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Who is Jair Bolsonaro and why you should care

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“Since 1994, Brazilian presidential elections follow a pattern: PSDB and PT candidates are the main competitors, with a third candidate falling between the main leaders and countless dwarf candidates. Although this third candidate does not reach the presidency and does not even dispute the second round of the elections, its political influence tends to increase and its support happens to be disputed by the candidates of the PSDB and the PT. So it was mainly with Marina Silva in 2010 and 2014, and possibly will be so with Jair Bolsonaro in 2018.” (05/10/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/05/10/who-is-jair-bolsonaro-and-why-you-should-care/

The voting technology we really need? Paper

Source: The Atlantic
by Lawrence Norden

“Security experts and voting-machine vendors are already exploring what’s needed to make the next generation of machines more secure. Among the wide variety of solutions being explored or proposed are use of encryption, blockchain, and open source software. While each of these technologies can offer a path to more secure voting, the most important technology for enhancing security has been around for millennia: paper. Specifically, every new voting machine in the United States should have a paper record that the voter reviews, and that can be used later to check the electronic totals that are reported.” (05/10/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/the-voting-technology-we-really-need-paper/524820/

UK: No charges for Tory MPs over election expenses

Source: Yahoo! News

“British prosecutors said Wednesday they will not bring criminal charges against the ruling Conservative party for breaching election spending rules, in a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of next month’s vote. After considering files of evidence from 14 police forces across England, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that ‘no criminal charges have been authorised.’ The elections watchdog in March issued the Conservatives with its largest ever fine — £70,000 (80,000 euros, $86,000) — for misreporting expenses for the 2015 general election and three by-elections in 2014.” (05/10/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-charges-british-pms-party-over-election-expenses-113927187.html

NE: Democrats again fall short in a closely watched election

Source: Washington Post

“Democrats again fell just short in a closely-watched election as Heath Mello lost the Omaha mayoral race on Tuesday after a fierce debate within the national party over his anti-abortion views. His loss was a setback for supporters who argued that the Democratic National Committee and abortion rights groups were wrong to attack the anti-abortion former state senator. It was also another near miss for Democrats fighting in typically Republican territory since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. Democrats lost a special election for a House seat in Kansas and narrowly missed an outright win in a special election in Georgia. … Republican Jean Stothert, a 63-year-old former nurse and city council member elected in 2013, was elected to a second term.” (05/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/omaha-mayor-election-a-symbol-for-democrats/2017/05/09/e06f249e-3515-11e7-ab03-aa29f656f13e_story.html

Where is the 48 per cent?

Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“With the snap election approaching, some Brexit-bashing politicians maintain that galvanising the support of the 48 per cent is a surefire means to electoral victory. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has announced that the ‘Lib Dems are the only choice for the 48 per cent.’ Gina Miller, the self-appointed leader of spurned Remainers, has launched a new campaign to ensure anti-Brexit MPs don’t lose their seats. The businesswoman hopes that tactical voting will ensure the 48 per cent will have their voice heard. But do a bit of digging and it becomes clear that the 48 per cent is nothing more than a myth. Yes, 16.1 million people voted to Remain in the EU last June. And yes, that did represent 48 per cent of people who turned out to vote. After referendum day, however, the 48 per cent ceased to exist. Rather than respond to the result with a unified squeal, as Gina and her band would have you think, the vast majority of those who voted Remain accepted the result and moved on.” (05/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/where-is-the-48-per-cent/

South Korea: Moon declares win in presidential election

Source: Bloomberg

“Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea’s leadership race, pledging to unify the nation after nine years of conservative rule that culminated in the country’s biggest street protests since the 1980s. With 90 percent of ballots counted in Tuesday’s presidential election, Moon received 40.4 percent of votes, leading conservative Hong Joon-pyo, who had 25 percent. Centrist Ahn Cheol-soo was third with 21.5 percent. The winner needs a plurality of votes.” (05/09/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-09/moon-poised-to-win-south-korea-s-presidency-exit-poll-shows

UK: Corbyn says elites trying to “hijack” Brexit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Jeremy Corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to ‘hijack’ Brexit as he formally launched Labour’s campaign. Speaking in Manchester, the Labour leader said the question of whether the UK would leave the EU had been ‘settled’ and the task was to protect the national interest not show ‘who can be toughest with Brussels.’ He promised a reckoning for ‘tax cheats and greedy bankers’ after the election. ‘We have four weeks to show what kind of country we are,’ he said. In the run-up to the speech, Mr Corbyn insisted he would stay on as Labour leader even if the party loses at the general election.” (05/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39852719

Carter reveals he voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton

Source: NBC News

“Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter revealed Monday night that he backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic presidential primary. ‘Can y’all see why I voted for him?’ the 92-year-old Carter said of Sanders, who was seated next to him during a discussion hosted by the Carter Center on Human Rights in Atlanta. Carter kept his preference quiet during last year’s heated race between Clinton and Sanders, but his distaste for Hillary and Bill Clinton is an open secret. Carter would be Sander’s highest-ranking supporter in the Democratic Party.” (05/09/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/jimmy-carter-reveals-he-voted-bernie-sanders-over-hillary-clinton-n756846

In France, the center holds

Source: The American Conservative
by Noah Millman

“Marine Le Pen significantly underperformed expectations on election day yesterday, winning only slightly more than half of the votes won by president-elect Emmanuel Macron, or slightly more than a third of the total. Polls only a week ago showed her getting just above 40%, though over the past few days it was clear that she was bleeding rather than gaining support. Nonetheless, I think a lot of the commentariat expected that some combination of higher-than-estimated abstentions (turnout was indeed sharply down from recent prior elections) and enthusiasm by Le Pen’s base would lead to at least a small error in the opposite direction — a Macron win, but not an overwhelming one. But his victory was indeed overwhelming. Why did Le Pen underperform? I can think of several plausible reasons.” (05/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/millman/in-france-the-center-holds/

UK: Conservatives open up record polling lead

Source: Reuters

“British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has opened up the biggest lead on record for polls conducted by research firm ICM, suggesting it remains on course for a sweeping win in a national election in a month’s time. An ICM poll published on Monday, which was conducted immediately after the Conservatives scored big wins in local elections last week, gave May’s party a 22-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of the June 8 national election. May caught her political rivals and investors unawares last month when she called the election, saying she wanted strong backing from voters before she launches into tough negotiations with the European Union about Britain’s departure from the bloc.” (05/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-election-poll-icm-idUSKBN1841NF