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  • TURN BACK THE CLOCK: How Mary Landrieu Won 'The Big Sleazy' Senate Runoff of 1996

    11/15/2014 5:43:12 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Revive America ^ | 11-15-14 | Bob Adams
    Do you remember the Louisiana Senate runoff election of December 1996? Conservative Woody Jenkins sure does. He was the Republican Senate candidate who got mugged out of a Senate seat by Mary Landrieu. Flashback to 18 years ago — reporting in the December 23, 1996, and February 10, 1997, issues of National Review — Rich Lowry tells the story of how Mary Landrieu won ‘The Big Sleazy’ Senate runoff election of 1996. Now just 2 1/2 weeks away from the the 2014 Louisiana Senate runoff, Lowry’s investigative reports from nearly two decades ago are a sober reminder of what can...
  • Vote probe aimed at 419 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis (DFL voter fraud)

    07/01/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | July 1, 2014 | Eric Roper and Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters. State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008. No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although it’s unclear...
  • Election-Day Registration Lawsuit: Seeking Provisional Ballots(MN)

    06/10/2014 7:35:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Minnesota Voters Alliance ^ | 6-10-14 | Andrew E. Cilek
    As you know, we are committed to overturning Minnesota election law that enables ineligible individuals to vote in two ways: by not determining the eligibility of election-day registrants before counting their votes, and by accepting the statements of individuals that they are eligible even when the state has records showing they are not, such as non-citizens and felons. We have spent considerable time with our attorneys refining the arguments that connect the precise text of the Minnesota Constitution (“[Ineligible] persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state.”) to the statutes that in fact...
  • Wisconsin appeals ruling striking down voter ID law

    05/13/2014 5:14:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    MADISON, Wis. -- State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Monday appealed a two-week-old decision striking down Wisconsin's voter ID law. Van Hollen had promised an appeal as soon as U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee blocked the voter ID law for violating the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act. Monday's filing puts the case before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Van Hollen also asked Adelman to suspend his ruling while the appeal proceeds, saying his decision was too broad. In his ruling, Adelman expressed skepticism that any voter ID law could pass court muster...
  • Virginia Democrats fight purge of voter rolls ordered weeks before election

    10/14/2013 2:52:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    Election officials across Virginia are grappling with how to follow through with a directive from the State Board of Elections to purge up to 57,000 registered voters from the state rolls — a move that has prompted a lawsuit from the Democratic Party of Virginia and outright defiance by at least one registrar. The state, working this year for the first time as part of a multistate program intended to validate voters, says it is required by law to conduct maintenance on voter lists and is not canceling voters but directing local registrars to review registrants carefully. The program provides...
  • Arizona and Kansas sue U.S. to force tough voter ID rules

    08/21/2013 3:00:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2013 | By David Schwartz
    Kansas and Arizona filed a lawsuit against the U.S. federal government on Wednesday seeking court approval to require proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Topeka, Kansas, by the two Republican-led states accuses an agency of President Barack Obama's Democratic administration of preventing them from enforcing state laws aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from voting.
  • Is Minnesota, or is it not, required to confirm voter eligibility?

    02/26/2013 7:31:58 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-23-13 | andy cilek
    There is a problem with Election Day registrations: the people registering are not checked for eligibility before their votes are counted. That is why the Minnesota Voters Alliance and other plaintiffs are before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that Minnesota must confirm the eligibility of all voters before counting their ballots. That includes the more than 500,000 who register on Election Day in presidential-election years. Our lawsuit is based on the plain text of Article VII, Section 1 of the Minnesota Constitution, which says, "The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election...
  • Allen West Recount Update: 7 Registered Voters And 900 Ballots Cast Voter Fraud Alert!!!

    11/18/2012 4:05:03 PM PST · by lowbridge · 103 replies
    http://www.theminorityreportblog.com ^ | november 18, 2012 | steve foley
    West’s campaign, though, is calling for an emergency hearing over “concerns” raised during the recount process, including results showing that 900 votes were cast in precinct 93, where there are only seven voters registered. “As usual, Murphy’s people are full of garbage,” West campaign manager Tim Edson told the Post. “This is something the secretary of state and governor will have to sort out.”
  • Allen West Camp to Contest ‘Suspect Result’ on 'Behalf of all Voters in District 18’

    11/18/2012 2:31:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 58 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 11-18-2012 | Jim Turner
    November 18, 2012 Allen West Camp to Contest ‘Suspect Result’ on 'Behalf of all Voters in District 18’ By: JIM TURNER As St. Lucie County has reportedly missed the noon Sunday deadline to certify new numbers after a weekend recount of the first five days of early voting, the campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Allen West says more questions have arisen about how the election was conducted. “Today’s actions cast an even greater cloud of suspicion over the results of St. Lucie County than existed before,” Tim Edson, the campaign manager for the Palm Beach Gardens Republican, stated in a...
  • absentee-ballot broker arrested; state attorney recuses herself from ongoing case

    08/03/2012 12:01:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 3, 2012 | Patricia Mazzei, Daniel Chang, Charles Rabin and Christina Veiga
    A Hialeah boletera at the center of a weeklong absentee-ballot investigation that muddied the Miami-Dade mayor’s race was arrested Thursday after police say she fraudulently obtained an absentee ballot from a terminally ill woman in a nursing home. Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 56, was charged with absentee-ballot fraud, a third-degree felony, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters. Investigators say Cabrera illegally collected at least 31 absentee ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election. Hours after her office made the arrest, Miami-Dade...
  • Morning Bell: Justice Department Blocks Voter ID at Every Turn

    07/27/2012 10:53:45 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    The Foundry/Heritage Foundation ^ | July 27, 2012 at 9:19 am | Amy Payne
    People seemingly voting after they’ve been dead for years. Drug kingpins buying votes from poor people to sway elections. Non-citizens being bussed to the polls and coached on how to vote. Stories of voting fraud are shocking, and states have been taking action to make sure that elections are secure. But the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, has blocked states at almost every turn. This is the same Justice Department that stopped a non-partisan election reform by arguing that if party affiliation were removed from a ballot, African-American voters wouldn’t be able to identify and vote for...
  • State worker accused of drivers license, Social Security fraud (MN SOS's office)

    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - One day after the FOX 9 Investigators reported that as many as 24,000 Minnesota drivers licenses may be frauds, a state employee working in Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's department appeared in court to face charges that she fraudulently obtained a drivers license and housing assistance. A federal indictment was unsealed on Monday, revealing that a 53-year-old Woodbury woman who works as an administrative assistant in the Secretary of State's Office has been accused of using an alternate identity to receive more than $18,000 in low-income housing help from the United States Department of Housing and Urban...
  • Longstanding Court Precedent Clearly Supports Putting Voter ID on the Ballot

    06/19/2012 7:55:00 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 6-18-12 | Peter J. Nelson
    In their petition challenging the Voter ID ballot question, the petitioners make three main arguments, which are all easily overcome. First, they argue that “[t]he ballot question is unconstitutionally misleading because it states the amendment would require photo identification from ‘all voters,’ when the amendment actually states photo identification is required from those who vote ‘in person.’”[11] There is nothing misleading about “all voters.” Based on the text of the amendment, “all voters voting in person” will need to present photographic identification and those not voting in person will, at the very least, “be subject to a substantially equivalent identity”...
  • Hillborough officials push back against voter rolls purge

    06/01/2012 4:10:08 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 23 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 5/31/2012 | William March
    County elections supervisors raised red flags, and then federal authorities weighed in Thursday to demand the state of Florida halt its ongoing push to remove thousands of voters from the rolls. The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter contending Florida's efforts to identify people who are not U.S. citizens violates federal voting laws.
  • Holder to push against voter-ID laws

    12/13/2011 8:34:28 AM PST · by Justaham · 64 replies · 1+ views
    hotair.com ^ | 12-13-11 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will wade into the increasingly divisive national debate over new voting laws in several states that could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect the president in 2008. Â… With the presidential campaign heating up,Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will deliver a speech Tuesday expressing concerns about the voter-identification laws, along with a Texas redistricting plan before the Supreme Court that fails to take into account the stateÂ’s burgeoning Hispanic population, he said in an interview Monday. Holder will speak at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Libary and Museum in Austin, Tex.,...
  • Richfield man among 6 accused of illegal voting in Duluth, Iron Range

    08/18/2011 8:39:09 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies · 1+ views
    duluth news tribune ^ | 8-18-11 | Mark Stodghill
    Six people have recently been charged in St. Louis County with a felony crime that is rarely seen on a Northeastern Minnesota court docket: "Voting while ineligible." It's a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but a conviction most likely will result in a probationary sentence. Under Minnesota law, a person is ineligible to vote if their civil rights had not been restored after being convicted of treason, or any felony, or while under a guardianship in which a court order revoked the ward's right to vote, or if found by...
  • 'Welcome to Wisconsin, Jim Crow' (WI House passes Voter ID bill)

    05/12/2011 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Isthmus - The Daily ^ | May 12, 2011 | Emily Mills
    "......It was one of the most difficult things I've watched in a long while: Last night, the Assembly debated AB7, the Voter ID bill, for almost six hours before a final vote saw the measure pass, 60-35. Protestors watching the proceedings from the gallery erupted into angry shouts at the passage, and as one gentleman was escorted from the room, he summed up the feelings of many well – "Welcome to Wisconsin, Jim Crow!" This bill is, at its core, a rollback of the right to vote that impacts the most vulnerable and already disenfranchised populations in the state. It...
  • Recount unnecessary (in Prosser v. Kloppenburg)

    04/20/2011 9:23:08 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ^ | 4-20-2011 | Editorial
    Recount unnecessary EditorialApril 20, 2011JoAnne Kloppenburg certainly had the right to ask for a statewide recount on Wednesday. But we had hoped that she wouldn't - and the state would be better off if she hadn't. We understand the motivation. The final county-by-county canvassing of the state Supreme Court election revealed that Justice David Prosser won a narrow victory, a reflection of how polarizing the new governor and his policies have become. The heat generated by the controversy over those policies most likely spurred the significant turnout for a spring nonpartisan election and a 7,316-vote win for Prosser - less...
  • Wisconsin City Caught Destroying Ballots

    04/06/2011 1:44:56 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 216 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/6/11 | Thomas Ferdousi
    As if the situation in Wisconsin wasn't tense enough, it appears that one county in particular is going to a new extreme. This comes after word that there may have been voter fraud in the nonpartisan State Supreme Court election yesterday between incumbent David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg. For some reason one of the counties in the state is destroying ballots that 'were not counted' yesterday. Apparently this is a very bizarre and egregious move. There is now a call for an injunction to preserve the 'discarded' ballots: I have filed a Wisconsin Open records request with the City of...
  • Mark Ritchie's Communist Party Connection Exposed; Trevor Loudon's Mark Ritchie File 5

    11/30/2010 6:14:49 AM PST · by unspun · 18 replies
    Gulag Bound (New Zeal blog & other venues) ^ | November 30, 2010 | Trevor Loudon
    Mark Ritchie File 4 hereMinnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is regarded as a "non-party friend" by the Communist Party USA. So highly does the Communist Party regard Mr. Ritchie, that he has been allowed to attend an high level "not to be publicized" Party meeting in Minneapolis. Some of the Communist Party members at this meeting, later supported Ritchie in his Secretary of State election campaigns. One of them, labor leader Mark Froemke, went on to support two of Ritchie's Democratic - Farmer - Labor - Party colleagues - Al Franken and Mark Dayton in their respective election campaigns....
  • Dayton (D) lead less than a half point with 99% of pcts. in

    11/03/2010 3:33:27 AM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 38 replies · 2+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/3/2010 | By DENNIS J. McGRATH, RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and BAIRD HELGESON, Staff Writers
    The Minnesota governor's race is so close it has come to this: another recount appears almost certain. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, DFLer Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by less than one half of 1 percent -- 43.67% to 43.24%. For any race where the margin is less than one half of 1 percent, there is an automatic recount, as happened two years ago in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. "It looks like it's recount part II: And this time it's personal," said state Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton.
  • Voter Fraud Alleged In Crow Wing County (MN)

    11/02/2010 11:24:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/2/10 | AP
    Crow Wing County authorities are investigating an allegation of voter fraud in which the ballots of two mentally ill voters were filled out by their minders. The Brainerd Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Monty Jensen of Crow Wing Township filed a formal complaint on Monday about what he saw at the courthouse on Friday. Jensen says he saw what appeared to be staff members of a mental health facility fill out a client's ballot and tell another client who to vote for during absentee balloting.
  • ? Does anyone have any stats on what percentage of Dems commit voter fraud compared to Republicans.

    01/07/2010 10:34:53 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 25 replies · 984+ views
    1/7/10
    I remember Sean Hannity reporting on air at Fox News Hannity and Comes that it was near 80-90% of Democrats convicted during a past election. I have been searching for graphs or stats but cant find anything online. Please post. Thank you
  • Minn.'s Pawlenty orders review of state ACORN ties

    09/16/2009 5:20:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies · 1,900+ views
    WQOW ^ | 9/16/2009
    A left-leaning community organizing group says it has no contracts with Minnesota that would be impaired by Gov. Tim Pawlenty's directive to cut off state money. Pawlenty on Wednesday ordered a review and suspension of public contracts with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN. The potential 2012 presidential candidate says no state money would go to ACORN unless legally obligated. ACORN is under fire after a hidden-camera story alleging illegal activities by some of its workers. ACORN deputy political director Kevin Whelan says there are no present contracts that would be affected in Minnesota. Whelan...
  • Franken Declared Winner

    07/01/2009 7:07:41 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 68 replies · 2,587+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 7/1/2009 | Connie Hair
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get more farcical in our nation’s capitol, the Al Franken Circus heads to town. Franken was declared the winner yesterday of the long-contested Senate race by the Minnesota Supreme Court with a razor-thin margin of 312 votes out of over 2.9 million votes cast. Norm Coleman chose to bow out of the race rather than continue the contest taking the fight to the federal courts. It is estimated the two camps have spent more than $1.7 million in legal fees through March, the end of the last FEC reporting period. Rumors abound that Coleman...
  • MINNESOTA VOTE FRAUD: 2,812 Dead Voters

    06/04/2009 7:59:46 AM PDT · by james.richardson · 190 replies · 13,578+ views
    Redstate ^ | 6/04/09 | James Richardson
    A review of Minnesota’s statewide database of registered voters revealed at least 2,812 deceased individuals voted in last November’s general election, according to a new report by the “traditional values” advocacy group Minnesota Majority. After obtaining the list of voters who participated in November’s election, the group hired an independent firm who specializes in “death suppression” for direct mailing lists to review the data. The process, which involved matching names and addresses to state death records, bore troubling results. According to Minnesota statute 201.13, the commissioner of health is to report monthly the name, address, date of birth, and county...
  • Panel to declare Franken winner of Senate race

    01/04/2009 6:15:32 PM PST · by gondramB · 217 replies · 9,289+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday January 4, 2009 | Chris Welch
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) -- A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken has defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, state officials told CNN Sunday. The canvassing board on Monday will say a recount determined Franken won by 225 votes, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN. However, Coleman's campaign, which contends the recount should have included about 650 absentee ballots it says were improperly rejected in the initial count, has indicated it will challenge the certification. Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said his team believes the recount process was broken and that "the...
  • Disaster: With absentee ballots counted, Franken now leads by 225 votes

    01/03/2009 9:57:20 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 84 replies · 2,949+ views
    Hot Air ^ | January 03, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not surprising, but phenomenally discouraging. Norm Coleman’s term as a U.S. Senator ended at noon Washington time today, and by evening his hopes of winning a second term had been dealt an expected but serious setback as state officials counted previously rejected absentee ballots in St. Paul. Democrat Al Franken held an unofficial lead of 225 votes over Coleman, according to a newspaper tally of officials’ count of the absentee ballots. Franken had led unofficially by 49 votes going into the day and gained a net 176 votes from the new ballots…
  • Coulter: MINNESOTA BALLOTS: LAND OF TEN THOUSAND FAKES (Franken following Obama's ACORN example)

    12/10/2008 2:30:32 PM PST · by Syncro · 57 replies · 3,597+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | December 10, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    MINNESOTA BALLOTS: LAND OF TEN THOUSAND FAKESDecember 10, 2008 What is the point of having a hand recount of ballots in the Minnesota Senate race if the Democratic secretary of state is going to use the election night totals in precincts where it will benefit Democrat Al Franken? Either the hand recount produces a better, more accurate count, or there was no point to the state spending roughly $100,000 to conduct the hand recount in the first place. But that is exactly what the George Soros-supported secretary of state has agreed to do in the case of a Dinkytown precinct...
  • More uncounted ballots found in Minneapolis

    12/05/2008 10:04:26 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 38 replies · 1,845+ views
    More uncounted ballots found in Minneapolis by Curtis Gilbert, Minnesota Public Radio December 5, 2008 Minneapolis — Minneapolis election officials are still searching for 133 ballots that city officials believe to be missing, as they finish the recount in the U.S. Senate race. During their search this morning in a Minneapolis warehouse, they found a thin plastic bag that could contain uncounted overseas military ballots from another precinct. Minneapolis elections director Cindy Reichert says it's "clear the ballots were mishandled." The Secretary of State's office has asked counties to finish their recount of the Minnesota Senate race by today, although...
  • Air America Continues Ratings Slide

    07/28/2006 1:19:40 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 82 replies · 5,053+ views
    News Busters ^ | July 28, 2006 | Matthew Sheffield
    After being plugged relentlessly by the New York Times and other "objective" media outlets, the ratings for Air America continue to drop. Brian Maloney has the details: Like an ice cream cone left in the hot July sun, Air America Radio's ratings are melting in some key (read: liberal) regions of the country. Based on fresh ratings data released Thursday evening, the "progressive" radio network has lost strength in three cities where it had previously found the most listener support: Portland, Seattle and Denver. Representing the spring 2006 Arbitron reporting period, these results provide one of the two most important...
  • Air America losing altitude in New York

    08/10/2006 4:45:34 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 43 replies · 1,434+ views
    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The liberal radio network Air America is moving to a weaker AM signal in New York due to down ratings and shaky finances, the New York Post reported. The talk radio network failed to renew its two-year lease with the owners of WLIB (1190 AM), forcing left-wingers such as Al Franken to broadcast from WWRL (1600 AM) -- which has a weaker signal -- beginning Sept. 1, the newspaper said. "Air America" executives had previously run into trouble at WLIB after the station's owners -- Pierre Sutton and his father, former Manhattan Borough President...
  • Al Franken Getting Celebrity Support (for Senate run)

    07/29/2006 8:02:13 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 38 replies · 1,709+ views
    AP ^ | 7/29/06
    July 28, 2006 Al Franken Getting Celebrity Support By FREDERIC J. FROMMER ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - The list of contributors to comedian Al Franken's political action committee reads like a celebrity who's who: singer Barbra Streisand, writer-director Nora Ephron, actor-writer Larry David and actor Jimmy Smits. Franken, who hosts a radio show on the liberal Air America Radio network, is considering challenging Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in 2008. Franken moved his show from New York City to Minneapolis earlier this year, fueling speculation of a possible bid. His leadership PAC, Midwest Values PAC, raised $500,000, according to a review...
  • ANN COULTER to debate Al Franken at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on MONDAY (3/27)

    03/21/2006 8:16:06 PM PST · by RonDog · 214 replies · 14,145+ views
    From www.uj.edu: 2006 Public Lecture Series   Monday, January 30John Edwards & Newt Gingrich    Monday, February 27Colin Powell   Monday, March 27Al Franken & Ann Coulter   Monday, April 24George Stephanopoulos interviews Wesley Clark, Tom Ridge & Natan Sharansky   Tickets go on sale, Monday September 19, 2005 • Series Subscription: $225 • 310 440-12467:30pm at the Gibson Amphitheatre (formerly known as Universal Amphitheatre)
  • AT ANY COST -- Al Franken's Defenders Push Credibility Limits

    02/10/2006 11:56:19 PM PST · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 374+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | February 11th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    With their unending devotion to Al Franken, why have so-called "progressives" chosen to paint themselves into a corner? For their followers, why must he be portrayed as eternally perfect? While also not free of flaws, one sustaining quality in the conservative movement has been a willingness to cut loose damaging characters (even if sometimes a bit late). Though the right cherishes individualism above nearly all else, only occasionally does it get caught up in the cult of personality. For any political faction, why is that a mistake? Because it must successfully advance values and ideas, rather than promote imperfect people...
  • FRANKEN-PUSHY -- No Wonder Fluff Media Doesn't Challenge Him

    02/06/2006 10:26:20 PM PST · by chuckpez · 5 replies · 727+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | February 7th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Remember push polls? Emerging just before elections, they pretend to desire the opinions of voters. Then, to those foolish enough to remain on the telephone, they proceed to shove political propaganda right down unsuspecting throats. In a variation, Al Franken has introduced the art of "push interviews", where in theory he's there to be asked questions. Pity the reporter, though, who believes it's anything other than Al's latest manipulation: an overbearing effort to persuade the other party his very line of inquiry is wrong. If Franken had his facts straight, that would one thing.....................snip...........................
  • SILENT AL (Franken) No Response To Investigation, Socialist Gets Contribution

    02/02/2006 10:09:15 PM PST · by chuckpez · 6 replies · 478+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | February 3rd, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    While it may not seem easy to keep Al Franken quiet on virtually any subject, we may have found a way: on national television, expose his outrageous compensation demands and watch him instantly clam up. One week after our report appeared here and was discussed on the O'Reilly Factor, Franken, his fellow staffers and Air America Radio itself haven't said a word about it. Nor have nonstop FOX-bashers such as David Brock's Media Matters even mentioned our documented findings. Included were revelations Franken made an increasing series of demands of the liberal radio network, at the same time it was...
  • AIR AMERICA: THE SAGA CONTINUES (Al Franken Makes Outlandish Salary Demands)

    01/25/2006 1:50:20 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 82 replies · 5,878+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 25, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Last year, I was privileged to work with Brian Maloney of The Radio Equalizer on an ongoing blog investigative series about beleaguered Air America radio's finances. Brian has continued to dig and dig deep on the story. He has a new report here and will discuss it tonight on The O'Reilly Factor. Brian asks: "Did Al Franken's outrageous salary demands hamper Air America's ability to repay the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club in 2005?" Excerpt: During the same mid-to-late 2004 period when Air America parent Piquant LLC was quietly considering how to resolve the still-undisclosed scandal, Franken was demanding...
  • FRANKEN-SENSELESS - Plus: Ratings Claims Questioned

    01/19/2006 10:54:51 AM PST · by chuckpez · 7 replies · 545+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 19th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    From the Billings Outpost, here's an Al Franken quote to quite possibly top them all: Quote of the week “Right now, money is being stolen, and that is killing our soldiers. That makes me furious. I’m very sad about where my country is going, and I love my country.” - Author/comedian Al Franken, talking about the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority in a live Air America radio program broadcast last Friday in Missoula. Quote of the week? How about year, at least? ..............................snip...................
  • FOR THE ARTICLES - Franken Shows Playboy Sensitive, Considerate Side

    01/09/2006 7:57:46 PM PST · by chuckpez · 8 replies · 514+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 9th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Whether it's something in New York City's tap water or the moon's current phase, the Radio Equalizer isn't sure, but some kind of foot-in-mouth disease is afflicting its radio hosts. First, it was Don Imus over the weekend, who complained of cocaine dealers who were too slow to supply more drugs, back when he was an addict. What a grave injustice. Now, Al Franken sinks to his own fresh low in a new Playboy interview, according to the New York Daily News. Will feminists be able to remain silent this time? Rachel Maddow, are you paying attention? Get a load...
  • A BOUT OF FRANKENFLU? - New Year Brings Fresh Al Franken Puff Pieces

    01/08/2006 11:11:10 AM PST · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 353+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 8th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Sure enough, the holidays brought only a temporary reprieve from the mainstream media's strange and endless fascination with Al Franken, where fluffy coverage is routine. Isn't it more of an affliction for these reporters, like a Frankenflu? And what an especially astounding example of Frankenfluff we have today, coming from the Chicago Tribune's Nina Metz. Get a load of these brutal, probing questions on the contents of his soon-to-be-vacated New York City flat, from "The Truth (and a Joke) About Al Franken's Apartment": .......snip........
  • WILL, WILLIE, WHY? - Former Mayor Brown's Not Done Yet

    01/03/2006 11:44:33 AM PST · by chuckpez · 1 replies · 423+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 3rd, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Like a lingering, nasty winter cold, Willie Brown is one politician the Golden State just can't seem to shake. To remove the notorious former California State Assembly speaker from power, it took a constitutional rewrite that imposed legislative term limits. And after Democrats lost control of the chamber to the GOP in 1995, voters were dumbfounded when Brown outfoxed them, manipulating two Republican surrogates Manchurian-style to retain power. When those limits finally prevented Willie from any additional time in Sacramento, he promptly ran for mayor of San Francisco, serving two terms from 1996 to 2004. Even as many Californians saw...
  • After Action Report - Al Franken at Edina MN Barnes and Noble.

    12/04/2005 4:00:55 PM PST · by Fred Hayek · 17 replies · 1,541+ views
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    Al Franken was at the Edina Barnes and Noble today for a book signing/reading/Q&A for his latest book Truth. It pretty much amounted to the standard leftist Bush-bashing: no good happening in Iraq, there were no WMD's(wronng), no ties to Al-Queda (wrong), Bush has no interest in gradually handing over the mission to the Iraqis in order to make money for his Halliburton buddies, no interest in alt. energy sources/science/etc. Steady diatribe of "it's Bush's fault". Last part was going into the Stuart Smalley mode, calling Bush an alcoholic in denial and needing therapy. I did avoid barfing.
  • FRANKENVIRUS SPREADS - Essay Gets Top CBSNews.com Billing

    11/30/2005 12:39:19 AM PST · by chuckpez · 1 replies · 367+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 30th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    While there may have been just one especially outspoken supporter of Al Franken's embarrassing attempt at confronting US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last week, mainstream media liberals sure know how to make it count. Late Tuesday, CBSNews.com gave John Nichols of The Nation top billing for his "Al Franken V. Antonin Scalia" piece. While the site's opinion section does also feature conservative commentaries, they sure seemed happy to highlight this Op-Ed with a major headline and prominent real estate. Addressed previously here at the Radio Equalizer, this essay resembles a slowly-spreading virus, destined to undermine the truth in a...
  • BETTER LATE -- Hey, *Somebody* Had To Fix Franken's Scalia Mess

    11/28/2005 3:29:59 PM PST · by chuckpez · 2 replies · 453+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 28th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Whether the left was busy overdosing on Tofurkey, or protesting at shopping malls (we're certain they weren't with Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, nobody was), the Radio Equalizer isn't sure. They were very, very late to the Franken-Scalia party, however. After widespread New York City media criticism (previously covered here), along comes The Nation a week later, claiming Al Franken was actually right to confront US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Yes, we can read Al's mind: "Hey, where the #!%#&?! were you guys last week?" Why didn't more lefties race to Franken's rescue when this first broke? Did even they...
  • FRANKENFLUFF LIVES -- Pitfalls Of Endless Fawning Coverage, Cut Bush Slack?

    11/27/2005 10:00:48 PM PST · by chuckpez · 288+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 27th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Isn't nonstop fawning press coverage wonderful? Other than entrenched, well-connected liberals like Al Franken, of course, who exactly would have an idea of how that feels? For the Radio Equalizer, the toughest task is weeding through it, otherwise we'd cover nothing but Frankenfluff (a term we coined to describe the particular level of positive press Al routinely enjoys). Even this mainstream media lovefest can have pitfalls for unsuspecting recipients, however. Why? Because it eventually leads to carelessness and overconfidence. Particularly during recent television interviews, we've already seen that in Franken, who can't seem to understand why anyone wouldn't find the...
  • FRANKENWHO? - At NY Event, Al's Sobering Reality Check

    11/23/2005 12:02:57 PM PST · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 779+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 23rd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    So much for Al Franken's "A-List" celeb aspirations. In confronting US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a New York event Monday, Franken was exposed as insignificant. With this sobering reality check, perhaps Al will learn to stick to the Smalley routines. Don't take the Radio Equalizer's word for it, New York City newspapers are having a pre-Thanksgiving journalistic feast, thanks to our friend Al. According to the New York Daily News, Justice Scalia wasn't even familiar with Franken as the two sparred during outgoing Time honcho Norman Pearlstine's latest "Conversations On The Circle" event: ....
  • AIR AMERICA'S HARSHEST CRITICS? -- And: Denver Readers Resist Frankenfluff

    11/22/2005 3:10:22 PM PST · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 482+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 22nd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Especially from the "progressive" network's supporters, it's funny to see how carefully scrutinized our Air America coverage has routinely become. What's not mentioned, however, is how AAR's harshest critics are increasingly on the left. Originating with Marc Maron's on-air protests concerning his upcoming "Morning Sedition" removal, a deep liberal divide has recently begun to emerge concerning the network's future. Normally, a radio talk host marked for termination doesn't stick around for two months to complain about it. Nasty as it may seem, standard procedure is an instant programming schedule disappearing act......
  • RUSH FIGHTS BACK-- Plus: $33 For Franken's Book?

    11/22/2005 1:08:12 PM PST · by chuckpez · 7 replies · 467+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 22nd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Upon his return from a week in Mexico, a clearly irritated Rush Limbaugh lashed out Monday at liberal critics who accused him of seeking to make a profit from troops stationed in Iraq. He says the idea for his "adopt-a-soldier" Limbaugh subscription gift offer came from a listener. While he was away, however, lefty detractors were quick to compare his program to Air America's recent (and failing) "associates" campaign....
  • FRANKENFALL-- Al Off List, Limbaugh Syndicator Questions Talkers Survey

    11/10/2005 6:40:42 PM PST · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 444+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 10th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Ranking talk show hosts using differing methods, two lists are making big waves today. Al Franken can't possibly be happy with the just-released 2005 Lycos Top Radio Hosts list, where he fell all the way out of the top 20, after ranking 10th in 2004. Each year, Lycos ranks radio personalities based on Internet search enquiries. While that's certainly a novel approach to ranking popularity, it probably doesn't tell the whole story. Oddly, while Franken vanished, Air America co-conspirator Janeane Garofalo made this year's list, in 12th place.