- The Chicago teachers strike enters week two.
- In response to bad polls, Romney’s campaign seeks choice/referendum election, goes positive/negative. It’s changing, anyway.
- Expectations setting: Will ad fatigue mitigate Romney’s coming barrage?
- The Boston Globe hunts for Elizabeth Warrens ancestors.
- Voter fraud crusaders are the ghost hunters of politics.
- The history of campaign consulting.
- People “are trying to draw me into the American election, and I’m not going to do that,” says Bibi Netanyahu on an American TV show about American politics.
- The Obama Administration continues going after China on auto trade and giving the scoops to an Ohio paper.
- And Grover Norquist plays a wino in Atlas Shrugged.
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At risk of feeling like a spammer by making the same point with the same link more than once, having known teachers in my family and elsewhere in the NYC area, what I suspected about the Chicago area is, also, true.
City Schools - especially poor cities or poor neighborhoods of not-so-poor cities - are often like the minor leagues of teaching if pay is a high priority.
(Let me note that teachers have a far larger proportion of idealists than, say, the business community so that some who are very good at their jobs do stay on in tough neighborhoods and/or inner cities since that is their career goal)
A pocket of suburbs southwest of
Chicago — some of them kissing the city’s border — have a blue-chip
salary schedule that rewards starting teachers as well as the most
veteran, highly credentialed ones with some of the steepest teacher pay
in the state. Their beginning and ending teacher salaries are among the
top 15 in Illinois.
The compensation surpasses even what
is paid in Winnetka and Lincolnshire, where bottom and top scales are
nothing to weep about, coming in among the top 25 in the state.
But the story is quite different in
Chicago, which starts out strong for beginning teachers but falls over
the long haul — a “front loading” phenomenon one expert said risks
turning Chicago into a “farm system” for districts that pay better long
Not keeping hourly pay up with the cost of living is sure way to push idealists out of the Chicago school system as fast as possible.
Now the Gee-O-Pee wants to attack Pres. Obama as weak of defence? Next it will be
the wrong light bulbs in the White House. Or his pants are highwater. I haven't read
the latest Mad magazine.
There was a interesting point made this morning on the radio; 700 people demonstrated against the video in Indonesia (something like 230 mill pop with 85% muslim) and 50k people bought Lady Gaga tickets.
There are muslim leader stoking protests, but dependent on where you go most of it is due to our occupation and involvment in areas - for most parts muslims either like or love our culture or don't just care.
Voter fraud crusaders are the ghost hunters of politics.
Nice to know that the Birthers have picked up a new hobby. Good analogy, by the way.
True the Vote’s plan is to scrutinize the validity of voter registration rolls...
'Voter Fraud' is a much sexier term than 'Messy Paperwork', which is most of what's happening with these voter registration rolls. As the article reports, this group's activities seem to be heavily invested in examining districts with a high population of poor, young, and/or minority citizens. Timing is suspect too: why do these challenges to the voter rolls happen so close to the elections? The underlying effect of this ends up shaving a point or three off of an election which could make all of the difference in a tight race.
It's also largely irrelevant because:
...and voters who appear at the polls.
In order for the type of voter ID fraud True the Vote concerns itself with to occur, someone actually has to show up and vote fraudulently by impersonating a registered voter.
Think about that.
What would it take to organize and execute a a totally secret plan that involved identifying incorrectly-registered/invalid voters at the precinct level, gathering a group of people willing to commit a felony to impersonate these bad voters, and then shuttling them between precincts, districts, and or states on election day to vote in the numbers necessary to tip an election?
At the bare minimum, it's grossly inefficient. You'd get more bang for the buck by working absentee ballots or working through corrupt election officials to stuff the ballot box...neither of which actually involve the use of voter ID. The rare instance when voter ID fraud appears is usually dismissed due to it being a clerical error, chalked up to an individual voter's stupidity, or...wait for it...actually happens because someone trying to rig an penny-ante local election for judge or sheriff.
And for that last part, you'd be hard-pressed to come up with any examples that happened in the last decade or two.
Charlene Peterson, the city clerk in Appleton, said three election observers, including one from True the Vote, were so disruptive that she gave them two warnings.
“They were making challenges of certain kinds and just kind of in physical contact with some of the poll workers, leaning over them, checking and looking,” said John Lepinski, a poll watcher and former Democratic Party chairman for Outagamie County.
He said that as a result of the scrutiny, the line to register moved slowly. Finally, he said, some students gave up and left.
If these 'disruptive' people were a numerically small group of black fringe activists, we'd never hear the end of it.
The bus has been repeatedly cited by True the
Vote, a national group focused on voter fraud. Catherine Engelbrecht,
the group’s leader, told a gathering in July about buses carrying dozens
of voters showing up at polling places during the recent Wisconsin
“Magically, all of them needed to register and vote at the same time,”
Ms. Engelbrecht said. “Do you think maybe they registered falsely under
false pretenses? Probably so.”
Weeks later, another True the Vote representative told a meeting of
conservative women about a bus seen at a San Diego polling place in 2010
offloading people “who did not appear to be from this country.”
Officials in both San Diego and Wisconsin said they had no evidence that
the buses were real. “It’s so stealthy that no one is ever able to get a
picture and no one is able to get a license plate,” said Reid Magney, a
spokesman for the Wisconsin agency that oversees elections. In some
versions the bus is from an Indian reservation; in others it is full of
voters from Chicago or Detroit. “Pick your minority group,” he said.
Forget brown people. Maybe the voters are little green men.
Better get the FBI to investigate.
MSNBC's a laugh a minute this morning. Chris Jansing ("Did he really mean to say that?") just played a clip of Rick Santorum saying "The elite, smart people aren't for us. We'll never get the colleges and Universitites..."
If George Bush was the Decider and John McCain was the Maverick, what is Mitt Romney?
I propose: The Opportunist
This may be the opening salvo in Joe Scarborough's 2016 presidential campaign. Remember, you heard it here first. ;)
If things have gotten so bad in four years, they should bring in George W Bush to speak on their behalf.
To remind us how great things were.
The great white whale that is being perpetrated as OMG Voter Fraud is really a plan to muck up the vote. If GOP poll watchers question enough voters and delay the process enough, the lines will get long and people will give up or be shut out. The weather is uncertain and it will be dark in many parts of the country. The article shows many of the tentacles of this operation.
Voter ID laws have been rushed through in many states in order to have them in effect for this election. The PA Supreme Court had some interesting questions in their hearing last week. One of the justices asked if everyone who did not have the specific approved Voter ID tried to get one from PennDOT before the election, could they handle it? The representative of the Secretary of State said no.
Many people see a big problem with this law is the specificity of the photo ID required. As another justice pointed out - his ID for the PA Supreme Court, signed by the Chief Justice, allowing him to gain access to locked rooms in the courthouse would not be valid to use as a photo ID for voting. That is just silly. The fact that reasonable photo IDs weren't allowed in the law shows that the purpose wasn't to verify who the voter is, but rather make it harder for those who wouldn't have them to get them. Not to mention that they certified that there has been no verifiable case of Voter ID fraud in PA.
I am really concerned that there could be lots of voter suppression that will taint the results.
Let's see. Grover Norquist, Grover Norquist - hmmm. Oh, you mean the Grover Norquist who tweeted this? "Eight million americans now have concealed carry permits....Now try and take our guns away Mr. Obama."
Voter Fraud: When you can't win an election by legal means, dissuade or block entire groups from voting.
Romney INTENDS to make deficits even worse:
Crossposting this study:
The results of the analysis suggest that changes over the past 65 years in the top marginal tax rate and the top capital gains tax rate do not appear correlated with economic growth. The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment, and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie.
However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. As measured by IRS data, the share of income accruing to the top 0.1% of U.S. families increased from 4.2% in 1945 to 12.3% by 2007 before falling to 9.2% due to the 2007-2009 recession. At the same time, the average tax rate paid by the top 0.1% fell from over 50% in 1945 to about 25% in 2009. Tax policy could have a relation to how the economic pie is sliced—lower top tax rates may be associated with greater income disparities.
Also worth reading today and will get a lot of attention - Politico's article about how Romney's campaign needs a consultant to come in and turn it around. Hmmmmm
Hah! Bay Buchanan on Chuck Todd's program makes a gaffe, I mean speaks the truth - "Romney isn't looking for yes men, he's looking for people who will tell him what he thinks."
Even NPR's saying things don't look too good for Momney right now. Too much bickering amongst themselves. At least he's the best candidate money can buy (heh).
Romney's campaign is evolving from one dedicated to no ideas, to one focused on insults. I suppose that is a kind of progress. Maybe before it is over they will run the risk of proposing an actual idea?
Early voting has started.
People “are trying to draw me into the American election, and I’m not going to do that,” says Bibi Netanyahu on an American TV show about American politics.
Those "people" are named Bibi Netanyahu.
The Chicago teachers strike enters week two.
I can recommend Driftglass for a summary of Rahmbo's neck-stabbing (with a pencil) ways.