Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Egypt: Junta figurehead claims victory with 93.3% of vote in fake election

May 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military. But a lower than expected turnout figure raised questions about Sisi's credibility after his supporters had idolized him as a hero who can deliver political and economic stability. Sisi captured 93.3 percent of votes cast as counting nearly came to a close, judicial sources said. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3.0 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void." (05/28/14)

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TX: Last World War II veteran ousted from Congress in GOP primary

May 28, 2014
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Omaha World Herald    

"Congressman Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age. Backed by powerful national conservative [sic] groups, 48-year-old former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe was able to paint Hall as too cozy with the GOP establishment after 34 years in office. He forced the incumbent into his first runoff in 17 terms in the House, then won it decisively. ... The only World War II veteran left in Congress seeking re-election, Hall promised that his next term would be his last but said he wanted to remain in office long enough to help the GOP win the White House in 2016." (05/28/14)

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Eurosceptic election surge gives EU a headache

May 27, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Stunning victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist, Eurosceptic parties from France and Britain left the European Union licking its wounds on Monday and facing a giant policy dilemma. Across the continent, anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left more than doubled their representation amid voter apathy, harnessing a mood of anger with Brussels over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration." (05/26/14)

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Vegas, Cincinnati out of running to host GOP’s 2016 public orgy

May 23, 2014
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram    

"The odds of hosting the Republican Party's next presidential convention have improved for Dallas, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri. Two other players, Las Vegas and Cincinnati, have folded. The four remaining cities will be making in-city pitches to party officials looking for a host with ample meeting space, hotels and transportation to accommodate tens of thousands of visitors. Another crucial requirement: deep pockets. The host city would have to pick up a tab as high as $60 million." (05/23/14)

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Rand Paul and Marco Rubio’s worst nightmare: Trapped between crazy GOP base and actual reality

May 23, 2014
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Salon
by Paul Rosenberg  

"Last week, 2016 speculation/news was dominated by Karl Rove’s possibly botched smear attack on Hillary Clinton. But the real 2016 news was just how badly three prominent Republican aspirants were doing: the once dominant Chris Christie, who’s arguably just seen the last three nails in his coffin; Marco Rubio, whose high-profile global warming denialism seems to have come at just the wrong time; and Rand Paul, with his one-step-forward, two-steps-back move on voter ID laws." (05/22/14)

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KY: McConnell, Grimes win US Senate primaries

May 20, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell handily defeated Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night. With 7 percent of the state’s precincts in, McConnell leads Bevin by nearly 30 percent of the vote. ... On the Democratic side, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes won an essentially uncontested primary for the state’s Senate seat, earning over three-quarters of the votes at this point in the tally." (05/20/14)

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Hindu nationalists ascendant in India: Will Narendra Modi be prime minister of all Indians?

May 20, 2014
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"For years India has disappointed expectations. Tagged as the next great power preparing to challenge China and eventually America, India instead has lagged economically, stagnated politically, and battled religiously. Now Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a stunning political victory. India’s future depends on Modi’s ability to transcend his sectarian roots and govern on behalf of all Indians." (05/19/14)

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Iraqi: Nouri’s bloc wins most parliamentary seats

May 20, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firmly in first place in the country's first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011. The challenge now for al-Maliki is to build a ruling coalition as violence rages and instability grows. Rival Shiite blocs were the next two top vote-getters, with Sunni blocs trailing as the country grows increasingly polarized along sectarian and ethnic lines." (05/19/14)

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India: Modi holds meetings to form new government

May 19, 2014
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London South East [UK]    

"India's prime minister designate Narendra Modi held meetings Monday with senior party members over the formation of the next government, while the outgoing Congress party met to ponder its crushing electoral defeat. The Bharatiya Janata Party won by a landslide in the general elections, with 282 seats in the 543-member lower house of parliament and 31% ot the total votes. The Congress came a poor second with 44 seats, one-third of its tally in the previous election. ... Modi is expected to be sworn in as prime minister this week." (05/19/14)

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Switzerland: Voters reject world’s highest minimum wage

May 18, 2014
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Reuters    

"Swiss citizens rejected a proposal to introduce the world's highest minimum wage of $25 an hour in a vote on Sunday, according to first projections, bringing relief to business leaders worried the measure would have damaged the Swiss workplace. About 77 percent of voters in the wealthy nation dismissed the proposal made by Swiss union SGB and backed by the Socialist and Green parties, a national projection for Swiss SRF television showed, while 23 percent were in favour." (05/18/14)

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India: Opposition party heads for landslide win

May 16, 2014
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Business Week    

"Opposition leader Narendra Modi will be India's next prime minister, winning the most decisive election victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results showed Friday. Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was winning in 279 seats in the lower house of Parliament, beyond the 272-seat majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties, the Election Commission said. Full results were expected later in the day but it was unlikely there would be a significant reversal." (05/16/14)

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AR: State Supreme Court says judge went too far on striking down vote suppression law

May 15, 2014
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Washington Post    

"The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s voter ID law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure. Justices on Wednesday vacated a Pulaski County judge’s decision that the law violates Arkansas’ constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox had struck down the law in a case that had focused on how absentee ballots are handled under the law, but justices stayed his ruling while they considered an appeal." (05/14/14)

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Poll: Only 22% support congressional incumbents

May 14, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A new poll from Gallup shows that Americans are more anti-incumbent than they have been in a long time -- and maybe ever. The poll shows just 22 percent of people say most members of Congress deserve reelection this year. That's lower than at any point since at least 1992. But while people like the idea of ousting members of Congress en masse, they have long been far less willing to say that their own member deserves the same fate." [editor's note: And unfortunately, even if they throw the current bums out, new bums come in to replace them! - TLK] (05/14/14)

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Hating Hillary

May 14, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Karl Rove suggests she's brain damaged, then pulls back. But just you wait for the ugliness to come." (05/13/14)

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MI: Conyers fails signature test to make primary ballot for re-election

May 13, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn’t have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, an elections official announced Tuesday. Conyers’ nominating petitions were insufficient, Wayne County Clerk Kathy Garrett said in a statement. It follows her report last week finding Conyers more than 400 signatures short of 1,000 needed. Garrett said Tuesday that he had 592 valid signatures after challenges. ... Conyers can run as a write-in. If he wins the primary as a write-in, he would qualify for the general election ballot." (05/13/14)

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NC: Candidate in “too close to call” Democratic primary dies

May 13, 2014
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CBS News    

"Keith Crisco, the North Carolina congressional candidate running in a Democratic primary election against Clay Aiken, was found dead in his home Monday. Crisco, 71, died from injuries sustained from a fall, WRAL reports. The textile entrepreneur was running against the former American Idol star for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina's 2nd district. Crisco and Aiken both garnered about 40 percent of the vote in last Tuesday's primary. Aiken won just a 369-vote lead, leaving open the possibility of a recount or a runoff election. The winner of the primary would face off against Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C." (05/13/14)

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Lithuania: Incumbent wins first round in vote

May 12, 2014
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ABC News    

"Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite took a big step Sunday toward winning re-election, dominating the first round of voting in the Baltic country's sixth presidential ballot since it regained independence in 1991. Lithuania's election commission said Grybauskaite, a former European Union budget commissioner, had about 45 percent of the vote in the election with 95 percent of the ballots counted." (05/12/14)

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Greece: Top court allows far-right party to contest EU vote

May 12, 2014
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Reuters    

"Greece's Supreme Court on Sunday allowed the far-right Golden Dawn party to run in European elections this month, despite calls to ban it as its leader waits in jail to be tried for membership of a criminal organization. The court routinely permits parties to take part in elections but a private citizen had asked it to exclude Golden Dawn this time because its leadership is under investigation over a string of attacks against immigrants and opponents." (05/11/14)

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South Africa election: Polls due to open

May 7, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Polls are due to open in South Africa's fifth general election since the end of apartheid 20 years ago. The governing African National Congress (ANC) is tipped to win, returning President Jacob Zuma for a second five-year term. However, it is expected to lose ground amid concern over high unemployment and a number of corruption scandals. The run-up to the vote has been marked by protests and troops have been deployed to boost security." (05/06/14)

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NC: Jones survives well-funded neoconservative primary challenge

May 6, 2014
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The Hill    

"Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has bested his primary challenger, beating back an onslaught of attacks from establishment Republicans. The Associated Press has called the race for the iconoclastic Jones, who was leading Bush administration official Taylor Griffin (R) by 53 percent to 44 percent with 71 percent of precincts reporting. ... Griffin benefited from a number of endorsements (and behind-the-scenes help) from former Bush administration officials including former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, as well as a late endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) .... Jones has long been a thorn in the side of GOP leadership. After initially supporting the war in Iraq, Jones became a leading Republican critic of President Bush of the war, allying with then-fellow Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to eviscerate Bush on a number of occasions." (05/06/14)

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Haiti: Martelly names group to oversee elections

May 6, 2014
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ABC News    

"President Michel Martelly announced Tuesday he has appointed a new council to oversee Haitian legislative and local elections that are two years overdue, an important step to organizing a vote whose tardiness has frustrated many. In a posting on his Facebook page and in a separate email, the leader said the newest member of the council is Frizto Canton, a high-profile lawyer who is defending former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier against human rights abuse and embezzlement charges." (05/07/14)

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Push any button, pull any lever

May 6, 2014
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Scott Thomas Outlar  

"Every four years the first Tuesday in November rolls around and we all know what that means. Time for America to play the silly voting game and choose which pied piper puppet they want to watch on their television screens spouting off empty promises and platitudes. Do you want the GOP or DNP candidate? The right or left wing of the eagle? They appear, based on the cleverly crafted platforms they espouse, to be people with vastly different philosophical ideologies. Yet, if the thin veil is pulled back, a sinister truth is revealed. Both share a salacious and scandalous love affair with the Federal Government." (05/06/14)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/05/06/push-any-button-pull-any-lever/  

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Breaking Britain, and the vote-rigging that will go against UKIP

May 5, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by David Davis  

"Can you imagine how, if polling so far is correct, and if you analyse all MSM comment-threads except the Guardian and the Independent, UKIP will not sweep the board in the euro-elections, gain hundreds of 'council' (whatever those are for) seats, and possibly get one or more MPs in 2015? Will the Tories have any MPs left at all in 'The North?' The 'pollsters' all bend over backwards (sorry ...) to emphasise how very, very, very accurate they all are, even if they say (very very slightly) different things, very slightly ... er ... differently ... It’s not what the MSM and LiblabCon can’t say: it’s the way it can’t say it ... RIG FOR VICTORY." (05/04/14)

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Libya: Speaker confirms new prime minister after confusion

May 5, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"The speaker of Libya’s General National Congress confirmed Ahmad Matiq as the country’s prime minister on Monday, after approving his appointment, one day after a deputy speaker had declared Matiq’s election invalid. 'Ahmad Omar Matiq was appointed head of the transitional government, and asked to form his cabinet and present it to the GNC for a confidence vote within 15 days,' said the text of a decision signed by speaker Nouri Abu Sahmein. He confirmed that he had asked Matiq to form a new government within two weeks, according to the decree posted on parliament’s website. Sahmein wields quasi-presidential powers." (05/05/14)

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OH: Libertarian Party appeals to SCOTUS as Kasich regime continues to rig election against it

May 2, 2014
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Washington Times    

"The Libertarian Party of Ohio has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a lower court denied its attempt to get a gubernatorial candidate on Tuesday’s primary ballot. Charlie Earl was disqualified by Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO-sted) after his nominating petitions were challenged. Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers." (05/01/14)

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