Tag Archives: Election 2017

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 The opposition has withdrawn from the rerun because it says the commission has failed to remove staff complicit in the botched ballot.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)


Catalonia: Officials “won’t follow orders from Madrid”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region’s government and curtail some of the freedoms of its parliament. Separatist parties in Catalonia are due to discuss their plans later. The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the government’s measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections. … Apart from stripping [president] Carles Puigdemont of all his powers, the central government will also seek to take control of Catalonia’s local police force and its public broadcaster, TV3, reports suggest.” (10/23/17)


Czech Republic: “Populist” billionaire’s party wins parliamentary election

Source: NBC News

“A centrist movement led by populist Andrej Babis decisively won the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election Saturday in a vote that shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the billionaire to become its next prime minister. Babis — who is the country’s second-richest man, with a media empire including two major newspapers and a popular radio station — won in a landslide. With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said his ANO party had won 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament. … Since the leader of the strongest party usually gets to form a new government, Babis could be the country’s next leader despite being linked to several scandals — including being charged by police with fraud linked to European Union subsidies. The charges will likely make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs to build a parliamentary majority.” (10/22/17)


Japan: Abe’s coalition retains two-thirds majority in Lower House

Source: The Asahi Shimbun [Japan]

“The ruling coalition regained a two-thirds majority in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a major victory in his bid to stay in power. Early returns and exit polls showed Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party heading for more than the 233 seats needed for a simple majority in the Lower House. However, as more votes were counted, the combination of the LDP and junior coalition partner, Komeito, won more than the 310 of the 465 seats being contested that would make up a two-thirds majority needed to initiate a constitutional amendment in the Lower House. The ruling coalition controlled 318 seats before the campaign for the Lower House election began on Oct. 10.” (10/23/17)


Spain: Rajoy regime announces plan to seize control of Catalonia (dictatorships don’t negotiate)

Source: CBS News

“Spain’s government said Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would hold a special Cabinet meeting over the weekend to trigger the process to take some or full control of Catalonia’s semi-autonomous powers. It was Madrid’s response to a letter from Catalan president Carles Puigdemont earlier Thursday, threatening to explicitly declare independence from Spain if no talks were offered by the federal government to negotiate greater autonomy for the region. Puigdemont said in the letter that if Spain’s government continued to ‘impede dialogue and continues its repression,’ Catalonia’s parliament would proceed to hold a vote on declaring independence from Spain.” (10/19/17)


AL: Paul endorses Christian sharia-ist Roy Moore in Senate race

Source: The Hill

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in his race for the Senate, Moore’s campaign announced. ‘I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of Senator Rand Paul, ​for whom I have great admiration and respect as fellow defender of our conservative principles​,​’ Moore said of the endorsement. … ‘Judge Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution while fighting for the people of Alabama. We need more people in Washington, D.C. that will stand on principle and defend the Constitution​,’ Paul said in a statement.​” [editor’s note: So much for “libertarian-ish” – TLK] (10/17/17)


Kenya: Election commissioner resigns days before election, says vote cannot be fair

Source: Washington Post

“One of Kenya’s s top officials in charge of overseeing the Oct. 26 elections resigned Wednesday, fled the country, and said the imminent vote could not be fair. Roselyn Akombe, one of just seven election commissioners, said in a statement that the upcoming elections had no chance of being credible and fair and it had become ‘increasingly difficult’ for her to perform her duties at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). … In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday morning from New York, Akombe, who holds an American passport, said she fled to the U.S. because she feared for her life, noting that the commission’s head, Chris Msando, was murdered before the election.” (10/18/17)


WA: Voters cannot ban injections sites by ballot initiative, judge rules

Source: KIRO 7 News

“Voters do not have the authority through ballot initiatives to decide if supervised injection sites should be banned, according to a King County Judge’s ruling on Monday. Over the summer, a group gathered nearly 70,000 signatures for a February ballot initiative that would allow the public to vote on banning injection sites. Seattle leaders, who support safe injection sites, joined a lawsuit to get I-27 off the ballot and stop the public vote. On Monday, King County Judge Alecia Galvan declared that I-27 is invalid because it ‘extends beyond the scope of the local initiative power.’ Galvan instructed that it not be included in winter ballot.” (10/16/17)