Sep 30, 2020

Joe Biden Was Weak, Unsteady; Trump Was Rude, and White Supremacist-Loving

Liberals want to protect slow Joe by cancelling the next two debates

The fist two issues debated last night — Roe v Wade and healthcare — are human rights matters, and Joe Biden should have owned them.

Biden was absent, not in the moment, and when presented with Trump's false claim that his nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has "unknown" views and intentions on Roe, Biden was silent.

No empathy with a woman's right to choose, no soliloquy on the question of women's health. No declaration of Barrett's record.

Here's the transcript of the end of the exchange on Roe:

President Donald J. Trump: You don’t know her view on Roe V. Wade? You don’t know here view.

Chris Wallace: Well, all right. All right. Let’s talk. We’ve got a lot to unpack here, gentlemen. We’ve got a lot of time. On healthcare, and then we’ll come back to Roe V. Wade.

Vice President Joe Biden: All right.

Trump later continued his love affair with white supremacists and police, both cut from the same cloth.

Trump was loud, abrasive and discourteous.

Joe Biden was no match in this rhetorical theater.

If Biden is elected president, corporate America will be running the show.

Joe Biden will remain a figurehead resembling the character in Weekend at Bernie's (Kotcheff, 1989) more than a president with the knowledge and determination to protect American families.

Led by CNN, liberal pundits are calling for the next two debates to be cancelled, lest Biden be revealed again as a befuddled, kindly old man who stumbled onto the Democratic Party nomination.

Sep 29, 2020

Washington Post Endorsement of Joe Biden Reveals Democratic Disdain for Healthcare, Jobs and Us

Post: Biden is against universal federal jobs guarantees, single-payer healthcare and strident left-wing voices -- so vote for Joe

The Sept 28 Washington Post endorsement of Joe Biden shows with striking clarity what is pathetic about the liberal establishment and its disregard for American families whom the Post editors, along with most the Democratic Party, hold in contempt.

Joe Biden will not feature an expansive jobs program, single-payer healthcare, is not Bernie Sanders, and is civil, so, vote for Joe. This is what the Post argues.

Watched Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Hill TV this morning and the two commentators showcased the Post condescension that is so wrong on so many levels, it may leave readers feeling sick.

"We love Biden because of 'norms,' 'plus John McCain," plus 'he beat Bernie,' plus no healthcare. I really wonder if they [the Washington Post] realize how monstrously out-of-touch they are. How vapid and empty their content [is]," says Krystal Ball. 

See Hill TV below for a well-deserved take-down of the Washington Post, Biden and utterly sick Democratic Party establishment.

Krystal Ball: WaPo SNOBS say vote Joe because he WON'T give you health care, job

Krystal Ball examines The Washington Post's endorsement of Joe Biden.

Posted by HILL TV on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sep 28, 2020

Republican Stop-Voters Project Puts Racism on Display

Update: "Over 10,000 absentee ballots were dropped off with poll workers stationed at parks throughout Madison Saturday, and hundreds registered to vote during a first-time event called Democracy in the Park," reports The Capital Times.

Madison, Wisconsin — The Republican Party reaction to the Democracy in the Park initiative is telling.

Democracy in the Park is a City ballots event here that for two consecutive Sept-Oct Saturdays allows voters to drop off ballots at over 200 secure locations sited in City parks, and staffed by sworn election officials in blaze vests.

Madison residents can also get their absentee ballots witnessed, and can register to vote there, though they cannot obtain ballots in the manner of a polling place.

Wisconsin Republicans and rightwingers across the nation responding to news of last Saturday's Democracy in the Park were incensed.

"It’s going to take six months to unravel the Democrat fraud in this election," writes Republican actor James Woods.

Woods did not cite one instance of fraud, but to a Republican a black or brown person voting is an act of fraud in itself, as black or brown citizens are impersonating regular folks.

This is the fight of the modern Civil Rights movement playing out again, and it's a losing battle for Republicans and any Democrat who shies away from this fight.

People with black hair and dark skin are normal folks. But in Wisconsin, in Fitchburg alder District One, and among Republicans, this fact is under hysterical dispute.

Next Saturday is the second Democracy in the Park. 

News is after the first event, Madisonians may have gone too far: A statement from the City Clerk reads that the Madison Fire Dept washed the poll-workers' vests.

It's an outrage, call the police!

I have worked as a poll worker in Madison and journalist covering the Madison commitment to allow voters to cast ballots and have ballots counted.

White rightwingers will, seriously, call the police on pro-voting activity. 

I have seen this racism and experienced it personally on multiple occasions.

The wrong people voting is a phenomenon white racists will never accept.

"The threat that this procedure poses to ballot integrity is manifestly obvious,' writes Misha Tseytlin, former Republican Wisconsin Solicitor General, on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, (R-Juneau), and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, (R-Rochester).

The Madison City Attorney responded to Republicans in a two-page letter which makes quick work of the unsupported allegations. The City letter dated Sept 26, 2020 is reproduced below:

September 26, 2020

Dear Misha:

I am responding to your letter to Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl regarding the City’s Democracy in the Park event being held this weekend to facilitate voter registration and the legal return and collection of absentee ballots.

Your letter states that this event constitutes an “illegal collection of ballots” and “falls outside lawful categories” but you provide absolutely no legal support for that allegation. You simply cite statutes that outline the process for absentee voting. If you could please identify a statute that you believe is being violated, I could try to respond to your broad unsupported allegations.

You also state that the threat to ballot integrity is manifestly obvious. The procedures that the City Clerk has established to secure ballots are equivalent to the procedures used to secure all absentee ballots, which your clients have helped to establish in Wisconsin Statutes and found to be acceptable. Sworn election officials will retrieve ballots that have already been issued and will ensure that ballots are properly witnessed and are secured in sealed in absentee ballot envelopes and ballot containers with tamper-evident seals, to be tabulated on Election Day. The election officials will maintain a chain of custody log that is open to public inspection. No new ballots will be issued in the parks.

As you know, both major political parties are able to nominate election officials to work at polling places. The City of Madison invited election officials nominated by both the Republican and Democratic Parties to work at Democracy in the Park, and received no complaints or concerns regarding the procedures to be used from those officials.

You also state that there is no justification for this “ad hoc, unsecure and unlawful approach.” Clearly this event is neither unsecure nor unlawful or you would have cited a relevant prohibition. And the definition of “ad hoc” is “for this purpose only.” The justification to sponsor this event “for this purpose only” is that COVID-19 has placed significant pressure on both voters and election officials to facilitate as much voting as possible prior to Election Day. Governmental leaders from both political parties have
acknowledged this reality and encouraged voters to submit ballots early. In addition, the well-publicized challenges of the U.S. Postal Service have diminished the public’s trust in that agency to deliver ballots in a timely and transparent manner.

Your letter states that there is a “grave risk” that all of the ballots collected at Democracy in the Park will be challenged in court and ultimately invalidated. You cite Wis. Stat. § 6.93 in support of this statement. That statute states that absentee ballots may be challenged for cause. The administrative rules implementing that statute establish specific reasons for challenging a voter when the challenger has first-hand knowledge to suspect that the voter is not a qualified elector because 1) the person is not a citizen of the United States; 2) the person is not at least 18 years of age; 3) the person has not resided in the election district for at least 10 days; 4) the person has a felony conviction and has not been restored to civil rights; 5) the person has been adjudicated incompetent; or 6) the person has voted previously in the same election. See EL §§ 9.01 and 9.02, Wis. Adm. Code.

The allowable reasons do not include that the challenger does not like the manner in which an absentee ballot is returned. Any elector who abuses the right to challenge may be subject to sanctions under Wis. Stat. §7.41(3). EL § 9.02, Wis. Adm. Code. Given these provisions, I do not understand why you believe Wis. Stat. § 6.93 supports your threat that all ballots collected at Democracy in the Park are subject to challenge. If you have some legal basis for that statement, please share it so that the City can address your concern before the election and resolve any confusion that your allegations have caused. If there is
no legal basis, we request that you retract your letter to Clerk Witzel-Behl.

Absent any directive from the Wisconsin Elections Commission or a court, the City will proceed with Democracy in the Park, and it will process the ballots collected with other absentee ballots pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes. All voters are welcome to participate and observe the process which is designed to bring the entire community together to participate in democracy. I trust that is a goal you and your clients can support.

Finally, I invite you and your clients to pick up the phone and contact me or the City Clerk if you have additional questions or concerns about the manner in which the City of Madison conducts elections. I am glad to discuss your questions directly so that we can alleviate any concerns you and your clients may have, rather than having to obtain your letter from the media. This tactic demeans the seriousness of your allegations and signals a desire to simply discourage participation by voters in Madison.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Michael Haas
City Attorney