Texas AG Greg Abbott Warns Hillary Clinton to Keep European Election Monitors from Messing with Texas

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On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, in a bit of international chest-pounding, sent a strongly worded letter to the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe threatening criminal charges if the group carried out a hinted-at plan to show up in Texas come November 6.

Today, apparently worried that he didn't make his point sufficiently clear, Abbott delivered sent a lengthy missive to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning her against allowing some snooty Europeans to meddle in Texas' elections.

Clinton, it seems, received a letter yesterday from the OCSE asking her to ensure election observers are not "restrained in their activities" while in the state. But Abbott contends that he has every right to restrain their activities, per provisions set out in Texas law.

"It appears that OCSE is under the misimpression that the State Department can somehow help its representatives circumvent the Texas Election code," which prohibits unauthorized persons from entering or loitering within 100 feet of a polling place, Abbott writes. "OCSE monitors are expected to follow the law like everyone else."

The U.S. signed an international agreement in 1989 to henceforward allow the OSCE to observe elections, but only "to the extent allowed by law," he writes.

"As you know, in the United States that means both state and federal law," Abbott writes, suggesting that the OCSE is unfamiliar with the United States' federalist system.

He then does his best to fire up the base, reminding Clinton that the OSCE representative leading the team of U.S. election observers is from the Netherlands, which requires photo ID to vote -- the same type of law the federal government has so strenuously objected to in Texas. He even quotes Jimmy Carter in a way that suggests the former president supports voter ID. And lets not forget the OCSE's work with Project Vote, an "overtly partisan" group founded and closely affiliated with ACORN.

He ends with a simple request: work with the "unelected bureaucrats" at the OCSE to ensure they comply with Texas law and remind them that, if they don't, Greg Abbott will be ready for them.


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nyokadavis
nyokadavis

IT Time we pray for the people on the East Coast Sandy is  POWERFUL STORM  and my prayer go out to the people on the East Coast so let give it a rest today!

GOPrude
GOPrude

You mean Abbott is just another unprincipled right wing dumbass like the rest of the stupid white Republicans who run Texas?

 

Had Texas existed when Dante Alighieri drew up his notion of hell, I am positive he would have put the Metroplex smack dab in the middle of it. The GOP is already providing the pitchforks and brimstone.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

People who post with the caps lock on are douche bags.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

So tell me now, if Romney wins the election, are all you uneducated losers going to use the exclusion of OCSE from Texas polling places as your excuse to burn, loot, pillage, and plunder your own neighborhood? 

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

YOU READ  IT IT JUST WAS OVER YOUR HEAD AND YOU CALL YOURSELF SMART!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

WILLARD HAS NO EXPRIENCE IN DOING ANYTHING BUT OUTSOURCING JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE HE CAN CONTINUE TO GET RICH BY PAYING THE PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES FOR 99 CENT OR LESS SO IF YOU WANT TO PAT HIM ON THE BACK FOR USING PEOPLE THAT SAY WHERE YOUR MIND IS ABOUT HUMAN BEING WOW DON'T GO WORK FOR WILLARD HE MAY HIRE YOU AFTER NOV6,2012!

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Since none of you imbeciles commenting on this topic seem to have a clue about Texas Law that provides for a legal avenue for poll watchers, here is the link the Texas Elections Code Chapter 33, http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.33.htm and a link from the Texas Secretary of State Elections Office http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pollwatcher2012.pdf . Please take note of the following qualifications an individual must possess to lawfully act as a poll watcher:

1. Must be a registered voter of the territory (e.g., city, school district) covered by the election and of the county for November general elections, primary elections, or other countywide elections.

2. Cannot be a candidate for public office in an election held on the day the watcher seeks to serve.

3, Cannot hold an elective public office.

4. Cannot be an employee of an election judge or clerk serving at the same polling place;

5. Cannot been finally convicted of an offense in connection with conduct directly attributable to an election.

6. Cannot be related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity (as determined by Tex. Govt. Code, Chapter 573, Subchapter B, Secs. 573.022 -  573.025) to an election judge or clerk serving at that polling place.

7. A watcher may be related to the candidate the watcher is representing.

 

If anyone from OCSE meets those qualifications and is lawfully appointed as a watcher then they can be present at the polling place, if they do not they will go to jail, end of story.

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

WHAT URL LINK I'M SURE YOU CAN HOOK UPTO THEM ON YOUR PC I GET E-MAIL EVERYDAY I GO AND READ BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT PEOPLE I HAVE 11 GRANDCHILDREN 4 CHIDREN AND I SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY SUFFERING I'M 61 IF IT GOD'S WILL I WILL BE 62 ON NOV 4TH OF THIS YEAR AND I HAVEN'T SEEN SUCH TERRIBLE THINGS THAT BEING SAID ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT, IT SO DISGRACFUL AND THE WORLD IS LOOKING AT US AFTER BUSH AND CHENEY AND RUMIFELT WITH THIERS LIES GETTING US TO WAR IN IRAQ INSTEAD OF THEM GETTING BIN LADEN THEY GOT THIERS CHANCE TO INVADING IRAQ SO THEY DIDN'T TRY TO GET THE PERSON WHO KILLED OVER 3000 OF OUR PEOPLE ON 911 HE FINISH WHAT HIS DAD GEORGE HERBERT BUSH DIDN'T DO SO HE PUT US INTO 2 WARS ALOT OF OUR MEN AND WOEN LOSS THIERS LIVES DOING WAR TIME BUSH GOOF OFF CHENEY CLAIM HIS HEART STOP HIM, ROMNEY HAD A CHANCE TO SERVE BUT HE CHOSE TO USE HIS CHURCH TO GET OUT OF SERVING IN VIET NAM AND WENT TO FRANCE TO PASS OUT LEAFLET AND IN WARTIME HIS 5 SONS HAS DONE THE SAME THING NOTONE IS SERVING IN NOT ONE BRANCH OF OUR MILITARY MY HUSBAND DID ,BUT BECAUSE THEY THE ROMNEY'S FELL THAT BENEATH THEM HE'S A HEARTLY MACHINE WHO DON'T HAVE ANY FEELING ABOUT OTHERS DYING AND ALL THOSES AROUND HIM HAVE NOT SERVE IN ANYONE SERVICE HE TAKING TALKING POINTS FROM BUSH NEOCONS WHO LIED AND TOLD BUSH AND CHENEY IRAQ HAD WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION WHEN THEY DIDN'T, WE HAVE ALL THESE CRAZY PEOPLE COMING OUT OF THE WOOD WORK DONALD TRUMP THE SERIAL ADULTRESS, SARAH PALIN WHO COULS SEE RUSSIA FROM HER HOUSE BUT SHE WAS SMART ENOUGH TO GET DUMB PEOPLE TO FOLLOW HER AND GET RICH IT NOT ENOUGH TO SNUCKER PEOPLE AND GET RICH SHE COMING UNDER THE ROCK WHERE SHE WAS HIDING JUST TO BE SEEN BUT THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO KEEPING UP THIS HATEMONGERING TOWARD THE PRESIDENT AND IF LAYING DOWN WITH DOGS YOU WILL BECOME A DOG AND THATS ROMNEY AND THAT I WILL FIGHT TO GET THE PRESIDENT RELECTED!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 NOT IF YOU DON'T LET THEM ITS ONLY ON THE FAR RIGHT, AND TO LET ALL YOU KNOW ROMNEY DIDN'T BALANCE ANY BUDGET AND HE GOT A BILLION DOLLAR FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE SALT LAKE OYLYMIPA THAT PERSON HAS NO PLAN THE FAR RIGHTS TELL HIM WHAT TO DO HE JUST A EMPTY SUIT!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

NO I PREFER EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL FROM DAY ONE THESES PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO DISRESPECTFULLY TOWARD OUR PRESIDENT AND I AM RATHER SICK OF IT, AND TO ALL THOESE WHO CALL THIERSSELEVES CHRISTAIN SHOULD ACT LIKE IT GOD HAS NO RESPECT OF PERSON HE DIDN'T SAY BECAUSE YOU ARE WHITE YOU ARE SURPIOR OVER ANYONE ELSE AND I'M PROUD TO BE A CHRISTAIN FIRST AND A BLACK AMERICAN THIS COUNTRY IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD OTHER COUNTRY DON'T RESPECT THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THOSES WHO HATE THIS PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE'S BLACK THEY CAN LIVE IN THIERS COUNTRY WITHOUT ALL THIS HATEFUL MESS AND ALL THOSES WHO ARE MAKING THESES REMARK ABOUT HIM NOT BEING BORN HERE WELL THEY WASN'T BORN HERE JONH SUNUNU THE FOOL HE WASN'T BORN HERE HE CAME FROM CUBA AND HE WANT TO TALK WELL I DON'T THINK SO THE PEOPLE THAT HATE THE PRESIDENT ARE AFRAID AND FOR THE LIFE OF ME I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE JUST WANT THIERS FAIR SHARE BUT YOU HAVE THOSES WHO HAVE MONEY BUT WANT MORE DON'T WANT TO PAY THIERS FAIR SHARE IN TAXES THEY WANT TO HIDE THIERS MONEY ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THIERS STATE BUSINESS BUT THEY HAVE THIERS HANDS OUT TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR  MONEY TO BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET BUT THE SCHOOL HAVE FELL FAR BEHIND ROADS NEED FIXING  TEACHERS, POLICEMEN, FIREFIGHTERS ARE LOW ON THE TOATING POLL AND THE ONES IN OFFICE HERE ARE AFRAID PEOPLE WILL GO OUT AND VOTE AND VOTE THEM OUT AND THEY SHOULD BECAUSE THOSES IN OFFICE HAS NOT SPOKEN FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WHY I SAY GO OUT AND VOTE YOU DON'T NEED A ID JUST YOUR VOTER REGISTRAING CARD, AND BECAUSE OF MY FAITH IN THE LORD I WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE, DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER COUNTRY IN HOW THEY TREAT THIERS PEOPLE THIS COUNTRY IS TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING AND SINCE THE PRESIDENT BEEN  ELECTED THEY THINK THEY NEED TO PUT US BACK IN OUR PLACE, DON'T BELIEVE IT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AND YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT TO VOTE AND TO ALL THOSES HATERS I WILL PRAY FOR YOU!

MisterMean
MisterMean

Wonder what Texas has to fear.   Must be something.   Is not voter suppression a goal of the GOP?  After all I seem to recall most of the recent voter suppression items in the news have been by the GOP.

stephenb51
stephenb51

I'm sure Hillary was really intimidated by that letter. Abbott is a self serving prick. Just like every other state wide office holder.

mewkins
mewkins

OCSE has just notified Texas that they fart in our general direction.

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

LOUD but the truth people are tired of the select few being taking care of and you have theses TEA PARTY PEOPLE OUT TRYING TO TAKE OVER THIS COUNTRY, BUSH AND CHENEY AND THE GOP ALONG WITH RUMIFELL OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS HAVE SCREW THIS COUNTRY UP AND EVERYTHING PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE TRIED TO DO THEY HAVE OBSTRUCTED IT THEN WE HAVE THESES STATES  WITH REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR HAVE DONE THE SAME THING AND IT TIME WE WORK AS THE PEOPLE AND LET THESE ELECTED PEOPLE KNOW THEY WORK FOR  US AND NOT WE WORK FOR THEM, THEY JUST NEED TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET US PROGRESS THE FUTURE, NO ONE WANTS AMAN WHO HAS NEVER CREATED A JOB BUT OUTSOURCE THEM TO THE COUNTRIES WE  TO FIGHT AGAINST AND PAUL RYAN WELL HE'S NO MORE SMART THAN I AM WITH NUMBERS, ALONG WITH THE OTHER GOP IN WASHINGTON THEY FOUGHT THE PRESIDENT WITH EVERYTHING THIERS GOAL WAS TO MAKE THE PRESIDENT A ONE TERM NO MATTER WHAT AND IN THE PROCESS IT WASN'T THE PRESIDENT THAT FELL US IT WAS THE GOP IN CONGRESS AND THE GOP IN THE SENATE WILLARD MITT ROMNEY SAY WHAT HE THINK YOU WANT TO HEAR HE'S A SHAPE SHIFTER AND  KNOW ONE NEEDS THIS KIND OF CROOK IN OFFICE SWAYING WHERE HE'S TOLD TO SWAY AND MIDDLECLASS IF YOU THINK HE CARE ABOUT YOU YOU ARE FOOL HE JUST WANT TO SAT IN THE BIG CHAIR THINK ABOUT IT GOOGLE WHAT KIND OF GOVERNOR HE WAS IN HIS STATE AND IF HE CAN'T RUN HIS OWN STATE WHAT MAKE  YOU THINK HE CAN RUN THE UNITED STATES AND PEOPLE YOU DESERVE BETTER AND THAT IS WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA DESERVE ANOTHER 4 YEARS!

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Is there any soapbox that a Texas politician will not step on and loudly yell "I am a gottdamm idiot and proud of it!" ??

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Sho nuff?  If sista nyoka b gonna let give it a rest den me 2    uh huh   Ah no'd dats rite     sho will.

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @GuitarPlayer  Just show how  ingorant you are with words like douche bags, you are one of the stupid ones enough Texas has such a negative name people like you!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @fromtexasbygod  T hat is so sad to say if Romney  win we aren't like you people we will go on and as far as being uneducated that would be someone like you you put Bush in office twice and look at the shape the Country is in now and i'm willing to bet you haven't done nothing construct in your life like serve in the military and as far as burn anything dear heart with atitude you have you will burn in hell! have good day

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @nyokadavis He doesn't do that much.  He's a pump and dumper.  He buys companies, mortgages them, lists the loans as income, inflating their value.  Strips out a hefty fee usually multiples of his investment and then sells them off with phony revenues, no added value to some unsuspecting sucker.  He's a classic GOP borrow, take and spender. 

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @fromtexasbygod  thank you for the information but this has nothing to do with regualations we shouldn't have the TRUE TO VOTE(TEA PARTY) SUPRESSING VOTES SO IT A STAND OFF!

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@fromtexasbygod - But are these people considered poll watchers? I think they fall under another designation.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@nyokadavis - God bless you man, no-one on the Internet has ever promised to pray for me before now.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @MisterMean Right, but it makes no sense here, unless Obama is doing it.  Do you doubt that Romney will win this state?  The election observers will be focused in swing states, where the votes count. 

MisterMean
MisterMean

Remember the head of the Pennsylvania general assembly (PA’s House) say after they passed voter registration/suppression id laws “that now they have delivered the state to Romney.  And let us not forget Mitten’s son Tadd’s purchase of “easily tampered” voting machines in Ohio.  

 

iwearblack
iwearblack

 @mewkins Was Abbott told to go away or they will taunt him a second time?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @nyokadavis Might want to use both upper and lower case.  Also, being the conductor on the crazy train probably isn't helping your case much.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@nyokadavis -"TEA PARTY PEOPLE OUT TRYING TO TAKE OVER THIS COUNTRY" Actually they're not just trying to, they are.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Cliffhanger - His position seems to be drawing little outrage here in the US. Any idea why that might be?

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @fromtexasbygod  WOW don't know what you said but i guess your how you express yourself, you dont have to read what i say but as always people like you get upset when the truth is being told so with how you speak i can see this way over your head because if you had a brain you would talk with some sense 1you are from  texas but GODISN'T IN YOU BUT I WILL PRAY FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU HAVE A NICE DAY!

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Oh nyoka girl u sho b do lots a preechin on dis here site. And sista u sho b bad fo tellin me I gonna burn in hell fo my atitude.  Lawd hav mercy, my atitude b fine, dis is very tru, ah knowd dats rite.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

 @albert.finney000  @fromtexasbygod I don't know what they are considered, but if they want to monitor a polling place legally in the State of Texas that is the ONLY designation they can fall under, that's it, no other way to do it without violating the Texas Election Code.

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @albert.finney000  @nyokadavis  i'm sure noone has pray for  you before because you don't know how to pray and if you say you are a christain with the hate you have for the President because of his skin color GOD WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @RTGolden1  I'M SORRY u feel i'm a crazy train but it doesn't matter what you say you have your opion and that what great about this country and i'm not afraid to speak my mind because I HAVE A SUPREME BEING WHO'S POWERFUL THAN ANY MAN ON MY SIDE!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @RTGolden1  YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING DON'T UPSET ME IT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO HAS PROBLEMS BUT I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @albert.finney000  @Cliffhanger because it's pointless and stupid.  Texas is not a toss up.  Unless Obama wins the state, there's no need to suspect fraud here.  It's the "swing states" that matter.

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @fromtexasbygod  Why don't you talk english but whatever if you are offended i'm sorry but when people hate others for thiers color or who they are GOD IS NOT IN THEM AND GOD TELL US ABOUT HATE AND HE SAY WHERE YOU YOU CAN'T COME GOD DON'T DEAL IN HATE OR HURTING PEOPLE READ YOUR BIBLE TRY READING THE NEW TESTERMENT IT MAY HELP YOU! HAVE A GOOD DAY

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

 @fromtexasbygod  Not sure about that, I know they can't go where designated poll watchers go, 100 ft or whatever it is. It'll be ten-deep-at-the-bar in some locations, with all the lawyers from both sides monitoring everything and each other. The Euros will be lucky to get within a block.

 

They'll as usual spend the great majority of their time at the hotel bar.

 

This is nothing more than a statement from puffy Euros, and Abbot gave 'em a statement right back. People who place value on the UN think he's a dick, people who see the UN as a joke will see it as a win.

 

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @albert.finney000  But it don't make it right this country shouldn't be polarize like this we are the people not them and us we may not agree on issues but it doesn't mean people has to be so mean and hateful we has a Nations is better than that! Good Nite and i hope you  have one to!

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

 @nyokadavis  

 

"Sununu was all on TV talk about the President being lazy..."

 

"I think there's a laziness in me."  Obama, on TV, 2011

 

 

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @leftocenter  Thank You for that but i have had time to think and what i see is this Country move a step forward and 2 step back, why can't we as the people disagree to diagree back who we feel will take this Country forwardPresident as man instead of the color of his skin Romney surrgate John Sununu was all on TV talk about the President being lazy and he should know how to be American but no one has attack him not being born here he came from Cuba, and Romney father, his grandfather move to Mexico so he could have as many wives as he wanted, no one question Romney father George Romney about his citizenship, when he came here to this country as a young man but every since this man has been in office it been racial slur after another and i thought this country was better than that the President was dealt a bad hand and he had a congress who wouldn't work with him he reach out to them and they slap his hand but they had already plotted to make him 1 term President, you have the Karl Rove, and all theses haters who don't have a life, Dick Cheney who you would think with GOD giving him another chance to retire somewhere after he and Bush put us in this mess here in this country and oversea but they want to keep control they want to keep down the middleclass so they can get richer and they think they are going to live forever the President got our troops out of IRAQ and he's going to bring out of that  other country, but if  Romney has his way and become President our troops will be fighting another war in IRAN, i will stay with President Obama who care about all Americans even if they don't like him and he will fight for us all so who ever can vote for Romney because he just will turn this country into a welfare country, they have lied on the President when it was Repubilcan governor was the one who allow the people on food stamp and it was the right thing to do because it was no fault  of thier own,Bush  and Cheney cause this mess and the President got this country to where it at now, it no way he could have fix this mess in the short time and was getting any help from the GOP congress they pass 3 bills and none was what the President purpose but i fine and will be fine because i know i am doing the right thing for all America!

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @leftocenter  Sorry you feel that way but i don't take offense to things that are being said in a harsh way he just show people don't know any better they still think they superior to others and i know you aren't just into your moment wake up it 2012 and people aren't backing down,anytime you can give bush 2 terms to muck up the country i can see why you would want Willard Mitt Romney in the white house to muck it up more and it doesn;t matter what it will do to the 98% as long as the rich get richer i got you can't think for yourself now that is dumb!

leftocenter
leftocenter

 @nyokadavis  Dear poster, many are with you on the crazy train - take it as a compliment.  All CAPS is considered yelling, and you don't need to yell.  Throw love at the haters and reason at the unreasonable.  And take a breath occasionally. I hope you are not a troll, and if you don't know what that means, then you are not one.

nyokadavis
nyokadavis

 @scottindallas  @RTGolden1  If you are trying to be funny or humor that okay i'm grandmother and proud of and because see thiscountry in such a pity way and say to my self why how can it be so much hate but then it remind me of the 6 millions jews, the slave don't know how many of them was killed and it goes back even farther the jews was in bondage in EGPTY and GOD BROUGHT THEM OUT SEE IT SOMEONE MORE POWERFUL THAN MAN THAT WILL DEAL WITH THIS HATE HE NEVER MEANT TO BE SLAVE OR OPPRESS BECAUSE HE MADE US IN HIS IMAGNE AND HE WILL DEAL WITH THOSES WHO HATE AND SPIRE HATE ,SO I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @nyokadavis  @RTGolden1 what do you suspect RT's problem is?  Being balanced and independent?  Or, not using a print that a 61 year old grandmother can read?

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

 @scottindallas  @Cliffhanger 

 

"... it's pointless and stupid.  Texas is not a toss up."

 

Well then, who's being pointless and stupid, the puffy Euros who are coming to Texas regardless, or the guy telling them to not bother coming?

 

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