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SquatchâEUR(TM)s Open Thread 23/09/2015

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Bernie Sanders, Fantasy Football, Hillary Clinton, jigsaw puzzle, Keystone XL, Maddow, My Universe, voter registration )

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Puzzle, 3 short takes, Fantasy Football update, My Universe


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Joanne Dixon (37)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 9:29 am
4:40. No chicken for me. It isn't a Seachicken, is it?

The Nation - In my state, registration is done through the County Clerk's office (including on lne), the DMV as an option, and registration drives, which could certainly be partisan. The DMV isn't partisan. The County Clerk is selected by a partisan election, but, unlike some counties, we have election laws that essentially require anything to do with elections to be done by a minimum of one Democrat and one Republican, which helps (although it can be annoying if one is an election judge and has to go to the bathroom). When I did work as an election judge, the attitude that was communicated to us was, "We want to make it easy or at least possible for anyone who wants to vote to do so." So we had to be prepared to check maps to help a voter find the correct precinct if ours wasn't it and give directions if necessary, and we had to help some voters use provisional ballots, and explain in detail how those worked. That was all prior to 2010, and in any case, today we have all-mail balloting, which has numerous advantages, the most important probably being a paper trail.

When each state has its own election laws, of course, there are going to be inconsistencies. I can see arguments for allowin each state to have its own, but I suspect that if there were strong Federal laws to require ocnsistency there would be more fairness nationwide.

Rachel - Well, of course wou want him, but you can't have him. And I know you wouldn't take Ted Cruz as a replacement. Best leave them where they are.

HuffPo Finally indeed! Long in coming but on the right side of history. Of course there are other tar sands and other pipelines. Let's hope she stays consistent.

Universe - Amen indeed!


Arielle S (313)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 9:43 am
No, you can't have Bernie....but we would give you not only Ted Cruz but your choice of any of the other GOP shipping, too!

I suspect Bernie's the reason Clinton has made her statement. At least, it's been made.

Many people think it doesn't matter if they vote or not - gotta change that attitude...

Marian Beth B (58)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 10:59 am
In VA, we are also able to register to vote at the DMV, as of somewhat recently. There is a big push to also have registration by mail, due to a lot of DMV lines not being on bus lines, which makes it difficult for low income or elderly voters, etc. I really wish that we'd go to mandatory voting, and registration through ANY state-issued FREE i.d. cards. To make any citizen jump through hoops to vote or to register to vote is a device which definitely discourages participation.

David C (75)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 12:05 pm
thanks, love the video

Pat B (356)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 12:23 pm
The Nation: A person here can register online, or in person, like Joanne said, through our County Clerk's office. I also believe that the library is also part of that, in helping people who don't have a computer at home to go online. When I worked at school, we also took in retired/parents that worked, residents to assist them with voting during county/state elections.
Rachel Maddow: Love her show, and seeing Mr. Sanders on there. He's awesome. Great interview.
HuffPo: Good news, indeed.
My Universe: Very, very sweet picture/quote. I love it.

Enljoy your day, and take care All. Hugs to TC when you talk to him. Thanks!

Ted W (127)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 3:47 pm
Noted, forwarded,and shared across four networks! Loved the vid, Thanks for posting, Lynn!

Walter F (128)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:18 pm
Thanks Lynn.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 6:16 pm
Harper be gone!

JL A (281)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 10:43 pm
Great combination of stories Lynn and I love your ending inspiration! I'll return later for content comments.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 4:22 am
You seem to be getting the hang of it, Lynn. Let's hope there are a lot more mellow/pajama days following. Thanks for keeping TomCat's blog in the air and thanks for not demanding too much of yourself to do that.

The Nation: I'm not sure how the federal elections in Canada work, but I know that I'm happy with ours, where everyone who's registered at an address (and is a citizen) get's his voting papers sent at that address. Of course that's not perfect, the homeless and the transient are left out of the voting loop, but it leaves little room for fraud. Parties are left completely out of the process, so what you vote is completely anonymous. You can become a party member of course, but the administration of party members and voters never come together. Voting is uniform across the country, whether it is for national, provincial or county elections. But then we're only 17 million voters, so it's easy, isn't it.
But it's unlikely the American system is ever going to change, so the most important thing in the next months is to organize huge voter-registration rallies, to really spend money on getting people all they need to be able to enter a polling booth and cast a legitimate vote. If they're registered, they'll vote, it's as simple as that.

Rachel Maddow: Great interview, Rachel really knows how to let her guests get their own message across, without sucking up to them and going all "we're big palls"on them. And because Bernie hasn't got his own media fanclub (aka known as Faux News) behind him, each interview like this Bernie gets will help him to gain a wider audience and a wider appeal. Go Bernie!

Huffington Post: Hillary's new stance on Keystone XL and Climate change is further proof of what I call the Bernie effect. She has to move further to the left and further away from het corporate friends if she wants to keep the Democratic nomination out of Bernie's hands. The timing of Pope Francis' speech in which he also mentioned Climate Change as one of the greatest threats to our planet may also have something to do with her statements, don't you think? ;-)

Wonderful quote!

P A (117)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 5:53 am
Thanks for this Lynn – very good articles, but my dratted kidney stones are sounding off again so I can't stay to comment – except that I utterly LOVE today's My Universe – may God bless us all with that love to support us!


James Maynard (84)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 7:38 am
Pajama days are rare and should
be savored......
Puzzle 4:02 (Avg - 4:21)

Wayne W (12)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 9:20 am
"The US doesn’t have a voter turnout problem; we have a voter registration problem. "

Abbott’s Houston raid didn’t end with arrests, but shut down voter drive

On an overcast Monday afternoon, officers in bulletproof vests swept into a house on Houston’s north side. The armed deputies and agents served a search warrant. They carted away computers, hard drives and documents.

The investigation was closed one year after the raid, with no charges filed.

Greg Abbott is now governor of Texas.

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 10:00 am
Thanks everyone!

Indeed, pajama days are rare and savoured . . . a guilty sin!

Pat, prayers for you and those pesky, very painful kidney stones. My prescription: cuddles with Tabsie and MolPol at least 6 times per day!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 2:26 pm
Thanks for sharing Lynn.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 6:28 pm
You are doing a great job, Lynn. We all love you for what you are doing for Tom. I have frequent pajama days.No guilt here.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 7:32 pm
Thanks for your work here Lynn---much noted and appreciated. magical wishes for TC.

S J (124)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 9:14 pm
thanks for all you do Lynn, I am appreciated. again please convey my best wishes to TC.

Edith B (146)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 9:24 pm
You had the kind of day I am looking forward to some day!

The Nation: Kentucky is, at present, implementing on line voter registration. I hope that will increase the number registered. That said, too many of our young people have no idea of the importance of voting. When I was in school a Civics class was required in every high school, that no longer exists so far as I know. Since "No Child Left Behind" the kids are taught how to pass a test. Nothing more.

Rachel Maddow: Those stats show how popular Bernie is, and show that he has a real chance of being nominated! As for the punch in the face, I would love to have been listening to the buzz in both Rand Paul and Marco Rubio's offices the next day.

Huffington Post: I am glad Hillary Clinton finally came out against the XL Pipeline, I was afraid she wouldn't. If she gets the nomination, I will vote for her.

My Universe: Beautiful.

Nita L (127)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 7:16 am
Great interview on Rachel Maddow with Bernie. I love both of them. I'm with you Edith on Hillary. She hasn't answered any questions up to now. At least we know where she stands onthe pipeline. Thank you Lynn for thegreat job you're doing. My thoughts are with TC,
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