Daily Archives: September 30, 2008

Can you wear an Obama shirt when you vote?


I have been receiving a few emails lately about whether or not individuals can wear Obama (or anyone esle’s) T-shirts when they go and vote.

 The answer is yes, you can wear anything you want as long as the person wearing the shirt, button, hat,etc… does not stop and campaign for the person who is represented on the shirt or item being worn. 
The person may be asked to take off or cover up said item by poll workers however, because there may be a 200 ft restriction of campaigning near a voting facility.  
There seems to be an issue with potential voter suppression down south and in black communities throughout the country, people are being told that if they wear such items they will be turned away and will not be allowed to vote.
The following is an example of one of the emails I received:
“Fringe groups on the left and right are tainting the election with false emails and texts, including some recent voting misinformation being sent to blacks in Charlotte and elsewhere.

The message, which has been appearing in email inboxes, on Facebook pages and in text messages, warns voters that they shouldn’t wear any Obama gear – hats, T-shirts, pins, etc.- to the polls on election day. Doing so is considered campaigning, the note says, and is against the law.

Said one message: It’s “a rule they’re counting on us (black people) not being aware of.”

Not so, says Terry Bott at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, where workers received about 50 calls on the issue yesterday.

“You can wear anything as long as you’re not stopping people and campaigning,” Bott said.

Bott also says the Board of Elections hadn’t received questions or complaints about any other misinformation schemes.”

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Can you wear an Obama shirt when you vote?


I have been receiving a few emails lately about whether or not individuals can wear Obama (or anyone esle’s) T-shirts when they go and vote.

 The answer is yes, you can wear anything you want as long as the person wearing the shirt, button, hat,etc… does not stop and campaign for the person who is represented on the shirt or item being worn. 
The person may be asked to take off or cover up said item by poll workers however, because there may be a 200 ft restriction of campaigning near a voting facility.  
There seems to be an issue with potential voter suppression down south and in black communities throughout the country, people are being told that if they wear such items they will be turned away and will not be allowed to vote.
The following is an example of one of the emails I received:
“Fringe groups on the left and right are tainting the election with false emails and texts, including some recent voting misinformation being sent to blacks in Charlotte and elsewhere.

The message, which has been appearing in email inboxes, on Facebook pages and in text messages, warns voters that they shouldn’t wear any Obama gear – hats, T-shirts, pins, etc.- to the polls on election day. Doing so is considered campaigning, the note says, and is against the law.

Said one message: It’s “a rule they’re counting on us (black people) not being aware of.”

Not so, says Terry Bott at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, where workers received about 50 calls on the issue yesterday.

“You can wear anything as long as you’re not stopping people and campaigning,” Bott said.

Bott also says the Board of Elections hadn’t received questions or complaints about any other misinformation schemes.”

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>Obama Holds Double Digit Lead in New Jersey

>A new SurveyUSA poll in New Jersey gives Sen. Barack Obama a ten point lead over Sen. John McCain, 52% to 42%.

Key findings: “Obama leads among most groups: men and women, young and old, well-educated and less-educated, rich and poor. Obama leads by double digits in North and South Jersey, and is effectively tied with McCain in Central Jersey.”

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Obama Holds Double Digit Lead in New Jersey

A new SurveyUSA poll in New Jersey gives Sen. Barack Obama a ten point lead over Sen. John McCain, 52% to 42%.

Key findings: “Obama leads among most groups: men and women, young and old, well-educated and less-educated, rich and poor. Obama leads by double digits in North and South Jersey, and is effectively tied with McCain in Central Jersey.”

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>Rudderless Republicans

>From MSNBC’s First Read

“So who runs the Republican Party? Apparently nobody. Perhaps the most startling political development was the amazing lack of leadership on the GOP side of the aisle. Let’s run down the list of Republican leaders who attempted to persuade skeptical House Republicans: President Bush, John McCain, Dick Cheney, and John Boehner… Bush’s leadership and trust issues within his party has been evidenced for quite some time, and the icing on the Bush legacy cake is that fact that he could only convince FOUR Texas House Republicans to support his bill.

“And then there’s John McCain, who last week decided to insert himself into the process and then (before the bailout failed) took credit for getting wavering House Republicans on board… Now McCain gets a double stomach punch: He’s stuck being seen as supportive of this bailout (which isn’t exactly popular with the conservative grassroots) and he gets to share in the blame for the defeat since he didn’t have enough political capital to get this done (By the way, not a single member of the Arizona GOP delegation voted for this bill). Watching the McCain campaign deal with this yesterday, one could sense that they were fearful that they were going to look inept and take an even deeper political wound than they sustained last week.”

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Rudderless Republicans

From MSNBC’s First Read

“So who runs the Republican Party? Apparently nobody. Perhaps the most startling political development was the amazing lack of leadership on the GOP side of the aisle. Let’s run down the list of Republican leaders who attempted to persuade skeptical House Republicans: President Bush, John McCain, Dick Cheney, and John Boehner… Bush’s leadership and trust issues within his party has been evidenced for quite some time, and the icing on the Bush legacy cake is that fact that he could only convince FOUR Texas House Republicans to support his bill.

“And then there’s John McCain, who last week decided to insert himself into the process and then (before the bailout failed) took credit for getting wavering House Republicans on board… Now McCain gets a double stomach punch: He’s stuck being seen as supportive of this bailout (which isn’t exactly popular with the conservative grassroots) and he gets to share in the blame for the defeat since he didn’t have enough political capital to get this done (By the way, not a single member of the Arizona GOP delegation voted for this bill). Watching the McCain campaign deal with this yesterday, one could sense that they were fearful that they were going to look inept and take an even deeper political wound than they sustained last week.”

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>The Bailout Defeat: A Political Credibility Crisis

>Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer notes that our political system might be just as bankrupt as our financial system. I

“Nearly every major political leader in America supported the $700 billion financial bailout bill. The President of the United States. The Vice President. The Treasury Secretary. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve. The Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Democratic and Republican nominees for president. The Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and the Senate. All of them said the same thing. Vote yes.”

“But a majority of those politicians anointed by the U.S. Constitution to reflect the will of the people voted no. This is a remarkable event, the culmination of a historic sense of betrayal that Americans have long felt for their representatives in Washington D.C. The nation’s credit crisis exposed Monday a much deeper and more fundamental problem — a political credibility crisis that now threatens to harm our nation further, should the markets freeze up and more companies begin to fail, as many experts predict.”…

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The Bailout Defeat: A Political Credibility Crisis

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer notes that our political system might be just as bankrupt as our financial system. I

“Nearly every major political leader in America supported the $700 billion financial bailout bill. The President of the United States. The Vice President. The Treasury Secretary. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve. The Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Democratic and Republican nominees for president. The Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and the Senate. All of them said the same thing. Vote yes.”

“But a majority of those politicians anointed by the U.S. Constitution to reflect the will of the people voted no. This is a remarkable event, the culmination of a historic sense of betrayal that Americans have long felt for their representatives in Washington D.C. The nation’s credit crisis exposed Monday a much deeper and more fundamental problem — a political credibility crisis that now threatens to harm our nation further, should the markets freeze up and more companies begin to fail, as many experts predict.”…

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>With bailout, McCain reaches dead end

>By STEVEN R. HURST-Associated Press Writer

Republican John McCain has maneuvered himself into a political dead end and has five weeks to find his way out.

Last Wednesday, McCain suspended his presidential campaign to insert himself into a $700 billion effort to rescue America’s crumbling financial structure. In so doing, he tied himself far more tightly to the bill than did his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama.

Then, as the bailout plan appeared ready for passage Monday in the House, McCain bragged that he was an action-oriented Teddy Roosevelt Republican who did not sit on the sidelines at a moment of crisis.

The implication: that he played a critical role in building bipartisan support for the unprecedented bailout.

“I went to Washington last week to make sure that the taxpayers of Ohio and across this great country were not left footing the bill for mistakes made on Wall Street and in Washington,” McCain said at a campaign rally in the swing state of Ohio.

Both he and Obama had insisted the plan originally proposed by the Bush administration be strengthened with greater oversight and regulation.

Within hours, however, the measure died in the House mainly at the hands of McCain’s own Republicans.

Initially, McCain went silent, choosing instead to send his chief economic adviser out with a statement that blamed Obama, claiming that the first-term Illinois senator had put his political ambitions ahead of the good of the country.

“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country,” McCain senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin said.

It wasn’t long, however, before McCain told reporters in Iowa: “Now is not the time to fix the blame, it’s time to fix the problem.”

All in all, McCain might have been better served by staying out of the mess and above the fray.

If the congressional impasse leads to a credit crisis, “it’s not going to be good for McCain,” veteran Republican consultant John Feehery said…

To read more click the headline

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With bailout, McCain reaches dead end

By STEVEN R. HURST-Associated Press Writer

Republican John McCain has maneuvered himself into a political dead end and has five weeks to find his way out.

Last Wednesday, McCain suspended his presidential campaign to insert himself into a $700 billion effort to rescue America’s crumbling financial structure. In so doing, he tied himself far more tightly to the bill than did his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama.

Then, as the bailout plan appeared ready for passage Monday in the House, McCain bragged that he was an action-oriented Teddy Roosevelt Republican who did not sit on the sidelines at a moment of crisis.

The implication: that he played a critical role in building bipartisan support for the unprecedented bailout.

“I went to Washington last week to make sure that the taxpayers of Ohio and across this great country were not left footing the bill for mistakes made on Wall Street and in Washington,” McCain said at a campaign rally in the swing state of Ohio.

Both he and Obama had insisted the plan originally proposed by the Bush administration be strengthened with greater oversight and regulation.

Within hours, however, the measure died in the House mainly at the hands of McCain’s own Republicans.

Initially, McCain went silent, choosing instead to send his chief economic adviser out with a statement that blamed Obama, claiming that the first-term Illinois senator had put his political ambitions ahead of the good of the country.

“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country,” McCain senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin said.

It wasn’t long, however, before McCain told reporters in Iowa: “Now is not the time to fix the blame, it’s time to fix the problem.”

All in all, McCain might have been better served by staying out of the mess and above the fray.

If the congressional impasse leads to a credit crisis, “it’s not going to be good for McCain,” veteran Republican consultant John Feehery said…

To read more click the headline

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