Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Party’s over, quarter billion dollars on Bernie, now what?

June 26, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by David Swanson  

"Well meaning people just spent a quarter billion dollars on the Bernie Sanders campaign which continues operations while its candidate says he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president. Let's put that in a little perspective. Iraqis fleeing Fallujah yet again, as wars that Hillary Clinton pushed for roll on, are in need, according to the United Nations, of $17.5 million for survival. I work for an organization opposing war, called World Beyond War, which runs on less than $50,000 a year. Many good organizations pursuing just what this world needs run on less than that, but you could fund 5,000 organizations at the level of World Beyond War's current funding for what's been spent on Bernie. Has Sanders for President been a wise investment or not?" (06/26/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Party-s-Over-Quarter-Bill-by-David-Swanson-Bernie-Or-Bust_Bernie-Sanders_Bernie-Sanders_Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate-160626-375.html  

No Comments »

A blow for peace and democracy: Why the British said no to Europe

June 26, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Pilger  

"The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the 'Remain' campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain." (06/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/24/a-blow-for-peace-and-democracy-why-the-british-said-no-to-europe/  

No Comments »

No, the polls aren’t biased. Clinton really is leading Trump

June 26, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Emily Ekins  

"The blogospherian argument goes something like this: Clinton is leading Trump by 5 to 7 points in certain polls because the pollsters oversampled or over-weighted Democrats by about 5 to 7 points. If the polls are 'corrected' to include fewer Democrats then the race is actually tied, they say. ... These accusations of polling bias are strikingly similar to what happened in 2012 with 'UnSkewedPolls.com' where some folks claimed the polls were unfairly sampling too many Democrats and thus giving an unmerited advantage to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. But at the end of the day, the polls were largely correct and Obama handily won." (06/24/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/no-polls-arent-biased-clinton-really-leading-trump  

No Comments »

Sanders vows to continue “political revolution”

June 23, 2016
posted by

Time    

"In a fast-moving news cycle that has already turned to the election battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders has quickly become a sideshow. But that did not stop the Vermont Senator from defiantly promising to continue the political revolution in a town hall on Thursday, giving a glimpse into his possible future role in the Democratic Party in which he campaigns for progressive candidates across the country. Speaking with the cadence and conviction of a viable candidate in midtown Manhattan, Sanders again did not concede the nomination -- he lost a large majority of votes and delegates in the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton -- and did not endorse his opponent. Instead, Sanders repeated the familiar rallying cry of his campaign -- for nearly 80 minutes." (06/23/16)

http://time.com/4381006/bernie-sanders-manhattan-speech/  

No Comments »

Trump campaign says candidate will forgive millions in loans

June 23, 2016
posted by

ABC News ABC News    

"Donald Trump is promising to say goodbye to all the money he's loaned his campaign. Trump has largely self-funded his presidential bid, to the tune of $45.7 million as of the most recent filings. That money was given to the campaign as zero-interest loans, and the prospect has loomed that Trump could be repaid by the campaign, with money raised elsewhere. That won't happen, his campaign said today. ... Financial disclosures covering this month haven't yet been released, but Trump's campaign hinted indirectly in its statement that the candidate has invested more money since Jun 1. Trump will have to file a signed statement to the FEC to officially forgive the loans." (06/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-campaign-candidate-forgive-millions-loans/story?id=40082242  

No Comments »

Nice guys finish third: Gary Johnson’s awkward night

June 23, 2016
posted by

Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"In order to be 'likable,' the LP candidate threw away opportunities to define himself better and to explain the differences between libertarian pragmatism and idealism." (06/23/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/23/nice-guys-finish-third-gary-johnsons-awk  

1 Comment »

Will Bernie Sanders voters support Hillary Clinton?

June 23, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Clare Foran  

"Democratic Party power brokers are rallying around Hillary Clinton, calling for unity and a focus on defeating Donald Trump. Are Bernie Sanders supporters willing to do the same? A Bloomberg article published Wednesday warns that 'nearly half of Sanders supporters won't support Clinton.'" [editor's note: I'm surprised that more than half WILL support her - TLK] (06/23/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/bernie-or-bust-clinton/488276/  

No Comments »

Brexit: Individualism > Nationalism > Globalism

June 23, 2016
posted by

Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

"Globalism, championed almost exclusively by political and economic elites, has been the dominant force in the West for a hundred years. World War I and the League of Nations established the framework for multinational military excursions, while the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank set the stage for the eventual emergence of the US dollar as a worldwide reserve currency. Progressive government programs in Western countries promised a new model for universalism and peace in the aftermath of the destruction of Europe. Human rights, democracy, and enlightened social views were now to serve as hallmarks of a post-monarchical Europe and rising US. But globalism was never liberalism, nor was it intended to be by its architects." (06/23/16)

https://mises.org/blog/brexit-individualism-nationalism-globalism-0  

No Comments »

How fear won in Britain

June 23, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Freddy Gray  

"It now looks as if the killing of Jo Cox has tipped wavering voters decisively toward the Remain campaign. The pro-EU side looks all but certain to win tomorrow. Perhaps that is wrong. Perhaps Leave will surprise the pundits and pollsters by pulling off a shock victory. Or perhaps single events, however disturbing, do not really swing elections, and Remain was always bound to win. They have maintained a consistent overall advantage in the polls all year, after all. Within hours of Jo Cox being killed ... Leave was tarred as hate-peddling and racist, and the Remainians were energized. They were the forces of tolerance and progress. The speed and cynicism with which Remain has taken advantage has been breathtaking." (06/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-fear-won-in-britain/  

1 Comment »

Why today is a great day for democracy

June 23, 2016
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Today is a really good day for democracy. For British voters have been entrusted to make a real decision. A decision that could have a massive impact on both British politics and the global order. Where in recent years voting in General Elections has come to feel routine, and possibly even a little pointless, given you couldn't squeeze so much as a beermat between the policy programmes of the main parties, today's vote feels heavy, solid, like we've been given real democratic responsibility." (06/23/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-today-is-a-great-day-for-democracy/  

No Comments »

Our Revolution rises to smite Trump and make the world safe for bipartisan oligarchy

June 22, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Stauber  

"This year of course the GOP candidate is Donald Trump, and he is opposed by everyone from the GOP oligarchs he ousted from their own party, to leaders of the bipartisan neocons, to the Koch Brothers, to the Wall Street firms, to the mainstream media, and of course he is opposed most of all by Hillary and especially the progressive wing of her Party, rebranded by Bernie as Our Revolution. To make sure Our Revolution doesn't stray into the hands of the Green Party, the Democrats progressive leaders were very careful not to invite Dr. Jill Stein to speak at their People's Summit held the day after Bernie's address. That sent a message loud and clear: Our Revolution, Bernie's revolution, is one with the Party, so Unite Blue!" (06/22/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/22/our-revolution-rises-to-smite-trump-and-make-the-world-safe-for-bipartisan-oligarchy/  

No Comments »

Forget the EU — the world is waiting

June 21, 2016
posted by

Ella Whelan spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"A vote for a Brexit would spell the end of global relations for the UK, we are told. Apparently, being a member of the EU ensures Britain doesn't become a nationalist, isolated island. But a closer look at the EU's relationship with countries outside of its borders tells a very different story. The EU has an ongoing policy of guarding itself against foreign peoples." (06/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/forget-the-eu-the-world-is-waiting-referendum-brexit/  

No Comments »

Why Brexit is better for Britain

June 20, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit  

"On 23 June 2016, the people of Great Britain will vote whether to stay in the European Union (EU) or leave it. The pro-EU camp argues that leaving the EU will cost Britain dearly in terms of economic prosperity, financial stability, and domestic security. In fact, people are being told that exiting the EU will bring dismal times to Britain. The anti-EU camp argues that leaving the EU will be good, as it gives Britain freedom to determine its own fate: to decide about taxes, fishing, immigration, and other issues which are of the utmost importance for the economic and political well-being of the British people." (06/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/why-brexit-better-britain  

No Comments »

The Libertarian Party goes Gestapo, supports mass surveillance and federal snitching

June 16, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Alliance
by Shane Trejo  

"The worst Libertarian Party Presidential ticket in history is at it again. This time, infamous globalist gun-grabber and LP Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld is doubling-down on mass surveillance and the federal police state to supposedly solve the problems of mass shootings and radical Islam." (06/15/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/06/15/the-libertarian-party-goes-gestapo-supports-mass-surveillance-and-federal-snitching/  

7 Comments »

Why “I’m not as bad as the other two” won’t work for Gary Johnson

June 16, 2016
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Purity is not possible in politics. But Johnson has to be principled if he wants to hang onto his natural constituency while expanding his appeal to other voters. His gay wedding cake capitulation will alienate religious Libertarians without gaining any MSNBCers, the vast majority of whom are already in the tank for Hillary. ... 'we stink less than the other two' isn't the kind of message that will excite the refugees of the two main parties to make the schlep to the polls and vote Libertarian on election day." (06/15/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/15/why-im-not-as-bad-as-the-other-two-wont  

1 Comment »

Should elections be mere formalities?

June 15, 2016
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"'We can't let just anyone on the ballot, otherwise it would be cluttered with too many choices and lead to voter confusion,' is often said by those who advocate for laws that burden minor party and independent candidates. However, in many cases anyone wishing to run for office as a Republican or Democrat can obtain a spot on the ballot with a minimal filing fee or turning in a very small number of petitions. Many advocates for controlling who gets on the ballot will say, 'but they still have to win their primary.' Which in a lot of cases is simply a formality." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/14/16)

http://fpp.cc/should-elections-be-mere-formalities/  

No Comments »

Trump lawyers: Suppress publication of deposition video so our client can be president

June 14, 2016
posted by

San Diego Union-Tribune    

"Lawyers for Donald Trump say there is 'no legitimate reason' to release videos of the businessman testifying at a deposition in one of two class-action lawsuits filed against his real estate investing program, Trump University. A terse, four-page motion filed Monday in federal court in San Diego is aimed at blocking lawyers for the plaintiffs from putting into the court records excerpts from videotaped depositions Trump gave in the case .... The motion focuses on legal arguments against releasing the videos, noting that transcripts of the depositions are already available, and arguing that seeking the release of the video is an 'obvious attempt' to create prejudice against Trump. ... Lawyers for the plaintiffs who are seeking to release the videos said that they contain 'many spontaneous and ad hominem remarks that are not reflected in the paper transcript' of Trump's testimony." (06/14/16)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/13/trump-motion/  

No Comments »

Obama endorses Clinton, meets with Sanders

June 9, 2016
posted by

The Washington Post Washington Post    

"President Obama offered his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton with a video Thursday and plans to campaign with the former secretary of state in Wisconsin next week, efforts aimed at speeding the Democratic Party’s unification around its presumed presidential nominee. ... The swift endorsement came after the president met with Sen. Bernie Sanders at the White House earlier Thursday and the senator from Vermont indicated that he is preparing to exit the Democratic nominating battle." (06/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/seeking-to-exit-on-his-own-terms-bernie-sanders-comes-to-washington-thursday/2016/06/09/0b252f10-2e39-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html  

No Comments »

Peru: With all votes in, Kuczynski celebrates win in election

June 9, 2016
posted by

ABC News ABC News    

"Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won the majority of votes in Peru's closest presidential contest in five decades, electoral authorities announced Thursday, even as his rival Keiko Fujimori had yet to concede defeat. Four days after voting, electoral authorities said that all ballots had been processed and Kuczynski had won 51.1 percent compared to 49.9 percent for the daughter of imprisoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori." (06/09/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/perus-presidential-election-wait-enters-4th-day-39715609  

No Comments »

Breaking out of the duopoly: Ballot access and third parties

June 9, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Terry Connolly  

"Most Americans take it for granted that they can vote for who they want on election day, but that's not always the case. When you get inside the polling booth, often you'll find only two candidates listed: a Democrat and a Republican. This isn't because of a lack of candidates or political parties. There's are many of both. The problem is they can't get on the ballot. Ballot access restrictions vary from state to state, but they have one thing in common and that is to prevent people other than Democrats and Republicans from getting on the ballot." (06/09/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/09/breaking-out-of-the-duopoly-ballot-access-and-third-parties/  

No Comments »

Thoughts on the election

June 9, 2016
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"It seems almost certain that the two major party candidates will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, not an inspiring vision. Of the possible bad outcomes, which is least bad? The answer, I think, is for Hillary Clinton to be elected president with a Republican House and Senate. The reason is not that I expect Trump, if elected, to shut down the New York Times, order all his opponents arrested, turn his fans into a legion of storm troopers, abolish the Constitution and end democracy in America. However bad his intentions, he cannot do those things by himself. Moves in that direction, even considerably less extreme ones, would be opposed by some Republicans and all Democrats, which means a majority of the House, Senate and Supreme Court. My worry is in a different direction." (06/08/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/06/thoughts-on-election.html  

1 Comment »

Countdown and aftermath

June 8, 2016
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson  

"Weeks came to the stage with a nearly empty pint glass, which he deposited at the podium. Then he signaled for music to play, and started clapping in time, getting the delegates to do the same. He even did a little dance -- nothing too odd, just getting the audience moving and on his side. And that was when he started removing his clothes. When he kicked off the shoes, things were still ambiguous, but when the tie came off, it was pretty clear where this was headed. ... What I didn't expect was the outrage from so many delegates about what was obviously a little bit of surrealist theater -- and even that more Monty Python than Monster Raving Loony Party. But one should never underestimate the desire of people to impose discipline, even when it's freedom-lovers at a gathering to celebrate the principles of liberty." (06/07/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1562  

No Comments »

Austria: Far-right party challenges election result

June 8, 2016
posted by

Zee News [India]    

"Austria's anti-immigration Freedom Party filed Wednesday a legal challenge after its candidate narrowly lost out on being elected the EU's first far-right president, alleging 'terrifying' irregularities. 'We are not sore losers. This is about protecting the very foundations of democracy ... The extent of irregularities is more than terrifying,' FPOe leader Heinz-Christian Strache told a news conference in Vienna. ... The constitutional court has four weeks -- until July 6 -- to decide if the FPOe's 150-page challenge stands up. The election could in theory be held again partially or in its entirety." (06/08/16)

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/austrian-far-right-challenges-election-result_1893076.html  

No Comments »

Peru: Center-right economist narrowly ahead in presidential election

June 6, 2016
posted by

Beloit Daily News    

"Economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had a razor-thin lead over the daughter of an imprisoned former president in Peru's presidential election, as Peruvians nervously awaited results still trickling in from remote parts of the Andean nation. With about half of polling stations counted late Sunday night, the 77-year-old Kuczynski had 50.6 percent of the votes compared to 49.4 percent for his rival Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori. While votes from Peru's hinterland, where support for Fujimori is strongest, could take days to come in, Kuczynski supporters were optimistic they'd prevail after two unofficial quick counts showed him winning by at least 1 percentage point. ... But Fujimori showed no sign of conceding defeat." (06/05/16)

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/world/center-right-economist-narrowly-ahead-in-peru-election/article_d0ee3a04-77c1-54a7-8b71-f7f9bedf28a7.html  

No Comments »

Third party gives William Kristol something new to be wrong about

June 2, 2016
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald Playboy
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Donald Trump and Weekly Standard editor William Kristol do not like each other. One of these two men has won 1,237 delegates and is the presumptive nominee for the GOP. The other is the head of a teeny, tiny neocon dynasty and has a history of advocating for ill-conceived wars and being wrong about what will happen in politics and every other human institution. Kristol's amazing history of wrongness makes it all the more hilarious that he has declared himself determined to start a third party rather than support Trump or pinch his nose and vote for fellow hawk Hillary Clinton. His new party appears to have been dubbed 'The Renegade Party' in honor of a gross Breitbart.com article that called Kristol a 'Renegade Jew,' thereby proving that feeling vaguely defensive of Kristol is actually possible, if only because the alt-right is full of literal Nazis." [hat tip -- Angela Keaton] (06/01/16)

http://www.playboy.com/articles/kristol-wrong-everything  

1 Comment »

Our Sponsors