Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Breaking Britain, and the vote-rigging that will go against UKIP

May 5, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by David Davis  

"Can you imagine how, if polling so far is correct, and if you analyse all MSM comment-threads except the Guardian and the Independent, UKIP will not sweep the board in the euro-elections, gain hundreds of 'council' (whatever those are for) seats, and possibly get one or more MPs in 2015? Will the Tories have any MPs left at all in 'The North?' The 'pollsters' all bend over backwards (sorry ...) to emphasise how very, very, very accurate they all are, even if they say (very very slightly) different things, very slightly ... er ... differently ... It’s not what the MSM and LiblabCon can’t say: it’s the way it can’t say it ... RIG FOR VICTORY." (05/04/14)

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Libya: Speaker confirms new prime minister after confusion

May 5, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"The speaker of Libya’s General National Congress confirmed Ahmad Matiq as the country’s prime minister on Monday, after approving his appointment, one day after a deputy speaker had declared Matiq’s election invalid. 'Ahmad Omar Matiq was appointed head of the transitional government, and asked to form his cabinet and present it to the GNC for a confidence vote within 15 days,' said the text of a decision signed by speaker Nouri Abu Sahmein. He confirmed that he had asked Matiq to form a new government within two weeks, according to the decree posted on parliament’s website. Sahmein wields quasi-presidential powers." (05/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lztysje  

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OH: Libertarian Party appeals to SCOTUS as Kasich regime continues to rig election against it

May 2, 2014
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Washington Times    

"The Libertarian Party of Ohio has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a lower court denied its attempt to get a gubernatorial candidate on Tuesday’s primary ballot. Charlie Earl was disqualified by Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO-sted) after his nominating petitions were challenged. Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers." (05/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m9d2l2t  

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Iraq: 26 killed, 45 wounded

May 1, 2014
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Antiwar.com    

"Iraqis went to the polls [Wednesday]. Increased security seemed what somewhat effective. Security officials, however, admitted there were at least 50 attacks today on polling stations. In those attacks and others, 26 people were killed and 45 more were wounded. There were also allegations of irregularities with Sunnis claiming they were prevented from voting in several areas in and around Baghdad. Also, one person was arrested with extra voter cards." (04/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l4q9f4j  

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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s voter turnout suppression law

April 29, 2014
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren't as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. He also said the law appeared too flawed to fix with legislative amendments." (04/29/14)

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Iraq: Nearly 50 killed ahead of key vote

April 29, 2014
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Militants on Monday targeted polling stations across much of Iraq and a crowd of Kurds jubilantly dancing on the street as soldiers and security forces cast ballots two days ahead of parliamentary elections, officials said. The attacks, including a suicide bombing northeast of Baghdad, left at least 46 people dead. The wave of attacks was an apparent attempt to derail the balloting process and discourage the rest of the country's 22 million registered voters from going to the polls on Wednesday in the first nationwide elections since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. forces." (04/28/14)

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Syria: Assad says he’ll run for third term

April 28, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will run for a third term, in an election the opposition has dismissed as ending any hope for a political solution to the country’s three-year war. ... For the first time, other candidates besides the country’s ruler are allowed to run. Six other contenders have stepped forward so far. A new electoral law approved last month blocks opposition members in exile from running by stipulating candidates must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years and have no other citizenship." (04/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgs7s3r  

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US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote

April 25, 2014
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ABC News    

"The U.S. government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it doesn't hold elections that are more than two years overdue. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that none of the money set aside for the Haitian government by the State Appropriations Act will be available until the U.S. State Department certifies Haiti is 'taking steps' to hold the legislative and local votes." (04/25/14)

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The right’s new racial math: A demented view of nonwhite voters

April 22, 2014
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Our Future
by Digby  

"It’s amazing how they can so blithely imply that they win if the 'real' vote were counted. And it proves why they are so desperate to suppress the vote of African Americans and Latinos. Those 'illegitimate' voters are diluting the votes of legitimate citizens. What could be more obvious? Indeed, all you have to do is look at the GOP rationales offered up in the 2000 recount: they said it explicitly." (04/21/14)

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Ten governors’ races to watch in 2014

April 21, 2014
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In These Times
by Sarah Berlin and David Moberg  

"A wave of Tea Party governors took office in 2010, propelled by 'high unemployment, a demoralized Democratic base, an activist Tea Party, and, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision earlier that year, big bucks from oligarchs like the Koch brothers,' writes David Moberg in 'Toppling the Tea Party,' In These Times' June cover story. This year, those governors are up for re-election, but this time they have records to defends psic]. Below, read about the players and the odds in those races, as well as other 2014 gubernatorial contests that have high stakes for working people." (04/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lq6zseh  

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India election: Voting starts on biggest polling day

April 17, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling takes place in 121 seats in 12 states, including the key states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on 12 May. Votes will be counted on 16 May. More than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote in the polls." (04/16/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27045770  

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New York becomes 10th “National Popular Vote” state

April 15, 2014
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Staten Island Advance    

"The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. ... The legislation utilizes New York state's right under the U.S. Constitution to award its 29 electoral votes in any manner it deems appropriate, in this case to the winner of the national popular vote. However, it only takes effect once enough other states have signed on so the compact possesses a majority of the Electoral College's 538 votes. The compact currently contains 165 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win." (04/15/14)

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Election in India, world’s biggest democracy

April 15, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari  

"The biggest democracy in the world has started an electioneering process for the next federal government. This massive exercise runs from April 7 to May 12. Euphoria has swept the nation. Foreign Institutional Investors (FILs) are extremely optimistic about India’s future. The Indian stock market has reached its highest ever level. Comparing India's low growth rate with China's high one, many experts believe that in democracies, growth must be slow -- but steady -- and eventually very strong. Is India’s moment of very strong growth arriving?" (04/14/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1237  

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Jeb Bush pokes an immigration hornets’ nest

April 11, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"If only Bush and other conservatives would also confront the moral argument, the one that involves the concept of freedom. Why shouldn’t a person be free to hire, transport, and harbor anyone he wants, so long as everyone’s conduct is peaceful? It’s his money, isn’t it? It’s his home. It’s his car. What business does government have telling people that they can’t do what they want with their own money and their own property? Moreover, why shouldn’t people be free to associate with anyone they want? Isn’t freedom of association a core element of the concept of freedom? Statists, both conservatives and liberals, say: 'But the law is the law. It must be obeyed.' Really? Wasn’t segregation the law too? Wasn’t apartheid the law?" (04/10/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/10/jeb-bush-pokes-an-immigration-hornets-nest/  

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Election 2016 handicapping: Key GOP credibility issue

April 9, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"In 2016, it's the Democrats who will have to own the previous eight years of insane/idiotic foreign policy, with their most likely nominee having presided over a non-trivial portion of the insanity/idiocy as Secretary of State. If the Republicans want to compete in 2016, or at least clear the board and set themselves up for victory in 2020, their best shot is to knock off the 'yes, we too are mentally retarded and morally reprobate' crap and clear the board by acknowledging how abysmally stupid and corrupt the Bush/Cheney administration was on the foreign policy front." (04/08/14)

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Quebec: Liberals win majority over Parti Quebecois as Marois steps down

April 8, 2014
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Philippe Couillard’s Quebec Liberal party sailed to an astonishing victory, winning a majority government in the provincial election that resulted in the defeat and resignation of Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois. ... When the campaign was launched on March 5, polls suggested the minority PQ government had enough support to win a four-year lock on power. ... Though the final scores were still being counted late Monday night, the party was on track to record its worst score since 1970, six years before the sovereigntist party first took power in Quebec." (04/07/14)

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India starts voting in world’s largest election

April 8, 2014
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Aiken Standard    

"Voters in India’s remote northeast cast ballots on the first day of the world’s biggest election on Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of a surge in economic growth. With 814 million eligible voters, India will vote in stages over the next five weeks in a staggered approach made necessary by the country’s vast size." (04/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/obl37us  

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Hungary: Prime minister wins third term

April 7, 2014
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party won parliamentary elections Sunday and narrowly secured a new two-thirds majority, but gains by a far-right party were a cause for concern. With over 98 percent of the votes counted, the National Election Office said Fidesz had won 133 seats in the 199-seat legislature." (04/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o4fgukf  

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OH: State Supreme Court affirms GOP plans to rig election

April 4, 2014
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Columbus Dispatch    

"The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a ruling by Secretary of State Jon Husted keeping the Libertarian candidate for attorney general off the ballot. The court this morning released its unanimous opinion in which it denied the appeal of Steven Linnabary seeking to overturn Husted’s decision. Linnabary’s election petitions and those filed by the Libertarian party’s gubernatorial slate were disqualified by Husted because circulators who obtained signatures failed to disclose on the forms by whom they were paid." [editor's note: No, the election petitions were disqualified because Republicans believe that allowing voters to choose Libertarian candidates might reduce Republican candidates' chances of winning election; any other excuse is just window-dressing - TLK] (04/03/14)

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Turkey: Erdogan set to tighten grip after poll victory

April 1, 2014
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Turkey’s premier is bound to tighten and extend his grip on power, emboldened by sweeping local poll wins that came despite damaging graft claims and Internet clampdowns, analysts said on Monday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after delivering a rousing 'balcony speech' to thousands of jubilant followers overnight, is now almost certain to run for president this year or seek a fourth term as prime minister, they said. Needled by months of corruption claims spread via Twitter and YouTube, Erdogan has vowed to go after hidden enemies in the police, justice and media whom he blames for the online leaks and pursue them 'in their lairs.'" (04/01/14)

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Turkey: Erdogan declares victory after local elections

March 30, 2014
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CNN    

"Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan dominated debates leading up to Sunday's local elections, even though he wasn't on the ballot. Even before results were announced, a triumphant Erdogan spoke to cheering supporters from the balcony of the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, calling the vote a victory for democracy in Turkey. Erdogan said he delivered an 'Ottoman slap' to opponents at the polls. He compared his opponents to medieval assassins, and he vowed to pursue them." (03/30/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/30/world/europe/turkey-elections/  

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FL: Election chief halts voter purge for 2014

March 27, 2014
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USA Today    

"Florida's top election official is halting a plan to remove non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls. At least, for now. Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Thursday informed Florida's election supervisors that he is delaying the effort until next year because of changes underway with a federal database the state is using to help identify potential ineligible voters." (03/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nu4ecsd  

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CA: Drug testing for doctors on its way to ballot

March 25, 2014
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Central Valley Business Times    

"Californians may be asked when they vote in November to determine if doctors should be tested for drug abuse. The requirement is contained in a proposed initiative for which more than 840,000 signatures have been gathered and submitted for examination.
'The 'Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act' will save lives and prevent families across California from having to endure the tragedies ours have by creating accountability and transparency in medical care,' says Bob Pack, the initiative’s proponent." [editor's note: The more likely -- or at least the preferable -- outcome is that doctors will decide to move to areas where they are trusted instead of required to pee in a cup on demand, leaving a higher ratio of patients to doctors, reducing quality of care and increasing costs - TLK] (03/24/14)

http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25490  

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Venice votes to break away from Italy, create “Repubblica Veneta”

March 24, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"The famous lagoon city of Venice has voted to break away from the rest of Italy. Eighty nine per cent of Venetians backed the move to create their own sovereign state in a referendum on independence. They want to create the 'Repubblica Veneta,' which would not only include the city of Venice but surrounding areas ... authorities claim [the referendum] is not legally-binding." (03/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nmhe3ve  

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Thailand: Top court rules results of general election invalid

March 21, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Thailand’s top court has ruled that the country’s recent general election was invalid. The snap polls were an attempt by the prime minister to quell an ongoing political crisis. The ruling, handed down by the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, found that the February 2 general election was invalid because voting could not be completed in all parts of the country on the same day. ... Friday's decision threatens to deepen a months-old political stalemate, which began when [Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra]'s government moved to pass an amnesty law, which could have paved the way for [former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra] to return from exile in Dubai." (03/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nxcjww6  

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