Dead people voting…


Local officials in Colorado acknowledged “very serious” voter fraud after learning of votes cast in multiple elections under the named of recently-deceased residents.

A local media outlet uncovered the fraud by comparing voting history databases in the state with federal government death records. “Somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast,” El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman told CBS4 while discussing what he called a “very serious” pattern of people mailing in ballots on behalf of the dead.

It’s not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it “found multiple cases” of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations.


“We do believe there were several instances of potential vote fraud that occurred,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “It shows there is the potential for fraud.”

Colorado is a perennial battleground state in presidential battleground states. President Obama beat Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 51-46 in 2012. Clinton leads Trump by 2.5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average, although there is wide variance in the three most recent surveys. One shows Trump leading by four, another shows them tied, and the third shows Clinton up nine points.

Williams plans to pursue criminal charges in the incidents uncovered by CBS4, such as the case of an El Paso County woman who died in 2009 but had ballots cast in her name in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. It’s difficult to prove that any particular person committed the fraud, however. “If our laws are not strong enough to prosecute this case, I don’t know what can be prosecuted,” Broerman told the Denver Post.

Voter fraud is a perpetual concern among Republican politicians, often scoffed at by Democrats. Some studies show that it is not a widespread problem, but certain high-profile incidences have kept the concern alive on the right.


It’s not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it “found multiple cases” of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations. The Milwaukee (Wis.) Police Departmentreported in 2008 that there was an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of [the 2004] election in the state of Wisconsin.” There were more votes counted than the number of voters who officially cast ballots, according to the report — about 5,000 more, in a presidential battleground decided by 12,000 votes.

El Paso County officials found 78 deceased people on their voter rolls after the CBS4 report was published, according to the Post, but they have previously removed 448 people from the registered voter list since 2012.

Williams suggested that the system would be more effective if state lawmakers give the secretary of State’s office more discretion in deciding that the name of someone who died matches the name of someone listed as an active voter.

“Our office is working to ensure all such incidents are prosecuted and that laws and rules are adjusted to make vote fraud as difficult as possible,” he told the Post. “[D]oes it make sense to broaden criteria to allow us to make a decision even if the name may be different?”



Illinois stands out in the industrial Midwest for its skewed government-to-manufacturing-jobs ratio.


Illinois and the Great Lakes states are America’s traditional manufacturing powerhouses. When the Industrial Revolution transformed Midwestern cities into prosperous production centers, the manufacturing sector drove up wages and employment for a large swath of Illinois’ middle class. But now government jobs are far more common than manufacturing jobs in Illinois.

In March 2002, Illinois state and local government jobs surpassed manufacturing jobs for the first time in Illinois’ recorded history. Since then, the ratio of government jobs to manufacturing jobs has moved in favor of government work, as Illinois manufacturing jobs have plummeted, while government jobs have remained steady. There are now 175,000 more jobs in state and local government in Illinois than there are in manufacturing, a striking change in a state in which production jobs once formed the backbone of middle-class opportunity.

illinois manufacturing jobs

Illinois’ weak economic recovery has led to the smallest manufacturing-to-government-jobs ratio in the industrial Midwest

Of the five largest manufacturing states in the Midwest, Illinois is the only one with significantly more government workers than manufacturing workers. In Indiana, there are 125,000 more manufacturing jobs than government jobs; in Wisconsin, there are 92,000 more manufacturing jobs than government jobs; in Michigan there are 55,000 more manufacturing jobs than government jobs; and in Ohio, government jobs slightly outnumber manufacturing jobs by 17,000.

illinois manufacturing jobs

One factor that has driven the disparity between Illinois and other manufacturing states in the Midwest is Illinois’ poor recovery from the Great Recession. Illinois lost more than120,000 manufacturing jobs during the economic downturn of the Great Recession. And Illinois has regained only 20,000 manufacturing jobs since hitting bottom in January 2010. Since their respective recession bottoms, the other Midwestern manufacturing states have added tens of thousands more manufacturing jobs than has Illinois, helping to drive all of their unemployment rates at least one point lower than Illinois’.

illinois manufacturing jobsReforms to bring back Illinois’ manufacturing sector

Illinois needs spending, tax and regulatory reform to make the state more attractive for manufacturing investments and the jobs that come with them.

Spending reform should include changes to the state’s pension systems, including an amendment to the Illinois Constitution’s pension-protection clause. Collective bargaining with government unions should be optional rather than mandatory, so local governments can better manage their costs and employees. And Illinois local governments should be consolidated as necessary to eliminate duplicative services. All of these reforms would help drive down the cost of government – and the property taxes needed to fund it.

Tax reforms should focus on lowering property taxes and making the tax code more pro-growth. Manufacturing firms will be much likelier to invest in Illinois if they think they can get a solid return on their investment, after factoring in the cost of taxes and regulations. The estate and franchise taxes should be repealed, because they directly tax manufacturing capital in Illinois and create an incentive for companies to locate their machinery outside the state. Furthermore, the sales tax can be expanded to services in order to lower income taxes and exempt business inputs from sales taxation.

Finally, policymakers should prioritize regulatory reform for the state’s workers’ compensation system, which affects manufacturers more than employers in many other sectors. Illinois’ workers’ compensation system has high medical, wage-replacement and indemnity costs, along with financial incentives for physicians to dispense potentially harmful drugs and for workers to stay out of work.

Reinvigorating Illinois’ manufacturing sector will take time and significant policy reforms to restore the state’s competitiveness and fiscal viability. It is urgent that lawmakers come together on these points to help Illinois’ production workers get back on the job.

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London’s Muslim Mayor Tells New York Terror Attacks Normal


On a trip to New York City, London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan has said terror attacks are “part and parcel” of urban life, just hours after an Islamic terrorist bombed the city.
Mr. Khan also seized the opportunity to launch an explicit attack on the Brexit vote and rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He compared to two movements, claiming they are both driven by “scapegoating”.

“All these problems will not be solved by voting to leave the EU or voting for – I don’t want to name the candidate – a president of the USA,” he said.

He said that he and Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York, “believe in building bridges rather than walls” and that there are leaders “who address people’s concerns” and others “who play on people’s fears”.

The London Mayor joked that he “shouldn’t really get involved in the American elections”, but added: “I hope the best candidate wins – I’m sure she will”, repeating his endorsement of Hillary Clinton which he first made in Chicago last week.

The two left-wing mayors, of London and New York, were speaking at an event called ‘Building Progressive, Inclusive Cities’ in New York. It is the second time the men have met, after coming together before at the Labour party conference in Britain last year.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Khan had spoken at a “meeting for Muslim community leaders” where he also addressed the attacks.

“It is a reality I’m afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things,” he said, the Evening Standard reports.

“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice,” he added.

At the meeting with New York’s Mayor, he began: “It’s important, in the context of the explosion last night, for me to say this to you: Londoners stand shoulder to shoulder with New Yorkers.”

He then appeared to draw an equivalence between people who say offence things and terrorists who commit violence.

He slammed “some people who try and divide our communities”, people who “say things they shouldn’t be saying”, along with “people who try to commit acts of terror”.

“We are the West”, he asserted, insisting that it is “compatible to be someone with Western liberal values… [and] to be a mainstream Muslim”.

In New York, he also said of the Brexit it Vote: “I tell you what happened when we voted to leave the EU, there was a spike in race attacks”, despite the fact this claim has been widelydiscredited.

Mr. Khan also attacked those who raise concerns about his connections with radical Islam, claiming his Conservative opponent in the London mayoral election ran a “negative” and “divisive” campaign containing “some of the worst sorts of Islamophobia you have every seen”.

During the campaign, it emerged Mr. Khan had shared a platform with numerous anti-Semites, defended 9/11 terrorists as a barrister, and had a brother-in-law who was a member of banned jihadi group Al-Muhajiroun.

And since taking office, he has appointed an extremism-linked “Integration Deputy Mayor”, as Breitbart London revealed last week.

Khan of Londonistan pitches first ball at Mets game…

SADIQ Khan made his pitch for London as he threw the first ball for the New York Mets last night.

The Mayor of London is in the Big Apple on a five-day trip to North America in a bid to prove the capital is still “open for business”.

The Labour politician is in North American to convince investors that London is still open for business

And the Labour politician was given the honour of opening the play at the Mets’ Citi Field ground before their clash with Minnesota Twins.

Khan – who replaced Boris Johnson as mayor in May – donned the Mets iconic jersey as he chucked the ball on Sunday evening.

He later tweeted: “Fantastic to throw the first pitch at today’s @Mets game. #PitchingForLondon #LondonIsOpen.”

The visit to the States has not passed without hiccup.

He made a veiled dig at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by talking of the need to “build bridges rather than walls”.

The comments was seen as a reference to businessman Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US/Mexico border if he is elected later this year.

Khan and Trump have clashed before when the 45-year-old mayor labelled Trump “ignorant” for his plan to ban Muslims from entering the USA.

The Apprentice star responded by calling Khan’s comments “rude” and “nasty”.

Khan plans to meet with Major League Baseball chief Rob Manfred in a bid to bring baseball to London in a similar way that American football has been.

Khan has also met with his Chicago counterpart Rahm Emanuel during the whistlestop tour

He will also hold talks with Canadian premier Justin Trudeau after visits to Chicago and Montreal.

Ahead of the trip, Khan said: “In the wake of Brexit it is hugely important that we strengthen London’s ties with other major cities.

“The key theme I will take into every meeting on this visit is that London is and always will remain open for business.”

*(THOSE GENTLE GIANTS IN CHICAGO)*- Chicago shooting victims

Last updated Sept. 12, 2016

The map below shows where people were shot in Chicago, broken down by community area. Darker shades of blue indicate greater numbers of victims in those community areas.

This data is compiled from reporting done by the Chicago Tribune Breaking News staff and is typically updated more than once per week. Therefore, the most recent shootings may not be displayed immediately.



Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities



Where Rates Climbed Significantly in 2015

Arrow length shows the increase in homicide rate in 2015, compared with the average rate of the previous three years for each city.

Murder rates rose significantly in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times of new data compiled from individual police departments.


The findings confirm a trend that was tracked recently in a study published by the National Institute of Justice. “The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented,” wrote the study’s author, Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who explored homicide data in 56 large American cities.


In the Times analysis, half of the increase came from just seven cities — Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington.


Chicago had the most homicides — 488 in 2015 — far more than the 352 in New York City, which has three times as many people. Baltimore had the largest increase — 133 more than 2014 — and the second-highest rate in 2015, after St. Louis, which had 59 homicides per 100,000 residents.

The number of cities where rates rose significantly was the largest since the height of violent crime in the early 1990s.

Number of cities where
murder rates rose significantly


Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has said that crime is “out of control” and that decades ofprogress are now being reversed. But the Times analysis shows that the rise in homicides is much more nuanced; while violence is up in a number of cities, it’s not soaring across the nation.

Nationally, homicide rates are still much lower than they were in the 1990s, even among the seven cities that drove last year’s increase.


For the Times analysis, we collected 30 years of homicide data from the F.B.I. through 2014, then gathered 2015 data from local police departments in the 100 cities. (The F.B.I. will not release the full 2015 data until later this month.)

Since crime rates fluctuate from year to year, we used a statistical technique to determine places where we can definitely say rates were rising.

The Cities That Drove the Increase

Nationwide, nearly 6,700 homicides were reported in the 100 largest cities in 2015, about 950 more than the year before. About half of the rise — 480 of the 950 — occurred in seven cities. The poverty rate in these cities is higher than the national average.


At least three of these cities have also been embroiled in protests after police-involved deaths of black males, like Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Laquan McDonald in Chicago and Tamir Rice in Cleveland.


In his study, Dr. Rosenfeld said that rising crime might be linked to less aggressive policing that resulted from protests of high-profile police killings of African-Americans. But he said this hypothesis, a version of the so-called Ferguson effect, which has spurred heated debate among lawmakers and criminologists, must be further evaluated.

There is no consensus on what caused the recent spike, and each city appears to have unique circumstances contributing to the uptick.


“Cities are obviously heterogeneous,” said Robert Sampson, a Harvard professor who is an expert on crime trends. “There is tremendous variation across the largest cities in basic features such as demographic composition, the concentration of poverty, and segregation that relate to city-level differences in rates of violence.”


Many crime experts warn against reading too much into recent statistics. In fact, murder rates remained largely unchanged in 70 cities, and decreased significantly in five.


“Even if the uptick continues in some cities, I doubt the pattern will become universal,” Dr. Sampson said.

No End in Sight for Chicago’s Violence

In Chicago, homicides were concentrated in highly segregated pockets that are predominantly black. A fifth of Chicago’s killings took place in just two police districts on the city’s West and South Sides, which are also among the city’s poorest.


“Flare-ups and spikes in violence are occurring in predictable places,” Dr. Sampson said. “The cynicism and mistrust of legal institutions in poor black communities is longstanding, although recent conflicts with the police have exacerbated underlying tensions.”

Alarming levels of violence have become the norm in some of these neighborhoods. While murder rates have continued to decline in the nation’s two largest cities — New York and Los Angeles — Chicago’s has stalled in the last decade. At its peak in the 1990s, New York’s homicide rate was more than seven times as high as it is now.

How Chicago’s homicide rate compares


In Chicago, however, the landscape appears to be worsening, with killings up more than 45 percent so far this year. In August, Chicago had its deadliest month in about 20 years with at least 90 murders — and more homicides so far this year than New York and Los Angeles combined.


Areas with “long-standing conditions of alienation, hopelessness, poverty and lack of opportunities” also have the greatest distrust of the police and the greatest complaints of police abuse, said Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor who directs a civil rights and police accountability project at the law school.


That means homicides go unsolved, perpetuating a dangerous cycle because people committing the crimes are still out there. In some neighborhoods, the city’s clearance rate, the percentage of homicides in which the police arrest or identify a suspect, is less than 20 percent, he said.


Dr. Futterman said the city’s problems were intensified in recent years by the closing of more than 50 public schools in 2013, the dismantling of public housing throughout the 2000s, and the federal government’s successful prosecution of big gang leaders, which destabilized gang hierarchies, territories and illegal drug markets.

While there was violence before, ironically, crime was more contained and easier to police than it is now, he said.

What’s Behind the Surge
of Killings in Baltimore?

In 2015, Baltimore’s murder rate not only increased the most among the 100 top cities, it also reached a historic high of 55 homicides per 100,000 residents. Its previous record high was in 1993, when the rate was 48.

Baltimore’s homicide rate, per 100,000


Some experts attribute the sudden spike in violence largely to a flood of black-market opiates looted from pharmacies during riots in April 2015. The death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody, had set off the city’s worst riots since the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


During the riots, nearly 315,000 doses of drugs were stolen from 27 pharmacies and two methadone clinics, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, a number much higher than the 175,000 doses the agency initially estimated.


Most of the homicides in Baltimore were connected to the drug trade, and what happened in 2015 was a result of more people “getting into the game of selling drugs,” said Jeffrey Ian Ross, a criminologist at the University of Baltimore.

Number of homicides per month in Baltimore


Police commanders have said that an oversupply of inventory from looting resulted in a violent battle for customers among drug gangs.


“This would have caused a disruption in drug markets, with more people trying to maintain or increase their market share,” Dr. Ross said. “You have new entrants coming into the field, altering the supply and demand of illegal drugs in those neighborhoods,” often leading to increased violence.


If the drug theory holds true, the killings in Baltimore should subside this year. A midyear violent crime survey by theMajor Cities Chiefs Police Association showed that while killings were up among 60 large cities, they were slightly down in Baltimore.

“I’m not going to say they’re going to return to historic lows, but we hit a peak last year and things are settling themselves out,” Dr. Ross said.


Note: Data included for the analysis are consistent with the F.B.I.’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s definition for homicides. The number of homicides were reported by local and federal officials as of Sept. 8. Departments sometimes revise the numbers as new information emerges.