Monday, September 15

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

Wisconsin State Journal - The state elections agency is investigating complaints about a massive campaign mailing Republican Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign has directed toward Wisconsin Democrats and other voters. Each mailing includes at least one copy of the state application for an absentee ballot that has the address of a local clerk and a box for postage printed on the other side. But in some cases, the incorrect clerk's address is printed on the application, leading some Democrats to wonder if the Arizona senator's campaign is deliberately trying to get them to apply for absentee ballots in places where they aren't eligible to vote. "They're trying to knock me off the rolls," said Democrat Beverly Jambois, of Middleton. "I can't tell you how upsetting it is to me. This is how you win elections? By disenfranchising other voters?" Her household received the flier this week addressed to her husband, Robert, a lawyer for the state Department of Transportation. The couple are registered to vote in Middleton, but the absentee ballot application was addressed to the city clerk's office in Madison. A McCain campaign spokeswoman said in a statement the mailing mistakes are "certainly not intentional" but she wouldn't answer questions. The statement also said the mailing went to "potential supporters across the spectrum.". . .

Wall Street Journal - The biggest project that Sarah Palin undertook as mayor was an indoor sports complex, where locals played hockey, soccer, and basketball, especially during the long, dark Alaskan winters. The only catch was that the city began building roads and installing utilities for the project before it had unchallenged title to the land. The misstep led to years of litigation and at least $1.3 million in extra costs for a small municipality with a small budget. What was to be Ms. Palin's legacy has turned into a financial mess that continues to plague Wasilla. . . Litigation resulting from the dispute over Ms. Palin's sports-complex project is still in the courts, with the land's former owner seeking hundreds of thousands of additional dollars from the city.

Fact Check - September 12, 2008: Palin says Alaska supplies 20 percent of U.S. energy. Not true. Not even close. Alaska did produce 14 percent of all the oil from U.S. wells last year, but that's a far cry from all the "energy" produced in the U.S. Alaska's share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And if by "supply" Palin meant all the energy consumed in the U.S., and not just produced here, then Alaska's production accounted for only 2.4 percent..

Sarah Palin's church is boosting a conference aimed at turning gays into heterosexuals. According to the Wasilla Bible Church bulletin, ""You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality.

Daily Kos notes that Rudolph Giuiliani attacked Obama's ability to lead, saying at the GOP convention, "He's never run a city, never run a state, never run a business." If it sounded familiar, it was. Here is what Giuliani said about McCain during the primaries: " [He] has never run a city, never run a state, never run a government. He has never been responsible as a mayor for the safety and security of millions of people."

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