Archive for March, 2013

You see this kind of thing in the third world: Regimes using food as an inducement to vote a certain way. The United Nations got its knickers in a twist a few years ago, when the authoritarians who run Burma used the promise of free rice and cooking oil as an inducement to vote their way.

Closer to home there have been accusations by Republicans in the 2010 and 2012 congressional elections that Democrats were trying to induce voters with the promise of free food. In the 2010 race to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, Republicans were incensed by the liberal Democrat’s offer of “free food” at “voter turnout events.”

The Las Vegas Sun reported that the Republican’s lawyer called it “ACORN-style tactics” after the leftist organization that got caught up in scandal after the 2008 election. Republicans have called such tactics “voter enticement”. (more…)

As an attorney, Alicia Ferrante should have known better than to use a not-for-profit organization to promote her candidacy for Sussex County Surrogate. She should know what the law says about the prohibitions on mixing politics with the good work that charities do for the community.

At Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newton, Ferrante had her supporters wear t-shirts that explicitly promoted her candidacy for Surrogate. Her supporters marched in the parade route and held a banner that asked people to vote for her for Surrogate. This violates the policies of the not-for-profit organization that runs the parade. (more…)

Should the Sussex County Democrats be reporting the help they get from the New Jersey Herald as in-kind corporate contributions? Should the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission be alerted? Maybe it’s our imagination but the Herald seems to be sucking more than usual these days.Take a look at the lengths to which they are going to suppress the image of the Democrats’ new candidate for State Senate.

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Something worthy of Hudson County politics took place this week in Sussex County. It’s not surprising because the insider candidate for the Republican nod to replace Parker Space as Freeholder is a long-time Democrat Party campaign operative in Hudson County. Yep, GOP Freeholder hopeful George Graham has made a career out of running the campaigns of some of the biggest Democrat skunks in the Hudson County swamp.

That makes two Hudson County operatives running for Republican nominations in Sussex County this year. The other is Rick Shaftan, candidate for Republican State Committeeman and the consultant for triple-dipper Mayor/Legislator/Public Employee Nick Sacco, the Democrat who represents part of Hudson County in the State Senate. (more…)