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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 03.22.18

A NEW ERA OF ELECTION PROTECTION comes to Solartopia with three great experts. JOHN BRAKEY has been stumping the nation inspecting voting machines and advocating for paper ballots counted electronically, with a ballot image stored in the machines.  Simultaneously a paper ballot is produced and stored for verification. He’s been joined in advocating this technology by TIM WHITE, long-time election …

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Andrea Germanos – New Lawsuit Challenges Effort to Stamp Out African-American Vote in NC

With just over a week to go before Election Day, the North Carolina NAACP on Monday filed a lawsuit to stop what it describes as a Republican-led effort to snuff out the African-American vote. “This is our Selma and we will not back down and allow this suppression to continue,” said Rev. William Barber II, president of the organization. According …

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Leid Stories—Haiti Reels from Hurricane Matthew; Politics: Why Do We Continue to Play Their Game?—10.05.16

This election year, an absolute stinker for millions of voters who feel compelled, nonetheless, to do their “civic duty” and vote, should be a year of reckoning. It should be the year we answer the question: Why do we continue to play their game?
Leid Stories explores and debates the question with listeners.

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Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman – Distrust of 2016’s Hackable Election Is a Media Landslide With Just One Solution: Hand-Counted Paper Ballots

Finally, the major for-profit media is approaching consensus that it’s easy to hack U.S. political elections. Even candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are raising unprecedented doubts – from very different directions – about the reliability of the upcoming vote count. Ultimately, there is just one solution: universal hand-counted paper ballots, with carefully protected voter registration rolls, and a transparent …

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Poll: white men really, really don’t like Hillary Clinton

The new Washington Post/ABC poll released Wednesday has tons of dreadful news for Donald Trump, who is viewed unfavorably by 70 percent of its respondents. But it isn’t all rosy for Hillary Clinton either. First off, the poll shows that Clinton is viewed unfavorably by a remarkable 75 percent of white men and is only viewed favorably by 23 percent of that demographic. …

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NAOMI KLEIN – The best is yet to come

On the surface, the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks like a deep rift, one that threatens to splinter the Democratic Party. But viewed in the sweep of history, it is evidence of something far more positive for the party’s base and beyond: not a rift but a shift—the first tremors of a profound ideological realignment from which …

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Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein – Placebo Ballots: Stealing California from Bernie Using an old GOP vote-snatching trick

Woop!  Woop!  Alert!  Some California poll workers have been told to give “provisional” ballots to all independent voters in Tuesday’s Democratic Party. That’s wrong.  That’s evil.  That’s sick and illegal. Here’s the 411.  If you’re registered as an independent voter in California, you have the right to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary.  Just ask for the ballot. But look …

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Rosette Newcomb – 63,000 New York Democrats Were Just Purged from Voter Rolls — And No One Knows Why

Tens of thousands of Democrats have been removed from the rolls in Brooklyn, New York, and nobody knows why. Between November 2015 and April 2016, over 63,000 Democratic voters in Kings County — the most populous county in New York, which houses Brooklyn — were removed from the county’s voter rolls. WNYC recently reported that out of all 63 counties in the Empire State, all but …