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Drilldown on Americans Elect Platform of Questions: #72 in Vote Elevated to #4 on Final List

Name of the process in which Americans Elect rank and file members vote on which questions will be asked of the eventual Americans Elect presidential candidates in the “Platform of Questions”: Shape the Debate

Text of the question about the national debt that got the most member votes: “How do you plan to address our [...]

Americans Elect Voting System Still Broken with

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?

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Americans Elect Misses its First Benchmark on November 6

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 [...]

Roll Call: How Tea Party in House voted on Patriot Act, May 2011

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 [...]

13 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 1 Independent Vote to Stop Patriot Act Reauthorization

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:

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How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

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 [...]

Slick Surprise Senate Roll Call: Senate Passes Patriot Act 86-12 on 2/15

Boom. Just like that, with hardly any notice at all and no significant public debate, the U.S. Senate has passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act by a margin of 86-12. Patriot Act powers, which are almost always used for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism, permit surveillance, search and seizure without probable [...]

How did “Tea Party” Members Endorsed by FreedomWorks Vote on the Patriot Act 2-8-11?

The Patriot Act is a nearly ten-year old law that permits searches and seizures to be carried out on American soil without the warrants establishing probable cause required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Patriot Act powers have been used to spy on law-abiding political activist groups exercising their 1st Amendment constitutional rights [...]

The Few Straying Tea Party Members of Congress Fall Back in Line to Support the Patriot Act

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 [...]

It’s those last tenths of a vote that really count in Congress

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 [...]

Travel to Aroostook County Maine? Keep the Uniform Anti-Gay Landslide of 2009 in Mind

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 [...]