Tag Archives: Election 2018

UT: Romney makes US Senate run official

Source: Washington Post

“Mitt Romney on Friday announced his long-expected Senate bid in his adopted state of Utah with a low-key rollout intended to duck roiling Republican divisions and avoid signaling that he will play the role of foil to President Trump. ‘Utah’s economic and political success is a model for our nation,’ Romney said in a written announcement distributed Friday morning. ‘I am ready to fight for this great state and advocate for solutions that improve the lives of Utahns.’ In his announcement, and in a video, Romney touted his leadership of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, his tenure as Massachusetts governor, his degree from Brigham Young University and his 24 grandchildren. He made no mention of Trump.” (02/16/18)


Russia: Regime blocks opposition leader Navalny’s web site before election

Source: Today Online [Singapore]

“Russian authorities blocked opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s website on Thursday a month before a presidential election, a move Navalny said was designed to blunt his campaign for a boycott of what he says is a sham vote. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, said it had ordered telecoms operators to block parts of Navalny’s site because he had ignored a request to remove material covered in an injunction obtained by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. … Navalny, who has been barred from running in the March 18 presidential election which incumbent Vladimir Putin is forecast to win, accused the authorities of acting to hinder his campaign aimed at getting people to boycott the election. They had also wanted to help Deripaska remove information about himself from the public domain, Navalny said, saying he had no intention of voluntarily taking down the material.” (02/15/18)


FL: Sarasota Democrat wins special election for state house seat

Source: Bradenton Herald

“Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, defeated Republican James Buchanan and Libertarian Alison Foxall in Tuesday’s special election for the vacated District 72 seat of the Florida House of Representatives. Good, a lawyer from Sarasota, received 23,039 votes, or 52.17 percent of the vote according to results posted on the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections website, which showed all 32 precincts reporting. Buchanan, who is the son of Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, received 19,782 votes (44.8 percent). Foxall got 1,338 votes (3.03 percent). … It was the first special election of 2018 and a race that had drawn national attention, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Good, while Buchanan had the backing of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.” (02/13/18)


TN: Corker “listening” to those urging him to rethink retirement

Source: Fox News

“Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is ‘listening’ amid encouragement from some Republicans to rethink his decision not to run for re-election this year, according to a spokesman for the GOP lawmaker. ‘In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda,’ Micah Johnson, a Corker spokesman, told Fox News. ‘The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely.’ … But those close to Corker acknowledge he would need to move swiftly to jump back into campaign mode. The filing deadline in Tennessee is April 5. Other Republicans, including the conservative Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, have already been campaigning for the position. There are concerns, though, from some Republicans that Democrats would have a decent shot at flipping the seat …” (02/13/18)


Democrats could lose again this fall

Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“You’re reading this, so you probably follow political punditry. And if you follow political punditry, you’ve been hearing the usual corporate suspects predict that one of two things will happen in this fall’s midterm elections: either the Democrats will win big (win back the Senate), or they’ll win really big (the House too). Outta the way, Congressional Republicans: here comes the Big Blue Wave! Of course, these are the same clowns who called it big for President Hillary. Yet on and on they yammer, and we have to listen to them since big-money political media won’t hire anyone who has a clue. Interestingly, there are early warning signs — just as there were throughout the 2016 presidential race — that Democrats may be counting their electoral chickens before they’re aborted.” (02/05/18)


Ecuador: Correa barred from presidency in national referendum

Source: Miami Herald

“Ecuadoreans on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to bar former President Rafael Correa from ever holding the nation’s top office again — a stunning rebuke of the man who led the South American country for a decade. With 20 percent of the vote counted, the National Electoral Council said voters had agreed to reinstate term limits by a margin of 65 percent versus 35 percent. The decision effectively bars Correa — a charismatic socialist who led the country from 2007-2017 — from participating in the 2021 elections.” (02/04/18)


IL: Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in race for Congress

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Arthur Jones — an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite and white supremacist — is poised to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago and nearby suburbs. … Since the 1990s to 2016, Jones has jumped in the GOP 3rd Congressional District primary seven times, never even close to becoming a viable contender. The outcome will be different for Jones in the Illinois primary on March 20, 2018. To Jones’[s] own amazement, he is the only one on the Republican ballot. Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said in a statement to the Sun-Times, ‘The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.’ Jones told the Sun-Times he is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee. ‘Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,’ he said.” (02/04/18)


UT: Romney set to announce his intentions in Senate race

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Mitt Romney announced Thursday he has an announcement to make and unless he changes his mind — or plans to shock all humanity — the expectation is that he will formally launch his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will start the race as an overwhelming favorite to succeed seven-term GOP incumbent Orrin Hatch, who announced last month he would not seek reelection. Although he made his business and political careers elsewhere, the former Massachusetts governor is no stranger to Utah, where Romney attended Brigham Young University and helped rescue the financially imperiled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He keeps two homes in Utah and is regarded as something of a native son.” (02/01/18)


Gowdy declines to seek re-election

Source: ABC News

“Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and the fiery former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election in 2018. He becomes the latest in a string of GOP committee chairmen who have decided to leave Congress as the GOP faces what could be a challenging midterm election. In a statement, Gowdy, who currently chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he will return to law instead of seeking a fifth term.” (01/31/18)


Matvienko: The US is attempting to meddle in Russia’s upcoming election

Source: Washington Post

“The chairwoman of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament says Monday’s publication of the list of Russian officials and businessmen as part of a U.S. law on sanctions against Russia is an attempt to influence Russia’s upcoming presidential vote. The Trump administration late on Monday published a long-anticipated list of top Russian officials and ‘oligarchs’ who have flourished under President Vladimir Putin. The 114-strong political list is the entire presidential administration and the Russian Cabinet, while the list of 96 ‘oligarchs’ is an exact copy of the Forbes magazine’s Russian billionaires’ rankings. Valentina Matvienko, who chairs the Federation Council and whose name is also on the list, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the publication is ‘nothing but meddling into the electoral process’ which seeks to ‘lower the support for the president.'” (01/30/18)