Posts Tagged ‘elections’

Channel Hopping

June 19, 2017

Channel Hopping

“It seems our desire for instant gratification has conquered politics. Voters are channel-hopping, snacking on ideologies and political styles, moving on as soon as they’re bored. In that light, Donald Trump is a political genius: His slippery, shifting positions on just about everything command attention and perfectly reflect the restless mood of the times. People are eager for something—anything—different, and damn any concerns about consistency.”

— Jason Karaian, Quartz

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On the bright side….

November 9, 2016

Things in America may seem a bit scary right now, but it’s not all bad:

In California, Kamala Harris has been elected to the U.S. Senate

Catherine Cortez Masto was elected to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Harry Reid

Tammy Duckworth was elected to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Mark Kirk, in Illinois

Ilhan Omar won a seat in the Minnesota statehouse

Florida’s Stephanie Murphy unseated 12-term Congressman John Mica

Former Orlando police chief Val Demings was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Paul Penzone defeated Arizona’s racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio

San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, and Boulder, Colorado voted to tax sugary drinks

California, Nevada and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana use

Updates:

Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte

California voters passed Proposition 63, requiring background checks for ammunition-buyers and instructing police to collect guns from newly convicted felons

Nevada’s Question 1 initiative passed, expanding in-person background checks on private gun sales and transfers, including online and gun show transactions

Washington State voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1491, permitting courts to temporarily suspend access to firearms for people at risk of harming themselves or others through “ex parte extreme risk protection orders,”and allowing family members, roommates, significant others and law enforcement to petition for “extreme risk protection orders” temporarily revoking access to firearms for persons accused of domestic abuse

Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington state approved measures raising the minimum wage

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Trumpismo Grabs America By the … Throat

November 9, 2016

Trumpismo Grabs America By the ... Throat
American voters have elected the honorable demagogue Donald J. Trump as the next president of the of the United States, and the news has been greeted with glee by strongmen, dictators, authoritarian leaders and far-right politicians across then globe:

“Russia’s Putin pleased as Trump win shocks world,” Nicole Gaouette, Elise Labott, CNN

“Philippines’ President Duterte says his country can enhance relations with the US and congratulates Trump, a month after telling Obama to ‘go to Hell,'” Jay Akbar, Daily Mail

“China Just Won The U.S. Election,” James Palmer, Foreign Policy

“Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Donald Trump on his victory,” Jay Akbar, Daily Mail

“French far-right leader Le Pen hails Trump victory,” RFI

“Dutch extremist Geert Wilders expects Trump win to boost Europe’s racist right,” Reuters via Raw Story

“Nigel Farage and other far-right leaders hail Trump’s ‘historic’ US election win,” Toby Meyjes, Metro

“Why authoritarian leaders worldwide may be thrilled with Trump’s win,” Patrick Winn, GlobalPost

“The world’s demagogues offer simple solutions and a strong hand. Trump’s victory has been the latest reminder of this.” David Motadel, History Today

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Election 2016: Is It Over Yet?

November 8, 2016

Election 2016: Is It Over Yet?

There’s a single question everyone’s been asking about the 2016 election: Why is his skin orange um, when will it be over? The last polling place to close will be in Adak, Alaska, and when that closes it will be 1:00 AM Wednesday on the East Coast.

Barring any challenges or manual recounts with hanging chads, we might know the winner of the presidential contest as early as 9:00 PM EST, according to some observers.  Or we can wait for those votes from Adak.

So how can we best survive this election night vigil? Here’s great advice from MoJo‘s Jenny Luna:

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One Vote

November 8, 2016

Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen explains it to you. Vote — it’s today. No, you can’t just text it, it’s not reality TV, despite what Republicans think.

Not registered? You can register at the polls and then vote in: Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington DC. Live in Rhode Island? You can register and vote for president only. In North Dakota you don’t need to register, you just go vote.

So vote.

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FBI: ‘Oops!’

November 7, 2016

FBI: 'Oops!'

After throwing a political hand grenade into the last 10 days of the 2016 presidential election campaign, FBI Director James Comey says it was just a dud. This “oops!” came two days before the election.

On Friday, October 28th, Mr. Comey sent a letter to congressional committee chairmen — i.e., Republican politicians — vaguely associating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with emails found on a laptop belonging to well-known creep and  disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. Mr. Weiner’s estranged wife is a long-time Clinton aide. On Sunday afternoon November 6th, FBI Director Comey revealed that the emails were inconsequential, like the ones the agency had already cleared.

Donald Trump spent the last week before the election capitalizing on innuendo the Comey letter allowed. Ever hear law enforcement officials say they can’t comment on an ongoing investigation? This is the kind of screw-up that policy is meant to avoid, tainting the reputations of people who are ultimately not charged.

Of course, 40 million Americans have already voted. We’ll never know many voted in the week after James Comey’s ill-advised letter. The damage is done.

More:

“FBI clears Clinton after round-the-clock review of new emails, Comey says,” David Lauter and Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times

“FBI Director Again Clears Clinton After Review of New Email Trove,” Chas Danner, New York Magazine

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Suspending Democracy

October 24, 2016

Suspending Democracy

October 19, 2016, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chris Wallace: “I want to ask you here on the stage tonight: Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely—sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?”

Donald Trump:  “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I’ll look at it at the time ….”

Chris Wallace: “But, sir, there is a tradition in this country—in fact, one of the prides of this country is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign, that the loser concedes to the winner—not saying that you’re necessarily going to be the loser or the winner, but that the loser concedes to the winner and that the country comes together, in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?”

Donald Trump: “What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?”

Um, no.

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Hong Kong Elections: Umbrella Protest Parties Win

September 12, 2016

Hong Kong Elections: Umbrella Protest Party Wins Big
In late 2014, despite the 1997 promise of local autonomy (“One Country, Two Systems”), China’s ruling party proposed new restrictive measures for Hong Kong elections. Hong Kong responded with 80 days of street demonstrations. Young protesters carried umbrellas to shield themselves from police pepper spray, and the movement became known as the Umbrella Revolution.

While authorities suppressed the pro-democracy street protests, the movement for local self-government continued. Last week, a record voter turnout elected six leaders of the Umbrella Movement to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and Macau. The next Hong Kong Chief Executive election is scheduled for March 26, 2017.

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Trump’s Triumphant Tuesday

March 2, 2016

Trump's Triumphant Tuesday

On Super Tuesday Donald J. Trump, reality TV star, failed mortage banker, and threat to American democracy, won more states than any other Republican primary candidate, ever. God save the Republic.

More:

“Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster. Now he’s strong enough to destroy the party,” Robert Kagan, Washington Post

“Donald Trump Is Transforming the G.O.P. Into a Populist, Nativist Party,” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

“For the Republican party, it’s Trumpocalypse Now,” Christopher R. Barron, The Guardian

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New Hampshire Fashion Statement

February 9, 2016

New Hampshire Fashion Statement

“Donald Trump Is a Loser in Iowa. Sad!” Jeremy Stahl, Slate

“Why Trump Lost Iowa,” John McCormack, Weekly Standard

“The Internet celebrates Trump’s humiliating Iowa loss,” Brad Reed, BGR

“NY tabloids mock Trump over Iowa loss,” Jesse Byrnes, The Hill

“In Iowa, the Emperor Has No Clothes,” Emily Arrowood, U.S. News & World Report

“All Donald Trump does is win – until he doesn’t. Now what happens?” Paul Lewis, The Guardian

“Loser.com redirects to Iowa nonwinner Donald Trump,” Chris Matyszczyk, CNET.com

“Rivals Look to New Hampshire for a Shot at Breaking Donald Trump’s Stride,” Alexander Burns, New York Times

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