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Proposition 37, a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Monsanto $8,112,867
E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co. $5,400,000
Pepsico, Inc. $2,145,400
Grocery Manufacturers Association $2,002,000
DOW Agrisciences $2,000,000
Bayer Cropscience $2,000,000
BASF Plant Science $2,000,000
Syngenta Corporation $2,000,000
Kraft Foods Global $1,950,500
Coca-Cola North America $1,700,500
Nestle USA $1,315,600
Conagra Foods $1,176,700
General Mills $1,135,300
Kellogg Company $790,000
Smithfield Foods $683,900
Del Monte Foods $674,100
Campbell’s Soup $500,000
Heinz Foods $500,000
Hershey Company $493,900
The J.M. Smucker Company $485,000
Bimbo Bakeries $422,900
Ocean Spray Cranberries $387,100
Mars Food North America $376,650
Council for Biotechnology Information $375,000
Hormel Foods $374,300
Unilever $372,100
Bumble Bee Foods $368,500
Sara Lee $343,600
Kraft Food Group $304,500
Pinnacle Foods $266,100
Dean Foods Company $253,950
Biotechnology Industry Organization $252,000
Bunge North America $248,600
McCormick & Company $248,200
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company $237,664
Abbott Nutrition $234,500
Cargill, Inc. $226,846
Rich Products Corporation $225,537
Flowers Foods $182,000
Dole Packaged Foods $171,261
Knouse Foods Cooperative $164,731

Other food companies who contributed to the “no” campaign (but with checks of less than $150,000) included Sunny Delight Beverages, McCain Foods, Tree Top, Idahoan Foods, Richelieu Foods, Land O’Lakes, Hillshire Brands, Morton Salt, Clorox, Goya de Puerto Rico, Sargento and Godiva Chocolatier.

motherjones:

Surprise, surprise: members of Congress with daughters vote better on women’s issues. 

Along the same lines, look at which Republicans in the Senate voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Personal experience makes a difference.

justinspoliticalcorner:

Late last week, democracy scored two important victories over a Republican plan to rig future presidential elections by changing the way electoral votes are counted in several key blue states. Two Virginia Republican state senators spoke out against the plan, effectively killing it. And Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) attacked the election-rigging scheme as trying to “change the rules of the game.”

In Michigan, however, which is the bluest of the six blue states where the election-rigging plan has been discussed, state House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) appears quite open to rigging his state’s electoral college votes to benefit Republicans.

In other words, Republican voters in Michigan are upset that Democrats win elections simply because there are more of them. And Bolger wants to fix that by giving the few Republicans more votes than the majority.

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice

In 2012 Jase Bolger was involved in the recruitment of a phony Democrat, 22-year old Matt Mojzak, to run against then-Democratic Michigan state Rep. Roy Schmidt so that Schmidt would have no real opposition. In turn, Schmidt would switch his party affiliation to Republican immediately prior to the filing deadline, ensuring victory for now Republican Schmidt.

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Here’s what the 2012 electoral map would have looked like if only white males had voted. 

Here’s what the 2012 electoral map would have looked like if only white males had voted. 

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stfuhypocrisy:

A third instance of fraudulent voter registration has been uncovered in the important swing state of Virginia, where a Republican consultant has been arrested and thousands of discarded voter registration forms were recovered from a dumpster earlier this week. According to the Not Larry Sabato blog, a law student at James Madison University registered to vote on campus, but found when she tried to verify the change online, found that her form had never been submitted. 

On Thursday, Raw Story reported that 31-year-old Colin Small, a Republican operative employed by Pinpoint, a firm contracted by Republican Party of Virginia, was arrested and charged with “four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of disclosure of voter registration application, and one count of obstruction of justice” for throwing active voter registration forms into a dumpster. 

2 to 3 weeks ago Lucy attempted to update her voter registration at a table on the campus of James Madison University.

“She stopped to fill out a voter registration form to change her voting address from her parents house in Fairfax to her dorm address in Harrisonburg so she could vote in person on election day,” wrote Trippett. ”On Wednesday night Lucy went online to check her voter registration status and found out she had not been registered in Harrisonburg- meaning whoever was collecting her form on campus had not turned it in.” 

These same staffers are STILL working for the Republican Party of Virginia out of *6* of their “Victory Offices" around the state.  Those six locations are:

CHESAPEAKE (CHESAPEAKE CITY)
SPRINGFIELD (FAIRFAX COUNTY)
BRISTOW (PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY)
STERLING (LOUDOUN COUNTY)
VIRGINIA BEACH (VIRGINIA BEACH CITY)
HARRISONBURG (HARRISONBURG CITY)

Voters who have been registered in or near any of these localities by persons who may be affiliated with this group should be contacting your local law enforcement if you have not yet received confirmation that you were registered to vote.

Now that voter registration is over, these staffers have been converted into “absentee voting”- so be on the lookout for any irregularities there as well.

(Source: stfueverything, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Is Koch PAC Non-Partisan, As They Claim?

Much has been written about the owners of Koch Industries, brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, trying to control the political process through hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to right-wing causes and candidates.

In a voter information packet the Koch Industries corporate leadership informed tens of thousands of employees at its subsidiary, Georgia Pacific, that their livelihood could depend on the 2012 election and that the company supports Mitt Romney for president.

The packet arrived in the mailboxes of all 45,000 Georgia Pacific employees earlier this month. The cover letter [PDF], by Koch Industries President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Robertson, read:

While we are typically told before each Presidential election that it is important and historic, I believe the upcoming election will determine what kind of America future generations will inherit.

If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects, and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.

Enclosed with the letter was a flyer [PDF] listing Koch-endorsed candidates, beginning with Romney. Robertson’s letter explained: “At the request of many employees, we have also provided a list of candidates in your state that have been supported by Koch companies or by KOCHPAC, our employee political action committee.”

The packet also included an anti-Obama editorial by Charles Koch [PDF] and a pro-Romney editorial by David Koch [PDF]. The letter went on to say, “We believe any decision about which candidates to support is—as always—yours and yours alone, based on the factors that are most important to you. Second, we do not support candidates based on their political affiliation.”

In the flyer sent to Oregon employees, all 14 Koch-backed state candidates were Republicans.

In September, a number of unionized employees at Georgia Pacific’s Toledo, Ore. plant posed for a photo in front of their union hall with Democratic state Senate candidate Arnie Roblan. When the Koch Industries voter information packet arrived in the workers’ mailboxes a few weeks later, they saw that Roblan was not on the list of Koch-endorsed candidates in Oregon. Then the AWPPW Vice President Greg Pallesen started receiving phone calls from workers. The union workers in the photo were worried that they might be fired from their jobs if the image got out on the Internet, because in the backdrop of the photo, the Georgia Pacific plant could be seen.

Their fear comes not only from the mailing, but also from a new Georgia Pacific social media policy [PDF] implemented earlier this year that warns, “Even if your social media conduct is outside of the workplace and/or non-work related, it must not reflect negatively on GP’s reputation, its products, or its brands.” Given the policy, the workers were scared to appear next to a candidate the Kochs do not support with the plant in the background.

More —> 10 Shocking Facts on the Kochs.

I agree with this. Just grow a back bone and vote for the person you sincerely believe is the best. And if non of them do (I find this hard to believe. There are so many political parties and candidates) don’t vote. Or write yourself in. Or, if you’re and anarchist, rawk on! 
LOL - I wait for the newly 18 year old voters who go on and on about anarchy then tell you who you should vote for. Every four years! I love it. They are so cute! 

I agree with this. Just grow a back bone and vote for the person you sincerely believe is the best. And if non of them do (I find this hard to believe. There are so many political parties and candidates) don’t vote. Or write yourself in. Or, if you’re and anarchist, rawk on! 

LOL - I wait for the newly 18 year old voters who go on and on about anarchy then tell you who you should vote for. Every four years! I love it. They are so cute! 

stfuconservatives:

Register to vote online at gottavote.org.

Check to make sure you’re registered at canivote.org. You can also find your polling place here, or at Vote 411.

Once your voter registration goes through, you should receive what’s called a “sample ballot” in the mail that will tell you your polling place, which is where you have to go to vote.

If you don’t get your sample ballot within about a month of registering, check canivote.org to see if your registration went through. Even if you never receive your sample ballot, go to your polling place on election day with your ID and ask to vote. If they don’t have you registered, you should be able to fill out a separate type of ballot.

Voting from abroad? There’s a site for that.

Moved recently (for college or otherwise) or moving before the election? There’s a site for that. Specifically, there’s a form you have to fill out to update your registration. Even if you moved somewhere within the same district or ZIP code, you need to re-register!!!

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religiousragings:

azspot:

The Christian Left

Except that Elmer Fudd would be a much safer candidate than Romney.  You’re voting far more for Mr. Burns from the Simpsons, and the Obama you’re voting against doesn’t exist.

religiousragings:

azspot:

The Christian Left

Except that Elmer Fudd would be a much safer candidate than Romney.  You’re voting far more for Mr. Burns from the Simpsons, and the Obama you’re voting against doesn’t exist.

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If you feel like voting please understand there is more than one choice. Here are where I think you should start. 
List of political parties in the United States
Green Party of the United States (Official site) 
Justice Party (Official site) <— My Favorite & Lee Camp’s interview.

If you feel like voting please understand there is more than one choice. Here are where I think you should start.

List of political parties in the United States

Green Party of the United States (Official site

Justice Party (Official site) <— My Favorite & Lee Camp’s interview.

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(Source: kzovek, via thecheshirekitteh)

recall-all-republicans-2012:

demnewswire:

Register to vote

I’m also not voting for ANY Republicans. And I hope you won’t either.

recall-all-republicans-2012:

demnewswire:

Register to vote

I’m also not voting for ANY Republicans. And I hope you won’t either.

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I do not want a war criminal to be a heart beat away from being the Commander in Chief. But, apparently, that is what Romney wants.

thetruthaboutsyria:

Since January, a group of some forty Syrian exiles have been meeting secretly at Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4 in Berlin, on the premises of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politk (German Institute for International and Security Affairs). While this think tank is funded by German employers, its meetings are bankrolled by the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. They are chaired by Steven Heydemann, a dual US-Israeli national, who has long worked for the CIA , before becoming a researcher at the U.S. Institute of Peace. This organization, which provides the formal venue for the meetings, is - contrary to what its name might suggest - a screen for the Pentagon. Not surprisingly, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs is associated with this project.

The program is labelled “The Day After Tomorrow. Supporting a democratic transition in Syria”. In Washington’s Orwellian vocabulary, “democratic transition” means the replacement of an elected president who enjoys the widespread support of the Syrian people, Bashar al-Assad, with one picked by the Western powers, and the phrase “Day After” refers to the period following the overthrow of the Syrian regime by those same Western powers.

While the Syrian people were approving by referendum a new constitution [3], the task force was busy drafting another one. It also defined what would be the future policy of the Syrian government. The final document was presented by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to the President of the Syrian National Council, Abdel Bayset Syda [4], at the third conference of the Friends of Syria in Paris, on July 6. Mr. Syda gave his agreement to the implementation of the “road map”.

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