Kansas’ War on ‘Voter Fraud’, The Worst Weeks of Trey Gowdy’s Life, and The Corporate Assault on Workers Comp

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October 19, 2015 9:19 a.m.

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October 19, 2015

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5 Points You Need To Know About Kris Kobach’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Prosecutions

The Gist: Kansas’ arch-conservative secretary of state is waging a local war against voter fraud, even though voting crimes are incredibly rare.

Benghazi Chair: ‘These Have Been Among The Worst Weeks Of My Life’

The Gist: Rep. Trey Gowdy said that accusations that his investigation is merely a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton have weighed on him.

Bernie Sanders Refuses To Engage With Trump

The Gist: Sanders refused to respond to Trump’s “absurd” comment labeling him a “maniac” and a “socialist slash communist.”

From The Reporter’s Notebook


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) has painted himself as a crusader against voter fraud even though he himself admits that it’s very rare. According to TPM reporter Catherine Thompson, the three alleged double-voting cases his office filed last week likely will be heavily scrutinized—especially because the complaints themselves don’t make the circumstances of the alleged double-voting clear. Kobach has said in interviews that one man voted in both Kansas and Colorado in multiple elections while a married couple also voted in Arkansas in one election, but that information is not spelled out in the three separate complaints.

Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall suggests that “a permanent occupation, which settlements make more permanent, is the best way to deepen the toxic rage and rejectionism that we see today” in the West Bank.

Say What?!


“Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations…we’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.”

– Trump said that he would cut programs like the Department of Education and the EPA.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: “Up until now…its been sympathy and puppies for Joe Biden. If he runs, there are a whole lot of reasons to NOT vote for him. Here are mine. He wrote the crime bill that led to the mass incarceration problem we have now He is a huge proponent of the failed war on drugs. He has a horrible record on IP and its not too far fetched to think his influence on this has been seen in the current administration. He savaged Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings probably paving the way for Justice Thomas to be confirmed by 1 vote. Those creepy back rubs.”

Related: Stop the Joe Biden madness!

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What We’re Reading


The challenges of being a young illegal immigrant alone in the U.S. (The Atlantic)

“ISIS executed my son – I’m not done fighting.” (Esquire)

Inside corporate America’s campaign to ditch worker’s comp. (ProPublica)

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