Two Philadelphia State Representatives Indicted On Bribery, Other Charges In Voting Against A Voter ID Law

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Two Democratic Pennsylvania state representatives who serve parts of Philadelphia were indicted on bribery charges Tuesday by the Philadelphia District Attorney after taking money and gifts in exchange for voting against voter identification legislation. The Pennsylvania Attorney General had previously dropped the charges.

State Reps. Ron Waters (D) and Vanessa Lowery Brown (D) were charged Tuesday with Criminal Conspiracy, Bribery in Official and Political Matters, Conflict of Interest, and Failure to Make Required Disclosures in Statement of Financial Interests for accepting money in exchange for promised political actions. Waters also accepted some Tiffany Jewelry.

The Daily Signal notes both “representatives testified before [the] Grand Jury and admitted their criminal conduct.”

“[The grand jury] had 26 recordings featuring Rep. Ronald G. Waters, accepted nine cash payments from a confidential informant totaling $8,750. The grand jury had 24 recordings of Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown accepting five cash payments totaling $4,000.

“Waters agreed to vote against Pennsylvania House Bill 934, a Voter ID bill, in exchange for $2,000. Brown also agreed to vote against House Bill 934 for the same amount.”

Both legislators turned themselves in Tuesday morning and were released on their own recognizance. Waters is the current Secretary for the House Democratic Caucus, and Brown is the current chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General between 2010 and 2012, but was dropped because Attorney General Kathleen Kane was “troubled” by elements of the case it inherited (including a deal to drop charges against the informant), reported the Post-Gazette. Kane has been in office since 2013. There was also accusations of racism in the ongoing investigation.

But the District Attorney’s Office run by Seth Williams, a Democrat, rejected those allegations:

“The grand jury investigated claims that the original investigation was ‘racist,’ that the CI was not credible because of the alleged magnitude of his own criminal case, that the subjects of the investigation were ‘entrapped,’ and that a ‘comprehensive’ review by subsequent state officials found no basis for bringing charges. The grand jury found each of those criticism empty.”

According to the Post-Gazette, Waters’ Attorney, Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., said his client “will accept responsibility for his conduct and likely resolve this matter without the necessity for trial.”

Other officials were also targeted in the investigation, all Democrats. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee are still being investigated by the grand jury, while former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting a $2,000 gift, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

H/T The Daily Signal

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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Democrats Tell Illegal Immigrant She Can Vote In North Carolina

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James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a new video exposing campaign officials condoning voter fraud in North Carolina.

The video features a woman presenting herself as an illegal immigrant from Brazil who said she has a driver’s license and is registered to vote, even though she is illegal. Several of the officials she encounters are working for law enforcement candidates. When she asks for verification of her ability to vote, they all tell her she can, even after some of them consulted their supervisors.

Last week, The Winston-Salem Journal reported there is a list of 145 people who have been granted President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in North Carolina and have also appeared on the voter rolls. They note the actual number of illegal voters could be much higher.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) sent letters last week those who had been granted DACA status, asking for additional documentation of citizenship.

Breitbart News reported Wednesday the figure of non-citizens on the voter rolls in North Carolina is as high as 1,400. It is illegal for a non-citizen to vote, even if they have accidentally been placed on the voter rolls, Assisting a non-citizen in voting is also illegal.

North Carolina is home to one of the hottest United States Senate campaigns in the country, where Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis just opened up a five point lead against Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan–48-43 percent–in a poll conducted by Vox Populi between October 26-27, according to Politico. The poll’s margin of error was 3.95 percent.

 

h/t The Right Scoop

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Watch: Serious Voter Fraud Allegations In Illinois

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A video has surfaced in Rock Island County, Illinois, of a voter trying to cast a ballot for a Republican candidate but having the machine instead choose the Democrat candidate due to a “calibration error.” Several voters have already complained publicly about the machines.

The video shows a voter at the public library in Moline, Illinois, attempting to vote for Republican state Senate candidate Neil Anderson for the 36th District, but the machine registers a vote for the incumbent, Democrat state Senator Mike Jacobs, instead. It also shows the voter trying to select Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling, but the machine switches the vote to incumbent Cheri Bustos, a Democrat.

One Rock Island County voter, Christina Kirik, substantiated the claims asserted in the video, telling KWQC she had a hard time voting for the Republican candidate.

“When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my ‘x,’ even though I pressed the Republican candidate. The Democrat candidate is the one it looked like I was voting for.”

Another voter, Joyce Glassner, details a similar situation when she tried to vote.

“Everything was fine until I came to the one candidate that I wanted to vote for and I voted for him and the ‘x’ went in the box and then two seconds later his name and his box went away and it was just blank and it showed up in his opponent’s box.”

Western Journalism reported last week about a similar incident where Jim Moynihan, an Illinois Republican state representative candidate in Cook County, was unable to vote for himself due to a technical glitch.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent. You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

 

h/t Breitbart

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GOP Candidate Discovers Startling Voting Machine “Accident” That Could Cost Him Election

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When early voting began in Cook County, Illinois, Monday, a Republican state representative candidate attempted to vote for himself and, due to a technical glitch, the vote was cast for his opponent.

Watchdog.com reported earlier this week that Jim Moynihan attempted to vote for himself at Schaumburg Public Library Monday when he experienced the problem.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent…You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.

Illinois Review, a right-of-center publication, noted that ultimately Moynihan was able to vote for the candidates of his choosing, but whenever he tried to vote for a Republican, a Democrat would be registered in the machine:

“While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race.

“He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race. It is unknown if the machine in question has been removed from service or is still in operation.”

Moynihan told the Review he was concerned for voters that they might not get the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry. He did not know if the glitch was intentional, however.

“I cannot say whether or not this was intentional, but Cook County voters deserve better and should not have their right to vote suppressed.”

 

H/T Fox News

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Who Are The Real Racists: Conservatives Or Liberals?

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To call someone a racist is a serious charge. A racist is someone who believes that one person is superior (or inferior) to another person simply based on their skin color. It’s a belief that is both foolish and stupid. But conservatives are accused by progressives of being racist on an almost daily basis. Is it a fair accusation? Or, is it just political posturing? And, if it is political posturing, what does it say about the people making the charge? Derryck Green of Project 21 has some provocative answers.

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