Tag Archives: elections

Kenya: Opposition group says top adviser abducted by regime forces

Source: Washington Post

“Kenya’s main opposition group says police have detained one of its advisers ahead of a planned protest ceremony to stage a mock inauguration of Raila Odinga as president. Odinga’s National Super Alliance said in a statement that the detained man, economist David Ndii, was recently appointed chairman of a committee organizing the protest event on Dec. 12. The statement said police arrested Ndii Sunday in Diani on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. A police official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, confirmed Ndii is being questioned by detectives.” (12/04/17)


Trump amps up support for authoritarian theocrat and accused ephebophile creep Roy Moore

Source: CBS News

“President Donald Trump is throwing his full support behind embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. Mr. Trump tweeted early Monday that ‘Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.’ It was Mr. Trump’s most full-throated endorsement of Moore, who has lost backing of many top Republicans since he was hit with allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago. Mr. Trump has assailed Democratic candidate Doug Jones and has defended Moore against allegations of child molestation. But the White House has said he has no plans to make campaign appearances.” (12/04/17)


Illinois’s chicken-and-fish Supreme Court

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A constitution is the law of the land only to the extent that it’s enforced. And in Illinois, the right of citizen initiative — provided for in the state constitution — is not enforced. The constitution’s wording is explicit: ‘Amendments … may be proposed by a petition signed by a [specified number of electors]. … Amendments shall be limited to structural and procedural subjects contained in Article IV.’ Does that Article IV discuss the subject of election procedures, including eligibility requirements, thereby opening the door to a citizen-initiated term limits amendment? Yes, it does. Section 2, subsection (c), for example, specifies citizenship, age, and residency requirements. Yet the Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly chucked the results of effective petition drives to get a state legislative term limits question on the ballot. The justices rely on the venerable Fallacy of Tortured Misreading.” (12/01/17)


Moore: LGBT socialists are behind accusations that he sexually assaulted teenagers

Source: ABC News

“U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rejoined the campaign trail Wednesday night, making fiery claims about who is to blame for the sexual assault allegations bogging down his campaign. … ‘They’re liberals. They don’t hold conservative values,’ Moore said of the people he says are trying to ruin his campaign with allegations. “They are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender who want to change our culture. They are socialists who want to change our way of life and put man above God and the government is our God.” [editor’s note: In the video, Moore refers to God “needing” him in the Senate race. Hubris much? I wonder what his co-religionists think of his low opinion of God’s power and his high opinion of his own value – TLK] (11/30/17)


German politics: From boring and stable to unpredictable and volatile

Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“In Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, the political center is collapsing. Four years ago Germany’s two main parties received nearly two-thirds of the votes. This time they barely gained half. Equally worrisome, ‘responsible’ conservatives no longer define the acceptable right of the German electorate. The AfD has emerged to the Right of the CDU/CSU. So far the populists are not dangerously extreme, but the AfD nevertheless remains a malign force. Yet ignoring and isolating the AfD is unlikely to defeat the movement. Especially if doing so makes it harder for Germany to create a stable government majority.” (11/28/17)


Kenya: Kenyatta sworn in after controversial election rerun

Source: CNN

“Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term as Kenya’s president on Tuesday, bringing to a close the protracted electoral saga that has gripped the country in recent months. Supporters cheered as he made his vows at the ceremony in Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium, while outside Kenyan police fired tear gas at some who tried to force their way in, local media reported. This year’s leadership contest has been rife with controversy amid allegations of vote tampering, an unprecedented high court ruling which nullified the initial vote and sporadic bouts of violence in opposition strongholds.” (11/28/17)


Trump endorses Moore

Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Alabama voters must elect embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, to prevent ‘liberal’ Democrat Doug Jones from winning next month. … Trump, repeatedly pressed on the accusations against Moore, said he took the GOP candidate at his word — that he did nothing wrong. ‘He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also,’ Trump said in response to shouted questions from reporters about the nine women who have made claims against him.” (11/21/17)


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)


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)


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


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)