Michael Newberry 
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Re: “UPDATED: What the Hell Happened in the Arizona Primary Yesterday?

There is only one solution: Nullification of both primary votes.

National news is talking about Maricopa county having too few polling places but it goes far deeper. This was an "election fraud and vote suppression" bonanza and there's no way to tell what might have been the intent of the voters. I'm wondering if we should change our state nickname from Grand Canyon State to "Banana Republic".

-- Tens of thousands of voters were outside waiting in long lines when the race was called by the AP and CNN, based on a tiny sliver of Arizona precincts plus whatever knowledge existed for counted early ballots.
-- "Provisional" ballots were given to some people who stuck it out and argued with their precinct until given a ballot; many didn't bother and just left. I witnessed one of them when I voted.
-- Voter turnout was heavy, whereas the Maricopa County Recorder reduced the number of polling places in Maricopa County to 1 per 68,000 people. I'm sure many people didn't bother going or they just gave up and left.
-- Some unknown number of voters who switched from Indy to D/R before the deadline were discarded by state computers so they could not vote.
-- Some unknown number of voters who have long been D/R were changed to Indy so they could not vote.

This fiasco has all the signs of both corruption and incompetence. Hearings, hand-wringing, passing laws for the future, saying we are sorry -- even firings -- are not enough.

We must DEMAND nullification of the Arizona vote. After that, we can decide whether to re-vote.

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Posted by Michael Newberry on 03/23/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “A Reminder of Hillary Clinton's Stance on Central American Unaccompanied Minors; An Annoying But Unsurprising Response

Maria -- I hope you are now supporting Bernie Sanders and the people's rejection of the corrupted politics of the Clinton machine and the DNC. Hillary Clinton will say anything, do anything, promise anything, to anyone, anywhere, anytime, and for any purpose, so long as it gets her what she wants: elected. She has a long history of this, including at least 37 years of baggage going back to the "cattle futures" scandal. Her history of positions on issues and her baggage prove she has few true "core" convictions, and the few she holds are actually quite far to the political Right. The academically researched "political compass" analysis at politicalcompass.org is not fooled by her recent reversals and "evolution"; it places her ideologically directly below Ronald Reagan's soulmate Margaret Thatcher, and barely Left of George Bush. Hillary cannot be believed to voice support for sending children back to Central America one time, then do an about face and say she didn't mean it. That is no different from her recent "evolution" on gay marriage or NAFTA, CAFTA, TAFTA, or even the TPP she that promoted around the world for years (her speeches are archived on YouTube). She did not "evolve" on these or the many other topics. For Hillary to claim that she has changed her core conviction about a topic so sensitive is to play the voters for fools. She is simply a political chameleon not to be trusted.

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Posted by Michael Newberry on 03/10/2016 at 11:20 AM

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