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Daily Kos Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:39:58 GMT  

Congress to investigate deal that awarded $300M contract to Trump donor

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Few things generate bipartisan agreement in Congress these days, but the idea that a two-man firm in Montana with absolutely no experience was hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid at a cost of $300 million, is enough to spur some communication across the aisles.

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, senior Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, said Congress “needs to understand why the Whitefish contract was awarded and whether other, more cost-effective options were available.”

A spokesman for Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, agreed that congressional review was needed. The resources panel oversees Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

Congress’ multi-year investigation into Whitewater may have turned up nothing, but the Whitefish deal already looks … extremely fishy. A firm whose biggest previous job was building less than five miles of electrical line in Arizona was given the mammoth task of taking on a shattered electrical system that stretches over 2,400 miles. To award the contract to Whitefish, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ignored reciprocal agreements that could have brought in far more help far more quickly. It also happens that the firm selected has some very special friends.

Luis Vega-Ramos, member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, told The Daily Beast, “Whitefish’s most important expertise or assets seems to have been… having the U.S. secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, as their former congressman and current ally and having the wisdom to retain the services of key people close to the governor [of Puerto Rico].”

With more than three-quarters of Puerto Rico still without power, with people’s lives literally on the line, the job of restoring the system has been handed over to a company that doesn’t even have an office


Pensito Review Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:43:01 GMT  

How Bad Ballot Design Likely Killed Bill Nelson’s Senate Career
If you’re still mad at Florida for denying Vice Pres. Al Gore the presidency in 2000, you’re probably not any happier with us for denying the Senate another Democrat, in the form of Bill Nelson. There’s a tragically simple explanation for why the Senate vote went off the rails in the county where Fort Lauderdale […]

If you’re still mad at Florida for denying Vice Pres. Al Gore the presidency in 2000, you’re probably not any happier with us for denying the Senate another Democrat, in the form of Bill Nelson.

There’s a tragically simple explanation for why the Senate vote went off the rails in the county where Fort Lauderdale is:

Bad ballot design. Like, spectacularly bad design.

In civilized counties like mine, here’s how the ballot looked:

As you can see, the instructions go across all three columns and are clearly set apart from the selections that follow.

And here’s what voters in Broward County saw:*

The race between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott was tucked under a long column of instructions on the left. It looked to a large enough number of voters like part of the instructions, with the “real” voting beginning in the center column.

If you doubt that could happen, know that Broward was the only county to print its ballot this way. And the undercount (a term for how many people showed up to vote but for whatever reason left one or more contests blank) in the Senate race in Broward was the highest in the state — 3.7 percent to be exact. That translates in the densely populated South Florida to about 25,000 people.

Politico’s reporters Matt Dixon, Marc Caputo, and Isabel Dobrin publish an email newsletter about Florida. Here’s what they said about how bad the Broward County mess was:

If we assume Broward would vote like demographically/geographically/politically similar Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, then Broward Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes’ bad ballot may have killed Sen. Nelson’s political career. In Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, an average of 0.34 percent more ballots were cast for Senate than governor. If we apply that percentage increase to Broward’s governor’s race (709,179 votes), then the Senate race would have had 711,610 votes (instead of 683,636). And if that happened, then Nelson would have netted 10,674 more votes than Scott. Nelson therefore would have won Florida by 641 votes.

Here’s a video that explains more about the bad ballot design in this race and what it likely meant.

Was this the only factor in Nelson’s loss? Not by a long shot, starting with the candidate’s own campaign, a lackluster affair until after the primary produced Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who ran for governor, as a fellow statewide candidate for Nelson to join on the campaign trail. Gillum’s enthusiastic crowds seemed to pump up the staid Nelson.

Not to be underestimated also was the impact of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s interference with the statewide recount process. Scott, of course, was Nelson’s opponent in the race.

Yet there is no way around the effect upon Nelson’s loss by thousands of people skipping the vote in the Senate race in Broward County. And no amount of recouting in the county could make up for it.

If you, like so many both in and out of Florida, want Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes fired over this, you’re too late. She’s already quit.

Image was shared online by consultant Matthew Isbell.


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POLITICUSUSA Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:43:01 GMT  

‘Fundamentally Incompetent And Embarrassing’: Rachel Maddow Shreds Trump’s Wildfire Response
With hundreds of Californians either missing or dead following the devastating wildfires, Donald Trump's incompetence isn't a laughing matter.

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Here To Stay: Stacey Abrams Promises She Will Run For Office Again
While Stacey Abrams will not be Georgia's next governor, her candidacy in the once-red state shows that the future of the Democratic Party is bright. 

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House Dem Reminds Her Party That Nancy Pelosi Is The Reason For Obamacare And Wall Street Reform
Republicans may enjoy using Nancy Pelosi as a political punching bag, but that's likely because even they recognize how effective she is.

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Paul Krugman Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:07:35 GMT  

The Opposite of Carnage
Will voters notice when things really do get worse?
Health Care Fundamentals
Redistribution the public likes.
Infrastructure Delusions
Build he won't.

Media Matters for America - Latest Items Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:43:02 GMT  

On MSNBC, Ex-GOP Staffer Details How The Purpose Of Voter ID Laws Is To "Take People's Constitutional Rights Away"

From the April 7 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:

TODD ALLBAUGH: I've been a Republican for a long time. It was at that moment, Chris, in that room in the senate Republican caucus when I heard people, a Party I had fought for for over 30 years of my life, actually giddy and happy and talking about how we can take people's Constitutional rights away, or at least impede them, in order to hang onto power.

[...]

Now, you have a group of people in the state legislature, particularly in the senate Republican caucus, who want to impede peoples' voting rights. That's the point where I said "I can't do it anymore." I can't be a Republican, I can't keep going to caucuses because this Party no longer represents me and what I believe in. 

[...]

Republicans used to fight for voting rights, and here they were taking them away. So, yes, the point is, this was a poignant point in my life. I remember it clearly and certainly the point in that room that day was how do we do this quickly because there was a lot of recalls going on in Wisconsin at that time. How do we do it quickly so that we can make sure we hang onto power in the future.

Previously:

Watch Seth Meyers Call Out The Discriminatory And "Deeply Dysfunctional" Impact Of Voter ID Laws

MSNBC Shows How Wisconsin Voter ID Laws Disenfranchised College Students

Right-Wing Media Use Wisconsin Primary Turnout To Dismiss Discriminatory Impact Of Voter ID Laws


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