Tag Archives: elections

Germany: Merkel aide gives parties three weeks to find way out of crisis

Source: US News & World Report

“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, appealed to political parties on Tuesday to decide in the next three weeks whether they can form a stable government and drag Germany out of a political impasse. The collapse of talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens has thrown Germany into political uncertainty and raised the prospect of new elections. It has also cast some doubt over whether Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader after 12 years in office, will serve a fourth term after her conservatives won the most seats in a Sept. 24 election.” (11/21/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-21/merkel-aide-gives-german-parties-three-weeks-to-find-way-out-of-crisis

Kenya: High court rules on months-long leadership battle

Source: CBS News

“Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made. The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political drama never before seen in Africa that has left dozens dead. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed challenges by human rights activists and a politician who argued that last month’s election was not conducted according to the law. Protests began in response to the court’s decision, though an opposition call for calm appeared to have effect. Anger remained. ‘We will not respect (Kenyatta) even after the court verdict. That was not an election and we will continue opposing him,’ said one resident of the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city, Wycliffe Onyango.” (11/20/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/raila-odinga-kenya-opposition-leader-supreme-court-uhuru-kenyatta-election/

Germany: Merkel’s fourth term in doubt after coalition talks collapse

CNBC

Source: CNBC

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would
secure her a fourth term hit a major setback on Sunday after a would-be coalition partner pulled out of exploratory talks, citing irreconcilable differences. The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) unexpectedly walked out of the talks with Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens, saying that the three parties could not find compromises on key issues like immigration and the environment. Merkel could seek to form a minority government with the Greens, or new elections will be called.” (11/19/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/19/german-coalition-talks-collapse.html

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)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/calm-down-democrats-your-troubles-arent-over-virginia-northam/

NY: Voters shoot down constitutional convention proposal

Source: New York Post

“New York State voters were soundly rejecting a ballot proposal Tuesday night to hold a constitutional convention following a multi-million dollar campaign by public employee unions against it. The question is asked of voters every 20 years to determine whether to convene delegates to amend the state constitution and take up issues that have been rejected by the state Legislature — such as term limits and stricter ethics laws that could bar lawmakers from earning outside income. But Big Labor claimed that the convention, which would be run by delegates elected across the state, could jeopardize pension protections enshrined in the state Constitution.” (11/07/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/11/07/ny-voters-shoot-down-constitutional-convention-proposal/

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)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/07/politics/danica-roem-virginia-transgender/index.html

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)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/359310-dems-win-from-coast-to-coast

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)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5054711/Kenyan-politician-files-petition-challenging-poll-results.html

Brazile: I considered replacing Clinton with Biden as 2016 Democratic nominee

Source: Washington Post

“Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated setting in motion a process to replace Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was ‘anemic’ and had taken on ‘the odor of failure.’ In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the process of removing Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.” (11/04/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/brazile-i-considered-replacing-clinton-with-biden-as-2016-democratic-nominee/2017/11/04/f0b75418-bf4c-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html

GA: Attorney general quits defense in server wiping case

Source: Houston Chronicle

“The Georgia attorney general’s office will no longer represent the state’s top elections official in an elections integrity lawsuit filed three days before a crucial computer server was quietly wiped clean. The lawsuit aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily questioned touchscreen election technology, which does not provide an auditable paper trail. The server in question was a statewide staging location for key election-related data. It made headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn’t fixed for six months after he first reported it to election authorities. Personal data was exposed for Georgia’s 6.7 million voters, as were passwords used by county officials to access files. … It’s not clear who ordered the server’s data irretrievably erased.” (11/02/17)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/technology/article/Georgia-attorney-general-quits-defense-in-server-12323451.php