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Author of A MARGIN OF ERROR: BALLOTS OF STRAW, featured in "Small Press Bookwatch" - Politics is a tough career, with more knives in backs than a backstabbing convention. "A Margin of Error: Ballots of Straw" is a political thriller following Cady Palmer as she attempts to stand up for what she believes in the face of a corrupt governor and his deep reaching network. Not knowing who to trust, Cady submerges herself in the webs of deceit where her next mistake may be her last. "A Margin of Error" is an exciting read. --Midwest Book Review

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Lani Brown draws on personal experience as an election official for this suspense novel.

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Friday, April 23, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
OpEdNews goes to Washington. Truth, action, and the American way. A CHANGE REACTION of events & information that individually spoken would carry little weight, together create an e-swell of factual, relevant information presented & maintained in worldwide news repositories, such as OpEdNews. When Voter Action.org filed its complaint with the U.S. DOJ, it carried OpEdNews & a parade of e-references big & small, emphasizing the importance of taking a stand on issues & joining voices.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Student Loan Reform: Education, the key to the American Dream Education is the true key to the American Dream. Student loans may be a godsend. But payin' 'em off ain't easy. One year later, $200+ per month in payments and the student loan debt holds steady at its original value. Obama's Student Loan Reforms will eliminate botchaucracy of the private lenders, will increase tax credits, but . . . could you make them retroactive?

Thursday, March 25, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Healthcare: Four years to man-up for American rights, minutes to rally against healthcare for all Americans As Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum leads the charge to block the healthcare bill "for the rights and freedoms of the individual citizens," citizens' rights were violated across Florida when ES&S lost their votes. Including 89,000 voters whose ES&S votes vanished in Forida's race for Atty. General where McCollum claimed the win. When the For-the-American-People card is played selectively, liberty rings hollow.

Friday, March 12, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
ES&S election monopoly blocked. Still at least 17 ways to steal or botch your next election. The DOJ's block to ES&S's nationwide election grab is a major victory for all Americans. But it does nothing to ensure honest and accurate elections. Check these 17 ways to steal or glitch your next election.

Friday, March 5, 2010 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Healthcare Reform? What Do You Care? Are you retired military, employed with benefits, on Medicare, a healthy empty nester, or simply healthy? Then just maybe healthcare works for you. You and many other Americans may be doing just fine, thank you very much. And the government should stay out of your life and out of your wallet. But do you really believe healthcare works in this country? Can you believe starting over will achieve better or bipartisan results?

Saturday, November 7, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
EACs Disappointing Election "Glitch" -- We can't fix the voting machines, so let's blame the ballots. A new glitch in the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and Holt Bill/HR 811 and the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). We can't fix the voting machines, so let's tinker with states that count their votes by hand. Now they too must use ballots that are machine countable -- that is if the machines could count. But here in reality, voting machines are still broken, as are the election laws that mock our votes.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sequoia: Open Software Can't Count Votes & Elections Still Won't Work Sequoia Voting Systems discloses source code for their upcoming Frontier Election System. Does it matter? Yes. Will it make a difference to the outcome of the next big election bamboozle? No. Even if every election vendor followed suit, elections would still produce invalid results.

Sunday, October 18, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
2,261,000 Stolen Votes & Counting. ES&S: “A time bomb waiting to go off.” Numbers don't lie. Voting machines do. Evidence points to ES&S voting machines losing nearly 25% of the votes . . . in once race alone. With 22,619 flawed voting machines . . . How many hot races & issues on your ballot? Did you check them all before ES&S took your votes away? . . . Every election, every race, every vote cast & counted on ES&S equipment is suspect . . . ES&S: Wrong for our votes. Wrong for our country.

Friday, September 25, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
ES&S for Dummies, 2009: Did Obama really win in 2008? Or did Obama win really, really big? ES&S incompetence or intent? ES&S for Dummies, 2009: Incompetence, Negligence, or Intent. Did Barack Obama win in 2008? Or did Barack Obama win by a landslide? The appalling truth is, we may never know. Forget the monopoly. Why are we even doing business with these people? As recently as June 2009, malfunctioning, poorly designed, vote-flipping ES&S voting incidents are an ongoing ES&S reality. What do you do when a vendor loses your data? Your votes?

Saturday, September 12, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Should Health Insurance be Mandatory? You're Only 20 or 30, Why? Should we object to laws requiring people to pay for health insurance when they can afford it? Take a look at Josh. He's twenty-seven years old, his life is in shambles and he can't imagine his way out of debt. All because of one quick trip to the hospital. Perhaps Josh could be your son. Perhaps he could be you. But the havoc incurred by not owning health insurance is staggering.

Friday, September 4, 2009 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
ES&S Acquires Premier Election Solutions. This is just wrong on so many levels. The acquisition of Premier indeed adds munitions to ES&S's arsenal. The monopoly is but a part of the troubling equation.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Healthcare works just fine the way it is. Is that what YOU think? Harry and Louise, then and now. Are you 40, 45, 50-plus? Do you believe healthcare works just fine the way it is? Then take a look at Harry & Louise. That's what they said--yesterday when they were young. Today they're clawing up the downhill slide as the cost of meds sucks the life out of their wallets. What's the real cost to stay "healthy" & active once your clock starts ticking? An inside story of Harry & Louise. Don't look now but the bills are comin'.

Saturday, June 20, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What don't Americans have in common with Iran? What don't Americans have in common with Iran? One picture is worth hundreds of thousands of votes . . . uh . . . words. Today, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched during their fifth day of protests to demand fair elections in Iran. While here in the U.S. we can rest assured our election systems are finally working. Right? . . . Wrong.

Sunday, June 7, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who's minding your mom? And who's STEALING her DRUGS? The next generation of elder abuse. Drug addiction: The next generation of elder abuse. As an aging population checks in to assisted living and nursing homes, they entrust their lives and wellbeing to the very professionals who now steal their drugs. A life and death problem for the addict, but an insidious problem for the aged and the caregivers confronted with prescribed drugs that don't work.

Thursday, March 26, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Food Fight! Behind Closed Doors. What You Don't Know about Mom's Nursing Home or Assisted Living Home can Hurt Her. Behind closed doors, even in the nicest assisted living & nursing homes stuff happens. An 82-year-old ex-pro wrestler body slams a 97-year-old fellow resident. A 77 year-old man's face is smashed in with a clock radio. A woman sets fire to her room. She wasn't getting enough attention. . . When you're not there, no one's watching. What you don't know about mom's ALF can hurt her. What you can do when you find out.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Another moose caught in the headlights: New ethics complaint against Sarah Palin. Kick that pitbull while she's down. Will another Republican Darling bite the dust... sand... SNOW? A new ethics complaint filed against Sarah Palin invokes comparisons of Palin with another Republican Darling, former Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Dark hair, lipstick, ambition, ethics... failing upwards, and both were used badly. They may have much in common after all.

Saturday, November 15, 2008 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
U.S. patients suffer more medical errors. If you don't personally know how prevalent medical errors are, you will. U.S. patients suffer more medical errors. Fifty-four percent of U.S. chronically ill patients didn't get recommended care. If you don't personally know how prevalent medical errors are, you will. One person's five year ordeal of medical missteps ends.

Saturday, November 1, 2008 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
SysTest Labs: Why it matters to you as a voter, as a conpiracy. Dubious victor in botched election hired SysTest to "prove" voting machines didn't scrap 18K votes. SysTest, the same company that certified the machines first place. SysTest, it matters. If you vote, SysTest could be responsible for ensuring your vote counts ... or not. An unsettling stream of election failures on ES&S DREs, just 1 of 15 vendors tested by SysTest casts more doubt on our already troubled elections.

Friday, October 31, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Election Conspiracy at the Moosylvania Gazette The Moosylvania Gazette theory of election conspiracy and why it's easier to believe all that vote fraud ruckus is just more fodder from the lunatic fringe of poor losers wasting taxpayers' money than it is to consider the possibilities of a big bad voting conspiracy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Conspiracy, coincidence, or skullduggery? When is a coincidence too much of a coincidence to be one? One tilted election? Two? Four? And how many players constitute conspiracy? Connell, George W., Jeb, Hagel, Harris, Mortham, Feeney, ES&S, Ohio, Florida... McCain... 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006. All within one degree of separation. Consider also ES&S, liable for failures in 34 states, tallied 50% of the votes in the last four major U.S. elections. Coincidence? You decide.

Saturday, August 30, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New machines, new election, & Sarasota's still can't count our votes. A recap of this Tuesday's election in Florida sounds eerily familiar. Sarasota can't count votes. Only this time there's paper to prove it. And this time they can't blame the voters for Florida's failed voting systems.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The "He Did It / She Did It" Business Model for Elections Advocates of paper ballot technology are "fuddy-duddy, itchy-witchy thinking, nervous Nelly, skittish souls over 40." Exciting e-debate elicits another look at the "he did it / she did it" business model. No matter the voting method, until we develop sound business practices, and standards for recognizing flawed election results that insist on prompt corrective action, we cannot ensure all votes will be counted correctly.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
GAO D-13: Voters with Secret Decoder Rings Get Votes Counted Catawampus touch screens remain high on the list as one cause of 18,000 lost votes in Sarasota's District 13. After waiting over a year for a comprehensive evaluation of calibration on Sarasota's ES&S iVotronics DRE/touch screens, it appears none will be forthcoming.

Thursday, February 7, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
GAO Sarasota D-13: Blood on the floor, bullet in the head, where did that smoking gun go? GAO. Not the machines? Then what? Logic, reason, numbers tell a different story. If we are to accept a finding that machines were not the cause of Sarasota's missing 18K votes, then do we also assume 89K Florida voters across the state walked up to the iVotronic touchscreens & decided not to vote for Atty General? Or do we observe the blood on the floor, the bullet in the head & perhaps wonder, where did that smoking gun go?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's the Voters' Fault. The DOG ATE MY BALLOT and Other URBAN LEGENDS! As Florida Secretary of State downgrades Florida's voting nightmares to urban legend and people problems, voters wonder if he knows who won 2006's Congressional District-13 and if he's found those lost 18,000 votes. If you don't know you've got a problem, you can't fix it.

Thursday, December 20, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is your vote worth 10 minutes? 20? An hour? Apparently not in Florida Federal judge rules against the voter registration law which has disenfranchised 14,000 should-be voters and Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning balks. Browning says Florida's law is perfectly consistent with the Help Americans Vote Act and is appropriately enacted.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A closer look at the GAO's Florida District 13. No smoking gun...Not if but when and how often. Could Red be next? No smoking gun needed to know we've been shot. GAO findings include a series of events that individually reveal an apparent lapse in sound business practices. Together they are troubling. For it's no longer a question of IF the voting system falter, but WHEN. Next time these hotshot machines could take aim at a red target. None of us, not red, blue, independent, or indifferent should accept this chipping away at Democracy.

Thursday, October 18, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will your vote count? New playstation...same vendor. Will ES&S win another election? ES&S wins Florida. Voters lose.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to steal an election...How do we stop it? One voter, one vote...every time. Our election process is broken. It's not just the voting machines or the paper trail. We must go back to business basics, consider the whole problem before grabbing for perfect solutions. This article responds to Nancy Tobi's 9/09/07 comprehensive coverage of Bruce O'Dell's NH testimony.