Daily Topics - Wednesday September 15th, 2010

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Quote of the Day: It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. — Benjamin Franklin

Hour Two: Can the GOP sink any lower than Carl Paladino and Christine O'Donnell? Thom has a rumble with Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute www.businessandmedia.org; And, do Americans really want to lose their social security and unemployment benefits?; Plus, Democracy for America and Ann McLane Kuster's win in New Hampshire - Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America will be here www.democracyforamerica.com

Hour Two: Voting machines...is the beating heart of American democracy at risk? Lawrence Norden, Senior Counsel and Director of the Brennan Center's Voting Technology Project will be here www.brennancenter.org 

Hour Three: Who killed the American economy worse...Reagan, the Bushes or Bill Clinton?" - Robert Scheer, Editor in Chief of Truthdig, talks to Thom about his new book www.truthdig.com

shawnt56's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


Yes, don't underestimate the "crazy" teaparty opponents! Remember Massachusetts?And the other "surprise" state? Let's not let that happen again!

solsen's picture
May. 4, 2010 3:43 pm

Great point! Shannon. Plus - they are receiving major funds through donations and through Citzen's United to help with their reinvention....for "appearing" more mainstream for the general election....

louisehartmann's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

This is a comment about voting in NY State. I've been an election inspector in Uptate NY for several years. Our county (Schuyler) participated in the so-called pilot program for the new voting machines, so this election was the third one run on it. There were problems, just as there were with the old lever machines, but our board of elections has been very good about asking for poll worker suggestions on improving the process and things are moving along very well now.There were some minor problems with feeding the ballots in the machine, but those were quickly resolved. And poll workers, eager to help, always have to remind themselves and each other not breach privacy in the effort to help with casting the vote.

NY City decided not to do a pilot, but roll out the new system all over the city all at once, thus loosing the chance of testing their process and procedures and getting poll worker input on a small sub set. No wonder there were problems. But they will learn for the general election, and will learn even more by next year.

Larry Norden's comments were very to the point. Good training, not just of poll workers but also of county machine technicians is vital. And a big process like this requires some time for the experience level of all involved to ramp up. We in our little county are close to it. NY City and the other counties that did not participate in the pilot program will get there, too.

One correction on Thoms comment that they sysstems are owned and run by the corporations. In NY State, the machines are owned by the counties, tested, maintained and trouble shot by local technicians, not the companies. There are other states, such as Pennzylvania, where the companies send their own technicians to do testing and maintenance. Not so in NY, where an active and proactive election integrity movemeant has made sure that the systems are NOT owned by the corporations.

Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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