An hour after Occupy DC protesters organized a rally outside Freddie Mac?s offices in downtown Washington, DC yesterday on behalf of a Maryland resident facing eviction, the mortgage giant announced that it had developed plan to keep her in her home.
Bertina Jones, of Prince George?s county, a suburb of DC, was “a perfect example of a woman who was making her payments, and they still foreclosed on her,? said Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Vicki King Taitano, who is helping Jones. Jones, a grandmother and accountant, got a mortgage modification in 2009 from Bank of America, “but the bank repeatedly lost the accompanying documents” and Freddie Mac bought the house at 2010 in a foreclosure auction.
Jones has yet to be evicted, however, and Occupy DC rallied to support her after hearing about her case from Taitano. The Washington Post’s Annie Gowen reports:
Jones, who can?t afford a private attorney, said she has been working on her own for months ? heading to the law library, making repeated calls and sending e-mails ? to try and resolve the situation. It has taken a toll, she said. [...]
After working on her own for so long, she said it was ?great? to rally with supporters outside the Freddie Mac government relations offices Monday. The 50 or so Occupier protesters marched in a circle around her, chanting ?housing is a right? as she clutched a sign that said ?Stop Foreclosures and Evictions Now.?
Occupy protesters across the country have been trying to find a purpose after being evicted from encampments in public parks, and a growing number are finding success with targeted actions like this. Occupy Nashville helped saved the home of civil rights activist Helen Bailey, while activists in Detroit have helped saved at least five homes, and protesters in California camped outside a former Marine’s home to help him fight foreclosure.
Jones’ case also shows how difficult it can be for people to fight mortgage providers — Jones is an accountant who seemed to work hard and do everything right, but still faced eviction. ?I?m glad I stood up and fought,? Jones said. ?I hope more homeowners will join us. I?m not an icon, I?m just a homeowner trying to save her home.?
Republicans lawmakers in New Hampshire may soon vote on a measure to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law, but at least one GOP lawmaker is calling on his party to drop the issue. State Rep. Seth Cohn, who the New york Times describes as a “libertarian Republican” says the push “would in fact harm the Republicans? chance of staying in power after 2012, whether or not it succeeds.” “They want this as an election issue,? he said of the Democrats. ?I think it?s going to backlash against the Republicans who, in the face of the polls, are choosing not to believe the average person is O.K. with this situation.? Republicans have majorities in both chambers of the legislature, although if Cohn’s sentiment is any indication, they may not have the two-thirds majority necessary to override Gov. John Lynch’s veto of the measure.
The Scenic Vistas Protection Act, legislation that would end high-elevation surface mining techniques such as mountaintop removal in Tennessee on peaks over 2,000 feet, is up for a vote tomorrow morning at 11:30 in front of the state’s Senate Energy and Environment Committee in Nashville. Appalachian Voices is running a television ad on Fox News around the state to support the bill.
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When it comes to whining about crossover voting, Mitt Romney does not have a leg to stand on:
In my state of Massachusetts, you could register as an independent and go vote in which?either primary happens to be very interesting. And any chance I got to vote against Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy, I took.Mitt Romney, today:
It's outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after union labor in Detroit and try to get them to vote against me. [...] Look, we don't want Democrats deciding who our nominee is going to be. [...] I just think it's outrageous and disgusting. [...] This is reminiscent of the dirty tricks of the past, and it's got to end, and I think Rick Santorum has a lot of explaining to do.Mitt Romney, February 18, 2007:
When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I'd vote in the Democrat [sic] primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for a Republican. [...] I'd go in their primary, just like a lot of other folks, and voted against the person who I thought was the strongest Democrat. [...] So, yeah, as an independent, I'll go in and play in their primary, but I'm a Republican, and have been through my life. [...] But a registered independent, so I could vote in either primary.As Mitt would say, what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander. And as you can see, it's all on video.
Plus, if Republicans liked him, this wouldn't be an issue at all. Michigan is his home state. He should be destroying Rick Santorum there.
8:15 AM PT: One point worth emphasizing: Romney was bragging about lying about his true party preference in order to influence the Democratic primaries. Democrats in Massachusetts did not invite Republicans to participate. In Michigan, however, the primary is open, and Republicans have invited Democratic and independent participation. So what Romney did in Massachusetts was actually more extreme than anything anyone has talked about in Michigan.
"A lot of my Democratic friends are going to vote for (Rick) Santorum tomorrow in something they are calling, Operation Hilarity," Moore said Monday on the Rachel Maddow Show on CNBC. "We do have a good sense of humor in the state of Michigan."
In 1992, Republican Mitt Romney voted in a Democratic primary, backing former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas for the Democratic presidential nomination. He said he did so because he wanted to “vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican.”
Romney is now railing against the Santorum campaign for trying to get traditional Democratic voters to cross-over and vote in the Republican primary. Romney has called this a “terrible dirty trick” and an “attempt to kidnap the primary process.”
In a press conference in Livonia, MI, Romney was asked how we squared this criticism with his earlier admission that his 1992 primary vote had been a “vote for the person who [he] thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican.”
Romney responded with a new explanation:
In my case, I was certainly voting against the Democrat who I thought was the person I thought would be the worst leader of our nation. In this case, as I recall, it was Bill Clinton. I wanted someone other than Bill Clinton. I voted against Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill, and Bill Clinton. Seemed like a good group to be against.
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While to conservatives, that trio would indeed seem a “good group to be against,” there is no way Romney could have voted against all three that year.
While then-Governor Clinton was indeed on the primary ballot in 1992, Sen. Ted Kennedy was not up for re-election until 1994. Romney should know that, given he ran against Kennedy that year and often brags about the fact that he forced the late Democrat to “take a mortgage out on his house.”
And House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr.? His final campaign for the U.S. House had been eight years earlier, in 1984.
It’s odd that Romney claims to remember events that happened nine months before his birth, but cannot seem remember the 1990s.
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During his first run for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney claimed that his vote for Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic primary was an attempt to benefit the GOP:
?In Massachusetts, if you register as an independent, you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary,? said Romney, who until he made an unsuccessful run for Senate in 1994 had spent his adult life as a registered independent. ?When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I?d vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican.?
In his fight for the Michigan primary, Rick Santorum has adopted a similar strategy?asking Michigan Democrats to vote for him, and tip the scale against Romney.
Naturally, Romney isn?t too happy about this:
?Sen. Santorum did something today which I think is deceptive and a dirty trick,? Romney said on Fox News. [?]
As for the Santorum campaign?s robo calls, however, Romney said his rival?s strategy is ?confusing? and a ?new low in this campaign.?
Obviously, Romney was acting as a private citizen versus Santorum?s status as a presidential candidate, still, it?s hard not to be amused by the situation.
The polls in Michigan aren't even closed and Mitt Romney already sounds like he's trying to spin defeat:
Romney: "Republicans have to recognize theres a real effort to kidnap our primary process."
? @reidepstein via TweetDeckAnd earlier this morning, Romney went on Fox to call Democratic crossover voting an "outrage" and a "dirty trick." Of course, Republicans have invited Democrats to participate in the Michigan primary, unlike in Massachusetts where only registered independents can vote in either party's primary.
Of course, as Markos noted earlier, just one month ago the very same Mitt Romney who is today complaining about Democrats accepting the GOP's invitation to vote in Michigan was bragging about having registered as an independent so that he could meddle in Democratic primaries in Massachusetts.
Here's what Mitt Romney said on January 26, 2012:
In my state of Massachusetts, you could register as an independent and go vote in which -- either primary happens to be very interesting. And any chance I got to vote against Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy, I took.And here's what Romney said on February 18, 2007:
When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I?d vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican.As Romney would say, what was sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander.