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By Brad Friedman on 1/8/2005 10:38pm PT  

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports...

The Pennsylvania Department of State will open an examination of electronic voting system problems that plagued balloting in three counties and led to the resignation of an election director, agency officials said.

Voters using the new machines in Mercer, Greene and Beaver counties on Nov. 2 complained that their votes were voided when they tried to review their choices, which led to long lines at some balloting locations.

Eight counties used the same machines made by UniLect, based in Dublin, Calif., but the voting difficulties were limited to the three counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Misprogrammed electronic voting machines malfunctioned in 4th Congressional District precincts in Shenango Township, West Middlesex, Wheatland, Farrell and Hermitage.

A pencil and a piece of paper hardly ever malfunction.

Not to be a luddite or anything.

UPDATE 1/9/05: From an emailer...for whatever you may decide it's worth...

Look at the stats on the counties that had problems in PA:

MERCER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
VOTER REGISTRATION FACTS AS OF 10/26/2004
REGISTERED VOTERS IN MERCER COUNTY

DEMOCRATIC 36,749
REPUBLICAN 31,621
LIBERTARIAN 219
GREEN 105
OTHER 7,379
TOTALS 76,073

MERCER COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

DEMOCRATIC JOHN F. KERRY . . . . . . . . . . . 47.71%. . 22761
REPUBLICAN GEORGE W. BUSH. . . . . . . . . . . 51.45%. . 24545

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Greene County historically registers Democrats at a 2:1 ratio to Republicans, this year the registration was slightly less than a 2:1 Democratic advantage.

COUNTY OF GREENE

DEMOCRATIC JOHN F. KERRY/JOHN EDWARDS . . . . . . . . . . 49.30%. . 7674
REPUBLICAN GEORGE W. BUSH /DICK CHENEY . . . . . . . . . . . 50.02%. . 7786

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Beaver County

Same goes for this county, registration for Democrats is just less than 2:1 advantage over Republicans.

DEMOCRATIC JOHN F. KERRY/JOHN EDWARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51.06%. . 42146
REPUBLICAN GEORGE W. BUSH/DICK CHENEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48.36%. . 39916

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By Brad Friedman on 1/8/2005 6:09pm PT  

What is it about "The Rule of Law" that these Republicans just can't seem to keep straight?

The letter which Ohio's Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell (supervisor of fair and free elections in Ohio, as well as Ohio Co-Chair of the Bush/Cheney Re-Elect Committee) apparently asked supporters for illegal corporate donations, according to AP:

The state's chief elections officer, accused of mishandling the presidential vote in Ohio, sent a fund-raising letter for his own 2006 gubernatorial campaign that was accompanied by a request for illegal contributions.

A pledge card with the letter from Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who co-chaired the Bush-Cheney election campaign in Ohio, said "corporate & personal checks are welcome."

Corporate donations are illegal in Ohio.

As we reported earlier in the week, the letter in which Blackwell takes credit for "helping deliver the great Buckeye State for George W. Bush" along with hitting every Christopublican Hotbutton Phrase in the Karl Rove "How to Win Elections and Influence Gullible Americans" handbook, was created to raise funds for Blackwell's gubernatorial bid even while recounts in Ohio were still ongoing. (We have recently updated that original report to include the text of the entire letter, by the way).

Then there is the matter of the official-looking letterhead used in the fundraising letter (the outside envelope refers to him, apparently without irony, as "The Honorable Ken Blackwell"):

While we're fairly certain that the use of official letterhead to raise funds for an upcoming campaign would be a no-no, we're not certain about the use of this official-ish letterhead, and the official-ish looking version of the Great Seal of the United States along with it.

We had hoped to look into the requirements for the legal use of the Great Seal this week until several items distracted us. Amongst them, live coverage of only the second time in well over one-hundred years that an arcane Constitutional provisional had to be invoked in Congress, thanks to Mr. Honorable's Ohio Election calamity, and, of course, the business of final preparations for America's Velvet Revolution which we hope to officially get underway on Monday.

In the meantime, we welcome any thoughts, research or other contributions via comments here on the letterhead matter from any of you crime-hating freedom-lovers out there on the Internets. Crime-justifying, GOP-apologists need not apply.

UPDATE: It should be noted that the letter reported on by AP, included in the Democratic House Judiciary Committee's 102-Page report of evidence suggesting fraud and/or malfeasance in Ohio's election, and blown up for use behind Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) during his speech last Thursday in the historic Congressional debate on the Ohio Electoral challenge was originally discovered and reported by RAW STORY.

AP chose not to give the Internet-only News Source the proper credit for their excellent original reporting. The reasons for that we will leave to the reader to discern. We don't wish to make the same mistake ourselves, however. We linked to them in our original story on the matter several times, but should have credited their hard work in this report as well!

UPDATE: 1/12/05 "Blackwell Ignores Rule of Law! Twice in Same Letter!"

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(No...LITERALLY this time!)
By Brad Friedman on 1/7/2005 11:47pm PT  

Travel took longer than expected. Much. (Who said it never rains in Southern California?!)

So...much catchup to do over the weekend, I guess. Along with preparations for the revolution. (Anyone have a pitchfork or torch I can borrow? I wanna look my best for the opening!)

So to that end, apologies for a quiet day today (not that you guys were quiet! Which is just fine by me!), and a potentially quiet-ish weekend while we take care of various pieces of related business. We'll see how it goes.

But this is mostly just a quick note to say that I had the 11pm PT repeat of Hannity & Colmes on just now in the background when Republican Ed Rollins, apologizing for Americans committing torture or something says, "It's all bullshit."

Yes..."Bullshit"! On the Fox "News" Channel!

I, for one, am outraged and offended! Has Fox no moral or family values?! I could have been watching that at 6pm PT with my young daughter! If I had one!

And while such a thing can happen on live TV (though we'd expect it would get snuffed out in the delay), this was the 11pm PT repeat! And it wasn't even bleeped out before the second airing!

Hannity didn't even say a word about it. Just went on with his harranguing of the Democratic guest as usual!

It's almost like these guys say one thing, and then do another or something!

Jesus Fucking Christ! How fucked up is that fucking bullshit, anyway?

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Email: Viewerservices@foxnews.c...m?CC=Hannity@foxnews.com, Colmes@foxnews.com&...om&Subject=Bullshit on Hannity and Colmes!">Several Potty Mouths at Once!

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Soon Cometh the Velvet Revolution...
And more...
By Brad Friedman on 1/7/2005 12:11pm PT  

Will be on the road for a few hours today, so won't be able to post much until a bit later today/tonight...

Have a number of things in the works. Amongst them, a Velvet Revolution - Dedicated to all the BRAD BLOG readers of the world, and the like-minded individuals who have taken the cause of preserving democracy into their own hands. Count on nobody but yourself.

I've gotten much email over the last 24 hours or so (not to mention the last month or two!), so I beg your patience while waiting on replies, and forgiveness for those which I have just been unable to reply to for any number of reasons. I do my best to always reply, but recognize that I don't always suceed in that effort. (I also do my best to read all comments, even if I'm sometimes slow to get to them all, and can't always answer them.)

So...More ahead on yesterday's historic events, Clint Curtis,and the upcoming Velvet Revolution later today and/or this weekend.

Get some rest. We're all gonna need it.

Or use this as an Open Thread to chat your hearts out. But seriously...get some rest and find some peace. There is much muckraking to come in the days, weeks, months and years ahead...And we're gonna need a bigger rake.

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By Brad Friedman on 1/6/2005 3:11pm PT  

Electoral Votes Awarded to George W. Bush: 286
Electoral Votes Awarded to John Kerry: 251
Electoral Votes Awarded to John Edwards: 1

Pages of Evidence Documenting Election Irregularities in Ohio: 102
Counties in Ohio Whose Recount was Illegally Conducted (out of 88): 86
Congressional Republicans Who Voted To Uphold Ohio Election Laws: 0

Number of American Cable "News" Networks Who Carried Today's Historic Proceedings: 0

U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq During Today's Joint Session of Congress: 7
U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq During George W. Bush's "Presidency": (*) 1,349
Iraqi Civilians Killed by U.S. Forces During George W. Bush's "Presidency": 100,000+
WMD's Found So Far in Iraq: 0

...Missions Accomplished...

(*) Includes only those troops who died while still within Iraq's airspace.

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Joint Session Concludes to Debate Issue in Both Houses!
BRAD BLOG LIVE BLOGS DEBATE! SINCE CABLE NETS NOT COVERING HISTORIC DEBATE!
By Brad Friedman on 1/6/2005 10:24am PT  

Moments ago, in the joint session of Congress, the Electors from the state of Ohio were formally challenged by Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio and Senator Barbara Boxer of California...

Dick Cheney, presiding over joint session: "The two houses will withdraw from the chamber and will deliberate separately and report back after Debate."

All cable "news" nets...Even Fox...now covering... (Though Fox's Major Garrett incorrectly informs us that "all 88 counties were fully recounted" and adds other apologies on behalf of the Republican Party.)

...MORE...

Most "news" nets back to commercials and occassional coverage. C-SPAN carries full coverage. Tubbs-Jones speaking now...

...CONTINUING...LIVE BLOGGING IN LIEU OF COVERAGE BY "NEWS" NETWORKS...

Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) quotes Kerry's concession speech. Says, "Their challenges is no more than an excercise to obstruct, destroy and divide..." FIRST MENTION of "Conspiracy Theories"! And "Michael Moore" as a bonus!

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) asks and receives unaminous consent request to include the full 102-page report, "Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio?" into the record. Is speaking now..."Not a single official in Ohio has given us an explanation for the many irregularities in Ohio...Read the full report on our website..."

Flipping back and forth between House Hearings (on C-SPAN) and Senate Hearings (on C-SPAN2)...Both live streaming at C-SPAN.org...

..."Attny Jimmo" --- a BRAD BLOG commenter/troll --- is thoroughly discredited today and any credibility (if any existed in the first place) for the Freeper is lost....His Tuesday comment, "What are you going to drum up on Friday, the day after ZERO Senators and ONE nutty Representative challenge the electoral votes?" and Wednesday's comment, "After you get cold shouldered tomorrow by the Democrats; you are welcome to join us in the light of the GOP"...demonstrate "Jimmo's" lack of knowledge on, well...anything...that dispute, if there was one, is now over...

In Senate...Durbin and Kennedy speak in support of Tubbs-Jones/Boxer challenge...

...MORE LIVE BLOGGING CONTINUES...

--- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---

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By Brad Friedman on 1/6/2005 10:09am PT  

The Joint Session of Congress, led by "Vice-President" Dick Cheney, and House Speaker Dennis Hastert has just begun...

Only C-SPAN is currently covering it live. Available streaming online also at C-Span.org.

If a challenge occurs to the Electors, as announced previously, it would be the first time since 1877 that such an event has occurred. A historically signficant event, to say the least.

The three Cable "News" Networks seem to have better things to do at this time...

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AP Confirms Boxer Challenge
By Brad Friedman on 1/6/2005 9:04am PT  

According to several sources, Jesse Jackson has just announced six Senators who will join in challenging the Electors today in a joint session of Congress. His announcement was made to a rally going on at this hour in Lafayette Park across from the White House.

Jackson told the crowd that Senator Barbara Boxer will stand to challenge, and will be supported by at least the following Democratic Senators: Hilary Clinton (NY), Harry Ried (NV), Barack Obama (IL), Dick Durbin (IL) and Christopher Dodd (CT).

Jackson's statement was just confirmed by The BRAD BLOG with a second source. A representative from Rainbow/PUSH and an aide to Rev. Jackson who spoke to us by cellphone moments ago as Jackson could be heard in the background speaking to reporters has confirmed that Jackson announced Sen. Barbara Boxer will stand and make the challenge, and will be supported by at least a half a dozen Senators.

"When they convene for the debate," he told us, "at least a half dozen if not more will speak about the irregularities and the need for Election reform. Boxer herself will raise the challenge."

He confirmed the Senators named above and suggests that people continue to send in Email and phonecalls asking Senators to stand up.

MORE...

AP is confirming that Boxer "and a small group of Democrats" will challenge.

According to the AP article:

It would be only the second time since 1877 that the House and Senate were forced into separate meetings to consider electoral votes.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., signed a challenge mounted by House Democrats to Ohio's 20 electoral votes, which put Bush over the top. By law, a protest signed by members of the House and Senate requires both chambers to meet separately for up to two hours to consider it. Lawmakers are allowed to speak for no more than five minutes each.

"I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light by allowing you to have a two-hour debate to let the American people know the facts surrounding Ohio's election," Boxer wrote in a letter to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, a leader of the Democratic effort.

And the White House seems prepared to keep their "conspiracy theorist" defense firmly in place. We'll expect to hear the following language, as reported by AP repeated quite frequently as the day goes on...

White House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed the move as politically driven.

"I think the American people expect members of Congress to work together and move forward on the real priorities facing this country, instead of engaging in conspiracy theories and rehashing issues that were settled long ago," McClellan said.

If you can't beat 'em, slime 'em...

MORE FROM BOXER'S PRESS CONFERENCE...

Senator Boxer: "It's not about overturning the election. For me, this is the opening round in the call for Electoral Justice."

Bravo, Senator. We got your back...(and, unlike others who may say it, we actually mean it.)

...MORE SOON...

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By Brad Friedman on 1/5/2005 11:55pm PT  

Some good old fashioned rumormongering...We figure if folks are gonna accuse us of it, we may as well take part in some every now and again.

Clint Curtis, along with an activist, an FDA statistician and a former White House employee went from Senate office to Senate office today meeting with staffers in hopes of raising their awareness about all that has gone on and been learned since November 3rd about the disintigrating state of our democracy.

We are told that they were welcomed into every office, and Clint Curtis, in particular, caused a bit of a stir amongst the various staffers who were well-familiar with his story (several even mentioning that they had been following it on The BRAD BLOG we're happy to report!) A list of most of the visited offices can be seen in this post from earlier today.

Ted Kennedy's office, in particular, we are told, took an interest in speaking to Curtis. Arranging for Kennedy's legal team to speak with him when they heard he was there.

We received the same message from several different sources. Namely, that all day the phones never stopped ringing in every single office visited. All phone banks were overwhelmed, and the moment anyone would hang up the phone, it would ring immediately again.

The message is being sent loud and clear. Your voices are being heard! Though don't stop now! It ain't over till it's over.

The calls were overwhelmingly (one source even said 100%) in support of challenging the electors tomorrow. Senate staffers reported never having seen anything like it! Especially with so many calls being overwhelmingly in favor of only one side of an issue. "Thousands...thousands...non-stop!" said one Senate staffer.

On that point, the Internets are abuzz tonight with rumors that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will be indeed be standing up to challenge the Electors. See RAW STORY for more healthy, up-to-date, rumormongering links on that and the reports that she will be holding her cards close to her vest for as long as possible.

Earlier we reported that attempts for at least three hours today to reach her offices in both D.C. and Los Angeles were all met with busy signals until we were finally able to get through to her San Diego office which reported a tally of 250 calls FOR and only 10 AGAINST. (We didn't even know "Attny Jim" could do 10 different convincing voices! Inside joke for BRAD BLOG comment readers.)

And we've heard stories, from various sources, speculating that there will be anywhere from one Senator to eight who come forward tomorrow. Then again, there could be none, and since only one is necessary for a debate on the matter to take place in both Houses of Congress, we'll wait and see what happens tomorrow. But signs do look positive at this hour.

We have heard that there was a hard coalition of three Senators in support of challenging the Electors, while a larger number had hoped to simply publish a letter calling for Election Reform instead of taking the more impressive stand as recommended by the Constitution. There is a reason why in a body of hundreds, only two are required to immediately halt all proceedings in order to debate and investigate any Electoral chicanery.

While Election Reform is clearly necessary, that can be done next week, or next month. Tomorrow is the moment for Senators to stand up with the 24 House of Representative members to challenge Electors for being illegally seated.

We're happy to report we've heard that the three Senators in favor of challenge held strong, at least for the day, and did not fold in favor of the "Letter" option.

There has also been discussion today of challenging the Electors of at least three different states! (Ohio, Florida and New Mexico being the front-runners in the rumormill department)

A challenge to the Electors of three different states would force three different debates on the matter, and likely bump the whole thing into a second news cycle (at least) as one source mentioned to us...Which, we believe, would also be a very good thing.

But do we ask too much? :-)

Perhaps...But asking too much has gotten us this far, so why stop now?

Keep up the good work, Freedom Fighters. We'll see you (and C-SPAN) in the morning...The festivities, rumor has it, begin at 1pm ET (10am PT for you Liberal Hollywood Elitists).

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By Brad Friedman on 1/5/2005 8:20pm PT  

Clint Curtis was LIVE (11pm ET time) on "Fox News Live with Alan Colmes" on the Fox News RADIO Network.

I was able to capture the live stream, and am I'm trying to remove the commercials from the recording to make the bandwidth demand less when posting it for you folks to listen to.

Colmes gave Curtis a good (and very tough) grilling! Happy to hear it! And I think he stood up well to the questioning. I heard no inconsistencies in his story.

I've turned off comments on this item, so that all comments can be consolidated on the original item on this, found here. I'll also post a link to the interview at that item as soon as I can get it posted.

UPDATE: The Colmes/Curtis radio interview is now online. Thanks to our pals at CrooksAndLiars.com!

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And a new twist that could throw an enormous wrench into tomorrow's works!
By Brad Friedman on 1/5/2005 5:13pm PT  

We will have further details on all of the following later this evening, including some firsthand accounts of the crazy day today on Capitol Hill in and out of loads of Senate offices...

For the moment, however, three quick hits...

  • AP reports on the House Judiciary's 102 page report on everything that went wrong in Ohio, called "Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio?"

    The AP article is right here.

    The report itself, with executive summary, is right here [PDF].

  • 24 House Democrats have sent a three-page letter to leaders of both parties and in both houses urging them to challenge the Electoral votes. The Representatives who signed it are John Conyers, Jr, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Jim McDermott, Maxine Waters, Lynn Woolsey, Bernard Sanders, Eleanor H. Norton, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Donald Payne, Anthony Weiner, Diane Watson, Barbara Lee, Elijah Cummings, Robert Wexler, Juanita Millender-McDonald, José E. Serrano, Major Owens, Danny K. Davis, Dennis J. Kucinich, Sheila Jackson Lee, William Clay, Jr. and Barney Frank.

    The letter is right here.

  • Finally, and were it not from Keith Olbermann --- who regular BRAD BLOG readers will recognize to be an exceptionally sloppy "journalist" --- we might have said "most notably" and added a siren to this item, Olbermann reports on his blog that "it appeared all but certain in early evening Wednesday that House Democrats had secured the support of up to half a dozen Senators to formally challenge the Electoral College slate from Ohio".

    He also mentions an interesting twist that we hadn't thought of before concerning the fact that a quorum may not be present tomorrow to debate such a challenge should at least one House Member and one Senate Member sign on to the challenge.

    That thought, actually, puts another in our head: While it's assumed that any such challenge would ultimately be rejected by the House and Senate after debate, that assumption is based on the fact that Democrats are outnumbered in both houses. However, that "conventional wisdom" could be turned on its head if a quorum does exist to allow both debate and vote on any such challenge, but if Democratic members outnumber Republicans at tomorrow's session...well...there could be a few surprises waiting...

    Olbermann's report is right here.

  • MORE LATER THIS EVENING...

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    Email to "supporters" announces intention to not challenge electors.
    By Brad Friedman on 1/5/2005 1:13pm PT  

    John Kerry has just sent a pathetic email to the supposed 3 million members of his email list.

    He has said that he will not be "taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors", and urges his supporters to support Electoral System reform.

    We, of course, support such reform, but that is for the future. And the way to that future is helped by challenging the enormously flawed election of 2004 tomorrow in Congress' Joint Session.

    Here is a portion of Kerry's email [emphasis in the original]:

    Tomorrow, members of Congress will meet to certify the results of the 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors.

    Despite widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

    But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to addressing those problems that happened in Ohio. We must act today to make sure they never happen again.

    I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year to reforming the electoral system. A Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different standards in different states for casting and counting votes. We need a national federal standard to solve the problems that occurred in the 2004 election. I will propose legislation to help achieve this.

    Florida 2000 was a wake up call. But the Republicans who control Congress ignored it. Will they now ignore what happened in 2004?

    Yes, Senator. They will ignore it, and we thank you for giving them the opportunity to do so.

    As we have said many times on these pages, this issue has never been about John Kerry. (As regular BRAD BLOG readers may know by now, we didn't even vote for him ourselves!) Nor has this ever been about "changing the outcome of the election" as Kerry asserts in the letter.

    This is about the very founding principles of the world's most important democracy. Period. Whatever "election outcomes" which may occur in the process of assuring that those principles remain intact is wholly beside the point.

    Attempts to reach John Kerry's office via the main Senate switchboard at 800-839-5276 were met with a voice mailbox which was full, could take no more messages, and simply disconnected us.

    A call to a direct office number: 202-224-2742, offers a message saying that these are not office hours (though they are, until 6pm ET) and allows one to leave a message after the beep. DO IT!

    UPDATE: You can also leave your opinion at Kerry's Boston office: 617-565-8519.

    Email can also be sent to Kerry via this webform. [previously broken link, now fixed!]

    We have done both ourselves, and have made it abundantly clear that if he imagines he will be receiving support from any of the Democratic base for a 2008 Presidential run --- if he does not stand up tomorrow! --- he is sorely mistaken!

    We hope you will join us in making that message exceedingly clear to Senator Kerry.

    Please continue, as well, to call the 800 number given above to speak to as many Senators as you can about this issue. It's difficult to get through to many of them right now, as the switchboard is going a bit crazy there right now we are told. We were recently, however, able to get through to Obama's office (and others) to express our firm support of the importance of standing up for democracy tomorrow!

    Keep making noise.

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    By Brad Friedman on 1/5/2005 11:38am PT  

    Clint Curtis is currently on Capitol Hill now meeting with Senate staffers.

    We can report that he has already met this morning with staffers in the office of the following Democratic Senators: Debbie Sabatow (MI), Russell Feingold (WI), Barbara Boxer (CA), Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Barack Obama (IL).

    Meetings are scheduled later today with the staffers of these additional Senate offices: Ted Kennedy (MA), Dick Durbin (IL), Patrick Leahy (VT), Ken Salazar (CO).

    A source visting the Senate offices with Curtis tells us that so far the reception they've received from each office has been "very positive" and that "things are lit up like a Christmas tree here" with all of the Senate office phones ringing off the hook with callers urging Senators to stand up and object. Almost zero calls coming in advising the contrary as our source describes it.

    At the time we talked with our source, the Democratic Senators were in "an issue meeting", and the source tells us that this issue --- the challenge to Electors tomorrow --- is described as "the major issue" being discussed.

    There is no way, of course, to know the ultimate effect of all of this, but it is clear that your voices are being heard on Capitol Hill! Please continue to use the links and phone numbers we've made available in this item.

    We'll continue to report on anything notable we hear that is happening on The Hill today.

    Also, consider this a quick reminder that Curtis will be appearing on radio this evening with Fox News' Alan Colmes at 11pm. Details on that appearance, and a link to listen live is right here.

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    Will They Repeat it in 2005?
    Or Will They Look at the Facts and Stand Up for their Country and their Constituents?
    By Brad Friedman on 1/5/2005 10:27am PT  

    Democratic Senators -

    Need a reminder of the shame you've carried for four long years? Here's a video reminder.

    We tried to overlook and forgive that shame in the hopes of national unity and healing. Of course, the fact that so many of us were not wise enough to pay close enough attention to your failings at the time didn't hurt either. (And that the media didn't bother to help us is no small mark of shame for them as well!)

    But that was then and this is now, and this time, we won't overlook or forgive.

    You very well may win or lose your next election based on what you do tomorrow. We'll leave it to you to decide what actions may lead to which election result. We hope you use your judgement wisely.

    Do your job. Support your constituents, your country, "The Rule of Law" and the U.S. Constitution.

    Several heroes on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee staff have been working all night (and for the last two months for that matter) doing your work for you. To make it all easy for you to understand while you were out enjoying your holidays, and a full two months of unwinding after a hectic campaign season.

    The results of their work on your behalf, and on behalf of the citizens of the United States can be seen here.

    There's even an "Executive Summary", so you won't have to interrupt your meetings with lobbyists and lunches with campaign donors for too terribly long in order to comb through the full 102 pages of hard evidence, data and proof that American Voters were disenfranchised and our recent election was flawed beyond any question of a doubt.

    Republican Senators -

    You have been given the same package of undeniable evidence that the election system in the world's most important democracy has failed it's promise.

    Read it. Or at least the "Executive Summary", since we know you're at least as busy as those Democratic Senators.

    But when you read it, ask yourself (as an Emailer suggested to us this morning) that what you are reading was written after the announcement that George W. Bush was the one who LOST the state of Ohio, and the evidence you are reading concerned the failures of the electoral system in Ohio.

    Do you suppose if Bush was announced as the loser in Ohio that you might feel any different about the information that has been prepared for you?

    We understand politics and political necessity. We hope that you, both Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Senate, understand that politics is a two-way street. And that it is us, the people, who will ultimately determine your ultimate fate. One way or the other.

    Choose wisely.

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    Language Reminiscent of Diebold CEO Letter Promising to 'Deliver Electoral Votes' to Bush!
    2004 Recount Still Ongoing When OH's "Unbiased" Election Arbiter Announces run for OH Governor and Credits Self for 'Stopping' Kerry 'Disaster from Happening'!
    By Brad Friedman on 1/4/2005 6:20pm PT  

    RAW STORY has just published an explosive and partisan letter from Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell in an EXCLUSIVE which reveals Blackwell's plans to run for Governor, and in which he credits himself for "delivering" Ohio to George W. Bush!

    The written plea by Blackwell to supporters asking for funds for his gubernatorial bid --- composed even while the recount of votes in Ohio was still ongoing! --- should continue to rock the vote as Congress gathers on Thursday to determine whether Ohio Electors were legally seated.

    Several phrases in particular are reminiscent of the controversial fundraising letter by Walden O'Dell, the CEO of voting machine manufacturer Ohio-based Diebold, Inc., sent to Republicans in the summer of 2003 when he promised his committment "to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

    Blackwell, proudly crows, on several occasions, about his role as Ohio's Co-Chair of Bush/Cheney '04 and refers to "helping deliver the great Buckeye State for George W. Bush."

    In speaking of his personal role in keeping "an unapologetic liberal Democrat named John Kerry" from winning, Blackwell says, "you and I stopped that disaster from happening!"

    More excerpts from the letter are now posted below.

    The extraordinarily partisan and combative letter overfloweth with enough far-right Christian Republican buzzwords and phrases to make even Karl Rove's brain spin!

    The letter even speaks --- presumably without irony --- of Blackwell's role in "preventing" voter-fraud in Ohio's 2004 election!

    The following are some key excerpts from Blackwell's shameless five-page letter which RAW STORY now links to in-full in their EXCLUSIVE.

    Most of our excerpts here refer to Blackwell's role in Election 2004, though a few are just thrown in for good Liberal-bashin', God-fearin' fun! [All emphasis replicates the original underscoring and footnotes added to appear as though the various items were underlined or checkmarked by hand.]...

    As the Co-Chairman of Bush/Cheney '04 in Ohio, I want to say thank you for helping deliver the great Buckeye State for George W. Bush.

    Without your enthusiasm, generous support and vote, I'm afraid the President would have lost...

    ...And an unapologetic liberal Democrat named John Kerry would have won.

    Thankfully, you and I stopped that disaster from happening!

    [...]

    That's why in the late hours of Election Night, I was truly pleased to announce President Bush had won a critical and clinching victory here in Ohio, on the belief that it was statistically improbably for Senatory Kerry to recover.

    [...]

    I have never shied away from giving the liberals fits. And I'm sure that with all of the potential voter-fraud we prevented during this last election, they will be looking to get even with me in my next political campaign.

    ...After much thought and prayer, I am asking for your personal support in my campaign to become the next Governor of Ohio.

    As Secretary of State, I have been sued almost 30 times since this summer because I stood up for the rights of voters like you and against liberal trial laywers and activist judges who wanted to give this election to Senator Kerry.

    I don't compromise for the sake of winning kudos from the media, and I have been accused on more than one occasion of having "rocked the boat" in Columbus against the express wishes of the liberal special interests.

    [...]

    My Christian parents taught me that if I did what was right, nobody could ever deny me the success I strived for.

    When the ACLU and other members of the radical left worked to stop me from cracking down and prohibiting outrageous ways to commit voter fraud, I fought back and won.

    ** I never bowed to political pressure and stuck to my guns. I was completely vindicated when I prevailed before the Supreme Court and the federal appellate court.

    [...]

    I can assure you that John Kerry's liberal allies here in Ohio are hoping to throw my campaign under a bus as soon as they can, and I will need every penny I can to fight back.

    So sayeth the man responsible for a free, fair, transparent and non-partisan Presidential Election in Ohio.

    As of this evening, he is also still ducking all attempts by attorneys to take a deposition from him concerning the Election Fraud case filed with the Ohio Supreme Court.

    UPDATE: It has been requested that we post the full text of Blackwell's letter. So here it is, courtesy of a BRAD BLOG reader...

    --- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---

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