Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Liberty doesn’t require you to vote

October 19, 2014
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"The great national distraction is approaching. Yes, election day is just around the corner. Campaign signs are popping up in yards and in unclaimed 'public' spaces, touting this or that politician or government financing scheme. People mistake this fervor for 'doing something.'"

http://tinyurl.com/l43t8n2  

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OH: Federal judge upholds GOP election-fixing scheme again

October 19, 2014
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Columbus Republic    

"A federal judge has denied two disqualified Libertarian candidates access to Ohio's fall ballot. In his Friday ruling, Judge Michael Watson said the Libertarian Party of Ohio failed to prove Secretary of State Jon Husted's (HYOO'-stedz) removal of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary was unconstitutional. He earlier said placing them on Nov. 4 ballots so late would result in voter 'confusion and disarray.'" (10/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lpwyfuu  

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Brazil must choose between change and continuity

October 15, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Maria Fernanda Castillo  

"Following 12 years of a Workers' Party government, Rousseff is facing increased dissatisfaction among Brazilians, the result of various corruption scandals, inflation, and an economic downturn. The Lula effect that facilitated a PT victory during the 2010 elections seems to be fading, and today Brazil is far from the country it was in 2010, let alone a decade ago. The close race between the two candidates is a product of both the Brazilian reality and the Brazilian contradiction. Brazil is home to the largest economy in Latin America and the seventh largest in the world, while at the same time remaining among the world's most unequal countries." (10/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k8w2g66  

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Is a vote for UKIP really just a screech of outrage?

October 14, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"So despite everything that has been thrown at it by sneering broadsheet commentators, despite all the muckraking of mainstream party hacks, UKIP is still the coming force in British politics. According to some estimates, it could even take 25 seats at the General Election next year. Yet at the same time as the party-political establishment is clearly worried by this threat to its interests, it also seems to be indulging in a spot of denial, too. It simply doesn’t quite get what is happening." (10/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/orpflwa  

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Scary masks

October 13, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Will Durst  

Cartoon. (10/13/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/scary-masks/  

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KY: Judge approves illegal campaign contributions by tax parasite media

October 12, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"A federal judge has denied Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson's request to force a public broadcaster to include him in Monday night's debate between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled that Kentucky Educational Television did not exclude David Patterson from its Kentucky Tonight program solely because of his political views. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled public broadcasters can exclude candidates based on their level of support but not because of their political views." (10/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qh8pa4x  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 10/09/14

October 12, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Will Rand Paul have to denounce Ron Paul to win the GOP nod?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojfgbzj  

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Prohibitionist insanity across the board from Bolivia’s candidates

October 8, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Adam Dubove  

"In Bolivia, the likelihood of actual drug-policy reform looks slim. But who would have thought 15 years ago that politicians would start to recognize the need for a change?" (10/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mx5oq49  

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CO: In gubernatorial debate, Hickenlooper says voters are “reckless”

October 7, 2014
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United Press International    

"Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has come under fire for criticizing the state's decision to legalize recreational marijuana use, calling it 'reckless. When asked during a gubernatorial debate Monday his advice for other governors considering legalizing recreational marijuana, Hickenlooper cautioned them not to act too quickly." (10/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kq4wq95  

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Brazil: Rousseff will face Neves in runoff

October 6, 2014
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"Brazil’s unpredictable election took another twist Sunday, with left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff being forced into a runoff race as expected, but against a center-right challenger who only surged in the final week of the campaign. Rousseff will face Aecio Neves in the Oct. 26 runoff vote, required as no single candidate won an outright majority." (10/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojsyu9b  

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NC: Desperate Republicans seek probe of Hagan

October 6, 2014
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Politico    

"The Republican Party of North Carolina is asking that the Senate Ethics Committee investigate whether the husband of North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan improperly benefited from the stimulus bill that she helped pass. Party Chairman Claude Pope will formally request on Monday morning that the secretive panel examine whether Hagan 'violated the Senate conflict-of-interest rule' due to her vote for the $767 billion stimulus legislation .... Hagan is currently in a tight battle for reelection with [Republican Thom] Tillis, who has been consistently trailing in recent polls." (10/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nk2yweu  

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Brazil: Rousseff heads for second round run off in presidential election

October 5, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Brazil’s 140 million voters went to the polls on Sunday to chose their new president, after an electrifying election campaign marked by the death of a candidate in a plane crash, an illiterate maid’s rise from poverty to the cusp of the presidency, and a seedy oil scandal. Dilma Rousseff, the 66-year-old incumbent, was on course to sail through to a second round of voting, scheduled for October 26. With final results to be announced in the early hours of Monday, Ms Rousseff was likely to face either Aecio Neves, a business-friendly senator and former state governor, or Marina Silva, an environmentalist and candidate from the Socialist Party." (10/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lt88jqb  

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MS: Supreme Court mulls McDaniel primary appeal

October 3, 2014
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USA Today    

"Losing at the state high court may not end Chris McDaniel's months-long challenge of his election loss to Sen. Thad Cochran, his lead attorney said after arguing before the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday. McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said the erstwhile candidate could still file a challenge of his loss in federal court, on First Amendment grounds. He said McDaniel still hasn't had a trial to prove the election was stolen from him and 'the merits have never been heard on this case.' The state Supreme Court heard nearly two hours of arguments Thursday in McDaniel's appeal of a circuit court's dismissal of his election lawsuit. The court gave no indication when it might rule." (10/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n2n9w4t  

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Florida’s very interesting race for governor

October 2, 2014
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"In November, Floridians will see three names on the ballot for Governor: incumbent Governor Rick Scott, the Republican; former Governor Charlie Crist, the Democrat; and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q6ctzq5  

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Midterm ad watch: Republicans literally running on nothing

October 2, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Bill Scher  

"Republicans hungry to win back the Senate had a strategic choice to make. Should they run on a comprehensive policy platform that detailed their conservative vision for the country? Should they pick one or two of their most popular ideas for legislation and promise to put those bills on the president’s desk? Or, since their actual positions on issues are so unpopular, would they just be better off not promoting any of their legislative ideas? Clearly, Republicans have chosen the 'running on empty' path to regain control of the Senate." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv4lnhy  

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Could this be the start of something beautiful for the Libertarian Party?

October 1, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Stephanie Slade  

"With six in ten disapproving of congressional Democrats' job handling and seven in ten disapproving of congressional Republicans', could we be looking at the beginning of a Libertarian Party wave? The problem is that third party candidates don't just fail to win elections -- historically, they do even worse at the ballot box than polling would suggest." (10/01/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/01/could-this-be-the-start-of-something  

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KS: Court says Democrats not required to nominate Senate candidate

October 1, 2014
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Kansas City Star    

"A three-judge panel in Topeka ruled Wednesday that Kansas Democrats need not nominate a candidate for the 2014 Senate race. The ruling is expected to help independent Senate candidate Greg Orman’s campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Chad Taylor, the Democrat nominated for the seat in August, dropped from the race Sept. 3. The Kansas Supreme Court later ruled the withdrawal followed state rules. But David Orel of Kansas City, Kan., then sued the state’s Democrats, arguing Kansas law required the party to nominate a replacement for the ballot." (10/01/14)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article2421062.html  

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NC: Court quashes GOP attempt to suppress black voter turnout

October 1, 2014
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ABC News    

"Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of the Republican-backed law that would have eliminated same-day registration during early voting and voided ballots cast on Election Day outside of a person's assigned precinct." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kv5gden  

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The EU’s culture war against the people

September 30, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Frank Furedi  

"It’s a fact of political life in the European Union that most Europeans eligible to vote at EU elections don’t vote. And yet, curiously, the EU’s leaders are not anxious about people’s lack of participation. No, they are seemingly more worried about those who are participating -- in short, they’re worried about populism." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mml4clk  

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Spain: Constitutional court votes to suspend Catalonia independence referendum

September 30, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"The battle for Catalonia was taken up a notch on Monday when Spain’s constitutional court decided to suspend the planned referendum on independence. Madrid had originally appealed to the court to declare the vote illegal. ... under Spanish law, the referendum must now be suspended until a final ruling is made on its legality." [editor's note: I predict the vote will go on unless it is suppressed using police/military force - TLK] (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nd76e5m  

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Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

September 30, 2014
posted by

Reuters
by Craig Shirley  

"Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of 'crushing' the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, for example, the GOP candidate hasn’t shown the ability to wage a major-league campaign." [editor's note: And he missed a golden opportunity here, to note the OTHER candidate running there who's helping to increase the havoc - SAT] (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwefc4p  

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KY: Libertarian sues state media for attempting illegal campaign contribution to Republican, Democrat for Senate

September 29, 2014
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Ballot Access News    

"On September 28, David Patterson, Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, sued Kentucky Educational TV for refusing to invite him into the only U.S. Senate debate in Kentucky this year. ... The lawsuit charges that the station’s original criterion for an invitation to the debate, which Patterson met, was changed with the intent to exclude him. Polls have shown Patterson above 5%. The original rules required a 5% showing, but after the poll came out, the station altered its rules to require a higher level of support." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lng8xh5  

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Afghanistan: Seven killed as Ghani sworn in

September 29, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul. It comes after six months of deadlock amid a bitter dispute over electoral fraud and a recount of votes. Under a US-brokered unity deal Mr Ghani shares power with runner-up Abdullah Abdullah who becomes chief executive. The Taliban called the deal a 'US-orchestrated sham.' A blast near Kabul airport killed at least seven people." (09/29/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29375438  

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Rand Paulpander

September 29, 2014
posted by

Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"A majority of Americans today are suspicious of politicians who overtly seek to impose their brand of religion on the people. That’s a big reason why the Republican Party has had such a tough time electing a president lately. The last time they managed to get one elected it was GWB and we all know how that turned out. One would think that the Republicans have learned their lesson from that debacle, but no, they’re still Hell bent on thrusting another Christian bible thumping religious candidate on the ballot only to be shot down again in 2016 by a majority of Americans who just don’t buy it anymore." (09/29/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/09/rand-paulpander.html  

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OH: Federal judge says not letting Republicans rig elections might bring “confusion and disarray”

September 25, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A federal judge has denied two disqualified Libertarian candidates immediate access to Ohio's fall ballot and hints the decision may foreshadow his final judgment. In an order issued Wednesday, Judge Michael Watson said adding Charlie Earl and Steven Linnabary to Nov. 4 ballots this late could result in voter 'confusion and disarray.'" (09/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lkzlllw  

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