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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced in Congress


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), James Clyburn (D-S.C.), and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) introduced tandem legislation to update the nation’s antiquated voting systems.

The bills launched last week on the 49th anniversary of the 24th Amendment, which eliminated the poll tax. They closely follow the Brennan Center’s longstanding recommendations for voting reform.

“The ramshackle voter registration system is a prime cause of long lines and Election Day chaos. We have a chance to modernize our elections so that every eligible citizen is on the rolls, with lower costs and greater election security,” said Brennan Center President Michael Waldman. “On Election Day, President Obama said we need to fix this. Here’s how.” Read Waldman’s Reuters op-ed on the bill.

The Brennan Center also held a National Press Club briefing in Washington, D.C. with leading secretaries of state to discuss modernizing the voting system, including voter registration. Speakers included (from left) the Brennan Center’s Wendy Weiser, Hon. Ross Miller (D-Nev.), Campaign Legal Center’s Beverly Hudnut, Hon. Alvin Jaeger (R-N.D.), Hon. Kate Brown (D-Ore.), and Hon. Mark Ritchie (D-Minn.). Watch video here.

Ohio's State Senator Turner introduces Voter Protection Act

Today, drawing a sharp contrast between the presidential elections held in 2008 and 2012, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) unveiled the Voter Protection Act, new legislation aimed at reforming the way elections are conducted in Ohio. It represents the first piece of legislation to be rolled out by either party in the 130th General Assembly.

Turner described the bill as “not about Democrats or Republicans, but about doing what is best for all of Ohio’s voters,” and said it aimed to avoid the types of uncertainties that faced Ohio’s voters in 2012 and to promote the right to vote by all eligible Ohioans.
The Voter Protection Act includes six primary areas of reform, namely:

■promoting voter registration
■protecting early voting hours
■preventing long lines on election day
■advancing the sophistication of the absentee voting process
■clarifying provisional voting, and
■modernizing Ohio’s election laws.


Just a thought....Ted Strickland for Secretary of Labor.....

Ted Strickland declined to run for Governor of Ohio in 2014...which leads me to speculate he may indeed be on the Presidents list. Ted is a friend to Labor....and a close friend to President Obama.

Anyone else have thoughts on this option?

Melissa Harris-Perry's Letter to Jon Husted on His Voter Suppression in Ohio

Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted...well, he appears to be a Rove minion. I do not want Ohio voters to ever forget his shenanigans. I don't want America to forget either.




Sous Chef wanted in new Palm Springs Restaurant

In my opinion...to work with Francois would be like working for an Iron Chef.....so I thought I would share it here for anyone intrested.


A friend is the Executive Chef: Francois de Melogue.

Figue Restaurant - La Quinta (Greater Los Angeles Area)

Job Description

New exciting restaurant looking for a Sous Chef

for Authentic and Diverse Mediterranean Culinary Vision in the Palm Springs, California Area

Beautiful Modern Building, Prime Location in the heart of Affluence in the resort area of Palm Springs, CA. Free standing building is being completely renovated and redeveloped. Internationally recognized Restaurant Designer. 260 seats. This new restaurant will be the most innovative and contemporary in the Valley.


Mediterranean -- Progressive with Authentic Traditional Roots

French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern & Moroccan Components.

Premium Ingredients, all scratch, including Pulling Fresh Mozzarella, House Made Charcuterie, Fresh House Made Pasta, making cheeses, etc.

Exhibition Kitchen includes: Wood Burning Oven, Imported Italian Wood Burning Grill and Rotisserie, state of the art Viking ranges, Imported Vintage Prosciutto Slicers, Imported Vintage Pasta Machines.

Food – Fresh, Authentic, Bright, Clean, Simplicity, Flavors Typical of Food and Life in the Mediterranean. Sharing Driven Menus for Small Plates and Entrees
Desired Skills & Experience

Melissa-Harris-Perry, MSNBC, well she just put Jon Husted, SOS Ohio, on notice....

It's her letter to Jon...

Now the world knows what he did to suppress the Ohio vote for minorities and all Ohioans. I can't wait to get a video clip to post it here.

OMG it's perfect...it is the truth.

If anyone gets the video...please share. It's a keeper.

***** Update:
Thanks to DU'er Jack Rabbit...




Judge Demands Ohio Provisional Ballot Answers from Husted's Office



By: ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS , Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday angrily demanded that attorneys for Ohio's elections chief name the author of an election-eve order that placed the responsibility of explaining what kind of identification voters use on provisional ballots on the voters themselves.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley's voice rose nearly to a shout at times as he asked attorneys what research the Ohio Secretary of State's office had done before issuing Friday's after-hours order.
"You have a lot of explaining to do," Marbley told assistant Ohio attorney general Aaron Epstein at a hearing in Columbus the morning after the election. A few minutes later, he demanded that Epstein and other state attorneys explain the rationale behind the order.

"Show me the facts that the secretary used to make the decision to change this directive at 7 o'clock on a Friday night on the eve of an election," Marbley said. "I want to see it, and I want to see it now."
After a short break, Epstein told Marbley the drafting of the order was a collaborative effort by several members of the Secretary of State's Office.

At issue is an order released by Secretary of State Jon Husted that requires voters to check a box explaining what ID they can offer if they weren't able to provide the last four digits of their Social Security number or their Ohio driver's license number.


Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/Judge-demands-Ohio-provisional-ballot-answers-from-Husteds-office#ixzz2BeBFiwn1

Obama-Biden begins final push for Ohio vote at Dayton Rally

I had the pleasure of attending.



DAYTON — President Barack Obama went on the attack against challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday, stirring up a Triangle Park crowd of 9,500 and trying to create a surge of momentum to carry him from Monday night’s final debate through the final two weeks of the presidential campaign.

Obama was making both his first Dayton campaign appearance and his first Ohio appearance with Vice President Joe Biden this year Tuesday. But it was part of an onslaught of Ohio visits from both sides, as political analysts continue to identify Ohio as perhaps the most important of 10 swing states that will decide the election.

Obama drew his biggest cheers at Triangle Park when he said his Republican opponent suffers from a condition called “Romnesia.”

“If you’ve come down with a case of Romnesia – if you can’t seem to remember the positions that you’ve taken not just four years ago but four days ago, if you don’t remember the positions that are on your website … you don’t have to worry, because Obamacare covers preexisting conditions. We can fix you up!” Obama said.


Obama-Biden Pictures...1-100 from Dayton


YIPPEE! I got 2 extra Tickets for the Obama-Biden Rally on Tuesday.

I had to stand in line from 11am to 2:30 pm....Only ONE ticket per person.....This is important information which was not identified with the Rally Announcement. ( see information with link below)

I was standing alone in line this chilly fall day; frustrated that my coworkers would not be able to attend the Rally as they could not get off work today to stand in line; I'm off today, so logically I had volunteered to pick up the tickets .....made sense to us at the time. Totally unaware of the ticket rules....nothing identifed by the Obama Campaign announcement.

Then, about 1 pm, a old acquaintance accompanied by his friend walked by..we started to chat. He then shares he was not able to attend the Rally....but offered to stand in line to get a ticket for my coworker. His friend offered to do the same.....What a fine friend...a great gift. Now I can attend the Rally with my friends.


Ticket information:

To pick up a ticket, visit one of the following Obama for America locations beginning Saturday at 2 p.m.

* Dayton Office, 411 East 5th Street.

* Trotwood Office, 4815 Salem Avenue.

* Vandalia Office, 7250 Poe Avenue.

* Beavercreek Office, 1337 Hanes Road.

* Centerville Office, 679 Lyons Road.

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