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Values Are Vital PAC Uses Las Vegas Money To Push Its Agenda

Are the Republican voters of Florida’s 19th congressional district content to allow political operatives from Nevada and New Jersey to tell them which values are vital? We’ll find out when the polls close Tuesday night. [...]

Florida Tea Party Candidate Promotes Postage Stamp Conspiracy Theory

Karl Balone could have met the baby Jesus simply by taking a short trip to his local post office himself, but like most Tea Party members, he wouldn’t take the trouble to do a little fact checking. [...]

How Aware Is Manatee Awareness Month?

I checked the top 50 recent containing the word “manatee” published recently by journalists. Only 6 of those were actually about manatees. [...]

Orange County Public Schools Hold One Standard For Christians, Another Standard For Non-Christians

Until the Orange County Public Schools either allows all points of view about religion to have equal access to high school students or institutes a ban for the distribution of materials about religion in high schools by outside groups, students in the Orlando area will be receiving a remarkable lesson in hypocrisy. [...]

Documentation Note: Peter Ackerman, Rockport Capital, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Americans Elect

This brief post serves as a coda to the privatized election saga of Americans Elect 2012 and a prelude to whatever stage of activity Americans Elect might plan next.

Three points of information:

A search of Florida’s corporation records reveals that, rather than dissolving itself, Americans Elect is still active, filing an annual report on [...]

Is It Fair To Call Mike Enzi's Lobbyist-Filled Caribbean Vacation Corrupt?

On the one hand, we can see that Senator Mike Enzi has established a network of corporate agents who are willing to provide him with money in exchange for the opportunity to influence Enzi’s legislative work as a federal government official. On the other hand, we can see that what Enzi is doing appears not to violate any laws. [...]

Americans Elect: If We Can’t Have Ballot Access, You Can’t Either

When Americans Elect paid signature gatherers to obtain a line on the 2012 ballot in state after state, it told us that its actions weren’t selfish. No, Americans Elect said, it was taking action on behalf of the American people, to give us all “more choices on the ballot in November”:

But now that [...]

Americans Elect Responds to Delegate Revolt with Rules violation and a Lawsuit Threat

On May 17, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect announced that it would cancel its planned privatized presidential nomination. Why? Because too few registered voters showed an interest in participating in a system that gave ultimate candidate selection authority to a self-selected corporate board.

Two days later, on May 19, a grassroots-organized and inclusive new group [...]

Plan For Protests In Tampa: If Law Is Broken People Should Shoot Each Other

Florida Governor Rick Scott won’t stand up for the right to bear weapons that aren’t guns. Why? Probably, it has something to do with the fact that there is no group of lobbyists and political action committees that give large amounts of money to political candidates who defend the right to carry sticks and glass bottles. [...]

H.R. 3745, Putting All of a Credit Union’s Eggs in the Collection Basket

There’s a saying that’s popular among credit unions: “not for profit, not for charity, but for service.” Most people know that credit unions are non-profit organizations that return all their proceeds to members, distinguishing them from banks, institutions whose goal is to extract profit from members as much possible. But credit unions are not supposed [...]

Newt Gingrich for President of the Moon

Newt Gingrich wants to be President so that he can build home for himself on the Moon? Fine. Let’s give it to him. Only, let’s not make him President of the United States of America. Let’s make Newt Gingrich President of the Moon, and then have the Russians ship him off on a Soyuz rocket to serve out his term there, in a capsule on the side of the crater, the ruler of all he can see. [...]