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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
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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)

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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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Make energy the number one issue in 2014 election

September 23, 2014
posted by

James H. Rust Heartland Institute
by James H. Rust  

"The United States has been facing an economic malaise and severe foreign policy issues since the end of the last recession in 2009. Inept energy policies can be blamed for much of these problems. It is prudent for energy policy to be elevated to a number one issue in the 2014 and 2016 elections in order to restore the nation’s economy and international leadership." (09/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pa8cy4u  

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Scotland and decentralization: It will get worse before it gets better

September 23, 2014
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Caroline K. Gorman Thoughts On Liberty
by Caroline K. Gorman  

"After a lengthy independence campaign, driven in by part by complaints about taxation, public spending, mismanagement of oil reserves in the North Sea, and environmental policy, Scottish voters have decided to remain in the UK, by a 10.6 margin. However, during the campaign, the UK promised a devolution of power back to Scotland. The UK will now have to stand by those promises, which include giving Scotland’s parliament greater power over taxing and welfare. Even without independence, there are likely to be two main effects of Scotland’s referendum." (09/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/obj4pw7  

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The Scottish referendum: Don’t believe the hype

September 22, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Frank Furedi  

"A widely circulated and self-serving myth about the Scottish referendum has been created over the past month. According to this myth, the referendum represented a renaissance of democracy in Scotland .... The myth of democratic renaissance is now coupled with a new, even more deluded claim -- which is that following the referendum the rest of British society will now have its voice heard, too. Apparently, the English will also have a chance to embrace the joys of a devolved government. We need to challenge these referendum myths." (09/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ooh4uda  

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Afghanistan: Ghani named president-elect after deal to end election dispute

September 22, 2014
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Reuters    

"Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilized the nation as most foreign troops prepare to leave. The announcement withheld the final election numbers, apparently as part of the political deal between Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who claimed the process was rigged against him." (09/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oukd2yx  

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The GOP can always get worse — and it will (midterm election copout edition)

September 22, 2014
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Nick Gillespie Reason
by Nick Gillespie  

"Hey GOP, how's that post-election total reboot coming? Oh yeah, can't be bothered to actually change anything or articulate bold new plans to cut the size, scope, and spending of government because MIDTERMS. AND THEN ELECTION 2016. ... Memo to Republicans: If you are perceived as very similar to the Democrats, just more awful when it comes to gender and race, you're not going to flourish." (09/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/knab38f  

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How Scotland voted NO

September 21, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Robert Henderson  

"Great is the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the independence side as they try to come to terms with rejection in the Scottish referendum. The Scots National Party (SNP) politicians and much of the mainstream media are trying to portray this as a great result because 1.6 million voted to leave the UK, with many of this motley crew claiming that the result gave the independence supporting politicians a mandate to bargain for greater devolved powers. But try as they may there is no disguising that a 55% to 45% result is a thumping win for the Unionist side in a two horse race." (09/20/14)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2014/09/20/how-scotland-voted-no/  

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What next after the Scotland referendum?

September 21, 2014
posted by

Eamonn Butler Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  

"Within hours of the decisive NO to Scottish independence, UK markets started to recover. The pound rose, the stock market strengthened, and the Royal Bank of Scotland confirmed it would not be moving south as it had threatened. All are signs that confidence has been restored, now that the result has been settled.But there are going to be big changes, even with a NO vote." (09/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwzv8jq  

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Five lessons learned from the Scottish referendum

September 21, 2014
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"Government authorities in the UK have declared that the 'Yes' campaign for secession has failed by a margin of approximately 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, even without a majority vote for secession, the campaign for separation from the United Kingdom has already provided numerous insights into the future of secession movements and those who defend the status quo." (09/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/on28fku  

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Scotland independence referendum: 55% no, 45% yes

September 19, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the 'No' side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for 'Yes.' Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured." (09/19/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-29270441  

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KS: Supreme Court removes Democrat from US Senate ballot

September 18, 2014
posted by

The Hill    

"The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday to grant Democrat Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the Kansas Senate ballot, issuing a blow to Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) chances for reelection this fall. ... The court’s decision now removes an obstacle from independent Greg Orman’s path, and increases the likelihood of defeat for Roberts this fall." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mlvq2pr  

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IL: Judge turns down GOP request to rig gubernatorial election

September 18, 2014
posted by

Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party's attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot. Judge Patrick Kelley denied GOP attorneys' appeal of a State Board of Elections decision to allow Chad Grimm of Peoria on the ballot. His name will appear alongside those of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur)." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k9pwck4  

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Obama’s latest war is a gift to Rand Paul

September 18, 2014
posted by

Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi  

"Ah, remember that Nobel Peace Prize? As President Obama winds down his 2nd term, he ramps up another endless war. It’s not all bad news though. This was is actually great news for Senator Rand Paul. This latest war will likely last well into the Republican Primaries next year. Despite Rand’s sometimes hawkish rhetoric, he’s still seen as a dove compared to the potential Republican Presidential nominees. Congress is terrified to call this latest war, a war, because of just how unpopular war is in America right now." (09/17/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/obamas-latest-war-gift-rand-paul/  

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Why the Pentagon should care about Scotland’s referendum

September 18, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford  

"Scottish voters contemplate whether to withdraw from their 307-year-long union with the rest of the United Kingdom on Sept. 18, U.S. policymakers have their own problem to ponder: What will be the ramifications and potential costs of Scottish independence for U.S. foreign and security policy? To citizens of a country that celebrates its independence from Britain every July 4, there’s nothing threatening about Scottish independence. But policymakers are worried." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcxflf5  

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WI: Election officials scramble to implement voter turnout suppression law

September 15, 2014
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ABC News    

"Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots. The law had been on hold, after being in effect only for the low-turnout February 2012 primary, following a series of court orders blocking it. But a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, just hours after hearing oral arguments, said late Friday that the state could proceed with implementing the law while it weighs the merits of the case. The decision came after a federal judge' ruling in April struck down the law as an unconstitutional burden on poor and minority voters who may lack the required identification." (09/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kr4y3md  

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Planning for the future of Scotland

September 11, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by John Kersey  

"The overall impression of Westminster’s attitude to the prospect that Scotland may now vote for independence seems to be one of blind panic. Clearly it is thought that dispatching David Cameron and Ed Miliband, and even, as has been suggested, Nigel Farage, north of the border is the best course of action. It is difficult to imagine some of the Scots I have known over the years being impressed by such tactics and indeed they may have precisely the opposite effect to that intended." (09/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m7cwlqz  

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Democrats to repeal First Amendment

September 10, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Phil Kerpen  

"With House Republicans focused on legislation to boost job creation, the Senate is spending its time on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would repeal the First Amendment with respect to political speech. Democratic Whip Dick Durbin said before the debate even officially began: 'I expect a fully partisan vote.' So what exactly are all the Senate Democrats for and Republicans against? Section 1 of the proposed amendment (S. J. Res. 19) says: 'Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.'" (09/10/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/democrats-to-repeal-first-amendment/  

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What would Hillary Clinton’s energy policy look like?

September 10, 2014
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"At Senator Harry Reid’s seventh National Clean Energy Summit held in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 4, Hillary Clinton said: 'This is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.' She wasn’t talking about ISIS or the growing terrorist threat, but about climate change." (09/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lh28udf  

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Pot prohibitionists in Oregon use taxpayer money to fight legalization

September 9, 2014
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"This fall Oregonians will decide the fate of Measure 91, which would legalize the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use. Because Oregonians vote by mail, that process begins on October 15, when ballots will be mailed to registered voters. The taxpayer-subsidized Oregon Marijuana Education Tour, a week-long series of 'public forums coordinated by prevention specialists,' begins two weeks before then. The tour, which features several prominent opponents of Measure 91, is avowedly nonpolitical, supposedly aimed merely at answering the questions of people "concerned about the impact of marijuana on youth in Oregon." But the timing and the one-sided lineup of 'marijuana experts' -- who include Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis, spokesman for the No on 91 campaign, and Kevin Sabet, co-founder of the anti-pot group Project SAM -- suggest an intent to sway voters, which is legally problematic because the sponsors receive federal grant money." (09/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2f4nsa  

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UK scrambles to promise more powers if Scots reject independence

September 7, 2014
posted by

Reuters    

"The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom. British finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday that plans would be set out in the coming days to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if Scots vote against independence in a historic referendum on Sept. 18." (09/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oq93dr4  

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