WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tonight made the following statement regarding the 2012 election:
“We had many hard-fought races tonight and I’m proud to welcome several new Republicans to the Senate, particularly my fellow Texan Ted Cruz.
“But it’s clear that with our losses in the Presidential race, and a number of key Senate races, we have a period of reflection and recalibration ahead for the Republican Party. While some will want to blame one wing of the party over the other, the reality is candidates from all corners of our GOP lost tonight. Clearly we have work to do in the weeks and months ahead.
“We know that our conservative vision is the right one to secure a stronger America for future generations. We know that we are the party of big, bold ideas with the courage to fight for what’s right even if it’s not politically expedient. It was that courage and that vision that led to important gains for our party in 2010. But all of us should continue to learn from both our victories and our defeats, and work together to build an even stronger Republican Party.
“On a final note, while the Democrats had a good night, they should not over-read their mandate as reflected by the almost evenly-divided popular vote. It’s important to observe that nothing that happened tonight changes the very serious challenges confronting our country – a $16 trillion debt, year-after-year of massive deficit spending, unsustainable entitlement programs, and a tax code that picks winners and losers while discouraging economic growth and job creation.
“Solving these very serious problems will take real Presidential leadership. This is something we unfortunately did not see in the President’s first term, but that all of us hope for in his second.”
On the eve of the 2012 election, MRCTV’s Dan Joseph talked to members of “Occupy The Vote” to find out who they were voting for in the presidential race.
Video from in front of Ohio polling place.
Recently, we heard a story about a voter who was given a hard time because they were wearing a shirt bearing the logo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It seems poll watchers were dumb enough to think that the M.I.T. shirt was actually campaign gear referring to Mitt Romney.
Of course, it is against the rules to wear gear specifically referring to either candidate while in a polling place.
Sadly, it seems those oh-so-strict rules don’t apply to the walls. Take a look at this photo, which is making the rounds on Twitter.
It was taken this morning, INSIDE the 35th ward-D18 Franklin School polling place.
Candice Lanier – The U.S. presidential election has already spurred a couple dozen lawsuits over the past six months. These particular lawsuits have revolvedaround photo ID requirements and limited poll hours. However, a new torrent of litigation, beginning on election day, is looming over who gets to vote and which ballots will be counted.
Voter rights advocates and attorneys may initially head to court to try to keep polls open longer because of the breakdown of machinery and/or to make up for Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. They may also challenge partisan poll-watching. This is according to Edward Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University. And, Bloomberg reports Democrats in Florida, on Sunday, sought to extend early voting hours and in Ohio last-minute provisional ballot restrictions are being contested.
The most voluminous onslaught of litigation, would probably come after Election Day and could be reminiscent of 2000, when it fell to the courts to determine the next U.S. president. The states most likely to be involved in this sort of legal action are Virginia, Ohio and Florida, according to Jocelyn Benson, a professor of law at Wayne State University and director of the Michigan Center for Law and Administration. “Provisional ballots could very likely be the hanging chads of 2012,” Benson said. “The battle over provisional ballots will take center stage where any election is close and a significant number of such ballots have been cast.”
The fallout from Hurricane Sandy may end up being the catalyst for multiple lawsuits. Voters and their advocates might sue to extend voting hours in states where loss of power or other issues limited access to the polls. Federal law dictates that votes cast after regular hours are considered provisional ballots, and in a close election lawsuits challenging the extension may follow.
A court could determine that the extension was not appropriate. In that case, “these provisional votes won’t be counted,” says Steven Huefner, also a law professor at Ohio State University. And, Foley has said that litigation over provisional ballots may “bump up” against deadlines for resolution of the presidential election. He added that electors meet on December 17, by law, and these disputes have to be settled prior to that date.
Virginia could potentially erupt into a hotbed of election litigation if the margin between Romney and Obama is close. This could occur because Virginia passed a new voter ID law and may rely more heavily on provisional ballots than in the past. “Because Virginia is populated enough that its electoral votes matter, if there is a problem, Virginia could be litigated tremendously,” says Michael Dimino, a law professor at Widener University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Additionally, voter fraud could very well be an issue. Consider the fact that the 2000 presidential race was determined as based on only 537 votes. Therefore, it is not difficult to envision situations in which some might be tempted to engage in election fraud–particularly in such a close presidential race. The left has steadfastly denied that voter fraud presents a major problem in this election but The Heritage Foundation and others have documented its existence.
And then there are the poll watchers. “In Michigan and elsewhere there’s a heightened concern about people who might show up on Election Day challenging people’s right to vote,” Benson said. “There will be a lot of attorneys on hand for both parties, prepared to react to any potential problems.”
So, challenges to poll watchers, who are often seen as illegally interfering with voter access and intimidating voters, could ensue.
Incidentally, the presidential election isn’t the only one in which lawsuits may arise. They could also emerge from ballot initiatives and congressional seats in multiple states, including the Senate election in Missouri.
This is not an exhaustive list of the various in which legal battles that could arise from this election. Just know that the battle may not end on Election Day.
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“Toxic Brew” Waiting For Next President
The Associated Press reports, “The race for the White House is pretty much back where it started … Despite some detours, the emphasis is heavily on the nation’s lukewarm economy and President Barack Obama’s stewardship of it. … [A]s millions of Americans vote for president, Congress and thousands of state and local posts, the excruciatingly slow economic recovery and continued high joblessness were clearly weighing on their minds. … Economic issues will shape the national post-election agenda no matter who wins as the nation hurtles toward a toxic brew of expiring Bush-era tax cuts and more than $1 trillion in automatic defense and domestic spending cuts that will begin to take effect in January unless Congress can strike a deficit-reduction deal to stop it. Congress, as closely divided as the nation itself, so far has been unable to do so.”
“Tough Calls on Deficit Await the Winner”
Damian Paletta editorializes in The Wall Street Journal, “If the winner of the presidential election wants to tackle America’s groaning debt load, he will probably have to break a campaign promise or two. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have hammered at each other’s plan for tackling the nation’s growing debt. They are similar, though, in one key regard: Both offer prescriptions that largely exempt the vast middle class from the bitterest medicine. … ‘It’s an extraordinarily dangerous situation,’ said former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, describing the growth of the nation’s debt and a lack of consensus about how to address it. ‘I believe we underestimate the size of current financial imbalances and how difficult it will be to resolve them. We’re trying to do this without pain. There’s just no credible scenario in which that happens.’”
U.S. Gives Election-Eve Commitment To Solve Fiscal Crisis! Phew.
Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. gave an election-eve commitment to ‘carefully calibrate’ its budget retrenchment amid global warnings that a rush of austerity would harm the weak world economy. As Americans prepared to choose a president, Group of 20 finance chiefs said after talks yesterday in Mexico City that the U.S. pledged to avoid a ‘sharp fiscal contraction’ in 2013. That’s when $607 billion of automatic tax increases and spending cuts are set to take effect unless lawmakers act. … The push for U.S. action took center stage at the G-20 meeting during which finance ministers also agreed to dilute their two-year-old budget-cutting goals. Their new vow, to ensure the ‘pace of fiscal consolidation is appropriate to support recovery,’ highlights increased concern that government belt-tightening would threaten an expansion the G-20 labeled modest.”
Reuters reports, “If President Barack Obama wins re-election, he’s expected to move quickly, perhaps within a day, to renew his bid for a bipartisan deal to avert a ‘fiscal cliff’ that threatens to push the United States into recession, top Senate Democratic aides said on Monday. … If Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins, much of the work on a deficit-reduction deal that replaces the automatic cuts and reforms the tax code could be largely delayed until he takes office on Jan 20. … Democrats and Republicans have until the end of December to reach a massive deficit reduction deal or see the expiration of all tax cuts enacted under former president George W. Bush for millions of Americans, both the rich and middle class. In addition, $1.2 trillion in spending cuts would begin to kick in, delivering a blow to the economy that experts predict would lead to a recession.”
“Lame Duck looking lamer as fiscal cliff nears”
According to Politico, “The Washington defense establishment used to expect the life-or-death question of sequestration would be decided after Tuesday’s elections, in Congress’s year-end closing session. But the conventional wisdom has shifted: Now it appears that no matter who wins the White House, the lame-duck Congress is unlikely to have the last word. That’s the consensus of defense watchers across Washington, several of whom told POLITICO they even expect sequestration to take effect, at least for the first few weeks after its official start date, Jan. 2. Billions of dollars in defense spending ride on the outcome of the election, as President Barack Obama has pledged to draw down the military, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney has said he’d plus it up.
Obama’s Green Jobs Pledge “More Modest” Than Projected
Bloomberg repots, “Four years ago Obama pledged to make the U.S. less reliant on fossil fuels and create 5 million green jobs in 10 years. So far, job creation has been far more modest than Obama projected, and bankruptcies at government-supported companies, including solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, which received a $535 million loan guarantee, have generated a political backlash. The 2009 economic-stimulus plan spent $90 billion on clean energy and ‘saved or created’ 225,000 positions through 2010, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers reported in November 2010. Out of 113,247 participants in green-job training programs funded with $435 million in stimulus, 30,857 people were hired in new positions, the Department of Labor’s inspector general said in an Oct. 25 report.”
Crippling Strike By Greek Labor Unions To Protest Wage & Pension Cuts
Reuters reports, “Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve by a narrow margin. The parliamentary vote on Wednesday is the biggest test yet for the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, which needs victory to secure aid from foreign lenders but has failed to convince its smallest coalition partner and the public to back the reforms. The strike, called by Greece’s two biggest labor unions representing half of the four million-strong workforce, brought public transport to a virtual standstill and shuttered schools, banks and local government offices.”
This election is about something bigger than ourselves. This is our time to choose our nation’s future. With Mitt Romney’s leadership, America will come roaring back.
Business Insider – You’ve probably heard by now that the presidential election will come down to a handful of battleground states, which have absorbed the bulk of the money and time in the candidates’ quest to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.
But just because a state is a battleground doesn’t mean the whole state swings. Within each of these states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire — the race will likely be decided by a small number of counties, local campaign war zones that, in a very tight race, have the potential to determine which way the whole state — and possibly the whole election — swings.
In each of the eight swing states, we’ve identified one county that went to George W. Bush in 2004, swung to Obama in 2008, and could now make or break the 2012 election for either candidate. We’ve broken down the list here, along with the voting patterns, economic conditions, and other key factors that could decide how the counties swing on Tuesday night.
Wood County, Ohio
Voting Record: Wood County voters don’t pick parties, they pick winners. Residents of this suburban Toledo County have voted for the eventual winner in every presidential election since at least 1980. In 2004, Bush won the county over John Kerry, 53% to 47%; in 2008, Obama beat John McCain 52% to 46%, mirroring the national margin.
The actual title is “All This Office Needs is a Leader.”