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    Default Supreme Court Gives Green Light To Ohio's Voter Purges

    Supreme Court Gives Green Light To Ohio's Voter Purges

    Sam Levine, ,HuffPost
    June 11, 2018


    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Ohio could continue to use an aggressive process for removing people from its voting rolls, saying the procedure did not run afoul of federal voter protections.

    The decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute helps clarify the steps states can take to remove someone from their voter rolls, and it could encourage them to be more aggressive. The case was brought on behalf of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, a labor and civil rights group, and an eligible Ohio voter the state had removed from its voter rolls. The voter had been living at the same address for about 16 years.

    In Ohio, officials send anyone who doesn’t vote for two consecutive years a notice in the mail to determine whether they’ve moved. If someone fails to respond to the notice and then doesn’t vote for four consecutive years, the state removes them from its voter rolls.

    Ohio had argued that the process was necessary to make sure its voter rolls were accurate and up to date ― but the challengers said it violated a federal law that prohibits states from canceling someone’s voter registration simply because they haven’t voted. Ohio countered that it canceled registrations not only because of a failure to vote, but also because people didn’t respond to the notice.

    Writing the opinion for the five-justice majority, Justice Samuel Alito said that a 2002 law, the Help America Vote Act, amended the National Voter Registration Act and clarified what states could do to remove people from the voting rolls. HAVA, Alito wrote, says a state cannot remove someone from the voting rolls only and because of their failure to vote. What Ohio does, Alito wrote, is permissible because people are removed if they fail to vote and fail to respond to the state mailing.

    This decision is validation of Ohio’s efforts to clean up the voter rolls and now with the blessing nation’s highest court, it can serve as a model for other states to use.
    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R)

    “HAVA dispelled any doubt that a state removal program may use the failure to vote as a factor (but not the sole factor) in removing names from the list of registered voters,” Alito wrote. “That is exactly what Ohio’s Supplemental Process does. It does not strike any registrant solely by reason of the
    failure to vote.”

    The challengers in the case also argued Ohio’s process did not amount to a reliable way of figuring out if someone had moved. Alito dismissed that argument, saying the method of choosing how to remove people from the rolls was an estimation for lawmakers, not the courts, to decide.

    “Today’s decision is a victory for election integrity, and a defeat for those who use the federal court system to make election law across the country. This decision is validation of Ohio’s efforts to clean up the voter rolls and now with the blessing nation’s highest court, it can serve as a model for other states to use,” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) said in a statement.

    In the dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer argued the Ohio process was unlawful for two reasons. First, he said, someone’s failure to vote triggered Ohio’s address confirmation mailing and the process for removing them from the rolls. The fact that the entire process was initiated by someone’s failure to vote, he said, showed the state was targeting people only based on the fact they hadn’t voted ― something clearly prohibited by the law.

    Second, he said, the NVRA requires states to conduct a “reasonable” effort to remove people from the voter rolls, but Ohio’s process isn’t reasonable. The process, he said, is not an accurate way to identify if someone has really moved.

    He noted that in 2010 the state identified 1.5 million voters who had likely moved. Of those 1.5 million, the state got back about 60,000 mailings from people indicating they had moved, but 235,000 people sent back the mailings saying they had not. Breyer wrote there was no reason to think the remaining 1 million people had in fact moved.


    The fight does not stop here. If states take today’s decision as a sign that they can be even more reckless and kick eligible voters off the rolls, we will fight back in the courts, the legislatures, and with our community partners across the country.
    Stuart Naifeh, senior counsel at Demos

    Stuart Naifeh, senior counsel at Demos, which helped represent the challengers along with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the group would continue to fight efforts to aggressively remove voters from the rolls.

    “The fight does not stop here. If states take today’s decision as a sign that they can be even more reckless and kick eligible voters off the rolls, we will fight back in the courts, the legislatures, and with our community partners across the country,” he said in a statement.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined the dissenting opinion but also wrote her own separate dissent. In her dissent, Sotomayor highlighted the disproportionate effect the Ohio law had on low-income, minority, disabled and veteran voters. She noted that 10 percent of African-American voters in downtown Cincinnati had their voter registrations canceled since 2010 compared with 4 percent of voters in a suburban, majority-white neighborhood. The NVRA, she wrote, was designed precisely to prevent the kind of unfair effect the Ohio process is having. She ended her opinion with a plea for communities affected by the Ohio law and other voting restrictions to exercise their right to vote.

    “Communities that are disproportionately affected by unnecessarily harsh registration laws should not tolerate efforts to marginalize their influence in the political process, nor should allies who recognize blatant unfairness stand idly by,” she wrote. “Today’s decision forces these communities and their allies to be even more proactive and vigilant in holding their States accountable and working to dismantle the obstacles they face in exercising the fundamental right
    to vote.”

    J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a group that has sued to force places to more aggressively purge their voting rolls, praised the court’s decision.

    “Today’s ruling empowers local officials and concerned parties to utilize the NVRA to ensure the most accurate and reliable voter rolls possible. The days of trying to hamstring maintenance responsibilities in the absence of federal guidance are over,” he said in a statement.

    During January’s oral arguments, Alito, Breyer and Chief Justice John Roberts appeared sympathetic to Ohio’s argument that the state needed the aggressive process to maintain accurate rolls. Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan seemed more skeptical of Ohio’s argument, and Sotomayor expressed concern that poor people and minorities might not vote because of long lines at the polls.

    The League of Women Voters noted in a friend-of-the-court brief that only five other states ― Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia ― use someone’s failure to vote to trigger the process for canceling their voter registration. But all those states, the League noted, give someone longer than two years of not voting before they begin the cancellation process.

    Paul Smith, a lawyer for the challengers, argued that the state could rely on information from the post office and other government agencies for a more reliable indicator that someone had moved. He noted that in 2011, 70 percent of people who received the confirmation notices didn’t send them back.

    As the case was pending before the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice made the unusual move of switching sides. When the case was at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the Justice Department, under President Barack Obama, filed a brief supporting the challenge. After President Donald Trump took office, the Department of Justice supported Ohio’s process.

    This story has been updated with details from the court opinions and reactions to them.

    This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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    Default Multiple people shot in active and ongoing situation at Maryland newspaper Shootings reported at newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland

    Multiple people shot in active and ongoing situation at Maryland newspaper

    Shootings reported at newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland


    Police are investigating reports of an active shooter in Annapolis at newspaper office

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Multiple people have been shot at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

    The Baltimore Sun, which owns The Capital newspaper in Annapolis says a reporter told them of the shooting Thursday afternoon.

    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to reports of the shooting.

    Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Marc Limansky said officers are searching the building where the shooting was reported. He said the situation is "active and ongoing."

    On TV reports, people could be seen leaving the building with their hands up, as police officers urged them to depart through a parking lot and officers converged on the building.

    Lt. Ryan Frashure, another spokesman for Anne Arundel County police, said on WJLA that officers are "doing everything to get people out safe." He said they must look for other dangers, such as bombs and other shooters.

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    Default Gunman kills 5 in attack targeting Maryland newspaper

    Gunman kills 5 in attack targeting Maryland newspaper

    BRIAN WITTE Associated Press
    June 28, 2018


    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said.

    The shooting came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the "fake news media" from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation's media capital.

    Police in Annapolis said a white man in his late 30s was in custody after the rampage at The Capital Gazette. A law enforcement official said the suspect was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the gunman "looked for his victims."

    "This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people," Krampf said.

    The dead included Rob Hiaasen, 59, assistant managing editor and brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen. Carl Hiaasen said he was "devastated and heartsick" at losing his brother, "one of the most gentle and funny people I've ever known." Also slain were Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; features reporter Wendi Winters; reporter John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. Police said two others had minor injuries, and the newspaper later reported both were employees later released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Krampf said the gunman was a Maryland resident, but didn't name him.

    Phil Davis, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling under desks.

    "There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload," he wrote.

    At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: "There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against."

    Meanwhile, investigators said they would seek to learn more of the gunman's motives.

    "The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don't have any information yet on motive," Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.

    In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, alleging he was harmed by an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier. The suit was dismissed by a judge who wrote Ramos hadn't shown "anything that was published about you is, in fact, false." An appeals court later upheld the dismissal.

    In an interview appearing on The Capital Gazette's online site, Davis said it "was like a war zone" inside the newspaper's offices.

    "I'm a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time," he said. "But as much as I'm going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don't know until you're there and you feel helpless."

    Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she ran after hearing shots but found a back door locked, then watched as a colleague was shot.

    "I heard footsteps a couple of times ... I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn't be quiet," she added.

    The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed. She added: "And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them."

    Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers arrived within about 60 seconds and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire. About 170 people were evacuated, many leaving with their hands up as police and other emergency vehicles arrived.

    Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community was grieving the attack on its paper.

    "These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there," Buckley said. "They don't make a lot of money. It's just immoral that their lives should be in danger."

    The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. It is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

    The Associated Press Media Editors have promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover. An APME statement called on newspapers nationwide to help the paper and its journalists so they can continue to cover their community and fight for freedom of the press.

    The attacker had mutilated his fingers in an apparent attempt to make it harder to identify him, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Another official speaking on condition of anonymity said he was identified with help of facial recognition technology. Of the two accounts, Krampf said: "We have no verification of either."


    Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington and Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

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    Default Mass shooting reported in Jacksonville

    Mass shooting reported in Jacksonville

    Michael Walsh Reporter,Yahoo News
    August 26, 2018


    Piglice Aplenty after sum in real-life "bang, bang, bang" at a video-game coonvention in Jacksonville Florida

    There was a mass shooting at a popular shopping and entertainment area in Jacksonville, Fla., early Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing, a marketplace in the city’s downtown area. In a statement on Twitter, the Sheriff’s Office urged the public to stay away from the area and said it was not safe.


    Jacksonville Sheriff: "Stay away your stupid ZOGtards. We cannot protect you from anything!"

    In subsequent tweets, the sheriff’s office continued urging the public to stay away from the area:

    “We can’t stress enough to stay away. Many blocks away.”

    “Yes, this includes media. It is for safety.”

    Authorities reported that one suspect was dead at the scene and that they were not yet sure whether there was a second suspect.

    In order to conduct a comprehensive search of the area, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office urged every one hiding in locked areas around the Jacksonville Landing to stay in their places and to dial 911 so that officers can come and get them. They said it was very important that victims and innocent bystanders not start running out of their hiding places at this time.



    Jacksonville Sheriff: "I mean it! Stay out of the line of fire until I get to you ZOGtards, cum-cum, cum-cum!!!"


    Based on video from the incident, the shooting occurred during an e-sports tournament in which gamers competed by playing “Madden NFL 2019.” The players were streaming their performances on Twitch, a live-streaming video platform, when the gunshots began.

    The “Madden” tournament was being held at the GLHF Game Bar next to Chicago Pizza. The Jacksonville Landing, located along the St. Johns River, is a popular destination with restaurants, stores and entertainment.

    Vic Micolucci, a news anchor for WJXT in Jacksonville, reported that, according to his sources, that four were dead and that there were 15 victims in total. They were reportedly being transported to multiple hospitals.


    Jacksonville Casualty Figures


    Added: Drini Gjoka, one of the gamers at the tournament, said on Twitter that he’s “literally so lucky” because the bullet hit his thumb. He said this has been the worst day of his life and that he will “never take anything for granted ever again” because life “can be cut short in a second.”

    “If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. I LOVE ALL YOU GUYS,” he tweeted.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he has communicated with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and offered to support local law enforcement with any state resources they might need. He added that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is responding to the incident and that he has spoken with the department’s commissioner, Rick Swearingen.


    Jacksonville Landing where the John Madden video tournament held


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    Default Rearview Mirror - our top stories of 2018

    Rearview Mirror - our top stories of 2018

    By Lee Ann Murphy / Neosho Daily News staff writer
    Posted Dec 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM
    Updated Dec 28, 2018 at 8:51 AM


    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Those lines penned by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities still resonate and fit the 21st century as well as they did the 19th.

    In Neosho, it was a year of triumphs and tragedies, the old land the new.

    In the Neosho Daily News countdown of the top stories of the year, the death of Angel Hayes, a kindergarten teacher at Benton Elementary School ranks as number one. The 48-year old teacher was struck by a van during parent pickup time at the school at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5. The van was driven by 88-year old Irwin Parker. Parker’s foot became wedged between the brake and accelerator pedals. Attempts to free the foot caused the vehicle to accelerate. Hays died at the scene.

    A vigil attended by hundreds of local residents was held to remember her on the Sunday evening following her death at Benton.

    The first major expansion of the Neosho-Newton Library in decades took place in 2018 and ranks second on our list. After months of construction and a period of time when the library closed, the facility doubled in size. A new community room offering space for public events was added to the library along with an enlarged children’s section, study rooms, more space for the genealogy department and much more.

    At number three, a long anticipated groundbreaking ceremony took place in September for the Freeman Roughrider Fieldhouse at Crowder College in Neosho. When completed, the fieldhouse will be the first new structure on campus since 2010 and will also be the first fully donor funded structure on the campus.

    The number 4 story of the year was a school bus crash on October 3 that occurred ten miles east of Neosho at 4:20 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of highways H and HH when a 1981 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling eastbound, driven by Thomas L. Austin, Harrison, AR, age 21, filed to stop for a stop sign and hit the bus broadside. According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, both vehicles traveled off the left road of the roadway and overturned. The bus came to rest on top of the pickup truck. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames Sherry Peavy, 50, of Neosho, driver of the bus, and 43-year old Bethany A. Thomasson, Neosho, suffered injuries and were transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin. The two children who were on the bus were unhurt. Both the 1999 Bluebird school bus and the pickup were a total loss. Three Arkansas residents in the pickup truck died at the scene.

    At number 5, the news that Missouri American Water of Joplin proposes to build a 1200-1500 acre reservoir that will hold approximately 12 billion gallons of water in one of two Newton County locations made headlines in November. One public meeting has been held and a second will take place in January. Missouri American Water expects to make a decision in early February and begin the process of filing for permits. The project is anticipated to take 5-6 years to complete. Both buy-outs of property and eminent domain are possibilities.

    Making number 6 on the list of top stories, Interim Neosho City Manager and Director of Economic Development Dana Daniel announced his retirement effective November 1, 2018. Daniel served as interim city manager from November 2016 to September 2018. The City hired Leland Butcher as the new city manager.

    Butcher holds an AS Degree in Law Enforcement from Napa Valley College, a BS in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy University.

    He has an extensive background in public service beginning with a 20 year career in the US Navy. His Navy career was followed by service with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Milton, Florida. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, Leland also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the George Stone Criminal Justice Training Center and later at Pensacola State University. He and his wife, George Ann, have moved to Neosho.

    At number seven, Neosho Superintendent of Schools Dan Decker was placed on administrative level in April and subsequently resigned his post. A Neosho alumni and former assistant superintendent, Dr. Jim Cummins, was hired to replace Decker and assumed the post in June. Cummins, a graduate of Neosho High School, took the reins of the district effective July 1. He previously served as Superintendent of Schools for the Seneca District. Cummins has also been Vice-President of Finance at Crowder College, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance for Neosho district, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Carl Junction, and Superintendent of the Wheaton School District.

    Another personnel change ranks at number 8, Crowder College President Dr. Jennifer Methvin announced her resignation to accept a position of Chancellor of Arkansas State University effective July 1. Dr. Thomas Burke took her place as interim president and after a presidential candidate search, the college board unanimously voted to hire Dr. Glenn Coltharp, who has served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Crowder College, to serve as president effective in 2019.

    The November General Election and several hotly contested races ranks at number 9.

    For United States representative to Congress from the 7th District, incumbent and Republican Billy Long won over Democrat Jamie Schoolcraft.

    In the three way race for state senator from the 32nd district, Republican Bill White won overDemocrat Carolyn McGowan and Green Party candidate Conon Gillis.

    For state representatives to the Missouri House, in the 159th district, Republican Dirk Deaton received won over Democrat Jerry Sparks. In the 160th district, Republican Ben Baker prevailed against Democrat Angela Thomas. In the 161st district, Lane Roberts, (R) won with 2,316 votes over Elizabeth Lundstrum (D)

    In the sole contested Newton County race, for Associate Circuit Judge for Division III, Republican Kevin Selby won over independent Andy Wood.

    Ranked at number 10 in a tie are two anniversaries. the Griffith Motor Company of Neosho celebrated 85 years in business. They have been owned by the same family for all 85 years and gave away a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Another Neosho firm also celebrated an anniversary. Scholastic of Neosho marked their 20th anniversary in Neosho.

    At number 11, Judy Haas Smith donated a copy of local artist Doug Hall’s painting o as a tile mural at the Neosho Newton County Library. The scene depicts the spring flowing from the bluff in Big Spring Park, in an era long before the town existed. The unveiling ceremony in September drew a large crowd. The mural is on permanent display outside the community room at the library.

    Last but far from least, at number twelve,the long-awaited Newton Council Judicial Center, which opened last year, held a formal grand opening ceremony. Other major expansions in Neosho included a new assisted living center, Webwood, which is now open in Neosho and a new housing development from Schuber Mitchell Homes got underway, both located off Waldo Hatler Drive.

    Many other newsworthy events and recognitions occurred during 2018.

    We look forward to bringing you the breaking news, community events, local government coverage, school news and much more in the coming year.



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