Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Obama to Trump: Cut out the crybaby crap

October 18, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"President Obama on Tuesday offered a blunt rebuke to Donald Trump's claim the presidential election will be rigged against him: Stop whining. 'I'd invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,' Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. ... 'You start whining before the game is even over?' he continued. 'If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming someone else, then you don't have what it takes to be in this job.'" (10/18/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/barack-obama-donald-trump-stop-whining  

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Small donors still aren’t as important as wealthy ones

October 18, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Ian Vandewalker and Lawrence Norden  

"Pundits have argued that the possibility of using the internet to rely on millions of small donors means that campaign donation limits are irrelevant -- that candidates' ability to depend on readily available small-donor money means we don't need to cap the biggest donations to restore balance to our political system. But a historical review of data describing all the money individuals have put into the campaign-finance system -- whether to candidates, parties, or other political committees like super PACs -- suggests this analysis is wrong. Despite growth in the number of small donors over time, the money they give has made up a smaller and smaller share of total individual contributions over the last two decades. The power of the internet is no match for the unlimited giving allowed by today's lax campaign-finance rules." [editor's note: And the power of campaign finance laws is no match for the drive to buy elections so long as the political process dispenses power - TLK] (10/18/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/campaign-finance-fundraising-citizens-united/504425/  

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GA: ACLU sues for voter registration extension in five counties evacuated for Hurricane Matthew

October 18, 2016
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Florida Times-Union    

"The American Civil Liberties Union sued Georgia to compel the state to extend the voter registration deadline by six days past Oct. 11 in five coastal counties because offices were closed during and after Hurricane Matthew. 'The state's failure to extend the voter registration deadline, despite the massive disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew, means that thousands of Georgians will be prevented from participating in the November election. This is unethical and illegal,' Kathleen Burch, interim counsel for the ACLU of Georgia, said in a release." (10/18/16)

http://jacksonville.com/news/2016-10-18/aclu-sues-voter-registration-extension-5-georgia-counties-evacuated-hurricane  

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Trump says he might meet with Putin

October 18, 2016
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Miami Herald    

"Donald Trump says if he wins the White House, he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. Trump says in a Monday interview with talk radio host Michael Savage that if he defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton, he could see himself 'meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.' Trump has been criticized repeatedly for his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia. But he says the tension between Putin and President Barack Obama is 'a potentially catastrophic situation.'" (10/17/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article108712447.html  

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Utah Poll: Independent Evan McMullin ties Trump

October 17, 2016
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Fox News    

"The poll of likely voters, conducted Saturday and Sunday by Rasmussen Reports shows a sensational result in Utah, where two points separates the top three candidates. Donald Trump has 30%, conservative Evan McMullin has 29%, and Hillary Clinton has 28%. Gary Johnson has collapsed to 5%, with Stein at 1%. For both Clinton and McMullin, it is their best showing in the state in any major poll thus far. 750 likely voters were polled by telephone. The presidential preference question was as follows: 'If the 2016 Presidential Election were held today, would you vote for Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Independent Conservative Evan McMullin, Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein?'" [editor's note: This scam would be laughable, were it not so obviously intended - SAT] (10/17/26)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/17/utah-poll-independent-evan-mcmullin-ties-trump.html  

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FL: Citing “obscene” disenfranchisement, federal judge hands Democrats another court victory

October 17, 2016
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Bradenton Herald    

"Calling existing rules 'obscene' disenfranchisement, a federal judge in Tallahassee declared late Sunday that Florida must provide a method for voters to fix signature problems that might arise when they vote by mail in the presidential election. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker's ruling was a victory for the Florida Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee, which sued the state Oct. 3 arguing Florida canvassing boards shouldn't immediately reject a ballot if a voter's signature doesn't match the one on file. ... He ordered the defendant, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, to direct election supervisors in Florida's 67 counties to notify voters with mismatched signatures about the problem and allow them to submit a signed affidavit to their county elections office identifying themselves and attesting that they were the ones who voted. The same mechanism is already in place for voters who don't sign their ballots." (10/17/16)

http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/article108704487.html  

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Voting: An unspiritual act

October 17, 2016
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Christine Smith Christine Smith's Blog
by Christine Smith  

"There is no choosing a right person when the entire structure is wrong. The country is not a private organization to which all willingly consent (like a club); it is a region where diversity reigns, and as such no majority has the ethical/moral/spiritual precept to force all to conform to its will. It is a spiritually unsound premise. I have no illusion or imagination that it will through awareness change (though it may likely collapse), however I do know firsthand the benefit to the individual’s life who chooses to extricate himself from the insanity. Most people seek to have others make decisions for them, they may complain about it, however deep inside they fear freedom. Thus, the majority will always seek to organize a gang to give structure to their lives and simultaneously impose it upon people who do not seek to have others decide how they should live. Its existence, however, does not receive my support, on the contrary, life is good when apart from the spiritually insane herd." (10/16/16)

http://christinesmith.us/wordpress/2016/10/16/voting-an-unspiritual-act/  

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Kuwait: Emir dissolves parliament

October 16, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has issued a decree to dissolve the country's parliament, setting the stage for an early election. The official KUNA state news agency made the announcement on Sunday after an emergency government meeting. The emir said 'given the circumstances in the region ... and the security challenges' he had ordered the 50-member legislative body dissolved. The statement did not elaborate. The move came less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem called for snap elections in the face of security and economic challenges." (10/16/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/emir-kuwait-dissolves-parliament-161016123643962.html  

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FL: Federal judge assails election official’s action as an “undeclared war” on right to vote

October 16, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A federal judge on Saturday issued a scathing rebuke to Florida's top election official in an order canceling a hearing on a lawsuit over vote-by-mail ballots. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker accused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner of delaying a hearing on the lawsuit 'so that he could use every second available to run out the clock' so there wouldn't be enough time to address problems raised in the lawsuit. The judge also said Detzner's actions amounted to an 'undeclared war' on the right to vote in Florida, the largest swing state in the presidential election. The judge in Tallahassee, Fla., said he would make a decision on the lawsuit without a hearing that had been set for Monday." (10/15/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-florida-mail-in-ballots-20161015-snap-story.html  

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AR: Supreme Court OKs medical marijuana ballot measure

October 13, 2016
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The Cannabist    

"Voters will have their say on at least one Arkansas medical marijuana proposal this November, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justices sided with supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow patients with certain medical conditions to purchase marijuana from dispensaries. A coalition of groups, including the state Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau, had asked the court to prevent officials from counting any votes for the measure." (10/13/16)

http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/10/13/arkansas-medical-marijuana-voters-decide-plan/65293/  

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Five reasons why I’m boycotting the vote

October 13, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by David L Veksler  

"Let's consider the upcoming 2016 presidential election and the Libertarian option. Mainstream surveys show that a majority of public does not like either major party candidate. Yet despite this, it is virtually certain that one of them will win. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is very unlikely to break into the double digits. If a third party alternative is hopeless against the two most repulsive candidates in living memory, there is truly no chance for a third party to win the election. Voting is therefore a distraction from superior strategies -- such as entrepreneurship or judicial activism." (10/12/16)

https://fee.org/articles/5-reasons-why-i-m-boycotting-the-vote/  

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What the Wikileaks emails say about Clinton

October 12, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Russell Berman  

"'There is no other Donald Trump,' Hillary Clinton likes to say about her opponent. 'This is it.' The events of the last two weeks -- Trump's two debate performances, the release of his bawdy comments about women in a 2005 video clip, his lashing out against Republicans who are deserting him -- have proven Clinton correct on that count. But the leak of thousands of hacked email exchanges among Clinton's top advisers suggest the same can be said about her -- at least in her role as a public figure. They capture a candidate, and a campaign, that seems in private exactly as cautious, calculating, and politically flexible as they appeared to be in public." (10/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/wikileaks-clinton-emails-podesta-sanders-trump/503711/  

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UT: Gubernatorial candidate threatens non-supporters with “judgment of God”

October 11, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Donald Trump is the king of dire post-election predictions, warning that a Hillary Clinton presidency would result in -- among other things -- terrorists flooding the country, illegal immigrants 'flowing across the border,' 'disasters on the Supreme Court' and 'a very massive recession.' 'It won't be pretty,' Trump has warned. But Dell 'Super Dell' Schanze, a little-known candidate running for governor of Utah, may have one-upped the presidential hopeful. Voters who fail to cast their ballots next month for Schanze, a member of the Independent American Party, will 'face the judgments of God,' according to language the candidate authored in the state's official voter information pamphlet." (10/11/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/10/11/vote-for-me-or-face-the-judgments-of-god-gubernatorial-candidate-tells-the-people-of-utah/  

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Clinton, Trump grump together on TV a second time

October 10, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Facing a fierce backlash within his own party, Donald Trump sought to rally Republicans to his side Sunday night with a scorching debate attack on Hillary Clinton, suggesting he would seek to criminally prosecute his political foe if elected president. Clinton, standing just a few feet away, responded by saying that a tawdry videotape of Trump boasting about groping women showed his true nature and proved he was resoundingly unfit to serve as commander in chief. The series of acrimonious exchanges, which began moments into the 90-minute session and rarely let up, resulted in the nastiest and most personally vicious presidential debate of modern times." (10/09/16)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-second-presidential-debate-20161009-snap-story.html  

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Trump supporters flee his campaign, will Johnson be the beneficiary?

October 9, 2016
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Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"Coming off the revelations in yesterday's Washington Post article, Republicans are looking for a place to flee as they distance themselves from Donald Trump. According to the article, which was verified as true by Trump, the Republican candidate boasted, 'And when you're a star they let you do it. Grab them by the p--y. You can do anything.' The video, when taken in culmination with his many insults to women, have put his supporters in a tough spot; whereas they don't want to be seen aligning with him and his comments. So where can Republicans go? Will they suck it up and check his name anyway in the voting booth? Will they go over to Gary Johnson? Will they stay home? Or will they ignore the presidential campaign and vote Republican down the ballot in the November 8, 2016, general election. Perhaps they may follow the many war hawks and neocons who are supporting Hillary Clinton." (10/08/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/10/08/trump-supporters-flee-his-campaign-will-johnson-be-the-beneficiary/  

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The left’s attacks on Gary Johnson

October 8, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Polls have shown that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson is attracting an extraordinarily large number of votes from millennials and also that he is taking more votes away from Hillary Clinton than from Donald Trump. That has put liberals, including those in the mainstream press, in a quandary. Should they ignore Johnson or should they attack him? After initially deciding to ignore him, liberals have recently changed course and decided to go on the attack, no doubt owing to Johnson's growing support among young people. In my 30 years in the libertarian movement, I have never seen so many op-eds and editorials, especially in the mainstream press, going after the Libertarian Party candidate for president. The attacks on Johnson come in two forms: substantive and silly." (10/07/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/07/lefts-attacks-gary-johnson/  

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New York Times attacks Johnson for equating US, Syrian war crimes

October 6, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Following an interview with the New York Times, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson is coming under fire for noting a moral equivalence between killing civilians in airstrikes, and killing civilians in airstrikes. ... While charges of 'moral equivalence' against antiwar candidates are a recurring theme in US elections, they have tended in the past to center around at least moderately different methods of killing civilians, like arguing suicide bombings to be 'worse' than airstrikes. In this case, however, it's difficult to avoid equating the two incidents, since they both involve remarkably similar aircraft dropping remarkably similar ordinance on hospitals run by international aid groups." (10/05/16)

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2016/10/05/ny-times-attacks-gary-johnson-for-equating-us-syria-war-crimes/  

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CA: Registered voters outnumber total populations of all but three states

October 6, 2016
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CBS News CBS Sacramento    

"With the election just over a month away and the registration deadline looming in weeks, California has set a record for the most registered voters in the state. ... At 18.2 million people, the number of registered voters is larger than the populations of every state, except for Texas, Florida and New York." (10/06/16)

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/10/05/18-2-million-registered-california-voters-outnumber-total-populations-of-all-but-3-states/  

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Brainstorm: Isn’t it time we designed an election for the 21st century?

October 6, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Marta Steele  

"The audience in the nearly full auditorium at Present Tense, a division of the downtown DC think tank New America (not PNAC, don't worry!) didn't have to wait long to receive an answer to the question posed by the title of this event. No sooner had every attendee 'voted' during the brief 'happy fifteen minutes' than some antique newsreels entertained us and Andre's Martinez, director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program at the New America Foundation, took the stage to comment on how old our ways of voting are. This is no surprise. An ad hoc commission formed by President Obama warned of the antiquated systems to which we would once again entrust our future this November. But they were talking about the actual machinery, not the methods. Do we need more sameoldsameolds but in better shape?" (10/06/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Brainstorm-Isn-t-It-Time-by-Marta-Steele-Election-Integrity_Election-Reform_Election-Rigging_Election-Technology-Reports-161006-11.html  

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The Atlantic’s Keynesian attack on Gary Johnson

October 6, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"If you want to get a good idea of the damage that is done to students who take economics courses in most colleges and universities, just take a look at a The Atlantic's October 3 attack on Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, entitled, 'No, Not Gary Johnson: The Libertarian Candidate Puts a Likable Face on a Deeply Troubling Economic Policy' by Derek Thomas, a young man who graduated from Northwestern University with majors in journalism, political science, and legal studies. Lamenting the fact that so many of his fellow millennials are supporting Johnson, Thomas provides a perfect summation of the Keynesian economic nonsense that students, including those who don't major in economics, are taught in college." (10/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/06/atlantics-keynesian-attack-gary-johnson/  

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The left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 3

October 6, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Given that Hillary Clinton is unable to use her support of indefinite war in the Middle East and Afghanistan and her commitment to continue the drug war indefinitely, both of which involve continued death, destruction, and corruption, to induce young people to abandon their support of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson ... what argument is she presenting to young people in the attempt to get them to switch to her? She is using the tried and true method that Democratic (and many Republican) politicians have used ever since the advent of the welfare state in the 1930s. She's offering young people freebies, in this case free college tuition." (10/05/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/05/left-wing-panic-gary-johnson-part-3/  

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Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 2

October 5, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Why would it surprise anyone that many young people are gravitating to Libertarian Johnson, given his position that, at the very least, marijuana should be legalized, as some states are already doing? (Johnson, of course, doesn't go far enough. The genuine libertarian position calls for legalizing all drugs, not just marijuana.) Don't forget -- today there are lots of people serving out decades-long jail sentences because people like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't believe that people should be free to ingest whatever they choose to ingest and want the state to continue punishing them for ingesting substances that the state doesn't favor. (Ingesting alcohol and tobacco is considered okay in the eyes of the state.)" (10/04/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/04/left-wing-panic-gary-johnson-part-2/  

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Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: “It’s the craziest thing in the world”

October 4, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Former President Bill Clinton steamrolled President Obama's signature healthcare law as 'the craziest thing in the world.' At a rally on Monday in Flint, Mich., Clinton blasted the core principles of ObamaCare as unworkable as he pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid. ... Clinton's remarks while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, run in direct contrast to her previous promises to build on ObamaCare. While acknowledging problems like rising drug costs, Hillary Clinton has largely embraced the healthcare law and criticized her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, for his repeated promise to repeal the law. Bill Clinton, whose own attempts at broad healthcare reform failed during his presidency in the 1990s, suggested on Monday that he supported an entirely new approach." (10/04/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/299130-bill-clinton-slams-obamacare  

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Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 1

October 4, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Leftists are in a full-blown panic over Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. I've never seen anything like it. After ignoring the LP candidate for president for years, suddenly there is a spate of op-eds and editorials from all over the mainstream press feverishly coming out against Johnson and exhorting young people to vote for Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton instead. Why the panic? The reason is that an increasing number of young people are rejecting both Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump and supporting Johnson. Even worse for the Clinton and her leftist supporters, Johnson is pulling more votes from Clinton than Trump." (10/03/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/03/lefts-panic-gary-johnson-part-1/  

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Two things that don’t really bother me about Trump, two things that do

October 4, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The US embargo on Cuba is an evil law which has helped keep the tyrannical Castro regime in power for half a century. Anyone who violates it is doing a heroic deed, striking a blow for freedom and for the Cuban people. Unfortunately, Trump is inconsistent on this point. He recently stated an intention to 'cancel' the progress US president Barack Obama has made toward opening up relations between the US and Cuba." (10/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7857  

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