Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

In 2016, keep saying “no!”

April 28, 2016
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Gary Chartier Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier  

"People who want to live in a society organized on the basis of peaceful, voluntary cooperation don't want to be ruled by monopolists -- by states. State authority is illegitimate, unnecessary, and dangerous. But that obviously leaves open the question: what do we do now, while we're still under the state's rule, to make our own lives and the lives of the state's other victims more bearable -- and to help dismantle the state? One answer, for a lot of people, is: vote. That's an answer about which I'm increasingly skeptical." (04/27/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44747  

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Cruz formally taps Fiorina as vice presidential pick

April 28, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday formally announced that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate if he secures the GOP nomination. ... Earlier in the day, Cruz teased a 'major announcement.' The news follows reports this week that the Cruz campaign has been vetting Fiorina as a potential vice presidential candidate and that he could announce a running mate ahead of the convention." (04/27/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/277895-cruz-formally-names-fiorina-vp-pick  

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Hillary: Wall Street’s golden girl

April 27, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Pepe Escobar  

"So it's a go for Zeus to launch the thunderbolt. Neo-Athena -- minus the wisdom -- Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Goddess of War, Empress of the Perma-Smirk, will finally have her shot at the U.S. presidency. After the Battle of New York, she's on top on number of votes; number of states; number of pledged delegates; number of superdelegates. It seems as inevitable as death and offshore accounts. ... Hillary takes no prisoners when it comes to imprint on public opinion she's a dedicated apostle of the No Bank Is Too Big To Fail ethos, and is fully committed to their 'reform.' She may have won the Battle of Wall Street, at least as far as the Democratic Party is concerned. But that was never a battle." (04/27/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/27/hillary-wall-streets-golden-girl/  

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Spain set for new election as king declares talks stalemate

April 27, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Spain is heading for new elections this summer after parliament failed to choose a prime minister for the first time in the country's democratic history. King Felipe called a halt to the efforts to forge a governing majority after a third round of talks with party leaders Tuesday, concluding that none of the candidates had enough support to win an investiture vote. The official deadline for the parties to reach an agreement is May 2. The new ballot is likely to take place on June 26." (04/27/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-spain-fe6c8724-0c5e-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a-20160427-story.html  

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Support Sanders as a third party candidate

April 27, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Elliot Cohen  

"[T]he American people are now likely to face a choice between an imperialistic neo-con on a mission to embroil us in multiple wars, on the one hand, and a fascistic oppressor, on the other. This goes beyond choosing between the evils because it is difficult to choose which poison is less lethal. Death, oppression, and the loss of U.S. dignity worldwide are likely to be the result, either way we turn. This is why Bernie Sanders cannot sit on the sidelines. He has started a 'revolution' and he needs to see it through." (04/27/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Support-Sanders-as-A-Third-by-elliot-cohen-Democratic_Establishment_Party-Machine-Republican_Party-Politics-Republican-160425-699.html  

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Home stretch questions for Gary Johnson, #3

April 27, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Most governors and other high public officials with significant wealth put that wealth in 'blind trust' while in office. This involves liquidating known assets and having a trustee invest and manage wealth without the official knowing the details. Your 'blind trust' was a little different .... was your problem from 1995-2012 that you were ethically challenged, or that you were not a very competent executive, or both?" (04/27/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/home-stretch-questions-for-gary-johnson_27.html  

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US presidential primaries: Trump wins five, Clinton four

April 27, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored huge victories Tuesday that bring them closer to a monumental duel for the White House in the fall. Trump's political strength was on display with a clean sweep of races in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Clinton delivered big wins in Maryland and Pennsylvania -- the biggest prizes of the night -- along with Delaware and Connecticut. Bernie Sanders picked up his sole victory of the night in Rhode Island." (04/26/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/26/politics/primary-results-highlights/  

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Venezuela paves way for petition to recall Maduro

April 27, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Venezuela's electoral council on Tuesday took steps to allow opponents of President Nicolas Maduro to try and initiate a recall referendum against the socialist leader. The electoral authority delivered to opposition representatives the petition sheets needed to collect around 200,000 signatures to schedule a formal petition drive. The decision would normally draw scant attention except that the process had been mired by administrative hurdles that the opposition sees as an attempt by the government-stacked institution to protect Maduro." (04/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-paves-petition-recall-maduro-38687146  

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Sanders Facebook pages shut down after porn cyber attack

April 26, 2016
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Connecticut Post    

"Several Facebook pages supporting Bernie Sanders were quickly shut down late Monday night after self-proclaimed Hillary Clinton supporters flooded some of the pages with pornographic images. The pro-Sanders pages, including Bernie or Bust, Bernie Believers and Bernie Sanders is my HERO, had a combined 250,000 followers. According to The Hill, The attack began around 9 p.m. EDT on Monday night and lasted until just after midnight Tuesday. They have since been reinstated. ... According to eyewitness reports, the pages were flooded with pornographic images in what appeared to be coordinated fashion and then flagged for obscene content, prompting Facebook to remove them. ... At least one Facebook user linked to the Los Angeles-based pro-Clinton group 'Bros4Hillary' seems to have been a part of the attack. But the group told TheWrap they had no prior knowledge of the incident and that the member has been 'blocked' from the group's page." (04/26/16)

http://www.ctpost.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Bernie-Sanders-Facebook-Pages-Shut-Down-After-7376721.php  

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AZ: Voters testify in primary challenge lawsuit

April 26, 2016
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Mohave Valley Daily News    

"Voters dismayed with Arizona's problematic presidential primary voiced frustrations with long lines and registration issues Monday during a hearing for a court challenge to have the election results thrown out. Testimony came in the wake of the March 22 election where Arizona's most populous county drastically cut polling places. The move emboldened Tucson resident John Brakey, an elections integrity activist, to sue Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and all 15 counties. In a courtroom packed with elections officials and onlookers, voters described waiting in long lines and arguing with elections about problems with their party affiliation." (04/26/16)

http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/voters-testify-in-primary-challenge-lawsuit/article_d185bca8-0b82-11e6-b466-172a26d12553.html  

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Federal judge upholds North Carolina’s black and poor voter turnout suppression law

April 26, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Lawsuits challenging changes to North Carolina's election law failed to show it hampered the ability of minority voters to exercise political power, a federal judge ruled Monday in dismissing the cases. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ruled against the U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP chapter and named voters. They sued alleging the law was passed to discriminate against poor and minority voters in violation of the Constitution and U.S. Voting Rights Act." (04/26/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/federal-judge-upholds-strict-north-carolina-voter-id-law/  

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Gary Johson: “Majority of Americans are libertarians”

April 26, 2016
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Most Americans are libertarians, which means fiscally conservative and socially liberal, but they don't realize there is a party that represents that philosophy, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson told RT America’s Lindsay France. The Libertarians are expected to get more votes than previously estimated. The party is already on the ballots in about 2/3 of states. For third parties it takes tens of thousands of signatures and plenty of money to get presidential ballot access." (04/24/16)

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/340766-libertarians-gary-johnson-presidential-race/  

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“Complete and total destruction of the Republican Party”: Former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett on why he backs Trump

April 25, 2016
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Salon
by Simon Maloy  

"Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, his ascendance as the frontrunner for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination signals major changes within the GOP. Large segments of the Republican Party and the conservative movement have arrayed themselves in opposition to Trump to ward off the political reckoning his candidacy threatens, but there are some people who want Trump to win precisely because his nomination would inflict much-needed violence upon the Republican Party as it currently exists. Bruce Bartlett, a former official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and a longtime critic of the GOP's increasingly conservative politics, sees Trump as both a product of the Republican Party’s decline and a potential catalyst for its eventual reclamation." (04/25/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/25/complete_and_total_destruction_of_the_republican_party_former_reagan_official_bruce_bartlett_on_why_he_backs_trump/  

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Serbia: Pro-EU populists win vote

April 25, 2016
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Preliminary unofficial results showed that the incumbent pro-EU populists have swept Serbia's parliamentary election on Sunday, leaving pro-Russia nationalists far behind. The apparent triumph by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party means Serbia will continue on its path toward European Union membership despite opposition from right-wing parties, which sought close ties with Russia instead." (04/24/16)

http://tucson.com/news/world/serbia-s-pro-eu-populists-win-vote-initial-projections-show/article_bb7ed49c-ed30-51b8-bac4-738e86be734d.html  

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AP review: Firms that paid for Clinton speeches have US government ties

April 25, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. ... almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton's speeches have actively sought to sway the government -- lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state." (04/22/16)

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Firms-that-paid-for-Clinton-speeches-have-US-7295338.php  

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Bernie Sanders blames losses on poor people not voting — but poor people weren’t voting for him anyway

April 25, 2016
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Ed Krayewski Reason
by Ed Krayewski  

"Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, blamed his losses in states with the highest levels of income inequality on the fact that 'poor people don't vote.' ... There's one major problem with Sanders' theory of voting. Poor people who did vote have rejected him so far. According to the Washington Post, in state contests where network exit polling was conducted, Sanders lost to Clinton among voters making less than $50,000 by 11 percentage points." (04/24/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/24/bernie-sanders-blames-losses-on-poor-peo  

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Peruvian elections: Another Fujimori in the wings

April 24, 2016
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  

"Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of Alberto Fujimori, the former Peruvian dictator jailed for corruption and human-rights violations, won the first round of the country's presidential election. In the April 10 voting, Ms. Fujimori beat centre-right economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski by 18 percentage points, sending them to the June 5 runoff vote. Meanwhile, Ms. Fujimori's conservative party, Popular Strength, will likely have an absolute majority in Congress. One might think that Ms. Fujimori, as heir to an organization with close ties to many people who were part of her father's regime, might have trouble obtaining a respectable result, let alone dominating the first round of a presidential election. What happened?" (04/22/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8744  

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Enough with the Hillary cult

April 21, 2016
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Salon
by Camille Paglia  

"What is it with the Hillary cult? As a lifelong Democrat who will be enthusiastically voting for Bernie Sanders in next week's Pennsylvania primary, I have trouble understanding the fuzzy rosy filter through which Hillary fans see their champion. So much must be overlooked or discounted -- from Hillary's compulsive money-lust and her brazen indifference to normal rules to her conspiratorial use of shadowy surrogates and her sociopathic shape-shifting in policy positions for momentary expedience. Hillary's breathtaking lack of concrete achievements or even minimal initiatives over her long public career doesn't faze her admirers a whit. They have a religious conviction of her essential goodness and blame her blank track record on diabolical sexist obstructionists." (04/21/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/21/enough_with_the_hillary_cult_her_admirers_ignore_reality_dream_of_worshipping_a_queen/  

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Libertarians will change the face of US elections

April 21, 2016
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John McAfee Raw Story
by John McAfee  

"The Atlantic Monthly just published an astonishing poll. It found that 85 percent of voters believe that America has lost its way, and 65 percent of Americans would like to see 'Radical Change.' If anyone doubts the above just look at Trump. A man who urges his followers to beat protesters and offers to pay their legal fees seems like an unlikely candidate for president, yet look at the reality. He has galvanized an enormous following. He has tapped into America's anger and dissatisfaction with our political system." (04/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/john-mcafee-libertarians-will-change-the-face-of-us-elections/  

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Home stretch questions for Gary Johnson, #2

April 21, 2016
posted by

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

"Governor Johnson, as of 1996 you supported having state employees kill 13-year-old prisoners .... Have you changed your mind about that? And have you changed your mind on your 1997 support for lowering the bar from unanimity to majority vote for a jury to decide to have state employees kill prisoners? What's your position on capital punishment this week?" (04/20/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/home-stretch-questions-for-gary-johnson_20.html  

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There are better reasons to vote against Trump than judge picks

April 21, 2016
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"I began joking that Trump would nominate his horse to the high court, in an allusion to the Roman emperor Caligula's (possibly apocryphal) appointment of his favorite horse to the Senate. It was worth a few laughs. Then Justice Scalia died and the speculation got all too real. That same night, February 13, at the GOP debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Trump mentioned Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor as possible replacements. Whoa. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin) and Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit (Alabama, Florida, Georgia) are serious people, both appointed by George W. Bush, who would be on any Republican president's short list. That certainly got my attention, and not just because of these judges' overall reputations." (04/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/there-are-better-reasons-vote-against-trump-judge-picks  

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Bernie Sanders and the “right to sue” gun suppliers

April 20, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"In a Rolling Stone interview last December, Sanders said suing a gun dealer who sold a murder weapon is like suing a furniture dealer who sold a table that was used to bludgeon someone to death. During his March 6 debate with Clinton, Sanders forcefully criticized a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and dealer who supplied the rifle used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. ... Yet during last week's debate, when Clinton accused Sanders of saying the families of the Sandy Hook victims 'didn't deserve their day in court,' he responded, 'They have the right to sue, and I support them and anyone else who wants the right to sue.'" (04/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/20/bernie-sanders-and-the-right-to-sue-gun  

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NYC: Comptroller orders audit amid suspicion of voting issues

April 20, 2016
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WAMC Northeast Public Radio [US state media]    

"New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has ordered an audit of the city's Board of Elections after reports that some voters were turned away from poll sites during the state's presidential primary. The agency's executive director dismissed the issues Tuesday, saying few people experienced problems." (04/20/16)

http://wamc.org/post/nyc-comptroller-orders-audit-amid-suspicion-voting-issues  

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NY: Trump, Clinton win primaries

April 20, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their respective primaries in their home state of New York, according to The Associated Press. In the Republican race, the billionaire real estate mogul had barnstormed the Empire State boasting of his 'New York values' that his chief rival, Ted Cruz, had found himself in hot water for mocking earlier during the campaign. ... Clinton, the state's former senator who now calls New York home, hasn't had a victory since Arizona almost a month ago. But Bernie Sanders' wins in smaller states haven't helped him catch her in the Democratic delegate race ..." (04/19/16)

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/19/474902587/new-york-primary-trump-clinton-hope-for-big-wins-to-solidify-leads  

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America’s two-party system: Too ingrained to change

April 20, 2016
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The American Spectator
by JT Young  

"With half of each party's delegates going to an insurgent, no wonder many have begun speculating that one or both parties could split and America soon experience true multi-party contests. Such musings are provocative, and if realized would produce unprecedented twists, but this problem remains: It won't happen. An American multi-party system is not emerging and not just due to historical precedent. More important is the electoral dynamic that has created -- and will maintain -- our two-party system." (04/19/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/66071/america%E2%80%99s-two-party-system-too-ingrained-change  

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