Tag Archives: Election 2017

Calm down, Democrats — your troubles aren't over

Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

"The conventional wisdom has been that Trump is such a unique figure that voters would not necessarily apply their dissatisfaction with Trump to other Republican candidates. Virginia shows this is not going to be the case. The Democrats’ candidate for governor, Ralph Northam, easily linked Gillespie with Trump, and it seems that other Republicans’ fortunes will also be tied to Trump’s success, or lack of success. And yet, while Republicans took a thorough beating on Tuesday, it would be wrong to draw far-reaching conclusions from this 'off-year' election cycle, where relatively few seats for national or state-level roles were contested. Democrats may no longer be feeling doom and gloom, but Tuesday shouldn’t have them celebrating, as the results didn’t show the Democrats overcoming their fundamental shortcomings." (11/09/17)


VA: First openly transgender state lawmaker in US elected

Source: CNN

"Virginia voters elected the state's first openly transgender candidate to the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. Danica Roem unseated incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected thirteen times over 26 years, according to Marshall's website. When Roem takes office, she will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body. As of 9:07 p.m. ET, Democratic candidate Roem had 54.59% of the votes to Marshall's 45.36%, with 19 of 20 precincts reporting, according to the Virginia Department of Elections. … Roem is the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature in the US, according to Monica Roberts of the TransGriot blog, which covers issues in the transgender community. Althea Garrison, elected in Massachusetts, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992." (11/08/17)


Election 2017: Dems notch wins from coast to coast

Source: The Hill

"Democrats roared back on Tuesday a year after suffering perhaps the most demoralizing defeat in modern political history, claiming big victories in races up and down the ballot and across the country. … Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) won the Virginia governorship by a wider-than-expected margin, even with Democrats fretting about his late campaign strategy. Democrat Justin Fairfax won the lieutenant governor's office, becoming only the second African American to win a statewide post in Virginia since Reconstruction, while Attorney General Mark Herring (D) won re-election. In New Jersey, former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy (D) easily won the right to replace deeply unpopular Gov. Chris Christie (R) …. In Washington, Democrat Manka Dhingra (D) appeared headed for victory in a special election to fill an open state Senate seat …. Georgia Democrats celebrated winning two deep red districts in special state House elections." [editor's note: Unmentioned in this account is that Bill de Blasio was also re-elected mayor of NYC – TLK] (11/08/17)


Kenya: Politician files petition challenging poll results

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

"A former Kenyan lawmaker and businessman on Monday filed a petition challenging a presidential election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in the latest legal battle to hit the drawn-out poll process. The former MP, John Harun Mwau, wants the Supreme Court to annul the October 26 election re-run, which was called after the court overturned the results of an initial poll on August 8 in a historical decision. He contests the inclusion of a minor candidate in the presidential re-run who had been declared bankrupt, and argues that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should have conducted fresh nominations ahead of the vote, according to court documents." (11/06/17)


Iceland: Ruling conservatives emerge weakened after vote

Source: Bloomberg

"Iceland faces politically tumultuous times after the conservative ruling party was weakened in a snap vote, with a potential center-left majority emerging after the nation’s third election in four years. The Independence Party won 25.3 percent of the vote, down from 29 percent last year. Its closest challenger, the Left Green Movement, rose to 16.9 percent, and could potentially helm a multi-party coalition. Former Prime Minister David Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, forced out last year by yogurt hurling protesters after his name was found in the Panama Papers, reemerged as a big winner, getting 10.9 percent with his newly formed Center Party." (10/29/17)


Kenya: Post-vote violence eases as opposition urges restraint

Source: Bloomberg

"An uneasy calm prevailed in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and the west of the country Saturday after two days of running battles between the security forces and supporters of the main opposition, which boycotted a court-ordered repeat of presidential elections. Opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the Oct. 26 rerun, after the electoral commission failed to heed his demands to replace staff who oversaw an Aug. 8 vote that the Supreme Court annulled because proper procedures weren’t followed. Voting was disrupted in several opposition strongholds as his supporters barricaded roads and hurled stones at police, who responded by firing teargas and live ammunition. At least eight people were killed, local newspapers reported. … While preliminary tallies showed President Uhuru Kenyatta, 56, on track to win 98 percent of the vote, Odinga has rejected the results and called for fresh elections within 90 days. The outcome is almost certain to be challenged in court on the grounds that the vote wasn’t free and fair, according to Charles Kanjama, managing partner at Muma & Kanjama Advocates." (10/28/17)


Iraq: Abadi rejects Kurdish call to "freeze" independence referendum

Source: CNN

"Iraq's Prime Minister demanded Thursday that Kurdish leaders cancel the results of its independence referendum, rejecting a proposal from Erbil to 'freeze' the outcome instead and begin talks over the future of the region. Speaking from the Iranian capital of Tehran, Haider al-Abadi said the Kurdistan Regional Government, which administers the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, must comply with the country's constitution. … The comments appeared to be a dismissal of the KRG's call Wednesday to put the results of its September vote — in which more than 90% of Iraqi Kurds backed independence — on hold and start negotiations." (10/26/17)


Kenya: Election set to proceed after court fails to hear case

Source: Bloomberg

"Kenya’s presidential rerun appears set to go ahead Thursday after the Supreme Court said it couldn’t hear a petition seeking a postponement because some of its judges weren’t available to hear the case, including one whose car was attacked by unidentified gunmen. … Kenya is holding a rerun of its presidential elections after the court annulled a vote held on Aug. 8, citing 'irregularities and illegalities' by the electoral body. The opposition has withdrawn from the rerun because it says the commission has failed to remove staff complicit in the botched ballot. The head of the commission has said he can’t guarantee the vote will be credible because of political interference in preparations for the repeat poll." (10/25/17)


Kenya: Supreme Court to hear case seeking delay of October 26 vote

Source: Bloomberg

"Kenya’s top court will hear a petition on Wednesday filed by three Kenyans that seeks the cancellation of a presidential-election rerun scheduled for the following day, according to the Judiciary. The petitioners want the Supreme Court to compel the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission to cancel the vote, Judiciary spokeswoman Lilian Mueni said by phone Tuesday from the capital, Nairobi. They also want the opposition National Super Alliance to be given the opportunity to nominate a presidential candidate afresh after its leader, Raila Odinga, withdrew from rerun, saying the ballot wouldn’t be credible." (10/24/17)


Medicaid expansion is a prescription for disaster in Maine

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

"In November, Maine residents will be confronted with a ballot question asking them to expand MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, to cover additional recipients. If approved, this policy change would further inflate an already over-extended entitlement program and make thousands more dependent on a government welfare program. The question asks voters to approve expanding MaineCare to individuals earning 138 percent of the federal poverty line or less, including individuals who are able-bodied but choose not to work. Able-bodied individuals without dependents, many of whom don’t have a good reason why they can’t support themselves, would be allowed to join a program intended to help the truly needy. Further, Medicaid expansion consumes finite resources that could otherwise be used to help those people who are disabled and incapable of working." (10/23/17)