Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

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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Vote early & often?

November 7, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Voted yet? The Pew Research Center thinks about 50 million Americans have, representing 38.5 percent of the voter turnout forecast. I'm for making it as easy as possible for people to cast a ballot. Who isn't? Well, I mean who among normal people isn't? I'm not counting politicians and their hacks. But even I am opposed to extended 'early voting.'" (11/07/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/07/vote-early-often/  

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The benefits and hazards of voting

November 7, 2016
posted by

Roderick T. Long Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Roderick Long  

"Conventional wisdom has it that a) you have a duty to vote, and more specifically that b) at least in winner-take-all two-party electoral systems like the u.s., you have a duty to vote for whichever you regard as the least bad of the two major candidates (as opposed to 'throwing away your vote' on a third-party candidate). According to a contrary argument, one that enjoys some popularity in libertarian circles, c) voting -- for anyone -- is irrational, since the outcome is overwhelmingly likely to be the same whether you vote or not. I think all three of these positions are mistaken." (11/06/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/11/benefits-hazards-voting/  

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A different look at the wasted vote theory

November 7, 2016
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"Every couple of years supporters of candidates who are not from the ruling duopoly are inundated with claims that their vote is 'wasted.' The vast majority of people who perpetuate the so-called 'wasted vote theory' believe that a vote for someone who finishes second in the race was not wasted, but a vote for any candidate outside of the top two is somehow a wasted vote. I'm a big advocate of voting for the candidate with whom you most agree, and not allowing yourself to be caught up in the urge to vote for the lesser evil out of a fear of 'wasting your vote.' However, let's take another look at the facts and figure out if your vote actually matters." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/06/16)

http://fpp.cc/a-different-look-at-the-wasted-vote-theory/  

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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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I can’t vote. If you can, you must

November 2, 2016
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Chelsea Manning OpEdNews
by Chelsea Manning  

"In an era of increasing dissatisfaction with and disengagement from governments, political parties, and much of the rest of the democratic establishment, it's more important than ever that you show up and vote. Suffrage is not a right afforded to everyone. Rather, voting is a privilege in the United States -- and a hard-earned privilege at that." (11/02/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/I-can-t-vote-If-you-can--by-Chelsea-Manning-2016-Presidential-Election_Elections_Candidates_Voter-Participation-161102-102.html  

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Don’t kill Colorado!

November 1, 2016
posted by

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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In defense of political apathy

November 1, 2016
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Stephen Boucher  

"The two frontrunners are perhaps the least desirable in electoral history, however, there is a case to be made for exercising one's democratic right, if only for the sake of exercising it. Gary Johnson is in the running, after all, and is a strong third party candidate for libertarians and disillusioned voters alike. The political process isn't entirely useless, as Johnson and Ron Paul have demonstrated by using their platform to bring libertarian ideas to a larger audience. That said, there's an equally important right to abstain from voting, and whether one abstains as an objection to an understandably disappointing political system or simply because they have something better to do, it's absolutely beautiful." (10/31/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/31/defense-political-apathy/  

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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
posted by

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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Question 5 fixes flaw

October 20, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Ranked choice voting sort of collapses multi-candidate primaries and the shorter list of the general election into one, allowing voters to rank their choices so that when their first choice doesn't make it, their less valued candidates get counted. So if you prefer a candidate unlikely to win you aren't 'wasting' your vote by marking that candidate first, as today in most American elections, because your vote goes to your second choice." (10/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/20/question-5-fixes-a-democratic-flaw/  

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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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“Rigged election” rhetoric: A dangerous two-way street

October 19, 2016
posted by

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

"Trump is preemptively positioning himself to claim that a victorious Clinton and her party rigged the election. That could lead to fireworks. Clinton is preemptively positioning herself to accuse a foreign power of rigging -- or at least unduly influencing -- the outcome to her loss. That could lead to fireworks of a nuclear variety." (10/18/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8090  

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Ecuador: Regime admits it cut off Assange’s Internet to help Clinton

October 19, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"Ecuador, the nation that has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the country's London embassy, said late Tuesday it had cut off his Internet access. Ecuador says it did this because of WikiLeaks'[s] recent dumps of hacked e-mails surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 'The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,' the government said in a statement. 'Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom. This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.' Ecuador, however, said it wasn't revoking the asylum it granted to Assange in 2012." [editor's note: In attempting to suppress Assange's ability to communicate, Ecuador's regime DID intervene in the electoral process of the US, and it DID do so in favor of one particular candidate - TLK] (10/19/16)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/10/ecuador-says-it-cut-off-assanges-internet-over-clinton-data-dumps/  

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Against thinking independent voters must vote for your candidate

October 19, 2016
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen  

"Insisting that people not vote for the candidate they prefer because you think it will hurt your candidate's chance is basically saying democratic elections in the US are a bad idea. Maybe you believe that. In fact, I do -- not because democracy is inherently bad, but because our version of it, at least in national elections, is awful. The electoral college, gerrymandering of voting districts, and the idiotic Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), are all part of the problem, but I can't here delve into any of them. Here's the thing: if you believe our quasi-democratic system is bad, you should come clean about it. Either tell the world you prefer that your party just pick the next president rather than bother with what masquerades here as a popular democratic election or encourage a change in the system." (10/18/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/10/thinking-independent-voters-must-vote-candidate/  

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MA: One of the handful of human beings as dumb and irresponsible as Elizabeth Warren announces US Senate challenge to Elizabeth Warren

October 18, 2016
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ESPN    

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced plans Tuesday to run against Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate if his wife agrees, and said that he's ultimately responsible for the collapse of his video game company in Rhode Island, though he didn't apologize to taxpayers left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. ... Earlier this year Schilling was fired from his job as an ESPN baseball analyst after comments on Facebook critical of transgender rights. He now has an online radio show." (10/18/16)

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17825318/curt-schilling-eyes-us-senate-run-elizabeth-warren-says-responsible-failed-video-game-company  

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