Americans Elect is a corporation that wants to run its very own national online vote to nominate a president in less than five months. Is the Americans Elect online voting system ready to perform as any voting system must? Is it secure? Is it safe? Is it verifiable? Does the voting technology actually register votes?
Apart from the question of whether it’s a good idea for Americans Elect to run its own private, corporate-run presidential nomination in 2012, there’s the question of whether Americans Elect can technically and organizationally pull the effort off. There’s not much time between now and April 17 2012, when according to its most recently released [...]
A number of politicians running for Congress in 2010 were endorsed by the organizations Tea Party Express and FreedomWorks (which refers to itself as “Tea Party HQ”). Dozens of politicians elected to the U.S. House of Representatives chose to join the Tea Party Caucus as official members.
Reflecting the rhetoric of the broader Tea [...]
18 votes against the reformless reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act weren’t enough to stop the legislation from moving forward in the Senate, but the 13 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 1 Independent who made a stand to halt the reauthorization process on May 26 2011 should be recognized for their efforts to defend constitutional government:
Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and [...]
There never were all that many “Tea Party” identified members of Congress who stood up and voted against that biggest of Big Government programs called the Patriot Act. Today, the number shrank further as the few dissenting Tea Party members of Congress, apparently whipped in private, publicly fell back in line to support the authoritarian [...]
Indication #97.4 that the Republican National Committee is inventing the statistics behind its “Pelosi’s Puppets” website:
The RNC accuses Rep. Earl Pomeroy (among the 10% most conservative of Democrats in the House) of being one of 14 of “Nancy Pelosi’s Puppets.”
In its documentation for the accusation, the Republican Party asserts that that its claim [...]
Since the the November 2009 vote in Maine to abolish marriage equality by passing Ballot Question 1, I’ve been looking at the vote in greater detail, tallying up and mapping results for the towns of Maine from county to county. In most counties there has been variation to show, with some towns voting to ban [...]