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Thrivent buys ethics awards?, Touts Christian values, The ethics of firms paying to be honored for ethics, Ethisphere Institute “World’s Most Ethical Companies”, Thrivent touts these “ethics” awards”

Thrivent buys ethics awards?, Touts Christian values, The ethics of firms paying to be honored for ethics, Ethisphere Institute “World’s Most Ethical Companies”, Thrivent touts these “ethics” awards”

“Committed to honesty, integrity and fairness
Insurance companies are subject to a lot of rules. National and state governments and other regulatory organizations have established a vast array. At AAL, we recognize the importance of these rules and work diligently to follow them. Then we take an extra step.
We choose to hold ourselves to a higher ethical standard than the regulations demand. We’re part of the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association–more commonly known as IMSA.”…AAL (Thrivent) Correspondent January/February 2002

“the awarding of an ethics accolade to a company that gives you money just doesn’t pass the smell test.”…LA Times October 27, 2014

“The secret of life is honesty, and fair
dealing. If you can fake that you’ve got it made.”…Groucho Marx

 

Thrivent, a Lutheran connected fraternal organization has been in the news for the past several years trying to maintain it’s dispute resolution, MDRP, contract dictate in lieu of litigation, despite challenges from the DOL.

It claims it’s approach of appeal, mediation and arbitration is in the best interest of its members.

It also touts its Christian based approaches and ethics awards.

Is it buying the ethics awards?

From a recent lawsuit against Thrivent:

“Executive sues Thrivent, saying he was fired because he is black”

“A black executive claims he was fired as president of a Thrivent Financial subsidiary because he accused a co-worker of racial discrimination, according to a lawsuit he filed against the financial services firm.

Gregory M. Smith, who said he was recruited by Thrivent in 2016 to help grow its network of independent insurance brokers, said he was stunned to encounter discrimination at a Fortune 500 company whose mission is “helping Christians be wise with money and live generously.”

“I was shocked,” said Smith, 56, who has worked at some of the largest insurance companies in the U.S. “I have never been treated so badly in my life.”

http://eachstorytold.com/2018/05/26/thrivent-executive-fired-gregory-m-smith-lawsuit-says-he-was-fired-because-he-is-black-represented-by-attorney-clayton-halunen-we-are-going-to-get-rid-of-that-black-piece-of-shit/

“Thrivent Financial, which manages more than $100 billion in assets, boasts of its corporate culture, noting on its website that it has been named one of the world’s “most ethical companies” six years in a row by the Ethisphere Institute.”

http://www.startribune.com/executive-sues-thrivent-saying-he-was-fired-because-he-was-black/451920593/

From Thrivent:

“Thrivent, a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously, announced today it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.”

“For the last seven years, Thrivent has been honored to be named a World’s Most Ethical Company,” said Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent. “As we serve our members and carry out what it means to be an ethical company through our actions and business practices, we are pleased to be recognized as leaders in setting a standard that we hope will continue to develop within the business community.”

https://www.thrivent.com/newsroom/for-7th-year-in-a-row-thrivent-named-a-worlds-most-ethical-company.html

From Slate.

“Sometime in the next week or so, something called the Ethisphere Institute is scheduled to announce this year’s list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” If past years are any indication, the winners will have their press releases ready to go, and news outlets across the country will eat it up. There’s just one hitch: These ethics awards—let’s call them the Ethies—may have ethics issues of their own.

The Ethisphere Insitute, which describes itself as “a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability,” is actually a for-profit company. The institute also lends itself credibility with an “advisory panel” of ethicists, yet several former members say they’ve had little if anything to do with it. Finally, the institute and an affiliated company sell services to and collect fees from some of the same companies Ethisphere extols.”

“The scoring is based mostly on information provided by the companies themselves, and Ethisphere says its questionnaire should take 30 to 40 minutes to complete. Ethisphere then asks companies for documentation to support survey answers and reviews other sources, such as news articles, court records, and Consumer Reports. Ethisphere says it reviewed more than 10,000 corporations for last year’s list.

Brigham acknowledges that the system is imperfect. “Could they be lying to us?” he says. “Sure, they could. … Over time, we’re going to have to figure out how to verify that. And no one is going to pay us to verify it, and if we try to charge them to verify it, we’re going to have reporters like you make it sound like we’re getting paid off.”

Ethisphere says its methodology was developed with the help of a panel of independent experts. But as I dialed up half a dozen of the 20 committee members, I found only one (George Ash) who said he actually contributed to shaping the methodology. Others said they made a suggestion that wasn’t heeded (Thomas Donaldson), or didn’t seriously analyze the methodology (Patrick Barwise, John Dienhart, Chris MacDonald), or didn’t know they were on the panel (Karen Paul). Ethisphere says that it assumed panel members who didn’t respond to its queries simply agreed with the methodology and that each member explicitly agreed to be on the panel. Since my inquiries, Ethisphere has named a new, smaller panel, and none of the people I spoke to are still on it.”

“It’s tempting, of course, to dismiss all this as just corporate window-dressing, and in fact Canadian ethicist Chris MacDonald, who until recently was on Ethisphere’s advisory panel, warned me to take such awards “with a grain of salt.” And then there are people like Gretchen Winter, former ethics officer for “World’s Most Ethical” winner Baxter International and current director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the University of Illinois. Winter says the institute’s conflicts of interest and reliance on self-reported information make its awards “less credible.” At the same time, she says, the awards help in “advancing the conversation about ethics and compliance programs in the executive suites and boardrooms.”

They may just as easily be used, however, to squelch conversation. Last year, while working on another story, I was interviewing a corporate spokesman about allegations of fraud against his company and government fines for a radioactive waste spill. He sent me a press release trumpeting the news that Ethisphere had named his engineering and construction firm, CH2M Hill, one of the “World’s Most Ethical.” It “speaks for itself,” he said. If only he knew.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2010/03/its_all_good.html

From the LA Times.

“The ethics of firms paying to be honored for ethics

“It’s apparently a point of honor among some corporations to be named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. There already are rankings, after all, for the World’s Most Admired Companies and the Best Companies to Work For.

Blue Shield issued a press release in March saying that it had been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third year in a row. The company said the honor had been earned because of Blue Shield’s “strong culture of ethical behavior and integrity.”

Dozens of other companies issued similar press releases around the same time. Waste Management, the garbage-disposal company that in 2011 paid $7.5 million to settle charges that it broke Massachusetts environmental laws, touted its inclusion among the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

So did Eastman Chemical, which faces lawsuits alleging that it did not adequately warn of the dangers of a chemical that spilled into a West Virginia river earlier this year, leaving more than 300,000 people without water for days.”

“Apparently, Blue Shield and Ethisphere haven’t quite grasped that the appearance of a conflict can be just as troubling as an actual conflict.

Nor do they seem to understand that the awarding of an ethics accolade to a company that gives you money just doesn’t pass the smell test.

Hey, remember when things like ethics mattered?

Blue Shield doesn’t. Neither does the Ethisphere Institute.”

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20141028-column.html

 

 

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My disability how it affected me and how I was treated by the disability insurance company and social security disability, Delay and deny incompetence and evil, What I will eventually write will shock and infuriate you

My disability how it affected me and how I was treated by the disability insurance company and social security disability, Delay and deny incompetence and evil, What I will eventually write will shock and infuriate you

“Insurance Companies Practice Deny & Delay Tactics”…The Deutermann Law Group

“Some critics say being barred from court discourages complaints, and some of those barred from court say they don’t trust the arbitration system enough to pursue it. Joseph Belth, a retired professor of insurance at Indiana University and editor of a widely read industry newsletter, calls the ability of fraternals to unilaterally change dispute-resolution rules for policyholders “an outrage.””…WSJ May 30, 2006

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”…Ephesians 6:12

 

 

My disability, how it affected me and how I was treated by the Disability insurance company and Social Security Disability.

Prior to my disability, I had been active all of my life, had only been to the hospital for sports injuries and had worked hard mentally and physically.

My disability event happened on February 27, 2009.

After 2 initial filings for disability claims and a letter from an attorney, my claim was denied.

The claim has been ongoing since then and I have had legal representation for over a year.

I vowed that no matter how this played out, I would expose the mistreatment I received from the disability insurance company.

Since the claim process is ongoing, I will report what I am able to reveal.

Here is the general sequence of events:

I was upstairs and alone.

I felt a numbness beginning in my right foot which began to spread up my right side.

I walked a short distance to the bedroom and laid down.

I was thinking stroke but tried to remain calm.

I called my lady friend who called her physician father on the west coast.

She arrived home and immediately took me to the emergency room a short distance away.

They triaged me for stroke which thank God it wasn’t, ran some more tests and kept me overnight.

The numbness all along my right side began to go away overnight except for my right foot, which remains with me today.

It wasn’t just numbness but there was also pain. The closest analogy I can think of is when your hands get numb and painful from making snowballs too long.

From the time that I left the hospital I was forced to keep my right leg propped up and pretty soon my lower back beagn hurting.

I was in pain during the day and my sleep was difficult at night.

A few days later I had an appointment with the attending physician, who I had never met before the hospital visit. He began talking about taking vitamins and quite frankly did not impress me.

After the second visit and my insistence, he referred me to a podiatrist.

The podiatrist was competent and immediately referred me to a spine specialist.

The spine spcialists examined me and took xrays. They found compression and fusion in my lower back. They also gave me an injection for pain which did little to help.

On the next visit they ran point to point tests from my lower spine to my foot.
.
Their conclusion was atypical neuropathy.

I had contacted my disability insurance company earlier to inform them of what had happened and they sent claim forms.

I filed claims with them twice and on both occasions the spine specialists indicated “no work.”

After the second denial I had an attorney write an excellent letter to no avail (except for documentation).

I also filed an online claim with Social Security Disability. More on this later.

Knowing what I know now, I would have immediately contacted an attorney to handle this case.

There were multiple reasons why I did not.

First of all, this was a fraternal plan I had paid on for 25 years. I was in disbelief, shock as well as pain. I could not trust them.

Also in the contract you agree to go through a process of appeal, mediation and binding arbitration. I should have had an attorney handle that.

After months of diagnosis, filing claims and dealing with the pain I had to protect myself. Thank God I had assets. I got by on savings, disposal of assets and eventually early Social Security retirement at a reduced amount.

I was able to make payments on the house I moved back into after my lady (fair weather) friend broke things off and my car.

I am one of the fortunate ones.

The TV ads daily reveal those who were helped by an attorney or they would have gone under financially.

Once again, I am blessed. But I was devastated financially.

Medicare was a blessing. With the great supplement a friend recommended, I was able to get a knee replacement for my other knee.

Exercise became part of my therapy to reduce the pain. I was then able to resume it.

What the disability company did was wrong, evil.

I am not going to let them get away with this, for myself and others.

More on this when I am able.

 

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NC State Board of Elections meeting Wednesday November 30, 2016, Hearing on appeal of In re Protest of Election by Thomas Stark, Final determination as to classification of existing administrative rules, Durham County vote processing

NC State Board of Elections meeting Wednesday November 30, 2016, Hearing on appeal of In re Protest of Election by Thomas Stark, Final determination as to classification of existing administrative rules, Durham County vote processing

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”…Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens

“Durham County is widely considered to be the most liberal county in NC.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

The NC SBI has been investigating the Durham County Board of Elections handling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary elections. Although this does not directly relate to their performance during the general election, it does, I believe reveal a bigger problem there.

“North Carolina’s top criminal investigations agency is looking into whether there was wrongdoing in last spring’s primary election in Durham County, the likely ground zero in the ongoing fight over last week’s still-in-doubt race for governor.

A State Bureau of Investigation spokesman and Durham’s district attorney confirmed Monday that investigators have been on the case for two weeks.

The bureau is investigating whether crimes were committed in the mishandling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary elections. Some may have been counted twice and election officials presented the vote count as true when it was wrong, according to an interim report presented to the state elections board in May. The miscount didn’t affect the primary’s outcome.”

http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/sbi-investigates-durham-county-s-primary-election-the-county-is/article_7c9b61a6-aacf-11e6-a783-2771f15fd64b.html

The Durham County protests and irregularities have been the topic of discussion at recent state board meetings and will be at the following upcoming meeting.

From the NC State Board of Elections.

“NOTICE OF STATE BOARD MEETING

The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in its boardroom located at 441 North Harrington Street, Raleigh. Public meeting materials will be available online at https://goo.gl/8YfisE.

TENTATIVE AGENDA

Call to order Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest G.S. § 138A-15(e)

Hearing on appeal of In re Protest of Election by Thomas Stark pursuant to G.S. §§ 163-182.11(b)(3) and 163-182.12*

Executive Director Report Final determination as to classification of existing administrative rules G.S. § 150B-21.3A(c)(1) A (Periodic Rules Review)

Designation of rulemaking coordinator G.S. § 150B-21.

Approval of minutes G.S. § 163-20(e)

Adjourn

_

* The Chair will recognize the N.C. Republican Party, N.C. Democratic Party, and candidates appearing on the ballot in Durham County, or their counsel. The Chair hereby designates Durham County Board of Elections Chair William Brian and Interim Director Kate Cosner to appear pursuant to 08 NCAC 2.0110, and may include counsel. Parties wishing to make oral argument must submit a request to do so by email to Legal.Team@ncsbe.gov no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.”

https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-11-30/SBE_Meeting_Notice_2016-11-30.pdf

 

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NC State Board of Elections emergency meeting Sunday, November 27, 2016, Attorney Thomas H. Stark appeal, DeLuca v. Strach et al, Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest, Stark requests state board control all protests and eligibility of all voters in Durham County

NC State Board of Elections emergency meeting Sunday, November 27, 2016, Attorney Thomas H. Stark appeal, DeLuca v. Strach et al, Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest, Stark requests state board control all protests and eligibility of all voters in Durham County

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”…Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens

“Durham County is widely considered to be the most liberal county in NC.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

***  UPDATE BELOW  ***

From the NC State Board of Elections.

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY STATE BOARD MEETING

The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting by teleconference on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Interested members of the public may listen to proceedings by dialing (213) 929-4212 (code: 696-443-050).

AGENDA

Call to order Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest G.S. § 138A-15(e)

Consideration of request regarding certain protests of election appealed from Durham County. G.S. § 163-182.12

Closed session to receive briefing from counsel regarding the handling of DeLuca v. Strach et al. and representation therein G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3) Action to approve the hiring of litigation counsel Adjourn

From the  Thomas H. Stark appeal.

“6. State the legal and factual basis for your appeal. NCGS Chapter 163, Articles 14A (Voting) and 15 (Counting Ballots, etc.) Failure of Tabulators to correctly count ballots for five early voting sites and one Election Day precinct. Manufacturer claims that the error was caused by a software limitation of its operating system (the system could not tabulate the number of votes it
was called to report in the early voting sights), and the fact that Durham County utilized the tabulators in a way that took them beyond the specified limits (by using the one tabulator in each early voting sight, the failure should have been anticipated). The evidence demonstrates that all of the data discussed in the hearing is from the same PCM CIA card utilized in the tabulators, therefore, an independent verification of the reported results has not been performed. At this point it cannot be determined whether the number of ballots in the sealed
boxes from the several tabulators equal the reported results or not. That determination cannot be made until the ballots are counted.”

“7. Is there any material submitted with this appeal that was not presented to and considered by the county board? Is so, please identify and state why it was not presented to the county board. Why do you think the State Board of Elections should consider it? There are a number of anomalies in Durham that appear to have impacted the outcome of this election. There are a series of protests and/or appeals pending before the State Board or the Durham County Board of Elections. It was established in one precinct that a provisional ballot was run through the tabulator in error, allegedly due to deficient availability of adequately trained staff. The provisional ballot was voted in a precinct other than the ones at issue in this protest. The State Board of Elections should direct Durham County to hand count all ballots voted in this election, carefully examining the ballots for provisional markings, as part of considering this appeal that also tests the viability and reliability of the County’s tabulating equipment. The State Board of Elections should assist Durham in determining how many ineligible voters cast ballots in this election. In addition to the provisional ballot illegally voted, it appears that several persons who were ineligible to vote due to their status in the criminal justice system actually cast votes in Durham. Durham has refused to allow the public to review any documents submitted with absentee ballots, despite repeated requests. (See separate appeal submitted this date.) Finally, Durham has a number of Same Day Registrations that the appellant does not believe to be verified, or verified with the level of scrutiny that is warranted. Also enclosed are three pages of data that has been collected from voter registration records and which demonstrate the substantial increase in the number of voters removed from voting rolls in the three months following a general election when contrasted with off year elections, or local election years. Also included are figures for numbers of voters removed from the rolls following the 2012 election in some other nearby urban counties. The number of removed voters are more than the amount necessary to decide the races referred to above, namely Governor and Auditor. The existence of the number of anomalies together with the number of ballots involved, over 94,000, or even a small fraction of them, can change the outcome of the election if not properly tabulated.”

“9. What relief do you seek? Why? The Appellant requests the consideration of all appeals coming to the Board from Durham County, that the State Board exercise control of all protests pending in Durham County, that the State Board carefully consider the eligibility of the voters in Durham County, and remove the votes of persons ineligible to vote from the voting results, whether ineligible as a felon, deceased, voted in another jurisdiction, not domiciled in Durham County, in the precinct indicated, not a Citizen, or for some other reason, that the State Board order Durham County to hand count the ballots to insure no provisional ballots were voted without being properly approved by the Durham County Elections Board, and, further, that the totals are accurately reported. (The Appellant is well aware that the issues which present in Durham County may well apply in other counties as well, and require additional scrutiny by the State Board.)”

https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-11-27/SBE_Meeting_Notice_2016-11-27.pdf

 

***  Update 7:10 PM  ***

From TWC News.

“The North Carolina State Board of Elections says it won’t take up an appeal for a recount of more than 90,000 votes in Durham County until the local board gives them certain documents.

A Republican attorney believes the recount of those votes could change the outcome of the election and the still undecided governor’s race.”

“During an emergency meeting by phone Sunday, members of the state board said their hands are tied until they receive a full record of the hearing the county board held.  They hope to get the transcript of that hearing and any evidence or briefings submitted during the case within the next 48 hours.

“I would request the staff to push Durham any way you can, all of the people in this room together and with anyone else we can, to push Durham,” said Grant Whitney, chairman of the NC State Board of Elections. “We need to get some certainty in our political processes here and it sounds like we’re stuck with the timing.”

Board members said they want some time to review those materials before scheduling a hearing about the appeal.  It may happen late this week.”

http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2016/11/26/gop-appeal-asks-state-officials-for-scrutiny-of-durham-votes.html

 

 

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NC governor race request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections, Recount of Durham County early vote, Attorney Thomas Stark formal appeal, Malfunctions and irregularities, Remove the votes of persons ineligible

NC governor race request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections, Recount of Durham County early vote, Attorney Thomas Stark formal appeal, Malfunctions and irregularities, Remove the votes of persons ineligible

“Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”…Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens

“Durham County is widely considered to be the most liberal county in NC.”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

From Pat McCrory for Governor November 26, 2016.

“Request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections

Appeal requests the State Board expeditiously call for a recount of the Durham County early vote data tabulated on election night”

“Today, attorney and registered Durham County voter Thomas Stark filed a formal appeal with the State Board of Elections in relation to the ‘malfeasance’ in tabulating approximately 90,000 ballots that were reported just before midnight on Election Day. The original complaint reasonably demands the County Board of Elections conduct a recount of the original paper ballots before the county’s canvass date. The county denied this request and the Pat McCrory Committee concurs in a call for an expedited appeal of the protest for a full recount of the Durham county early vote ballots. This reasonable request will provide confidence and clarity in the Durham results for the voters of North Carolina. Upon completion of this recount, we can better asses next steps.

“It was concerning to learn that the Durham County Board decided to not approve attorney Tom Stark’s protest to recount the early vote totals from election night. The malfunctions and irregularities in Durham have been extremely troubling to this campaign and the people of North Carolina, and the State Board confirmed several errors. We are now left with no other position but to request the State Board of Elections expeditiously order a full recount of Durham county early vote totals. Once this occurs, we can all move towards a conclusion of this process,” said Russell Peck, campaign manager for the Pat McCrory Committee.

As earlier reported by ABC11, their has been a long history of voting problems in Durham County. In the 2016 general election, electronic errors, glitches and untrained staff caused major problems that received bipartisan scorn. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens even stated in a recent hearing on the problems, “Durham historically hasn’t figured out how to carry out an election properly.”

During the March 15 primary election, the Durham County Board of Elections mishandled roughly 1,900 provisional ballots forcing the state to allow eligible voters to recast their ballots months later. It was also recently reported that the state board of elections turned over their completed investigation to investigators who are now looking into whether crimes were committed in this case, as election officials said the wrong vote count was accurate and some votes may have been counted twice.

If a Durham recount provides the same results as earlier posted, the McCrory Committee will be prepared to withdraw its statewide recount request in the Governors race.”

Request for expedited hearing filed with the State Board of Elections

Appeal:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/67f0361f3af450acafd9830a7/files/Appeal.pdf?utm_source=Press+List&utm_campaign=8f1cd2349a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_079bda86ca-8f1cd2349a-107632093

 

 

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NC State Board of Elections meeting audio reveals widespread voter fraud, Greensboro News Record lies again, 339 felons voted illegally, NC Democrat Party complicit in Bladen County fraud, “reckless allegations of fraud”

NC State Board of Elections meeting audio reveals widespread voter fraud, Greensboro News Record lies again, 339 felons voted illegally, NC Democrat Party complicit in Bladen County fraud, “reckless allegations of fraud”

“Other payments which are disclosed on Bladen County Improvement Association PAC contribution reports include
the following:

Mary Johnson, witness for 74 ballots, $450;
Lola Wooten, witness for 58 ballots, $500;
Deborah Cogdell, witness for 45 ballots (including both witnesses on 1 ballot), $300; and
Bridgette Keaton, witness for 16 ballots, $630.”…Bladen County NC election protest

“What is your threshold for acceptable voter fraud since 1 vote can win most elections?”…Citizen Wells

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

The American Press must stop lying to the people.

NOW!

From the Greensboro News Record November 22, 2016.

“Gov. Pat McCrory’s attempt to undermine public confidence in North Carolina’s elections is unjustified and inexcusable.”

“But the Republican governor’s campaign has gone too far in making reckless allegations of fraud and trying to implicate Cooper, the Democratic attorney general.”

“Investigations by various local election boards have found a few problems. For example, some people died after casting early ballots but before Election Day. A few felons may have voted.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/our-opinion-a-corrupt-election/article_219cb5f4-cffa-546d-80f5-88d736e238a3.html

Square what the News Record and the rest of the disgusting mainstream media has “reported” versus the following.

Hey News Record editors. Did you listen to the entire State Board of Elections meeting?

I did.

From Citizen Wells November 21, 2016.

“ROY COOPER SHOULD STOP TRYING TO CIRCUMVENT ELECTORAL PROCESS

The Pat McCrory Committee issued the following statement in response to Roy Cooper’s desperate press conferences attacking Governor McCrory:

“Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons? It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to count in order to win. Instead of insulting North Carolina voters, we intend to let the process work as it should to ensure that every legal vote is counted properly.” – Ricky Diaz, Governor McCrory’s campaign spokesman

Fact: The State Board of Elections discovered over 339 convicted felons who voted early or absentee. This total does not include numbers from Election Day. (News & Observer on Twitter, 11/20/2016)

Fact: Over 90 counties have yet to complete their county canvases and finalize their vote totals.

Fact: Protests are being filed in over 50 counties to challenge fraudulent absentee ballots and votes by felons, double and dead voters.(Charlotte Observer, 11/17/2016)”

“According to disclosure reports, among the largest contributors to the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC are the North Carolina Democratic Party and candidates for statewide and countywide offices, such as: Mike Morgan, Wake County district court judge and Supreme Court justice-elect; June Atkinson, superintendent of public instruction; Ken Spaulding, former gubernatorial candidate; Dan Blue III, state senator and former candidate for state treasurer; Chris Rey, mayor of Spring Lake and former candidate for U.S. Senate; G. Michael Cogdell, Bladen County commissioner.”

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https://citizenwells.com/2016/11/21/nc-governor-race-update-november-21-2016-339-convicted-felons-voted-early-or-absentee-mccrory-why-is-roy-cooper-so-insistent-on-circumventing-the-electoral-process-and-counting-the-votes/

From Citizen News April 3, 2014.

“Tillis, Berger Issue Joint Statement On Newly Discovered, Alarming Evidence Of Voter Error And Fraud”

“Raleigh, N.C. – House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued a joint statement Wednesday in response to more alarming evidence of voter error and fraud discovered by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Initial findings from the Board presented to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee today show:

  • 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
  • 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
  • 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.

These findings only take into account data from the 28 states who participated in the 2014 Interstate Crosscheck, leaving out potential voter error and fraud in the 22 states that do not participate in the consortium.

Additionally, during an audit of death records from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Board discovered:

  • 50,000 new death records that had not previously been provided to the State Board of Elections.
  • 13,416 deceased voters on the voter rolls in October 2013.
  • 81 deceased voters that had voter activity after they died.

The findings were made possible by a new election reform law passed by the General Assembly last year, which called on the Board to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists and combat potential fraud by cross checking information on voting records with those of other states.

“While we are alarmed to hear evidence of widespread voter error and fraud, we are encouraged to see the common-sense law passed to ensure voters are who they say they are is working,” said Tillis and Berger. “These findings should put to rest ill-informed claims that problems don’t exist and help restore the integrity of our elections process. We appreciate the State Board of Elections bringing this critical information to light.””

“Finally, whatever the actual level of voter fraud that occurred in the 2012 election, the potential for future fraud is truly staggering. Pew Research Center published a report revealing election rolls in a shambles nationwide. They found:

  • 24 million invalid or inaccurate voter registrations
  • 1.8 million deceased voters
  • 2.75 million registered in multiple states.

As noted earlier, Cloward and Piven’s Motor Voter law is responsible for much of this mess.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas found 30,000 dead voters still on the rolls in North Carolina, a state Obama won by only 14,000 votes in 2008.”

Massive NC voter fraud discovered, Over 35 thousand voters same first and last name DOB registered in NC and another state voted in 2012, Senate Leader Phil Berger and rep Thom Tillis

From The News & Observer August 2, 2016.

“North Carolina’s attorney general won’t represent the state in appealing last week’s court ruling that overturned a voter ID mandate and other voting restrictions.”

“We’re very disappointed to hear that again his office is not willing to do his job,” McCrory said. “In fact, I question whether he should even accept a paycheck from the state of North Carolina any more because he continues to not do his job, as his oath of office requires him to do.”

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article93228772.html

From the Winston Salem Journal October 23, 2014.

“The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wednesday that, according to the SBOE, a specific search of those 10,000 names on the state’s voter rolls turned up 145 that belong to immigrants in the U.S. under the federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which provides qualified applicants with a two-year reprieve from deportation.

The number has been pared down to 119 after more research, said Josh Lawson, a spokesman for the SBOE.”

http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/early-voting-starts-today-eligibility-for-not-verified/article_ceeb3ca4-5a60-11e4-8cfa-001a4bcf6878.html

From ABC News August 12, 2011.

“Authorities have charged four Wake County residents with voter fraud in connection with the last presidential election.

Twenty-six-year-old Kierra Fontae Leache of Pheiffer Drive in Raleigh, 46-year-old Shelia “Sheilia” Romona Hodges, also of Pheiffer Drive in Raleigh, and 25-year-old Brandon Earl McLean of Bethune Drive in Raleigh, allegedly cast two ballot votes in 2008.

All three are registered Democrats.

According to arrest warrants, Leache filed a no-excuse absentee application on Oct. 29, 2008, as well as voted at the polling place on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Raleigh on Nov. 4.

Leache later admitted to authorities that she did vote twice in the presidential election.

Hodges and McLean – who also is facing unrelated charges from this past June – both each participated in early voting at Chavis Heights Community Center in Raleigh and later voted on Election Day at their local fire department polling place, according to court documents.

They also admitted to the charges.”

http://abc11.com/archive/8301269/

 

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Wikileaks Hillary et al weasel words on Benghazi dead Americans emails technology, Podesta Kendall Mills Abedin and host of others, “I don’t mind the “backs of dead Americans” because we need a bit of moral outrage”, Media “allies”

Wikileaks Hillary et al weasel words on Benghazi dead Americans emails technology, Podesta Kendall Mills Abedin and host of others, “I don’t mind the “backs of dead Americans” because we need a bit of moral outrage”, Media “allies”

“I watched her on countless occasions blatantly lie to the American people and knowingly lie.”…Linda Tripp

“The question that I had in my mind, was why did we not do something to protect our forces?”…Charles Woods, father of slain Navy Seal

“The devil’s in that woman.”…Miss Emma, Clinton’s cook, governor’s mansion

 

 

From Wikileaks.

The emails speak for themselves.

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“From:DKendall@wc.com To: dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com, jsullivan@hillaryclinton.com, KTurner@wc.com, gruncom@aol.com, jpalmieri@hillaryclinton.com, john.podesta@gmail.com more Date: 2015-10-18 16:05 Subject: Re: DRAFT: Opening Statement

I like it. My one question: in the 6th graf, before “At this point . . .”, should the following be inserted–“After previously testifying about this matter in both the Senate and the House,”?

From: Dan Schwerin [mailto:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com] Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 01:40 PM To: Jake Sullivan <jsullivan@hillaryclinton.com>; Turner, Katherine; Mandy Grunwald <gruncom@aol.com>; Jennifer Palmieri <jpalmieri@hillaryclinton.com>; Kendall, David; John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com>; Adrienne Elrod <aelrod@hillaryclinton.com>; Philippe Reines <pir@hrcoffice.com>; Sara Latham <slatham@hillaryclinton.com>; Cheryl Mills <cheryl.mills@gmail.com>; Heather Samuelson <hsamuelson@cdmillsgroup.com>; Brian Fallon <bfallon@hillaryclinton.com>; Huma Abedin <ha16@hillaryclinton.com>; Phil Schiliro <pschiliro@sb-atalaya.com>; Phil Barnett <pbarnett@sb-atalaya.com>; Matt Siegler <matt@sb-atalaya.com> Subject: Re: DRAFT: Opening Statement

Flagging this draft again in hopes folks can take a look. Thanks Dan

On Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM, Dan Schwerin <dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com<mailto:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com>> wrote:

Here’s a revised opening statement based on our discussion this morning. Dan

On Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 10:23 AM, Jake Sullivan <jsullivan@hillaryclinton.com<mailto:jsullivan@hillaryclinton.com>> wrote:

This is a big line of Gowdy questioning. How did you strike balance? Elsewhere you so close up shop when things get dangerous.

On Oct 17, 2015, at 10:22 AM, Turner, Katherine <KTurner@wc.com<mailto:KTurner@wc.com>> wrote:

One further thought on the current draft: we might consider softening the “Chris did not believe retreat was an option – and neither do I” line. I don’t think we want to suggest that there was a commitment to be there at any and all costs; but rather, that the known risks were being balanced with the reasons for being there, regular assessments of this balance were made, and that the people on the ground were best-positioned to contribute to those assessments.

Katherine Turner Williams & Connolly LLP 725 Twelfth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (P) 202-434-5487<tel:202-434-5487> | (F) 202-434-5029<tel:202-434-5029> kturner@wc.com<mailto:kturner@wc.com> | http://www.wc.com/kturner&lt;http://www.wc.com/kturner&gt;

From: Dan Schwerin [mailto:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com] Sent: Friday, October 16, 2015 8:07 PM To: Mandy Grunwald; Jennifer Palmieri; Kendall, David; Jake Sullivan; John Podesta; Adrienne Elrod; Philippe Reines; Sara Latham; Cheryl Mills; Heather Samuelson; Turner, Katherine; Brian Fallon; Huma Abedin; Phil Schiliro; Phil Barnett; Matt Siegler Subject: Re: DRAFT: Opening Statement

A few more edits after talking with Phil S

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 7:42 PM, Dan Schwerin <dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com<mailto:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com>> wrote:

Here are some modest revisions. Am going to send this over to HRC so she can start thinking about it as well. Thanks all. Dan

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Dan Schwerin <dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com<mailto:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com>> wrote:

That “backs of dead Americans” line is stolen from Hard Choices, so maybe a good idea to tweak slightly anyhow. I’ll play with some alternatives. If folks have other concerns before I send on to HRC, please let me know.

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 6:13 PM, Mandy Grunwald <gruncom@aol.com<mailto:gruncom@aol.com>> wrote:

I also think it’s strong.

I don’t mind the “backs of dead Americans” because we need a bit of moral outrage. I suppose we can dial the language back, but the sense of outrage should remain. Mandy Grunwald Grunwald Communications 202 973-9400<tel:202%20973-9400>


I think it is good. Imagine the clip they will use is the partisan slugfest sentence. I don’t love “backs of dead Americans” in that sentence. I think that is too graphic and splashes back on her as appearing to exploit their deaths. Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 16, 2015, at 3:40 PM, Kendall, David <DKendall@wc.com<mailto:DKendall@wc.com>> wrote:

I like it. Just two thoughts. We twice call the ARB “independent”—I’d prefer to call it “non-partisan” as we do once in the draft. Hard Choices did not call it “independent”, and since it’s appointed by and responsible to the Secretary, I think we open an avenue of attack by calling it “independent”. Can we get some more numbers into the early “diplomacy is dangerous” discussion? Sixty-six American diplomatic personnel and over a hundred contractors and locally employed staff killed since the 1970’s (or whatever the numbers are). I recognize we have some numbers on page 3 (Beirut bombing, 1998 attacks).

David E. Kendall Williams & Connolly LLP 725 Twelfth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 (P) 202-434-5145<tel:202-434-5145> | (F) 202-434-5029<tel:202-434-5029> dkendall@wc.com<mailto:dkendall@wc.com> | http://www.wc.com/dkendall&lt;http://www.wc.com/dkendall&gt;

From: Dan Schwerin [mailto:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com] Sent: Friday, October 16, 2015 2:31 PM To: Jake Sullivan; John Podesta; Adrienne Elrod; Mandy Grunwald; Philippe Reines; Sara Latham; Cheryl Mills; Heather Samuelson; Kendall, David; Turner, Katherine; Brian Fallon; Jennifer Palmieri; Huma Abedin; Phil Schiliro; Phil Barnett; Matt Siegler Subject: DRAFT: Opening Statement

Here is a draft of HRC’s opening statement based on our discussion today. As Cheryl mentioned, we’d love to get this to HRC for a first read tonight or tomorrow, so quick feedback would be great. Thanks Dan”

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/2702

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From:john.podesta@gmail.com To: cheryl.mills@gmail.com Date: 2015-03-13 11:02 Subject: Re: Statement

He reacted badly when asked on Sunday show. My perspective is that we want the fight to be about Benghazi, not about servers in her basement. This helps move the story back in that direction. JP –Sent from my iPad– john.podesta@gmail.com For scheduling: eryn.sepp@gmail.com

On Mar 13, 2015, at 8:50 AM, Cheryl Mills <cheryl.mills@gmail.com> wrote:

Not on board – why poke the bear.

cdm

On Mar 13, 2015, at 8:48 AM, John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com> wrote:

Thoughts? I think we are off an aggressive statement saying I’m ready to testify any place any time. Kendall thinks it will take 3 weeks to prepare on emails, which puts us right up against the launch time. The statement below intended to insert ourselves back into the offense without opening up a response of “ok be here Monday.”

David is ok with calling for the release of what’s already been sent to committee as we are trying to do here. Massively opposed to the first idea of “I’m ready to testify” bravado. Thoughts?

JP
–Sent from my iPad–
john.podesta@gmail.com
For scheduling: eryn.sepp@gmail.com

Begin forwarded message:

From: Kristina Schake <kristinakschake@gmail.com>
Date: March 12, 2015 at 7:31:32 PM EDT
To: John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com>, Jen Palmieri <jennifer.m.palmieri@gmail.com>, Robert Mook robbymook2015@gmail.com>
Subject: Statement

John, below is the draft statement that we discussed this morning for your review. After we receive your edits and if you are ok to proceed, we will send this to her in the morning with a note explaining the strategy. Our plan would be to release it mid-day tomorrow to get ahead of Sunday’s shows.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released the following statement joining the Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi in calling on Chairman Trey Gowdy to publicly release the hundreds of Benghazi-related emails that the State Department has already provided to the Committee.

“The terrorist attacks in Benghazi were a tragedy for our nation and most of all for the families of the brave public servants we lost that day. As Secretary of State, I was ultimately responsible for my people’s safety, and my greatest regret from my time as Secretary is that not all of them returned home to their families. That is why from the start I ordered everyone at the State Department to cooperate fully with every investigation and every attempt to learn lessons from this tragedy that could help better protect our people in the future.

In addition to a comprehensive investigation by an independent Accountability Review Board, nine different Congressional committees have now held hearings on Benghazi and reviewed thousands of pages of documents.

I myself have publicly testified before both the House and Senate and held a classified briefing for members, and the State Department has provided hundreds of relevant documents and emails. I’ve already said that I’m more than happy to testify again. We should all focus on constructive steps that advance our national security, not political posturing.

Today I join Congressman Cummings and the Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi in calling on Chairman Gowdy to immediately release all my emails related to Benghazi, many of which he has had since August. Those emails should be available immediately while the State Department works on my request to release all of my work-related emails to the public – an unprecedented disclosure far beyond any official requirement.

I hope the Committee acts quickly, and that it’s focus going forward is on preventing attacks like this in the future.

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/3006

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From:dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2015-08-08 14:59 Subject: Re: Open Letter

Fixed

On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 12:54 PM, John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com> wrote:

Sorry, one more edit. I think we should drop the sentence on how
classified info was delivered. It opens the door to “briefed classified
info” ending up in emails.
Otherwise I’m fine.

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, Huma Abedin <ha16@hillaryclinton.com> wrote:

if we aim for statement today, avail monday and univision on tuesday, i
like that

On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Jennifer Palmieri
jpalmieri@hillaryclinton.com> wrote:

Dan – I will send her the statement and press plan so we can present in
one document.

I have a new thought on potential interviewer – Maria Elena Salinas of
Univision.

I would bill it as an interview on college affordability and she would
ask her a few questions on emails.

As you all know, I had hoped that we could use the “server moment” as an
opportunity for her to be viewed as having take a big step to deal with the
email problem that would best position us for what is ahead. It is clear
that she is not in same place (unless John has a convo with her and gets
her in a different place).

Accepting that, I think Univision is best chance for success. We have
momentum coming out of Jeb’s women’s health comment and their bad debate.
A Univision interview will be viewed as more offense and show that she is
confident and not rattled.

How does that strike folks?

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 8, 2015, at 12:22 PM, Dan Schwerin <dschwerin@hillaryclinton.com>
wrote:

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 8, 2015, at 12:28 PM, Heather Samuelson
hsamuelson@cdmillsgroup.com> wrote:

I’m fine with “consistent with practice of prior Secretaries..” But
will remove reference to Powell in factsheet so we don’t single him out.

Will send around revisions to factsheet momentarily.

*From:* Dan Schwerin
*Sent:* ‎Saturday‎, ‎August‎ ‎8‎, ‎2015 ‎12‎:‎22‎ ‎PM
*To:* Jennifer Palmieri
*Cc:* Heather Samuelson, Christina Reynolds, Huma Abedin, Nick Merrill, Kendall,
David, Cheryl Mills, Robby Mook, Brian Fallon, Kristina Schake, Jake
Sullivan, Katherine Turner, John Podesta

Revised. Please take another quick look as I think we should get to her
asap. Two questions:
1) What do we do about Powell? Here I’ve mirrored language from the
Q&A, which says “consistent with the practice of prior Secretaries of
State,” but are we comfortable with that?
2) Am i sending her this and the spox statement or Jen, so you want to
do that? Either way, we’ll need to explain the two options.

On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 12:11 PM, Jennifer Palmieri
jpalmieri@hillaryclinton.com> wrote:

Plus Reynolds to this chain

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 8, 2015, at 11:56 AM, Heather Samuelson
hsamuelson@cdmillsgroup.com> wrote:

How about this: Dan — will call you.

When I arrived at the State Department in early 2009, I immediately got
to work rebuilding America’s tarnished global reputation and take on
pressing challenges in nearly every region of the world. At the time,
using a personal account seemed convenient. Previous Secretaries of
State had used personal email accounts with no problems.”

Read more:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/3372

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“One other point is that there is very little in the talking points about the emails. That may make sense, but if you want talking points for allies to use, here would be two possible ones to add:”

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/1061

More emails involving Attorney David Kendall here:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/?q=kendall&mfrom=&mto=&title=&notitle=&date_from=&date_to=&nofrom=&noto=&count=50&sort=6#searchresult

 

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