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Member since: Thu Oct 10, 2019, 05:13 PM
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About Me

Former Election Official, voting rights wonk. We need lifetime voter registration from birth & citizenship, without any abridgments and a weekend national voting holiday. Let's get the 30% who never vote back voting for Dems.

Journal Archives

Federal Elections Commission should get some teeth

This one agency, designed and built to protect and encourage voter participation, with transparency.
It should be used to hold the GOP accoutnable for all things Trump. Trump won from bad money and worse people, who have money. Biden should demand the FEC become far more powerful. Trump left it ineffective by not seating one commissioner. Any guess who let that happen? I point the finger at the GOP's 'nothing to see here' ploy.

Biden and the Dems can easily repair the damage and prevent, or at least make it very hard, to have another Trumpian situation from occurring. Let's fix our voting rights and hold accountability as the standard to become a candidate.

The FEC and Biden can:
Audit the financial books of that party and of the Citizens United (CU) groups that funded the coup attempt.
--(the money came from somewhere, but secret donor rules prevent us from preventing attempted coups)
It can enforce the rules, which were overlooked over the past four years. Expand it's judicial footprints.
--(Trump left one seat empty, and prevented the FEC from doing anything. It became moot)
Expand authority from commissioners to lower level staff for investigative & prosecutorial actions.
--(This means lower level staffers, not commissioners, are the ones given the real power to investigate and
independently send findings to US Atty Generals for prosecutions, without the commissioners approval)

Biden can immediately us the coup attempt to remove the money influencers:
He can create Executive Orders to hamstring the CU groups, prevent gerrymandering & reduce voter fraud.
We voters must Demand Congress refine elections laws to do three simple things:
--Make voting a birthright. Birth/citizenship means voting rights for life, that can never be abridged for any reason.
(We'd have identical registration and voting procedures in all states, no abridging of that right by any state.)
--Require the Census Redistricting to limit population & geographic deviations to 0.005%
(Current 4-8% deviations is where gerrymandering lives and this would kill it)
-- Create a public campaign fund and make public funding of elections tax mostly deductible.
(A shared fund for all who refuse private donations. Voters will support these candidates)

These simple things can address the major causes of how and why, people like Trump get nominated & elected.
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Fri Jan 8, 2021, 09:09 AM (0 replies)

Track every ping/shared pic/text from every phone & arrest every owner

Charge anyone within one mile of the Capitol and Congressional Office Bldgs with sedition, felony trespass and every offense that can be thought up. Then arrest every single one of them, seize everyone's assets and tell them they can argue their case in court.
Charge each one with 2nd degree murder of the woman who died today.

Our judicial system is fully capable of dealing with mass arrests and serious blanket charges. We must show the world how that is done.
They can learn the lessons, in court, and wait the time before they gain access to those assets.
We cannot discount, as simple political discourse... how serious sedition actually is. How serious destruction of national monuments really is. How threatening elected officials really is. How serious mob rule is and how a mob can cause a murder.

They can explain to a judge, they were not really meaning bad things to happen, but they can do this is court.

We've had one civil war and we are prepared to prevent another. If they refuse to use the legal processes to voice grievances, and choose to take violent actions...then they can face the music.

America must prove to the world, that this is not a stunt and we will not tolerate what happened today.

When the Senate is finally seated in the 117th Congress,, Sen. Shumer must put Mitch, Cruz, Jim Jordan and Ron Johnson along with the rest of the obstructionists in their place.
Remove all sharing rules. The GOP can fight for a voice, which they gave up today.

Take filibuster off the table, refuse assignments of GOPs to important committee co-chairs- seat the dumbest stumps they've got.
The Dems must overrun the GOP with as many laws to fix climate change, provide income equality and climate protections.
And, at the top of the list, reform judicial code to put white nationalists as the biggest threat to democracy.

Then force the GOP to disband, dissolve and be forced into a very strict re-organization, without Citizens United to cover their asses.

I am not the only angry voter today, and I know where the blame lies.
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 06:58 PM (1 replies)

Come Wednesday Morning, We'll Be Fine...

and almost everyone will realize that, in spite of the right wing's freakout over what is a non-issue, life will persevere.

What won't happen:
The socialists or communists will not have overrun the US government and replaced everything, including the Constitution on a whim.

The 1st session of the 117th Congress will not dissolve into anarchy, but there may be tears shed.

We will not have, as predicted by the GOP, been raped, murdered, robbed, pillaged or brainwashed.

What will happen:
It will be another Wednesday, with some cold & snow in the northern & elevated parts of the nation.

The loud cable TV pundits will try to explain why their predictions failed to materialize.

Voters will now, take better stock of our elections, paying better attention to the naysayers and disputers on the right

I will get up, grind some fresh coffee beans and decide what I'll do for another day of my retirement.
Basically, Wednesday will be like most others; simple, predictable and pretty much safe & secure.
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 12:30 PM (5 replies)

How Do We Get Trump's lawyers disbarred?

With all the affronts to common judicial procedures, filing suits without evidence, disregarding all legal precedents and for generally being the reasons citizen's distrust the legal profession... my question is simple; but may be complicated with each state's own required disbarment processes.

How do we petition each state to disbar every lawyer who filed one of Trump's failed legal challenges to the 2020 Presidential election?
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Mon Jan 4, 2021, 06:31 PM (6 replies)

Tracking US House Roll Call Votes

As expected, almost every Wisconsin House Republican voted against every bill for a stimulus, keeping the government open and
standing up to Trump.
We can use their votes against them in 2022 and we SHOULD USE THEIR VOTES AGAINST THEM.

TRACK THE VOTES AT>>> https://clerk.house.gov/Votes

the first vote to keep the government running...(Dec 20 HJ Res 107 to suspend the rules and pass)

the final vote to keep the government running... (Dec 20 HJ Res 110 to suspend the rules and pass)

the vote to increase the Stimulus from $600 to $2000...(Dec 20 HR 9051, the Cash Act)

the vote to pass the Defense Bill ( Dec 28 HR 6395 William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act)...

The US House Roll Call Votes are the 'facts' to use against the GOP in 2022.
In 2022, we are likely to still be suffering from the pandemic affects, the disastrous Trump era federal court stacking and the economic mess they left the nation and world with.

There are no 'alternate facts' with the House Vote Record
There are no 'voter frauds' with House Vote Record
There are only 'truths' with the House Vote Record

Use them against every single Republican at all levels of government.
That elected village alder person is a conspiracy nut, who thinks unicorns steal ballots.

What I learned from 2020

I learned our human curiosity is our best characteristic.
The world's scientific community was able to lead our efforts to stop the pandemic. Science was already working for decades, to find a solution for SARS-CoVid viruses, and the variants it creates. Science has shown humanity, that these viral outbreaks are our greatest threat and it was science and a unified global effort, created effective vaccines that work.
Our inquisitiveness is what brought the solution.

We will see more humans trust scientifically proven facts.

2021 Spring Candidates for Wisconsin

Anyone who wants to run for elected offices in Wisconsin must
...register as a candidate and file all nomination papers before Jan 5, 2021.

These races are mainly local offices like county supervisors, city alder persons, local Judges, District attorneys and school boards.
The Spring Primary Election is Tues Feb 16, 2021 (if a primary is needed)
The Spring General Election is Tues April 6, 2021.

(A full 2021 calendar is at the bottom of this post. The PDF covers everything ; every single event, meeting, doc, etc)

Here's links for everything that candidates considering running for elected offices must provide to be on the ballot.

Ballot Access Checklist for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Judicial Candidates

Ballot Access Checklist for County Nonpartisan Candidates

Ballot Access Checklist for School District Candidates

Ballot Access Checklist for Municipal Candidates - Caucus

Ballot Access Checklist for Municipal Candidates - Nomination Papers


I thought this might be some good information for the Wisconsin DU'rs who may want to run or know someone considering a run for office. The time is now to get your campaign going. Contact your county Democratic party and they will help you get started.
The deadline falls in what is normally a holiday period, but with the pandemic, getting nomination papers done will be harder: People have to have close contact and must physically sign a nomination paper. This is usually done 'door-to-door' or at special events ( another in-person close contact) with support groups like trade unions, advocacy groups, etc.

Running for office is where it all begins and where some good things can end.

Wis Supreme Rules Against Trump 12/13

Just in time for the state's electoral college to meet and send our 10 votes to Congress for Joe Biden.

It's over.

1) The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has ruled that the voter decides is they are 'indefinately confined'.

2) The Vote in the Park was a valid ballot collection event, as no voter registrations, absentee applications or blank ballots were issued.
These events only collected completed ballots from voters ( who were already registered, got an absentee via the mail and were only returning their completed ballots to an authorized 'agent' of the municipal clerks.

Well, that was expected. But the Wisc Supreme Court needs voters attention the next time one of these GOP-annointed comes up for a vote and we elect more like, Shirley Abrahamson, Jill Karofsky and Rebecca Dallet.

Watch the Electoral Vote LIVE... https://wiseye.org/schedule/

LIVE: WI Supreme Court Trump vs Biden

The oral arguments are live Sat Dec 12 Noon to ???

LIVE: WI Supreme Court Trump Vs Biden

The oral arguments are live now. Sat Dec 12, Noon to ???

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