May through August...
By Brad Friedman on 12/29/2006, 10:42pm PT  

After an unexpected item or two of unexpected breaking news, we continue with Part 2 of our 3-part BRAD BLOG Year in Review 2006, highlighting some (but by no means all) of the most notable moments over this extraordinary year here in our own little corner of the world. A world which seems to have grown just a bit larger, if the following headlines are any indication.

For those who think we've grown quite big enough and thus don't think we need your support, well, we wish that was the case. So once again we include a shameless plea for your support via donation as you would be stunned as to just how few folks actually send such support given the number of readers we've had over the past year, and the arguably positive contribution we've made towards the betterment of our nation. If you can help, we (that actually means "I") would much appreciate it.

With that out the way, Part 1 (Jan - Apr) is back here, and Part 2 (May - Aug) follows below...

MAY...

NEWLY DISCOVERED DIEBOLD THREAT DESCRIBED AS 'MAJOR NATIONAL SECURITY RISK'!
Voting Systems in Question Were Used Last Week in Ohio Primary, Soon in Pennsylvania, So 'Serious' Few Details Are Being Released
All Diebold Touch-Screen Machines, In All States, Said to be Affected by 'Horrifying' Vulnerability, Systems 'Sequestered' in PA

BREAKING: SEC INVESTIGATION OF DIEBOLD UNDER WAY!
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces 'Informal Inquiry' into Accounting Practices of ATM, E-Voting Giant!
Inquiry Comes on Heels of Recent Securities Fraud Class Action Litigation, Sharp Drop in Stock Value, Growing List of Security Vulnerabilities Discovered in Company's Electronic Voting Machines...

ANN COULTER VOTER FRAUD: A First! Coulter Goes Silent! May Be Thrown Off Voter Rolls!
BRAD BLOG Publishes Exclusive Documents: Incident Report, Letter to Coulter from Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
GOP Propagandist May Also Be Guilty of Tax Code Fraud for Taking $25,000 'Homestead Exemption' if She Doesn't Actually Live in Palm Beach

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'The Diebold Man' Makes the Pitch in Mississippi
Diebold Sales Rep 'Buck' Jones Demos Touch-Screen Voting Machine as State SoS Declares it 'The Most Secure Thing Outside of a Wells-Fargo Truck!'

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO SNEAK: Greg Palast's New Book Read by Friedman and Asner!
On 'The Network' and the 'Florida Electoral Scam'...
A Personal BRAD BLOG Scoop from Inside the Bowels of the 'Armed Madhouse'

BREAKING: HUNDREDS OF VOTING MACHINES BREAK DOWN IN PHILLY!
Train Wreck in Progress as Today's Primary Elections in PA Run Into Big Trouble...
Paper Ballots Being Passed Out, 'We're Dead' Says One Official ... (Who could have forseen such problems?!)

EXCLUSIVE: BOBBY KENNEDY JR. TO QUESTION 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN MAJOR ROLLING STONE FEATURE ARTICLE!
Tells BRAD BLOG: 'Evidence Shows High-Level Republicans Succeeded in Scheme to Steal Election in Ohio'!
Mag to Hit Stands Friday, Internet on Thursday, Publicity Push to Accompany

MEMORIAL DAY 2006: A Veteran of the Iraq War on His Experiences Fighting for America
Exclusive Audio Passages from 'Chasing Ghosts' as Read by the Author, Paul Rieckhoff

Marcy Winograd Fights the Good Fight
An Exclusive BRAD BLOG Interview with a Democratic Congressional Candidate Who's Not Afraid to Stand up for America, Even if it Means Standing Up Against Another Democrat (and a very powerful one at that!)

JUNE...

BREAKING: Voters File Lawsuit to Halt Purchase, Use of All Touch-Screen Voting Machines in Colorado!
Complaint Seeks to Stop Use of Electronic Voting Systems Made by Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S and Hart InterCivic
Broadest State Filing Against Voting Machines Yet Filed, Follows Similar Suits in California, Arizona, New Mexico

Results of Close Busby/Bilbray U.S. House Special Election in Doubt!
Race to Replace Randy 'Duke' Cunningham in San Diego Was Run on Hackable Diebold Voting Machines, Kept Unsecured at Poll Worker Houses Overnight Before the Election!

Op-Scan Voting Machines Miscount Ballots in Iowa Republican Primary! Hand Count Reveals Other Candidate Leads By Far!
Machine Counts Halted in All Races After Hand Count of Absentee Ballots Finds 128 Vote Margin for Incumbant Instead of 20 Vote Margin for Challenger Reported by Op-Scan System!

BUSBY/BILBRAY ELECTION IN DOUBT: The Diebold Machine Sleepovers at Poll Workers Houses...

COULTER VOTER FRAUD: New Attorney Seeks Special Treatment for Cruel GOP Hate Monger...
EXCLUSIVE: Letter from Lawyer Asks Mail Be Sent to Him Instead of Address Where Coulter Admits Not Living Despite Previously Swearing the Opposite Was True...

Republicans Rush to Swear-in Bilbray Before Results are Counted or Winner is Certified!
Officials Confirm: Tainted Election Results Still Features Thousands of Uncounted Ballots, Unofficial Numbers, No Winner has Been Certified!
Now Why Would The Republicans Do That?

EXPOSÉ: Security Breaches for 'Sleepover' Voting Machines Used in Busby/Bilbray Race Invalidated, Decertified Their Use in the Election!
San Diego County Registrar Admits to Security Lapses Which Would Nullify Legal Use of Systems According to Both State and Federal Requirements, Provisions!
Registrar of Voters Not Concerned, Says Poll Workers would 'have to want to commit a felony, which knocks out most of our poll workers'

Congresswoman 'Apologizes' for Not Taking Allegations of Stolen 2004 Election Seriously!
Was it Stolen? 'Only Answer is Yes,' says Schakowsky who Claims DCCC to Announce Steps Soon to Avoid 'Repeat Performance'
EXCLUSIVE: Complete Text of Prepared Remarks from today's 'Take Back America' Conference...

A U.S. House Candidate from San Diego Speaks Out About the 'Outrages' of the Busby/Bilbray Election
Guest Blogger Jeeni Criscenzo Calls on Every Candidate to 'Voice their Objection to this Glaring Breach of Security!'
The Democratic U.S. House (CA-49) Nominee on Problems Seen in the Recent SD County Election, Proposed Short-Term Solutions, Says Every Voter 'Should be Outraged'...

The List of Groups, Candidates Declaring 'NO CONFIDENCE' in Busby/Bilbray Election Results Continues to Grow!
MA Secretary of State and MD U.S. Senate Candidates, Election Defense Alliance all Issue Statements, Call for Manual Hand Count of Ballots...

Far Right San Diego Radio Host Agrees with Brad on Busby/Bilbray Mess During On-Air Appearance!
Rightwing Roger Hedgecock (occasional fill-in for Rush Limbaugh!) in 'Complete Agreement' About Concerns over Diebold Voting Machines Used in the Special Election!

Busby/Bilbray 'Emergency Townhall' Events Announced! More 'NO CONFIDENCE' Declarations in the Election Results...

A Line in the Sand
Why the Busby/Bilbray Election Matters (or Should) to the Entire Nation...
(HINT: It's not about Busby or Bilbray or San Diego or even California!)

Lou Dobbs Covers the Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' in San Diego!
DOBBS: 'The Threat to American Democracy from Within', 'Mind-Boggling', 'What in the World are We Thinking About in This Country?'
A BRAD BLOG Source in San Diego Interviewed for Story...

Lou Dobbs on E-Voting Security: 'Elections Can be Outright Stolen and No One Would Ever Know...It's Incredible'
CNN Notices That Wireless Personal Digital Assistants Could Wreak Havoc on Voting Machines...

VIDEO - CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight: Brad Friedman on Ease of E-Vote Hacking

Yolo County, CA Registrar on Voting Machine Sleepovers: 'If E-Voting Systems can't be secured, perhaps they ought not be used at all. Period.'
Registrar Freddie Oakley Speaks Out on the Busby/Bilbray Controversy and the Crisis Concerning Deployment of Hackable Electronic Voting Systems...

JULY...

EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: RFK Jr., Florida Law Firm to File Federal Whistleblower Suits Against Two Voting Machine Companies!
First Case to be Filed Next Week, According to Attorneys Scheduled to Meet with U.S. Dept. of Justice Officials This Week
Insider Plaintiffs in Federal Fraud Suits Will be Familiar to BRAD BLOG Readers...

Hustler Finally Runs Raymond Lemme / Clint Curtis Photos, Story
On Stands Now...
PLUS: A Few Other Notable Clint Curtis Related Items

EXCLUSIVE: Manual Hand Count Requested in Busby/Bilbray Race! Registrar Quotes Fees for Count as High as $130,000!
A 'Buck a Vote' for Hand Count of Paper Ballots, Trails in U.S. House Election Which Used Uncertified Voting Machines...
Fees Far Exceed Those Charged by Other Counties, Request Filed by Election Integrity Advocate 'on Behalf of Candidate Brian Bilbray'

EXCLUSIVE: Busby/Bilbray Registrar's Office Quotes Three Different Prices for Cost of Hand Count to Voters, Media; No Explanation Given for Disparities! Latest Price is $150,000!
Election Integrity Advocates told Hand Count Fees to be $6000/day, While Media told Fees Would be $2000-3000/day
ALSO: No Documents for Ballot Chain of Custody, Machine Audit Logs, 1% Random Audit, as Requested by Hand Count Filing, Have Been Produced by San Diego County Registrar's Office Despite Demand for $6000 Payment Due Tuesday...

EXCLUSIVE: Busby/Bilbray Hand Count Requester Responds to San Diego County Registrar...
Demands Chain of Custody Docs Be Supplied as Allowed by Law, Time to Review Them; Asks for Accounting for $150,000 Counting Fee and the $6000 Immediate, Up Front Demand by Registrar Mikel Haas...

CourtTV's Catherine Crier: Scathing Video Editorial Covers Busby/Bilbray 'Sleepovers', Clint Curtis, Tony Anchundo, DeForest Soaries, Brad Friedman and BRAD BLOG!
An Incredible Report Tying Together Dozens of Stories We've Been Reporting for Months here at BRAD BLOG!
(Thus exposing our secret news reporting center to the world! Damn her!)

EXCLUSIVE: SAN DIEGO COUNTY REGISTRAR STYMIES BUSBY/BILBRAY HAND COUNT!
Registrar Mikel Haas Refuses to Supply Chain of Custody Docs as Requested by Voter, Fails to Explain $150,000 Cost Estimate, $6000 Deposit Demand, Disparity in Quotes; Runs out Clock...
Hand Count Filer: 'It seems nobody is accountable here, and the voters are just left out to dry.'

BREAKING: Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia Sued By Competitor for Patent Infringment!
Avante International Technology Corporation Files Suit Against Use of Paper Trail Printer, Op Scan Technology by Voting Machine Giants...

BREAKING: New Lawsuit Seeks Immediate Decertification of Diebold Systems in Georgia!
Cites Extraordinary Security Flaws Recently Discovered in Touch-Screen Systems Used in State...

BREAKING: DNC'S VOTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE ISSUES STATEMENT CALLING FOR 'MANUAL COUNT' OF ALL BALLOTS IN BUSBY/BILBRAY ELECTION!
Denounces Adminstrative Failures, Irregularities, Security Breaches and Diebold Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' in Bellwether June 6th U.S. House Special Election!
Announcement Comes as DNC Chair Howard Dean Set to Address Activist, Election Integrity Convention in San Diego!

BREAKING: SAN DIEGO DEMOCRACYFEST CROWD BOOS DISCUSSION IN AL FRANKEN SEGMENT ON BUSBY/BILBRAY ELECTION!
Live Air America Broadcast from Heart of U.S. House Special Election Controversy Interrupted by Shouts, Jeers, Cheers from Audience of Activists in Attendance!

Howard Dean Calls for an End to 'Sleepovers' as the Fight for Busby/Bilbray Accountability Continued All Weekend Long in San Diego!
A Press Conference, a Statement from Howard Dean, Thoughts from Debra Bowen and Even Francine Busby(!) --- and Much Much More from the Closing Days of DemFest!
Along With Some Personal Observations out of San Diego from Brad's Past Several Days Within the Heated Belly of the Busby/Bilbray Beast...

Democracy in Crisis - An Exclusive BRAD BLOG Interview with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

VIDEO - Brad Friedman and RFK on Court TV's Catherine Crier Live!
Tape of Live Appearance Discussing Election Integrity, Ohio 2004, E-Voting Crime 2006...

EXCLUSIVE: ELECTION CONTEST TO BE FILED IN BUSBY/BILBRAY RACE MONDAY MORNING!!
Press Conference to be Held on the Court House Steps in San Diego at 10:30am PT Just After Filing...

NSA WHISTLEBLOWER SUBPOENAED TO TESTIFY BEFORE FEDERAL GRAND JURY
Exclusive Interview with FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds: 'Did you take an oath to protect top-secret classified papers?'
Federal Government Begins its Witch Hunt Targeting Whistleblowers

EXCLUSIVE: Download the Busby/Bilbray Election Contest Lawsuit...
PLUS: Audio of Attorney Paul Lehto on Ed Schultz Discussing Details of the Case...
ALSO: Tons of Local Media Coverage of the Contest Filing...

AUGUST...

Democracy In Crisis - An Exclusive BRAD BLOG Interview with Mike Papantonio
The Electronic Voting Machine Company Qui Tam Cases Explained...
'Citizen media is replacing mainstream media...and a lot more successfully than anybody dreamed.'

DYSFUNCTION AT THE DNC: Brad Addresses the DNC on Election Integrity, But Is Anybody There Listening?
A First-hand Account from this Year's Annual Democratic National Party Gathering in Chicago
PLUS: 'Internet Voting' (Incredibly) Rears Its Ugly Head at the DNC and EXCLUSIVE Outtakes from Jesse Jackson's Address on the State of Our Elections at 'High National Security Risk'

Democracy in Crisis: A Conversation with Representative John Conyers, Jr.
An Exclusive Explanation of Conyer's New Report: 'A Constitution in Crisis'

EXCLUSIVE: Busby/Bilbray Contest Defendants Claim Election Decided in DC, Not California!
Plaintiff in Response: 'Defendant's Argument Means Election Is Uncertified, Never Happened'
UPDATED! NOW WITH A LIVE REPORT FROM THE COURTHOUSE! where Attorney Paul Lehto Claims 'Election Nullification Argument' is Absurd, Power Grab by Speaker of the U.S. House...

Part 1 (Jan - Apr) was back here, and the final piece, of The BRAD BLOG Year in Review 2006, Part 3 (Sep - Dec) is right here...