Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Poll: Darth Vader has better approval rating than all 2016 presidential candidates

July 24, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"Don’t underestimate the power of the dark side. Darth Vader polls better than any potential 2016 candidate, according to a new study, making him a would-be presidential front-runner — if this was a galaxy far, far away. The Sith Lord had a higher net favorability than any of the possible presidential contenders, the Washington Post’s Wonkblog found, after pitting a recent FiveThirtyEight poll of readers’ favorite Star Wars characters against a recent Gallup poll on how voters viewed top politicians." (07/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q95go2o  

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

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Indonesia: Widodo heads for election win as vote count draws to close

July 22, 2014
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Business Week    

"Indonesia is set today to declare Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo winner of the closest presidential election in a decade, with police and politicians calling for calm after his opponent flagged a potential challenge. Widodo, known as Jokowi, is leading the count against former general Prabowo Subianto after polls showed them neck-and-neck before the July 9 vote. Prabowo’s team has said it’ll file a police report against the General Elections Commission, known as the KPU, for proceeding with the count after it called on July 20 for a delay and questioned the validity of the vote." (07/22/14)

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A titan falls

July 16, 2014
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Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"For most people politics looks like a game about who is up or down. Sometimes established favorites win big. Other times long-shots burst forth and upset the established order. The horse race tends to most capture public attention. The recent Republican primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was one of the bigger shocks to American politics in some time." (07/16/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/a-titan-falls  

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“Six Californias” plan gets enough signatures to make 2016 ballot

July 15, 2014
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USA Today    

"A plan backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six states has gained enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot, the plan's backers say. ... Draper and other supporters of the break-up argue that the state's 38 million people would be better served by smaller governments and elected officials who would be able to work more closely with their constituents." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzv28wr  

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Iraq: Parliament postpones decision on new leaders

July 14, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country. The legislature is under pressure to quickly choose a new speaker of parliament, president and prime minister -- the first steps toward a new government." (07/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2dfzek  

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Afghanistan: Breakthrough deal in electoral deadlock

July 14, 2014
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The Telegram [UK]    

"Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country’s troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday they hope to finish a full ballot audit within weeks. Kerry unveiled the breakthrough deal Saturday night, with both hopefuls promising to abide by the results of the audit, followed by plans for the winner to form a government of national unity with participation of the losing side." (07/13/14)

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Rick Perry, neocon tool

July 14, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The media hates Republicans, and so naturally they're elevating Texas Governor Rick Perry to the status of a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender who must be taken seriously. After his last embarrassing run -- embarrassing not only for him, but for the much-maligned state of Texas ... one would think he'd put his presidential aspirations in the back of the garage, along with that Stairmaster he never uses. But no: dumber than a steer who's been zapped by a cattle-prod and still won't move, Perry is going along with the joke." (07/14/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/13/rick-perry-neocon-tool/  

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FL: Judge strikes down congressional map

July 11, 2014
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Sunshine State News    

"In a highly anticipated ruling, a Leon County judge struck down a map of the state's congressional districts drawn by the Legislature in 2012, potentially throwing the political future of the state into turmoil. ... Lewis' ruling specifically takes aim at the districts represented by Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Republican Congressman Daniel Webster. Brown's district, which winds its way from Jacksonville to Orlando, has been criticized for years as one of the worst examples of gerrymandering in the nation." (07/11/14)

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Romney has done enough for the GOP

July 10, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he thinks Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and 'he will be the next president of the United States.' The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008, then the general election in 2012. What would his 2016 slogan be? 'The third time's a charm.' Former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough urged fellow attendees at Romney's now annual GOP summit last month to join the draft movement. More than 50,000 have signed a 'Draft Mitt' petition." [editor's note: You wanna guarantee that Hillary (or someone very much like her) follows Obombya into the job? Keep pushing for this moronic retread - SAT] (07/09/14)

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Indonesia divided in close presidential race

July 8, 2014
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LaCrosse Tribune    

"As the world's third-largest democracy began voting Wednesday to elect a new president, Indonesians are divided between two very different choices: a one-time furniture maker and a wealthy ex-army general with close links to former dictator Suharto. Just a couple of months ago, the election was considered firmly in favor of Joko Widodo, who rose from humble beginnings to become the governor of Jakarta with a squeaky-clean political record." (07/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mvxfv2d  

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Iraq: Parliament fails to elect speaker amid political impasse

July 2, 2014
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Daily Sabah [Turkey]    

"The first attempt by the Iraqi parliament to form a new government failed yesterday amid division over who to pick as parliamentary speaker. As the chaos in the country continues unabated, parliament decided to delay efforts for a week. In an attempt to name a unity government which would expectedly help the country to oust ISIS militants, the new Iraqi parliament ended its first session in disarray yesterday after failing to agree on potential candidates for the parliamentary speaker position." (07/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/os963ok  

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Hong Kong: Crowds rally for democracy

July 1, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Tens of thousands of protesters are taking part in what organisers say could be Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy rally in more than a decade. The annual rally, marking the day Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, is to demand full electoral freedom. It comes after an unofficial referendum on how to choose Hong Kong's next chief executive drew close to 800,000 votes. China says it will introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 vote -- but wants the final say over who can run." (07/01/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28102644  

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France: Sarkozy held over influence claims

July 1, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling. Mr Sarkozy is being held at Nanterre, near Paris, in an unprecedented step against a former president. Mr Sarkozy is being questioned about whether he sought inside information from a judge concerning an investigation into campaign funding. The latest developments are seen as a blow to Mr Sarkozy's attempts to challenge for the presidency in 2017." (07/01/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28103223  

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OK: Politician claims opponent was killed, replaced by robot

June 30, 2014
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The New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]    

"A US congressman was replaced by a robot body double after he was secretly executed, and the results of a recent vote should be thrown out, his opponent has claimed. Timothy Ray Murray says on his website that incumbent Oklahoman congressman Frank Lucas is dead, and has been replaced by a body double. He says that a similar tactic was used in Kentucky in 2012." [editor's note: I dismissed this as implausible at first. Then I remembered Mitt Romney - TLK] (06/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/puwopzo  

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NY: Rangel declared winner in heated Dem primary

June 25, 2014
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USA Today    

"Veteran Rep. Charles Rangel was declared the winner of his nail-biter Democratic primary in New York, according to the Associated Press. Rangel, a 22-term congressman, was leading Adriano Espaillat by about 1,800 votes on Wednesday with 99% of the vote counted, according to unofficial returns posted by the New York City Board of Elections." (06/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ohnl7k2  

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MS: Cochran wins bitter runoff vs. Tea Party’s McDaniel

June 25, 2014
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Politico    

"Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran beat back an insurgent challenge from conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel Tuesday night, mounting a surprise political comeback that likely extinguishes tea party hopes of toppling an incumbent U.S. senator in the midterm elections. With nearly all precincts reporting, Cochran led McDaniel by just under 2 percentage points – about 6,600 votes out of more than 370,000 ballots cast. ... McDaniel blamed his defeat on Democrats who turned out in sizable numbers for the incumbent." (06/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/meev6n4  

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Libya holds parliamentary election

June 25, 2014
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"Libyans are voting Wednesday for a new parliament as the country seeks an end to the turmoil that has persisted since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhaffi. More than 1,600 candidates are running for the 200 seats in the new body, with 32 of the seats designated for women." (06/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/odkd5gn  

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She’s a lousy lawyer too

June 19, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Today, as this lady gears up for another run at the presidency, too many people, I think, have forgotten that Hillary Clinton is a lousy lawyer too. Her law career, including a partnership position at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas is riddled with questionable ethical and political insider practices which were happening while her husband Bill was governor of that state." (06/18/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/06/shes-lousy-lawyer-too.html  

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Afghanistan: Citing fraud, Abdullah urges end to vote-counting

June 18, 2014
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that he had suspended work with the country's electoral bodies and asked them to stop counting votes because of widespread fraud. 'The counting process should stop immediately and if that continues, it will have no legitimacy,' Abdullah told reporters. Abdullah's refusal to work with the country's election commissions has pushed the country into a deeper political crisis just days after the runoff vote." (06/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lkbwfhu  

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CA: Ninth US Circuit Court rules against sponsor IDs on ballot initiatives

June 17, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"A California law that requires the sponsors of ballot initiatives to identify themselves on the petitions they circulate to voters violates the constitutional law to speak anonymously, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. 'Forced disclosures of this kind are significant encroachments on First Amendment rights,' the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a 2-1 decision." (06/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3focw4  

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Three reasons Eric Cantor lost — and why Republicans will continue to lose

June 13, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Nick Gillespie & Joshua Swain  

"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss isn’t just historic, it illustrates why the Republican Party is in big trouble if it doesn’t get serious about its legislative agenda. Here are three reasons Eric Cantor lost -- and why Republicans will continue to lose unless they change their wicked wicked ways." (06/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qad5py2  

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Virginians evict Eric Cantor, champion of NSA and torture, from Congress

June 12, 2014
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"The Washington political establishment took a whupping last night when Virginian voters staunchly defeated Eric Cantor in the Republican congressional primary. Cantor's defeat is one of the biggest upsets in congressional races in a generation. The obituaries on the Tea Party were premature. Washington pundits will have to stop touting Cantor as the future Speaker of the House & presidential timber." (06/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owb8g3k  

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Colombian elections are FARCed

June 11, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Luis Fleischman  

"The political direction of Colombia and the fate of many Colombians will be decided in run-off elections this coming Sunday, June 15. Who becomes president of Colombia matters because the man elected will determine whether or not to continue what some consider to be the misguided negotiations with the narco-guerilla group known as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)." (06/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ky3qgwg  

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VA: Anti-NSA candidate unseats House GOP leader Cantor in primary

June 11, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"In a development that is going to shake the Republican Establishment to its foundations, Republican House majority leader Eric Cantor has been defeated: with a little more than 60 percent of the vote in, David A. Brat, a professor of economics and a trenchant critic of the National Security Agency’s spying on American citizens is clobbering the pro-NSA Cantor with a little less than 60 percent of the vote so far. ... Brat went after Cantor for voting for the National Defense and Authorization Act (NDAA) on the grounds that it 'authorizes the unconstitutional bulk data collection by the government under the PRISM program.' He also savaged Cantor for voting against Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to the Act, which would have stopped bulk collection dead in its tracks." (06/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o7rn6n4  

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