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7/25/2011 8:02:00 AM
Republican election tactics questioned by reader

To the Editor:

Mr. Moore's thinly disguised opinion piece "Big Labor pours money into recalls ..." (This time he doesn't even bother calling it a "News Analysis") should not be appearing on The Lakeland Times' front page, but should be consigned to where it really belongs - on the editorial pages of this newspaper.

First off, while I trust the Wisconsin GAB finance reports as a source, I don't hold Media Trackers data in the same regard. On its website it states it is a "... an online site dedicated to providing readers conservative research and news ..."

Second, Mr. Moore makes much ado about We Are Wisconsin channeling millions in cash to support the Democrats, but nary a peep about the Club for Growth or Americans for Prosperity funneling in millions for the Republicans. And as he points out, other groups, mostly unions have contributed $1.2 million, but again nothing is said about the big corporate donations to the Republicans.

What he should concern himself with is the running of fake Democratic candidates in six of the recall elections to force a primary, thus delaying the recall elections hoping to confuse and disenfranchise voters.

As proof, according to the GAB, each of the six pseudo-Democrats has $750 in their campaign war chest. Just about enough for coffee and a roll at the local town hall. He also doesn't mention Bob Lussow the phony candidate running against Kim Simac in the Republican Primary. With $350 in his war chest he doesn't stand a chance, but this again delays the recall election against Holperin and gives Simac some name recognition. These political tactics can be passed off as just a means to an end, but the primary elections cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Note: Wisconsin Statute 12.05 makes it illegal to falsify or mislead an electorate. No person may knowingly make or publish, or cause to be made or published, a false representation pertaining to a candidate or referendum which is intended or tends to affect voting at an election.

However, all of the above is just tit for tat. The unease I have is that the opportunistic Tea Party activist Kim Simac is being considered as a viable candidate.

This is a person with no government experience, whose sole platform is the recall of Jim Holperin because he left the state during the rancorous Senate debate this spring to prevent a quorum on the budget bill.

Well, in Illinois, in 1840, the Whigs determined to prevent a quorum, so that the House could not concur in the resolution of adjournment thus preventing a vote on the State Bank. The Whigs tried to leave the capitol building before the vote, but the doors were locked. That's when Abraham Lincoln made his move. He headed for the second story, opened a window and jumped to the ground! Obviously, if Kim Simac had her way she would have forced a recall of Lincoln.  

On other issues, Simac said she supports reducing regulations which stifle business growth and is for term limits. Wait a minute! Isn't reducing regulations the reason we are in this financial mess and I don't remember Kim signing a pledge to be a one-term senator? Or will she just conveniently forget about term limits if she gets in.

I also wonder when she will find the time to attend to the duties of a senator when she couldn't even attend the recent debate because "she had pressing business running her riding academy."

And while I don't condemn a person who is divorced and since remarried I feel that the family values she espouses come into question. Also, I don't like being lectured on financial responsibility by a person who failed to pay their 2010 real estate taxes on time (as of 5/25) with the account being considered delinquent and what is with the number of lawsuits filed against Kimberly Jo Simac (or Kimberly Jo Maillette}?

Finally, she has blasted Holperin's vote against voter ID legislation, which in most cases will require a state-sanctioned photo identification card to vote, echoing the Republican Party line of rampant voter fraud. On the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) website there is a "Voter ID Act" link that is almost an exact copy of the bill passed by Walker.

ALEC, it appears, is a murky legislative body that drafts right-wing "model bills" that Republicans across the 50 states can implement to gut progressive programs. To become a member is by invitation only and outside of a few token Democrats it is comprised almost exclusively by Republican legislators.

Well, as for "alleged voter fraud" - Republican attorney general Van Hollen had made prosecuting so-called voter fraud one of his top priorities. Yet, after a two year investigation into the 2008 election, Van Hollen found 11 potentially improper ballots out of nearly 3 million total votes cast. Of those, eight involved felons who voted while out in the community on probation or parole, a situation that voter ID would not catch. That leaves three potentially bad votes out of 3,000,000 votes. Voter ID was a solution in search of a problem.

Republicans distract the public with bogus voter fraud while they engage in real voter suppression of thousands by "caging." Time and again they have flaunted the restrictions of a 1982 Federal Consent decree and that is why it was renewed again in 2009 for another eight years prohibiting the RNC from engaging in voter suppression and intimidation tactics conducted under the guise of "ballot security." This decree prohibits them from engaging in so-called "ballot-security" measures, such as sending direct mail to voters for the purposes of compiling challenge lists - a practice known as "voter caging" that has historically been used to deter thousands of Americans (largely low-income and minority citizens) from voting.

The RNC work-around is the ALEC voter ID Act. To see how pervasive and persistent the GOP is in its determination to win elections by disenfranchising voters check out the following websites:

• http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/dnc_v_rnc_consent_decree/ and

• http://www.projectvote.org/newsreleases/431-new-project-vote-media-memo-assessing-gops-record-of-voter-caging-and-other-so-called-qballot-securityq-measures.html

How about a News Analysis on caging Mr. Moore?

John Kocovsky


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