Tag Archives: elections

Venezuela: One killed, four wounded in election violence

Source: ABC News

"Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's raising tensions in a nation battered by shortages and anti-government protests. A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in the traditionally pro-government Catia neighborhood of western Caracas. … The government calls the opposition vote a manipulation aimed at destabilizing the country, and has been urging its supporters to participate in the constitutional assembly, which it calls a way of restoring peace to Venezuela." (07/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelan-opposition-hopes-big-turnout-protest-vote-48663799

This LP member wishes Austin Petersen the best of luck

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien

"Let’s be clear: the Libertarian Party is my only political party. Flirtations with the Ron Paul Revolution aside, I’ve only ever had one party affiliation. I don’t consider most Republicans to be that close to libertarianism. I really don’t — I think elected Republicans are fiscally irresponsible, utterly wrong on foreign policy, and terrible on social issues. I don’t see much they have in common with Libertarians, besides their lip service to the words 'smaller government' and 'low taxes' which none of them seem to actually be interested in acting on — oh, and a little lust for gun rights, unless the gun owner is a black man from Minnesota who gets murdered by a police officer. But, in fairness, I do understand why Libertarians go to the Republican Party to try to impact it." (07/07/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/this-lp-member-wishes-austin-petersen-the-best-of-luck/

New House bill would kill gerrymandering and could move America away from two-party dominance

Source: The Intercept
by Zaid Jilani

"[T]he winner-take-all, first-past-the-post system means that if you want to vote for a third party, your vote will often be 'wasted,' as two parties compete to get the most votes and other votes are considered inconsequential to the outcome. If a candidate wins 40 percent of the vote, while her two opponents get 30 percent each, the first one wins, even though 60 percent of the district voted against her. That dynamic effectively forces political actors to sort themselves into two parties, or risk being boxed out of power entirely. Gerrymandering, combined with the way voters have sorted themselves into cities and rural areas, means that even while Democrats consistently win a majority of votes cast for House candidates, Republicans wind up controlling the House of Representatives regardless. A group of representatives in the House want to change this system, and are introducing legislation to change this system and make America’s federal elections more representative and competitive." (07/05/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/05/new-house-bill-would-kill-gerrymandering-and-could-move-america-away-from-two-party-dominance/

Please, Gary Johnson, stay the hell away from politics

Source: Rare
by Jack Hunter

"What many libertarians had hoped would happen with the Johnson campaign — mainstreaming and elevating our philosophy — the exact opposite happened. So when Reason reported on Thursday that Johnson was returning to politics, I did not rejoice — I recoiled. Johnson had his chance, the biggest chance the Libertarian Party will likely ever have in our lifetimes, and his campaign did more to diminish liberty than promote it. Johnson’s simple 2016 task was two-fold: First, present libertarianism coherently, and hopefully, attractively. Second, don’t look like an idiot. He failed on both." (06/30/17)

http://rare.us/rare-politics/rare-liberty/please-gary-johnson-stay-the-hell-away-from-politics/

States rebel as Trump election panel seeks voters' personal data

Source: MarketWatch

"President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity has asked all 50 states to provide voter rolls going back to 2006, and personal information including names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers of all registered voters. The request by Kris Korbach, Kansas'[s] secretary of state and the vice chairman of the commission, is already facing a backlash by states that say the request is unnecessary and unwarranted. 'I have no intention of honoring this request,' Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday in a statement. … In a statement Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, also said he won’t cooperate …. The commission is led by Vice President Mike Pence, and is scheduled to meet for the first time in July." (06/29/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/states-rebel-as-trump-election-panel-seeks-voters-personal-data-2017-06-29

Immanuel Kant on electoral interference

Source: CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp

"The 'categorical imperative' is the central concept in the ethical philosophy of Immanuel Kant. It refers to an unconditional moral obligation binding in all cases and not dependent on someone’s inclination or purpose. … It also refers to things you can’t do. So (just for another example), if it is wrong (as a matter of principle) for a government in one country to interfere in the elections of another, the rule against it applies universally. It would be wrong for a foreign country to help a candidate in the U.S. to win. But see this: 'Yanks to the Rescue: The Secret Story of How American Advisers Helped Yeltsin Win.' Jesus! That almost sounds like interference in the Russian election of 1996. And it looks like the U.S. was practically shouting it from the rooftops at the time, with glee." (06/27/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/27/immanuel-kant-on-electoral-interference/

Mongolia: Presidential election forced to second round

Source: US News & World Report

"No candidate has won an outright victory in Mongolia's presidential election meaning the first ever run-off between two leading candidates will be held next month, the General Election Committee said on Tuesday. A populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won the most votes in the Monday election, but failed to secure the majority required, the committee said. He will face ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold, who came second, in a run-off on July 9, the committee's chairman, Choinzon Tsodnomtseren, told a news briefing. The election has been seen as a referendum on the government's economic recovery plans and China's role in the remote, resource-rich country known as the birthplace of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan." (06/27/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-26/no-decisive-winner-in-mongolia-presidential-vote-election-committee

UK: May's Tories seal governing deal with DUP

Source: Bloomberg

"Prime Minister Theresa May kept her grip on power by reaching a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which will support her minority government in key votes in the U.K. Parliament. Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s longest-serving member of the Westminster Parliament, signing the accord and shaking hands. … The so-called confidence and supply agreement caps 17 days of discussions after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority in this month’s snap election. With May relying on the DUP’s 10 lawmakers to win votes in the House of Commons, talks have centered on extra money for Northern Ireland and plans for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union." (06/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/may-seals-u-k-governing-deal-with-northern-ireland-s-dup

In praise of gerrymandering

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

"Rather than having unaccountable panels of phony nonpartisans acting behind the scenes, we are far better off letting our political processes be exactly what they are: political. If Texans don’t like how Texas legislators draw up the state’s electoral maps, then they can kick Republicans out and put Democrats in charge. It is not like this has not happened before: Democrats had a near-monopoly on state-level power for a century after the Civil War but eventually were displaced by Republicans, whose policies and attitudes are more amenable — for now — to Texas voters. All of the high and mighty love democracy until democracy gets a little too democratic and starts producing results that they do not like, at which point it is time to 'rise above politics' and put the like-minded servants of the high and mighty in charge of things." (06/21/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448801/gerrymandering-supreme-court-case-redistricting-legislature-republicans-democrats

GA: Republicans hang on to House seat in special election

Source: The Hill

"Republican Karen Handel is projected to win Georgia's special House election, dealing a major blow to Democrats who were hoping to score an early win against President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in what had become the most expensive House race in history. Republicans could tout the victory as evidence that backlash to Trump won't win the House for Democrats. Georgia's suburban Atlanta district has been a Republican stronghold for decades, with former Speaker Newt Gingrich among the prominent politicians who have held the seat. Voters in the district repeatedly reelected Tom Price, whose appointment to be Trump's Health and Human Services secretary brought on the special election." (06/20/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338675-republicans-hang-on-to-house-seat-in-key-georgia-election