Posts By Ben O'Keefe

VICTORY: NY Appeals Court Orders Election Officials to Open 99 Ballots
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In the race for New York State Senate between Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore, with hundreds of ballots left to be counted, the final margin of 37 votes allowed a NY state judge to certify Amedore as the winner. By failing to count the remaining ballots and failing to address technical problems, voters were disenfranchised by the Board of Elections’ improper guidance. In response, Carole Furman and Barbara Bravo started a MoveOn Petition demanding every vote to be counted.

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VICTORY: Gun-Free Zones Upheld in Michigan
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The Michigan Legislature was considering a bill that would change the current law that prohibits people with concealed-weapons permits from carrying guns in churches, bars, schools, sports arenas, and other public places. So Reverend Eric A. Stone started a MoveOn Petition calling on the Michigan Legislature to keep gun-free zones in Michigan.

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VICTORY: Voter Intimidation Billboards Taken Down in Ohio
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When Clear Channel-owned billboards stating “Voter Fraud is a Felony” appeared in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Cleveland, it was clear they were designed to intimidate minority voters from casting legal votes. In response, voting rights groups demanded that Clear Channel take them down immediately. Rashad Robinson of the organization Color of Change started a MoveOn Petition.

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VICTORY: California Gov. Brown Signs Fair Sentencing for Youth Act
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Juveniles in California can be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Human Rights Watch found nationally that 59% of juveniles sentenced to life without parole were first-time offenders. California’s use of this sentence for youth is among the most unjust in the nation. Kevan Insko from Friends Committee on Legislation of California gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in support of Senate Bill 9. If enacted, the bill gives hundreds of juveniles a chance to earn parole after serving a minimum of 25 years.

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VICTORY: Federal District Court Orders Ohio to Restore Early Voting
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In an attempt to limit voter access to the polls, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered all early voting to stop on Friday afternoon before Election Day. Following unprecedented African-American voter turnout in Ohio during the 2008 presidential election, Republicans there have been looking for ways to diminish the community’s electoral power. Color of Change, one of many organizations working to stop voter suppression, started a MoveOn Petition calling for the restoration of early voting rights in Ohio.

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VICTORY: Citibank Forgives Student Loans for Grieving Families
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When Keith and Michelle Norris’ daughter Brittani was killed in a tragic car accident three days before her twenty-third birthday—just a week before her college graduation—she had student loans she still had to pay off. While her parents grieved, Citibank continued to demand payment. After more than three years of pleading with Citibank, they started a MoveOn Petition.

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VICTORY: Industry Executive Blocked From Utah Nuclear Regulatory Board
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When Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Senate appointed EnergySolutions executive David Shrum to the Radiation Control Board, an advisory panel that helps set policy for the state’s radioactive materials regulation program, it jeopardized the board’s effectiveness and created a conflict of interest. But Ty Markham started a MoveOn Petition urging opposing Shrum’s appointment to the board.

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