Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Netanyahu’s win

March 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Stephen Lendman  

"Despite emerging as third largest Knesset party, Joint List has no say whatever under either a Netanyahu or Herzog-led coalition. Believing otherwise is foolhardy. Israel's 20% Arab population is powerless, persecuted, and denied rights afforded solely to Jews. Election results changed nothing. Israel is like America. Democracy is pure fantasy. Not a dime's worth of difference separates major parties on issues mattering most." (03/18/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/18/netanyahus-win/  

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Israel: Likud surges to election win

March 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. Such a government would likely put Israel at odds with the international community over settlement construction and its opposition to Palestinian statehood, and continue clashing with the White House over hard-line policies." (03/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l8f3kg3  

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Lesotho: Mosisili inaugurated as prime minister

March 17, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Lesotho on Tuesday inaugurated a new prime minister, who came to power by forming a coalition government after a special election meant to stabilize the small but politically fractious country. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was sworn into office in the capital Maseru where his supporters, clad in red and shaded by umbrellas, filled a sports stadium. Mosisili took control after his party, the Democratic Congress, formed a coalition with several smaller parties to secure a majority after the Feb. 28 election had no outright winner." (03/17/14)

http://www.startribune.com/world/296548561.html  

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OH: Federal judge upholds regime’s election-rigging scheme

March 17, 2015
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"The political battleground state of Ohio did not violate the U.S. Constitution when it imposed new ballot access limits last year on minor political parties, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson's ruling upholds a 2013 law that set new, stiffer criteria for minor political parties to qualify for and maintain access to Ohio's ballot." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kd93b7n  

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OR: Brown signs “automatic voter registration” bill

March 16, 2015
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Kansas City Star    

"Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters. Under the legislation, every adult citizen in Oregon who has interacted with the Department of Motor Vehicles since 2013 but hasn't registered to vote will receive a ballot in the mail at least 20 days before the next statewide election. The measure is expected to add about 300,000 new voters to the rolls." [editor's note: Pretty dumb idea. If those 300k people actually wanted to vote, wouldn't they have spent the five minutes it took to register? - TLK] (03/16/15)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article14644967.html  

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Take my wife … please

March 16, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Bill Schorr  

Cartoon. (03/15/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/take-my-wifeplease/  

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Israel: Netanyahu says no Palestinian Arab state if he’s re-elected

March 16, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"With months of campaigning seeing him falling behind the left-center Zionist Union list, which has accused him of trying to sabotage a two-state solution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now vowing that, if reelected, he will sabotage a two-state solution. Netanyahu confirmed that there would be no Palestinian statehood if he gets reelected, saying any independent Palestine would amount to giving territory away to 'radical Islamists.' He then accused the Zionist Union of plotting to do the bidding of the international community with respect to the occupied territories." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lx2hxb3  

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Source: Obama adviser behind leak of Clinton email scandal

March 16, 2015
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New York Post    

"Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett leaked to the press details of Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail address during her time as secretary of state, sources tell me. But she did so through people outside the ­administration, so the story couldn't be traced to her or the White House. In addition, at Jarrett's behest, the State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary's conduct at Foggy Bottom .... Six separate probes into Hillary's performance have been ­going on at the State Department. I'm told that the e-mail scandal was timed to come out just as Hillary was on the verge of formally announcing that she was running for president -- and that there's more to come." (03/14/15)

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The Iowa agricultural panderfest

March 13, 2015
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Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"Political junkies have always been of two minds about the Iowa caucuses' position as the first step on the road to the presidential nomination. On the one hand, Iowa is far less diverse, far more rural, and generally more insular than much of the country. It tells us little about a candidate's broader appeal. On the other hand, its small media market and retail politics allow candidates without huge war chests to compete on a nearly equal footing. Whereas in bigger states, candidates with lots of money can flood the airwaves with advertising, in Iowa, candidates actually have to answer questions from voters and the media in person. Iowa also provides one other valuable service. It lets us see just how far candidates will go in pandering to special interests. And this year, most of the potential Republican candidates are already providing a particularly craven spectacle." (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q74zczy  

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Election debates: They’re all empty chairs now

March 12, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Mick Hume  

"Conservative prime minister David Cameron has been called a chicken for insisting that he will only take part in one debate that includes seven party leaders. In return, Tory peer and former BBC chairman Lord Grade has accused the broadcasters of getting too big for their boots and risking political bias, by threatening to replace Cameron with an empty chair in other debates. All of this sound and fury makes it seem like an even more important TV issue than the scandal of Jeremy Clarkson and the cheese'n'crackers. There is a far bigger problem, however, with television's planned pre-election circus. No matter how many party leaders they can squeeze on to the platform, or who they 'empty chair,' these events will not deserve the title 'political debates.' That implies a clash of competing principles and visions in a direct battle of ideas; the word debate has its origins in the Latin battere: to fight, beat or batter. No such clash is possible among the main party leaders, who do not have a distinctive political principle between them sufficient to batter a small piece of cod." (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw8w2jw  

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How to stop the tyranny of the Electoral College

March 11, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Rob Richie & Claire Daviss  

"Since 1991, Nebraska has awarded its electoral votes to presidential candidates by congressional district, one of only two states that do not award all electoral votes to the statewide popular-vote winner. That may change, however. Urged on by the state’s Republican Party, a large majority of Nebraska legislators now support changing to a winner-take-all system. Fervent opposition and a filibuster may hold the bill back. Nonetheless, the bill has pushed Nebraska legislators to ask whether their current system is working. Nebraska’s debate is not new. It reflects the path that has led most states to adopt a winner-take-all system in allocating their electoral votes.l" [editor's note: As I've noted many times, the Nebraska (and Maine) model should be adopted by more states, whether dominated by 1 or 2 huge cities (CA, NY, TX, MI, OH ...) or dwarfed by rural vote (Nashville, TN), where voting for a D or R for President is no more representative than it is for us LP backers - SAT] (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3trkrj  

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AP sues US State Department over Clinton emails

March 11, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Associated Press said Wednesday it has sued the State Department to force the release of government documents and e-mails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of State, an action taken a day after she defended her use of a private e-mail account to conduct business and after six formal attempts by the news agency to obtain records. 'After careful deliberation and exhausting our other options, The Associated Press is taking the necessary legal steps to gain access to these important documents, which will shed light on actions by the State Department and former Secretary Clinton, a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, during some of the most significant issues of our time,' AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser said in a statement." (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6284dr  

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The “convenience” of untruth

March 11, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Norman Pollack  

"Hillary is the poster woman for all that is repellant about class dominance, capitalism's militarization as starting point for domestic social regimentation to ensure popular acceptance of financial and corporate leadership in US policymaking and definitions of national self-interest. Here add the element of security, a perfect witches'-brew of the Business State assuming global proportions. There is something uncanny in her make-up, an urge to power deliberately left undisguised, as if to impress the people with the duty of authoritarian submission in the name of higher values." (03/11/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/11/the-convenience-of-untruth/  

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Rand Paul’s Munich

March 11, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"What's particularly galling about Rand Paul's opportunism is not only that it reeks of insincerity, as Heilbrunn notes, but also that it isn't even effective. He gains nothing by it: his neoconservative enemies are still attacking him, and even going at it more viciously once they smell his fear. That's how bullies operate, and that the Senator allows himself to be bullied so easily speaks to the major flaw in his political persona, one that militates against his presidential ambitions. ... Faced with vicious attacks from the neoconservative wing of his party, Senator Paul has become the libertarian Neville Chamberlain, meeting with Sheldon Adelson, reversing his position on foreign aid to Israel, and doing everything short of asking Jennifer Rubin out on a date. The Cotton letter is Rand Paul's Munich, a betrayal of his libertarian and anti-interventionist constituency that will not be soon forgotten." (03/11/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/03/10/rand-pauls-munich/  

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Clinton: Email felonies were a matter of “convenience”

March 11, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she used a private domain for her official work during her time at the State Department out of 'convenience,' but admitted in retrospect 'it would have been better' to use multiple emails. ... Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of correspondence to the State Department to evaluate, which department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday would be released on a public website after a review, which could take months. The former secretary of state defended her process in choosing emails, telling reporters that she and her staff 'err[ed] on the side of providing anything that could be possibly viewed as work-related.'" (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/on9gkfb  

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OH: Libertarians continue to struggle against Republican election rigging

March 11, 2015
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"Libertarian candidates seeking some local offices in Ohio face uncertain access to the ballot this year as they await a judge's decision over new rules for minor political parties. At issue is a 2013 state law that imposes stiffer criteria for minor political parties to reach and maintain their party's label on ballots in the perennial swing state. The Libertarian Party of Ohio is raising questions about the whether the state's elections chief is improperly enforcing the law, putting the spotlight back on a measure that underwent intense legal scrutiny last election season." (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plo4w39  

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Is the libertarian moment over?

March 9, 2015
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"Scott Walker's rapid rise finally seems to have dented Rand Paul's numbers in the national polls testing who Republicans want to see as their 2016 presidential nominee. While Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have fallen behind, as late as mid-February Paul was still in the double digits even in polls showing Walker competitive with Jeb Bush. Now three national polls -- McClatchy/Marist, Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling -- have the Kentucky senator in the single digits. He's ahead of candidates like Rubio and Cruz, yet in the RealClearPolitics polling average Paul not only trails Walker and Bush but also Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson. Is the libertarian moment over? More hawkish conservatives certainly hope so." [editor's note: Even if there is a "libertarian moment," neither the Republican Party in general nor Rand Paul in particular have anything to do with it - TLK] (03/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4rc8qh  

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“I’m taking on the establishment, and they hate me for it”

March 9, 2015
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"'They're not proper people.' Pint in one hand, fag in the other, Nigel Farage is passing withering judgement on the political class. 'They don't pass the Farage Test,' he says of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband. The Farage Test? Warming to his theme, his voice rising an octave, he explains. 'I judge everybody by two simple criteria. Number one: would I employ them? And number two: would I want to have a drink with them? To pass the Farage Test, you only have to pass one of those. There are lots of people I've employed over the years who I wouldn't choose to have a drink with, and there are lots of people who are completely useless but rather nice to have a bit of a jolly with. But this mob don't pass either.' Then, after eviscerating Them, calling into question their employability and drinkability, wondering out loud if they’re even 'proper people,' he lets out what I think we should call the Farage Laugh: a deep and hearty, nicotine-stained guffaw at the world: 'HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.'" (03/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kuyhgp9  

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Only government wins in election

March 9, 2015
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"I’m sure you've seen the 'Peanuts' cartoons where Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown to kick, promising him she won't pull it away this time. This time he'll kick it. But every time she pulls the football away at the last instant and poor Charlie Brown lands flat on his back. How can he be surprised by the inevitable? You may have also played a game with a habitual cheater, the kind who changes the rules to benefit himself as he plays. As the game progresses, they always discover a reason they win and you lose -- and the new rule is as much a surprise to them as it is to you. Little kids are really bad about this. Most adults grow out of it; the rest go into government." (03/05/14)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2015/03/05/only-government-wins-in-election/  

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Hillary Clinton in trouble, again: Are we watching a cheap spy movie or a presidential campaign?

March 6, 2015
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Fox News
by Liz Peek  

"At what point do Democrats give up on Hillary Clinton? We must be getting close. The most recent revelation -- that Hillary used an untraceable personal email account during her tenure as Secretary of State -- should be a tipping point. Details of the under-the-radar communications are just emerging, and sound more like a cheap spy novel than a presidential campaign." (03/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxkhsaz  

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Rahm Emanuel’s new campaign ad shows a mayor who’s terrified he’s about to lose

March 5, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Micah Uetricht  

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just released a remarkable commercial that will no doubt soon be saturating Chicago's airwaves ahead of his widely unexpected April 7 runoff election against progressive challenger Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia. The ad is remarkable, because it showcases a mayor who is actually terrified he is going to lose what was supposed to be a cakewalk reelection bid." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qal72yj  

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SC: Poll says Lindsey Graham for president is less popular in his own state than marriage freedom

March 5, 2015
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Charleston Post and Courier    

"If U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham heeds what South Carolina voters are saying in a new poll, he'll be sitting out the 2016 presidential race. ... Poll results released Wednesday by Winthrop University in Rock Hill once again show most South Carolinians -- six out of 10 -- say Graham should give up on exploring a White House bid. ... More than half of those who took part, nearly 53 percent, said they think marriages between same-sex couples should not be recognized by the law as valid." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptb53jq  

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Hillary Clinton’s bad week won’t mean much by 2016

March 5, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Danny Vinik  

"The revelation that Hillary Clinton used a home email system while she was Secretary of State -- which allowed her to permanently erase messages -- has sent the chattering classes of Washington into a frenzy. 'There is a widespread feeling, among political professionals and the commentariat, that Clinton, having chosen to delay the launch of her campaign, might be on the point of losing control of its narrative,' wrote the New Yorker's John Cassidy. Bill Scher, writing at Politico, and Emma Roller, writing at National Journal, mused about what would happen to the Democratic Party if Clinton drops out. Spoiler: It's not good. These are all reasonable arguments. Still, we have to keep things in perspective: Clinton is having a tough month and needs to put together a better communications strategy, preferably one that actually involves her talking to the press. Even so, she's not going to lose the primary and will be a very formidable candidate in the general election." (03/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lav3rga  

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Netanyahu campaign speech to US Congress: Same sh*t, different year

March 3, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a controversial speech before the U.S. Congress to appeal to President Obama to pull back on nuclear talks with Iran, warning the 'bad deal' in the works 'paves Iran's path to the bomb' and could lead to a 'potential nuclear nightmare.' The Israeli leader made his impassioned case Tuesday in a highly anticipated address in Washington. He claimed the potential deal would make two major concessions which would threaten the security of Israel and the region by retaining Iran's ability to start up a nuclear weapons program." [editor's note: He's been raving about Iran being close to getting nukes for nearly 25 years now even though his own intelligence service tells him there's no active Iranian nuclear weapons program; this was just a campaign speech for the coming Israeli elections (yawn) - TLK] (03/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oadfqka  

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Why don’t libertarians like Scott Walker?

March 3, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Charles Barr  

"Ideally, a more libertarian candidate for president would have a sound economic background while supporting civil rights and a more constitutional approach to governing -- both at home and abroad. This puts Walker at odds with this limited approach to governing a state, and would likely put him at odds with this limited approach to governing a nation. Additionally, it also means that a plan to win the presidency is in place that includes minority outreach, young voter support, and a message that is consistent with is or her governing record (which also appeals to these voters)." (03/03/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/dont-libertarians-like-scott-walker/  

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