Debating the CPD


The 2016 Presidential election is still about 18 months away, yet the debates are becoming subject to debate. This is due partly to the proposed lawsuit by the Our America Initiative against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the early start of the 2016 campaign season, and an announcement by the CPD that the Commission will seek input “on various elements of the debates, including the criteria used to determine who will be invited to debate, what formats will be used, and ways to enhance these civic forums.”

The first question to ask is: who is the CPD, and why do they control the Presidential debates? Continue reading

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Opposing the Senate's "Cybersecurity" Bill

By DownsizeDC.org DownsizeDC.org joined 54 activist groups, activists, and experts in sending a letter to each Senator in opposition to the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.
Here is the letter…
April 20, 2015
Dear Senator:We the undersigned civil society organizations, security experts, and academics write to urge opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA, S. 754)[1] when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. CISA would seriously threaten privacy and civil liberties, and could undermine cybersecurity, rather than enhance it.
CISA would significantly increase the National Security Agency’s (NSA) access to personal information, and authorize the federal government to use that information …read more

Source:: https://downsizedc.org/blog/opposing-the-senates-cybersecurity-bill

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U.S. Supreme Court Had Two Election Law Cases at its April 24 Conference

By Richard Winger On Friday, April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether or not to hear two election law cases. One is Citizen Center v Colorado Secretary of State, 14-998, over whether the U.S. Constitution protects secrecy in voting. Citizen Center had sued the Secretary of State, and six county election officials, in 2012 because the ballot-counting equipment theoretically could have let election officials see how particular voters voted. The U.S. District Court said there is no protection for secrecy in the U.S. Constitution. On appeal, the Tenth Circuit said the election officials had mostly fixed the problem …read more

Source:: http://ballot-access.org/2015/04/24/u-s-supreme-court-had-two-election-law-cases-at-its-april-24-conference/

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Dashcam Video Shows Cops Lied About Why they Shot Unarmed Man, Leaving Him Paralyzed

By The Free Thought Project An unarmed black man paralyzed by a Florida sheriff’s deputy is suing the police department over the shooting. Newly released dash-cam footage of the incident appears to back up the victim’s claim that the officer lied about how events unfolded.

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Dontrell Stephens, who was 20 in September 2013, was talking on a cell phone while riding his bike through West Palm Beach, Florida. His actions were captured on the dash-cam of Deputy Adams Lin’s patrol car. Lin is a member of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
Stephens was shot in the left hand, twice in the elbow and once in the chest, …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dashcam-video-shows-cops-lied-shot-unarmed-man-leaving-paralyzed/

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Police Cadet Turns in Cop for Turning Body Cam Off Just Before Pummeling his Victim

By Matt Agorist Albuquerque, NM — One of Albuquerque’s finest was arrested Friday afternoon after he was caught turning his body camera off to beat a man during a service call.
Officer Cedric Greer, 24, was arrested by New Mexico State Police after video evidence showed him turn his lapel cam off just before beating a man, then turning it back on afterward. According to the report, the video shows his finger reaching for the camera to turn it off.
Witnesses to the assault say that Greer acted without being provoked and that the victim complied with all orders both before and after the attack.
State …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-cadet-turns-cop-turning-body-cam-pummeling-victim/

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Alabama Ballot Access Bill Set for a Senate Vote, Week of April 27-May 1

By Richard Winger Alabama SB 221 is likely to receive a vote on the Senate floor during the week of April 27-May 1. Bills that have passed committee and are awaiting a Senate vote “stand in line”, and SB 221 is now number nine in the list. The Alabama Senate usually holds floor sessions on two days a week, and it is not possible to know which two days that will be in the coming week. SB 221 lowers the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties and non-presidential independents from 3% of the last gubernatorial vote, to 1.5%. It …read more

Source:: http://ballot-access.org/2015/04/25/alabama-ballot-access-bill-set-for-a-senate-vote-during-week-of-april-27-may-1/

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Tips for Launching a Bitcoin App Built with Coinbase

By Nick Tomaino We’ve seen a number of Bitcoin applications launch over the past few months and have noticed some things that work well to drive new users. Here’s some tips for launching a Bitcoin app built with Coinbase:

Use Coinbase Connect, our OAuth2 protocol that makes it easy for millions of bitcoin wallet holders to send, receive, buy, sell and securely store bitcoin within your app

Submit your app to the Coinbase App Gallery
1.) Login to Coinbase account and go to >Settings>API Access: …read more

Source:: http://blog.coinbase.com/2015/04/23/tips-for-launching-a-bitcoin-app-built-with-coinbase/

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Washington Post Op-Ed Severely Criticizes Petition-Checking Process in Virginia Primaries

By Richard Winger Norman Leahy and Paul Goldman have this op-ed in the Washington Post, criticizing the exclusion of Joseph Morrissey from the Democratic primary ballot this year for State Senate. The op-ed makes it clear that he is being kept off the ballot under the theory that he doesn’t have enough valid signatures, when he really does have enough valid signatures. …read more

Source:: http://ballot-access.org/2015/04/23/washington-post-op-ed-severely-criticizes-petition-checking-process-in-virginia-primaries/

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United Independent Party Massachusetts Registration Drive is 5% Complete

By Richard Winger The United Independent Party is ballot-qualified in Massachusetts. However, since it doesn’t expect to run a presidential candidate in 2016, and because President is the only statewide office on the ballot in 2016 in Massachusetts, the party will lose its qualified status in November 2016 unless it has registration membership of 1% of the number of registered voters.
According to this story, the party has 2,300 registered members, and needs about 43,000 by November 2016. The party’s registration drive began in December 2014. …read more

Source:: http://ballot-access.org/2015/04/23/united-independent-party-massachusetts-registration-drive-is-5-complete/

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Mitch McConnell wants to invade your privacy for 5 more years

By DownsizeDC.org We provide a SHOCKING detail about the effectiveness of the Patriot Act, in the letter below.

A Patriot Act provision that authorizes warrantless bulk surveillance EXPIRES June 1.
If you want it dead and gone forever, tell Congress through DownsizeDC.org’s Surveillance State Repeal Act campaign.

You may copy or edit this letter that I sent…
Edward Snowden shocked America when he revealed extensive spying on the American people, authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Mitch McConnell, however, sees NOTHING wrong with 215. He’s by-passing the committee process to ram through a bill extending the Patriot Act for …read more

Source:: https://downsizedc.org/blog/mitch-mcconnell-wants-to-invade-your-privacy-for-5-more-years

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Enough with the Victimless Crime: Bill Would Allow People On Probation And Parole To Use Marijuana

By John Vibes Annapolis, Maryland – A bill that would allow people on parole and probation to use marijuana recently passed in Maryland’s House of Delegates. It will now head to Senate for another vote. The proposed bill comes a year after the state voted to decriminalize marijuana possession, but only up to 10 grams, larger amounts still carry potential prison sentences.
As with many states across the country, politicians in Maryland have been hesitant to fully end marijuana prohibition. However, they are slowly allowing bills to slip through that slightly lessen the legal penalties relating to marijuana use and possession.
According to Delegate David …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/bill-people-probation-parole-marijuana/

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Four Swedish Cops on Vacation in New York Just Showed Americans What REAL Policing Looks Like

By Cassandra Fairbanks New York, NY– Four Swedish police officers vacationing in New York City were on the subway on Wednesday when a fight broke out. The train operator asked if there were any police riding who could help with the situation. The Scandinavian patrolmen were very soothing and non-aggressive as they de-escalated the situation instead of escalating it, the way we have seen so often from our own men and women in blue.

The officers were on their way to see a performance of Les Misérables when the train operator frantically asked for assistance. “Are there any police officers on the …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/watch-swedish-police-show-nypd/

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Nevada Senate Passes Bill for Later Petition Deadlines for Newly-Qualifying Parties and Independent Candidates

By Richard Winger On April 21, the Nevada Senate passed SB 499 unanimously. It moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and moves the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates from February to June. …read more

Source:: http://ballot-access.org/2015/04/22/nevada-senate-passes-bill-for-later-petition-deadlines-for-newly-qualifying-parties-and-independent-candidates/

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Colorado Bill to Let Independents Vote in Party Primaries Without Joining Those Parties

By Richard Winger Colorado Representative Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) has introduced HB 1354. Currently, Colorado lets independents vote in party primaries if the independent joins one of the parties on primary day. The bill would allow independent voters to vote in major party primaries without joining any party.
The bill provides that a special primary ballot, containing the names of all primary candidates, would be prepared just for independent voters. An independent voter choosing that ballot could only vote for one candidate per office, but would be free to choose a Democrat for one office or a Republican for another office.
Major …read more

Source:: http://ballot-access.org/2015/04/22/colorado-bill-to-let-independents-vote-in-party-primaries-without-joining-those-parties/

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