CA: Referendum That Would Split State Likely Will Be on the Ballot

17 Apr 2018

Breaking: Referendum to Split Calif. Into 3 States Will Be on BallotThe Western Journal, 2018/04/12

According to a press release this week, the CAL 3 initiative surpassed the number of signatures needed to present the measure to voters in this year’s election. If state officials determine the documents are genuine, it would then qualify as an initiative to be added this November.

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist whose idea would see the state’s population roughly split into thirds to create a trio of new states, celebrated the feat that he says will allow Californians to weigh in directly at the ballot box.


As explained on its website, the initiative would separate the state according to a number of socioeconomic factors in an attempt to level out disparities that currently exist.

LINK: Compare the CAs

3 State Cal

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Susnstein Suggests Caution in Dealing with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

22 Mar 2018

So this is interesting. Cass Sunstein formerly served in the Obama Administration and is likely a long term friend since he taught law in Chicago. He authors this piece in Bloomberg concerning the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook issue that is in the news.

Cambridge Analytica Behaved Appallingly. Don’t Overreact. – Bloomberg, 2018/03/19

The horrendous actions by Cambridge Analytica, a voter profiling company, and Aleksander Kogan, a Russian-American researcher, raise serious questions about privacy, social media, democracy and fraud.

Amidst the justified furor, one temptation should be firmly resisted: for public and private institutions to lock their data down, blocking researchers and developers from providing the many benefits that it promises – for health, safety, and democracy itself.

In other words, we want to be able to use data for OUR purposes… but not the other side. I posted already about the fact that they did this in 2012. Sunstein wants to be able to harvest this data again and FIRMLY resists locking down data.


Facebook Data Use Was OK in 2012

20 Mar 2018

What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump – The Hill, 2018/03/20

On Sunday, The Guardian reported on the supposedly nefarious workings of President Trump’s data-gathering team at Cambridge Analytica. The report suggested that Cambridge Analytica had essentially issued questionnaires through a third party; those questionnaires, which were personality quizzes, requested that you use your Facebook login. Cambridge Analytica then compiled data regarding those who completed the quiz and cross-referenced that data with political preferences in order to target potential voters.

This isn’t particularly shocking. In 2012, The Guardian reported that President Obama’s reelection team was “building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before.”

What, exactly, would Obama be doing? According to The Guardian, Obama’s new database would be gathered by asking individual volunteers to log into Obama’s reelection site using their Facebook credentials.

So Facebook allowed Obama’s group access to the data, but frown what when a supposed Trump group is claimed to have used to same data… except…

Trump campaign phased out use of Cambridge Analytica data before election – CBS, 2018/03/18

The Trump campaign never used the psychographic data at the heart of a whistleblower who once worked to help acquire the data’s reporting — principally because it was relatively new and of suspect quality and value. The profiling approach utilized by Cambridge Analytica allowed it to predict the voting likelihoods of individual people based on personality, the firm claimed.

… he never used the data. Why?

The Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica’s, and when it was clear the RNC would be a willing partner, Mr. Trump’s campaign was able to rely solely on the RNC.

 


Top 50 Organizations That Contribute Money Politically

27 Feb 2018

The NRA as been in the news with regards to the school shooting in Florida. Some media outlets have been complained about the NRA and political donations.

Here is a top 50 list of organization that donate politically. The NRA is nowhere to be found. 11 of the top 15 are solid left leaning organizations.

Top Organization Contributors – Open Secrets, 2016 Election Cycle


President Trump Announces Reelection Campaign for 2020

27 Feb 2018

Trump announces re-election campaign and Brad Parscale as campaign manager – CBS News, 2018/02/27

President Donald Trump announced that he’s running for re-election in 2020, and Brad Parscale, who served as the Trump campaign’s 2016 digital guru, has been named campaign manager.


The president had already filed for re-election — he filed his Form 2 paperwork with the Federal Election Commission hours after he was inaugurated over a year ago. He has also held a number of re-election campaign rallies already.

I guess the campaign manager is the news here, since he had already filed with the FEC.


Did Trump Want To Win or Not?

9 Jan 2018

Quick question…

A supposed “tell all” Trump book was released that said he did not want to win the election.

So which is it… did he collude with the Russians to win, or did he not want to win? It can’t be both…


Four Charged for Election Fraud in Philly Special Election

1 Nov 2017

2017/10/30 – Election fraud charges filed in 197th District special election – Philadelphia Inquirer

Four members of an election board were charged Monday with intimidating voters, casting bogus ballots, and falsely certifying the results in their polling place during a March 21 special election for the state House’s 197th District.

Those charged include Dolores Shaw, 61; Calvin Mattox, 52; Thurman George, 57; and Wallace Hill, 60. The four — all Democrats — manned the ballot machines at the Esperanza Health Center at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues in the 43rd Ward, one of the polling places where complaints about illegal electioneering were lodged.