Talking Points Memo: WI GOP To Run Placeholder Dem Candidates In All Recalls

March 30, 2012- The Republican party of Wisconsin will now run placeholder Democratic candidates in all scheduled recall elections, reports Wispolitics.com:

Republicans will run “protest” or “fake” Dems in all six upcoming recall elections, including guv and lt. guv.

Insiders have expected Republicans to run candidates in the Dem primaries for four Senate seats to ensure their candidates are on the same general election ballot as Gov. Scott Walker to help with turnout.

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The Brad Blog: Indiana’s Republican Sec. of State Charlie White Gets Off Easy for Three Felony Voter Fraud Convictions

While Other, Lesser (Non-GOP) Criminals Receive Jail Time, Deportation

-By Brad Friedman

Febrtuary 27, 2012- My full story on this is at Salon today. But, here's the skinny.

It looks like Indiana's now-former Republican Sec. of State, Charlie White, who was found guilty of three voter fraud felonies and three other felonies early this month, has now been sentenced.

And it also looks like the old adage — It's Okay If You're a Republican (IOKIYAR) — continues to ring true in the Hoosier State. Despite being the top election official in the very first state in the union to institute disenfranchising polling place Photo ID restrictions, Charlie White has gotten off with a slap on the wrist, essentially, for three intentional voter fraud felonies, and the three others he was found guilty of as well.

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Salon: Voter fraud retires shameless GOP official

A lot of Republicans complain about voter fraud. Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White actually committed it

-By Brad Friedman

February 27, 2012- It’s OK if you’re a Republican. Even if you commit voter fraud. Even if you are found guilty of three felony counts of voter fraud by a jury of your peers. Even if you are found guilty of six felony counts overall. Even if you are the secretary of state – the chief election official – of the first state in the union to institute polling place photo ID restrictions which Republicans claim are meant to prevent voter fraud but actually succeed only in keeping longtime voters (like 80- and 90-year-old nuns) from being able to cast their previously legal votes.

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The Brad Blog: Sen. Lugar Latest High-Profile Republican Accused of Voter Fraud as GOP Fraud Epidemic Continues

-By Brad Friedman

February 22, 2012- While the GOP and its operatives have been on a tear over the last year (and many more), falsely claiming an epidemic of Democratic "voter fraud" meriting the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of legal (and mostly Democratic) voters through polling place Photo ID restriction laws in order stop it, the recent spate of actual voter fraud by high profile Republicans — both alleged-with-much-evidence and actually-proven-in-a-court-of-law — continues apace.

The latest high-profile Republican to join the ranks of apparent voter fraud felons is Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana. Like Republican Sec. of State Charlie White, who was found guilty of three counts of felony voter fraud (and three other felonies) earlier this month, Lugar hails from Indiana, the very first state in the nation, ironically enough, to implement voter suppressing polling place Photo ID laws in 2008.

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Think Progress: Convicted of Voter Fraud, Republican Indiana Secretary of State Accuses Gov. Daniels of Same Crime

February 6, 2012- On Friday, then-Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted on six felony counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury and removed from his office. Yesterday, he took to Fox News Channel to defend himself. Calling Indiana a “land of men and not laws,” White vowed to appeal what he called a “total miscarriage of justice” and a “perversion.” Then, White accused Gov.… Read More

The Brad Blog: Indiana’s GOP Secretary of State Guilty of Three Counts of Felony Voter Fraud

Controversy over replacement of state's chief election official kicks off; Epidemic of high-profile GOP voter fraud continues…

-By Brad Freidman

February 4, 2012– The chief election official in the very first state in the nation to implement polling place Photo ID restrictions — under the guise of preventing "voter fraud" — has been found guilty of three counts of felony voter fraud today.

In an early morning verdict following 12 hours of deliberation, a jury in Hamilton County found Indiana's Republican Secretary of State Charlie White guilty of three counts of voter fraud related to having voted in a precinct where he did not live and where he was illegally registered to vote. The Hoosier State's controversial first-in-the-nation Photo ID restrictions, originally implemented in 2008, did nothing to prevent either White's illegal registration or his unlawful vote for himself as Secretary of State in 2010 when he was elected to office.

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Huffington Post: Charlie White, Indiana Election Chief, Found Guilty Of Voter Fraud

-By Charles Wilson

February 4, 2012- INDIANAPOLIS — While Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels held off Saturday on appointing a permanent replacement for the state elections chief convicted early that morning of voter fraud, Democrats said they planned to move quickly to wrest control of the politically powerful office from the GOP.

A jury from Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis, deliberated for 13 hours before convicting Republican Secretary of State Charlie White on six felony charges. Among other things, White was accused of lying about his address on voter registration forms.

Indiana law does not allow felons to hold statewide office, and Daniels quickly appointed White's chief deputy, Jerry Bonnet, as interim secretary of state. But the governor said he was holding off on naming a permanent replacement because a judge could reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, allowing White to regain the office.

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Kansas City Star: Ind. election chief’s job on line in fraud trial

-By Ken Kusmer, Associated Press

January 31, 2012- NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Indiana's top elections official signed documents showing he was living at an address different than one he listed on voting records, witnesses testified Tuesday as prosecutors began building their case in a trial that could cost Secretary of State Charlie White his job and his freedom.

White faces charges of fraud, perjury and theft. A conviction on even one of the seven felony counts would force his removal from the politically powerful office.

As the trial began, defense attorney Carl Brizzi tried to sow doubt in jurors' minds that White is guilty of any of the charges.

Special prosecutor Dan Sigler Sr. brought in a cart with 11 boxes of evidence, including key cellphone records that he said in his opening argument would show White wasn't living in the address on his voting records.

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