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New court filing: Democrats say Wisconsin redistricting files deleted at "suspicious times"

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I've been covering the "alleged" corruption and attempts at voter suppression that have "allegedly" been occurring under Governor Scott Walker's alleged watch, the most recent being: Documents were deleted from WI GOP redistricting computers, per court filing. And before that, WI officials were subpoenaed over missing computers, docs involved in redistricting that benefited Republicans.

You know, the alleged usual. Here's the alleged latest, via WisPolitics:

According to a new court filing, a forensic investigation of computers GOP lawmakers, their aides and their lawyers used in the redistricting process found some files were deleted just after a federal court ordered three witnesses to turn over documents to the plaintiffs. Other files were deleted one week before the lawmakers’ firm, Michael Best & Friedrich, turned over its redistricting files to Dems after they took control of the state Senate following a recall election. [...]

Yesterday’s filing updated the court on a forensic examination of the computers and noted the cost of the review had now reached $100,000. The plaintiffs asked the court to require the Legislature, its employees and/or its attorneys to cover the costs of the forensics.

Ohhh Scotty, you've got some reinventing to do!

lucy you've got some reinventing to do

In other news, Walker won't push for gun background checks.

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Documents were deleted from WI GOP redistricting computers, per court filing

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Previously I posted WI officials subpoenaed over missing computers, docs involved in redistricting that benefited Republicans:

The subpoenas are being used to force GOP officials to reveal where the mystery computers, external hard drives, discs and documents are located, and the groups who are making these demands want the answers under oath.

It’s been months and months, but the state of Wisconsin never told the plaintiffs, who want to search said computers, where the computers were, and made every effort to block them from finding out, so now the Dems are playing hardball. They want those documents, and they want them now.

Republicans who control the Wisconsin legislature. Wisconsin's governor is the one and only GOP "rising star" Scott Walker. Of course, Walker, along with the legislature, approved redistricting maps that benefited their party

It isn't clear who deleted these documents, but-- call me crazy-- I'm guessing it wasn't a Democrat.

Via JSOnline:

Madison - Documents were deleted from state redistricting computers last year even after a lawyer for the Legislature told lawmakers' aides to preserve all records on the computers, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court.

Nine hard drives were recently given to groups suing the state because of questions about whether legislators and their attorneys had turned over all the documents they had been ordered to provide. One of the nine hard drives was unreadable and the outside of it was dented and scratched, which suggested its metal housing had been removed, according to affidavits in the case.

In addition, some of the hard drives had a program installed on them that could remove electronic data and hide the fact that files had been deleted, according to the filing. So far, however, a computer expert has not been able to determine if the program was actually used.

JSOnline goes on to say that a "panel of federal judges ruled last year that two Assembly maps on Milwaukee's south side violated the voting rights of Latinos. The court put in place new maps for those districts but not others, meaning the Republican-friendly maps were largely preserved."

And the fun never ends under Scott Walker's watch. Stay tuned.

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WI officials subpoenaed over missing computers, docs involved in redistricting that benefited Republicans

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Rev up your motors, Wisconsin, you've got missing computers, subpoenaed Republicans, and redistricting issues to contend with. The subpoenas are being used to force GOP officials to reveal where the mystery computers, external hard drives, discs and documents are located, and the groups who are making these demands want the answers under oath.

It's been months and months, but the state of Wisconsin never told the plaintiffs, who want to search said computers, where the computers were, and made every effort to block them from finding out, so now the Dems are playing hardball. They want those documents, and they want them now.

The fun never ends in Scott Walker's state...

Via JSOnline:

Groups involved in a long-simmering legal fight with Republicans have subpoenaed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and other officials in an attempt to track down computers they want to search.

The move came a week after a panel of three federal judges ordered that two sides and the state quickly resolve their differences. The groups sued the state in 2011 over election maps drawn by Republicans, but for months the case has focused on documents that were improperly withheld from the plaintiffs.

For five months, the plaintiffs have been seeking to forensically search computers used for redistricting to find out why they did not receive documents that were supposed to be turned over to them and to learn if any other records were improperly withheld. So far, they have not been able to learn where the state computers are located, let alone search them.

The groups involved are asking why these records were withheld, and exactly how many records were there? Republican Governor Walker, along with the Republican-controlled legislature, approved redistricting maps that benefited their party in a big way. So what else is new, right? Especially in light of Scott Walker's fascination with the new RNC-backed plan to rig blue state electoral votes in favor of future GOP presidential candidates.

Democratic and immigrant rights groups sued, and in 2012 a three-(federal) judge panel ruled that the way two districts were drawn had violated Latinos' voting rights, so they made some changes.

But lawyers for the legislature did what they could to obstruct the release of documents and were fined. After that, more documents were discovered, and the plaintiffs asked for permission to search three state computers that were used to draw the maps. GOP anti-union Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who survived a recall election, is one of those who could be subpoenaed.

Remember him?

Stay tuned.

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VIDEO: "Gov Rick Scott...the new George Wallace?"

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Gilchrist:

"We can beat the money."

I wish I had his confidence.

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Garlin Gilchrist II, MoveOn.org joins Thom Hartmann. Get your lawsuits ready - the state of Florida announced on Monday that it is filing a lawsuit against the Department of of Homeland Security to gain access to a federal database of undocumented immigrants so the state can continue its illegal purge of Democratic voters. A new poll shows a majority of voters in Florida oppose Governor Scott's purge - and his own approval rating has plummeted to 31%. But Governor Scott knows what the rest of the Republican Party knows - and that's that polls don't matter - votes matter. And if enough Democratic voters are kicked off the rolls - then Mitt Romney will win in November - and Governor Scott will be re-elected a few years after. While the lawsuits play out in court - what can Floridians do now to protect their right to vote?

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Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to sue Florida for voter purge

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Earlier I posted "Gov. Rick Scott: Florida will sue Dep’t. of Homeland Security over voter purge".

Here we go, legal ping pong time. TPM is reporting that Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner saying the following:

“One of Congress’s concerns in enacting the provisions of the [Voting Rights Act] and [National Voter Registration Act], and one of the Department’s concerns in enforcing federal law as enacted by Congress, is ensuring that state efforts to find and purge ineligible persons from voter registration lists do not endanger the ability of eligible U.S. citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration status... The federal statutes that the Department has called to Florida’s attention here are longstanding requirements of which the State is certainly aware.”

And with that, the DoJ's Civil Rights Division will sue the state of Florida for violating federal law.

Kick ass, DoJ.

UPDATE: Here is the entire letter. “Please immediately cease this unlawful conduct." Yes, by all means, please do that.

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"Deadbeat Dad" Rep. Joe Walsh finally settles child support case

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Via the Chicago Sun-Times:

Tea Party favorite Rep. Joe Walsh and his ex-wife Laura Walsh have reached a settlement on her claim that he owed her $117,000 in back child support from years of paying nothing.

Neither side would disclose the terms of the settlement...

Part of the joint statement from Walsh and his ex says, "Having resolved these issues together and cleared up these mistakes in private, we now agree that Joe is not and was not a ‘deadbeat dad’ and does not owe child support.”

Well that's that, then! I guess Lawrence O'Donnell can finally have him back on The Last Word now.

As Taegan points out, "The issue was embarrassing for Walsh, who's campaigned on fiscal responsibility and blasted President Barack Obama on his financial stewardship of the nation." Or to put it another way, Walsh is a big fat hypocrite.

And a hostile, lowlife, bullying loudmouth who thought nothing of insulting veteran Tammy Duckworth with his now infamous, “Female, wounded veteran … ehhh.”

To many of us, he'll always be a deadbeat dad... among other things.

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Deadbeat dad Rep. Joe Walsh wants ex-wife sanctioned in child support case

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Chutzpah isn't a strong enough word for this lying piece of excrement. Between his deadbeat daditude, his own office saying he only represents tea baggers, and his boycotting tonight's speech by his president, our president (along with a few other boorish GOPers), no wonder Lawrence O'Donnell banned him from The Last Word.

Just when you think he can't get any worse... Via the Chicago Sun-Times:

Six days after the Sun-Times reported that Rep. Joe Walsh allegedly owes more than $100,000 in child support for three of his children, the McHenry Republican filed a motion seeking sanctions against his ex-wife.

Walsh’s attorneys sought the sanctions against Laura Walsh because they said she had not complied with their request in February to provide them voluminous documentation of her employment and salary records at pharmaceuticals manufacturer Eli Lilly as well as bank statements, tax returns and expense reports. [...]

Laura Walsh’s attorney, Jack Coladarci, called that request “harassment” and said the issue was why Joe Walsh was not paying $117,000 of back child support and interest. Laura Walsh had no corresponding obligation to pay Joe Walsh any support, and so the extensive requests for documents were inappropriate, Coladarci said.

Let us not forget that he paid virtually nothing to her for a few years, using the excuse that he had no money. And by no money, he meant that he had thousands, as in the 35 grand he loaned his own campaign. One way or another, he'll do himself in, permanently. There's enough here for a career ender, if only the media would jump on it.

More details here.

H/t: @runforfun54

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