Posts Tagged: Elections
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Meeting Mayors Is Easy

Have you ever gone home with a fellow a little too briskly? Oh sure you have. But did you sign a contract to be together for four years? Of course not! Oh well! Congratulations, now you have a new mayor in your life! What will he be like? Who knows! It's the thrill of the chase and the tumble.

Anyway, shouts to the 4,741 people total in New York City who voted Green Party.

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Silicon Valley Creeps East: The Jack Hidary For Mayor Crowd

So proud to be endorsed by @indietheaternyc (The League of Independent Theater). You can read the endorsement here: http://t.co/wpLDtN6EQd

— Jack Hidary (@jackhidary) September 25, 2013

We've been trying to ignore the fact that there is apparently another candidate for mayor, after de Blasio and that guy from the MTA, which is hilarious, since everyone at the MTA won't even be voting for him because they hate him so much. It's serial entrepreneur Jack Hidary! But he will not quite be ignored. I keep trying. This story, from a month ago, had him exclaiming "When I'm mayor, everyone gets a pair of Google Glasses!" Which… [...]

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Run, Jeb, Run! (Number 394 in a Series)

GREAT NEWS AMERICA. We might get a Jeb Bush candidacy yet! The news is a-flurry with Jeb Bush news, though actual flurries have canceled his flight to D.C. today so he will not be Making News at the Cato Kaelin Institute tonight, with his pronouncements about the future of our race wars.

Question: "Is Jeb Bush the Republicans' Hillary Clinton?

Answer: No.

Question: What does this mean? "I’m not saying yes, I’m just not saying no. I’ve accomplished some things in my life that allow me now to — to have that kind of discretion, to be able to think about it."

Answer: He made lots [...]

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So Long, White Devils! Hello, "New Welfare Constituency"!

I'm relieved that the parties are less racially polarized than some polling suggested.

— Franklin Foer (@FranklinFoer) November 7, 2012

Oh yes? You don't want to buy the argument that white people are tribally clinging to a raft built by rich fellow white people, in part as an attempt to float away from the scary brown gay immigrants?

So then what happened last night? "Mr. Obama won despite losing the support of white voters by wide margins. Overall, he lost this group by 19 percentage points, even larger than his 12-point loss in 2008," says the New York Times. Now American politics has an [...]

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Egypt Beset by Free and Orderly Election!

The Guardian live-blog and the Al-Jazeera live-blog of the Egyptian elections are just fun to keep tabs on today. It's mostly just like "I'm excited to go vote!" So far it's the feel-good story of the day! And we'd like to keep it that way.

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What Do the Salafists Want? On Egypt, Sharia and Israel

Translation: "The Salafi movement invites you to pray Eid prayer with us. First prize is a surprise. There will be space for females and gifts for children."

Today is the second day of voting in Egypt for the People's Assembly, which has 508 seats. All told, 24 days of polling will take place over the next few months. In January, elections will begin for Egypt's upper house, the Shura Council, which has 264 seats. After that election concludes, voting will take place to choose a president.

Before the revolution, Islamic parties were banned from public office in Egypt. Now the Al-Nour party claims to have 300,000 active members, each [...]

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How Wisconsin Stayed Republican

In the long-awaited matter of the Wisconsin recall elections, two Republican state senators were indeed recalled. That puts the state at 17 Republicans and 16 Democrats, and, even with forthcoming recall elections, at the very least the legislature will remain with a Republican majority.

Along the way, how Wisconsin politics works has been laid bare. Last week, a supporter of Republican Senator Robert Cowles came out to say that Cowles had told him that the only reason he voted for Scott Walker's anti-union budget bill was that "the governor's office told us if we didn't give them our support, they would run a tea party candidate against [...]

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Are You Ready For Debate Night In New York City?

"R u editorializing, Juan Manuel?": @deBlasioNYC when I ask abt his 'skinny' post-primary schedule. Mentions 2 unlisted Sunday church visits

— Juan Manuel Benítez (@JuanMaBenitez) October 14, 2013

It's debate night! It's a bit of down-home tomfoolery, when Bill de Tall-io has to come out and dance on the grave of Mayor Smaug and disregard the terrible gruesome presence of much-hated Republican contender Joe Lhota. All while being peppered with questions from random journalists! Including, we hope, the hot guy from NY1 Noticias.

Hey, you know who hates Joe Lhota? The staff of the MTA. Which he used to run. Funny story.

The Times has [...]

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We Endorse The Hooker Dude

The incredibly wealthy Eliot Spitzer, who lives in his dad's building at 985 Fifth Avenue, up the street from his dad's building at 800 Fifth Avenue, was one of the very few people hollering about the out-of-control Wall Street corporate culture before the recession. As pushy as he was, he didn't do enough. As A.G., he sued the stock exchange's Dick Grasso for his golden-parachute money-grabbing. He nearly took down AIG back in 2005, before AIG nearly took down New York City. He did not, and he should have. Before that, he crusaded against fake anti-abortion "family crisis center" facilities. Good! Eventually for some reason he ran for governor, which [...]

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This Week's Winners and Losers of New York City's 2013 Mayoral Election

Let's look at the winners and losers of this week in the reality show that is New York City Mayoral Election 2013!

It was a quiet week in the mayoral campaign. Why is that? Because it's all already basically a done deal, pretty much. The Republicans are fighting it out towards a primary, instead of settling on a candidate, which is fine. We're all basically pretending that there's an active race and that anything could happen! Well, it could… maybe. There's the people with the money and there's the people without the money. Once again. Polls describe everyone as substantially lagging behind Quinn.

Mike Bloomberg Mayor Mike [...]

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What Should We Do About These Foreign Places? Liveblogging the Final Romney-Obama Debate

That chill in the air tonight is not just a real alive Halloween monster crawling up your leg. It's actually Josh Romney, helping the Halloween monster, because there is a chance you are a liberal who "offended Dad" by thinking maybe Barack Obama sort of won the second debate? Whatever happens tonight, during this third and final human-hybrid death wrangle, consider this live blog a "safe house" that Chris Matthews can never enter, because of the voodoo amulets we've hung from all the windows and doors. And yet we enjoy the online video from MSNBC, because it works so well … and Brian Williams is being super [...]

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The Lotto Vote

"So here is another idea: a series of Mega Millions-like lotteries for primary and general elections, with awards that can range up to the hundreds of millions for a big general election — where your lottery ticket is your voting stub. It is a reasonable guess, given what we have seen with big lotteries in the states, that a billion dollars for all federal primary and general elections in a cycle (a small sum to enhance democracy and reduce dysfunction) would, by providing a very powerful incentive to get Americans registered and to actually turn up at the polls, result in a robust increase in turnout, perhaps to as much [...]

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Let's Stop Pretending Herman Cain's a Real Thing

It's astounding that this is lingering as a news cycle as long as it has already, but can we all just agree to now ignore Herman Cain? Every election cycle some alleged front-runner dominates the news—welcomed by the candidates who'll be the real front-runners once there's actually primaries and stuff. Then this person gets pilloried and there's a "miraculous fall" or explosion or petering-out or whatever, and then we can get down to the real business. The point being that no one can stay front and in the center in the news that long without burning America's attention span right out. And the news cycle sure doesn't care who's getting [...]

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19 Politicians Who Didn't Return Their Donations from BP in 2011

John Barrasso

Diane Black

Mark Begich

Michael Conaway

John Boehner

Michael Burgess

David Lee Camp

John Cornyn

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Old White Man Sneaky

You would be forgiven for knowing or caring nothing about the race for Brooklyn District Attorney. However, surely you care about brutal, vicious takedowns, right? The short version is that a young challenger at last unseated the old white man who has been DA since 1989, who admitted defeat and agreed to stumble off. Until he apparently did an about-face, vowing to run as a Republican against his challenger. Here is a truly vicious fact-check on the campaign and it is hilarious. Also you know what goes over so big in Brooklyn? Old white men who are on the ballot as Republicans. Enjoy throwing that money down a well!

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The Park Slope Food Coop Board Of Directors Race Is On And It Is Hot!

There are two positions open on the board of the lovely Park Slope Food Coop, that magical place in Brooklyn where neighbor turns against neighbor regarding issues such as boycotting Israeli food and, oh, anything else. But! There are four candidates for the board! Which one will not make the cut!? Here are some excerpts from their statements, which were, the Coop's Linewaiter's Gazette notes, printed "unedited." [PDF here.] Let's meet them!

• "My personal life reflects my dedication to the values of the Coop. As an avid bicyclist, commuting 30 miles a day year round, to and from my office in Queens, and as someone who [...]

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Did People Outside the U.S. Care About Our Election?

While everything stopped here in America to watch the alleged nail-biter, or what the TV told us would be a nail-biter, how did the rest of the world react?

• "Today’s table topics: Egypt’s constitution-to-be, a proposed restaurant and shop curfew, the need for interior ministry reform. The U.S. presidential election? Not on the menu. 'We’ve got more than enough to worry about with Morsi,' the 42-year-old Somaya says, roughly chopping a bundle of molokheya, bitter greens common in the Egyptian kitchen. 'I didn’t even know about the U.S. election, and I don’t care. Whoever wins won't make a difference to us.'"

• "I confess to [...]

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It's Federal Primary Day! Let's Go Vote! (FOR CHARLES BARRON)

It's all happening today! The race of the century! Today in the 5th, 6th, 7th, the 8th, the 9th, the 13th, the 16th, it is primary day for Congressional seats and stuff. SO I KNOW you're busily hitting the polls today.

BUT MOSTLY THE 8TH! Where Jerrold Nadler has been shunted over to the 10th, the new district created to gerrymander poor people or whatever, I have no idea. (We lost two seats in redistricting is what happened. And like, the 10th is approximately one million percent Democratic.) Anyway, leaving it open for fun people to run, like today's face-off between the stunningly handsome Hakeem Jeffries and [...]

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In Russia, Elections Monitor You

"A Moscow court on Friday ruled that the country’s sole independent election watchdog had broken Russian law by publishing citizens’ complaints about campaign abuses during the run-up to this weekend’s parliamentary elections." —"Most of the reports concern the ruling party, United Russia, which is struggling to preserve its control of parliament at Sunday’s vote."

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Last Night's Debate: Elizabeth Warren, Capitalist

Elizabeth Warren pretty much killed it in last night's Massachusetts Democratic Senator primary debates. (The Boston Herald rather gushingly agrees!) What's fascinating about Warren is that mostly she speaks from that odd place of 100% overlap between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party. (Where she deviates from either side is on things like legalizing marijuana (she's quite against, actually!) and immigration (she believes in "retaining talent" in America, no matter where it was born.)) Consider her closing statement.