2012 Election

GOTV Training: 22 Days Out

Last night, I attended an OFA GOTV training. It wasn't my first, but it will be my last. There was a lot to think about on the ride home.Starting at the end, it will be my last OFA GOTV training because in four years, there will be no more OFA. The DNC will merge with our 2016 candidate and his or her campaign. I fervently hope that the lessons learned (and taught) by OFA will be passed to the next candidate. From that first kick-off meeting in 2008, OFA has be...
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OH Secretary of State Asks Supreme Court To Suppress Early Voting

You’d think a public official whose job is to supervise free and fair elections would be focused on ensuring that every eligible voter has a meaningful chance to vote and that every vote is counted as cast. Sadly, in Ohio, you’d be wrong.
Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state, is making it his business to gum up the machinery of democracy in the Buckeye state. He’s been fighting for months to limit access to early voting, which helps tens of thousands of Ohioans with disabilities, or jobs that keep them busy during normal voting hours, participate in elections.
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Rasmussen Mass Email Urging People To Buy Anti-Obama Video

A national polling firm, PPP polling, Public Policy Polling, just tweeted a subject line from an email by Rasmussen, a "credible" national pollster.
"Obama Movie Could Spell Disaster for His Campaign - Get DVD Now"
The Obama movie, called 2016: Obama's America was created by Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative activist in which he tries to frame Obama in a "radical" light. The movie has had multiple holes blown through by fact checkers, etc.
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'Independent' Scott Brown Supported 30 Out Of 32 GOP Filibusters

Sometimes the news media falls flat and doesn't do its due diligence.  They have reported that Scott Brown is a bi-partisan Senator. But a look at his first year, that is far from the case.
In an analysis by ProgressMass, they found between February 9th 2011 and August 18th 2011, when Warren finally filed her paper work to become a candidate Scott Brown was interlocked with the radicals in the tea party.
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Obama Campaign: Romney's Etch A Sketch on Abortion Was Too Fast for His Campaign

In an interview today with the Des Moines Register editorial board, Mitt Romney said that, “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
But that statement contradicts his pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. And within just a couple hours of the story with Romney’s abortion comments posting, his spokesperson clarified that he would in fact support legislation to restrict a woman’s right to choose.
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Animated Video: Why Obama Now

This animated video helps to articulate, in fun imagery, the policies and positions of President Obama and brings to life all of our favorite cartooney pundits.
The video is linked to its own donation page on Obama's website as well as to voter registration info that knows what state you're in.  
We were most curious ...
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Paul Ryan Abruptly Ends Interview When Challenged on Tax Policy

During an interview Terry Camp, a reporter for Flint, Michigan's WJRT ABC News 12, began to challenge Paul Ryan on his views and how to pay for them.  Ryan responded like any tough politician who's preparing for a debate would, he ended the interview abruptly and chastised the reporter.
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Ad Pits Black People Against Immigrants

The anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, which seeks to limit legal immigration, has put out a new, racist ad that tries to pit African Americans against immigrants. It features an African American man with his family explaining that he needs a job.
Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (host of TYT University and Common Room), Steve Oh (TYT COO/Audio Guy), and Jayar Jackson (TYT producer) break it down on The Young Turks.
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Voting Rights Win! (For Now...)

Author Ari Berman brings us up to date on the latest news in voter rights, on a positive note state courts have been overturning voter ID laws across the country, but the Supreme Court may reverse parts of the Voting Rights Act.
This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM
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MN Voter ID Campaign Exploits Veteran Sympathies in New Billboard

Driving down I-94 over the weekend, I saw an odd new billboard. The billboard says VOTE YES and features a small image of a woman holding a flag and hugging a man in military fatigues. There's absolutely no indication of what the man and woman have to do with voter restriction. To me, they just seemed like random patriotic imagery.
A quick search revealed that MPR actual...
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