Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Here we go again

January 28, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The 2016 Republican Presidential nomination campaign silly season is upon us already and it's shaping up just as it did the last time when the ultra right wing religious fanatics in the Party forced Mitt Romney, the best moderate candidate way too far to the right and, as a consequence, he lost a general election which should have easily been won to the incompetent socialist, Barack Obama. Here we go again. Will the Republicans ever learn?" (01/27/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/01/here-we-go-again.html  

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Groundhog Day C

January 20, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Bill Schorr  

Cartoon. (01/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/groundhog-day-c/  

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VA: Federal court upholds state’s election-rigging laws

January 19, 2015
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Ballot Access News    

"On January 13, U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Payne upheld the Virginia law that says nominees of the qualified parties should always appear at the top of the ballot, relative to other candidates. Sarvis v Judd, eastern district, 3:14cv-479. The opinion says no evidence is needed, and the state’s motion to dismiss is granted. The opinion says the state interests in putting the qualified parties first are: (1) to avoid voter confusion; (2) to create a more orderly ballot; (3) to encourage larger parties over a multiplicity of parties." [hat tip -- Independent Political Report] (01/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qytdndt  

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Finally, an answer to the question “just how freaking stupid is Lindsey Graham?”

January 18, 2015
posted by

Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

[editor's note: The answer is "stupid enough that can't figure out, without the assistance of a committee, that he stands about the same chance of being elected to the presidency of the United States as the corpse of Osama bin Laden does" - TLK] (01/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2g8ab3  

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Jim Webb is the Democrats’ Rand Paul

January 16, 2015
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Mother Jones
by Tim Murphy  

"One of the most hyped potential candidates of the 2016 presidential campaign has clashed frequently with his party's higher-ups. He is known for his outspoken views on the surveillance state, his opposition to overseas entanglements, his warnings about the broken criminal-justice system, his desire to expand the party's tent to include voters otherwise alienated by identity politics -- and for the Confederate-flag-waving supporters who'd follow him anywhere. Unfortunately for Jim Webb, I'm talking about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul." (01/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nu6vdo7  

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The problem with Romney nostalgia

January 15, 2015
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National Review
by Jonah Goldberg  

"You know how superhero flicks often have an extra scene after the credits to hint at what the sequel will be like? Well, this would be the perfect end to the movie Romney 2012. The problem is that 'Romney for president' is now an art-house film thinking it's a blockbuster franchise and that there's a huge market for another sequel. There's not." (01/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lpdx3jl  

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Report: Podesta joins Clinton campaign

January 13, 2015
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WireUpdate    

"President Barack Obama's counselor, John Podesta, is reportedly leaving the White House next month to take on a senior advisory role in Hillary Clinton's emerging presidential campaign, providing yet another sign that the former secretary of state is preparing a run for the White House. Three people familiar with the matter have told the Wall Street Journal that Podesta, 65, will leave the administration in February to join Clinton's campaign as a senior advisor, the newspaper reported on Tuesday. A spokesman for Hillary Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment." (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oktfgq4  

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Ryan says he’s not running for president in 2016

January 13, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, said on Monday he will not run for president in 2016 in order to focus on his new role in Congress as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. 'After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided not to run for president,' Ryan said in a statement provided by an aide. The Wisconsin native, a stalwart budget conservative, had been considered a potential White House candidate since serving as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in 2012." (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l4lg6ek  

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Bangladesh: Three shot dead in post-election violence

January 9, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Three people were shot dead in Bangladesh on Thursday, bringing to seven the number of deaths since protests over a disputed election turned violent earlier this week. Two people were shot dead when police and armed protesters began firing in the southern district of Noakhali late on Wednesday, police said. It was unclear who fired the shots that killed them. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said the victims were its supporters. Police official Mohammad Ainul Haq told Reuters they were bystanders." (01/09/15)

http://www.dawn.com/news/1155857/three-shot-dead-in-bangladesh  

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KS: Federal grand jury investigating loans to Brownback’s re-election campaign

January 9, 2015
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Fox News    

"A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign and has ordered the state's ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press. Carol Williams, the executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka, according to documents the AP obtained through an open records request. She also was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback's campaign received in 2013 and 2014." (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbb7z2r  

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Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presidential election

January 9, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat in Sri Lanka's presidential election, handing power to Maithripala Sirisena after a decade in power. 'He has spoken to the opposition candidate and congratulated him and said he can take over,' Rajapaksa's spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said by phone today. ... Rajapaksa's opponents gained momentum ahead of the vote with a campaign that criticized his moves to scrap term limits and strengthen his grip over the judiciary, military and bureaucracy." (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nowb5cr  

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Boxer to retire from US Senate in 2016

January 8, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"California's junior senator, Barbara Boxer, announced Thursday that she will not run for re-election in 2016, marking an end to her 30-year career in Washington. Senator Boxer's announcement led to a flurry of accolades for her role as an aggressively progressive voice in the US Senate -- as well as some lighter observations about the 'mighty mite' moving on. At four feet, 11 inches, the diminutive four-term senator nonetheless became known for her 'big voice.' Boxer was known as a relentless champion of liberal issues such as gender equality and environmental protection. She was the first female senator to chair the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. " (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lwweyfj  

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VT: Shumlin re-elected after failing to win majority

January 8, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was sworn in to a third two-year term after his failure to win a majority of the popular vote in November forced state lawmakers to decide the winner on Thursday. Shumlin defeated Republican Scott Milne by a vote of 110-to-69 in a joint session of the Vermont Legislature, an outcome that was expected given the strong majorities in both the House and Senate held by Shumlin's fellow Democrats. But Milne had refused to concede after a narrow loss in the midterm elections, and one organization had been airing a television ad asking voters to urge their lawmakers to support him." [editor's note: Less than half of voters, but almost 2/3 of the politicians -- a modern mandate - SAT] (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxgq38s  

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Why not vote?

January 8, 2015
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Davi Barker  

"The parties, even the minor parties, are playing a game, and they aren't playing fair. None of them are interested in an authentic democratic process, and none of them take seriously the desperate need for radical change. The result is a presidential race in which the parties put forward candidates who already agree upon the the status quo on the most critical issues before the general public is even aware of the opportunity for a choice. The candidates really only differ on mostly superficial issues, so that the illusion of choice remains." (01/06/15)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2015/01/06/why-not-vote/  

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Sri Lanka: President faces fierce battle in election

January 8, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Voting started early Thursday in Sri Lanka's presidential election, where Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after a onetime ally suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him. The November defection by former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena turned the race, which Rajapaksa had been widely expected to easily win, into a referendum on the president and the enormous power he wields over the island nation." (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzox5s4  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/07/15

January 7, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Today’s podcast takes a look at just why so many Republicans would prefer Clinton over a Paul or Cruz. We dissect the thinking behind big government GOPers, and analyze what it would take for the true limited government movement to gain ground, avoiding an internal civil war, as we fight the larger battle with the establishment." [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phvzufu  

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Bush 45? Jeb forms new PAC

January 6, 2015
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Kansas City Star    

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced the formation of a political action committee designed to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign. In a video posted in English and Spanish on Facebook, the Republican said that the 'Right to Rise PAC' will allow him to 'support candidates who believe in conservative principles to allow all Americans to rise up.' An aide confirmed that the organization also allows Bush to hire staff, conduct polling, and pay for travel as he courts key donors and Republican officials across the country." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfv5ljz  

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Mike Huckabee’s long battle against libertarianism

January 6, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee announced this weekend that he's quitting his Fox News show while he thinks about whether to run for president again. If recent history is any guide, there will be space in the GOP primaries for a Huck-style populist social conservative; Rick Santorum filled it in 2012, Huckabee himself in 2008, Alan Keyes in 2000. Another throughline knits together these disparate pols: hostility to libertarians." (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfv6rcz  

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Jim Webb — the alternative?

January 5, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Yes, I know we’re all supposed to believe Hillary Clinton has the Democratic nomination locked up. Yet we were told that in 2008, too, until an obscure Senator named Barack Obama shot that Washington-generated bit of political wisdom down in flames. How did he do it? I would argue that, contrary to those DC know-it-alls who claim voters don't care about foreign policy, it was her refusal to recant her support for the Iraq war that did her in -- and there's a good chance that scenario may be repeated in 2016. The reason is because Jim Webb, a former US Senator and Defense Department official (during the Reagan administration), has been an acerbic and well-informed critic of the War Party for quite some time, and he shows every sign of throwing his hat in the ring." (01/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kkk3kkv  

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Edward William Brooke III, 1919-2015

January 4, 2015
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United Press International    

"The first black American to be popularly elected to the United States Senate, Edward Brooke, has died at the age of 95. He was not only the first senator, but he was the first black American to become attorney general in any state, in his state of Massachusetts. There were two black American senators before Brooke, but they were both picked by state legislatures -- not elected." (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ov3bpnh  

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Navajo Council OKs bill on special vote for president

January 2, 2015
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Navajo Nation Council has passed a bill to conduct a special election for the tribal presidency next summer, months after a deadline set by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. ... The presidential race was thrown into turmoil before the tribe's Nov. 4 general election when candidate Chris Deschene was disqualified due to a ruling that he wasn't fluent in the Navajo language. ... Deschene has said he is proficient in speaking Navajo and that he proved it on the campaign trail. Amid the turmoil, the general election for the tribal presidency, which was scheduled for Nov. 4, was put on hold." (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pc3lr3b  

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Bush resigns from corporate boards

January 2, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ended 2014 by resigning from all corporate boards, another move suggesting he is serious about a presidential run. Bush also resigned as an adviser to Academic Partnerships, a for-profit company that provides online university courses, an aide told the Washington Post." (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k4zyf2a  

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Greece set for snap poll after failure to choose president

December 29, 2014
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Economic Times [India]    

"Greek lawmakers failed for a third time Monday to elect a new president, triggering a snap election that could bring to power a radical anti-austerity party threatening to undo many economic reforms. The legislative vote, which Prime Minister Antonis Samaras proposed for January 25, is likely to further rattle global financial markets after Greece's dire finances nearly destroyed the eurozone in 2012." (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pdztkfe  

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Sri Lanka: Main Muslim party quits government, supports opposition ahead of election

December 28, 2014
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"Sri Lanka's main Muslim party has quit the government and pledged support to the opposition, in a move seen as the biggest setback yet to president Mahinda Rajapakse's re-election bid. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem also announced his own resignation as justice minister and said he would now work for the victory of the opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, in the January 8 election. Mr Hakeem said his party left the government because of festering differences over a 2010 law which lifted the two-term limit on the presidency and gave Mr Rajapakse wide powers over the police, the judiciary and the civil service." (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ognsod6  

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Sweden: Lofven calls off snap vote after opposition deal

December 27, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has averted snap elections after reaching a deal with the main opposition alliance, according to Swedish media. ... Earlier this month, PM Lofven had to call a snap vote for March 22 when the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats voted against his budget for 2015, backing an alternative finacial bill tabled by the opposition. ... September's general election saw the Sweden Democrats emerge as the third largest party, which gave the far-right group an upper hand in parliament. The party had intended to turn any snap election into a referendum on the Scandinavian country's flexible immigration policies." (12/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l4okxgh  

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