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Thank you for joining us for this, the second night of our Obama Nightly News.
 Welcome !!! The purpose of this regular series is to promote enthusiasm and action among Daily Kos members. Willard will likely outraise President Obama. However, we believe that we can still win if (1) we can remain competitive financially and (2) we volunteer more (GOTV, canvassing, phonebanking, LTE, ...) .

Sick today - perservered through interviews and posting our Obama Nightly News tonight ! I apologize in advance for the imperfections in this diary - I tried my best !

Voter Registration Information is provided on the Obama Nightly Edition every Tuesday - if there are more requests  I am happy to do it on other days. This is not only to make sure our Kossacks are registered to vote and able to vote, but to help them to be able to share this with others. It is extremely important. I can't emphasize this enough.

For voter information on PA, FL, and OH, please clickhere :

PA, FL, OH, IA, CO, VA, NC, NM, NV, and others

Due to space requirements, we will present 3 states at a time.

Our goal is to provide :

*  a link to new legislation - or articles about it
  * a link to the new id requirements
  * a link to where voters can find where to go to get registered / check registration
  * a link to where voters can go to get the identification that they will need
  * a link to any legal action / attempt to combat the Jim Crow type legislation

Today's states are : Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia :

  is first (today as it should be lol)

Get registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by ten days before the election. You can also register on Election Day at your polling place.

If you are registering to vote at the polls on Election Day, you must provide photo ID. Voters who register on Election Date have to prove both identity (photo ID) and residence – but your ID doesn’t need to have your current address. You can use one of the following items to prove your Iowa residency:

◦A residential lease
 ◦Property tax statement
 ◦Utility bill
 ◦Bank statement
 ◦Or any other government document with the current name and address

More information :
Iowa does not have a voter ID requirement, but you may be asked to show identification if:

◦You registered to vote after January 1, 2003, and have never voted in a Primary or General election in your county;
 ◦You have moved from where you are registered to vote;
 ◦You have moved from where you are registered to vote;
 ◦Your right to vote has been challenged;
 ◦The precinct election officials do not know you.

If one of these situations applies to you, be sure to bring one of the following pieces of identification to the polls:

◦a current and valid photo ID

Or any of the following documents, with your name and current address:

◦Current utility bill (including cell phone bill);
 ◦Current bank statement;
 ◦Current paycheck or government check;
 ◦Other current government document.

If you have additional questions about voting in Iowa, please contact: Iowa Secretary of State: 1-888-SOS-VOTE (1-888-767-8683);



Get registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by 22 days before Election Day.

 To be registered for the November 6th, 2012 General Election, you must be registered no later than October 15th, 2012.

More info :

If it’s your first time voting in a federal election in Virginia, be sure you bring one of the following types of identification containing your current and complete name and current address:

◦A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license); OR
 ◦ A current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address; OR
 ◦ Another government document that shows name and address (for example, a voter card).


Make sure you bring one of these forms of identification in order for your vote to count:

◦A Virginia voter registration card
 ◦A valid Virginia driver’s license
 ◦A military ID
 ◦Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID
 ◦An employer issued photo ID card
 ◦A Social Security card
 ◦A student ID from a Virginia Public School
 ◦A student ID from any Virginia college or university
 ◦A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that has your name and address
 ◦For other acceptable forms of identification see here

Note: Any voter who forgets to bring acceptable ID to the polls may still vote, but will be required to submit the ID to the local electoral board by noon on Friday following the election, by fax, e-mail, mail, or in-person.



Get Registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by 29 days before Election Day.

To be registered for the November 6, 2012 general election, you must register no later than October 9, 2012.

You can get your registration started right now.

On election day, make sure that you have

Make sure you have one of these pieces of identification, with your current name on it, with you at the polls:

◦A valid Colorado driver’s license;
 ◦A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue in accordance with the requirements of Part 3 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.;
 ◦A valid U.S. passport;
 ◦A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of this state, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state;
 ◦A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;
 ◦A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector;
 ◦A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and current address of the elector. For example


TomP wrote an excellent diary explaining some good news : President Obama won a WTO verdict against China . It will help create 6,000 jobs in the United States.

White House spokesman Jay Carney called the ruling a "win" that showed "our determination to go after China's efforts to distort global trade rules".

"That is precisely why 3.5 years into the president's first term we have doubled the rate of WTO cases against China, versus the prior administration," he told reporters aboard Air Force One.


Transcript Editors provides us a wonderful services by giving us the (gasp) transcripts of the President's addresses and releases. Today Transcript Editors gave us the statement of President Obama regarding the extension of health insurance to the Firefighters .



President Obama,  , has successfullyextina reports defined Willard in swing states with Firms which went viral , over 1 million views.

Polling suggests President Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s private-equity background at Bain Capital are hurting the presumptive GOP nominee in key swing states.
Mitt Romney needs to make a positive case for why he should be President. He has been neutered. As governor, his state was 47th in the nation in job creation. He has no other political experience at all. None. This leaves only his "business experience". However, at Bain Capital, he was responsible for increasing the wealth of himself and other investors. Vulture capitalism has nothing to do with job creation. Willard showed no ability to create jobs at all. If one wanted to find out how to take a lot of money and turn it into the same amount of money, then Willard has some knowledge and expertise. However, of job creation, he knows nothing at all. So, his business experience does not answer the most pressing question : How do we create jobs.
Worse yet, Rmoney now can no longer even bring up the topic with independent media and real journalists. For, the moment he does so, he knows that he will be exposed by questions to which he has no good answers: Did he file falsely with the SEC  ? If not, then he was the CEO , sole shareholder, and chairman of the Board at Bain Capital, the controlling person, during the period from 1999-2002 and thus responsible for its vulture activities.

 Nate  talks us down off the ledge regarding the voter suppression .

(1) No matter what Nate says, we need to fight these laws - (a) by fighting them in court (b) by fighting them in the state legislatures (c) in the court of public opinion and (d) by getting our voters registered .
 (2) No matter what, we need to work out hearts out if we want to win. There cannot be any complacency. Even if Nate's writing on this topic are more optimistic than what we guessed, we cannot be complacent. This diary in no way encourages us to do anything less than 100% to get President Obama reelected.
If you are able, please  considercontributingPresident Obama's reelection campaign . The work, the President's team is doing now is essential, the easiest and best path to winning. He is defining Mitt Romney to voters in swing states right now.

While at a teaching job fair, I fell into a political discussion with a transplanted Indiana native who wished to teach social studies here. He believed that Newt was the reason for the surplus. He believed that debt should not be incurred during a recession or depression. He believed that George W Bush was not conservative enough. He also believed that FDR pushed austerity policies through which saved the economy.
He blamed President Obama for the unemployment rate.

It turns out that my formal academic education in his teaching area was, I humbly say, superior to his (most of my degrees are in mathematics ). I disabused him of all of these notions. I pointed out the Works Progress Administration stimulated the economy (growth out of this was uneven and took some time ). I pointed out that, at the end of the day, there are only so many sources of spending : Consumers (not happening), Businesses (not investing), Imports (no ), leaving us with the federal government.   I won't bother recapping it any more than this, but after laying out facts , ..., it went unrefuted.

Bonus : I have 5 interviews that came out of this teaching job fair  - certified math , bilingual ed, ESL , ....

Wish me luck on them

Jon Stewart skewers Willard on Bain .

Stewart tried to paraphrase the Republican candidate’s defense: “I was just the guy with the smoke-screenish, yet still legal, title of CEO and managing director, who was paid at least $100,000 a year to do what, according to me, Mitt Romney, was nothing. And that’s the kind of common-sense business experience I hope to bring to the White House.”

Presidential / Vice Presidential Schedule

Mostly, the President is speaking to supporters in San Antonio today.
The Vice President is meeting with an Australian delegation.


The Romney campaign is getting desperate since Bain is causing the Romney campaign so much pain

In another attempt at distracted voters with shiny objects, the Rmoney campaign claims that they may name Willard's running mate this week.

However, I am pretty confident that they will not. They barely n amed who the aides would be to the vice presidential running mate.


6:30 PM PT: I have been worried I did a lame job - thanks for the support and encouragement

7:41 PM PT: ColoradAnn provides important registration information about voting and registering in Colorado - Felons can vote as long as they have served their time and are not on parole. Those on probation can vote . See her post for a great link and more important information

Originally posted to Vote4Obamain2012 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 06:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats and ObamaNightlyNews.

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