This is what the death of democracy looks like.

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During the 13 months beginning July 1 the year before elections in 2004 and 2008, registered Democrats increased by an average of 209,425 voters.

From 2011 to this year, that number was 11,365.

Over that same time, the number of registered Republicans increased by 128,039, topping the average of 103,555 during the past two presidential cycles.

All Americans should be sickened by this graph, no matter what your political leanings.  If you’re not sickened, then you have forgotten what it means to be an American, and should be ashamed of yourself.

McCain Leaves Michigan – “Reeks” Havoc on Ohio

McCain is pulling up stakes in Michigan and leaving. With only a month before Election Day; he has decided to pull all TV ads also. The McCain Campaign is having a difficult time trying to change voter’s minds in many blue states.

McCain had several large rallies there that didn’t do as well as they had hoped.McCain is to stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. Wisconsin went for Kerry in 2004, Ohio and Florida for Bush.

With the Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and skepticism among blue-collar voters about Barack Obama could make it competitive. But recent polls there have shown Obama extending what had been a small lead, with the economic crisis damaging an already sagging GOP brand in a state whose economy is in tatters.

Ohio has taken many steps to correct the problems they experienced in the last two elections. Election ’08 opened in Ohio with a surge of first-time voters and the subpoena of a electronic operative who may have helped steal the White House, a subpoena that may be followed by one for Karl Rove.

By our count, at least twelve Ohio counties have split the presidential contest over two columns on their paper ballots for this November’s election. This “column split” often confuses voters and results in double voting in the presidential race – and an uncounted vote. Today the Brennan Center urged election officials and advocates in Ohio to make sure that voters are aware of the split, and to make sure they vote only once for president.

The twelve Ohio counties whose ballots spilt the presidential race over two columns are: Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Champaign, Delaware, Lawrence, Logan, Madison, Ottawa, Seneca, Shelby, and Wyandot.

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Sunday Morning News Line-Up

Mother of three followed fleeing robbery suspect

Dormont woman felt sense of duty after her bank was robbed.  Eileen McCabe was in her car at the Banksville Plaza Shopping Center when a man jogged in front of her, pulling a bandana up over his face.

Powerful Hurricane Ike Looms as Trouble for Gulf

Powerful Hurricane Ike rolled down an uncertain path Sunday that may lead to the U.S. Gulf Coast late this week, forcing emergency officials to pay attention and leaving millions of people from Florida to Mexico to wonder where it will eventually strike.

Democrats post Big Gains in Voter Registration

Five days a week, Linda Graham trolls tattered neighborhoods of this once thriving steel city outside Pittsburgh for unregistered voters she can sign up as Democrats – one of thousands of unknown volunteers whose work outside the limelight has already altered the basic arithmetic of the November election.

Suit says Woodridge Police set up man for False Conviction in 1987 Rape

An Indiana man who served three years in prison for a 1987 rape he did not commit has filed a lawsuit accusing Woodridge police officers of mishandling the case.

Official boots observer over ballot-count queries (Tucson Region)

Questions about possible ballot tampering led to an observer’s being handcuffed and escorted from the Pima County Elections Department on Saturday during the hand-count of ballots from Tuesday’s primary election.

Bars that were bases for Sex Ring still open for Business

For years, Gerardo Salazar played the Romeo in dusty Mexican villages, trolling town squares and schoolyards for women and girls he could seduce with declarations of love and, ultimately, sell in seedy Houston cantinas. But the cantina sex trade Salazar helped build in Houston continues to flourish.

Bear runs marijuana growers out of secret Utah camp

One Utah community is cheering a special bear – but don’t call him Smokey. “This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded,” said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins. “If I can find this bear I’m going to deputize him.”

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Is This How Republicans Plan to Win in November?

The State of Missouri, ever mindful and fearful of illegal immigrants, wants to make sure these illegal immigrants don’t show up at the polls in November and attempt to vote.

The interesting thing is that Missouri law already requires proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. Somehow, the current law just isn’t enough for these Republicans. Fear rules in their world and fear is their only means of controlling others.

Excerpts are from the New York Times:

Supporters of the measures cite growing concerns that illegal immigrants will try to vote. They say proof of citizenship measures are an important way to improve the accuracy of registration rolls and the overall voter confidence in the process.

State Representative Stanley Cox, a Republican from Sedalia and the sponsor of the amendment, said that the Missouri Constitution already required voters to be citizens and that his amendment was simply meant to better enforce that requirement.

“The requirements we have right now are totally inadequate,” Mr. Cox said. “You can present a utility bill, and that doesn’t prove anything. I could sit here with my nice photocopier and create a thousand utility bills with different names on them.”

From October 2002 to September 2005, the Justice Department indicted 40 voters for registration fraud or illegal voting, 21 of whom were noncitizens, according to department records.

Wow – a whole 21 non-citizens. Now that is a frightening number especially since it happened within a 3 year span. What does that make it, 7 non-citizens/year?

The Missouri Supreme Court already ruled a photo identification law as unconstitutional so now the Missouri lawmakers believe it is time to change the Missouri State Constitution. What this change would do is disenfranchise some elderly who can’t get copies of their birth certificates.

Lillie Lewis, a voter who lives in St. Louis and spoke at a news conference last week organized to oppose the amendment, said she already had a difficult time trying to get a photo ID from the state, which asked her for a birth certificate. Ms. Lewis, who was born in Mississippi and said she was 78 years old, said officials of that state sent her a letter stating that they had no record of her birth.

“That’s downright wrong,” Ms. Lewis said. “I have voted in almost all of the presidential races going back I can’t remember how long, but if they tell me I need a passport or birth certificate that’ll be the end of that.”

A naturalized citizen that comes from a third world country may not have access to an original birth certificate and if they were a refugee, they might not even have a valid passport or their passport may have expired.

So the nuns that were turned away in Indiana may just be the tip of the iceberg. Guaranteed… there will be mores stories like these. After all, how else will Republicans win in November? They have a flip-flopping liar as their presidential nominee who is not inspiring to anyone and who would only bring a third Bush term which would perpetuate all the financial and economic disasters of the past 7 years.

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