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“[A] relatively small amount of money can help swing a little-watched race for a state office few people understand or care about.”

 


 

Soros Eyes Secretaries

By Matthew Vadum

History’s most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.

A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation. From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.

This is, of course, the same Soros, the same hyperpolitical left-wing philanthropist who makes no secret of his intention to destroy capitalism. In an interview with Der Spiegel last year, Soros said European-style socialism “is exactly what we need now. I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful — but also very harmful to our society.”

The vehicle for this planned hijacking of democracy is a below-the-radar non-federal “527” group called the Secretary of State Project. The entity can accept unlimited financial contributions and doesn’t have to disclose them publicly until well after the election.

It was revealed during a panel discussion at the Democratic Party’s convention last year that the Democracy Alliance, a financial clearinghouse created by Soros and Progressive insurance magnate Peter B. Lewis, approved the Secretary of State Project as a grantee. The Democracy Alliance aspires to create a permanent political infrastructure of nonprofits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups — a kind of “vast left-wing conspiracy” to compete with the conservative movement. It has brokered more than $100 million in grants to liberal nonprofits, including ACORN. [emphasis mine]

The latest fundraising appeal from the SoS Project warns:

In the 2000 and 2004 elections, we saw the results of extreme Republican tactics to intimidate voters and steal the presidential election — the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush. Today, we watch as Republicans go to even greater extremes — even carrying guns to town hall meetings. If they are willing to go to such extremes now, how far will they go on November 6, 2012 to steal the election from President Barack Obama? [emphasis added]

At the top of the SoS Project’s slate of candidates for state-level secretary of state positions in 2010 is Minnesota’s radically left-wing Mark Ritchie, a former community organizer whose cavalier attitude toward electoral fraud and whose shamelessly partisan conduct during the recount process cleared the way for Al Franken to steal last year’s U.S. Senate election from then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Ritchie was first elected Minnesota secretary of state in 2006. Franken and Obama, by the way, were endorsed last year by ACORN Votes, ACORN’s federal political action committee.

In 2006, the Minnesota ACORN PAC endorsed Ritchie, a longtime ACORN ally, and donated to his campaign. According to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, contributors to Ritchie’s campaign included liberal philanthropists Soros, Drummond Pike, and Deborah Rappaport, along with veteran community organizer Heather Booth, a Saul Alinsky disciple who co-founded the Midwest Academy, a radical ACORN clone that breeds Marxist agitators. One article on Ritchie’s 2006 campaign website brags about the fine work ACORN did in Florida to pass a constitutional amendment to raise that state’s minimum wage.

The 2010 slate also includes California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, whom the group describes as “one of the most progressive Secretaries of State in the nation.” Bowen was endorsed in her previous run by California ACORN PAC.

SoS Project is also endorsing Jocelyn Benson, candidate for secretary of state in Michigan, whom it lauds as an “[e]lection law scholar and community organizer.”

Benson is a candidate ACORN would love. The bio SoS Project provides credits Benson with running a 2004 “voter protection campaign in 21 states, deploying 17,000 trained election law lawyers.” Last year in Michigan, she helped to lead the fight to stop the Republican secretary of state “from disenfranchising voters who were victims of home foreclosures.”

Assuming the desperately mismanaged Michigan continues to exist through Election Day next year, count on the desperately evil ACORN endorsing Benson.

To the Secretary of State Project, Republican secretaries of state are always Snidely Whiplashes trying to undermine progressive Dudley Do-Rights. SoS claims to advance “election protection” but only backs Democrats, religiously believe that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 (Katherine Harris) and in Ohio in 2004 (Ken Blackwell).

Harris in particular is presented as the poster child for GOP election-stealing and vote suppression as the left tries to keep alive its fantasy that George W. Bush stole the 2000 election in Florida with the creative collaboration of Bull Connor, the Ku Klux Klan, Diebold, Blackwater, and the CIA.

The secretary of state candidates the group endorses all sing the same familiar song about electoral integrity issues that we routinely hear from ACORN: Voter fraud is largely a myth, vote suppression is used widely by Republicans, cleansing the dead and fictional characters from voter rolls should be avoided until embarrassing media reports emerge, and anyone who demands that a voter produce photo identification before pulling the lever is a racist, democracy-hating fascist.

The group was co-founded in July 2006 by James Rucker, formerly director of grassroots mobilization for MoveOn.org Political Action and Moveon.org Civic Action. Rucker is also a co-founder of Color of Change, a race-baiting left-wing hate group.

Its website claims, “A modest political investment in electing clean candidates to critical Secretary of State offices is an efficient way to protect the election.” Indeed. Political observers know that a relatively small amount of money can help swing a little-watched race for a state office few people understand or care about.

The strategic targeting of the SoS Project yielded astounding results in 2008 and 2006.

In 2008, SoS Project-backed Democrats Linda McCulloch (Montana), Natalie Tennant (West Virginia), Robin Carnahan (Missouri), and Kate Brown (Oregon) won their races. Only Carnahan was an incumbent. The Center for Public Integrity reported that the group performed this electoral feat in the 2008 election cycle with a mere $280,000.

In 2006, along with Minnesota’s Ritchie, SoS Project-endorsed Jennifer Brunner (Ohio), who defied federal law last year by refusing to take steps to verify 200,000 questionable voter registrations, trounced her opponent, 55% to 41%. Democrats supported by the group also won that year in New Mexico, Nevada, and Iowa. The group claims it spent about $500,000 in that election cycle. [emphasis mine]

Talk about return on investment! Stalin would be impressed.

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 “When you look at the fact we are taking on the NRA and other pro-gun groups during a re-election year, we’re bucking the trend. I used to be surprised by the power of the pro-gun opposition, but not anymore.” — Wisconsin State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee)

Wisconsin’s Department of Justice reports the number of annual background checks has drastically increased from February 2008, the month after Brother O’s Iowa caucus win, through November 2009. The DOJ has processed 13,000 more background checks than it did in the years 2006 and 2007 when President Bush was in office.

I.M. Kane


 

Wisconsin Politicians Admit to War on Gun Ownership

From AmmoLand.com

Both democrats and republicans race toward the same goal: To become rulers and regulators of your firearm freedom. – Democrats (and Gunderson) push gun control.

In a recent story appearing in Madison’s Capital Times (Ready, Set, Fire! Pols take on NRA), State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), revealed his true agenda when he admitted recent gun control bills introduced in the state are only the beginning.

But Coggs’s statements revealed something even more chilling: State democrats don’t believe gun owners can or will defend themselves against gun control advances, and more anti-gun legislation has been planned.

When you look at the fact we are taking on the NRA and other pro-gun groups during a re-election year, we’re bucking the trend,” said Coggs, a sponsor of several gun control bills before the Wisconsin legislature.

I used to be surprised by the power of the pro-gun opposition, but not anymore.

Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO) has been warning gun owners all session that two bills by Coggs — one a scheme to ban the private sales of handguns in the state, the other a ploy to impose “microstamp” technology on handgun makers — were only steps toward more draconian gun control.

According to the story, “…loopholes in the law, along with a surge in gun violence across the state, have prompted Milwaukee-based Democratic lawmakers and others across the state to take action.”

The story continues, saying, “Coggs may not have that tough of a fight. Rep. Scott Gunderson, R-Waterford, has already introduced a similar bill in the Assembly. Gunderson has sought to make straw purchasing a state felony for the past 10 years but with no luck.”

In their rush to fashion the chains that bind us, state Republicans Alberta Darling and Scott “Gundy” Gunderson aren’t stopping there: They continue to push (in defiance of the wishes of gun owners) AB 70 and SB 44, two bills to expand the scope of the state-run National Instant Check System (NICS) by rolling in mental health data.

“No one wants the mentally-ill to buy guns,” said Corey Graff, Executive Director of Wisconsin Gun Owners (WGO).

“The problem we have with expanding Sarah Brady’s background check system is that it will now be fueled with a database supplied by psychiatrists and psychologists and will act outside of any due process afforded to the accused. If an anti-gun psychiatrist says you’re mentally ill, you lose your guns.”

Gunderson’s trusty sidekick Mike Bruhn praised his boss’s anti-gun bills, saying, “He wants to make sure law-abiding citizens have the opportunity for self-protection, but he also wants to make sure criminals cannot get their hands on guns.” [emphasis mine]

That sounds like the same message from both sides of the aisle, Graff pointed out.

Gun owners are urged to contact Gunderson and tell him that his efforts to turn gun owners into a whole new class of criminals aren’t appreciated.

To check the status of AB 70 and SB 44, check out WGO’s Bill Watch page.

If you’re tired of the broken system of compromise and access — a system which has netted gun owners only more gun control — we urge you to join Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. today!

About:

WGO works for grassroots gun owners, not politicians. While many gun lobbies fight for “reasonable gun control,” WGO sets a higher standard: Defining the terrain of pro-gun political battle. Sure, many groups claim they’re “pro-gun” — all the while they provide cover for anti-gun deals cut by politicians — but only WGO truly informs gun owners, remaining committed to a 100% pro-gun position. We oppose all gun control — regardless of the political party — and work tirelessly to restore the Second Amendment. Visit www.wisconsingunowners.org

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The Punch Heard ’round the World

By Jerry A. Kane

In the Massachusetts race to replace Ted Kennedy in the US Senate, Republican candidate Scott Brown landed several damaging blows against Democrat lightweight Martha Coakley in their final televised debate, but the wild haymaker he unleashed upside the head of RINO moderator David Gergen could prove to be “the punch heard ’round the world.”

In what appeared as a shameful attempt to earn extra cocktail party “attaboys and brownie points” from establishment buddies and Beltway elites, the gelded moderator, who threw hardball questions at Brown and tossed softball ones at Coakley, asked Brown if he were willing to “sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat and … be the person that’s gonna block [healthcare] for another 15 years.”  And that’s when Brown drew back and let fly his kisser missile

“Well, with all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat…”

“Pow!” “Crash!” “Thwapp!” It looks like the Joker was hoisted on his own petard. Brown reminded Gergen that Massachusetts is not a fiefdom and its US Senate seat does not belong to some feudal lord.

Democrats and their pseudo-Republican cohorts have made a critical mistake in assuming a cake-walk for the Leftist Lion’s anointed successor. Special elections are notorious for low voter turnout, especially mid-January ones in Massachusetts, and if Brown’s voters are more motivated than Coakley’s, it’s possible a Massachusetts Miracle could happen.

Recent polls show the Massachusetts senate seat is up for grabs. No one knows who will win next Tuesday, but the Beacon Hill political machine is mobilizing ACORN and SEIU “organizers” to canvas dilapidated warehouses and abandoned home sites, run-down tenements and homeless shelters, and prisons and cemeteries to keep the seat in Democrat hands.

The Massachusetts special election may become a “referendum on ObamaCare.” Brown has vowed to block the Democrat’s attempt to take over health care and be the crucial 41st vote in the Senate. If he wins, Democrats can kiss ObamaCare goodbye.

However, the fate of ObamaCare may hinge more on when Brown is sworn in as senator. Senate interim appointee Paul Kirk vowed that he would remain in the United States Senate until the health care vote is taken even if Brown wins the election.

“It would be my responsibility as United States Senator, representing the people and understanding Senator Kennedy’s agenda and the rest of it,” Kirk said.

Shortly before he died in 2009, Kennedy coerced Democrat lawmakers to rewrite the state’s succession law to bolster ObamaCare, which reversed their previous succession law that Kennedy had pressured them to rewrite back in 2004 to stop a Republican appointment.

Massachusetts Democrats changed the rules in the middle-of-the-game to seat Kirk in the Senate so that he would vote for ObamaCare. And should the people of Massachusetts override their Masters’ wishes and elect a Republican over Coakley, the machine candidate, the Democrats will delay the swearing-in of Kirk’s successor until well after the president’s address on February 20.

If the Democrats lose the seat, it appears that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is prepared to defy the will of the Massachusetts voters and drag out the certification process until the Democrats can ram ObamaCare through Congress.

“[T]threatening to ignore the results of a free election and steal this Senate vote from the people of Massachusetts takes [Democrat] schemes to a whole new level,” Brown said.

A spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election, said the Governor’s Council would take a while to certify the January 19 special election. After all, it’s enough for the people of Massachusetts to know there was an election?

Although the Massachusetts Senate race looks to be shaping up as a potential disaster for Democrats, party leaders needn’t worry for they know that the people who cast the votes decide nothing, and the people who count the votes decide everything.

Even so, the nation’s future could conceivably hang on the outcome of this crucial race. A Brown victory might make “moderate” Democrats back away from nationalized healthcare, and they’ll desist from pushing the country any further into socialism.

For information on Scott Brown’s election campaign, see his Red Invades Blue website.

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“It’s not Kennedy’s seat, it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.” — Scott Brown

“It’s The People’s Seat”

 

It’s the people’s seat, and it’s up for grabs

By Jeff Jacoby

The policy differences between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown were as clear during last night’s debate as they have been throughout this short special-election campaign.

Coakley supports ObamaCare, opposes the war in Afghanistan, and favors higher taxes on the wealthy. Brown is against the health care legislation, backs the president’s surge in Afghanistan, and wants across-the-board tax cuts à la JFK. Coakley is an EMILY’s List prochoice hard-liner; Brown condemns partial-birth abortion and is backed by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Coakley has no problem with civilian trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Brown thinks it reckless to treat enemy combatants like ordinary defendants.

But the most striking thing about the debate was not that the very liberal Democrat and the not-especially-conservative Republican disagreed on the issues. It is that they are both viable candidates in a race too competitive to call. In Massachusetts!

“I don’t know what’s going to happen on Jan. 19th,’’ Coakley said. She wasn’t being coy. Nobody knows what’s going to happen next week.

When Ted Kennedy died five months ago, who would have guessed that the contest to replace him would be anything but a slam-dunk for the Democrats? Yet there was no slam-dunk on that stage last night, and the race certainly doesn’t feel like a slam-dunk now.

“It’s not the ‘Kennedy Seat,’ ’’ Brown has been reminding Coakley lately.

“It’s the people’s seat.’’ Amazing thing is, he could be right. [emphasis mine]

Jeff Jacoby can be reached at jacoby@globe.com.

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