Florida - Outsourcing Election Night to Microsoft

Every two years we get to raise the question, once again: 

"Where were the Florida election results counted tonight?"

Because, for much of the last decade, the State of Florida has had a non-State entity hosting the election night results that Floridians trust are the accurate representation of their cumulative vote.  

This scenario is the Florida replay of what we first identified had occurred in 2004 when Ohio's votes made a roundtrip through SMARTechcorp computers, in Tennessee, and George W. Bush beat John Kerry in the general election.

We've only been able to capture records of the IP address for the State of Florida's election night host computers since 2005.  Two years ago (maybe four) election results were hosted on computers managed by a company based in the state of Georgia. 

If I was Newt Gingrich, I would be happy about that location, if it was repeated tonight.

GOP Primary

Perhaps.   Or maybe not. 

Smoking Out The "Glenn Beck For President" Lobby

Maybe? I am not saying for certain that she is fronting another in a long line of AstroTurf groups for the GOP and corporate interests... But take a look and decide for yourself. For all I know, she may just be as crazy as her movement and video implies?

First, and via Gawker, we get this little bit of giggle:

The Time Has Come to Make Glenn Beck President, Says Clown Lady

Most Americans want Glenn Beck to be our next president and return us to prosperity. The only hiccup? Getting him to run! Fortunately, the clown lady in this video is circulating a petition to change all that.

Her name is Robin Potwora, and the website for her "grassroots organization," Main Street Bites Back, features a number of terrifying robot-voiced videos of illustrated political figures, including the hated Barack Obama.

Aside from this "grassroots" clown gig? Well, given the Torrington, Connecticut address on "Main Street Bites Back" contact page and the name to go with it... I think it is safe to say that she may just be tied to some  very right wing and typical "grasstroots" lobbying money...

The Tobacco Industry to be precise:

Kennedy's Health Care Reform Stand-in: Insurance, Drug-Industry "Conflicts"

Promoted to foment discussion. Originally posted 2009-09-26 13:44:19 -0400. Side note: sorry for the delayed updates, folks; been dealing with a problem PC all day... -- GH

Do you see a picture of Ted Kennedy rolling over?

A blog by The Nation's John Nichols on Paul Kirk, the man selected to be Massachussetts' 'temporary senator':


But he is something else: An insurance-conglomerate board member who has worked as a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry.
Kirk sits on the board of Hartford Financial Services, a massive insurance combine that identifies itself as a "leader in group retiree medical" benefits with "flexibility in designing a plan that integrates with Medicare."

The Hartford connection has been worth a lot to Kirk who is the firm's longest-serving independent director. According to a review by the Boston Herald the senator-to-be collected $250,942 in salary and stock awards from the firm last year, along with stock options that extend to 2014.

Kirk has, as well, padded his bankroll with funds earned as a lobbyist for Hoechst Marion Roussel and Aventis, two of the world's largest pharmaceutical corporations. Kirk reportedly earned $80,000 from those companies.

Should people be concerned about the fact that a man who has been positioned as "the 60th vote" for Democrats seeking health care reform is indebted to insurance and pharmaceutical giants?

Yes, says Public Citizen's Craig Holman.

Let's see, four months won't effect anything important, will it?

A vague sense of the line from some movie about alien invasion keeps suggesting itself. Another planet? Maybe 'they came from within'.

Big rip in the astroturf? Rick Berman's second-generation conscience.

Bumped by Carol. Things are a tad slow today and this is a quiet bombshell.  Originally posted 2009-01-31 21:39:08 -0500

The father's sins have apparently weighed too heavily for too long upon the son of one of the deception industry's dirtiest.

Speaking about Lobbyists,

2008-02-21 00:34:46 -- cho

And Immigration.

Think they don't mix?

Well, GOP lobbyist had no work permit

And guess who he worked for:

A former California Republican Party official who resigned last year in a controversy over his immigration status had no valid visa or work permit during his high-profile career as a Washington lobbyist for conservative icon Grover Norquist, newly filed court records show.