Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Are fiscal issues Christie’s Achilles heel for 2016?

November 25, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Carrie Sheffield  

"With the Bridgegate scandal apparently fading, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is politically rising after leading GOP governors to a solid Election Day showing under his chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association. He personally won re-election last year in a deeply Blue State with 60 percent of the vote. Yet his administration has stumbled in fiscal management, experiencing a bond rating downgrade this year by all three major rating agencies: Fitch, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard and Poor’s." (11/23/14)

https://cei.org/content/are-fiscal-issues-christies-achilles-heel-2016  

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Rand Paul sounds off to Salon on race, 2016, Hillary and Republicans

November 20, 2014
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Salon
by Phillip Bailey  

Interview with US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul: "You know, I think there is a great deal of possibility for any candidate who can get out of either party, that doesn’t neatly fit in either party’s mold. So I think if you had a Democrat unusual enough to get through the primary system but to appeal to people outside of the Democrat mold, they could do well. Same goes for a Republican." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/prxoa4x  

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Webb forms exploratory committee for 2016 White House run

November 20, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb says he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Webb unveiled the website for his exploratory committee in a message posted on his Twitter account late Wednesday. The move is the first official step in a possible challenge to former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has long been thought of as the presumptive Democratic nominee, but has not yet announced whether she will run. The committee will allow Webb to raise money and travel the nation to test the waters for a potential campaign." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kb6nrq9  

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GOP set up Twitter “numbers stations” to get around Super PAC rules

November 18, 2014
posted by

boingboing    

"Super PACs are allowed to raise unlimited funds to support election campaigns, but can't coordinate with those campaigns; this especially means that campaigns can't share expensive private poll data with PACs to help fine tune their campaigns -- which is exactly what Republicans did with their cryptic, unlabelled Twitter accounts that acted as dead-drops with messages like 'CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52-->49/476-10s' to let affiliated PACs know what the polls had shown. The groups behind the operation had a sense of humor about what they were doing. One Twitter account was named after Bruno Gianelli, a fictional character in The West Wing who pressed his colleagues to use ethically questionable 'soft money' to fund campaigns." (11/17/14)

http://boingboing.net/2014/11/17/gop-set-up-twitter-numbers-s.html  

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AK: Begich concedes US Senate race to Sullivan

November 17, 2014
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Fairbanks News-Miner    

"First-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has conceded his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska natural resources commissioner who has led since Election Day on Nov. 4. After votes recorded Friday, Begich trailed Sullivan by more than 7,700 votes, about 2.8 percent." (11/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lwlnyqu  

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Romania: Provincial mayor inflicts shock defeat in presidential vote

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Provincial mayor Klaus Iohannis defied expectations to win Romania's presidential election on Sunday, inflicting a shock defeat on Prime Minister Victor Ponta that was cheered by thousands of anti-government protesters on the streets. An ethnic German whose campaign was backed by two centre-right parties, Iohannis turned round a 10-point deficit to win the runoff, as widespread anger at voting problems overseas appeared to galvanize the anti-Ponta camp." (11/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pdtvtha  

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Is the GOP ready for for-profit insurance hater and six-day creationist Ben Carson?

November 16, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"In presupposing the seriousness of [Ben Carson's] candidacy, Republicans and other supporters are declaring ready for prime time a man considerably less experienced than the current naif in the White House; a man who plays fast and loose with the Nazi analogies, who has warned darkly as recently as seven weeks ago that President Obama might just cancel the 2016 elections, and who maintains a hard-to-pin view on Obamacare reform that involves open hostility to the very existence of private insurance companies. Are conservatives really ready for a 2016 presidential who, when talking about late-life health care, sounds more like Ezekiel Emanuel than Sarah Palin?" (11/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nodbffl  

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How the GOP bought, rigged, stole and lynched the 2014 election

November 12, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman  

"Since the Bush-Cheney-Rove theft of the 2000 election in Florida, the right of millions of American citizens to vote and have that vote counted has been under constant assault. In 2014, that systematic disenfranchisement may well have delivered the US Senate to the Republican Party. If nothing significant is done about it by 2016, we can expect the GOP to take the White House and much more." (11/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kc3exx9  

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Who really spoiled last week’s election?

November 12, 2014
posted by

A. Barton Hinkle Richmond Times-Dispatch
by Bart Hinkle  

"The reason libertarians don't vote for candidates from the two major parties is not because they suffer from a false consciousness that leads them to misapprehend their own political preferences. The reason they don't vote for Republicans or Democrats is because -- brace yourself now -- they don’t want either Republicans or Democrats to win." (11/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pojttsx  

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What the mid-term elections really mean for peace and liberty

November 11, 2014
posted by

Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Did the election last week really mean that much? I took to my Twitter account on Tuesday to point out that the change in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican actually means very little, despite efforts by politicians and the mainstream media to convince us otherwise. Yes, power shifted, I wrote. But the philosophy on Capitol Hill changed very little. The warfare/welfare state is still alive and well in Washington." (11/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oxvsl6c  

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Catalonia: Voters overwhelmingly support independence from Spain

November 10, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"More than 80% of voters participating in Catalonia's weekend independence poll endorsed breaking away from Spain, initial results showed early Monday. The northeastern region held an unofficial, nonbinding secession vote Sunday, in violation of Spanish law. The poll was administered by 40,000 volunteers rather than civil servants. Catalan officials said about 2.25 million people cast ballots -- roughly half of eligible voters in the region of 7.5 million. It was one of the biggest endorsements of Catalan independence; in regional elections in 2012, 1.7 million Catalans voted for secessionist parties." (11/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jwdjl7b  

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Bye bye Bachmann

November 9, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (11/07/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/bye-bye-bachmann/  

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Election 2014: The good news and the bad

November 7, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The 2014 midterm election delivered both good news and bad. The good news is that the losers lost. The bad news is that the winners won." (11/06/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/election-2014-good-news-bad/  

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Lessons of the midterm elections

November 7, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The lesson of Pryor’s defeat should be clear enough: the neocons play hardball, and only playing harder ball is going to bring them down. Whether Sen. Paul and the small but growing noninterventionist caucus can assimilate this tutorial in time to avoid disaster for themselves and the country is an open question." (11/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfcfo4u  

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Don’t expect big changes to come from the Republicans’ big wins

November 7, 2014
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Steve Stanek Heartland Institute
by Steve Stanek  

"Decades of disappointment should have taught us that the Republican Party’s big wins Tuesday will change little or nothing that comes out of Washington, DC in a substantive way." (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p9fquhx  

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The reversible straitjacket of the political duopoly

November 6, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Sam Husseini  

"In perhaps the best mainstream report during the election season, the typically firmly D.C.-based Steve Inskeep went knocking on doors in Colorado and came across a woman, Ili Bennett, who told him she’s felt some excitement from both Elizabeth Warren -- and in the past, the Tea Party. ... There is a de-facto anti-establishment, populist majority. But the entire structure of politics, media and elections is designed to keep them divided and prevent such populists from the left or right or wherever from coalescing politically. Third parties coming from either the left (Green, Socialist) or the right (Constitution, Libertarian) are automatically dismissed by the vast majority as potential spoilers." (11/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p75bugs  

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How much does control of the Senate matter?

November 6, 2014
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"In order to have a game you need some definition of winning and losing. In order for it to be interesting, the definition has to leave the outcome in doubt. If winning the midterm elections was defined by whether or not the Republicans retained their majority in the House or by whether they gained enough seats in both houses to override a presidential veto, it would have been a very boring contest, since the answer to both questions was known long in advance. Viewing it as a contest over who ended up in control of the Senate, on the other hand, made it a game worth watching." (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jvgzdst  

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Six reflections in search of an election

November 6, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"So many wonderful entertainers perished on the stage this Tuesday! And I will miss them all. Mark Udall, who pushed women's issues so hard in his campaign for senator from Colorado that respectable people called him Mark Uterus. Martha Coakley, who ran for governor of Massachusetts with but one purpose -- to make everybody laugh -- and fulfilled it brilliantly. The two successive Democratic candidates for Senate from the state of Montana -- a retired Army officer whose response to his allegedly traumatic service in Iraq was a mad career as plagiarist, and a math teacher who doubled as a far-left video blogger, specializing in inane satires of people she disliked. And is Alison Lundergan Grimes, former Democratic candidate for US Senate from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, still bound by professional ethics not to reveal how she voted?" (11/06/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1328  

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Warning: Do not put your faith in elections

November 6, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by  

"With the elections over, there’s bad news and good news. While a changing of the guard is not going to stop the never-ending onslaught of government growth, there is hope for the Constitution and your liberty. That hope comes from the advice of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The rest is up to you." [Flash video] (11/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q5op5gl  

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Return to federalism

November 6, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"As we make sense of this week's sea change -- of the Great Shellacking Democrats took on Tuesday -- some caution is in order. In 2006, voters did not choose the Democrats because of what they were or what they promised, but because of what they weren't: corrupt, clueless Republicans. Now, Republicans should remember that they were mainly chosen because they aren't Democrats: that is, hopelessly narrow-minded, self-righteous, and corrupt. So, what should Republicans do?" (11/06/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/06/return-to-federalism/  

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The biggest obstacle to freedom

November 6, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Expressing their obvious contempt for the overall situation in America, voters played their latest game of musical chairs by putting Republicans back in charge of Congress. It won’t make any difference at all. That’s because the Republicans who have been installed into power are as statist as the Democrats they are replacing. What really matters with respect to a free society is not a new set of statists to replace an old set of statists." (11/05/14)

http://fff.org/2014/11/05/biggest-obstacle-freedom/  

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Beyond election night

November 6, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"The midterm elections are finally over, pending runoffs, and it looks as if it was a good night for Republicans. And while this column is being written before the final results are in, there are several things that we can we take away from this election." (11/04/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/beyond-election-night  

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The next election

November 6, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Elections are wonderful, even when the results are awfully hard to take. Last night in Arkansas, Issue 3 passed very narrowly -- in a sea of voter confusion. That confusion had been instilled by disinformation in the ballot wording. The win for Issue 3 means the term limits on state legislators will now be dramatically weakened from six to 16 years in the state’s House and from eight to 16 years in the Senate. Plus, a new commission appointed by legislators is now poised to give legislators a big, fat pay raise." (11/05/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/05/the-next-election/  

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Voter intimidation in Illinois: Shadowy group is watching me and my neighbors

November 5, 2014
posted by

Jim Lakely Heartland Institute
by Jim Lakely  

"The Lakely family received in its mailbox today a postcard titled 'Illinois Voter Audit,' helpfully letting me know 'which of your neighbors voted, and who didn’t.' (Pardon the fact that the picture of the postcard is in pieces. My wife tore it up in disgust before I got home.) I don’t know whether this mailing is creepy, outrageous, or pathetic. I’ll go with a bit of all three. I was not initimidated, and I’d guess it’s tame by Chicago-area standards." (11/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/labmfud  

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A hermit peeks at the nooz

November 5, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"While it was fun watching the contest for the U.S. Senate (but only because it was a nail-biting contest and not because the new boss will be different than the old boss), Dems weren’t the big losers of the night. The biggest losers, as Conor Friedersdorf points out, were pot prohibitionists. They didn’t just lose a handful of races; they lost nearly everything. (Even the failed Florida constitutional amendment was a moral victory and a sign of things to come.)" (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/khzspug  

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