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Outrages of the Week

Outrages of the Week

  1. NY: Outsourcing Tutoring to India
    Looking for a good job that requires a higher education? Have you ever thought about putting that degree to work helping tutor schoolchildren? From India? One of the firms contracted with to provide tutoring to students in high-poverty schools in New York and paid for with public funds has outsourced its tutoring to India. The tutors and the students communicated over the Internet. [New York Daily News, 10/26/2006]
  2. OH: State ID Requirement Gets More Confused; Judge Blocks It Partially
    Ohio's new ID rules were already causing problems. Failure to provide clear guidance resulted in county officials applying the law in all sorts of disparate ways -- a fact that has led a federal judge to block the rules as they apply to absentee ballots. But the fight is hardly over. Attempting to salvage the rules, the Secretary of State's office issued new guidelines yesterday. The new directives drew amazing responses from local election officials, including this email: "You've got to be kidding. This latest directive reads like a Dr. Seuss rhyme and we didn't understand that either." Among the provisions in the new directive? "Current" ID is one issued no less than six months before presented to the election official. Is your driver's license only six months old? Mine either. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/27/2006; Ohio Secretary of State Directive 2006-78, 10/26/2006]
  3. CA: Half a Billion Dollars And We're Two Weeks Out?
    California voters are reeling as $500,000,000 in political spending inundates the state. Half of the money, much of it from huge corporations, has gone to ballot issue spending. $100,000,000 has gone to the Governor's race. Ironically, all the spending may end up hurting these big interests. California voters have the option of adopting Prop 89, a clean elections measure. Nothing like a Pyrrhic victory for big money. [San Francisco Chronicle, 10/27/2006]
  4. CO: Election Judges Will Recast Your Vote -- Don't Worry About It
    A ballot error in Colorado will result in a unique fix: 30,000 voted ballots will be transcribed by election judges to new ballots that lack the error. The county sent out two nearly identical ballots, except that the "Yes" and "No" bubbles for a single initiative were reversed. So the county is proposing trying to copy by hand the answers from 30,000 ballots to new, uniform ballots to allow the counting proceed. 30,000 errorless transcriptions? We're not sure we buy it. [Denver Post, 10/27/2006]
  5. CA: Shipping Prisoners to Private Companies Violates the Constitution
    Earlier this week, a plan was announced to start shipping California inmates to out-of-state private prisons. Nevermind that sending prisoners out-of-state has been found to increase recidivism rates, Governor Schwarzenegger had a plan. There's a new stumbling block, though -- the California Constitution generally prohibits contracting out services traditionally performed by public employees. That Constitutional provision and a new analysis by the state's Legislative Counsel may result in the prisoners staying in state and recidivism staying lower. [Los Angeles Times, 10/27/2006; In These Times, 05/10/2006; The Indianapolis Star, 10/23/2006]