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The political opportunities of third-party candidates may be unconstitutionally impaired by Connecticut’s campaign finance law, a federal judge has ruled, and a legal challenge to the law will have its day in court. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Mike DeRosa, who is running this year as a Green for the Hartford/Wethersfield state senate seat. DeRosa and his co-plaintiffs are claiming that the public financing scheme gives an unfair advantage to Democratic and Republican candidates, and that it’s so unfair that it violates their constitutional right to equal protection of the laws. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill was compelled to agree with them in denying a motion by the state to throw out the lawsuit.
The suit involves a scheme passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2005, ostensibly to clean up state politics by establishing an alternative to the legalized bribery that fuels the current election funding system. The amounts that would be granted to candidates from the public treasury range from millions for gubernatorial candidates to tens of thousands for state senate and house candidates.
The question for the judge is whether the means selected to implement public financing–which some refer to as the Democrat-Republican Assistance Act–has the effect of eliminating minor parties from participation. Democrats and Republicans that can raise threshold amounts are guaranteed a slice of the funding pie, while “minor party” candidates have to satisfy additional, burdensome requirements to qualify.
If DeRosa and company can prove, as they allege, that the qualification criteria are so demanding that they can’t be met, the court will be forced to declare the public funding portion of the law unconstitutional and possibly forbid the government from making any disbursements to candidates. The General Assembly would have to ease or eliminate special requirements for third parties or else trash the law altogether.
Underhill’s ruling was on a motion and was not a final judgment, but it gives an indication of where the court may be going. Although Underhill did dismiss two weaker counts of the plaintiffs’ lawsuit, the critical question of unfairness remains to be resolved. Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly might be well advised to put the public financing law back on the agenda soon to reconsider the provisions that this judge considers constitutionally questionable.
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Senate Democrats Charles Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and four others teamed up with the entire Republican caucus to subvert the rule of law yesterday by appointing an openly fascist lawyer to serve as attorney general. Michael Mukasey, former federal judge and confidant of mobster-mayor Rudolph Giuliani, had testified that he would not be enforcing laws meant to restrain the executive branch of government from holding people without legal process and torturing them during their imprisonment.
Besides Feinstein and Schumer, who shepherded their kinsman’s nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats Evan Bayh, Mary Landrieu, Tom Carper, and Ben Nelson cast votes for Mukasey. All remain in good standing with their party, though they differed, ostensibly, with leader Harry Reid, who voted with the minority against the nomination. It’s a big tent, the Democratic party, with the people crowded at the edges and the leaders gathered around the trough at the center. They may disagree on such trivial issues as the sanctity of the rule of law, but they all feed at the same buffet. Noted Judeo-terrorist Joe Lieberman, who claims fealty to no party and no nation, voted with the majority. Presidential candidates Obama, Clinton, Dodd, and Biden were allowed to miss the vote, which couldn’t have happened without a wink and a nod from Reid.
The Senate’s mission–to preserve the illusion of a government of laws and not of thugs–was accomplished. Mukasey will bring no wrongdoers to account. He will now be able to give his full attention to the prosecution of donors to Muslim charities and critics of our various military adventures. We should probably assume that Kucinich will be carted off to jail at some point. Maybe that will convince him to put some distance between himself and the corrupt party he seeks to lead.
We have been told repeatedly by the embedded mass media that the approval of Michael Mukasey as attorney general is “virtually assured,” “a substantial certainty,” or otherwise in the bag. The reporters never tell you by what means they know this. They happen to be the same reporters who thought a war in Iraq would be a cakewalk and who assured New Orleans that the city had dodged a bullet, and so I hope I’ll be forgiven for demanding some provenance.
I don’t believe that the reporters have polled senators, and so I can only conclude that their pronouncements of certainty are passed on second-hand from unnamed people in the know. My experience with people in the know is that their anonymous reports are not to be trusted. They leak information to manipulate public opinion, not to inform it. Reporters who pass on the morsels tossed out by professional gossip-mongers are mere tools.
You have to wonder about the ethics of the folks who do this sort of reporting. They know that prediction and prognostication are not fact. They know that “analysis” of the future is so much bunk. Over at National Public Radio, where expressions of certainty about events that haven’t happened yet are the regular fare, Hillary has the nomination nailed down, America and Israel will prevail in the world (eventually), and everything will be OK. And that’s the news for today, and now lets get down to some quirky observations on pet ownership, sports, and hip-hop. Nobody seems to be embarassed about all this, but everyone must be. As for important events that have happened and are happening: Don’t ask. Don’t tell.
Is it madness to think that somebody might want to manipulate public opinion on the appointment of this particular nominee? His own testimony betrays him as an in-your-face fascist, an outlaw of the first water. Could Democrats (who hold the majority in the Senate, which must approve Mukasey) really be poised to approve him? If so, which Democrats, other than the Judeo-fascists who have so far apologized for him? Presumably, the reporters know, but they won’t tell.
I don’t believe they know anything of the kind. I think the reporters are willing dupes in a highly organized campaign to manipulate public opinion. This attorney general must be confirmed in order to guarantee the tenure of the criminally culpable parties that populate our government at this nadir of American history, when free citizens wage war for gain, torture prisoners, and abandon the rule of law. Our leaders are ruthless and dangerous racketeers, they occupy positions in every branch of government at every level, and they have the power to end the career of anybody, including journalists, teachers, law enforcement officers, bureaucrats, elected officials, you, me and anybody else that would dare to stand in the way.
I don’t believe Mukasey’s confirmation is assured. In fact, I can’t believe that 50 senators will dare to allow another criminal to run the Justice Department. Maybe NPR can make it happen if they all wish hard enough and keep hiding facts from the public, but Mukasey belongs in a secure facility, not a government law office, and the Senate can’t fail to notice that. If the members confirm him, they must be reckoned, even at NPR, as the most corrupt senate since the fall of Rome.
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