February 3, 2012

Not National News: Significant Non-Citizen Voting Found in Fla. Two Days After Tampa Editorial Says It’s ‘Nonexistent’

VoteFraudGraphicIn what is apparently completely unimportant news to just about everyone except NBC2 in Southwest Florida and Andrew Breitbart, numerous instances of illegal voting by non-citizens have been uncovered. Projecting the problems across the state and the rest of the nation would seem to indicate that many thousands of people who are registered to vote should never have been allowed to register and are routinely casting ballots illegally.

A Google News search on “Florida vote fraud” (not in quotes) at Google News at 11:00 PM ET indicated that there was a grand total of six stories on this disturbing development. Immediately below the reference to the non-citizen voting news is a link to a Tampa Bay Times editorial posted two days ago which claimed that voter fraud is “a nonexistent problem in this state.” Uh huh. What follows are excerpts from each segment (Part 1; Part 2) of Andy Pierrotti’s NBC2 report (also look at the TV reports at the links, which differ from the text below):

(From Part 1)

NBC2 Investigates: Voter fraud

Two elections supervisors are taking action after an NBC2 investigation uncovers flawed record keeping and human error allowing people who are not citizens of the United States to vote.

No one knows how widespread this problem is, because county election supervisors have no way to track non-citizens who live here.

So NBC2 did something election officials never thought to do, and found them on our own.

“I vote every year,” Hinako Dennett told NBC2.

The Cape Coral resident is not a US citizen, yet she’s registered to vote.

NBC2 found Dennett after reviewing her jury excusal form. She told the Clerk of Court she couldn’t serve as a juror because she wasn’t a U.S. citizen.

We found her name, and nearly a hundred others like her, in the database of Florida registered voters.

… Based on our investigation, both election offices say they’ll now request a copy of every jury excusal form where residents say they can’t serve because they’re not a citizen.

(From Part 2)

Poor record keeping is what’s leading to potential fraud in the elections system. And election supervisors say registering non-citizens will continue until they get more help.

Officials we spoke to say non U.S. citizens are voting in Lee and Collier counties.

“If there is a change by one vote and somebody’s voted that really has no right to be voting,” said Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington.

Nearly 100 registered are now under investigation for possible voter fraud.

“It could change the whole complexion of an election,” Harrington said.

We found those 100 people after reviewing jury excusal forms. We compared the names of those who said they couldn’t serve because they were not U.S. citizens to those listed on Florida’s voter registration rolls.

“I was surprised that there were quite that many,” Harrington said.

It would have been nice if Pierrotti had told viewers what the error rate was, i.e., how many jury excusal forms did it take before they got to nearly 100 ineligible voters? 200? 500? 1,000? It would also be nice to know what percentage of registered voters are called for jury duty in any given year, because the chances that there are non-citizens voting who have never been called for jury duty would appear to be quite high, and might possibly be a multiple of the number who were caught through excusal forms.

Depending on the error rate found, projecting the problem across all of Florida could lead one to reasonably believe that there are thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of non-citizens who either registered themselves and are voting illegally, or that others who have posed as them, with or without their knowledge, have registered and are voting on their behalf. It’s not a great leap to speculate that the number of illegally registered non-citizens is in the tens to hundreds of thousands nationwide.

But voter fraud “a nonexistent problem in this state.” Just ask the Tampa Bay Tribune. What a crock.

Don’t expect the rest of the establishment press to notice this disturbing and disconcerting story.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Breaking: ORP Chair Kevin DeWine’s Proposal Passes by a One Vote Simple Majority

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:13 pm

A related post is at the PJ Tatler.

Just heard this from BizzyBlog’s Rose.

I thought that the proposal required a two-thirds majority, but apparently not.

I am told that the arguments in favor of the proposal to exclude from State Central Committee membership anyonewho hasn’t voted in the past three statewide primaries (2008, 2010, and the upcoming 2012) – even if they win election on March 6 — were all about entrenched incumbent protection and keeping Tea Party supporters out, and not at all about preventing Democratic Party interlopers from somehow breaking in.

I’m also told that it was a secret ballot, which (as much as I like them in general) makes me rethink the idea’s applicability to SCC. After all, we vote them in, so it seems like we should know how they voted. Someone (I’m talking to you, past ORP head and now SCC member Bob Bennett in particular) could publicly say they were against Kevin DeWine’s proposal and then vote for it. Maybe we/someone needs to compile a list of members and how they say they voted, and see if it ties in. If it doesn’t, someone’s fibbing.

While I’m at it, in the spirit of Uncle Joe: Who counted the ballots?

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UPDATE: From the Plain Dealer, as of about 1 p.m. –

Ohio GOP committee gives Chairman Kevin DeWine a victory through rule change

The state Republican Central Committee voted 29-28 Friday to change the qualifications for being elected to the group.

The vote is a victory for state Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine and a rebuke to GOP Gov. John Kasich.

By a single vote, DeWine loyalists passed a rule that only candidates for GOP committee who voted in the last three Republican primaries would be eligible to sit on the committee.

Kasich’s supporters have recruited a slate of candidates to run against current committee members, a move viewed as an attempt to unseat DeWine as party chair.

There are thought to be as many as 12 Kasich-recruited members for the committee who would be disqualified under the new rule.

As to the Kasich “rebuke,” the fact that 28 SCC members were willing to stand up to Kevin DeWine’s clear campaign of arm-twisting and more — especially given that after 2010, the most optimistic view was that there were perhaps 15 true Tea Party sympathizers who won election (I estimated 21 potential folks in that group two years ago, but indicated that I was being optimistic) — says a lot about who’s being “rebuked.” This would suggest that somewhere between maybe eight and twelve supposed ORPINO reliables turned on Kevin.

Thanks, Kevin, you’ve officially made ORPINO (the Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) a national embarrassment.

Now the whisper campaign against challengers (“You’ll be wasting your vote, because they can’t be seated”) will proceed. Every time I think he can’t go any lower, Kevin DeWine and ORPINO find a new previously thought unreachable bottom.

UPDATE 2: Two other open questions –

  • Was anything done, as Bytor at 3BP feared last night, to prevent the nine of 66 members who didn’t vote from getting the required phone number to attend the offsite meeting?
  • Did the vote really require a majority only of those present, or did it really require a majority of all members?

Latest PJ Media Column (‘State GOP Establishments Attack Their Base’) Is Up

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:15 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

The State Central Committee where Kevin DeWine’s proposal to change eligibility requirements for SCC membership mentioned in the column and a couple of times previously at BizzyBlog (here and here) is today. Rumors of phone-attendance shenanigans are out there. I won’t be able to stay on top of this one today, but I am certain that today’s results will be a discussion topic on tonight’s TIB radio broadcast emanating from the reinforced bunkers at Weapons of Mass Discussion.

ISM January Indices: A Strong Month

Filed under: Economy,General — Tom @ 10:52 am

The Institute For Supply Management’s Manufacturing Index, released on Wednesday, increased to 54.1% in January from a revised (due to adjustments of seasonal factors) 53.1%. Any reading about 50% indicates expansion.

ISM’s Non Manufacturing Index released today increased bigtime to 56.8% in January from a revised 53.0%.

Both readings significantly exceeded expectations.

Positive results are always welcome. The ISM’s results are consistent with today’s pretty strong employment report, but don’t square with the frustration at the recovery’s slowness expressed by Ben Bernanke yesterday or the anemic projections for economic growth in 2012. We’ll have to see down the road who’s right, ISM’s survey participants or the DC keyboard jockeys.

The January 2012 Employment Situation Summary (020312): Unemployment at 8.3%, 243K Seasonally Adjusted Job Adds (See Updates)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:45 am

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bolds are mine):

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth was widespread in the private sector, with large employment gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing. Government employment changed little over the month.

… Household Survey Data

The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point in January to 8.3 percent; the rate has fallen by 0.8 point since August. The number of unemployed persons declined to 12.8 million in January. (See the note and tables B and C for information about annual population adjustments to the household survey estimates.)

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January. Private-sector employment grew by 257,000, with the largest employment gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and
manufacturing. Government employment was little changed over the month. (See table B-1.)

… The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for November was revised from +100,000 to +157,000, and the change for December was revised from +200,000 to +203,000. Monthly revisions result from additional sample reports and the monthly recalculation of seasonal factors. The annual benchmark process also contributed to these revisions.

Immediate reax: This looks to have been a pretty good month by Obama administration recovery standards, and I believe it beat most predictions. Too bad it took 31 months after the recession’s end to get to this point, it still isn’t as impressive as most months during the Reagan-Era 1980s recovery, and the gap between where we are and where we should be is still at least six million jobs and a couple of points in the unemployment rate.

More will come later when I look at the not seasonally adjusted numbers (i.e., the underlying reality).

UPDATE 1: Reality intrusion, from ZeroHedge (link to related data) –

Record 1.2 Million People Fall Out Of Labor Force In One Month, Labor Force Participation Rate Tumbles To Fresh 30 Year Low

So as the labor force increased from 153.9 million to 154.4 million, the non institutional population increased by 242.3 million meaning, those not in the labor force surged from 86.7 million to 87.9 million.

Table C at the BLS report (near the bottom) would appear to indicate that this is a result of “adjustments for population control effects.” It seems that these adjustments, all booked in January, could have been (and maybe should have been) spread over the previous 12 months. But even though it’s a result reflecting on something which has happened during the past year and not all in one month, it still indicates that the dropping-out phenomenon is an ongoing problem.

UPDATE 2: Good news is that the comprehensive annual revision added 266,000 jobs to the December 2011 labor force (see Table A at today’s report). That beats what we’ve seen in several previous years, where the adjustment has usually been negative, and to a much greater extent).

UPDATE 3: The raw data indicate that the past two months have been pretty good by the standards of last decade’s relatively good years –

NSAandSAjobChangesJan12andDec11

In total nonfarm, December’s not seasonally adjusted figure is right in there with every year except 2006, and the seasonal translation looks a bit generous. January’s raw nonfarm number is right in there with no exceptions, and the seasonal result compares reasonably.

In the private sector, December’s raw number was again as good as any number except 2006, but the seasonal translation looks far too generous. January’s raw private-sector number is also in the 2003-2006 range, and the seasonal translation is consistent.

UPDATE 4: Seasonally adjusted per the Household Survey, the number of full-timers increased by 110,000 80,000 from December, a significant slowdown from previous months. Full-time employment is still down 8.03 million from its November 2007 peak, and by 6.92 million from the end of May 2008, which is roughly when the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy began.

UPDATE 5: Others –

  • Heritage — In reality, the economy is recovering despite — not because of — Obama’s policies. Make no mistake: 243,000 jobs is good, but we should be seeing numbers upwards of 350,000. America can and should do better.
  • Pethokoukis: “If size of the U.S. labor force as a share of the total population was  the same as it was when Barack Obama took office — 65.7 percent then vs. 63.7 percent today – the U-3 unemployment rate would be 11.0 percent.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Lessons from Cancer — Love is divine

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

As posted at the Marysville (Missouri) Daily Forum:

My focus on love these days has been catapulted to the highest reaches because of living with a terminal illness. Although I had a chance of cure when I was first diagnosed with cancer, that isn’t the case now, according to the doctors. So I’m going for a miracle and at the very least, stability and control of the lung cancer with good quality of life as I learn to live with it as a chronic disease while I still pray that the pancreas cancer doesn’t come back.

Yes, this is a high price to pay to feel love on a higher level, but never in a million years did I think that cancer could hold riches in the midst of such horror. How could that be?

The devastation and crippling fear that came with diagnosis stopped my world as I knew it. I was brought to my own ground zero in the flash of an eye and what happened? After I held my initial breath of disbelief, I had to exhale to a new life, because what I had known no longer existed. But how could I deal with the monumental task of facing a feared black, cold and lonely unknown; unarmed, without the needed survival skills?

As luck would have it, we are equipped with a “fight or flight response” and it kept my heart pumping, my lungs breathing and my mind churning. And then I turned to God without a moment’s hesitation and in that 180-degree turn, whatever faith I had stored up over the years came right to the surface. And along with that came trust and love. It was instinctual. There was nothing else to do or anyplace else to go. Oh, sure, there were my loved ones, my closest friends, doctors, support groups, books and advice of every kind. But all of that was external and while I cherished it with my whole heart, I still didn’t have the inner comfort and confidence that I desperately needed to keep going,. That had to come from inside and when I dug deep, I found it. …

Read the whole thing.