Lessons learned from the Barrett Brown case

The prosecution of Barrett Brown, which seemed to go under the radar of the mainstream media, is one of the most important cases of my lifetime, and has taught us several important things.

There is no Freedom of the Press:
Barrett Brown is an investigative journalist and had been a contributor to Vanity Fair and The Guardian. He also founded Project PM, a project to crowdsource review of documents for investigative journalism. Continue reading

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Missouri Democratic State Legislator Becomes an Independent

By Richard Winger On January 26, Democratic State Representative Keith English, who represents Missouri’s 68th district, said he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent. See this story. At the November 2014 election, English was re-elected as a Democrat with 6,758 votes. His only opponent, Republican Becky Sharma, received 3,435. Thanks to Michael for the link. …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/missouri-democratic-state-legislator-becomes-an-independent/

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Illinois Bill to Move Primary, and Presidential Primary, from March to June

By Richard Winger Illinois Representative Scott Drury (D-Highwood) has introduced HB 193. It would move the Illinois primary (including the presidential primary) from March to the 4th Tuesday in June. Illinois and Texas are the only states in the nation in which non-presidential primaries are earlier than April. If the Illinois bill were to pass, there would be(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/illinois-bill-to-move-primary-and-presidential-primary-from-march-to-june/

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George F. Will Column on Possible Independent Run by Bernie Sanders

By Richard Winger George F. Will has this column about U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and the possibility that he will run for president outside the two major parties. Will says Sanders has said he might have trouble getting on ballots, and then chides Sanders, saying George Wallace got on in 1968 in all states even though Wallace had(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/george-f-will-column-on-possible-independent-run-by-bernie-sanders/

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Police State USA: Justice Department Working on Database to Track Drivers in Real Time

By Matt Agorist The US Justice Department has been covertly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about American motorists for a national database, The Wall Street Journal reported. The database can track the movements of vehicles across the country.
Government documents, as well as former and current government officials, confirmed to the Journalthat the license plate-tracking program was initially used by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to seize cars, money, and other assets associated with drug trafficking. Use of the database has grown, however, to include hunting for vehicles linked to other possible crimes, including kidnapping, killings, and rape.
Additionally, state and local …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-state-usa-justice-department-working-database-track-drivers-real-time/

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Wrongfully Arrested Musician Suing NYPD, Vows to Give Any Money Won Back to Community

By Cassandra Rules New York, NY– In the early morning of October 18th, musician Andrew Kalleen was assaulted and arrested by the NYPD for simply playing a song, even after the officer read the law out loud and verified Kalleen was not breaking any laws.

In the video, which quickly went viral, Kalleen cites the exact law the officer needs to look up to prove he was well within his rights. Kalleen has become well versed with this law, as he informed us that this is at least the 6th time he has been asked to stop. The officer reads the law …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wrongfully-arrested-subway-musician-filing-lawsuit-nypd/

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U.S. Supreme Court Again Asked to Rule on Whether States Must Check Presidential Candidate Eligibility Before Putting Them on Ballots

By Richard Winger On January 13, 2015, two individuals who had previously run for President filed a petition for cert with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to rule that California election officials have a constitutional duty to investigate the constitutional qualifications of presidential candidates before listing them on the ballot. The two individuals who filed the(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/u-s-supreme-court-again-asked-to-rule-on-whether-states-must-check-presidential-candidate-eligibility-before-putting-them-on-ballots/

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New Hampshire Bill to Restore Straight-Ticket Device

By Richard Winger Eight Republican New Hampshire legislators have introduced HB 185, to restore the straight-ticket device. New Hampshire eliminated it in 2007, after Democrats won control of the legislature in 2006. The general argument in favor of straight-ticket devices is that many voters are too uninterested to finish filling out their ballot, so they leave the offices(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/new-hampshire-bill-to-restore-straight-ticket-device-2/

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Man Faces Jail After Not Paying Child Support For a Child He’s Proven is Not His

By John Vibes Detroit, Michigan – A man named Carnell Alexander from Detroit is facing jail time because he didn’t pay child support for a child that isn’t his.
According to news outlet WXYZ, Alexander has DNA tests which prove that he is not the parent of the child. However, since the mother filled out his name on welfare paperwork, the state says that he is the father of the child in their records and that he owes $30,000 in back child support.
“I’m almost homeless. I’m almost in jail. I am out of work, my money is being threatened to be taken. We can …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/man-faces-jail-paying-child-support-child/

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Coinbase Launches First Regulated Bitcoin Exchange in the U.S.

We’re happy to announce Coinbase Exchange, the first regulated bitcoin exchange based in the U.S. With this launch our goal is to bring increased stability to the bitcoin ecosystem.

Coinbase Exchange provides a reliable and secure platform for bitcoin trading that is backed by investors such as the New York Stock Exchange. If you are a Coinbase user in one of the 24 supported U.S. states or territories you can begin trading immediately on Coinbase Exchange. There will be no trading fees through March 30th, after which we will move to a maker-taker model. If you don’t already have a Coinbase …read more

Source:: http://blog.coinbase.com/post/109202118547

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Man Honks Horn at Cops Because they’re Blocking a Driveway, So they Brutally Beat Him

By Cassandra Rules Rialto, CA– Rialto, California, has become the poster child for those who believe body cameras will make a difference after a CNN report in 2013 raved about how the department had seen a 60% reduction in use of force instances and an 88% reduction in officer complaints since implementing the devices.
It seems to be impossible to even have a conversation about the police accountability without “Rialto” being mentioned at least once.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, Rialto police are seen repeatedly tasering a man on the ground, and viciously beating him with an asp, as the woman filming the attack …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/rialto-city-successful-body-cameras-strikes/

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Iowa Bill to Abolish Straight-Ticket Device

By Richard Winger Iowa Representative Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) has introduced HF 4, which would abolish the straight-ticket device. …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/iowa-bill-to-abolish-straight-ticket-device/

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New Hampshire Ballot Access Bill

By Richard Winger New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson (R-Seabrook) has introduced a bill to lower the number of signatures for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. Current law requires 3,000 signatures for statewide office. The bill would convert petitions for all office to one-tenth of 1% of the population. For statewide candidates, the requirement during this(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2015/01/new-hampshire-ballot-access-bill/

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