Puerto Rico Votes in Favor of Statehood

12 Jun 2017

2017/06/11 – Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood – The Hill

Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly in favor of statehood on Sunday in a referendum that begins the steps toward sending representatives to Washington, D.C.

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Indiana Group Accused of Vote Fraud

12 Jun 2017

2017/06/09 – Canvassers charged in fake, fraudulent voter registrations – Associated Press

Twelve employees of a Democrat-linked group focused on mobilizing black voters in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications ahead of last year’s general election in order to meet quotas, according to charging documents filed Friday.


The Indiana Voter Registration Project’s effort to register primarily black voters was overseen by Patriot Majority USA, which has ties to the Democratic Party, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and former President Bill Clinton.


Virginia – Noncitizens Voted Illegally

31 May 2017

2017/05/30 – One Third of Noncitizens Found Voted Illegally – Public Interest Legal Foundation

After three lawsuits, scores of record requests, and reviews voter history files across 133 Virginia jurisdictions, the Public Interest Legal Foundation has uncovered the following:

  • Virginia election officials quietly removed 5,556 voters for non-citizenship between 2011 and May 2017;
  • 1,852 of those removed as noncitizens cast ballots;
  • A total of 7,474 illegal ballots were cast from the pool of removed noncitizens;
  • Some records of illegal voting date back to the 1980s before their respective removals;
  • Virginia election officials routinely fail to alert law enforcement about these illegal votes or registrations.


Repeatedly, Governor McAuliffe thwarted legislative reforms that would improve the integrity of Virginia’s voter registration and voting systems–some of which were inspired by PILF’s 2016 report. The 2017 edition outlines some lowlights:

  • In 2015, McAuliffe appointees in the Virginia Board of Elections floated a proposal that would have made an attestation of citizenship portion of the voter registration form optional.
  • McAuliffe vetoed SB 1105, which would have required voter registrars to investigate possible system failures, should their lists of voters surpass local citizen voting age population figures.
  • McAuliffe vetoed SB 1581, which would have required voter registrars to verify incoming voter applications against state and federal databases.
  • McAuliffe vetoed SB2343, which would have given resources to voter registrars to identify voters concurrently registered in other jurisdictions.
  • McAuliffe vetoed SB 872, which would have incorporated voter identification functions into the absentee balloting system.

NY City Worker Charged with Possession of Child Porn

27 May 2017

2017/05/26 – City worker and head of Manhattan Young Democrats cuffed on child porn charges – NY Daily News

A city employee and president of the Manhattan Young Democrats is under arrest on child porn charges involving several thousand images of young girls, officials said Friday.


In late March, Schwartz surrendered his laptop, where authorities found more than 3,000 images and 89 videos depicting girls as young as 6 months old performing sex acts on adult men.


The Greenwich Village native, who earns a $66,360 salary is also the founder and executive director of environmental education nonprofit group Common Climate.

The young political operative founded the New Democratic Alliance and worked for the Obama presidential campaign in 2012 as a field organizer in Lehigh Valley, Pa.


Wisconsin Advances Towards Drug Testing for Health Benefits

26 May 2017

2017/05/25 – Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefits – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.


“The governor’s initiatives have been to help people move from dependence to independence. We’re going to support that initiative and that concept, except we do believe some of the ideas need further vetting,” said Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.

With the state’s unemployment rate now at 3.2%, Walker wants to move as many Wisconsin residents as possible into the workforce.


Chicago The Only Major City To Decline in Population

25 May 2017

2017/05/25 – Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016 – Chicago Tribune

Chicago was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Black residents have been among those leaving in search of safe neighborhoods and prosperity, with many heading to the suburbs and warm-weather states. Chicago lost 181,000 black residents between 2000 and 2010, according to census data.


More than any other city, Chicago has depended on Mexican immigrants to balance the slow growth of its native-born population.


Wasserman-Schultz Threatens Police Chief with “Consequences”

24 May 2017

2017/05/24 – Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes – The Daily Caller

The police chief does a good job holding his ground for her 3 minutes of repeated questioning. This is regarding the Pakistani IT staffers who hacked into numerous DNC and government agency computers, and were eventually fired and are under investigation.

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.


As one of eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schultz is in charge of the budget of the police force that is investigating her staffer and how he managed to extract so much money and information from members.

The back and forth starts at around 2m 45s into the video.