Tag Archives: elections

Kenya: Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Kenya's Supreme Court said Wednesday it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election largely because the electoral commission refused scrutiny of its computerized voting system. The court judges said because the electoral commission refused to allow scrutiny of its computer servers it had no option but to agree with the claim by Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga that the computerized data of the August presidential elections had been interfered with. The court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election earlier this month saying there were irregularities and illegalities." (09/20/17)


Clinton won't rule out questioning 2016 election, but says no clear means to do so

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Hillary Clinton says she would not rule out questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 election if new information surfaces that the Russians interfered even more deeply than currently [asserted on the basis of no credible evidence]. In an interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her new memoir, What Happened, Clinton acknowledges that such a challenge would be unprecedented and that 'I just don't think we have a mechanism' for it." (09/18/17)


CA: Feinstein ducks questions on re-election bid

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Sen. Dianne Feinstein dodged questions Sunday on whether she is planning to mount a re-election run for a fifth term as a U.S. senator in 2018. During an appearance on CNN’s 'State of the Union,' Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor and the oldest U.S. senator at age 84, quickly sidestepped a question about whether she was 'up for another' six-year term. 'Well, we will see, won’t we?' Feinstein told Dana Bash, the show’s host. 'I’m not going to declare on CNN.' Feinstein’s political future has been the subject of intensifying (and, at times, divisive) speculation within Democratic circles in recent months, which the senator’s remarks Sunday will likely do little to quell." (09/17/17)


Japan: Abe says he'll decide on snap election after US trip

Source: Bloomberg

"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he’ll decide on calling a snap election after he returns from a trip to the U.S., confirming media reports that he was considering calling a vote more than a year early. … Abe intend to dissolve parliament on Sept. 28 to pave way for an election on Oct. 22, Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday, without saying where it got the information." (09/18/17)


Hillary happened

Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair

"So someone has ghost-written another Hillary Clinton memoir. My biggest question when I picked it up was: Did Hillary stiff the writer out of the final payment as she did Barbara Feinman, the real author of It Takes a Village? You don’t have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened: Hillary Clinton. Glutton for punishment, I took a masochistic dive into its dark pages anyway. It soon became apparent that Hillary shouldn’t have treated Feinman so churlishly. What Happened would have greatly benefited from her stylistic enhancements." (09/15/17)


Hillary is what happened

Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

"In the famous 'Festivus' episode of Seinfeld, Frank Costanza kicks off his alternative to Christmas with the Airing of Grievances: 'I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!' If you want to get an idea of what Hillary Clinton’s new book is like, think of Frank Costanza. As What Happened reveals, Hillary has a lot of problems with a lot of people who, she believes, cost her the 2016 election. She doesn’t care if you don’t want to hear it (apparently many close to her advised against her writing the book), she is going to spend 512 pages letting you know how she really feels. When Clinton writes about 'the deep currents of anger and resentment flowing through our culture,' you can’t help think that this is actually an apt description of her own feelings." (09/15/17)


Clinton gripes about Electoral College

Source: The Hill

"Hillary Clinton in a new interview called for an end to the Electoral College. 'I think it needs to be eliminated,' Clinton said of the Electoral College during an interview on CNN. 'I'd like to see us move beyond it, yes.' The former Democratic presidential nominee won the popular vote in the 2016 election by nearly 3 million votes. But she lost the Electoral College to President Trump. In recent days, Clinton has been doing a series of interviews to promote her new book, 'What Happened.'" (09/14/17)


Singapore: Presidential candidate runs unopposed

Source: Jakarta Post [Indonesia]

"Singaporeans Tuesday poured scorn on the process to select their new president after an establishment figure was deemed the only eligible candidate, meaning no election will be held. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the city-state's Muslim Malay minority, will be the first woman to hold the largely ceremonial role if — as expected — she is formally nominated to the presidency Wednesday. But the 63-year-old will avoid an election originally slated for September 23, as others hoping to run against her were judged by authorities not to have met strict eligibility criteria." (09/12/17)


Strange money

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sure is popular … in Washington. Elsewhere? Well … In Alabama, a Republican runoff on the 26th pits controversial Judge Roy Moore, who gained national attention fighting to keep a Ten Commandments monument on court grounds, against U.S. Senator Luther Strange, appointed to the office by Governor Robert Bentley. … McConnell has poured nearly $7 million from the Senate Leadership Fund into Strange’s campaign, giving the incumbent what the Birmingham News called 'a staggering financial edge over Moore.' And yet the paper’s report also noted that this 'money advantage has not translated so far into votes.'" (09/08/17)


TX: Federal court rules state can implement scheme to reduce African American, Hispanic voter turnout

Source: Politico

"A divided federal appeals court has stayed a lower judge's ruling barring Texas from implementing a revised version of its voter identification law. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to allow Texas to use the revised voter ID measure known as SB 5 for this November's elections. … [The two judges in the majority] also faulted U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos for going beyond the scope of a previous 5th Circuit ruling instructing her to assess whether SB 5 had cured problems with SB 14, another voter ID measure Texas passed in 2011. Ramos ruled that original measure was tainted by an effort to discriminate on the basis of race and the measure signed earlier this year did not fix the problem." (09/05/17)