Tag Archives: elections

IL: Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in race for Congress

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Arthur Jones — an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite and white supremacist — is poised to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago and nearby suburbs. … Since the 1990s to 2016, Jones has jumped in the GOP 3rd Congressional District primary seven times, never even close to becoming a viable contender. The outcome will be different for Jones in the Illinois primary on March 20, 2018. To Jones’[s] own amazement, he is the only one on the Republican ballot. Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said in a statement to the Sun-Times, ‘The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.’ Jones told the Sun-Times he is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee. ‘Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,’ he said.” (02/04/18)


The “slave power” behind Florida’s felon disenfranchisement

Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“In November 1865—barely six months after Appomattox, and three weeks before the official ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment — the New York Tribune’s front page bore a provocative headline: ‘South Carolina Re-establishing Slavery.’ The story laid out the new system being put into place in most of the former Confederacy — ‘Black Codes,’ criminal laws targeting black citizens, coupling a long list of minor offenses with a schedule of prohibitive fines …. This history — the ardent and persistent embrace by Southern racists of the criminal justice system as a means of racial domination — gives me a somewhat jaundiced view of state laws barring convicted felons from voting. They are a heritage of the old slave-power mindset, and have no business marring politics in a 21st century democracy. … among the 50 American states, Florida is the undisputed disfranchisement champion. … 27 percent of all the disfranchised felons in the U.S. live in Florida; of those Americans who have completed all their punishments but still cannot vote, a whopping 48 percent live in the shadows of the Sunshine State.” (02/04/18)


UT: Romney set to announce his intentions in Senate race

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Mitt Romney announced Thursday he has an announcement to make and unless he changes his mind — or plans to shock all humanity — the expectation is that he will formally launch his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will start the race as an overwhelming favorite to succeed seven-term GOP incumbent Orrin Hatch, who announced last month he would not seek reelection. Although he made his business and political careers elsewhere, the former Massachusetts governor is no stranger to Utah, where Romney attended Brigham Young University and helped rescue the financially imperiled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He keeps two homes in Utah and is regarded as something of a native son.” (02/01/18)


Kenya: Court orders regime to end shutdown of TV stations

Source: US News & World Report

“Kenya’s High Court has ordered the government to end its shutdown of the country’s top three TV stations after they tried to broadcast images of the opposition leader’s mock inauguration. Journalists and human rights groups have raised an outcry over the shutdown that began Tuesday. Some journalists say they spent the night in their newsroom to avoid arrest. Opposition leader Raila Odinga declared himself ‘the people’s president’ in protest of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win last year. Odinga claims the vote was rigged and electoral reforms in the East African nation have not been made. The government has responded by declaring the opposition movement a criminal organization and investigating ‘conspirators’ in Tuesday’s ceremony.” (02/01/18)


Gowdy declines to seek re-election

Source: ABC News

“Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and the fiery former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election in 2018. He becomes the latest in a string of GOP committee chairmen who have decided to leave Congress as the GOP faces what could be a challenging midterm election. In a statement, Gowdy, who currently chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he will return to law instead of seeking a fifth term.” (01/31/18)


Votes for 16-year-olds? Grow up

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“There is no more cynical campaign in British politics right now than the effort to expand the franchise to 16- and 17-year-olds. Oldie-allergic Labour officials and their cheerleaders in the commentariat doll up their cry for ‘Votes for 16s’ as akin to the Suffragette movement, the perfect cause in this year in which we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Representation of the People Act that gave the vote to working-class men and some women. Please. Those earlier agitations for the right to vote by people who had been violently denied any say over the nation in which they lived and worked were bottom-up leaps forward for democracy. In stark, staring contrast, the idea of votes for adolescents is an entirely elite enterprise, dreamt up in committee rooms by politicians more interested in shoring up their electoral power than expanding democratic ideals.” (01/31/18)


US DoJ probe eyes McCabe’s role in final weeks of 2016 election

Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails found in the latter stages of the 2016 election campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point.” (01/30/18)


Matvienko: The US is attempting to meddle in Russia’s upcoming election

Source: Washington Post

“The chairwoman of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament says Monday’s publication of the list of Russian officials and businessmen as part of a U.S. law on sanctions against Russia is an attempt to influence Russia’s upcoming presidential vote. The Trump administration late on Monday published a long-anticipated list of top Russian officials and ‘oligarchs’ who have flourished under President Vladimir Putin. The 114-strong political list is the entire presidential administration and the Russian Cabinet, while the list of 96 ‘oligarchs’ is an exact copy of the Forbes magazine’s Russian billionaires’ rankings. Valentina Matvienko, who chairs the Federation Council and whose name is also on the list, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the publication is ‘nothing but meddling into the electoral process’ which seeks to ‘lower the support for the president.'” (01/30/18)


NJ: Frelinghuysen is latest incumbent House Republican to drop out of 2018 race

Source: Time

“Veteran Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of his term. The New Jersey Republican was facing his first competitive re-election race in decades and joins a growing roster of GOP veterans who are heading for the exits. … Frelinghuysen joins Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, both of California, as top GOP lawmakers who have recently opted against difficult re-election bids. All three represent suburban districts where President Donald Trump has lagging popularity and where many residents could be negatively affected by provisions in the new tax law that went into effect this year.” (01/29/18)


CA: Political uproar as Farrell replaces San Francisco acting mayor London Breed

Source: KQED News [US state media]

“San Francisco Acting Mayor London Breed was removed from the job by her colleagues at the Board of Supervisors in a Tuesday vote that surprised many in the city. Supervisor Mark Farrell will replace her as interim mayor until voters select a new mayor in June. The board’s vote marked a stunning reversal of fortune for Breed and shift in the city’s political landscape. It outraged many residents who showed up to support Breed, an African-American woman who became acting mayor after the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee six weeks ago. … Farrell’s appointment as interim mayor was delivered not by his allies on the Board of Supervisors’ moderate faction but by the board’s most progressive members, including Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim, who is herself running for mayor. Their goal was to remove the political advantage Breed had as acting mayor in the June election …” (01/25/18)