The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s injunction against Ohio for limiting expensive early voting in Ohio as well as new prohibitions on registering and voting simultaneously. Ohio had passed election law changes which curtailed the length of early voting and eliminated the time where people could register to vote and vote simultaneously during “Golden Week.”
This means that Ohio is barred for now from preventing individuals from registering to vote and voting simultaneously before election day. It also means that Ohio must allow voting on days contrary to Ohio law.
Ohio’s Golden Week was a core component of the Obama’s campaign effort to win Ohio’s Electoral College votes in 2008 and 2012 by bringing unregistered voters to the polls, registering them, and voting at the same time. It resulted in multiple instances of voter fraud, including Obama campaign staff who illegally registered in Ohio and cast ballots during Golden Week.
The Sixth Circuit, in preserving the injunction against Ohio, seems to have ignored the requirement that the Voting Rights Act requires more than a statistical disparity in results, thus setting up an appeal to the United States Supreme Court because other federal circuits already disagree and have ruled that mere statistical disparities do not justify a federal lawsuit.
For years, leftist groups such as the ACLU have sought to use the Voting Rights Act to undermine state control of elections by looking for a way to attack “process” issues. Process issues include administrative rules – voting hours, places, registration rules, and so forth. The Voting Rights Act did not provide a very effective means to attack process rules – until this decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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In addition to sending taxpayer money to plans that cover abortion, the massive health care law has created new avenues of public funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Just a few weeks ago, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of more than $500,000 in taxpayer grants to Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers in Iowa and Montana to act as “navigators,” helping enroll Americans in federally facilitated insurance exchanges under Obamacare. Those grants are in addition to the more than $655,000 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers received from the federal government under the same program last year.
As Obamacare enters its second enrollment period, both the federal and state governments are continuing to fund an army of taxpayer-compensated community groups often called “navigators” or “in-person assisters,” that will market the health care law and facilitate entrance into the health plan marketplaces.
For the 2015 enrollment period thus far, local Planned Parenthoods in and Minnesota have been awarded “assister” grants totaling more than $160,000 and other states are expected to follow suit. Again, that funding is in addition to the more than $1 million in total grants awarded to local affiliate health centers from California, Minnesota, Vermont and the District of Columbia alone last year.
Planned Parenthood also could financially benefit from an Obamacare requirement that qualified insurance plans cover a certain percentage of “essential community providers.” Those providers, according to a “non-exhaustive” list updated by the Department of Health and Human Services for 2015, can include nearly 300 local Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers—although covering the centers is not mandated. Some states have implemented more stringent requirements for coverage of essential community providers. In Minnesota, for example, insurers are required to offer contracts to certain local Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers, among other providers.
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Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country’s all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme.
Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents.
The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country’s German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favor.
The rejection of the plan by nearly two-thirds of voters is a major blow for pro-reform campaigners, given that opinion polls had shown the ‘No’ vote was likely to be around 54 percent.
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President Obama acknowledged Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials “underestimated” the threat posed by the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi army’s capacity to defeat the militant group.
The president said in an wide-ranging interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the Islamic State militants went “underground” after being squashed in Iraq and regrouped under the cover of the Syrian civil war.
“During the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos,” Obama said.
The president said his director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has acknowledged that the U.S. “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” He also said it was “absolutely true” that the U.S. overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi army.
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