Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Trumping the GOP

June 19, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The entire charade of his potential candidacy [in 2012] was a lie; a bombastic, entertaining, but empty hoax. It was pure bullshit. It was a bald faced fraud. He did it all to make money, and he's made money on it. He did it for publicity; name recognition, and he got plenty of that. He did it for his own personal promotion and self aggrandizement -- to show how important he is and how many people he could fool. That is the business of Mr. Trump -- marketing Donald Trump. ... Despite all my personal admiration for the man, his successful business career, and yes, his cogent political ideas, sadly his valuable personal credibility, integrity and reputation for honesty added up to zero with me right there and then. And I wondered why anyone should ever believe another word he said. Well, last Tuesday he did it again, only this time he actually declared that he is indeed running for president. Too bad he has lost his credibility, not only with me, but with the GOP and the American people." (06/19/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/06/trumping-gop.html  

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Denmark: Center-right opposition wins election

June 19, 2015
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ABC News    

"Denmark's center-right opposition won a parliamentary election after strong gains by an anti-immigration party that wants to limit the European Union's influence over the small Nordic country. With all votes counted, preliminary official results showed the opposition bloc led by Lars Loekke Rasmussen, a former prime minister, would get the 90 seats needed to secure a majority in the 179-seat legislature." (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ov8xmbu  

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Hong Kong: Legislature vetoes Beijing-backed “electoral reform” proposal

June 18, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub. The rejection had been expected and will likely appease some activists who had demanded a veto of what they call a 'fake' democratic model for how the Chinese-controlled territory chooses its next leader in 2017. It will, however, be a blow to Beijing's Communist leaders, who had pressured and cajoled the city's pro-democracy lawmakers to back the blueprint that would have allowed a direct vote for the city's chief executive, but with only pre-screened, pro-Beijing candidates on the ballot." (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe76osm  

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Trump campaign offered actors $50 to cheer at presidential announcement

June 18, 2015
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The Hollywood Reporter    

"Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop. New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump's event. ... The pay was listed as $50 for less than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment." (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p22zr3h  

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Hillary Clinton’s four fights

June 18, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"If anyone thought Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was going to mean a replay of the 1990s, we were wrong. Instead, the campaign she relaunched on Saturday is much more of a return to the 1930s. The woman who, as First Lady, reputedly communed with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt now seeks to transform herself into the reincarnation of Franklin Roosevelt." (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pknczo4  

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Trump

June 18, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Randy Bish  

Cartoon. (06/17/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/06/trump-2/  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 06/17/15

June 17, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump announced his run for president yesterday, and the Freedom Report podcast is here to tell you exactly what we think." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/17/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/dump-trump-2016-podcast/  

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The next president’s foreign policy: Likely the same overextended American empire

June 17, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Although the 2016 election is a year-and-a-half away, the verdict is already in on the continuation of post-World War II interventionism as the policy of choice. After the hysteria in the media induced by ISIS's beheading of a few Americans in retaliation for U.S. bombing of the group in the Middle East, American public sentiment, still exhausted by the long counterproductive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, demanded some action against ISIS -- as long as it didn't involve another protracted war or any U.S. military personnel getting killed." (06/15/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7415  

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Nigeria’s long night is over

June 17, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Moses Owade-Were  

"A specter is haunting African leaders intent on clinging to power through electoral violence and fraud, the specter of democratic transfer of power at the ballot box. African leaders have more often than not been known for executive coups through blatant electoral fraud or an outright power grab through the barrel of the gun. ... Muhammardu Buhari's emphatic victory and Goodluck Jonathan's gracious concession of defeat is a resounding message to these African leaders. Elections never have to be a life and death matter that they have been made out to be by retrogressive African regimes hoisting themselves into power on the crest of the mass killings of their own citizens." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnqf9ak  

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Jeb punctuation mark

June 16, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (06/16/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/06/jeb-punctuation-mark/  

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Clinton wants voters to forget her foreign policy record

June 16, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Clinton's brief references to foreign policy in her speech seem curious at first glance. She devoted just two or three out of forty-five minutes to these issues, and spoke about them as generically as possible. That seems an odd choice for someone who is going to cite her tenure at State as one of her top qualifications to be president. Even so, it's probably the safest course for her to take. Her hawkish record is out of step with large numbers of Democrats, and that same record is nothing to boast about to general election voters. That record shows not only a consistent pattern of endorsing the relatively more hawkish options in each debate, but it shows that she has consistently misjudged major issues in doing so." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndod45c  

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Jeb Bush’s daunting path: Why he’s even weaker than Mitt Romney

June 16, 2015
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Salon
by Jim Newell  

"Jeb's numbers among conservatives are atrocious. They were atrocious earlier this year, as Salon's Luke Brinker wrote in February, and they're atrocious now. They're far worse than Mitt Romney's were at the corresponding time in the 2012 cycle, and Romney famously was so distrusted by the base of the party that, at various points in the cycle, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum appeared poised to give him a run. And unlike Romney, Bush has been unable to build up a buffer of support among 'moderates' to keep him a step ahead of the rest." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qab69ww  

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Hillary Clinton’s fainthearted populism

June 15, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Molly Ball  

"You may have heard that Hillary Clinton, in launching her campaign over the weekend, gave a speech marked by class-warfare themes. The New York Times said she issued 'a populist promise to reverse the gaping gulf between the rich and poor.' Politico said 'her economic-inequality rhetoric could have been comfortably uttered by the likes of Elizabeth Warren,' the crusading liberal senator from Massachusetts. Not (ever) to be outdone, the New York Post featured her on its cover in full Sherwood Forest drag, under the headline 'RODHAM HOOD! Hillary reboots campaign with attack on rich.' But here is what Clinton actually said ..." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4ubwqu  

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Mexico: Former first lady says she’ll seek presidency in 2018

June 15, 2015
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ABC News    

"The wife of Mexico's former President Felipe Calderon says she intends to run for president in the 2018 election. In a video posted on social media Sunday, Margarita Zabala said she wants to build a national movement of citizens who have lost faith with politicians." (06/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/omp7jtw  

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Hillary, Jeb and faulty intelligence

June 14, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Lawrence Reichard  

"In the immortal words of radical American journalist I.F. Stone (1907-1989), all governments lie. And governments lie the most when they're seeking public support for war. That is why the recent flap over Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and the Iraq War is so unsettling." (06/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owc2hbs  

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The Bloomberg limit

June 12, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Afraid that scandal-alluring Hillary Clinton may prove too flawed a presidential candidate, some Democrats are talking to billionaire and former three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about a 2016 presidential run. ... 'Wall Street wants Michael Bloomberg to run for president,' reports Business Insider, 'but the billionaire isn't budging.' And for good reason. He can't win. It's not just me saying so; it's Michael Bloomberg himself." (06/11/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/11/the-bloomberg-limit/  

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Can they stop themselves?

June 11, 2015
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Reason Reason
by staff  

"In this early stage of the 2016 campaign, Reason seeks to keep everyone's eyes on the prize of reducing the size and scope of government. Below, a guide to the candidates' and potential candidates' records on cutting government spending, especially during their terms in office but also in their policy positioning. At a time when our budgets are wildly unbalanced, when the national debt is at $18 trillion and growing, when debt service is poised to zoom past military spending during the next administration, and when baby boomer entitlements threaten to soak up half of government expenditures, there is no more important question to answer than this: What, at long last, are you willing to cut?" (for publication 07/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/06/10/can-they-stop-themselves  

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The problem with Rick Perry

June 11, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by TImothy J Taylor  

"The problem with Rick Perry as a candidate for President of the United States is the same problem he shares with most of the other Republican Party presidential hopefuls and a major reason why they'll have difficulty doing well in presidential elections. He's a nice man with some good political ideas just like all the others but unfortunately his avowed goal as a politician is to impose, not just his statist politics, but his ultra-right-wing religious beliefs on all of us whether we like it or not." (06/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nuvnd7v  

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Five reasons Jeb Bush’s soon-to-be-announced campaign is already a mess

June 10, 2015
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Salon
by Sophia Tesfaye  

"Jeb Bush is expected to announce his candidacy for president in less than a week, but promises of a campaign juggernaut have already given way to a hapless rollout and campaign reshuffling after a series of befuddling blunders. Below, Salon looks at five reasons Jeb's yet-to-be-announced campaign is already a mess." (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2r9gwf  

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This is going to be a long election cycle

June 10, 2015
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The American Spectator
by William Murchison  

"They don't want the wrong people voting. They're 'scared of letting citizens have their say.' They're engaged in 'a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other.' Don't you just want to kick 'em? Don't you just want to vote for Hillary Clinton? Which after all is the point of Clinton's demagogic tirade last week -- getting you to vote for her so she can launch new and better demagogic tirades. Moving up the road from this latest Clinton tour de force shouldn’t be hard. The Clinton view of the right to vote is that it exists to put Clintons in office, rather than to affirm faith in the power of free, unimpeded voter choice." [editor's note: What the author leaves out is that demagoguery works best when the demagogue has a real issue to work with. And Clinton does. The GOP has spent the last 15 years busting its ass to make it as hard to vote as possible, especially if you're poor or black. That's just a fact. Who can blame Clinton for using that fact to her own advantage? - TLK] (06/09/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/63007/going-be-long-election-cycle  

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The duopoly rules

June 9, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In 1987, after the League of Women Voters displeased the two major parties, the duopoly's respective chairmen cooked up the [Commission on Presidential Debates]. Both men indicated that including non-R-or-D candidates was not part of the plan. Thirteen years later, to keep the CPD's tax-exempt status, the CPD established a 'non-partisan' rule to 'fix' an opportunity for minor parties: candidates must garner 15 percent support in the polls for inclusion in the debates. Fast forward to today, and we witness a new group pushing the CPD to drop that requirement." (06/09/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/09/the-duopoly-rules/  

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Pros and cons of a Martin O’Malley presidency

June 8, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher  

"Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley became the third Democrat to announce his 2016 presidential bid. If 2008 proved anything, it's that 'Wait, who?' stands a fair chance against 'Please not her,' so don't write off O'Malley just yet. However, as a lifelong Marylander, I feel it's my duty to point out the pros and cons of what an O'Malley administration might look like." (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/os88rt2  

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Anti-Sanders crowd: Avoid the political correctness lynchmob

June 8, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Rory McPeak  

"Whether the offender is a Somali women's rights activist or a Twitter-happy conservative shock-jock, the Social Justice Warriors love to sink their teeth into anyone with a different worldview, barring them from any relevant place in our social discourse. And whenever this is the case, I know I can always count on Breitbart.com, Fox News, or the Daily Caller to find the Right wailing about the Death of Free Speech. However, in the last few days, the Right has hilariously shown that they support the SJWs' strategy of demonizing public figures for daring to write or say anything remotely controversial. This time, the culprit is a septuagenarian, self-proclaimed champion of the working class with a thick Brooklyn accent and a hairdo reminiscent of Doc Brown from Back to the Future: Bernie Sanders." (06/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pr35hls  

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Waging peace by talking to ISIS

June 7, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee is making waves with his odd foreign policy proposals -- he's put forth a daring plan to 'Wage Peace.' The plan is daring only because it's so rare for an American presidential candidate to make unconditional peace the cornerstone of his foreign policy." (06/06/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38131  

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Clinton calls for sweeping expansion of voter “access”

June 4, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for sweeping changes in national voter-access laws aimed at making it easier for young people and minorities to take part in elections, putting her on a collision course with Republicans who say such measures are a political ploy that would lead to widespread abuses. In a speech at a historically black college here, Clinton called for federal legislation that would automatically register Americans to vote at age 18 and would mandate at least 20 days of early voting ahead of election days in all states." (06/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbgf7c7  

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