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AZ-04: Wow. Just wow. This story, which broke over the weekend, is simply amazing. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who is running for Congress in the Republican primary in Arizona's 4th Congressional District and has a earned a national reputation for his strident stance against illegal immigration, reportedly threatened to deport a former lover if he refused to keep their relationship secret. That lover, a Mexican man named Jose, revealed his story to the Arizona New Times (along with many emails and texts), and I can only suggest that you click through and read the full account to get the entire picture. Babeu issued a statement saying that all of Jose's allegations were "false," except—in a move that seems calculated to serve as a smokescreen for the real issues here—he did confirm that he is gay.

This explosive story will without question not only have a big impact on Babeu's congressional bid, where he faces Rep. Paul Gosar and state Sen. Ron Gould for the GOP nomination, but may also affect his current position as sheriff. We will of course continue to follow all developments here closely.


FL-Sen: If the various components of this story had been dribbled out one by one—a tax lien here, a youthful bar brawl there—I'd have been inclined to write them each off as too boring and meaningless for the Daily Digest. But Marc Caputo's exhaustive look at GOP Rep. Connie Mack's long history of questionable finances and multiple violent incidents when he was younger brings the complete picture into full view and is worth a read. On one occasion when he was 21, Mack actually told a cop who was arresting him after he became abusive toward workers at a nightclub: "You don’t know who I am!" Another time, a few years later, he managed to provoke a bar fight with major league baseball player Ron Gant, then an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. And that's just the rock-`em, sock-`em bits. There's more on the financial front as well, all of which serve to make Mack look like quite the entitled son of privilege.

MA-Sen (PDF): What if you released a poll any nobody believed it? That seems to have happened to Suffolk University, whose new survey of the Massachusetts Senate race rather implausibly shows Republican Sen. Scott Brown leading Democrat Elizabeth Warren by a 49-40 spread. It isn't just commentators on the left who think the poll—Suffolk's first since Warren's entry into the race—smells like an outlier; Dave Catanese reports that even Republicans (at least, his unnamed and unquoted sources) think the survey is bunk and that the race is a tossup. (Personally, I think "tossup" is generous to Brown, but we'll leave it at that.)

So what happened here? Well, to start with, Suffolk was one of the weaker firms in Nate Silver's 2010 pollster ratings, ranking 48th out of 62 in terms of accuracy. It's also true that some academic polling operations just have less experience—Suffolk, for instance, only appears to have polled about half a dozen times in 2011—and may rely on unpaid students to conduct interviews as part of coursework or major requirements.

But Suffolk's survey construction itself is a problem. They don't get to the actual head-to-heads until the 14th question (not counting the demographic questions they for some reason start the poll with), but what's worse is the content of some of the questions they ask first. Immediately preceding the ballot test, they ask open-ended questions about Brown and Warren which ask respondents to offer "the first word or phrase that comes to your mind" when they hear the candidates' names. Okay, maybe not the worst thing in the world, but then they ask "Does Elizabeth Warren have the experience to be a United States Senator?" and "Is Scott Brown a leader in the United States Senate, or a follower?" Questions like these prime respondents in unpredictable ways and can lead to weird results. It's why good pollsters put the head-to-heads as close to the top as possible and save these kinds of questions for the end. Otherwise you can end up with questionable results... which is exactly what appears to be the case here.

MI-Sen: The ridiculous name-game continues, as Clark Durant tries to rebrand his rival for the GOP nomination, Pete Hoekstra, from "Pete Spend-it-not" to "Pete Spends-a-lot." If you're wondering how much dumber politics can get, the answer is: a lot.

MO-Sen, MO-Gov: Republican recruitment in Missouri's two marquee statewide races this year, for governor and senator, has been a big bucket of fail to date. That's why, even at this late stage of the game, state Auditor Tom Schweich is still considering a gubernatorial bid—and now, according to PoliticMo, he's reportedly thinking about jumping into the Senate race, too. Eli Yokely notes, though, that Schweich backed off a Senate run last cycle, deferring instead to Roy Blunt, and he also explicitly promised to fill out his term as auditor, which doesn't end until 2014. So while he may have more chops than anyone currently running for either post, there are still good reasons why he may yet stay out.

VA-Sen: For what it's worth, even though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is airing ads attacking Democrat Tim Kaine in his race against Republican George Allen, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce says it plans to remain neutral.


IN-Gov: Republican businessman Jim Wallace, whom Democrats have been hoping would throw in some of his own money and bang up Rep. Mike Pence on his way to the GOP nomination, may not have the chance after all. Wallace apparently failed to file enough signatures to get on the ballot and is standing is being challenged. Just from the bare facts in the AP's writeup, it doesn't look too good for him.

NC-Gov: Um, wow. I don't think I really want to touch this story about state Rep. Bill Faison's atrocious-sounding divorce, especially since an early version (since edited) included details about Faison's ex-wife wife's "claim that her husband gave her herpes." Yikes.

WA-Gov: In the second poll this week to feature Dem Rep. Jay Inslee down by a sizable margin, SurveyUSA shows Republican AG Rob McKenna leading 49-39. (Elway had McKenna up 45-36 a few days ago.) What's odd is that just a month ago, the spread was much smaller, with McKenna on top 46-43. The problem here is that pretty much nothing has happened over the last four weeks to account such a shift. But one thing I will point out, though, is that this newest poll is 23 D, 23 R and 55 I. A month ago it was 32-28-37. That's a huge swing, and what's more, the prior sample is a lot closer to reality—a majority of voters in Washington this year aren't going to be independents.

So why did the sample composition jump so dramatically? Do a quick side-by-side comparison of the crosstabs, and you'll notice that SUSA's changed something about their methods in the last month that would explain that. In January, they simply asked respondents to identify as Democrat, Independent, or Republican; in February, they offered many more categories: Strong Democrat, Democrat, Independent Leans Democrat, just plain Independent, and so on. In most states, that wouldn't make sense, but Washington doesn't have party registration (that's one of those weird things that otherwise-rational Washingtonians will fight to the death over, like not having an income tax), so this may be a more accurate reflection of the state's composition, as "party" is really just how they identify themselves in their heads. Still, changing the phrasing this way lets many people who usually vote along partisan lines to flatter themselves by considering themselves independent, so that would explain the increase. (David Nir & David Jarman)


AZ-08: The conservative Citizens United Political Victory Fund is touting a poll by Wenzel Strategies aimed at boosting Republican Jesse Kelly, which shows the 2010 GOP nominee leading the primary field with 43%. State Sen. Frank Antenori is at 18 and sports broadcaster Dave Sitton is at 10. But beware of Wenzel: They poll for noted nutter website WorldNetDaily and also released a joke survey at the end of last cycle which showed veteran Dem Rep. Norm Dicks down four points a perennial candidate he wound up beating by 16.

Elsewhere in GOP-land, I don't think we'd ever heard of her before, but retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally is apparently also running, and while she may not rate a mention in Citizen United's poll, she managed to catch a bit of attention for going on Fox News and saying she wanted to "kick [Rick Santorum] in the jimmy" over his comments about women in combat.

FL-24: Wealthy businessman Rudy Moise is going to try again: In 2010, when the old 17th District came open because Kendrick Meek decided to run for Senate, he was one of nine candidates who ran in the Democratic primary to succeed in the incumbent. Though Moise spent a ton of his own money—$1.4 million—he only managed to pull in 16% of the vote, while state Sen. Frederica Wilson wound up winning with 35%. (Wilson went on to win the general in this heavily-Dem seat.) Now Moise has filed with the FEC and put up a website in the hopes of doing this cycle what he could not last cycle. I'd be surprised if he was any more successful this time, though.

IL-12: A month ahead of Illinois' primary, Democrat Chris Miller is dropping out of the primary and endorsing Former St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman for the open 12th District seat.

KY-04: When the state legislature finally reached a deal on congressional redistricting a week ago, it also extended the filing deadline to Friday, Feb. 17. That allowed for at least one last-minute filer in the open 4th District, Republican attorney Marcus Carey, who joins a pretty crowded field hoping to succeed retiring Rep. Geoff Davis in this very red seat.

Grab Bag:

DFA: Progressive activist group Democracy for America just issued a whole bunch of endorsements as part of its "Grassroots All-Stars" program. You can see the whole list at the link.

House (PDF): Democracy Corps (through Greenberg Quinlan Rosner) is out with one of its frequent nationwide polls, and they're showing the Democrats with a 47-45 lead in the "named Congressional ballot." (That names the incumbent candidate in the respondent's district but not the opponent, so it's a somewhat better method than a standard generic ballot.) That's not really the main point of the poll, though, and the whole memo is well worth a read, with its deep dive into the guts of the Dems' significant resurgence in the last month. This surge has a variety of roots forming a perfect storm: consolidation among the "rising American electorate" (i.e., Democratic base) voters, improved feelings about the economy, indies turning away from Romney (now that he's finally become a target), and a broader collapse in the Republican brand (where the issue of contraception is leading the way down). (David Jarman)

Michigan: In PPP's Michigan odds-and-ends, they show Democrats up by a hefty 48-34 on the generic legislative ballot, which Tom Jensen thinks could presage Team Blue taking back the state House this fall. When PPP last looked at this question back in August, the edge was 47-36 for Dems.

Party Fundraising: It looks like the Dem party committees had a good month last month: The DCCC took in $6 million, the most it's ever raised in a January, and has $13.1 mil cash-on-hand, while the DSCC pulled down $5 mil and has $15.4 mil in the bank. On the GOP side, the NRCC raised $4.8 mil in January and has $17.6 mil in the kitty, while the NRSC NRSC brought in $4.2 mil and has $13.4 mil cash-on-hand.

Redistricting Roundup:

OR Redistricting: It's been a while in coming—hey, the man has a day job—but jeffmd has finished calculating presidential results for Oregon's new congressional districts. You can find Jeff's complete calculations at the link, and you should also bookmark our full list of pres-by-CD numbers here.

TX Redistricting: Texas's primary has been "unofficially" re-set for May 29, but that, of course, is always subject to change, particularly since, as Michael Li explains, "the chances of an agreement appear virtually nil."

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  •  Babeu was in the build the damn fence ad (8+ / 0-)

    So this scandal is good for John McCain.


    Seriously we have yet another in a series of never ending examples of gross hypocrisy by Republicans. The sherif was one of those militant anti-immigrant zealots that just happened to have an undocumented alien boyfriend. IOKIYAR.

    •  The boyfriend is not an undocumented alien (5+ / 0-)
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      Ellid, Inoljt, gizmo59, Byblis, HoosierD42

      He's from Mexico, but a legal and documented US resident with a VISA. Not that I'm defending Babeu in any way, but I think it's important to get the facts right.

      •  Thank You (2+ / 0-)
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        Setsuna Mudo, savvyspy

        I don't know how many times I have to stand up for my people, but this really doesn't seem as bad as people are making it out to be. Why would Babeu use his office to try to deport someone here legally? It just feels like a jilted ex boyfriend getting revenge.

        22, Nice Calm Burkean Post-Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Childhood), TX-21 (School), TX-10 (Home); SSP: wmayes

        by wwmiv on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:58:32 AM PST

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        •  Because he's a bully and a hypocrite (3+ / 0-)
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        •  I tend to agree (1+ / 0-)
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          I've read all the reporting on this and it seems to me there were what considered "veiled threats" -- text messages like "going public would make trouble for you and your family" -- is that a threat? Could be, certainly.

          Jose admits he was pissed off, because he'd caught Babeu cheating on him, and he admits he was angry and vindictive when he posted comments on the website and facebook.

          Then during the "negotiations" to settle things, it instead escalated to the point where he "felt threatened" by such comments and things the lawyer supposedly said. There were no overt threats of deportation. The claim is that Babeu's lawyer suggested that "Jose's VISA might be expired" ... which they took to be a threat of deportation by messing up his 'papers' -- and which the lawyer denies saying -- so, it is difficult to be sure exactly what happened.

          Babeu is an asshole, so it's hard to feel sorry for him. Listen to his campaign videos, speech at CPAC -- full of goddamn lies and false attacks on President Obama, full of lies about crime in Arizona and illegals running rampant... it's everything I despise about the republican's politics in Arizona. There's nothing I'd like more than to see him fall from grace with a big splat.

          But I do want to be fair... and this particular scandal is a gray area, although certainly it's clear he handled things badly enough to have it all blow up in his face, so it raises valid questions about his judgment, at best.

          I think, from reading the comments on the Arizona Daily Star website article about him, that he's probably done. His run for congress will probably collapse, and his role as sheriff is also in doubt -- they are not saying it's because he's gay, or even because of the abuse of power charge, which I think most people are doubting, like you say... but it's the profile and naked pics on the Internet... conduct unbecoming of a County Sheriff and/or Congress critter. They are not buying the "it's my private life" answer. And a lot are also pointing out the when he joined the military it was before DADT, so he had to overtly lie about his orientation to enlist ... so they're branding him as a liar regardless.

          His presser on Saturday was good, IMO, he handled it well and he had a lot of supporters speak on his behalf too, which came off strong and I thought he might survive all this. But now, after reading the public comments, I think it won't be enough. They don't like him now, and are finding reasons to reject him.

        •  He could have threatened it even if low prob (0+ / 0-)

          of success.  Why not?

          Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

          by Inland on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 07:22:20 AM PST

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    •  The Babeu story is sad (1+ / 0-)
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      Seneca Doane

      I wonder how much of his twisted bitterness comes from being cramped in a closet for so many years. When are these right wingers going to realize how much healthier it would be for them to openly be who they are?

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 08:03:25 AM PST

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  •  Chorizo y heuvos for breakfast. Yum Yum. (3+ / 0-)
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    That story about Paul Babeu is blowing up. Soledad O'Brien has it on CNN this morning. Why is it so delicious?  This guy is the personification of Republican lies and hypocrisy.  But there's more.  It appears Democrats don't escape unscathed from this mess.  Over the weekend, the TusconCitizen ran with this headline: "Paul Babeu private immigrant sex slave operation revealed by former boyfriend, and Matt Heinz involvement."  Matt Heinz is an openly gay Democratic state representative from Tuscon who voted with the Republicans in the legislature to authorize funding for an anti-immigrant program in Babeu's county.  It turns out that Babeu's boyfriend has a cell phone that's a treasure trove of eyebrow raising text messages he exchanged with Babeu.  Documented in the messages is an episode in which Babeu spent the night at Heinz's place.  You can't make this stuff up.

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 05:24:25 AM PST

    •  Whatever (2+ / 0-)
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      Setsuna Mudo, gabjoh

      This isn't that big a deal. Let the gay guys have their sexcapades. For what it's worth, I believe Babeu when he says that he's personally (perhaps not publicly) out and that he never used his office in the way that his ex has claimed. This just sounds like a bitter breakup to me.

      22, Nice Calm Burkean Post-Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Childhood), TX-21 (School), TX-10 (Home); SSP: wmayes

      by wwmiv on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:01:43 AM PST

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      •  You believe him. (8+ / 0-)

        He reeks of arrogance and abuse of power.

        20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

        by ndrwmls10 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:04:20 AM PST

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      •  They kind of sound like (1+ / 0-)
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        Setsuna Mudo

        They belong together.  They both seem shady.  

        Jose seems to be quoting the law dating all the way back to September.  And god knows why Babeu wouldn't have someone "less personal" handling his websites and campaign Facebook.

        I tend to think this whole mess will be quite silly once everything is known, but neither comes out smelling like a rose here.

        "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

        by rdw72777 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:10:23 AM PST

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      •  Oy. It's wasn't a "sexcapade" (1+ / 0-)
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        The article does not suggest there was any sexual relationship between Matt Heinz and Babeu.

        The reported text messages, from Babeu to Jose, say that he is at Matt Heinz & his boyfriend's house for "dinner and ice cream" then they are going out to a bar, and he's saying over. There is NO suggestion they were anything more than friends.

        The "involvement" referred to in the Citizen is this apparently cozy friendship between Tucson Dem Matt Heinz, and the Arpaio-loving white supremest Babeu, and the fact that Heinz voted to give his buddy Sheriff Babeu five million dollars of state money for "border security" -- even though his district is 70 miles from the border, then one week later they are hanging out socially. It is weird, IMO, and I don't care that they are "gay guys" -- if Heinz is voting to give him money to fight "illegals" and they are such close buddies, this is a problem as far as I'm concerned.

      •  He was co-chair of Romney's campaign in the state (1+ / 0-)
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        tb mare

        Combined with the rest of the circumstances the media will try to make this into whatever they think will attract viewers.

        It's not about the sex.  Who cares?  It's the bigger issues.  We have neo-nazis who operate with impunity in this state.  We had to recall the president of the state senate who was one of them.  This guy cozied up with them too.
        He's not an example of anything to be admired.  And he certainly isn't doing anything to make life better for other gays not to mention the Hispanics that he publicly disparages and scorns.  Sure his relationship was his business but if he knew Jose's status and he wasn't in the US legally, the state may decide he broke the law himself because of his office.  If he wasn't gay, it might still be an issue, but why was he in the closet and why did he resign from Romney's campaign?  

        Sheriff Babeu and the GOP made this mess for themselves by promoting policies of demonizing immigrants and Hispanics, disparaging gays and trying to de-legitimize gay families.   He doesn't deserve any sympathy at all.

        "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

        by leftreborn on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 07:02:42 AM PST

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    •  Hyperbole much (4+ / 0-)

      When the phrase "immigrant sex slave operation" is used one imagines Babeu led a ring that coerced undocumented immigrants into performing sex acts against their will. Or else that Babeu had a horde of submissive sex partners, all of them immigrants, presumably without papers.

      There's nothing like that in the story you mention. It's just a salacious rant against Babeu.  Don't get me wrong. Babeu is a typical closeted Republican hypocrite. Bad enough. But by now, pretty run-of-the-mill. But there's nothing in the article that suggests there's more than a closeted pol being outed by an angry ex.

      Even in terms of tabloid journalism the article - and headline - is stupid.


  •  Monday already? (7+ / 0-)

    Where did the weekend go!?!?

    I am anxiously awaiting the Michigan/Arizona primaries

  •  Suffolk's "statisticians" were on Christmas break. (0+ / 0-)

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:32:44 AM PST

    •  Plus they always keep a keg.... (0+ / 0-) the "data collection room."

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:34:53 AM PST

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  •  Don't you just hate Mondays? (1+ / 0-)
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    Setsuna Mudo

    Sh*t politicians say: "I'm Pete 'Spend-It-Not' Hoekstra and I approve this message." -'Police State' Pete

    by KingofSpades on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:34:49 AM PST

    •  Did you see (3+ / 0-)
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      KingofSpades, wwmiv, Setsuna Mudo

      The first comment in that article, referencinga "Saint Nate of the Holy Regression Analysis"?  


      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:46:19 AM PST

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  •  I'm thinking Mo governor Jay Nixon (1+ / 0-)
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    will take a pretty successful run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

    "Democrats have the heart to care."

    by jeepdad on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:36:57 AM PST

  •  Romney has stated with far too much confidence (0+ / 0-)

    that he will take MI next week.  The moneyed and powerful in western MI may have put the fix in for him out of fear that the open primary will invite Dem and Independent pranksters into the fray.

  •  This is just a rumor now but,,, (0+ / 0-)

    I had heard that Sheriff Paul Babeu had also been involved with a second man who is being referred to as  "Hose B".

    ",,, the Political whorehouse that is Fox News." Keith Olbermann

    by irate on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:46:17 AM PST

  •  Tomorrow's Spring Primary (1+ / 0-)
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    This time tomorrow I will be working at the polls, specifically registering walk-up voters in the Town of Madison.  Given the only race is a rare contested Judicial primary, we will be able to get used to the new election laws in a low pressure setting so hopefully we can process voters at a reasonable rate in first the Spring, and then the recall elections.  Based on the training sessions I expect the time it takes to vote to double from in the past.

    What struck me is how much these changes cost taxpayers.  Tens of thousands of dollars of envelopes had to be destroyed for example, that community governments had paid for.  These type of hidden costs rarely make the new media stories it seems.

    I know two friends, regular voters, who likely will not be allowed to vote.  One has an expired license, and the other is a renter who has moved since his license was created leaving it with an old address on the ID.  I have offered to drive the expired license friend to get a state ID but she is reluctant for some reason.  I sure hope she doesn't allow the Republicans to steal her right to vote.

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:50:22 AM PST

    •  Your friends may be able to vote (0+ / 0-)

      Quote from Kevin Kennedy, GAB director: “The address on your ID does not have to be current, and your name does not have to match your name on the poll list exactly. Your ID is acceptable even if it expired after November 2010,” he said. The one who has moved will have to reregister with other documents to prove residency, but the ID would be okay.

      The law is an abomination. The GAB have done the best they could to interpret it to let more people vote, but this is still going to be very bad.

      •  I have the rules from training (0+ / 0-)

        expired licenses may be used, as long as they expired after the 2 Nov 2010 election.  The law apparently uses two year election cycles and expired  IDs within that window are still valid for already registered voters, but not sufficient to register at the polls.

        This comes directly from the training material given to us last Thursday:

        Will my Photo ID always count as proof of residence?

        Most documents that qualify as photo identification will also qualify as proof of residence, if they contain the voter's current address.  Emphasis in the original.

        However, only a current and valid (unexpired) driver license or state ID card with the voter's current address qualifies as proof of residence. For proof of identification, you may use a drivier's license or state ID card that has expired since the date of the most  recent November general election, whether or not it contains a current address.  The same is true for passports, military ID cards, and tribal IDs.

        "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

        by walja on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 07:45:29 AM PST

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    •  The address on your DL doesn't have to be current (0+ / 0-)

      If your friend needs to register, they can use another form of address verification besides the state ID (utility bill, bank statement, lease, etc).

      Driver's licenses are only necessary to establish identity, not residency.

  •  WA Gov --- Is McKenna Masking the "R" Factor? (1+ / 0-)
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    He's been doing an awful lot of online advertising, here as well as on the Horses Ass blog.

    My guess is that since Inslee isn't advertising online to his base, McKenna is beginning to confuse the issue of who he is and what he stands for.

    Inslee has a lot of work ahead of him.

  •  Not his fault ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... one of those intense McCain hugs re-arranged his DNA.

  •  Correction about DFA (2+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker, Setsuna Mudo

    From Huff post...

    CORRECTION: An earlier version said Democracy for America was endorsing the 10 candidates. The group's statement says the 10 are the finalists for endorsement. A winner will be chosen in the next round of voting and will receive the group's endorsement.

    (Vote here:

  •  Santorum +16 in OK Repub Primary Poll (5+ / 0-)

    Sooner Poll   
    Santorum 39, Romney 23, Gingrich 18, Paul 8

  •  Heh. Heh heh. (3+ / 0-)
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    R30A, ArkDem14, itskevin
    Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu ... has earned a national reputation for his strident stance...
    Details, please!  Is it anything like former Senator Larry Craig's wide stance?

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 07:30:27 AM PST

  •  Just wondering... (Sorry, can't resist)... (0+ / 0-)

    How is "Pinal" pronounced?  This is too good a coincidence to ignore...

    It's PEE-NAL, isn't it?

    Kick apart the structures - Seth

    by ceebee7 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:52:24 PM PST

  •  Rational Washingtonians (0+ / 0-)

    We simply believe that the state has absolutely no business knowing what our political affiliation is. If we care enough to caucus, then sure, people will know, but it's really nobody's business unless we decide it is. The parties don't get free lists of supporters on the taxpayers' dime - an extra "screw you" to the bastards that sued to stop our open primary system.

    But yeah, the whole income tax thing is stupid.

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