Category Archives: Military Voting

Navy pilot famously held captive by Chinese running for Senate

Shane Osborn

Penned by Alex Pappas

Political Reporter

Shane Osborn is the only Senate candidate who can make a campaign pitch like this.

“If I can stand up to interrogations by the Chinese — the communist Chinese for twelve days — I can certainly handle Harry Reid in Washington, D.C.,” Osborn said in a recent interview with The Daily Caller.

Osborn, the former Republican State Treasurer in Nebraska, was the Navy pilot held captive for nearly two weeks by the Chinese after the Hainan Island incident in 2001.

The Navy plane piloted by Osborn collided in midair with a Chinese fighter jet in international airspace, sending his plane into an inverted dive.

“It cut the Chinese jet in two and flipped us inverted, tore the nose off,” Osborn told TheDC.

While the Chinese pilot died in the collision, Osborn safely landed the plane in China carrying a 23-member crew. That gave newly-sworn in President George W. Bush his first international crisis to deal with.

Osborn and his crew were interrogated by the Chinese before being released.

“You’re 26 years old, you’re scared out of your mind,” Osborn recalled. “Those twelve days they held us prisoner were very intense. They used sleep deprivation. They interrogated me six to eight hours at a time. They didn’t let me sleep for days on end.”

Osborn said he is often asked about his experience in China while on the campaign trail.

“I say this on the stump, ‘Listen, I understand you’re probably thinking in your mind what’s being a good Navy pilot have to do with being a good U.S. senator. And my answer is not much. But leadership matters. And, I learned how to lead in the Navy,’” Osborn said.

The Nebraska Senate primary

Osborn is running in a competitive GOP primary to replace Republican Sen. Mike Johanns this year. His competition includes Republican Ben Sasse, the president of Midland University.

Asked to differentiate himself from his opponents, Osborn noted his military experience. “There are only two combat veterans in the United States Senate,” he said.

“I’ve collected intelligence off of every single country we’re having problems with today,” Osborn said. “I won’t just make my decisions based on academic theory. I make them on real-world experience. Personal experience.”

Obsorn also emphasizes his business experience. “I’m the only entrepreneur in this race,” he said. “I’m the only one who knows what it’s like to risk all and leave a cushy job and go out there and create a business from scratch.”

He also boasts of cutting spending as state treasurer. “I’m the only one in this race or probably in any race running right now that can say they’ve actually shrunk government,” he said.

Continuing, he said: “Over a four year period, I cut the budget nearly 12 percent. I reduced the staff 28 percent. … I actually know how to shrink government and make it more efficient.”

As state treasurer, Osborn said he launched NebraskaSpending.gov, which shows every aspect of state spending. He said the federal government should do something similar.

“Pie graphs, bar graphs, historical data going back ten years and it shows people where they’re money’s being sent,” he said. “Who’s the vendor, who are the vendors doing business with the state? That’s something we absolutely need in Washington, D.C.”

As for other issues he’s talking about on the trail, Osborn said: “Obamacare is obviously a big topic on everybody’s mind. I am the only candidate in this race that back in 2009, I spoke at rallies all across the state hammering on Obamacare, saying this is bad policy.”

“Obviously Obamacare is failing miserably, but it was designed to fail. It’s just failing quicker than they thought. And we know the end game here. For the Democrats and Obama it’s to have single payer health care,” he said.

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Combat Veterans For Congress–The Elimination of Voter Fraud

Combat Vets For Congress

The conflict between the House and Senate further validates our belief that the mid-term Congressional elections of 2014 is where the American people, as individuals, can make an impact on the current divisive in the political landscape. Reid, Pelosi, and Obama have been ruthless in the type of names they keep calling Republicans (racists, anarchists, extortionists, obstructionists, liars, terrorists holding the country hostage, etc.). The raw party politics have become dangerously contentious; I don’t recall a time in my life when the conflicts between the two major parties in Congress has become so dysfunctional. The only recourse Republican members of Congress have when they are in the minority and the Obama administration continues to violate the US Constitution, breaks federal laws, and the Attorney General ignores the Obama administration’s violation of federal law, is to hold hearings and/ or to file law suits. Unfortunately, law suits would end up in many years of litigation. As an alternative, in 13 months, the American voters can make a change in the makeup of Congress, without having to wait for years of litigation. Continue reading

Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters

This problem with the deployed troops voting system has been going on since the 90’s maybe even longer. It appears to be intentional that it’s not fixed. In fact Military Voter Protection Project has been working to get this problem corrected but Eversole continues to see the same problems in the broken system.  Twana

 

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California Watch  May 30, 2012 | Stephanie Snyder

Elections officials throughout California missed a deadline to send 8,250 ballots to overseas and military voters for next week’s presidential primary, prompting a lawsuit and swift settlement over the weekend between the state officials and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Eleven of the state’s 58 counties violated the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act by failing to send ballots to voters abroad on April 21 – 45 days before the primary. While about 5,450 of the late ballots were sent out within two days of missing the deadline, some were delayed as much as a week.

On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit [PDF] against California for missing the deadline, but Secretary of State Debra Bowen reached an agreement on the matter that same day, federal officials said. As part of the settlement, the secretary of state’s office will hold training sessions with at least one election official in each county before the general election in November.

David Tom, elections manager for San Mateo County, said his county was on schedule to send ballots to the 739 overseas voters who requested their ballots through the mail. But at the last minute, a county Board of Supervisors candidate had to be removed from the ballot.

Read the rest here.

DOJ Must Do More for Military Voters

 

 

Friends,

We all know that our men and women in uniform work hard to protect our rights.  Unfortunately, when it comes to their rights–like their right to vote–the Voting Section of the Department of Justice has failed to do the same.

The Voting Section’s failures were well documented in 2010 and, as discussed in the article below, are continuing to occur in 2012.  Click on the image to read.


The MVP Project will continue to fight hard for our men and women in uniform and demand justice.  We hope this article sheds a little light on the importance of our efforts.

Thanks again for all of your support.  If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.

Sincerely,


Eric Eversole
Founder & Executive Director
Military Voter Protection Project

The Washington Times

Military voters must feel like Bill Murray’s character in GroundhogDay. Election after election, certain state and local election officials fail to meet the deadline for sending absentee ballots. The outcome is often the same – thousands of ballots are received too close to the election to be returned or, if they are returned, the ballots arrive after the deadline to be counted. In either case, the military voter is disenfranchised.

Congress attempted to fix this time loop in 2009. The MOVE Act was a new law that created a simple requirement: State and local election officials had to send absentee ballots to military voters at least 45 days before an election. Yet, this simple requirement has been hard to follow.  Read the rest here.