Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Turkey: Erdogan declares victory after local elections

March 30, 2014
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CNN    

"Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan dominated debates leading up to Sunday's local elections, even though he wasn't on the ballot. Even before results were announced, a triumphant Erdogan spoke to cheering supporters from the balcony of the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, calling the vote a victory for democracy in Turkey. Erdogan said he delivered an 'Ottoman slap' to opponents at the polls. He compared his opponents to medieval assassins, and he vowed to pursue them." (03/30/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/30/world/europe/turkey-elections/  

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FL: Election chief halts voter purge for 2014

March 27, 2014
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USA Today    

"Florida's top election official is halting a plan to remove non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls. At least, for now. Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Thursday informed Florida's election supervisors that he is delaying the effort until next year because of changes underway with a federal database the state is using to help identify potential ineligible voters." (03/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nu4ecsd  

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CA: Drug testing for doctors on its way to ballot

March 25, 2014
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Central Valley Business Times    

"Californians may be asked when they vote in November to determine if doctors should be tested for drug abuse. The requirement is contained in a proposed initiative for which more than 840,000 signatures have been gathered and submitted for examination.
'The 'Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act' will save lives and prevent families across California from having to endure the tragedies ours have by creating accountability and transparency in medical care,' says Bob Pack, the initiative’s proponent." [editor's note: The more likely -- or at least the preferable -- outcome is that doctors will decide to move to areas where they are trusted instead of required to pee in a cup on demand, leaving a higher ratio of patients to doctors, reducing quality of care and increasing costs - TLK] (03/24/14)

http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25490  

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Venice votes to break away from Italy, create “Repubblica Veneta”

March 24, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"The famous lagoon city of Venice has voted to break away from the rest of Italy. Eighty nine per cent of Venetians backed the move to create their own sovereign state in a referendum on independence. They want to create the 'Repubblica Veneta,' which would not only include the city of Venice but surrounding areas ... authorities claim [the referendum] is not legally-binding." (03/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nmhe3ve  

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Thailand: Top court rules results of general election invalid

March 21, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Thailand’s top court has ruled that the country’s recent general election was invalid. The snap polls were an attempt by the prime minister to quell an ongoing political crisis. The ruling, handed down by the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, found that the February 2 general election was invalid because voting could not be completed in all parts of the country on the same day. ... Friday's decision threatens to deepen a months-old political stalemate, which began when [Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra]'s government moved to pass an amnesty law, which could have paved the way for [former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra] to return from exile in Dubai." (03/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nxcjww6  

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OH: Judge upholds GOP election-rigging vs. Libertarian candidates

March 20, 2014
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Seymour Tribune    

"A federal judge on Wednesday denied an effort by the Libertarian Party of Ohio to get its gubernatorial candidate back on the ballot for the May primary. Attorneys for candidate Charlie Earl and the Libertarian Party immediately requested a stay of that ruling and indicated they would appeal U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson's decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. ... Ohio's elections chief, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, had disqualified Earl and the Libertarian candidate for attorney general, Steven Linnabary, after their nominating petitions were challenged on two grounds: that signature gatherers failed to comply with Ohio laws requiring them to be either Libertarian or political independents and another requiring them to disclose their employer."

http://tinyurl.com/kj636w6  

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Was the Crimean secession vote “legitimate?”

March 19, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Crimean plebiscite resulting in a vote of over 95 percent in favor of union with the Russian Federation has been roundly denounced by Western governments as 'illegitimate' and in violation of 'international law.' Putative presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went so far as to compare Vladimir Putin to Hitler and the Crimean accession to Russia to Germany’s conquest of Sudetenland in the run up to World War II -- prefiguring, perhaps, her Amazonian approach to foreign policy in 2016. Twitter is ablaze with hyperbole of a similar tone, and the foreign policy pundits have been quick to take up the cry of 'Putin the Aggressor.'" (03/19/14)

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Kerry to Crimea: No democracy for you

March 14, 2014
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Independent OnLine [South Africa]    

"The United States and the European Union will take serious steps against Russia if a referendum on Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead as planned on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. Kerry told a Senate hearing that he hoped to avoid such a response through discussions with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in London on Friday. ... Moscow has pledged to respond in kind to any Western sanctions, and China's ambassador to Germany warned of a “spiral” of sanctions hurting both sides." (03/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l6d3td7  

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El Salvador: Ceren said to win presidential election, tribunal delays official result

March 14, 2014
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Fox News Latino    

"Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the candidate of El Salvador's ruling leftist FMLN, won last weekend's presidential runoff, according to the TSE electoral tribunal, which said it will delay proclaiming him president-elect pending the resolution of challenges. With all 10,445 precinct tallies totaled, Sanchez Ceren has emerged with 50.11 percent, compared with 49.89 percent for Norman Quijano of the main opposition right-wing ARENA party, a difference of 6,364 votes out of nearly 1.5 million ballots cast on Sunday.

http://tinyurl.com/o9s4jy7  

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FL 13 after-thoughts

March 12, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"This election is far more important for the Democrats than for the Republicans. The president's party generally loses seats in mid-term elections, and that's the rational expectation for this year. Barack Obama is not an especially popular president at the moment. Florida 13 was the Democrats' chance to generate some momentum against that rational expectation by picking up an open seat that's been cradling a GOP butt for 40 years." (03/11/14)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2014/03/fl-13-after-thoughts.html  

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Chile: Bachelet sworn in again as president

March 12, 2014
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ABC News    

"Michelle Bachelet returned to Chile's presidency Tuesday after a four-year break, facing an economic slowdown and student-led protests that have paralyzed the country in recent years and now will likely challenge her promises of profound social changes. ... The election victory of Bachelet, a moderate socialist, followed a campaign of promises to finance education reform with higher corporate taxes, improve health care, change the dictatorship-era constitution to make Congress more representative and reduce the vast gap between the rich and poor." (03/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3tfsh8  

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Dem candidates and the ObamaCare albatross

March 11, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Faced with the continuing unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Democrats across the country appear to have settled on a new mantra: Don’t repeal it, fix it. Unfortunately, saying you want to fix Obamacare appears to be easier than actually fixing it. Of course, everyone wants a better website. Even the Political Action Committee associated with Nancy Pelosi has been running ads for Democratic candidates that criticizes 'the disastrous healthcare website.' But other than better computer programming, one wonders what Democrats would actually do." (03/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k2jg92o  

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Putin defends separatist drive in Crimea as legal

March 10, 2014
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Dubuque Telegraph Herald    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, but Ukraine's prime minister vowed not to relinquish 'a single centimeter' of his country's territory. Over the weekend, the Kremlin beefed up its military presence in Crimea, a part of Ukraine since 1954, and pro-Russia forces keep pushing for a vote in favor of reunification with Moscow in a referendum the local parliament has scheduled for Sunday. President Barack Obama has warned that the March 16 vote would violate international law. But in Moscow, Putin made it clear that he supports the referendum in phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron." (03/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lsraeyn  

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El Salvador: Election “too close to call”

March 10, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"El Salvador's electoral tribunal says that after a preliminary count of the votes, the presidential election remains too close to call. Preliminary results suggest left-wing candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren has a lead of 0.22 percentage points over his conservative rival Norman Quijano. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal asked the candidates to refrain from claiming victory, which both had done on Sunday. It said it could take until Thursday to confirm the official results." (03/10/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-26508789  

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North Koreans vote in parliament “election”

March 9, 2014
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Channel News Asia [Singapore]    

"North Koreans voted on Sunday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament -- an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang. The vote to elect representatives for the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) was taking place as scheduled, the state-run KCNA news agency said, adding that voter turnout was a whopping 91 per cent as of 2.00 pm (0500 GMT). ... The results are a foregone conclusion, with only one approved candidate standing for each of the 687 districts." (03/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kvv38p6  

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Liberty Lines — March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"The headline in the State Line Tribune says 'Texas primary election on tap.' Wow! I never thought of it that way before, but I can't argue with the accuracy. That particular tap is better left alone. Like beer, elections can be addictive and are apparently very intoxicating. When it comes to voting, those deepest into the keg look down upon those who stay sober, sometimes to the point of virulent hatred." (03/06/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/03/liberty-lines-march-6-2014.html  

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Crimea: Parliament sets referendum on joining Russia

March 6, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia. 'This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kiev,' Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local Crimean legislature, said Thursday. 'We will decide our future ourselves.'" (03/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kehwtok  

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Canada: Pro-Independence party set to call Quebec election

March 5, 2014
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ABC News    

"Quebec's premier is set to call an election Wednesday in pursuit of a majority of seats for her pro-independence party, potentially putting the French-speaking province on track for another referendum to separate from Canada. Premier Pauline Marois' Parti Quebecois holds a minority of seats in the Quebec legislature, and polls suggest the party could make gains in key districts in a vote set for April 7." (03/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ny43t4s  

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India: NOTA to be provided in general elections

March 5, 2014
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The Hindu [India]    

"Voters will, for the first time, be able to exercise the 'None of the Above' (NOTA) option for candidates in the upcomming Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said on Wednesday. ... The Lok Sabha elections will involve a staggering 814 million voters, an increase of some 100 million from 2009, and a sharp rise from the 176 million in the first parliamentary polls of 1952." (03/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kpvcvhk  

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CA: Brown declares for fourth term as governor

February 28, 2014
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San Jose Mercury News    

"After months of anticipation and speculation, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday finally made it official: He's running for an unprecedented fourth term as California's chief executive. ... Recent polls indicate that Brown, who served two terms as governor from 1976 to 1983, stands a good chance of winning the election in a landslide." (02/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nqnfmq5  

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What consequences for the Swiss referendum?

February 14, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Switzerland is a small country with a comparatively high percentage of immigrants (27% of population vs 13% in the United Kingdom, for example). But people react there as they typically do to the immigration issue: they tend to consider wealth as a pie, and fear it might be sliced in smaller pieces. In a way, I think Switzerland in Europe today is in a unique position to attract highly skilled human capital from distressed economies. In this respect, quotas won't help. However, I suspect the most interesting consequences of the Swiss referendum will be the unintended ones." (02/13/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/02/what_consequenc.html  

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EU urges new government, elections in Ukraine

February 11, 2014
posted by

Baton Rouge Advocate    

"In a sharp rebuke to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the European Union on Monday called for the formation of a new, inclusive government and constitutional reforms that would pave the way to 'free and fair presidential elections.' The bloc's 28 foreign ministers said in a joint statement they were 'alarmed by the human rights situation, including violence, cases of missing persons, torture and intimidation' as part of the authorities' crackdown against the ongoing protests, reflecting an 'atmosphere of impunity.'" (02/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/omq2st9  

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Japan: Ruling party candidate elected Tokyo governor, aiding Abe

February 9, 2014
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Reuters    

"A candidate backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won Sunday's election for governor of Tokyo, frustrating a rival's efforts to make the vote a referendum on the Japanese leader's pro-nuclear energy policy nearly three years after the Fukushima disaster The widely-expected victory by former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe comes as a relief for Abe, who had suffered a rare setback in another local election last month." (02/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nezqgxb  

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In Thailand opposition assaults democracy as voters reelect government

February 4, 2014
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Thailand has voted for the third time since the military staged a coup in 2006. The crony populists won again. The establishment thugs didn’t even compete. The country is headed toward more and more dangerous political turmoil. The opposition no longer believes in democracy. Protestors in Egypt and Ukraine advocated new elections. In contrast, Thailand’s misnamed Democrat Party and its ally, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), or so-called 'Yellow Shirt' movement led by former DP deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, attempted to block Sunday’s vote." (02/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mrvg8jh  

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Curbing Leviathan series: Withdraw all voting support

January 29, 2014
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"Don’t cast a vote ... ever. Vote with your feet in the opposite direction of the polling place and when Election Day rolls around, go to the weapons range and practice with the most important decision boxes in a civil society. The ballot box is a curious hybrid of the Milgram Experiment and the Stockholm Syndrome, some enterprising young psychology PhD aspirant can diagnose and clock the syndrome for his thesis." (01/28/14)

http://162.243.132.121/?p=3227  

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