Posts Tagged ‘ Election 2016 ’

Has Gary Johnson plateaued in his bid for president?

September 29, 2016
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Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"While Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson was progressing in the polls, it would appear he may have reached a ceiling. His national polling is now averaging between 8 to 10 percent. Johnson has been polling above 15 percent in several states; however, has not been able to bring those same numbers to the national stage. Johnson was on a trajectory to reach past 15 percent until recent behaviors have not gone over well. Though they are all clearly his own doing, they strangely have all happened on MSNBC." (09/29/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/09/29/has-gary-johnson-plateued-in-his-bid-for-president/  

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Perry announces limited presidential write-in campaign

September 29, 2016
posted by

Independent Political Report    

"Due to the numerous instances of the Libertarian Party Presidential ticket running in opposition to the LP Platform, including supporting limitations of the 2nd Amendment rights of people on secret lists, new forms of taxation, and statements against freedom of association, [Libertarian Party of New Hampshire chairman Darryl W.] Perry decided to file declarations of intent to be a write-in candidate in a handful of states where a slate of electors is not required. The laws in another eight states claim all write-in votes are valid. Meaning that on November 8, 2016, voters in 17 states (AL, AK, DE, IA, ID, KS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WV, WY) plus DC, will have the ability to cast a vote – albeit a write-in – for an actual libertarian, Darryl W. Perry." (09/29/16)

http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2016/09/darryl-w-perry-announces-limited-presidential-write-in-campaign/  

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Roll Call: “The deficit debate has disappeared”

September 28, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"The DC consensus is strongly in favor of unimpeded federal spending. Nevertheless, the Republicans have long kept up the ruse that they're in favor of balancing the budget, cutting the deficit and engaging in 'limited' government. Some have kept up the spending even while cutting taxes. This has only led to back-door tax increases. But that has changed this election. Don't worry, the Republicans haven't decided to actually start cutting the budget after years of lying about it. No, what's different this year is that the Party's presidential nominee -- and hence, much of the Party -- isn't even pretending to be in favor of any real budget cutting or budget balancing." (09/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/roll-call-deficit-debate-has-disappeared  

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Why Cuban-Americans are voting differently this presidential election

September 28, 2016
posted by

Jose Azel PanAm Post
by Jose Azel  

"Historically, the Cuban-American community has been considered a political monolith, voting mostly in support of the Republican Party, at least at the national level. To the extent that this has been true, it has been most applicable to the early exile community we now call the historicos. The origins of this early exile support for the Republican Party can be reasonably traced to U.S. foreign policy, and to President Eisenhower's robust anti-communist posture. Eisenhower and his Republican Party's anti-Castro stance were followed by the cannibalization of the Bay of Pigs invasion plans under the Democratic leadership of President Kennedy and the resulting failure of the invasion. ... This year, all presidential candidates favor a continuation of the U.S.-Cuba policy advanced by President Obama. Their philosophical underpinnings and tone may differ, but all the candidates support the rapprochement with the Cuban regime." (09/27/16)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2016/09/27/why-cuban-americans-are-voting-differently-this-presidential-election/  

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FL: Kaine cries crocodile tears at site of massacre made possible by policies he supports

September 27, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine made an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub, the site of the Orlando massacre, Monday along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a 2011 shooting. ... As the visit ended, a visibly emotional Kaine walked up to reporters. He cried as he whispered into the camera. 'This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever ... as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so,' said an emotional Kaine." (09/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tim-kaine-makes-emotional-visit-orlando-massacre-site/story?id=42374413  

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How did we end up with such unpopular candidates?

September 27, 2016
posted by

Peter Van Buren The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren  

"You hear the expression 'lesser of two evils' when people talk about how they will vote in November. Poll after poll shows a growing number of voters saying they will vote negatively -- they're against Hillary, so they'll hold their nose and vote Trump, and vice versa. It is also likely a large number of discontented voters will simply stay home on Election Day. Both candidates are among the most unpopular and least trusted in American history. One of them will end up in the White House. How did we get here? Why are the only two mainstream candidates left standing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?" (09/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-did-we-end-up-with-such-unpopular-candidates/  

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Spain: Regional elections boost Rajoy but political deadlock unlikely to end

September 27, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The results of regional elections in Galicia and the Basque country look unlikely to yield a solution to the political paralysis that has left Spain in the hands of a caretaker government for the past nine months. But Sunday's polls have bolstered the position of the acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, after his People's party (PP) cruised to an absolute majority in his home region of Galicia. They have also inflicted severe damage on Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the socialist PSOE party, whom many blame for the enduring deadlock that has beset Spain following two inconclusive general elections." (09/26/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/26/spains-regional-elections-boost-rajoy-but-political-deadlock-unlikely-to-end  

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The real threat to the Constitution is Trump

September 27, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Many people in his party have repudiated Trump's comments on race, immigration, Vladimir Putin and more. But among those who support him, there is one decisive, last-resort justification: Trump would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Constitution, and Hillary Clinton would not. What makes them so sure? If there is anything clear from his tweets and speeches, it's that he has no more regard for the Constitution than he does for the creditors he stiffed in his many bankruptcies." (09/26/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/26/the-real-threat-to-the-constitution-is-t  

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No, really, Clinton will be very hawkish as president

September 26, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Stephen Walt isn't persuaded that Hillary Clinton will be as hawkish a president as her record suggests .... Clinton would be unwise to pursue an even more activist and militarized foreign policy agenda as president, but Walt and I agree about this because we generally view that sort of foreign policy as dangerous and contrary to American interests anyway. It does seem foolish for any president to want to do the things that Clinton thinks the U.S. should do, but that is not a reason to think it won't happen." (09/26/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/no-really-clinton-will-be-very-hawkish-as-president/  

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Switzerland: Voters support more intrusive surveillance state

September 26, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Swiss voters have approved a new surveillance law, after the government argued that security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world. The proposed law won 65.5% support, final results on Sunday showed. Switzerland's police and intelligence agencies have had limited investigative tools compared with other developed countries. Phone tapping and email surveillance were previously banned, regardless of circumstance. The government insisted it was not aiming to set up a vast data-gathering apparatus, similar to the one developed by the US National Security Agency that came into the public eye in part through the revelations of former contractor Edward Snowden." (09/25/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/25/switzerland-votes-in-favour-of-greater-surveillance  

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Johnson: I would pardon Snowden

September 25, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Saturday said he would pardon the former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with the Texas Tribune. 'Based on what I know about Edward Snowden, I would pardon Edward Snowden,' Johnson said." (09/24/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/297606-gary-johnson-i-would-pardon-snowden-based-on-what-i-know  

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Nicaragua: Opposition abandons presidential race citing lack of funding

September 21, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Nicaragua's Independent Liberal Party presidential candidate has dropped out. Pedro Reyes, who was running against incumbent Daniel Ortega, cut his candidacy short on Monday citing a lack of financing. Reyes also said the decision was a PR move intended to bolster popularity for his party." (09/21/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/09/21/opposition-abandons-race-in-nicaragua-over-low-popularity-and-lack-of-financing/  

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There’s no debate

September 21, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship  

"Let's call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates -- which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on democracy more like Leopold and Loeb than Lincoln and Douglas. " (09/20/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/There-s-No-Debate-by-Bill-Moyers-Debate_Issues_Journalism_Media-160920-489.html  

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Scrutiny of Trump Foundation deepens

September 21, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Donald Trump's campaign is grappling with new allegations that the GOP nominee used his charitable foundation to pay personal expenses. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published tax and legal documents alleging Trump's foundation spent $258,000 to settle lawsuits that involved Trump's for-profit businesses. The latest allegation comes after Trump's foundation was found to have made an improper $25,000 donation to a group supporting Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). That donation came at the same time her office was considering whether to investigate a fraud lawsuit against Trump University. The Republican also reportedly used foundation money to buy two portraits of himself. The scrutiny of Trump’s foundation is deepening at a time when Hillary Clinton is facing allegations from Republicans that the Clinton Foundation was running a corrupt 'pay-to-play' operation while she was secretary of State. The issue could come up during Monday's first presidential debate." (09/20/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/homenews/campaign/296914-scrutiny-of-trump-foundation-deepens  

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Trumpism is the symptom of a gravely ill Constitution

September 21, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"In less than two months, the American experiment in constitutional self-government may hit the wall of history. Even if the disaster of a Trump presidency is averted, this fall's presidential campaign suggests that the United States Constitution is gravely, perhaps terminally, ill. Trumpism is the symptom, not the cause, of the malaise. I think we have for some time been living in the post-Constitution era. America's fundamental law remains and will remain important as a source of litigation. But the nation seems to have turned away from a search of values in the Constitution, regarding it instead as a set of annoying rules." (09/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/trumpism-is-the-symptom-of-a-gravely-ill-constitution/500831/  

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Kennedy kid claims George HW Bush will vote for Clinton

September 20, 2016
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Politico    

"Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party's presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys. ... On Monday, [RFK's daughter, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy] Townsend posted a picture on her Facebook page shaking hands next to the former president and this caption: 'The President told me he's voting for Hillary!!' ... Asked about Townsend's post, George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath in an email replied, 'The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.'" (09/19/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/exclusive-george-hw-bush-to-vote-for-hillary-228395  

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Millennial voters may cost Hillary Clinton the election

September 19, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Ronald Brownstein  

"Clinton struggled among Millennial voters in her 2008 primary campaign, her 2016 primary campaign, and in the 2016 general election. Against Donald Trump, Clinton has two big advantages -- a policy agenda that polls show largely matches Millennials' own preferences, and an opponent even more unpopular with them than with the public overall. But she also must overcome her own long history of failing to connect with this growing group of voters -- a failure that is increasingly worrying Democrats as the overall race tightens." (09/19/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/hillary-clinton-millennials-philadelphia/500540/  

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Why movement conservatives are rooting for Hillary

September 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Michael Tracey  

"Obviously there is a deep schism in the Republican Party. It has been developing for years, and could be seen to some extent in earlier presidential cycles, but was opened fully and dramatically by the improbable candidacy of Donald Trump. Only one outcome in November would forestall a complete, likely irreversible fracturing: the election of Hillary Clinton. Thus, many elite Republican operators -- including lobbyists, elected officials, and pundits -- are desperately hoping that Trump loses." (09/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-movement-conservatives-are-rooting-for-hillary/  

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Letter from former officials urges Trump to detail foreign dealings

September 19, 2016
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New York Times    

"More than 50 former government officials and national security and military figures have signed an open letter to Donald J. Trump, urging him to disclose details of his overseas business investments before Election Day. The letter -- signed by dozens of supporters of the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton -- was drafted as Mr. Trump, the Republican pick who is reported to have extensive overseas entanglements, has refused to release his tax returns." (09/20/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/us/politics/donald-trump-business-reaction.html  

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Trump’s economic fraud

September 19, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"A big part of Donald Trump's appeal is the unsatisfactory performance of the U.S. economy and the promise that he could turn it around. He's a successful businessman, his supporters say. He'd restore manufacturing jobs by getting tough with China and Mexico, they claim. He'd make America great again. ... But Trump is about as likely to create an economic boom as he is to shave his head. The stark truth is that while presidents get a great deal of blame and credit for the productive sector, they don't have much control over it." (09/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/19/trumps-economic-fraud  

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Russia: Putin’s United Russia party wins parliamentary election

September 19, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday. According to a preliminary central election commission tally after a quarter of the votes had been counted, the ruling United Russia party won 51 percent of the vote in Sunday's election -- up two percent on 2011's parliamentary election. ... the right-wing populist LDPR party was in second place with 17.2 percent, while the Communists came in third on 14.9 percent. The Kremlin-friendly, pro-business Just Russia party garnered 6.4 percent, leaving them in fourth position." (09/19/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/president-vladimir-putins-united-russia-party-wins-parliamentary-election/a-19560614  

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Why Gary Johnson isn’t in the debates, part 2

September 19, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"It proved difficult for the Republican establishment to exclude Paul from further presidential debates, in large part because he was a Republican and also because the minute he spoke the truth about U.S. foreign policy was when his campaign took off, especially among young people, who recognized he was speaking the truth. Since Johnson is a third-party candidate, however, it's much easier to exclude him. That's what the Presidential Debate Commission's arbitrary 15 percent rule is all about -- to prevent Johnson from influencing more people in the direction of libertarianism, which is the fastest growing political movement in the country, especially among young people who have become disillusioned about the welfare-warfare state way of life." (09/16/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/16/gary-johnson-isnt-debates-part-2/  

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White supremacist America: Trump and the “return” of right-wing hate culture

September 18, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Anthony DiMaggio  

"Many of my friends from college and fellow academics in the last year are focusing their anxieties on the Donald Trump campaign. A common frustration voiced among intellectuals is the disbelief that a candidate as bigoted, pig-headed, and willfully ignorant as 'the Donald' could be running neck and neck with a seasoned political veteran like Hillary Clinton. This piece is not about Hillary Clinton, however. Rather, it's about promoting a much needed discussion of what Trump's rise really tells us. I don't believe we have a 'Donald Trump' problem in this country. The problem is much worse than that. More ominously, we have an American public problem that cuts to the very core of the quality of our democracy. Demagogues rise to power on the backs of workers, citizens, and your average 'Joe' or 'Jane.' They do not owe their success to their actions alone." (09/16/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/16/white-supremacist-america-trump-and-the-return-of-right-wing-hate-culture/  

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Johnson-Weld 2016: A better choice

September 15, 2016
posted by

New Hampshire Union Leader
by staff  

"It's a binary election, we're told. Trump or Clinton. Pick a side. That's a lousy choice, and a false one. As our Publisher writes on today's front page, we refuse to choose the lesser of two evils. Not when there's a reasonable, and honorable, alternative. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has a stellar record as a fiscal conservative in a swing state. His running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, proved that it's possible to hold off a big spending Legislature, even in Taxachusetts. They are both intelligent, competent, experienced executives." (09/14/16)

http://www.unionleader.com/Editorial/Johnson-Weld-2016-A-better-choice-09152016  

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The Lava Spurt, episode 13

September 15, 2016
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
by  

"The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast of New Hampshire has asked the Libertarian National Committee to remove Johnson / Weld as the candidates. Will this have any impact? Thank you for joining me on the thirteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Remove Johnson and Weld Edition." [various formats] (09/14/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/remove-johnson-weld-edition-tls012/  

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