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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
Lani Brown draws on personal experience as an election official for this suspense novel.
SHARE Friday, April 23, 2010 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 10, 2010 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?
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, March 5, 2010 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?
SHARE Saturday, November 7, 2009 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.
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2009 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2009 2,261,000 Stolen Votes & Counting. ES&S: â€œA time bomb waiting to go off.â€
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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 12, 2009 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.
SHARE Sunday, June 28, 2009 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'.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2009 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 7, 2009 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 20, 2008 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 1, 2008 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 31, 2008 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 23, 2008 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.