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WI GOP may allow cameras next: Poll watchers already allowed 3 feet from voters

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill this year that let poll observers intimidate get within thirty-six inches of the voters they are hovering over monitoring. Nothing like having the rabidly right wing poll police breathing down your neck while you try to make private choices in what used to be a country that believed in democracy. Now Wisconsin may allow cameras. Now they want their "observers" to be able to record your personal information, too.

Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog on the original law:

The law would allow observers to stand 3 to 8 feet from the table where voters announce their names and addresses and are issued voter numbers, or from the table where people register to vote.

Gee, who could possibly mind if a total stranger, a fanatic extremist partisan with fervently opposing views, overheard your name and address? Or scrutinized and challenged your vote? What could possibly go wrong?

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Here's a video of Rachel Maddow explaining the original law in full back in April:

Clearly, that's not enough Dem harassment for Wisconsin Republicans. Now the election bullies observers would be able to unnerve their fellow citizens not just with their presence, but also with cameras and video recorders. If Americans exercising their voting rights happen to rub the monitors the wrong way, then hey, chill them to the bone. Document them. Record them. Use your cameras as weapons. Make them as uncomfortable as possible. Terrify them. Try to suppress their votes by causing them to avoid the polls in order to avoid the poll watchers.

Via the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Wisconsin officials may lift the ban on camera usage by election observers.

The state elections board will meet Monday to vote on proposed changes to election observer rules, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The Republican-controlled Legislature proposed the ban reversal.

Election observers have been prohibited from shooting photos and video at the polls for the past eight years.

If the ban is lifted, cameras can start being used during the August primary. So much for your privacy, Wisconsinites.

Via nutsandolts.com

This is going from "creepy" to downright scary.

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Hey WI Gov. Scott Walker, explain what will happen to 77,000 parents forced off Medicaid. #Obamacare

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family values my ass

Hey Gov. Walker, it was your choice to to have the federal government run Wisconsin's health care exchange.

Speaking of which, how nice that you allow yourself the freedom of choice, but you refuse to make that option available to women who seek health care services, including abortion. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says, ""We have a pro-life majority in the state Senate right now, and because of that there's always a willingness to work on" anti-abortion legislation, which caused one Wisconsin state Dem senator to expect "all out hell."

But I digress.

So Scotty, explain to all those families exactly what contingency plans you have if Obamacare enrollment is still glitchy, or if the federal government makes your plan impossible to implement. 77,000-plus inquiring minds want to know.

Because, see, there's a time gap that will affect people who will lose their BadgerCare (Medicaid) eligibility but would then have to meet the deadline to enroll in the Affordable Care Act via the marketplace.

How's that GOP outreach thing workin' for ya, Scotty?

Via PostCrescent.com:

Wisconsin health care advocates want Gov. Scott Walker to say what will happen with 77,000 adults being shifted off Medicaid in January if they are not able to get coverage through the new health insurance exchange in time. [...]

In late September, the state notified 77,000 people, most of them parents, that they might be affected. But letters letting people know for sure won’t be sent until Nov. 23, when the state expects to be ready to use new federal criteria to determine eligibility. [...]

In late September, the state notified 77,000 people, most of them parents, that they might be affected. But letters letting people know for sure won’t be sent until Nov. 23, when the state expects to be ready to use new federal criteria to determine eligibility.

Just in time for the holidays! Which party is waging a "War on Christmas" again?

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

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Cartoons of the Day- Happy Halloween!

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Joe Heller

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Milt Prigee

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Randy Bish

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Bob Englehart

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Video Mid Day Distraction- What it’s like to be chased by an elk

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That's one determined elk. Via.

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Video Overnight Thread- Hillbilly Dancing With a Raccoon

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The raccoon is all like, "Dude, where's the garbage you promised me?" And every time the guy waggles his crotch over the 'coon, I get squeamish. Good song though. Via.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Thrill seekers ride 1,300 ft high Grand Canyon Swing

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I couldn't even watch the whole thing. ::shivers:: Via.

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The NRA feels threatened by 'N Sync, Mel Brooks, Moon Unit Zappa, Geraldo, and a bunch of deceased actors

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enemies list via bus-plunge.blogspot.com

Via bus-plunge.blogspot.com

 

Ooooo, the NRA has an enemies list. Are you a-skeered yet? I wasn't included, but if one day I end up on their Liberals Are Icky List, and if they ever come within ten feet of me, I'm gonna fight them off with my unAmerican bubble blowers and sticks and words. Sweartogod.

They did include AARP. And the Gray Panthers. And National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and National Black Nurses Association. Because they're evil. They're what one might even call "pro-life." Go figure.

Think Progress counted, and they are reporting that there are 506 names on the NRA list. Which of course means that there are at least 506 sane people and/or groups.

Apparently, the Big Gunners feel unusually threatened by:

"Boys II Men - Pop Group" -- Yeah, they're a real threat. And it's "Boyz," geniuses.

86-year-old "Mel Brooks - Actor/Director"

"Jill Clayburgh - Actress" who died in 2010

Other deceased actors

The highly intimidating "Art Garfunkel - Singer"

Fox's "Geraldo - TV personality" -- Who? Oh, him. The guy who is "truly contemplating" a run for U.S. Senate. Why, whatever will ClusterFox say!

Soap opera queen "Deidra Hall - Actress" (which they also spelled wrong; it's Deidre)

"Mary Tyler Moore - Actress" -- What, they take issue with her trademark "Ooooohhhh, NRA!"

"Dick Van Dyke - Actor"-- Well, at least he and Mary are in sync. Speaking of whom...

"N Sync - Music group" -- No, NRA, that would be "defunct music group." And it's 'N, not N, Einsteins.

"Moon Zappa -Actress" --  Omigod, NRA, her name is, like, "Moon Unit"! Barf me out! You guys are soooo, like, totally grody to the max! Gag me with a spoon.

There are so many more Point-and-Laugh Moments here. Enjoy!

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