Author Archive: LLiibbyy

Voting Machines: VVPR waiver in the works?

You’ll need to write Attorney General Anne Milgram, and your state legislators, on this one. Then contact your freeholders and ask them to work at the county level to ensure that all election districts comply with state law to have voter verified paper records that provide voters with an audit trail by the deadline of January 1, 2008. She’s about to let Sequoia off the hook for its incompetence and badly flawed machinery. Stop Her Now! Say “no” to waivers and “yes” to paper ballots.

email (form) http://nj.gov/oag/em…
phone 609-292-4925
fax 609-292-3508

Dean’s 50-state strategy / NJ’s 21-county strategy

Just as the House and the Senate never could have come to the Democratic Party today without Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy already in place, New Jersey will never grow a broader progressive presence unless we have a 21-county strategy in place, too.

Howard may not have foreseen Mark Foley and Duke Cunningham and every other political explosion between the two coasts, but he knew he needed to reseed his party on the ground in every state. If not for that, we would not have had candidates running viable campaigns in places where Republican corruption dealt the party a surprise soft hand.

Last weekend for voter registration

It’s all about turnout! Election Day is November 7; with a strong turnout, New Jersey will stay blue and bring many more wonderful new candidates into office on the tide of America dissatisfaction with our country’s direction. It helps, too, that we can be enthusiastic about some of the great 2006 candidates who want to go to work for us, both in Washington and right here at home.

Anti-war film event

Fundraiser for Iraq Vets Against the War

Monday April 17 at 7:45 PM and 9:55 PM
New York Preview Screenings of “Sir, No Sir”
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St.
New York City, NY

With Jane Fonda & Vietnam GI resisters from the film
A Benefit for Iraq Vets Against the War

More info: http://www.sirnosir.com

FINAL push for paper ballot voting reform HR 550

TELL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE TO PASS H.R.550 NOW
Crucial actions planned next week

We’re into the final two weeks pushing to get Rep. Rush Holt’s (yay!) bill, HR550, onto the House floor. HR550 will protect the integrity of elections by requiring a voter-verified auditable paper record of every vote, and mandatory random hand-counted audits to verify the accuracy of electronic tallies — the only way to ever ensure a trustworthy audit. The bill also prohibits use of secret software and wireless communication devices in voting machines.

A recent change in leadership of the Committee on House Administration has created a new opportunity for passage of this vital election integrity measure. Last year’s constituent meetings in June and August, 2005, were a huge success, generating 24 new co-sponsors on the bill from both parties. As of now, 27 states have passed voter-verified paper record requirements.

YOU CAN HELP IN THREE WAYS — lobby in person in Washington, D.C., or lobby in your home district … and/or sign the petition:

IF YOU CAN GO TO WASHINGTON ON APRIL 6-7 TO LOBBY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO CO-SPONSOR HR550, SIGN UP HERE: http://www.icountcoalition.org/dclobby.html

IF YOU WILL LOBBY IN YOUR HOME DISTRICT, SIGN UP HERE:
http://www.icountcoalition.org/indistrictsignup.html

IF YOU CAN’T GO TO WASHINGTON (OR EVEN IF YOU CAN), SIGN THE PETITION HERE URGING THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE TO PASS HR550 AS WRITTEN:
http://www.millionphonemarch.com/hr550.php

Please take action NOW, so we can be sure in future elections that all votes are counted and all victories that are supposed to be ours, are.

HIMMA Act (S. 1955 by Sen Enzi, R-WY)

The “Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization & Affordability Act” is another stealth bill, like “Clear Skies” or “Healthy Forests.” Don’t be fooled.

HIMMA would allow insurance companies to ignore nearly all state laws that require insurance coverage of certain treatments of conditions, such as NJ’s (very recent) law requiring them to include contraception in their prescription plans. This federal legislation would erase hundreds of state laws that ensure patients can get the medical care they need, including laws that:

(0) allow women to designate their ob/gyn their primary care provider
(0) allow women to seek care directly from an ob/gyn instead of being screened first by a primary care physician
(0) ensure coverage of annual cervical cancer screening exams
(0) ensure women are not required to switch doctors in mid-pregnancy by job or plan changes
(0) ensure coverage for contraception

This plan is not just bad for women (although it’s doubtful it’ll ever exclude Viagra), it’s bad for anyone who has or may face a condition big insurance decides it doesn’t want to cover. If you’re so inclined, you could search to find out which insurance company bigwigs Sen. Enzi has been golfing with, but more productive would be to write Sen. Menendez and Sen. Lautenberg and make sure they know you want them to oppose this law.

While you’re at it, it would make a very good question to pose to Senate hopeful Kean Jr. How does he feel about state’s rights when it comes to medical insurance plan coverage? Interesting how state’s rights are supreme, except when they’re not!

Sharpe James is O-U-T!!!

Newark Mayor Sharpe James has dropped his bid for re-election and will leave office in July after 32 years in municipal government.  James’ decision makes his ’02 rival, Cory Booker, the front runner to become the next Mayor in a race with State Sen. Ronald Rice.  James, 70, served as a City Councilman for twelve years before ousting Mayor Kenneth Gibson in 1986.  He will remain a State Senator from the 29th district. (03/27/06)
http://www.nj.com/newslogs/mayorsrace/index.ssf?/mtlogs/njo_mayorrace/archives/2006_03.html#125218

Democratic Committee petitions are due April 10

That means, if you haven’t yet picked up your petitions from your municipal clerk, there are only two weekends left to get out there and get signatures.

The good news is, you probably need only about a dozen signatures.

The bad news is, you’re running out of time.

This is such a simple first step for anyone seeking:

1. to get his/her feet wet in elected politics
2. to get involved in changing your party from the inside
3. to learn how things work, to meet party people, and to become a more effective and informed activist

Don’t know how to go about this? Two resources you should consider:

1. The Center for Civic Responsibility has tons of helpful information to get you started. Visit here: http://jointhecampaign.org/pages/

2. Visit NJ for Democracy, www.njfordemocracy.org or DFA-Link (http://www.dfalink.com) to find your nearest local affiliate of Democracy for America or sign up for the DFA County Committee project at http://www.dfalink.com/group.php?id=654 to find people who know the ropes and, assuming you are a good progressive candidate not opposing a good progressive incumbent, will probably give you lots of help working your way through the process.

RUN, don’t walk, to your municipal clerk and get those petitions!!!!!