Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Wisconsin first state to start presidential election recount

December 2, 2016
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Fox News    

"The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began Thursday in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory. The recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein carries none of the drama of the Florida presidential recount of 2000, when the outcome of the election between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance. Almost no one expects Stein's push for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania to result in a Clinton victory over Trump." (12/01/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/01/wisconsin-first-state-to-start-presidential-election-recount.html  

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France: Hollande will not seek re-election as president

December 1, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Francois Hollande, the least popular French president since the second world war, has announced he will not run for a second term in office. With a satisfaction rating so low it recently dropped to just 4%, the Socialist president appeared emotional as he said in a live televised address from the Elysee palace that he would not attempt to run for a second term, conscious of the 'risks' to the French left. He is the first French president since the war not to attempt to run for re-election." (12/01/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/01/francois-hollande-not-seek-second-term-president-france  

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Gambia: Regime cuts off Internet, blocks international phone calls ahead of election

December 1, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Gambia has shut down the internet and blocked all international phone calls as the nation goes to the polls for its presidential elections. Analysts say there is a chance the people of the small west African nation will vote out the dictatorial regime of President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994 and later amended the constitution to remove presidential term limits. Up against Mr Jammeh is the former London security guard Adama Barrow, who is supported by an alliance of eight opposition parties clamouring for regime chance. But the sitting government has not made things easy. Phone and internet services to the country’s 1.9 million people were cut in the hours before polling stations opened, int an apparent bid to prevent the unified opposition from mobilising -- though officials said it was to reduce the risk of unrest." (12/01/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/gambia-election-president-yahya-jammeh-shuts-down-internet-phones-polls-open-a7449371.html  

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Italian referendum could send global investors to Bitcoin

December 1, 2016
posted by

Jamie Redman Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman  

"December 4 will be an eventful day for worldwide markets, as the globe may get an economic shock. Italian citizens will vote on amending the constitution by changing banking resolutions -- alongside absolving powers given to the state, Parliament, and bureaucrats. During this time Italian government bonds and securities have been selling like hotcakes with many preparing for an economic crisis. Furthermore, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has detailed he will quit if people vote against the Italian bank resolutions. The European region is indeed preparing for a rude awakening as the Financial Times reported eight troubled banks could fall by the wayside if Renzi loses. If the Italian referendum goes sour, it could mean investors could turn to an uncorrelated asset such as bitcoin." (12/01/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/italian-referendum-investors-bitcoin/  

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Germany: Intel chief tries to reproduce US panic propaganda over Russian election influence

November 29, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Germany warned Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks orchestrated by Russia in a bid to disrupt next year's election, a day after Europe's top economy suffered its biggest hacking strike. 'Europe is in the focus of these disturbances, and Germany particularly so,' foreign intelligence service chief Bruno Kahl told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in an interview. There are indications that 'cyber attacks are taking place with no reason other than to sow political uncertainty,' said Kahl. The spy chief's assessment came a day after Germany's biggest telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom said hackers knocked almost one million of its clients offline." (11/29/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/germanys-spy-chief-warns-russian-cyberattacks-could-hit-085503405.html  

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The Stein campaign and the fight for Green Party independence

November 28, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Brandy Baker  

"Jill Stein's 2016 Green Party presidential campaign was the second most successful in the Party's history that gave us recognition in the national and global media and gave us a strong candidate who did many great things to carry our message. Jill Stein's 2016 Green Party presidential campaign portrayed in more than one instance the Green Party as an appendage of the Democrats, and it has been a campaign led by strategists who are too mired in the non-profit world to truly look out for the Green Party's interests. Both statements can be, and are, true." (11/28/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/28/the-stein-campaign-and-the-fight-for-green-party-independence/  

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Italy: Bank shares dive on fears about potential referendum defeat

November 28, 2016
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MarketWatch MarketWatch    

"A key Italian bank gauge slumped to a three-month low on Monday, reflecting fears that a potential rejection of proposed constitutional reforms in a Dec. 4 referendum could unleash political and economic uncertainty. The FTSE Italia All-Share Banks Sector Index slumped 3.9% to 7,381.57, for its lowest close since Aug. 19, according to FactSet data. Italian voters next Sunday will be asked in a referendum to approve changes to the country's constitution, which have been called the most sweeping since the end of World War II." (11/28/16)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/italian-bank-shares-dive-on-heightened-worries-about-referendum-defeat-2016-11-28  

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The electoral college wasn’t meant to overturn elections

November 28, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"Today's electoral-college supporters often quote Alexander Hamilton's Federalist 68: 'the immediate election [of the president] should be made by men most capable of ana[y]zing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favourable to deliberation,' Hamilton wrote. The Federalist, brilliant as it is, isn't a definitive guide to what the Framers 'intended' -- it is a sales document .... Hamilton here is a car salesman explaining that the undercoat package might seem useless but is really worth it. Here's why the 'deliberation' idea of electors is false. Under Article II § 1 cl. 3, the electors never meet as a group. They meet 'in their respective states' ... Kept resolutely apart, they vote once and only once. If by chance, a majority of electors nationwide favor one candidate, he or she becomes president. If there's a tie, or no candidate gets a majority, then the House decides. The electors get thanked and sent home. In short, nobody in 1787-88 thought of the electors as anything but what they are today -- faceless hacks whose ideas and judgment are neither wanted nor permitted." (11/27/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/the-electoral-college-shouldnt-save-us-from-trump/508817/  

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Why I didn’t vote

November 16, 2016
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Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"Reading Electing Not to Vote did not persuade me to not vote. I was already a Christian non-voter. Although, as I mentioned in a 2012 article titled 'My View of Politics,' I am a student of, and a commentator on, politics, I am not political in any way. Not only do I not vote, I don't donate to political campaigns, endorse candidates, campaign for anyone, frequent political events, or watch political debates. I loathe politicians, and especially members of Congress." (11/15/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/11/laurence-m-vance/course-didnt-vote/  

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Germany: Merkel to seek fourth term as Chancellor, politician says

November 16, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term in elections next year, a senior politician in her party told CNN on Tuesday. 'She will run for Chancellor,' Norbert Roettgen of the Christian Democratic Union said on CNN's 'Amanpour.' ... Germans have been waiting for months for clarity on whether Merkel will pursue a fourth term in next year's elections." (11/15/16)

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/15/europe/germany-merkel-fourth-term/index.html  

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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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Raw numbers, real people

November 13, 2016
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson  

"Some of us were alive and remember directly that in the late 1960s, as part of the protests against the Vietnam war, many young Americans protested that 18 year olds were being drafted, but were not eligible to vote. Yet another amendment was passed to bring about a lower age limit. But, given the injustice of trying teenagers as adults, and taxing them as adults without representation, where are the protests? Why aren't young people asking for the vote, when it is clearly unjust for someone capable of conceiving a child, being tried as an adult, working a regular job, and paying taxes to be denied the same 'rights, benefits, and privileges' as other adults? You can ask them. But I will tell you what I think." (11/13/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle898-20161113-05.html  

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24 percent of eligible voters voted for Trump

November 10, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"According to the popular vote-count provided by The New York Times, Donald Trump, as of today, has received 59,662,000 votes. Hilary Clinton, who won the popular vote, but not the electoral college, has received 59,882,000 votes. At the time of the election, it is estimated there were 231,556,000 eligible voters. This means Trump won the electoral college with votes from approximately 24 percent of eligible voters. Hillary Clinton also received votes from approximately 24 percent of eligible voters. 52 percent of eligible voters, however, abstained from voting for either Trump or Clinton. In other words, 76 percent of eligible voters did not vote for the winner. The numbers become even smaller when we look at how many votes he received as a proportion of the population overall. In this case, Trump won votes from only 18 percent of the overall population." (11/10/16)

https://mises.org/blog/24-percent-eligible-voters-voted-trump  

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Mexico: Zavala leads polls for presidency

November 10, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Mexico's leading candidate for President is Margarita Zavala. A poll conducted recently by Buedia & Laredo in conjunction with the newspaper El Universal show former President Felipe Calderon's wife at the top with 42 percent -- an increase of nine points from the previous poll. Following Zavala was PRI candidate Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and Governor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera. They look to be the main political candidates running against Zavala in 2018." (11/09/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/11/09/margarita-zavala-leads-polls-for-mexican-presidency/  

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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
posted by

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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“The will of the people” is a myth

November 8, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"While it is rarely stated explicitly, the legitimacy of the modern American electoral system is founded on the idea of majority rule. Because of this, at the conclusion of each election, the victors claim the election reflected 'the will of the people' and, in many cases, also claim a 'mandate' to implement the victor's policy agenda. This has always been a tenuous claim in every way, of course. Within the American electoral system, there is no reason to assume that a vote for candidate X is an affirmative vote for candidate X's policy agenda. The voter's intent may be to simply choose a less-bad option with the intent of voting against Candidate Y." (11/08/16)

https://mises.org/blog/will-people-myth  

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Australia: Senate puts the kibosh on marriage apartheid plebiscite

November 8, 2016
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Australian Times [UK]    

"The Australian government's proposed 2017 plebiscite on same-sex marriage has been defeated in Parliament’s upper house. The Senate vote to block the bill legislating for the marriage equality plebiscite had been expected, following Labor last month announcing its opposition to holding it." (11/07/16)

http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-bill-defeated-in-senate/  

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