Tag Archives: elections

SCOTUS: That’s OK, North Carolina, you can keep your unconstitutional gerrymander districts for now

Source: US News & World Report

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court’s order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party’s chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts. Two liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, objected to the high court’s action. The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the order reduces the chance that the current district lines will be altered ahead of the November mid-term congressional elections. The court offered no reason for its decision.” (01/18/18)


Why Senator Cardin is a fitting opponent for Chelsea Manning

Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Solomon

“The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, has become a big star in national media by routinely denouncing Russia as a dire threat to American democracy. The senior senator from Maryland personifies the highly dangerous opportunism that has set in among leading Democrats on the subject of Russia. Chelsea Manning confirmed on Sunday that she is challenging Senator Cardin’s re-election effort in the Democratic primary this June. Her campaign has real potential to raise key issues. … As his party’s ranking member of the key Senate committee on foreign policy, Cardin is at the tip of the anti-Russia propaganda spear. After three decades in Congress including nearly a dozen years in the Senate, he’s an old hand at spinning. No one has worked harder to get political mileage out of ‘Russiagate.'” (01/16/18)


AZ: Disgraced crook Joe Arpaio cranks Teh Krazy up to 11

Source: ABC News

“Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County and an outspoken ‘birther,’ said Saturday he is not surprised that Hawaiians received an erroneous emergency mobile alert about an imminent ballistic missile attack because ‘there’s something wrong with that government.’ Case in point, according to Arpaio? Former President Barack Obama’s ‘fraudulent’ Hawaii birth certificate. Arpaio claims Obama was not born in the U.S., despite what the birth certificate says. … Arpaio is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his term.” (01/15/18)


MD: Former political prisoner Chelsea Manning files for US Senate race vs. Cardin

Source: Baltimore Sun

“Chelsea Manning, the transgender Maryland woman convicted of sharing thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed her candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin in this year’s election. Manning declared her intentions Jan. 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday. She is running as a Democrat.” (01/13/18)


UK: Farage backs fresh Brexit referendum to “kill off” issue

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Nigel Farage has proposed a second referendum on leaving the EU to settle the issue for a generation, as he believes the result would be the same again. The former Ukip leader suggested another poll would ultimately kill off the campaign for Brexit to be reversed, which is championed by remainers such as Tony Blair, Andrew Adonis and Nick Clegg. … Farage immediately won support from his ally Arron Banks, the prominent Brexit supporter who helped bankroll one of the leave campaigns. ‘If we do not act radically now, we will sleepwalk into a faux Brexit, in name only,’ he said. ‘True Brexiteers have been backed into a corner and the only option now is to go back to the polls and let the people shout from the rooftops their support of a true Brexit. Leave would win by a landslide.'” (01/11/18)


Celebrities and the presidency: No room for glamour in the Oval Office

Source: Libertarianism.org
by Sarah Skwire

“I’ve been reminded of the debate over Washington’s title, and the first hints of the American desire for superstar Presidents by the events of the last few days. One TV star, Donald Trump, is currently in the White House — put there at least in part by his sheer recognizability and his talents for engaging the crowd and playing to the media. Another TV star, Oprah Winfrey, is currently considering the possibility of running for the White House — surely counting on her own recognizability and her devoted fan base to help put her there. Neither TV star possessed a dram of political experience or legal expertise prior to the moment they decided to set their sights on the oval office.” (01/11/18)


Will Sheriff Joe be the next Roy Moore?

Source: National Review
by Theodore Kupfer

“Joe Arpaio, the infamous former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., announced on Tuesday that he is running for the Senate seat soon to be left open by retiring Republican senator Jeff Flake. … His decision to run could help [Martha] McSally, splitting the hardline populist vote and clearing the congresswoman’s path to the nomination. … The danger, however, is that Arpaio becomes the next Roy Moore: winning the primary only to lose in embarrassing fashion in the general election.” (01/11/18)


Oprah Winfrey: Is this the best they’ve got?

Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I admire and respect Oprah Winfrey for her talent and business success. She was the recipient last Sunday of the Golden Globes’ annual Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at a gathering of her ultra-leftist Hollywood friends and is now being seriously touted by Democrats as the best candidate to beat Donald Trump for President of the United States in 2020. Seriously? Is this the best they’ve got?” (01/10/18)


Issa won’t seek re-election

Source: Washington Post

“Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, Hillary Clinton’s one-time chief antagonist on Capitol Hill, announced he will not seek reelection in his Southern California district this year. … Issa faced a highly competitive reelection bid in a district he barely won in 2016, with 51 percent of the vote. One possibility was a rematch between Issa and Democrat Doug Applegate, who already announced his plans to run again, but who faces at least one other Democrat in a primary.” (01/10/18)


SCOTUS appears sympathetic to Ohio voter roll purge effort

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Supreme Court appeared sympathetic Wednesday to states that seek to prune their voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t voted in a while. In a case from Ohio, opponents of the practice called it a violation of a federal law that was intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said minorities and homeless people appear to be disproportionately kicked off the rolls. But the court’s conservatives and possibly also Justice Stephen Breyer indicated that they would uphold the state’s effort. Ohio is among a handful of states that use voters’ inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from voter rolls. A ruling for Ohio could prompt other states to adopt the practice, which generally pits Democrats against Republicans.” (01/10/18)