Mueller Warns That Russia Still Interfering With U.S. Elections

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

In a troubling Bloomberg piece, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller  says the same Russians who interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections are busy trying to interfere with the upcoming midterms 2018. TeamMueller reportedly made this argument in a court filing trying to get a protective order on certain evidence they’ve collected related to TrumpRussia investigation. The lawyers for one of the companies Mueller has indicted in the TrumpRussia investigation, Concord Management, has requested the judge to release the evidence Mueller has against their client–a standard/routine criminal defense procedure


Team Mueller is arguing that releasing such evidence while TrumpRussia investigation is still ongoing will not only weaken their investigation into other players, but could also give Russian intelligence agencies an advantage which they can use to attack midterms 2018 and beyond. Whether TeamMueller’s legal arguments will prevail  in court remains to be seen but the important takeaway for Democrats/DNC is that Mueller’s worries are yet another reminder to Dems not to be complacent over election security issues. Grassroots Democrats, including Yours Truly have been screaming for stronger action by Dems on election security issues, especially as it relates to unverifiable voting machines

There are encouraging signs that Congressional Dems are beginning to listen to the election security cries of grassroots Dems as evidenced by the recent introduction of “PAVE”(Protecting American Votes & Elections) Act by Dem Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore, Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass

While this is clearly very encouraging news, Dems must not stop there. Dems must not only scrutinize voting machines but also look deeper into this so-called “Trump phenomenon” where Trump supposedly favors an underdog candidate in a GOP Primary and all of a sudden they become the favorite, as was the case in South Carolina with Rep Mark Sanford’s loss. Think about that folks–if the fear is that Russians interfered in 2016 and they are still interfering today, why is it such a giant leap of faith to assume that the so-called “Trump Phenomenon” is not a phenomenon at all? Are these primary wins verifiable? If not, will the 2018 midterm results be verifiable–auditable paper trail? These are the type of questions Democrats/DNC need to start asking and asking forcefully as we approach midterms 2018 and beyond. It is not a crime to pester the GOP Secretaries of State with these kinds of questions 

Grassroots Democrats are extremely excited about Dem chances in midterms 2018. It will be sad if after all that we end up with very questionable election results which nobody can verify all because the election security/voting machine questions that needed to be asked were never asked by the right people–Democratic Party establishment/DNC/Media–especially where, as here, grassroots Dems have been screaming about voting machine security all along.

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Same Mainstrean Media That Gave Us Trump Is About To Give GOP A Midterms 2018 Win

After the 2016 elections exposed how vulnerable our election systems were to cyberattacks, New Jersey, like many other U.S. states began mulling ways to improve the security of its election infrastructure. While still mulling what changes to make to their election systems, the Center for American Progress dropped a bombshell on the Garden state, giving it a lowly D-grade for its voting machine security.



Stung by the embarrassing D-grade evaluation, NJ state lawmakers felt compelled to do something, and they have. A new NJ bill A3991, the "New Jersey Secure Elections Act" seeks to do just that, replace the state's paperless voting system with one that leaves an auditable paper trail

As shocking as it sounds, even after Russian meddling in 2016, many states especially where the GOP controls the legislature still use electronic voting machines that cannot be credibly audited in case of disputed results. Texas is one such example.

While NJ should be commended for taking a concrete step forward in securing the vote, it is the shocking testimony of one of the state's leading Computer Scientists, Professor Andrew Appel that has caught Yours Truly's attention and should catch yours too.

In his testimony about voting machine security, Princeton University Computer Science Professor said paperless electronic voting machines are "fatally flawed technology." Turns out Professor Appel is so sure about his assertion he has even demonstrated how to hack a New Jersey voting machine.

Now if these were conclusory allegations by some random loud mouth in #TheResistance the lack of coverage by the Mainstream Media would be understandable. However given that this bombshell assertion is being made by a highly respected Ivy League scholar(Princeton is Super Ivy League) the lack of coverage by the Mainstream Media has to be called into question.

How can the world's leading democracy be conducting elections using "fatally flawed" voting machines and the Media remain relatively silent about it? To its credit Fox News did do a segment on Professor Appel. That however is not nearly enough Media coverage for such a consequential story--especially in an election year.

A charge has been levelled, and Yours Truly concurs, that it is the Mainstream Media that gave us Trump. If the same Mainstream Media cannot find a way to have this Ivy League professor explain his bombshell assertion to the public, a second charge could be levelled that the Mainstream Media is helping Trump's GOP steal Midterms 2018

There's absolutely no excuse as to why CNN or MSNBC cannot interview this esteemed Computer Scientist--none!!

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Dems Must Kill PA’s ConCon Measure Before A Vote

Pennsylvania is a crucial swing state in Presidential elections. Democrats have traditionally done very well in PA. Obama for example won PA both in 2008 & 2012. Hillary Clinton was favored by pollsters to win PA in 2016 but surprisingly lost to Donald Trump. The fact of the matter is there is a lot of Dem support in PA and as we approach Midterms 2018, it is important that Dems point out GOP’s efforts to change the constitution


Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Convention proposal HR100 was introduced in the PA Legislature on March 20, 2017 and has 7 sponsors–all Republicans. According to the PA Legislature website, the proposal is still lying in the PA Legislature with no vote taken on it yet.

That leaves us with only 7 PA GOP ConCons to go after(proposal sponsors). They are up for reelection so its important that we kick them and their ConCon proposal out of the PA Legislature in Midterms 2018

Here’s a HANDY LIST of the 7 PA GOP State politicians pushing Koch Brothers/ALEC’s radical plan to change the U.S. Constitution and thereby eliminate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

Bottomline, because Pennsylvania is a crucial swing state where Dems have traditionally done well, the DNC must wage the NoConCon war there–especially in this midterm election year. Surely Dems can flip these 7 PA State House seats blue.

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Dems Must Wage NoConCon War In Wisconsin

In a recent post Yours Truly suggested that Democrats needed to wage the NoConCon war in Michigan because it was a Dem-friendly state. Well the same applies for neighboring Wisconsin

On Nov 7 2017 the Wisconsin Senate passed AJR20 the state’s constitutional convention proposal. 19 Wisconsin GOP State Senators supported the ConCon measure. Sadly not all of them are up for reelection this year.


Here’s a Handy List of Wisconsin GOP State Senators up for reelection this year, who backed Koch Brothers/ALEC’s radical plan to change the U.S. Constitution opening up the door for elimination of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security under the guise of “Balanced Budget Amendment.”

The interesting thing about Wisconsin is that the Dems really fought back the Senate GOP ConCons. The same day the WI Senate GOP passed the ConCon measure, Dem State Senator Chris Larson (seen in the picture below) addressed demonstators who chanted “hands off my constitution”.

State Senator Chris Larson addressing NoConCon Demonstrators

Another Dem State Senator Kathleen Vinehout also slammed the GOP’s ConCon measure warning that it could degenerate into a “runaway” convention, basically a free-for-all where everybody’s constitutional rights would be at the mercy of GOP politicians–VERY SCARY. Yours Truly will reach out to these Wisconsin State Dems to see if they can mobilize a nationwide NoConCon movement.

The proposal passed the Wisconsin House on a 60-37 vote. There are 21 Wisconsin GOP House Reps who sponsored the ConCon bill. However three of them, Chris Kapenga, Dave Craig and Frank Lasee have since become State Senators.  Of the three, only Sen Kapenga is up for reelection in 2018 and Yours Truly has included him in the HANDY LIST of State Senators(see gallery above). The Handy List of WI House Reps is therefore down to 18 and here are their “mugshots”

Bottomline, because Wisconsin is similar to Michigan and Minnesota in that they are all Dem-friendly states, the DNC must wage the NoConCon war in Wisconsin–especially in this midterm election year.

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Dems Must Sue Texas Election Officials Over Voting Machines

Election security especially as it relates to electronic voting machines is a big topic of debate in 2018 not just because this is a midterm election year but because of the events that happened in the 2016 general election where Russia is believed to have either intefered or attempted to interfere with U.S. election machines.

Well it turns out concerns about electronic voting machines have existed in Texas since 2007. The Democratic Party actually filed a lawsuit in 2007 against Texas election officials arguing that the eSlate voting machines were recording votes incorrectly. Dems demanded that Texas state officials either rectify the flaws with electronic voting machines or ban them from any future election use.

Notably, then Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams, through his Spokespeople defended the voting machines saying they complied with all state and federal laws and had been certified, adding that eSlate machines "securely, accurately and privately recorded votes"--a provably false defense.

Fast forward to 2018 and the problem with electronic voting machines is even worse. Now we have unverifiable(no paper trail) electronic voting machines which computer scientists warn can easily be manipulated to produce false election results. In addition to that, unlike in 2007 where the Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams was at least responsive to citizens concerns, now we have a Secretary of State Rolando Pablos who totally ignores the issue.

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Texas’ Unverifiable E-Voting Machines Are Packed In Dem Strongholds

With news that Russia tried to hack into U.S. election systems in the 2016 elections, there have been concerns about the security of U.S. voting infrastructure and especially electronic voting machines. Specifically, there have been reports that some electronic voting machines can be manipulated remotely without leaving a trace. Even more troubling is the fact that such remote manipulation could even result in changing of vote totals on election day. These concerns are not new and have lingered for quite some time, yet even after the Russia experience in the 2016 elections, state election officials have not yet convinced the public(certainly not in Texas) that they can totally prevent such intrusions.


Unlike his counterparts in other states, the Texas Secretary of State has been notoriously unresponsive to questions about the security of Texas voting systems. The WV Secretary of State for example responded to questions from Election Integrity advocate Jennifer Cohn when she sought more information about the state’s newly acquired ES&S machines.

The same desire by Secretaries of State to answer the public’s questions is also evident in other states but for some peculiar reason, there’s a zero desire for public accountability from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. The best the Texas Secretary of State’s office has done to respond to public concerns about election security is the release of this 2/22/2018 YouTube Video of a Texas Senate Hearing on election security. Yours Truly has gone through the video and found the questioning by State Senator Judith Zaffirini(D-Laredo) beginning at 32:15 to be the most interesting.

From the excellent questions by Dem Senator Zaffirini we find out that out of the 254 Texas Counties, 164 use DREs which have no paper trail and that these DREs are predominantly used in large counties. This should send all kinds of alarm bells to the DNC because the large counties in Texas usually contain the large cities(Houston, Dallas, Austin)–ALL MAJOR DEM STRONGHOLDS. In other words, the Texas GOP has packed the unverifiable and easilyhackable DREs in counties where Dems get their most votes.

The DNC owes it to Senate Hopeful Beto O’Rouke and other Dems running in the state to get a DEFINITIVE ANSWER from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office as to exactly which counties are using these DREs and the measures they’ve taken to secure the vote given the fact that the machines don’t have a paper trail.

Better yet the DNC should DEMAND that all Texas voting machines have a paper trail

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