Posts Tagged ‘ Election 2016 ’

Bulgaria: Borisov government resigns after Radev elected president

November 15, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov tendered his government's resignation in parliament Monday after his center-right GERB party candidate lost the presidential election to a Russia-friendly political novice backed by the opposition Socialists. Rumen Radev won Sunday's presidential election by a wide margin, partial official results showed, helped by discontent with Borisov's failure to combat corruption, disappointment with the European Union and concerns about alienating an increasingly assertive Russia, an historic ally of Bulgaria." (11/14/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/bulgaria-presidential-elections-boyko-borisov-rumen-radve-sofia-russia-520743  

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Voters in four states condemn more of America’s poor to unemployment

November 9, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The lowest-paid hourly workers in four states won a boost in their minimum wage to at least $12-an-hour [if they still have jobs at all] in Tuesday's voting outcomes. Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved increases in their states' respective hourly pay rates to at least $12 by 2020, according to late election results compiled by the Associated Press and Ballotpedia, a non-partisan online encyclopedia of elections and politics. Roughly 2 million workers in the four states [minus those who end up laid off because they can't be profitably employed at the higher wage] will see their wages increase, according to the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy [sic] organization." (11/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/11/09/four-states-ok-minimum-wage-hikes-least-12/93537050/  

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Canada: Regime’s immigration web site goes down for hours after US election

November 9, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website was down for hours Tuesday and Wednesday -- apparently due to a spike in searches by Americans reacting to Tuesday's presidential election. Access was cut off on Election Day; the site was brought back online shortly after 10 a.m. ET. Search traffic for 'Canada immigration,''Canada' and 'move to Canada' has increased in the United States relative to the past seven days, according to Google Trends. Google reports that the search terms were particularly popular in Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California. Meanwhile, Business Insider reported that a story called 'How to move to Canada and become a Canadian citizen' was the top story on the site Tuesday night." (11/09/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/09/501352852/canadas-immigration-website-has-been-down-for-hours  

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Voters in California, Nebraska, Oklahoma support having state employees kill prisoners

November 9, 2016
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Newsy    

"In California, voters considered dueling death penalty propositions. Proposition 62 would have ended the death penalty, making life in prison without parole the toughest sentence in the state. Instead, voters approved Proposition 66, which keeps the death penalty and tries to shorten the time between conviction and execution by putting a time limit on the appeals process. ... Oklahoma voters decided to add the death penalty to the state's constitution and declare it's not cruel and unusual punishment. This allows the state to use any method of execution that's not prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. ... Nebraska lawmakers banned the death penalty in 2015. Voters disagreed and repealed that law, so the death penalty will be back." (11/09/16)

http://www.newsy.com/videos/california-nebraska-voted-against-banning-the-death-penalty/  

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Democrats fail to snare Senate

November 9, 2016
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Omaha World-Herald    

"Republicans appeared to fend off a Democratic challenge to wrest control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in an unpredictable election that turned on a handful of states that were toss-ups until the end. GOP incumbents around the country faced energized Democratic challengers trying to oust them in costly and caustic battles shadowed every step of the way by the polarizing presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Republicans hung onto key seats in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. Democrats kept their seat in Nevada, where Catherine Cortez Masto's win will make her the first Latina U.S. senator. Florida Republican Marco Rubio defeated two-term Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who couldn't overcome poor name recognition or questions about embellishments on his resume." (11/09/16)

http://www.omaha.com/news/politics/democrats-fail-to-snare-senate-rubio-wins-in-florida/article_d4140e7f-4e44-5ed6-835c-f2ad877d91ff.html  

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Election 2016: My prediction vs. actual results

November 9, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I see that MSNBC finally called Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (and, therefore, the election) for Trump, with New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, and Arizona still up in the air. Of the states where the winner is known, I predicted 44 of 46 accurately. I'm under the impression I had a better predictive outing than most pollsters, pundits, and analysts this year. That and five bucks will get me an iced white chocolate mocha latte at Starbucks. But you know I'm going to brag about it for the next two to four years, right?" (11/09/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/election-2016-my-prediction-vs-actual.html  

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Obama invites Trump to White House for meeting this week

November 9, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"President Obama invited president-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House this week, according to a statement by the White House press secretary. The president extended the invite during a phone call to his Republican successor, where he congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The meeting, should Trump accept, could take place as early as Thursday, Nov. 10, at the White House." (11/09/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-invites-trump-to-white-house-for-thursday-meeting/  

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Election 2016: Trump beats Clinton

November 9, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He told cheering supporters that Americans must now unite and 'bind the wounds of division,' after a gruelling, acrimonious campaign. Global markets plummeted, with the US dollar diving and gold prices surging." (11/09/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37920175  

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Bruised Democrats blame third party voters for their own poor choice of presidential nominee

November 9, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"Unexpected victories for Donald Trump led angry Hillary Clinton supporters to lambast voters who cast their ballots for third parties. The vote totals between the Republican and Democrat in battlegrounds such as Florida and Pennsylvania were close enough to have been swayed if minor party voters had supported Clinton. Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson were immediately compared to 2000 Green candidate Ralph Nader, whose 97,000 votes in Florida could have given the presidency to Al Gore instead of George W. Bush." (11/09/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/party-voters-criticized-slim-trump-margins-article-1.2865342  

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US: Marijuana wins big on election night

November 9, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use. Of the five recreational marijuana initiatives on the ballot, three passed and one more -- in Maine -- was leading early Wednesday in preliminary vote totals. A similar measure in Arizona was trailing with 68 percent of votes counted. On the medical side, voters in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas have approved medical marijuana initiatives. A separate measure in Montana that would loosen restrictions on an existing medical pot law was leading early Wednesday with only 30 percent of votes counted." (11/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/08/medical-marijuana-sails-to-victory-in-florida/  

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US DoJ sends “monitors” out to bolster claims election was stolen if Clinton loses

November 7, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"The Justice Department announced on Monday that it will have more than 500 employees monitoring elections in 28 states on Election Day. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that the employees of the agency will be dispatched to monitor elections in 67 cities and counties in 28 states around the country, including five counties in Florida (Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Orange, Lee and Hillsborough); five in North Carolina (Cumberland, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Robeson and Wake) and three each in Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Lehigh and Philadelphia) and Texas (Dallas, Harris and Waller). Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are hotly contested battleground states, and Florida and North Carolina are viewed as 'must-wins' by both candidates." (11/07/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/11/07/Justice-Dept-sends-500-election-monitors-to-Chicago-Brooklyn-Miami-Philly-Hartford/1131478539658/  

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Wikileaks and the Podesta emails: Two things

November 3, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"As final voting in the 2016 US presidential election approaches, questions continue to swirl around Wikileaks and its release of an email archive copied from the personal files of John Podesta, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign chair. It would be impossible, in the space of a single column, to fully consider the content and implications of those emails. There are, however, two relevant questions which those interested in the matter should carefully consider. First, are the emails authentic and unaltered? ... Secondly, is the Podesta email hack an attempt by Vladimir Putin to affect the election?" (11/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8257  

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Hillary Clinton does not stand for women if she doesn’t stand for Bitcoin

November 3, 2016
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Bitcoin.com
by Elizabeth McCauley  

"Just this past week, Wikileaks revealed Hillary Clinton's decision to avoid accepting donations in Bitcoin for her presidential campaign. This leak came on the heels of the Clinton Campaign's announcement of an Initiative on Technology & Innovation where she used the phrase 'public service blockchain applications,' in her proposal. So why would this self-proclaimed 'pro-women' candidate reject a technology that can and already is transforming the lives of women globally?" (11/03/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/hillary-clinton-women-bitcoin/  

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Don’t kill Colorado!

November 1, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"I know Colorado, fondly, as the only state with a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional amendment requiring state legislators who want to hike spending or taxes to first ask citizens for approval. It was passed by voters in 1992, by citizens' initiative. Imagine that! Citizens in charge. In real life. In Colorado. Unsurprisingly, TABOR has long been No. 1 on Big Government's hit list; for politicians, lobbyists, university presidents and political insiders, it's the bane of their existence. Along with the citizen initiative process, from which it came. That's why Colorado's political establishment spent a million dollars to put Amendment 71 on next Tuesday's ballot. They aim to kill both TABOR and the citizen initiative." (11/01/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/01/dont-kill-colorado/  

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Kasich: Can’t stomach Trump but hates freedom too much to vote Libertarian

November 1, 2016
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Politico    

"In one final shot at his former primary rival Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote in Arizona Sen. John McCain for president. According to a cleveland.com report on Monday, Chris Schrimpf, the governor's political spokesman, confirmed Kasich cast his ballot for the 2008 Republican nominee even though he is not an official write-in candidate for president in Ohio. Schrimpf said Kasich voted for Republicans on the rest of his absentee ballot." (11/01/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/kasich-mccain-trump-president-230569  

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Moldova: Runoff pending as pro-Russian candidate leads presidential race

October 31, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Moldova's first presidential election in 20 years will go to a second round after no candidate achieved a majority in weekend voting. Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon fell just short of the required majority, with 48.6 percent of ballots cast Sunday. Dodon is regarded as a pro-Russia candidate, and his near-victory is seen as a blow to attempts to bring former Soviet republics out from Russia's influence, the New York Times said Monday. Maia Sandu, a former World Bank official and leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity, received 38 percent of the vote. Six other candidates also ran for the office, a ceremonial position which is expected to be more influential after the country's constitution is changed." (10/31/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/31/Pro-Russia-candidate-leading-in-Moldova-presidential-race/1081477923134/  

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Lebanon: Aoun wins presidency, ending 2-1/2-year vacuum

October 31, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Michel Aoun has been sworn in as Lebanon's 13th president after gaining a simple majority in the second round of voting in Monday's highly-anticipated presidential election in Parliament, putting an end to the country's 2-1/2-year vacuum. ... Aoun was widely expected to be elected president after having secured the backing of Lebanon’s main factions, especially after Hariri announced his support for Aoun earlier this month. He was also backed by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces. Parliament had been unable to reach a quorum in the past because the Change and Reform bloc, along with Hezbollah and other March 8 parties, boycotted the session pending agreement on Aoun's election as president." (10/31/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2016/Oct-31/378932-lawmakers-arrive-to-lebanese-president-election-session.ashx  

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Hillary’s anti-transparency bargain

October 27, 2016
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"President Obama recently condemned the Republican Party, claiming that its 'central principle' is to suppress voting. But, while his administration piously pledges to protect voting rights, it has almost guaranteed that Americans will be blindfolded on Election Day. While the Justice Department will deploy election monitors at polls in 25 states, no one watched Uncle Sam." (10/27/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/10/26/wash-times-hillarys-anti-transparency-bargain/  

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Election 2016: A plea for understanding

October 26, 2016
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Jacob ex Machina
by Jacob Lyles  

"At the root of political correctness is a desire to care. Caring is noble. Caring makes it nice to be human. This becomes problematic when it gets hijacked by politics. Partisans have a huge incentive to argue that the ideas of the other side aren't merely wrong, but actively harmful. The American Left has been incredibly successful at making this case against Trump this year, who has done his best to make it easy for them. Politics further corrupts care by limiting it to people on your side. Like the kind peacenik at the coffee shop who told me he would gladly shoot Trump in the head. If you care about political correctness because you care about people, I want you to keep your caring. But I challenge you to expand it." (10/25/16)

https://jacobexmachina.blogspot.com/2016/10/election-2016.html  

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Spain: Socialist Party to abstain in confidence vote

October 23, 2016
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euronews [EU]    

"Spain's Socialist Party has voted to abstain in crucial confidence vote, effectively enabling their conservative rivals to form a minority government and ending ten months of political deadlock. The vote clears the way for Mariano Rajoy to become prime minister and avoids the need for Spain to hold another general election, which would have been the third in under a year. By abstaining from voting against Mariano Rajoy and his Popular Party in a confidence vote in Parliament, the Socialists have given tacit permission for Rajoy to lead the government." (10/23/16)

http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/23/spain-s-socialists-vote-to-abstain-in-confidence-vote-mariano-rajoy-becomes-pm-in-second-vote-third-election-averted  

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The Federal Reserve is Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon

October 20, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tommy Behnke  

"Say what you want about Donald J. Trump, but he is correct about one thing: the Federal Reserve has, with near certainty, been holding interest rates down for political purposes -- namely, to aid Hillary Clinton in getting elected president of the United States. ... The Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) September meeting minutes, released on Wednesday, have proven Mr. Trump's assertion to be true. As the 2016 election season draws to a close, the Fed has suddenly become more bullish on the prospect of raising interest rates -- and this precipitous change-of-heart has come despite there being few notable signs of hope in the US's economic data." (10/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/federal-reserve-hillary-clinton%E2%80%99s-secret-weapon  

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CO: Fracking industry sponsors ballot initiative to make ballot initiatives more difficult

October 20, 2016
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Durango Herald    

"Colorado voters are being asked to make it harder to amend the state constitution. ... Amendment 71 would require signatures from all 35 state Senate districts to make the ballot. Of the total required signatures, the number collected from each district would need to equal at least 2 percent of the registered voters in those districts to make the ballot. ... Proposed constitutional amendments making the ballot would then need 55 percent of the vote to pass on Election Day." [editor's note: The energy industry has contributed 74% of the money raised to support this measure, the goal being to prevent voters from outlawing fracking - TLK] (10/19/16)

http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20161019/NEWS01/161019382/-1/election/Amendment-71-would-make-amending-state-constitution-more-difficult  

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Assange’s fate

October 19, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax -- one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals -- until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and -- most pointedly -- the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and -- yes! -- Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he's a 'pawn of the Kremlin' and a 'rapist.'" (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/  

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Why isn’t Donald Trump losing like Barry Goldwater?

October 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by David Franke  

"Goldwater's problem was an excess of honesty, not recommended for a political candidate. Trump's problem is his own narcissistic and buffoonish behavior, which plays into the hands of the Democrats and the establishment media (I know, that's a redundancy). He refuses to take coaching advice, apparently believes in his own invincibility, seems to be as fixated on sex as the media are, and overreacts to every taunt by his opponents rather than sticking to attacking Clinton's very clear vulnerabilities. Goldwater was a sophisticated political operative by comparison (not to mention a much better man). Yet by this time in 1964, it was apparent that the election results would be disastrous for the candidate and his conservative supporters. And indeed, Goldwater lost the popular vote by 61.1 percent to 38.5 percent, and the Electoral College by a margin of 486 to 52. In contrast, the polls this year show a relatively tight race, one within the normal historic range for a presidential campaign. What gives?" (10/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-isnt-donald-trump-losing-like-barry-goldwater/  

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Gary Johnson’s refreshing foreign policy skepticism

October 19, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"One of the few appealing aspects of Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been his criticism of Hillary Clinton's reckless interventionism. But the bellicose billionaire combines that criticism with promises of a gratuitous military buildup, a casual attitude toward the use of American weapons, and a disturbing tendency to view trade and immigration as acts of war. To get a sense of what a more disciplined, consistent, and thoughtful critique of Clintonian warmongering sounds like, listen to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president. Notwithstanding the popular portrayal of Johnson as a foreign policy ignoramus based on his embarrassing 'Aleppo moments,' the former New Mexico governor offers a bracing alternative to Clinton's supposedly sophisticated yet consistently careless embrace of violence as a tool for reshaping the world." (10/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/19/gary-johnsons-refreshing-foreign-policy  

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