New York: New Voting Systems May be Responsible for Confusion in Close Races

Two weeks after the Nov. 2 elections, two House races and three state Senate contests across New York remain too close to call. And the state’s new electronic voting system, where optical scanners and paper ballots replaced lever machines, has emerged in each case as both the solution and the scapegoat.
In the House races, Democrats Tim Bishop in the first Congressional District and Dan Maffei in the 25th District have gone to court requesting a hand re-count of the paper ballots. Both narrowly trail Republican challengers with thousands of absentee ballots yet to count.
In the state Senate races, the Democrats’ lead election lawyer has said questions about the electronic machines could form the basis of any potential challenges to the outcome of the contests.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal Grows, Other Papers Wither

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According to Media Life Magazine:

Top 25 Daily Newspapers – Mon.-Fri.
As of Sept. 30, 2010
Newspaper
2010 Circ (Daily)
2009 Circ (Daily)
% change
2,061,142
2,024,269
1.82%
1,830,594
1,900,116
-3.66%
NEW YORK TIMES
876,638
927,851
-5.52%
600,449
657,467
-8.67%
545,345
582,844
-6.43%
512,520
544,167
-5.82%
501,501
508,042
-1.29%
477,592
N/A
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
441,508
465,892
-5.23%
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
343,952
384,437
-10.53%
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
342,361
361,481
-5.29%
NEWSDAY
314,848
357,124
-11.84%
DENVER POST
309,863
340,949
-9.12%
ARIZONA REPUBLIC
308,973
316,873
-2.49%
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
297,478
304,544
-2.32%
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
264,459
263,810
0.25%
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
252,608
271,182
-6.85%
SEATTLE TIMES
251,697
263,588
-4.51%
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
250,747
275,641
-9.03%
DETROIT FREE PRESS (e)
245,326
269,729
-9.05%
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
239,684
240,146
-0.19%
OREGONIAN
239,071
249,164
-4.05%
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
224,761
242,693
-7.39%
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
223,549
251,782
-11.21%
NEWARK STAR-LEDGER
223,037
246,006
-9.34%
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations
Top 25 Daily Newspapers – Sunday
As of Sept. 30, 2010
Newspaper
2010 Circ (Sunday)
2009 Circ (Sunday)
% change
NEW YORK TIMES
1,352,358
1,400,302
-3.42%
LOS ANGELES TIMES
901,119
983,702
-8.40%
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
768,073
803,220
-4.38%
WASHINGTON POST
764,666
822,207
-7.00%
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
568,266
603,671
-5.86%
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
528,536
N/A
HOUSTON CHRONICLE (T)
515,236
547,409
-5.88%
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
504,616
477,564
5.66%
DETROIT FREE PRESS (T) (e)
494,013
560,188
-11.81%
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
477,586
499,138
-4.32%
DENVER POST
472,664
495,485
-4.61%
ARIZONA REPUBLIC
457,059
458,992
-0.42%
ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
384,110
405,551
-5.29%
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
377,235
370,049
1.94%
NEWSDAY
375,874
413,830
-9.17%
DALLAS MORNING NEWS (T)
373,815
390,523
-4.28%
BOSTON GLOBE
368,303
418,527
-12.00%
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
365,589
401,425
-8.93%
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER (T)
348,324
390,637
-10.83%
NEWARK STAR-LEDGER
346,436
371,061
-6.64%
SEATTLE TIMES
341,265
359,672
-5.12%
NEW YORK POST
339,115
343,361
-1.24%
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
331,171
334,241
-0.92%
BALTIMORE SUN
324,018
322,492
0.47%
OREGONIAN
292,800
303,414
-3.50%
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations

New Zealand: Facebook Helps Catch Animal Abuser

McKenzie, alongside shearers Michael Matthews, 22, and Phillip Horrell, 23, were all charged with taking and injuring the seal after pictures and a video of them harming it were posted on Horrell’s Facebook page.
The attack on the seal, a protected species, came only three months after McKenzie was convicted of stealing and wilfully ill-treating a pig.
He and another man stole the pig and cut off its ears and tail after pig dogs attacked it. They then let it go in a forest.

New Zealand Herald

VFW Fires its PAC Board After it Endorses Far-Left Fringe of Anti-Veteran Candidates

Veterans of Foreign WarsImage via WikipediaIn another example of Democrats hijacking non-liberal organizations to get their hands on their money (and failing this time).

The Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC, which endorsed an unbelievable slate of left-wing candidates this month (including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barbara Boxer), has been shut down by the VFW leadership, according to the Wall Street Journal.
This doesn’t appear to be anything meaningless or mealy-mouthed either. On Friday, the VFW Commander-in-Chief removed all 11 members of the VFW-PAC board after they refused to rescind their endorsements. He also issued a memo stating that he will move to dissolve the PAC at the annual VFW convention in August.

Hot Air

Change Nobody Believes In

Even in World War I there was a Christmas truce.
The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that “reform” has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state. An increasing roll of leaders in health care and business are looking on aghast at a bill that is so large and convoluted that no one can truly understand it, as Finance Chairman Max Baucus admitted on the floor last week. The only goal is to ram it into law while the political window is still open, and clean up the mess later.

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