Friday, April 21, 2017

National Policy Conference to Feature Stuart Taylor on His Latest Book

The RNLA is pleased to host Stuart S. Taylor, Jr., of National Journal at the 2017 National Policy Conference on Friday, May 5, for an address on his latest book, The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities:
In recent years, politicians led by President Obama and prominent senators and governors have teamed with extremists on campus to portray our nation’s campuses as awash in a violent crime wave—and to suggest (preposterously) that university leaders, professors, and students are indifferent to female sexual assault victims in their midst. Neither of these claims has any bearing in reality. But they have achieved widespread acceptance, thanks in part to misleading alarums from the Obama administration and biased media coverage led by the New York Times. 
The frenzy about campus rape has helped stimulate—and has been fanned by—ideologically skewed campus sexual assault policies and lawless commands issued by federal bureaucrats to force the nation’s all-too-compliant colleges and universities essentially to presume the guilt of accused students. The result has been a widespread disregard of such bedrock American principles as the presumption of innocence and the need for fair play.
This book uses hard facts to set the record straight. It explores, among other things, about two dozen of the many cases since 2010 in which innocent or probably innocent students have been branded as sex criminals and expelled or otherwise punished by their colleges. And it shows why all students—and, eventually, society as a whole—are harmed when our nation’s universities abandon pursuit of truth and seek instead to accommodate the passions of the mob.
Mr. Taylor has agreed to sign copies of his book immediately following his address, and books will be available for sale at the National Policy Conference.

We look forward to hearing from Mr. Taylor on this important issue and hope to see you there on Friday, May 5!  There is still time to register or sponsor.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More Allegations of Vote Fraud, This Time at the Nevada DMV

While the left continues to bash the Trump Administration for daring to find that instances of voter fraud occurred in the 2016 November Election, the state of Nevada has reasons to believe that illegal immigrants have voted at the hand of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske voiced her concerns in a letter to the DMV Director by stating:
It has come to our attention that when offering voter registration opportunities to customers, DMV’s employees offer voter registration materials to DMV customers whom they know to be non-citizens based upon their presentation of a Green Card for identification purposes... 
More specifically, it is our understanding that some DMV employees have been instructed to accept registration materials from all customers, including those who present a Green Card for identification purposes…This practice must cease immediately. Please take appropriate actions, as we have reason to believe that non-citizens have unlawfully registered to vote in Nevada as a direct result of DMV’s practices. Moreover, we now have confirmed that some non-citizens illegally cast votes in the 2016 election.
Cegavske said in a statement that her office "received verifiable evidence of potential illegal votes cast," and also stated that "the integrity of the entire election process, from voter registration to the casting of ballots, is always my number one concern."

The RNLA not only thanks Governor Brian Sandoval for vetoing a bill that would have allowed for automatic voter registration at the DMV which would have only perpetuated this type of fraud, but also Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske for taking appropriate measures to ensure that vote fraud will be stopped in Nevada.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ICYMI, 458+ Likely Fraudulent Votes in New Hampshire 2016 Election

The Democrat New Hampshire Secretary of State is verifying voters who registered at the polls on Election Day last November, and so far his review has turned up 458 votes with a high likelihood of being fraudulent (emphasis ours):
New numbers from New Hampshire’s Secretary of State’s office indicate that 458 people who voted here on Election Day may have possibility committed voter fraud. . . . According to data released earlier this year from the Secretary of State’s office following apublic records request from NHPR, 5,903 first time New Hampshire voters who registered on Election Day last November used an out-of-state license as their form of identification. That’s 0.78% of all people who voted in the election.
Yes, people with out-of-state licenses can show up and vote on Election Day in New Hampshire. . . . But to vote with an out-of-state license, you need to prove you hold domicile in the state. Showing a utility bill, a lease or a pay stub, can work to prove you actually live in New Hampshire. . . . Voters without any proof that they live New Hampshire are allowed to cast their ballot, but they have to sign a legal document confirming they’re telling the truth about where they live. Signing that document opens them up to the possibility of prosecution if it’s proven they lied. 
Within 90 days after the election, the Secretary of State’s office mails letters to those people signing those affidavits. According to documents provided to NH1 News this week by the Secretary of State’s office, 6,033 letters were sent to people who voted in New Hampshire last November without proof of domicile. As highlighted earlier, 458 of those letters came back undeliverable. Many of the names of those people will be sent to the state Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution. . . . 
The Secretary of State’s office also sent out 764 letters following this past November’s election to voters who cast a ballot without a satisfactory photo identification. The is no information yet on how many of those letters were returned undeliverable.
There may be many more truly out-of-state voters who voted last fall in New Hampshire, in addition to the number of follow-up postcards sent to voters without photo ID that are returned as undeliverable.  Fortunately, the New Hampshire legislature is working on a bill to plug the hole in New Hampshire's laws that allow out-of-state voters to vote so easily, and with a Republican governor now in the Granite State, it likely won't be vetoed as similar measures have been in the past.

President Trump claimed that he and former Senator Kelly Ayotte lost the November 2016 election in New Hampshire due to fraud, earning an official letter requesting evidence from FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub.  This is likely just the start of the evidence that will continue to accumulate as New Hampshire election and Department of Justice officials investigate voters who lacked proper documentation in the 2016 election.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Justice Gorsuch Asks at First Oral Argument, Why Not Follow "Plain Text of the Statute"?

Yesterday, Neil Gorsuch participated in his first oral argument as a Supreme Court justice.  He was an active questioner, emphasizing the text of the laws at issue:
Gorsuch, who was confirmed earlier this month after President Trump nominated him to the court, entered the courtroom grinning as he stepped up to his chair . . . . He wasted little time before jumping in with questions in the first case Monday, which centered on a technical question over which court has jurisdiction to hear appeals of discrimination claims filed by federal employees. . . . 
Gorsuch focused his first line of questioning on the wording of the statute, asking the employee’s attorney, Christopher Landau, several questions about where in the law it says district courts have jurisdiction to hear civil service claims. 
“Wouldn't it be a lot easier if we just followed the plain text of the statute?” asked Gorsuch . . . . He then apologized to the lawyers and his fellow justices for taking up so much time, a theme he’d return to repeatedly.  
Consistent with the down-to-earth, approachable demeanor America witnessed throughout his confirmation hearings, he was already friendly with his bench-mate, Justice Sonia Sotomayor:
Gorsuch appeared chummy with Sotomayor throughout the day's arguments, sharing a laugh at the start and end of the first case. 
In the second case, which centered on whether someone intervening in a lawsuit must have standing, the two exchanged several glances and grins.
Compare this picture of how the Supreme Court actually functions, the types of cases that form the majority of its docket, and the collegiality of Justice Gorsuch to the Democrats' outrageous accusations for the past few months.  And remember this should another Supreme Court vacancy occur during Donald Trump's presidency - the reality is nothing like the extreme rhetoric from the Democrats.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Iowa Legislature Passes Voter ID; Now on Governor's Desk

Last Thursday, the Iowa legislature finalized its voter ID bill and sent it to the Governor for his signature:
The legislation makes sweeping changes to Iowa's elections laws that Republicans say are needed to ensure the honesty of the process and prevent fraud. Among them is a provision that would require every voter to present government-issued identification at the poll on Election Day. In addition, the bill shortens the time frame for casting absentee ballots and voting early at satellite polling sites from 40 days to 29 days. . . . 
“My proposal was aimed at modernizing Iowa’s elections technology, streamlining the system, and protecting it against the potential for human error and fraud," [Secretary of State Paul] Pate said. "The bill passed by both chambers accomplishes those goals and ensures every eligible Iowan will be able to cast their ballot and will not be turned away. I look forward to the governor signing the bill into law, and then the real work begins as we will coordinate with all 99 county auditors to implement this legislation, and institute our extensive outreach program so that every Iowan understands the provisions of this bill.” . . .  
Republicans said the bill has been crafted to address possible court challenges. They also point to a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll which found 69 percent of Iowans support requiring an ID to vote. 
The bill outlines five forms of identification that would be valid at the polls, four of which include a photo. The fifth would be a new voter verification card the state and county would issue to every voter free of charge. Those who show up to the polls without valid ID could vote using a provisional ballot. . . . Most of the changes will take effect in 2019, according to the Iowa Secretary of State's office.
Governor Terry Brandstad is expected to sign the bill, as he has indicated his approval for voter ID laws.  We hope that Iowa adopts this important, common-sense protection of the integrity of its elections.  Unfortunately, although voter ID has wide support among Democrats and Republicans, liberal groups will inevitably challenge this law in a pointless waste of the courts' time and taxpayers' money.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Three State Attorneys General to Speak at RNLA's National Policy Conference on May 5

The RNLA is honored to host three distinguished state attorneys general to speak at its National Policy Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on May 5Curtis Hill, Attorney General, State of Indiana; Jeff Landry, Attorney General, State of Louisiana; and Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General, State of Arkansas.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has focused his agenda on four priorities: rolling back federal overreach; protecting families from drugs and violent crime; safeguarding consumers from fraud and scams; and inspiring youth to pursue meaningful lives.  Prior to his election last November as the top vote-getter of any elected official in Indiana history, General Hill was serving his fourth term as Elkhart County prosecutor.  General Hill has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Indiana State Bar Association; Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving (past chairman); Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (past trustee); and Board of Regents for the National College of District Attorneys, in addition to serving his community through leadership in a many other organizations. 
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010, where he was ferocious advocate of the Constitution, a leader on national energy policy emphasizing increased domestic oil and gas production, an activist for conservative family values, and a promoter of true reductions in wasteful government spending.  General Landry is a veteran of Desert Storm and left the military with the rank of Sergeant. He received the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Ribbon, an Overseas Training Ribbon and the Louisiana War Cross from his eleven years of service as a member of the Louisiana National Guard. 
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected attorney general.  Along with making the office more accessible, General Rutledge’s priorities have included creating more awareness of the office’s services, such as consumer protection and internet safety for all ages and skill levels; leading efforts to combat domestic violence; and focusing on making the office the top law firm for Arkansans.  She previously served as Deputy Counsel for the Mike Huckabee for President campaign, Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee and Counsel for the Republican National Committee, including during the 2012 Presidential campaign cycle.  General Rutledge is a leader in numerous community organizations including the Junior League, Alpha Delta Pi Alumni, National Rifle Association, and Women in Networking in Central Arkansas.
The early bird registration discount for the National Policy Conference ends next Tuesday, April 18.  Sign up to join us for this exciting event and hear from General Hill, General Landry, and General Rutledge!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Write-in Democratic Candidate Wins in Philadelphia Special Election?

On March 21st, Philadelphia held a special municipal election to fill one State Legislature seat for the 197th District in North Philadelphia. The only candidate with a name on the ballot was a Republican; meanwhile, the others, including the leading Democratic nominee and the Green Party candidate, were write-in candidates. However, the Democratic candidate—against the odds—won.  But likely due to fraud and unlawful electioneering by the Democrats.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported on March 30th:
Democratic write-in candidate Emilio Vazquez won the election, beating Green Party write-in candidate Cheri Honkala and Republican Lucinda Little, the lone candidate with her name on the ballot… [Little received 198 votes, or 7.4 percent of the 2,681 ballots cast.  Vazquez won 1,970 votes, while Honkala received 282. Only 5 percent of registered voters turned out. Democrats make up 85 percent of those registered in the district.] 
Joseph DeFelice, chairman of the city’s Republican Party, and state GOP chair Val DiGiorgio held a news conference to announce the joint lawsuit. DeFelice said the party is suing not because he thinks Little might have won in the heavily Democratic district, but because the violations were so rampant that those responsible should face fines and, if applicable, criminal charges. The ultimate goal is to have the results invalidated, DiGiorgio said. . . “I’m a Republican in Philadelphia, I’m used to losing,” DeFelice said. “I just want to lose fairly.”
Accusations include illegal voter assistance, specifically poll workers handing out Vazquez stamps. GOP leaders said they have signed affidavits from poll workers as well as photo and video evidence of poll workers entering voting booths. The city GOP Twitter feed includes photos that the party argues show doctored "pink slips," the ballot sample sheets that are posted for voters outside the polls.
Linda Kerns, attorney for the GOP city committee [and RNLA Southeastern Pennsylvania Chair], said the alleged fraud should bother people who live beyond the borders of the 197th... “What happened in this special election in the 197th should have every Democrat in the city from [Democratic Party Chairman] Bob Brady on down hanging their heads in shame,” Kerns said. “This was an election they could have won just by following the rules…. They cheated their way through this entire day with absolute impunity.”
Late last week, Linda Kerns filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the GOP and the Green Party outlining the widespread fraud vote during the March 21st Election. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on April 6th:
Two losing candidates [last] Thursday asked a federal judge to throw out the results of the controversial March 21 special election for the 197th Pennsylvania House District and order a new election, alleging the Democratic Party and its candidate engaged in illegal electioneering. 
The lawsuit from Republican nominee Lucinda Little and Green Party nominee Cheri Honkala was filed one day after Democrat Emilio Vazquez was sworn into office…. The 29-page suit is a litany of complaints about shady tactics in the North Philadelphia district.  The two candidates, along with the city and state Republican Parties and the state Green Party, are suing Vazquez, Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee, and the Board of City Commissioners and Department of State, which oversaw the election…. Vazquez, in his new office in Harrisburg on Thursday, shrugged off the legal claims. . . .
The suit repeatedly cites allegations that election board workers, “virtually all of whom are registered Democrats,” engaged in or allowed electioneering such as passing out literature in support of Vazquez, allowing his supporters to linger in polling places, and allowing nonvoters to follow voters into polling booths…. “The voters for the special election were told by election board workers and representatives of the Democratic City Committee that they were only allowed to vote for the write-in, [Vazquez], and no other candidate,” the suit claims. “Voters were threatened or intimidated if it was thought they were going to vote for another candidate.” . . . 
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s Election Fraud Task Force reported receiving “approximately 50 calls” and responding to “several dozen allegations of illegal activity at polling places.”  It is now investigating, working with the state Attorney General’s Office.
These irregularities are only the latest of consistent problems of fraud and voter suppression by Democrats in Philadelphia elections.