-financed recount.

It is especially troubling that she waited more than 24 hours to report the startling discovery and then did so at a press conference and only after she verified the results. This makes it all the harder to challenge and audit the integrity of the vote.

The partisan, political history of Ms. Nickolaus and the serious concerns about the quality of her performance found in an audit raises the question of whether an investigation is warranted.

The public deserves to know that the votes were counted properly.

Yeah, you think?

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WTF, do we need to bring in International Election Monitoring?

 

 

April 8, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rand Paul: Preventing Black Lung Too “Burdensome” To Energy Companies

via: Care2.com

Republican Senator Rand Paul has made it repeatedly clear that he sides with businesses when it comes to absolutely any sort of financial policy or regulation — be it taxes or toilets.  Still, even his own home state of Kentucky seemed somewhat shocked when he stated that there is no reason to continue with any policies to help decrease the instances of black lung among coal miners, declaring any intervention or government regulation too “BURDENSOME” on companies in comparison to the amount of lives it could potentially save.

(note: yeah, like mine safety!)

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Paul said during the hearing that the government had done “a pretty good job” in recent decades of reducing the incidence of black lung — an often incurable and fatal disease caused by breathing years of coal dust.

But figures from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health show a SPIKE in black lung rates in RECENT YEARS.

Black lung KILLS approximately 1000 MINERS PER YEAR, and the number of cases have doubled since 1995, when the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was REPEALED. 

According to the paper,  Paul received $136,277 in campaign contributions from mining interests during his senate run.

http://www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/rand-paul-black-lung-costs/

reference: Black Lung (pneumoconiosis)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalworker’s_pneumoconiosis

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Rand like his father, are BOTH unconscionable ASS-HOLES!

 

 

April 8, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, Rand Paul | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work

via: Think Progress

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/07/idaho-almighty-abortion/

The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “يد تعالى” was at work. “طرقه أعلى من طرقنا”.

Crane said, ”لديه القدرة على اتخاذ ومأساوية صعبة، والظروف المروعة ومن ثم تحويلها إلى أمثلة رائعة“

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English translation:

The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways.”

Crane said, “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”

April 8, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , | Leave a comment