Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

NC: Federal judge refuses to block voter suppression law

August 11, 2014
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WLOS 13 News    

"North Carolina's new election law will remain in effect despite ongoing legal attempts to stop it. A federal judge has denied a request for a temporary injunction, until the legal challenges go to court. That means the new law, including Voter ID, moves forward. ... Parts of the new voter law impact the November elections, including a seven-day reduction in the early voting period, the elimination of same day registration and voting, and a ban on provisional ballots. Photo IDs won't be required until 2016." (08/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l5gpntj  

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HI: Abercrombie ousted in stunning primary loss

August 10, 2014
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Kansas City Star    

"A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call. State Sen. David Ige, once seen as an underdog, cruised to a decisive 35 percentage point win in Saturday's primary after being dramatically outspent by Abercrombie, who also had high-profile endorsements including President Barack Obama." (08/10/14)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article1185603.html  

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MT: Walsh drops out of Senate race amid plagiarism probe

August 7, 2014
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ABC News    

"U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Thursday he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree. In a statement to supporters, the former National Guard commander said he is leaving the race but will keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015, when the winner of November's election is sworn in." (08/07/14)

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MS: GOP won’t hear McDaniel’s challenge to Cochran’s win

August 7, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"Mississippi's Republican Party announced late Wednesday that it would not hear Chris McDaniel's challenge of his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in the June runoff, and told him to go to court instead. ... McDaniel filed his challenge Monday with the executive committee of the Mississippi Republican Party, which under state law has 10 days to decide whether to hear the case. After that, McDaniel can take his grievance to court." (08/06/14)

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Rachel Maddow, Rand Paul and Israel

August 6, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Arria  

"'You cannot base a presidential campaign on something that is not true about [himself] or try to cover up something that you have said now that you don’t like the way that sounds,' Maddow explained in a rant about Paul's MSNBC comments. 'Nobody expects you to be perfect, but nobody expects you to be a petulant person who lies and is constantly threatening imagined adversaries about it,' she concluded. This is pretty blatant for Maddow criticism, as she generally likes to attack GOP politicians in a much more jovial manner. It's clear that she has a real problem with Paul and, perhaps, believes he supports racist policies. This is actually true, but Maddow doesn't have to travel back fifty years to find them. She need look no further than a recent National Review op-ed in which Paul criticized the Obama administration for not being sufficiently pro-Israel." (08/06/14)

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MS: McDaniel challenges GOP Senate primary loss

August 5, 2014
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"The tea party-backed lawmaker defeated by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's Republican primary said Monday that he has formally challenged the election's outcome with the state GOP. State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed the challenge with the Mississippi GOP state executive committee over Cochran's June 24 runoff victory, McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said during a news conference. McDaniel will have to prove there were enough illegally cast votes to change the outcome or that the election was so sloppily handled its result is in doubt." (08/04/14)

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Election 2016: Carson tries to stretch out his 15 minutes

August 3, 2014
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Washington Times    

"Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative [sic] sensation [sic], is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee and selecting the man who would run his campaign, The Washington Times has learned. Emerging from two-days of meetings with supporters in Palm Beach, Fla., Dr. Carson told the Times on Friday morning he has selected Houston businessman Terry Giles to be his 2016 campaign chairman should he run and approved the formation of a PAC called One Nation." (08/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nr8mjpe  

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Groups argue Florida must hold statewide election

July 30, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"If a judge does not approve an interim map of Florida's congressional seats to replace one that has been deemed unconstitutional, officials could be forced to allow voters from across the state to choose candidates for two congressional seats, the coalition challenging the current districts said Tuesday. The League of Women Voters and other groups filed court papers arguing that if new districts are not approved this year, then federal law requires at-large elections for the seats added in 2012. Florida went from 25 to 27 seats after the 2010 census." (07/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pwwgejw  

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Poll: Darth Vader has better approval rating than all 2016 presidential candidates

July 24, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"Don’t underestimate the power of the dark side. Darth Vader polls better than any potential 2016 candidate, according to a new study, making him a would-be presidential front-runner — if this was a galaxy far, far away. The Sith Lord had a higher net favorability than any of the possible presidential contenders, the Washington Post’s Wonkblog found, after pitting a recent FiveThirtyEight poll of readers’ favorite Star Wars characters against a recent Gallup poll on how voters viewed top politicians." (07/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q95go2o  

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

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Indonesia: Widodo heads for election win as vote count draws to close

July 22, 2014
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Business Week    

"Indonesia is set today to declare Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo winner of the closest presidential election in a decade, with police and politicians calling for calm after his opponent flagged a potential challenge. Widodo, known as Jokowi, is leading the count against former general Prabowo Subianto after polls showed them neck-and-neck before the July 9 vote. Prabowo’s team has said it’ll file a police report against the General Elections Commission, known as the KPU, for proceeding with the count after it called on July 20 for a delay and questioned the validity of the vote." (07/22/14)

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A titan falls

July 16, 2014
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Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"For most people politics looks like a game about who is up or down. Sometimes established favorites win big. Other times long-shots burst forth and upset the established order. The horse race tends to most capture public attention. The recent Republican primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was one of the bigger shocks to American politics in some time." (07/16/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/a-titan-falls  

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“Six Californias” plan gets enough signatures to make 2016 ballot

July 15, 2014
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USA Today    

"A plan backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six states has gained enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot, the plan's backers say. ... Draper and other supporters of the break-up argue that the state's 38 million people would be better served by smaller governments and elected officials who would be able to work more closely with their constituents." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzv28wr  

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Iraq: Parliament postpones decision on new leaders

July 14, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country. The legislature is under pressure to quickly choose a new speaker of parliament, president and prime minister -- the first steps toward a new government." (07/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2dfzek  

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Afghanistan: Breakthrough deal in electoral deadlock

July 14, 2014
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The Telegram [UK]    

"Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country’s troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday they hope to finish a full ballot audit within weeks. Kerry unveiled the breakthrough deal Saturday night, with both hopefuls promising to abide by the results of the audit, followed by plans for the winner to form a government of national unity with participation of the losing side." (07/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oagj2el  

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Rick Perry, neocon tool

July 14, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The media hates Republicans, and so naturally they're elevating Texas Governor Rick Perry to the status of a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender who must be taken seriously. After his last embarrassing run -- embarrassing not only for him, but for the much-maligned state of Texas ... one would think he'd put his presidential aspirations in the back of the garage, along with that Stairmaster he never uses. But no: dumber than a steer who's been zapped by a cattle-prod and still won't move, Perry is going along with the joke." (07/14/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/13/rick-perry-neocon-tool/  

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FL: Judge strikes down congressional map

July 11, 2014
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Sunshine State News    

"In a highly anticipated ruling, a Leon County judge struck down a map of the state's congressional districts drawn by the Legislature in 2012, potentially throwing the political future of the state into turmoil. ... Lewis' ruling specifically takes aim at the districts represented by Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Republican Congressman Daniel Webster. Brown's district, which winds its way from Jacksonville to Orlando, has been criticized for years as one of the worst examples of gerrymandering in the nation." (07/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/muqqan9  

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Romney has done enough for the GOP

July 10, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he thinks Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and 'he will be the next president of the United States.' The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008, then the general election in 2012. What would his 2016 slogan be? 'The third time's a charm.' Former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough urged fellow attendees at Romney's now annual GOP summit last month to join the draft movement. More than 50,000 have signed a 'Draft Mitt' petition." [editor's note: You wanna guarantee that Hillary (or someone very much like her) follows Obombya into the job? Keep pushing for this moronic retread - SAT] (07/09/14)

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Indonesia divided in close presidential race

July 8, 2014
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LaCrosse Tribune    

"As the world's third-largest democracy began voting Wednesday to elect a new president, Indonesians are divided between two very different choices: a one-time furniture maker and a wealthy ex-army general with close links to former dictator Suharto. Just a couple of months ago, the election was considered firmly in favor of Joko Widodo, who rose from humble beginnings to become the governor of Jakarta with a squeaky-clean political record." (07/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mvxfv2d  

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Iraq: Parliament fails to elect speaker amid political impasse

July 2, 2014
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Daily Sabah [Turkey]    

"The first attempt by the Iraqi parliament to form a new government failed yesterday amid division over who to pick as parliamentary speaker. As the chaos in the country continues unabated, parliament decided to delay efforts for a week. In an attempt to name a unity government which would expectedly help the country to oust ISIS militants, the new Iraqi parliament ended its first session in disarray yesterday after failing to agree on potential candidates for the parliamentary speaker position." (07/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/os963ok  

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Hong Kong: Crowds rally for democracy

July 1, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Tens of thousands of protesters are taking part in what organisers say could be Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy rally in more than a decade. The annual rally, marking the day Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, is to demand full electoral freedom. It comes after an unofficial referendum on how to choose Hong Kong's next chief executive drew close to 800,000 votes. China says it will introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 vote -- but wants the final say over who can run." (07/01/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28102644  

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France: Sarkozy held over influence claims

July 1, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling. Mr Sarkozy is being held at Nanterre, near Paris, in an unprecedented step against a former president. Mr Sarkozy is being questioned about whether he sought inside information from a judge concerning an investigation into campaign funding. The latest developments are seen as a blow to Mr Sarkozy's attempts to challenge for the presidency in 2017." (07/01/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28103223  

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OK: Politician claims opponent was killed, replaced by robot

June 30, 2014
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The New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]    

"A US congressman was replaced by a robot body double after he was secretly executed, and the results of a recent vote should be thrown out, his opponent has claimed. Timothy Ray Murray says on his website that incumbent Oklahoman congressman Frank Lucas is dead, and has been replaced by a body double. He says that a similar tactic was used in Kentucky in 2012." [editor's note: I dismissed this as implausible at first. Then I remembered Mitt Romney - TLK] (06/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/puwopzo  

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NY: Rangel declared winner in heated Dem primary

June 25, 2014
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USA Today    

"Veteran Rep. Charles Rangel was declared the winner of his nail-biter Democratic primary in New York, according to the Associated Press. Rangel, a 22-term congressman, was leading Adriano Espaillat by about 1,800 votes on Wednesday with 99% of the vote counted, according to unofficial returns posted by the New York City Board of Elections." (06/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ohnl7k2  

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MS: Cochran wins bitter runoff vs. Tea Party’s McDaniel

June 25, 2014
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Politico    

"Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran beat back an insurgent challenge from conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel Tuesday night, mounting a surprise political comeback that likely extinguishes tea party hopes of toppling an incumbent U.S. senator in the midterm elections. With nearly all precincts reporting, Cochran led McDaniel by just under 2 percentage points – about 6,600 votes out of more than 370,000 ballots cast. ... McDaniel blamed his defeat on Democrats who turned out in sizable numbers for the incumbent." (06/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/meev6n4  

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