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What's New in Michigan Politics February 2012

Updated on February 29, 2012
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Voter Encouragement Needed, Not Voter Suppression

Letters, Detroit Free Press, February 20, 2011

No roadblocks to voting

Voting fraud -- in contrast to other types of fraud that are quite common, especially in the banking and securities industry -- is not a significant problem for one simple reason: There is no financial incentive for anyone to vote fraudulently. A bigger problem is the fact that a large number of citizens who are eligible to vote don't bother to do so. Legislating more stringent requirements to register and vote, thus, is exactly what is not needed in our democracy.

Ralph Deeds

Birmingham

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Voting Fraud is Not a Significant Problem

Voting fraud is not a significant problem for one simple reason--in contrast to other types of fraud which are quite common, especially in the banking and securities industry--there is no financial incentive for anyone to vote fraudulently. A bigger problem is the fact that a large number of citizens who are eligible to vote don't bother to do so. Legislating more stringent requirements to register and vote, thus, is the exactly what is not needed in our democracy.

A much greater problem, exemplified in the 2000 presidential election in Florida and in the recent irregularities in the GOP caucuses in Iowa and Maine, is dishonesty on the part of election officials in purging voter rolls, and counting ballots.

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Swift Boating is Back

Dear Ralph
In 2004, Chris LaCivita -- a Virginia political operative and close ally of George Allen -- organized the most destructive and personal attack in political history. The deceitful "Swiftboat Veterans for Truth” ads had nothing to do with the truth, and everything to do with the Republican politics of smear and fear.

Guess what? He's back. This year, LaCivita has set his sights on Governor Tim Kaine, telling the Associated Press that he has a strategy that “gives the dark attack ads that are now a staple of American politics the venom that makes them work.” Then LaCivita went even further -- boasting that his ads will be Kaine’s “Willie Horton.”

I know firsthand how important it is to have the financial resources to take on LaCivita’s venomous attacks -- and respond to them immediately and forcefully.

It's too late to respond when the damage has already been done.


That’s why I’m asking you to make a contribution now and ensure that Tim Kaine has the support to shut down LaCivita before he even gets started. Can you help him today?

The first public poll of 2012 shows Tim Kaine and George Allen tied at 46%. We know that this one is going to be tight until the very end.


George Allen has The Cavalry -- led by his friends Karl Rove and Chris LaCivita -- and they’re getting desperate. We know they’re going to spend millions distorting the truth and attacking Tim Kaine. But with your help, we can stop them in their tracks.

Virginia has always valued Tim Kaine’s character -- he doesn't seek to perfect the politics of "Swiftboating," he seeks to end it. But first, he needs to beat back everything that LaCivita is prepared to throw at him.


Join me in supporting Tim Kaine. He needs our support to have the resources to communicate his positive message and crush the attacks that George’s Cavalry is lining up. Please make a gift now.

Look -- forewarned is forearmed -- we know what LaCivita is capable of, we know his playbook, and in this race, we can all help Tim Kaine put an end to that kind of politics in Virginia.


Sincerely,

John Kerry

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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-29-12NYTimes--North Korea Agrees to Stop Nuclear Program.

      North Korea Agrees to Curb Nuclear Work, U.S. Says - NYTimes.com

      North Korea will suspend nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment at its main facility as part of a deal that includes an American food aid package, the State Department said.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Potentially good news--

      2-17-12NYTimes--Negotiations With Iran May Resume Soon

      Talks With Iran Over Nuclear Program May Resume - NYTimes.com

      An offer by Iran for talks came as a telecommunications network vital to the global banking industry prepared to expel Iranian banks.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks.

    • WD Curry 111 profile image

      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      Wow, Mr. Ralph Deeds, this is one of the coolest hubs I have ever seen. What a tremendous effort . . . successful, too!

      It caught my eye. I live in Florida, and am involved with a grass roots movement here. We outlawed gill nets (destructive fishing) and have kept offshore drilling away from our meager oil deposits.

      I wanted to see what was going on somewhere else. I got more than I bargained for. I will bookmark this so I can really take the course.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      U.S. Pension Agency Pressures American Airlines - NYTimes.com

      The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation filed liens of $91 million against some assets of American Airlines’ parent company, which is operating under bankruptcy court protection.

      [Nothing like a "strategic" bankruptcy to dump your company's pension obligations on the U.S. taxpayers.]

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