Bush Intervenes in Ohio Voter Case

As reported today in “Bush Orders DOJ to Probe Ohio Voter Registrations” on the news site, The Public Record:

President George W. Bush has asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate whether 200,000 newly registered voters in the battleground state of Ohio would have to reconfirm their voter registration information, an issue the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on last week.

The unprecedented intervention by the White House less than two weeks before the presidential election may result in at least 200,000 newly registered voters in Ohio not being able to vote on Election Day if they are forced to provide additional identification when they head to the polls.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent a letter to Bush Friday asking that he order the Department of Justice to probe the matter.

…Boehner said in his letter: “Unless action is taken by the [US Justice] Department immediately, thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands of names whose information has not been verified…will remain on the voter rolls during the November 4 election; and there is a significant risk if not a certainty, that unlawful votes will be cast and counted….”

…Boehner wrote to Mukasey Monday and wrote to Bush when his query to the attorney general went unanswered, he said.

…A federal appeals court recently ordered Ohio election officials to help counties set up a computer system to ensure the veracity of voter registrations.  [See story on CNN.com]  …Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the case and dismissed the lower court’s ruling.  [See story on CBSNews.com]

And speaking of such things, the Brennan Center for Justice is maintaining an ongoing investigation of “the voter suppression tactics unfolding as America faces another presidential election.” It’s called 2008′s Voter Suppression Incidents So Far, and it’s hosted over at AlterNet.

Look sharp, fellow citizens — this is just the tip of the dirty tricks iceberg.  The Republican war on voting has been decried in recent editorials in august papers like the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times, which went so far as to issue a call to “fight for their right to cast a ballot” and gave the toll-free number of the voter rights group Election Protection to call if you discover you’ve been wrongly disenfranchised.  (The number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE, by the way).

jQuery to be Included in Microsoft Visual Studio. Reports of Airborne Pigs Skyrocket.

Those of you who care may well already know since it was announced about a month ago now, but Microsoft has announced that it will be including the excellent JavaScript library jQuery in future releases of their main development tool, Visual Studio. Best of all, MS says they won’t fix what ain’t broke — jQuery (and its documentation) will be included 100% as-is, with no modifications and with the MIT open source license intact, and intellisense will be fully functional with it. Any proposed changes, enhancements, or bug-fixes will be submitted to the jQuery team, just like everyone else does. Even more incredibly, later this year jQuery will be supported 24×7 by Microsoft’s Product Support Services (PSS) just like any MS product.

This is pretty much gob-smacking news, especially given Microsoft’s open hostility to open source. For those who have sworn like grizzled sailors trying to use the ASP.NET AJAX stuff in something resembling a decent cross-browser fashion, this announcement will no doubt prompt dancing and screams of joy.

jQuery will not be replacing the ASP.NET AJAX libraries but augmenting them, and moving forward the VS crew will be using jQuery to “implement higher-level controls in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit” and other such like. The new ASP.NET MVC download will also distribute it, and add the jQuery library by default to all new projects. Fortunately, since jQuery is so well architected it already plays very nice with the existing ASP.NET AJAX gizmos.

Updating the jQuery library will reportedly be as simple plopping the new one over the old, though as always you may need to tweak your code slightly or write a compatibility module or something.

Don’t pinch me, I don’t wanna wake up.

Here’s some relevant linkage, lest you think I’m smoking crack: