Thursday, February 20, 2014 The Elephant In The Room (1 comments)
A 10-page memo from the ODNR outlines their PR strategy to promote fracking in Ohio public land. The memo accuses "environmental-activists" of an "attempt to create public panic" on fracking risks. If reporting the facts from environmental scientists and health officials induces panic on the dangers of radioactivity and fracking -- consider it done!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Ohio's corporate junta takes a hit from the labor left (2 comments)
Swing state Ohio mocks the very idea of democracy. As it so often does, Ohio reflects a national trend: this one the plunge toward corporate one-party state governments very much at odds with what the public thinks and wants.
But even an apparently absolute moneyed take-over of the Buckeye Heartland has its limits when it comes to workers' rights.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 Romney may have lost, but the voting system is still broken (2 comments)
The day-to-day political dialogue in America is frighteningly skewed by this combination of voter suppression and electronic fraud. Combining these two post-election ignored realities with a corporately biased media, and polls based on misleading demographic sampling, gives America a very dirty mirror with which to view its own "democratic" image.
Monday, November 5, 2012 Another Husted Dirty Trick in Ohio (2 comments)
Election fraud is anything but "de minimus" in Ohio. Ohio voters didn't choose Bush II & they probably won't choose Romney though the Secretary of State's Election Counsel, Brandi Seske, may find a way to make it appear they did.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Why Romney has already won this electronic election, unless... (7 comments)
Electronically, this election is over. Mitt Romney has won. The big loser is not Barack Obama, or the corporate Democratic Party. It is democracy itself.
Unless YOU act now, and are prepared to fight this out for years to come, whatever remains of American democracy is done. No nation that suffers the theft of three out of four consecutive national elections can harbor the illusion that it is run by the will of its people.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Emergency Forum: "Will the 2012 Election Be Stolen?"
This November, voters in Ohio and other swing states will vote on machines owned by friends and business associates of the Romney family.Former GOP operative and current Alabama corruption fighter Jill Simpson will join election reform/protection activists at an emergency forum to discuss the possibility of continued voter disenfranchisement and fraud in the upcoming Presidential election @a forum in NYC on Monday, October 22.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Employees of Romney family's secret bank tied to fraud, money laundering, drug cartels and the CIA (12 comments)
The Romney family have a secretive private equity firm called Solamere Capital Partners, with well documented ties to Romney's campaign and bundlers, along with its connection to the manufacture and distribution of voting machines. There's also a subsidiary hiring employees of a failed firm tied to a Ponzi scheme that has a long history of money laundering for Latin American drug cartels and to the Iran-Contra scandal.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Does the Romney Family Now Own Your E-Vote? (9 comments)
hrough a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Vote counting company tied to Romney (8 comments)
Bain alumni, now raising big money as Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting
Monday, August 20, 2012 The Ohio GOP has already moved 3 ways to steal America's 2012 election (1 comments)
The latest flare-up in Ohio, and we can expect many more, is over early voting. Initially in Ohio, the Republican-dominated rural counties had extended early voting hours while the mostly Democratic urban counties failed to extend early voting hours beyond normal business hours Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Defender of Democracy -- In Memoriam: Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
"Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.... To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil." Gore Vidal
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 The New Jim Crow: Massive Disenfranchisement Returns
Disenfranchisement has a long sordid history in the U.S. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the septic world of Republicans would find a return to a high-tech Jim Crow policy irresistable.
Friday, December 30, 2011 Has America's stolen election process finally hit prime time? (52 comments)
A flood of articles about these realities-including coverage in the NY Times-seems to indicate the theft of our elections has finally taken a leap into the mainstream of the American mind. Whether that leads to concrete reforms before another presidential election is stolen remains to be seen. But after more than a decade of ignorance and contempt, it's about time something gets done to restore a semblance of democracy
Monday, July 25, 2011 New Court Filing Reveals How the 2004 Ohio Presidential Election Was Hacked (1 comments)
Court discovery has revealed a contract between OH Sec of State Ken Blackwell and the late (assassinated) Mike Connell, revealing that Connell was hired to give the White House access to the computer that adds up the county vote totals for the state of Ohio. (The official Ohio SOS computer went down after midnight on election night, and was replaced by Connell's computer, with a White House link-in.)
Thursday, July 21, 2011 New court filing reveals how the 2004 Ohio presidential election was hacked (14 comments)
"A "man in the middle" is a deliberate computer hacking setup,which allows a 3rd party to sit in between computer transmissions and illegally alter the data.Spoonamore claims that he confronted then SoS Blackwell at a secretary of state IT conference in Boston where he was giving a seminar in data security."Blackwell freaked and refused to speak to me when I confronted him about it long before I met you," he wrote to Arnebeck
Thursday, March 24, 2011 Ohio Republicans pass new Jim Crow law disenfranchising 900,000 voters (5 comments)
Since Ohio is one of the nation's most important swing states, and no Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, both Senate Bill 5 and House Bill 159 are the obvious opening shots in the Republican presidential campaign.The Repubs are astute students of numbers and demographics. They understand that they can't beat Barack Obama in 2012 unless they cheat by restricting voting rights.
Thursday, March 3, 2011 Corporate union busters draw first blood in Ohio
It's widely believed Kasich will next assault Ohio's pubic school system, whose funding mechanisms have been repeatedly ruled unconstitutional by state courts. Kasich is a cheerleader for private charter schools. The GOP is expected to push a voucher program that would use taxpayer money to subsidize private schools for the rich.
Monday, February 21, 2011 Fighting the 5 fascisms in Wisconsin & Ohio (2 comments)
The entire economic crisis now gripping the United States can be directly traced to the military budget, which exceeds the sum of what's being spent by all other nations combined.But the purpose of that deployment is to undermine national security, not to protect it. A frightened, impoverished, insecure nation is one dependent on its fascist elite.
Monday, January 18, 2010 Will Diebold steal Ted Kennedy's seat -" and the Senate? (1 comments)
What will matter in Massachusetts is how thoroughly election-protection advocates are able to scrutinize voter certification, access and ballot security.Billions of dollars---and much more--are riding on the outcome of this election. Those who believe it cannot or would not be stolen are simply in denial.
Monday, September 28, 2009 Why the right wing hates and wants to smash ACORN (3 comments)
The level of the current right wing frenzy against the Association of Communities Organizing for Reform Now (ACORN) can only be understood within the dynamics of President Barack Obama's 2008 election and John Kerry's "official" loss in 2004.
Friday, September 25, 2009 Diebold and the Electronic Vote: The Rig is Up (4 comments)
ES&S purchase of Diebold's voting machine operation is merely the tip of a toxic iceberg.Voiding the merger will do nothing to solve the REAL problem,which is an electronic-based system of voter registration & ballot counting that is potentially controlled by private corporations &contractors whose agenda is to make large profits & protect the system that guarantees them.
Thursday, July 2, 2009 OOPS! We rigged the Iran/Florida-Ohio vote count AGAIN!! (3 comments)
The Iranian people are speaking for themselves, and for the finest principles of democracy. For confirmation and inspiration, they need only look at America 2000-8 to see the consequences of unelected executives.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 OOPS! We rigged the Iran/Florida-Ohio vote count AGAIN!! (8 comments)
Iran's Ayatollahs have just admitted that in some 50 cities there were as many as 3 million more votes cast than there were voters in the recent presidential election.
But, they say, that's not enough to change the outcome. Sound familiar?
Monday, June 15, 2009 Facing the Bushes' Iranian whirlwind
As the pundits howl over the Iranian election, a mirror must be held to their eyes.
This article discusses the very different treatment given two very similar elections.
History rewards the truth tellers.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 More than a million Ohio voters purged in run up to 2008 election Republican Party wanted 800,000 more purged
Just prior to the 2008election,the Free Press called attention to the OH Repub Party's attempt to purge 600,000 long-time registered voters, and 200,000 newly-registered voters. OH SoS Jennifer Brunner's intervention prevented the 800,000 purges by directing that OH voters had both the right to notification and hearing before being stripped of their voting rights.If the GOP had succeeded, McCain may have carried OH by 50,000
Sunday, January 4, 2009 Why Al Franken should NOT be riding private planes (14 comments)
Death by air crash now seems to be the favored means of ridding the Rovian right of troublesome characters. [Michael Connell] now joins such critical players as Paul Wellstone, Mel Carnahan, Ron Brown, Mickey Leland, John Tower, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and many more critical public figures who have died in small plane crashes at questionable moments.
Sunday, December 21, 2008 The suspicious, disturbing death of election rigger Michael Connell (1 comments)
Connell's death comes at a moment where election protection attorneys &others appeared to be closing in on critical irregularities& illegalities.In his pre-election deposition,Connell was generally evasive,but did disclose key pieces of information that could prove damaging to Karl Rove&the GOP. Examining attorneys in the civil rights lawsuit,stemming from the 2004 election theft,were confident Connell had far more to tell.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Last US House seat filled on grave of stolen 2004 election (1 comments)
The conference underscored the fact that the legacy of J. Kenneth Blackwell and 2004's stolen vote continues to permeate Ohio's electoral process. But the Kilroy outcome and the conference that accompanied it underscored the change that has come to the Buckeye State, and that is likely to push even further toward secure, reliable elections.
Sunday, July 6, 2008 Three key ways YOU can help protect the 2008 election (7 comments)
1) BEFORE THE ELECTION:REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE,CONFIRM THEIR REGISTRATIONS, AND HELP THEM GET PHOTO ID.2)ON ELECTION DAY:BE A POLL WORKER.3) AFTER THE POLLS CLOSE: BE A VOTE COUNT OBSERVER.
We cannot guarantee success. But we have already seen what can happen when elections are stolen. And we doubt the nation can survive it happening again.
Friday, May 2, 2008 Did the US Supreme Court just elect John McCain? (5 comments)
Thus the GOP hope that millions of Americans will be voting on hackable computers this November, and that millions more may be eliminated from the rolls altogether, seems very close to fruition. Whether this will swing the election to John McCain remains to be seen. But this Supreme Court decision allowing the demand for photo ID makes it much more likely.
Sunday, March 9, 2008 Did Republicans give Hillary her victory in Ohio? (1 comments)
This fall it is virtually certain that OH will once again play a key role in choosing the next president.Except for JFK in 1960,no candidate has won the presidency without carrying the Buckeye State since the 1840s.This spring,the Buckeye State has also played a critical part in the race for the Democratic nomination. And it would appear that Ohio Repubs and independents who generally vote R were key in handling the state to H
Friday, March 7, 2008 Ohio's Primary and Election Reform - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The improvements in Franklin County's election can be attributed to the
relentless efforts of the election protection movement and new policies
drafted by SoS Brunner's office.Controversial Franklin County Board of Elections Dir. Matt Damschroder was forced out by Brunner two days before the primary. Damschroder openly defied Brunner's
directives,particularly one mandating that voters be allowed to vote on paper.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Bob & Harvey's 3-Step "Ohio Plan" for fair and reliable voting and vote counts (3 comments)
These three simple,practical steps could revolutionize our democratic process and restore control of our government to the people.Which is precisely why we expect the mainstream media,voting machine manufacturers and major parties to heap scorn on them.We have not addressed the problem of money in politics,proportional voting, or the corporate media's undemocratic domination of the campaign process.We must start somewhere.
Friday, December 14, 2007 Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen (4 comments)
Brunner is calling for widespread changes to the way Ohio casts and counts its ballots.Her announcement follows moves by CA SoS Bowen to disqualify electronic voting machines in the nation's biggest state.In tandem,these 2 reports add a critical state-based dimension to the growing mountain of evidence that the US electoral system is rife with insecurities.Brennan Center,GAO,Conyers & others have[come]to the same conclusion.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 50 ways to reform Ohio elections
EDITORIAL: The Columbus Free Press and freepress.org editorial board endorses the following reforms to ensure safe, secure and democratic elections in Ohio in 2008 and beyond.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Shock, awe and Antioch: The Bush administration's attack on progressive education (2 comments)
Mysteries still surround Antioch's rapid and poorly explained closing.The role of a Thurmond/Moon-connected PR firm and three trustees tied to the U.S. military and security industrial complexes must be heavily scrutinized. Antioch alumni should be ashamed to allow their college to die until they get to the bottom of this spooky mystery.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Columbus Dispatch endorses untested hackable computer voting machines
The Columbus Dispatch is out to make Ohio safe for easily hacked and illegally manipulated computer voting machines.Using the disgusting tactics pioneered by the tobacco, nuclear and Big Oil companies,the Dispatch has endorsed a position where compromised vendors who work for the secretive voting machine manufacturers are unbiased and independent academics who come to informed, factually-based opinions, are biased.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Why doesn't the GOP want Ohio's voting machines tested?
in attempting to carry out her promise to test Ohio's electronic
voting machines,Brunner has followed through on public demands that
the ability of OH's electronic machines to deliver a fair and
reliable vote count be proven.Apparently,the Ohio GOP is not anxious to have a state study add to
such conclusions.At a Monday hearing, State Sen Stivers(R-Columbus) attempted to table her request before she was allowed to speak...
Thursday, August 2, 2007 The criminal cover-up of Ohio's stolen 2004 election sinks to the fraudulent, the absurd, the pathetic (1 comments)
America has been robbed of its history here.The public has a right to know the true outcome of the 2004 election,and to have its laws about preservation of critical records honored.Under evidence laws, the destruction of material that serves as evidence in a lawsuit is presumed to be fraudulent action by the destroyer.[This contempt of the law] seems yet another obvious confirmation that it was, in fact, stolen.
Monday, July 30, 2007 Sausage making and electronic voting machines
While the Magistrate found by clear and convincing evidence that there were election "irregularities,"he failed to order a new election in part because electronic voting creates a classic Catch-22.Because of the non-transparency of the computer black boxes we vote on,you can never really prove with "clear and convincing evidence" who won.That now seems to be the case for Carol Squire-and for the majority of counties in Ohio 04
Monday, July 30, 2007 Part II- Squire v. Geer:Facts the Magistrate left out are even more shocking than the ones he included
The facts the Magistrate ignored in the court record are the most damning toward touchscreen voting machines.Much of this reaches the legal standard for criminal election or vote tampering.An uncertified system that was incapable of being audited produced unexpected election results. And the Board of Elections officials responsible for ensuring free, fair and unbiased elections failed to safeguard the peoples votes.
Thursday, June 14, 2007 The Lethal Media Silence on Kent State
The 1970 killings by National Guardsmen of four students during a peaceful anti-war demonstration at Kent State University have now been shown to be cold-blooded, premeditated official murder. But the definitive proof of this monumental historic reality is not, apparently, worthy of significant analysis or comment in today's mainstream media.
Friday, May 18, 2007 Will Al Gore face his inconvenient truths about our stolen elections?
When will Gore muster the courage of former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker in denouncing the role of voting machine proprietors and techno "insiders" in corrupting the voting process? Most of all, we need to hear how Al Gore and the Democratic Party plan to guarantee it never happens again. And then we need to see them actually act on it.
Saturday, May 12, 2007 The Globalization of Electronic Election Theft (1 comments)
The recent trend to privatizing vote counts, with corporations claiming "proprietary rights" to keep their hardware and software covert, has added a new dimension to an old tradition. The recent "e-victories" in the US and France have significantly tipped to the right the global balance among the major powers. So while Ohio and California conduct their studies of electronic voting, the whole world will be watching.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Are Rove's missing e-mails the smoking guns of the stolen 2004 election? (3 comments)
But there remains another avenue by which the real outcome of Ohio 2004 could be discovered. Longstanding federal law protected Ohio's ballots and other election documentation prior to September 3, 2006. Blackwell gave clear orders that these crucial records were to be destroyed on that date. (A)n exhaustive recount could show who really did win the presidential election of 2004.
Monday, April 23, 2007 The GOP's cyber election hit squad (1 comments)
The highest ranks of the Republican Party's political wing, including White House counselor Karl Rove, a handful of the party's most tech-savvy computer gurus and the former Republican Ohio Secretary of State, created, owned and operated the vote-counting system that reported George W. Bush's re-election to the presidency.Public vote counts on private, partisan servers&secret proprietary software have no place in a democracy.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Bye Bye to Cleveland GOP Election Chair Bob "Ballots for Bush" Bennett (5 comments)
Meanwhile, new evidence is emerging that Karl Rove and the GOP had real-time computer access to both the actual vote numbers in Ohio as well as the exit polling data that would have allowed them to direct how many votes they needed from the suspect Ohio southwestern Republican counties that gave Bush his official margin of victory in the 2004 election. Stay tuned.
Thursday, April 5, 2007 Two Big Victories Boost Ohio's Election Protection Movement (1 comments)
In a victory for election protection activists, Ohio's powerful GOP Chair Bob Bennett will be forced to face a public hearing on his removal as Chair of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections. And in a second triumph,Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has agreed, as part of a legal settlement,to take possession of the ballots and other key documents from the disputed 2004 election that gave George W. Bush a second term...
Monday, March 26, 2007 New Ohio evidence exposes apparently illegal 2004 recount activity by Hocking Co. GOP Election Director (2 comments)
The aggressive nature of Brunner's complaints against the Cuyahoga BOE indicate Ohio's Secretary of State seems set on guaranteeing that what has happened in Ohio's recent elections will not happen again in '08.Given the mountain of evidence surrounding the chaos that has recently defined the electoral process in Cleveland,these hearings promise to be explosive-especially with the surfacing of a memo in yet another Ohio county
Tuesday, March 6, 2007 After Ohio's recount rigging convictions in Cuyahoga, is Coshocton County next?
Repub County Prosecutor Batchelor is stonewalling efforts to investigate well-documented charges in Coshocton County, OH.Testimony and eyewitness reports document similar activity in several Ohio counties regarding the illegal rigging of the '04 recount.Kettler:"My purpose in pursuing this to the bloody end is accountability,reform and the people who perpetrated these misdeeds are still running our elections. Unacceptable!"
Saturday, February 10, 2007 Ohio's spreading stolen 2004 election scandal claims another victim
Hired in 2003 with the support of the Democratic Party,Vu was in charge of administering the electoral process in Ohio's biggest county.Centered in Cleveland,Cuyahoga County regularly gives huge majorities to Democratic candidates,and was expected to help put Kerry into the White House in 2004.But as chaos ensued on election day,long lines,malfunctioning machines,suspiciously low turnouts in inner city precincts,lost ballots &
Saturday, January 20, 2007 Missing Votes in Ohio Call Races Into Question
While Democratic Party supporters celebrate their success in Ohio,where their statewide candidates won four out of five executive offices and they now control both the U.S. House and Senate, they are ignoring massive and verifiable irregularities in the 2006 election. Similar irregularities including missing votes, undervotes and overvotes may come back to haunt the Democrats in the 2008 general election.