Morning Must Reads: November 5

In the News: It's Election Day! What to Watch in Virginia; the Colorado counties voting on succession; and other races across the country

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An early voter is seen at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

  • It’s Election Day across the country [USA Today]
  • Newark’s New Mayor is no Cory Booker: “I don’t twit. I only walk. I don’t email. I don’t Facebook,” said Newark Mayor Luis Quintana, who was sworn in yesterday.  [New Jersey Star Ledger]
  • Colorado Counties to Decide on Succession [The Hill]
  • “The New Jersey campaign is one of the most aggressive efforts Democrats have mounted anywhere to exploit the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which eradicated limits on fund-raising for outside groups. New Jersey underscores the decision’s continuing ripple effect, as legal challenges mount in the few states remaining that still limit independent expenditures.” [NYT]
  • Christie’s Reelection Romp [Politico]
  • “New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is poised to become the city’s next mayor, and he may have his kids to thank for it.” [CBS News]
  • “Texas voters will go to the polls today to vote on a slew of constitutional and municipal issues, from funding water projects to granting tax breaks to aerospace companies.But a deeper question will be how voters adapt to the state’s new controversial voter ID law, which was enacted earlier this year and is seeing its first statewide test Tuesday.” [USA Today]
  • How McAuliffe Became the Frontrunner: 8 Turning Points in the Race for Virginia Governor [Washington Post]
  • GOP Civil War Rages in Alabama [The Hill]
  • Lindsey Graham: The Bipartisan Dealmaker Finds Issues to Please GOP Base [TIME]
  • “The legal push in some Republican-controlled states to restrict abortion rights suffered a setback Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Oklahoma’s appeal seeking to reinstate a law that effectively banned the use of abortion-inducing drugs.” [LA Times]
  • Rand Paul Faces Another Plagiarism Claim [Politico]
  • President Obama Fighting ‘One More Campaign’ for Obamacare [TIME]
  •  Young Avoid New Health Plans [WSJ]
831 comments
nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

If elections were determined by acreage...Huntington WV would be the US Capitol.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Goodnight folks. Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but my wife came down just a few minutes ago and told me I should start getting ready for work. I was just taking my robe off and she said that I didn't look bad without clothes. i glanced at the clock and she said, "You need to take the garbage out before you go". Subterfuge.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Looks like it's Democrats across the board for ALL of my elections in Virginia.  How many battleground states are as important as Virginia for 2016 again?

Goodnight.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Hillbilly land is going for C0och, NoVA is going for McAuliffe.  Fingers crossed.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Did anyone inform @collioure that the SC did not rule on voter suppression laws?

The court ruled that the federal government may not preempt such laws under the 14th Amendment and the VRA.

That is NOT the same of putting a "stamp of approval" on GOP efforts to suppress voters.

paulejb
paulejb

What's with those VA voters voting for a phony libertarian candidate put up by a billionaire Obama bundler? Talk about low information voters.

collioure
collioure

Anybody call Va for McAuliffe yet?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Just for you Curly. Wingers don't want democracy, they just want their supporters voting,

Gaffney: Registering More People To Vote Will Mean 'The End America As We Have Known It

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With Republicans openly cheering for a low voter turnout and passing laws restricting the right to vote, it is no surprise that they are extremely upset that the Affordable Care Act website asks if the person applying for an insurance plan would like to registered to vote.

The voter registration question is actually mandated by federal law. “The National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as ‘Motor Voter,’ requires public agencies that provide public assistance to offer voter registration opportunities,” Scott Keyes points out. “Nowhere are citizens told who to vote for, which party to register for, or even that they have to register at all.” 

But Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy said that registering more people to vote is “promoting creeping socialism” and voter fraud. By registering more “low-income voters,” Gaffney warns, “expect a permanent majority demanding government hand-outs—and the end of America as we have known it.”

That’s right, Gaffney thinks it is anti-American and wrong that low-income people might exercise their right to vote.

For some time, it’s been apparent that the Obama presidency is promoting creeping socialism. Obamacare’s intervention in, and substantial takeover of, one-sixth of our economy is a particularly ominous manifestation of the administration’s agenda – and evidence of its progress.

Not content with creeping, though, Team Obama’s socialists have broken into a full gallop. That’s the practical implication of a newly revealed facet of Obamacare: Whatever its other shortcomings and outright failings, the health care registration process is being used effectively to compel Americans to register to vote.

The process lends itself to abuse and fraud. And allies of the President say the goal is to register sixty-eight million, most low-income voters. If successful, expect a permanent majority demanding government hand-outs – and the end of America as we have known it.
- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-registering-more-people-vote-will-mean-end-america-we-have-known-it#sthash.lxlbjoja.dpuf

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but there's a new crew on the 4-12 shift today? Who am I going to argue with when I get there? They're both liberals.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Well, I'm going to go take a nap before I go to work. When I wake up, McAuliffe will have been elected governor of Virginia. The right will blame the loss on...who the F cares what the right wing thinks?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Prissy could see Russia from her house.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

Have fun with your fellow commies then.

Just forget about us, why doncha.

Sniff.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

This could be close.

Not for E.W. Jackson though.  He's screwed.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@sacredh 

"The IRS and ACORN rigged the election!"

(Just getting a head start....)

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

On Obama, but not Obamacare. It was totally not the reason why he lost. IRS maybe?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, Ok. I love you guys. Smooches and I have to go.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Wonder what's going on down there in floda.

Maybe NFL can pop in for a moment and clue us in.

We could poff a couple wingers in his honor.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

46.9% the C0och, 46.3% McAuliffe

The gap has narrowed now that NoVA is reporting in.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Fitty, we're waiting another 52 weeks from Tuesday night to unseat Batboy.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, I'm not a fan of football, but I've been following that story. I look for the Dolphins to get sued for allowing that enrronment to exist and for several big wigs in the Miami organization to get canned.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

That's reassuring because teh GOP ain't on speaking terms with teh numblys anyway, which nixes it as a viable stragedy.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@TyPollard,

"but if elections were decided by land acreage instead of people Republicans would win a lot more."

That was a big argument at work during the last two presidential elections. They kept showing me the huge red areas. I kept telling them, "It's f'ing desert and farmland! It's almost empty of people".



 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@TyPollard @DonQuixotic  

Yeah, why can't the one Hillbilly in a shack have his count more for the thousand people in a city?

46.1% the Cooch, 47.3% McAuliffe with 97% reporting in.

GG, Cooch.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@DonQuixotic 

but if elections were decided by land acreage instead of people Republicans would win a lot more.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

46.5% the C0och, 46.8% McAuliffe

The lead is shifted.  Prematurely reporting poll results for Virginia is silly, Paule, when everyone lives in Northern Virginia.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

McAuliffe Wins

...how's that for an update?

TyPollard
TyPollard

@paulejb @collioure

"The Republican brand has become the tea party brand. They are inseparable now," -Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Elleithee