Category Archives: Election

Gloria Martin-Roberts accuses Papenfuse and Hartzler of voter suppression on Election Day

Harrisburg, PA – Gloria Martin-Roberts appeared for a live interview Monday night on “Real Rap with Ron Chapel”, a local Harrisburg Facebook radio show. The topic of discussion was the Election Day #Rafflegate controversy in Harrisburg, PA.

The highlights of the scandal featured a voter raffle that offered cash and iPhone prizes. Campaign workers were posted at polling locations in the city on Election Day offering raffle tickets to potential voters. The initial claim by incumbent Mayor Eric Papenfuse suggested this raffle operated in cahoots with the write-in Mayoral campaign of Martin-Roberts, and was essentially bribing people to vote for her. This claim resulted in the ruling of a court injunction and subsequently the Dauphin County Sheriffs shutting down the campaign activity at the polls.

In the interview, Martin-Roberts disputed the claim that her campaign was involved and exposed Eric Papenfuse and Alex Hartzler for committing voter suppression at the polls on Election Day. She distanced her campaign from the raffle and adamantly cleared the name of herself and campaign treasurer James Ellison.

Martin-Roberts detailed the timeline of events that preceded Alex Hartzler summoning hired men from the Cork & Fork staff to intimidate campaign workers and voters at the polls. It was also mentioned that prior to the election, Harrisburg School Board Director candidate Carrie Fowler was circulating unauthorized distasteful material that falsely represented the Gloria Martin-Roberts Mayoral Campaign.

This account of the situation sheds light on the questionable reporting of Pennlive and theBurg throughout this controversy, and their apparent conflict of interest with the Harrisburg Mayor. It also has brought new attention to the severity of the democratic in-fighting in Harrisburg.

The legal implications of #Rafflegate are yet to be revealed as the case is currently under grand jury investigation.

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U.S. Government operatives meddle in foreign Hungarian election

Washington D.C. – The U.S. State Department has courted controversy by announcing it will plough $700,000 into Hungarian media, angering the country’s anti-globalist, conservative government.

U.S. government operatives in the State Department despise Orban for his pro-democracy, anti-immigrant positions.

The State Department also echoed Kostelancik’s claim that too many Hungarian news outlets are sympathetic to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s popular conservative government — which has earned powerful enemies by opposing the European Union on mass migration, building a highly effective border wall, and exposing the network of European politicians deemed “reliable allies” by billionaire open borders campaigner George Soros.

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iPhone raffle for votes leads to grand jury investigation

Update:Gloria Martin-Roberts live interview

Harrisburg, PA – A grand jury will convene tomorrow to investigate circumstances surrounding the organization of a voter raffle held on election day at the polling places in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

PennLive.com originally reported an emergency injunction issued Tuesday November 7, 2017, that ordered sheriff’s deputies to visit all Harrisburg polling stations to collect raffle tickets from campaign workers.

Common Pleas Judge Scott Evans said in his ruling the ticket is “promoting of a particular race and suggestive of balloting.”

Legal issues have been expressed by various parties, including local developer Jeremy Hunter, and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

Hunter was involved with the Gloria Martin-Roberts mayoral campaign and has publicly defended Kyle Schlessman, who is at the center of controversy following the reports that Schlessman sponsored the iphone raffle.

Martin-Roberts campaign material
Marin-Roberts Campaign Material

Initially Papenfuse suggested that the voter raffle was directly tied to a write-in campaign of a candidate who was challenging his uncontested position on the ballot.

From the other campaign, it’s been alleged that Papenfuse was engaging in voter suppression on election day and is attempting to blackball the names of those who were campaigning for Martin-Roberts. Defense Attorneys may argue that the raffle is fully legal based on examples of similar voter rallies in California and elsewhere.

✊🏾 Vote for Black Judges to offset White Privilege; Republicans “livid” about controversial Democratic endorsement 

Harrisburg, PA – A Democratic NAACP Rep advocates for people of color to vote for African American judges as a counter to resolve the ill effects of “white privilege” in our state court system. The endorsement was made via fb post, on a platform that has been growing in popularity. Facebook has become a convenient resource for political campaigning. The post was marked with the hashtag #BlackJudgesMatter. 

Brandon Flood is very active in the political arena and has a strong following on his personal facebook page. Utilizing fb as his platform, and elaborating on his role with the NAACP, he often makes posts from a pro-African American perspective. 

Sometimes the postings of various actors in Harrisburg push the limits of racial boundaries. At some point this practice became socially acceptable as the norm, although more recently these radical perspectives are becoming noticed by critics who come from varying backgrounds.

The Big Sarge Show featuring Brandon Flood:

In the title, the term “livid” is used to help illustrate a double standard. The mainstream networks are publishing reports of democratic outrage over a GOP flyer supporting judges who stand for the flag. Supporting the American flag and our country is a primary expectation of American judges. Perhaps those mainstream reports serve as a distraction to deflect attention from the actual controversy of vilifying white privilege to justify reverse discrimination. No published reports have mentioned the true  racial controversy, while they instead focus on attacking the American flag. The term “livid” is a typical feeling experienced by liberals, and certainly republicans are not acting out furiously angry as have the democrats. In this exchange the active critics of the anti-white privilege endorsement remain calm and focused on the hypocrisy of it all. 

Initially the posting of Flood’s endorsement, which tagged 77 others, gained the attention and commentary of dozens who support the effort to elect African American judges.

The posting was eventually challenged by republican and moderate pundits who cited prejudice, victim mentality, and double standards. Many leftist who chimed in had counter arguments, often by making emotional appeals that referenced the suffering of blacks due to the perceived injustice of white privilege.

The following exerpts are a sample of the exchange between anti-white privilege supporters and the critics of this endorsement:

Robert Brandt (Big Sarge): White Privilege eh? Why cant we just vote for them because they might be good candidates?

Sean M Guay I would say that this post is a form of extreme rhetoric that divides our nation.
Some would say that Brandon’s post is racist.
It does advocate for the idea of white guilt being normalized.

LaLa Clark: I have been trying to avoid the ignorance on this post but it keeps popping up so I will say this. In reading the original post I didn’t see any mention of voting for anyone over another because of color. In the “black” community there are plenty of people who complain that there isn’t enough diversity and this was an opportunity for them to be made aware that there are qualified people of color running. That is it that is all. Where has the common sense gone… I mean really?? You have a man of color sharing information and his post is deemed racist…. I just cant!!! I’m wondering how many European American’s actually vote based on best qualified regardless of race🤔

Shariah Brown: Robert Brandt it’s really a much longer conversation. But if we keep setting this issue aside it’s the same as ignoring it. 50% of the prison population is black and Latino. Men of color can not raise their families or send their kids to college. If you are not willing to do the work, I can not educate you. Not now. Not on this forum,however, I do love all races, never the less if you won’t be a part of understanding you are a part of ignorance.

Robert Brandt: Shariah Brown And that’s part of the problem. The victim mentality. Lets face it minorities have great opportunity in this country. Moreso than ever before in our history. No one is being ignorant here but to state there is this myth of privilege is the divider in the conversation.

Sean M Guay: I think the post would have been okay without the white privilege part. That idea has become a weapon of the left.
I understand why some white people may be offended by using white privilege to justify reverse discrimination.

Ironically, members of the same democratic party are outraged over a simple GOP mailer endorsing Judges who support the American flag:

 

Brandon Flood:. Let’s look at the facts here people. There has only been one judge of color elected to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in the entire history of the Court. There has only been one judge of color elected to the Pa Supreme Court in the entire history of the Court. In my lifetime, there has never been a judge of color presiding within the York County Court of Common Pleas. Lastly, in the history of the Pa Superior Court there literally has been no more than a handful of judges of color. That said, and I say this with the utmost degree of respect to anyone that takes exception to this post, go f&%k yourselves!

Sean M Guay: The original post does not promote equality or unity.
I’d like to highlight the double standard here.
Imagine if someone posted in favor of voting for white judges to counter the black power supremacy that could be perceived in these politics.

Gerald Welch: Robert Brandt we can never put race to side, because is attached to everything single thing that effects the lives of Black people. Law, Economics, Entertainment, Politics, Religion, Sex, Justice!

Robert Brandt: Gerald Welch Oh so race only effect Black people eh?

Gerald Welch: Robert Brandt race effects all non white people

Annie Hughes: Sean, this an effort for appropriate representation in government, when certain classes of people are traditionally underrepresented.

Sean M Guay: Annie Hughes I do understand the intentions, however I think the effort should be advanced without contributing to the racial divide in our country by using these race baiting tactics and exploiting the concept of white guilt.


Annie Hughes: I think the source of the conflict here is a misunderstanding of what “white privilege” means. There is an undeniable privilege that comes from being in a majority class, but especially a majority racial class, and especially one in the US, where racism has been (and still is) often codified in law, directly or indirectly. The term “white privilege” is a specific term from many decades of social research. If we’re defining “privilege” in the same way, then there is no such thing as “black privilege.” Maybe you’re referring to something else? The wiki page on white privilege gives a pretty good overview – I recommend taking a look! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege

White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified…EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG
Sean M Guay: It’s all good Annie Hughes, I appreciate the debate.
From the perspective that I am trying to convey, it could be argued that the social research about white privilege is funded by liberal big government policies, of which are based in partisan politics.
Of course in the leftist city of Harrisburg this research is socially acceptable as the commonly believed norm, but outside of this leftist bubble, the free market sentiment of mainstream Americans reject the divisive nature of this white privilege concept.
Some would counter the white privilege argument by highlighting ‘black privilege’ in relation to something like affirmative action as giving an advantage to a less qualified candidate, who may be hired over a more qualified white candidate. Also, this applies to acceptance rates at American universities.
These divisive concepts actually play into the hand of our enemy countries that want to upset the freedom and peace in America.
Also, it’s known that the source of Wikipedia has been dominated by liberal institutions, same with our American mainstream media.

LaLa Clark Black and privilege shouldn’t be used in the same sentence.


Gerald Welch: If most white people had a sense of guilt, conditions would not be as they are, they would work harder and sincerely to remove all impediments that effect the lives of Black people and other minorities.


Sean M Guay: I believe that we need to focus on the human race and stop segregating ourselves into special groups.


Brandon Flood Is white guilt even a thing? I thought it was a myth. If it is, I wish to relieve you of your burden, Sean. Consider yourself free.

Sean M Guay: White people have been trained to feel guilty.


Gerald Welch: Sean M Guay so they should feel no remorse from the hideous doctrine of slavery, and Jim Crow. White people should do nothing to make that right? In fact, they should continue to perpetuate the same behavior as the ancestors before them and practice old policies with new disguises.


Sean M Guay: Gerald Welch idk about that but I’m convinced that America is the best country on earth. 🇺🇸
Americans enjoy freedoms that most in the world do not. Also, America should be celebrated for ending slavery, not focus on the lingering racial divide.

 

Dems Keep Losing – Now Seek Second Place Trophy

AP found that the drawing of districts for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative districts gave Republicans a real advantage.

Because the DNC follows a broken compass, Democrats cannot find their way to victory. As the losing streak ensues, Dems continue to wallow in misery, while the red hat republicans secure another strong hold on the front lines of the district maps.

Written by Marc Levy/The Associated Press | Jun 26, 2017 6:36 AM

state_capitol_14.jpgPhoto by Tim Lambert/WITF

(Harrisburg) — A map of congressional districts drawn by Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature helped the GOP win nearly three more of the state’s U.S. House seats than the party otherwise would have won in last year’s election, an Associated Press analysis found.

The partisan tilt was more than any other state, except for Texas, according to AP’s national analysis.

The map, drawn in 2011, is now the subject of a court challenge, filed earlier this month by the League of Women Voters and 18 registered Democratic Party voters.

AP found that the drawing of districts for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative districts gave Republicans a real advantage.

The news organization scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year, using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage called the “efficiency gap.” Designed to detect cases in which one party may have secured power through political gerrymandering, it found that the GOP may have won as many as 22 additional congressional seats more than expected.

“There is no definitive answer to the question of how large an efficiency gap must be to indicate an unconstitutional gerrymander.”

PENNSYLVANIA’S MAP

Republicans went into the map-drawing exercise — required every decade after the census — to protect their 12 incumbents in Congress, the result of a 2010’s GOP wave election on a map also drawn by Republicans a decade earlier, and to try to pick up a 13th seat. The map was drawn behind closed doors, and mapmakers released no records to explain their strategy.

Districts underwent dramatic changes that broke decades of precedent: The map shifted whole counties and some of the state’s larger cities into new congressional districts, and pitted two Democratic congressmen against each other to remain in Congress. Mapmakers apparently analyzed voting patterns of individual wards. They moved Democratic-performing areas into districts that were safe for Republican or Democratic candidates. And they moved Republican-performing areas into closely divided districts held by Republican incumbents.

Ultimately, Republicans picked up a 13th district in a state where registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by a margin of 4 to 3. Voters again re-elected 13 Republicans to the U.S. House in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

PENNSYLVANIA’S GAP

Pennsylvania’s 16.2 percent efficiency gap favoring Republicans was the sixth highest among states last year. In 2012, the efficiency gap of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts was the largest in the nation, the lawsuit said.

The AP analysis was based on a formula developed by University of Chicago law professor Nick Stephanopoulos and Eric McGhee, a researcher at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. Their mathematical model was cited last fall as “corroborative evidence” by a federal appeals court panel that struck down Wisconsin’s state Assembly districts as an intentional partisan gerrymander. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal.

The “efficiency gap” formula creates a way to measure whether gerrymandering has helped a political party extend its power.

Stephanopoulos and McGhee computed efficiency gaps for four decades of congressional and state House races starting in 1972, concluding the pro-Republican maps enacted after the 2010 Census resulted in “the most extreme gerrymanders in modern history.”

The formula compares the statewide average share of the vote a party receives in each district with the statewide percentage of seats it wins, taking into account a common political expectation: For each 1 percentage point gain in its statewide vote share, a party normally increases its seat share by 2 percentage points. So a party that receives 55 percent of the statewide vote could expect to win 60 percent of the legislative seats.

Under the 2011 map, Republicans now fill 13 of Pennsylvania’s 18 seats in the U.S. House — or 72 percent — despite winning 54 percent of the statewide congressional vote in 2016.

CASE LAW

Court precedent says gerrymandering can be unconstitutional, although there is no definitive answer to the question of how large an efficiency gap must be to indicate an unconstitutional gerrymander.

In a recent case challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts, political scientist Simon Jackman suggested that an initial election efficiency gap of at least 7.5 percent in a state with more than 15 U.S. House districts should attract scrutiny. Pennsylvania fits that description.