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October 22, 2003

Republican victory trick #49385303: if you think that newly registered voters might vote against you, try to have their registration revoked.

Yes, in Troy, NY, close to 300 college students registered to vote in the week leading up to their local city council elections. Fearing that these students might vote Democrat and not Republican,

Republicans Art Judge, Robert Armet and Cathryne Collington said the college students are temporary residents of tax-exempt dorms, and they might challenge the enrollments.

"I think it's a little unusual," said Collington, who faces Democrat Bill Dunne in District 4. "They only stay here nine months out of the year. Most of them are not going to stay here. I think we should at least see if they are eligible to vote."

Yes, because they only live in the area 75% of the year for the four years that they are enrolled in school, they should not be allowed to vote there.

I could sit here and mock her logic, but she's not trying to make a reasonable argument. She's trying to win, logic and democracy be damned. It's like comedian Bill Maher said lately, "I'm beginning to think that Republicans will do anything to win an election -- except get the most votes."

[Thanks to August]

Posted by Jake at 09:45 AM | TrackBack (0)

Residency is a tricky legal issue, the legal tricks of which vary from state to state. But so far as I know, college students are allowed to register where they go to school so long as they do not also register and try to vote at home.
In other words, it's less about WHERE you vote than that you vote once and only once, per election.

Posted by: Lex at October 22, 2003 06:08 AM

many of those students are most likely in or were in the Military. If you frame the issue of Republican judges taking votes away from military people, how would it sound?

Military votes are only wanted by Republican in Florida 2000, it seems

Posted by: ted at October 23, 2003 04:25 AM

On a WRPI radio show a really earnest sounding young man mobilizing folks to get students registered sounded like the residency issue was clear at the time...One would list the last place they were registered so there would be no "double dipping" and the registrar of voters would do the rest...
You can tune WRPI in on the net, it is a really hot music station with a very diverse roster of DJ's as well as airing a variety of progressive political shows in the daytime.

Posted by: m at October 23, 2003 09:38 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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