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Steal the Election Once Shame on Me, Steal it Twice . . .

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Congressman Robert Wexler  contact@wexlerforcongress.com

I saw it with my own eyes:  The Bush and GOP machine stole the 2000 election and the presidency in Florida (not to mention Ohio in 2004) and the results have been catastrophic for our nation and the world.

Don’t take my word for it – read the dissent of Supreme Court Justices Stevens, Breyer and Ginsberg in the absurd legal decision of Bush v. Gore: “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.”

Back in 2000, in Florida, I witnessed the votes of World War II veterans thrown away and GOP thugs bully the Miami Dade elections office into stopping a recount.  I swore to myself that never again would the votes of Americans be thrown away and replaced by the votes of appointed judges. Following the 2000 election, I spent 7 years fighting to remove the DIEBOLD electronic machines from Florida and to install a voter verified paper trail which we accomplished last year.

I have bad news:  They are trying again to silence our votes.

Most people associate the 2000 election with paper “chads” and the Supreme Court’s tragic decision.  Yet the voter suppression in 2000 went way beyond not counting votes – from illegal roadblocks near minority precincts to the complete purging of legitimate voters from the rolls through what is called “voter caging “– the practice of using databases to improperly delete voters.

Now, we are seeing signs of voter caging again in both Michigan and Florida.

In Michigan, the state is using a list of foreclosures to purge voters (many of which are still legitimate voters in their districts).

In Florida, my home state, the Republican led Supervisor of Elections is aggressively applying a new law designed to limit voter fraud by summarily deleting voters who might have – as part of a clerical error – a different driver’s license or social security number than was put in the database.

If legitimate, legal voters are denied access to the voting booth – we risk a repeat of 2000, in multiple states.

We must remain vigilant, not just in defense of our economy, but in defense of our rights as Americans.

I am working with my colleagues in Congress to call attention to this matter, but I encourage you to contact your state elections supervisor and demand that they allow every person who claims to be a legitimate voter to submit a provisional ballot.

There is a system in every state to deal with provisional ballots – to verify their legitimacy after the fact.

Voter caging is a threat to our (already challenged) democratic principals.  Please join me and pass this email along to spread the word.

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Sincerely,

Congressman Robert Wexler

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Why Wont The Bail Out Work?

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Information Clearing House Newsletter

News You  Won’t Find On CNN
October 21, 2008

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21071.htm
Why Wont The Bail Out Work?

This is a MUST SEE 7 Minute Video

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21071.htm



Voters are rightly furious at the proposal to spend $700,000,000,000 that the government doesn’t have to bail out Wall Street bankers who created the current economic crisis in the first place. But why then aren’t we concerned about the trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve is pumping into the system? Or the trillions missing from the Pentagon? Or the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble.

PLEASE ACT – MN government wants to own your DNA!

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ACT NOW !                                            

TAKE OUR DNA SURVEY

UNDER ATTACK:  Your Parent, Patient, Privacy & DNA Property Rights!

While the MN Genetic Privacy law today requires informed written consent before government or others can collect, store, use or share YOUR genetic information….state government bureaucrats and special interests in a state genetic committee want to eliminate the consent requirement next year!


The Threat                

NEWBORN DNA: The MN Genetic Information Working Group has met for a year. During these meetings, the issue of newborn genetic testing…and storage and use of newborn DNA-filled blood spots…has become very contentious. (see quotes below)

BIG GOVERNMENT: Working group members from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) want government control and ownership of citizen DNA for “public health” purposes. Their recommendation seeks to undo the informed written consent requirements of the 2006 genetic privacy law (MN Statutes 13.386).

• INVOLUNTARY RESEARCH: The lawyer representing Mayo Clinic in the working group wants all blood, tissue and body parts taken in the course of your medical care to be available without your consent for medical and genetic research by your clinic, hospital and laboratory.

OPPOSED TO GOVERNOR’S VETO: Mayo’s lawyer also stated during one of the meetings that Governor Pawlenty’s decision to veto the 2008 DNA warehouse bill should not have happened (Notice: Mayo has a contract with MDH to do genetic testing of all babies).


Your help is needed now!

The 2009 legislature will soon be asked to decide whether to protect or eliminate your consent rights, privacy rights, patient rights and DNA property rights.

A report from the MN Genetic Information Working Group will go to the 2009 legislature in December.

Twila Brase, CCHC’s president and an appointed member of the working group, has pressed for retaining informed written parent and patient consent requirements. She has said that government and private institutions must be required to obtain informed written consent for almost all collection, storage, use and dissemination of biological specimens (blood, tissue, fluids, organs, hair, etc). She has repeatedly told the working group:

  • Individuals need the right to protect themselves from having their genetic data used against them and their families.
  • No person should be forced to be an involuntary subject of medical and genetic research.
  • Genetic experts are already warning that there can be no guarantee of anonymity in research because of the proliferation of databases.
  • Even if DNA and genetic testing data could be anonymized, individuals should not be forced to participate in research they may find objectionable.

Today, the Mayo attorney told members of the working group that if they accept CCHC’s recommendations regarding research, Minnesota would become an “outlier.” Twila Brase disagreed, saying Minnesota would instead become a leader.

Help us protect your parent, patient, privacy and DNA property rights!

If you haven’t already done so…please take CCHC’s very brief DNA OWNERSHIP SURVEY today!

Please ask everyone you know to take the survey as well!

 

STATEMENTS HEARD AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE   MN GENETIC INFORMATION WORKING GROUP:

“People have to be very careful in weighing the risk of discarding  specimens…If you limit the ability to test these spots or keep these spots, you’ll limit the ability to test for lethal conditions in the future.”

(Ruth Lynfield, MDH Epidemiologist, arguing for continued government retention of newborn blood taken from all babies at birth)

“Yes, that’s rightThat’s how it’s historically been done.”

(Lynfield, MDH, in response to a member’s question about whether newborn blood spots now retained by the state health department have already been used for research to develop additional newborn screening tests)

“Yes, perfectly healthy children’s blood spots were used.” (David Orren, MDH attorney, in response to a question about the Mayo Clinic’s research project on Wilson’s Disease using government-retained newborn blood spots – without parent consent or knowledge)

“Having a population-based [blood spot] repository is incredibly important.”

(Lynfield, MDH)

“Public health is such a broad purpose.”

(Orren, MDH, arguing against parent and patient written informed consent requirements for secondary uses of DNA, biological specimens, and genetic information retained by government)

CCHC ACTION ALERT info@cchconline.org

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