Tag: Elections

GOP officials refuse to certify primaries: “This is how Republicans are planning to steal elections” | Salon.com

Nonpartisan election law experts agreed that the trend could cause chaos on a larger scale.

“Had this unfolded on this kind of timeline in 2020, it really could have created problems, because there would have been questions about whether the state could have actually named a slate of electors,” Robert Yablon, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, told the Times. “You could imagine there being disputed slates of electors that were sent to Congress, and it could have been a big mess.”

GOP officials refuse to certify primaries: “This is how Republicans are planning to steal elections” | Salon.com

Israeli Squatter-Settlers are Expanding Colonies in Palestinian West Bank in Advance of Biden’s Visit and another Election

Anti- Semitism or Anti- Israel. They are no longer the same. It’s no longer 1967 but 2022 and Jews are turning against Israel.

The settlers are well aware that political parties will be keen to win their votes, and won’t be interested in disputes over the construction of new settlements. That’s why work is already underway to identify new sites and possibilities for new settlements and “facts on the ground” at the expense of the Palestinians and their land.

Source: Israeli Squatter-Settlers are Expanding Colonies in Palestinian West Bank in Advance of Biden’s Visit and another Election

The Trump-Bannon Plan to Take over Elections

The Australian LNP is fast becoming a GOP Republican Party franchise. It operates on and with the same attention to the American characteristics. Just as Murdoch media is doing here following in the footsteps of Fox.

They are now intent on the selling of a brand rather than a service. As a service to the Australian public, they are divided and certainly don’t operate as a team and merely try to appeal to us as one every 3 years. In between times they work for the highest bidder on a quid pro quo basis. Their only certainty going forward is to control the election process. How the fuck did the debate last night become a pay-to-view Murdoch/Skye/News Corp event? The LNP need to control the media, the money, and now even the AEC our very electoral process just as the Bannon Trump Republicans are doing in the US. The only upside is that they are destroying their own Party but with it Democracy.

Donald Trump | Election Integrity | Steve Bannon by Robert Reich | April 19, 2022 – 6:11am

Elections in Europe — Amid Ukraine agony, Russia still finds support

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Russia find support in the hypocricy and political skullduggery of nations like Australia who are prepared to make noise about supporting Ukraine on one hand but then trading with nations supporting Russia  like India. The Morrison government wants to have it both ways and pretends they don’t. Morrison is typical of a misogynistic male liar who whispers “I’ll put it in a little bit if it hurts I’ll take it out, promise” and call that ok and consent.

Ideas of “folk” identity die hard, whether that is among a minority of “tradition-minded” French reviling Arab citizens there, ethnic-Serb nationalism, or even dreams from yesteryear of Magyar ethnic hegemony and empire in Hungary. The European Community before 1992 was a thoroughly democratic and prosperous Western European club, actually enacting ideals of justice, sharing and peace. It then acceded to urgent requests from the former communist states of Eastern Europe to be admitted to the new EU. NATO likewise agreed to admit those states to the alliance, as they were demanding greater assurance of protection from Russia. In light of the barbaric events of the last six weeks, they had reason to fear. Governments of the West, while united and determined in the present crisis, must rue that they had few alternatives during the ructions of the 1990s and made this rod for their own backs.

Source: Elections in Europe — Amid Ukraine agony, Russia still finds support

The Coming Coup: How Republicans Are Laying the Groundwork to Steal Future Elections – Mother Jones

For months, voting rights advocates and scholars of democracy have issued hair-on-fire warnings about the danger that the GOP’s death-by-a-thousand-cuts strategy poses to the very foundation of representative democracy. “The American experiment is at risk,” Holder says. This is not hyperbole. And by 2024 the damage may have already been done. The members of Congress, governors, secretaries of state, attorneys general, state legislators, and local officials elected this November will determine to a large extent whether there will be fair elections for years to come.

Source: The Coming Coup: How Republicans Are Laying the Groundwork to Steal Future Elections – Mother Jones

Liberal Party’s bloody history forgotten as Morrison cries freedom

Labor pulled us out of that one in 72 and is doing the same for this one and 60% support Dan while over 90% have been willingly vaccinated. On the scale of things mandates haven’t resulted in the sackings of hundreds but have made work enviroments safer. Morrison isn’t “against mandates and for freedom” in fact he wants to pass a Bill and mandate against LGBTQIs

Scott Morrison’s chant over “people wanting their lives back” recalled some 200 young men dead in Vietnam, conscripted by his political Party, the Liberals, who cannot have their lives back. Prime Minister Scott Mo

Source: Liberal Party’s bloody history forgotten as Morrison cries freedom

Treasurer says cutting COVID payments will encourage states to open faster

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Despite lessons from Singapore, the UK, and others where public health is crashing despite 80-90% vaccination all that really matters to the LNP is they are wasting money on people and need the effen states to get out of their way. There is an election coming and they need some short term “seeming success” like Singapore initially did after they reached 80% vaccination of “all” their citizens. So who gives a fuck what happens in the long term as the election will have been done and dusted?

Meanwhile those individuals in real need of assistance or on the verge and teetering will be “stranded” but then they aren’t LNP votors or donors. Only those small businesses  that don’t “snap back” will be coupled with those that were always at the bottom of the pecking order anyway. So, tough luck according to Frydenberg but he will have saved those organizations that pay the LNP to be the LNP and run their fiefdom Australia. Unfortunately the stock market has hit and iceberg before Frydenberg could save it a sign of worse things to come.

The federal government’s plan to cut off COVID-19 payments is partly to encourage states to open up faster and remove more rules, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said, despite business and social groups warning lockdowns may continue beyond 80 per cent vaccinations.

Source: Treasurer says cutting COVID payments will encourage states to open faster

They will blame the pandemic for nine years of doing nothing, except for submarines – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Will we ever grow intellectually to the point where we can discern, understand and act on those matters that seek the good within us? ( John Lord )

Source: They will blame the pandemic for nine years of doing nothing, except for submarines – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. | by Matt Barrie | Aug, 2021 | Medium

Everything Morrison’s Plan isn’t: Israel is sliding and failing Taiwan isn’t it’s back to ZERO

“Countries that consistently aim for elimination — ie, maximum action to  stop community transmission as quickly as possible — have generally fared better than countries that opt for mitigation targeted way to reduce cases so as not to overwhelm health-care systems.”  Countries opting for elimination fare better for health, economy & civil liberties. Source: The Lancet.

Joint modeling for the “opening up” strategy has been conducted by the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at University of Western Australia, the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis at the University of Melbourne and an independent modeling expert. “If 70% of adult Australians (excluding children <16 years) were fully vaccinated, but with a 95% vaccination level for those aged ≥60 years, the AZ-mRNA strategy would eventually result in some 6.9 million symptomatic COVID-19 cases, 154,000 hospitalisations, and 29,000 fatalities.” It concludes: “The consequences of opening up prematurely could prove to be both irreversible and unacceptable. Aus

Source: Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. | by Matt Barrie | Aug, 2021 | Medium

NSW car park promised in federal fund now slated at $200,000 per space

A car park planned for Woy Woy will cost more than $210,000 per space, which is 430 per cent above the benchmark figure.

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A car park planned to be built in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast will cost more than $210,000 per space, which is 430 per cent above the benchmark figure, according to an Australian National Audit Office report. The audit found the Urban Congestion Fund was used to bankroll commuter car parks in mostly Liberal-held or marginal seats across the country.

Source: NSW car park promised in federal fund now slated at $200,000 per space

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PM funded 27 car parks one day before he called the election

A surprise defeat in one of India’s biggest states shows that Modi is not invincible | Amit Chaudhuri | The Guardian

‘The return of human empathy will remain as a reference point in our memory’. Trinamool Congress supports celebrate victory in Kolkata, West Bengal.

In the months leading up to the assembly elections in West Bengal, I began to realise that there was every chance that the state where I live, once a left stronghold, would soon be under the rule of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). The realisation came from talking to ordinary, working-class Bengalis. K, a man in his late 30s who had come to work for us, said tersely but firmly that he’d be voting BJP. The reason? “You need to throw out parties in power from time to time. It’s good for them.” He was invoking the Kerala model – in Kerala, voters periodically alternate between putting one of the two main parties in power. Electorates in all states – in fact, the whole country – would probably go Kerala’s way if they had a viable opposition to turn to.

Source: A surprise defeat in one of India’s biggest states shows that Modi is not invincible | Amit Chaudhuri | The Guardian

A Pushy Number: Libs’ pollster Crosby Textor granted access to 27 million unlisted mobiles – Michael West

Crosby Textor application for access to unlisted mobile phone numbers

When the Coalition quietly changed the regulations to enable access to millions of unlisted mobile phone numbers for ‘political research’, the Liberal Party’s pollster Crosby Textor was quick out of the blocks with an application to access the database, writes Jommy Tee. Now, the lobby group closest to Scott Morrison has access to 27 million phone numbers heading into the next Federal election.

A salient point for other political parties wishing to access the database is don’t leave it too late because it may take several months to satisfy the approval conditions.

The long-suffering public may beg to differ on whether access should be granted.

A Pushy Number: Libs’ pollster Crosby Textor granted access to 27 million unlisted mobiles – Michael West

Republicans Defend Trump Argument That Accepting Foreign Help In Elections Is OK | HuffPost Australia

Of course they do after all you have to have the “Money to buy it” as the song goes. The left is never as coonsolidated as the right is when it comes to money. There’s a queue at GOP and Trump doors ready and waiting to sell them influence at all times. (ODT)

Republicans now say that soliciting or accepting help from foreign governments in U.S. elections is acceptable, after once pushing back on the notion when President Donald Trump floated it in an interview last year.

Democrats have been left “stunned” after Trump’s impeachment defense team suggested during the Q&A portion of the Senate impeachment trial that soliciting or accepting information from foreign governments about one’s political rivals is OK so long as the information is “credible.”

via Republicans Defend Trump Argument That Accepting Foreign Help In Elections Is OK | HuffPost Australia

Enough ‘gotcha’ campaign coverage. Here are five ways the media can better cover elections

Screenshot_2019-06-03 Enough 'gotcha' campaign coverage Here are five ways the media can better cover elections.jpg“The reason is simple: for political parties, elections are make or break, determining their fate for the next three years; for the media, an election is just another story, admittedly a long-running and important story, but not an organisation-transforming event.” Conversation

I disagree I believe elections are a long runningmedia “investment” $80 million proved that and Murdoch media was a long term investor in the the conservatives and has been since Bob Hawke. It’s conservative leanings aren’t aimed at the general electorate but are focused on where the profit is and that’s not with the ALP. News Corp is less focused on news and far more on influence for money and PR. How much did they make this election? To say News Corp runs at a loss is merely to say they don’t pay tax. (ODT)

Enough ‘gotcha’ campaign coverage. Here are five ways the media can better cover elections

 

Election campaigns are unedifying spectacles nowadays – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why is it that when we talk about reform it is nearly always about how much something costs rather than what it is worth?

I remember the joy of the Whitlam years. It was invigorating. The changes he made – not promises for the distant future but real achievements – could truly be labelled reform.

Ended conscription and got us out of Vietnam
Opened relationships with China
Established Medibank
Introduced the supporting mother’s benefit and welfare payment for homeless people.
Equal pay for women and extended adult minimum wage to include women workers
Abolished the death penalty
No-fault divorce
Federal funding for state schools
Free university education
25% cut in tariffs across the board
Sewerage connection
Reduced voting age to 18
An Order of Australia replaced the British Honours system
Racial discrimination act
Land rights to Indigenous people
Replaced God Save the Queen with Advance Australia Fair as the national anthem.
Established the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Heritage Commission, FM and community radio.
The film industry flourished

Talk about tax cuts, national security, and surpluses doesn’t have the same inspirational ring to it somehow.

via Election campaigns are unedifying spectacles nowadays – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This Election, Try Telling the Truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Having a good memory for past federal elections and the tactics employed, going back as far as 1958, I cannot recall a time when dishonesty and outright lies played such a pivotal role in the strategy of the Liberal Party.

This Election, Try Telling the Truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“I realised I had been sleepwalking”: the women pushing back against Trump

These midterms have seen a surge in female candidates as women rail against their president – including in Iowa’s prairie country, where being “nice” has its limits.

By Matthew Knott

via “I realised I had been sleepwalking”: the women pushing back against Trump

Ireland’s new prime minister: Leo Varadkar set to become republic’s first openly gay premier – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Leo Varadkar will become the Republic of Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister and the youngest person ever to hold the office.

Source: Ireland’s new prime minister: Leo Varadkar set to become republic’s first openly gay premier – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Buying the election? Tory billionaires outspend Labour’s trade unions in donor war — RT UK

Donations from the billionaire business lobby to the Conservative Party are already almost double the total handed to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour by the trade union movement, figures published by the Electoral Commission on Friday show.

Source: Buying the election? Tory billionaires outspend Labour’s trade unions in donor war — RT UK

At Last, An Election About Boats

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Australia will finally have an election campaign that deals with the possibility of asylum seekers arriving by boat, after almost twenty years of campaigns focused on other, less important issues. 

“When it comes to election campaigns, too often all we hear about is health or education, or economic plans, when what Australians really want to hear about is what affects them the most: a guy getting on a boat,” Jenny Lance, a spokesperson for the Voters’ Alliance group said.

She said the early signs showed this campaign was headed in a different direction. “Since Peter Dutton’s interview the other night, I really get the sense that the next forty days or so of the campaign will dominated by the danger asylum seekers pose to our nation. What a refreshing change”.

Trump: ‘I had nothing to do’ with Cruz tabloid story alleging affairs – as it happened | US news | The Guardian

Coverage from the 2016 campaign trail as three states prepare for Democratic caucuses on Saturday, and the Republican party fears chaos on state level

Source: Trump: ‘I had nothing to do’ with Cruz tabloid story alleging affairs – as it happened | US news | The Guardian

Auburn Defense Missing And Presumed Dead After Second Half Stampede In Tuscaloosa: A Metaphor The Victorian State Elections

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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA (CT&P) – After acting in a docile and somewhat incompetent manner in the first two quarters, Alabama’s herd of giant pachyderms went berserk in the second half, running over, through, and around a hapless Auburn defense like they were not there. Auburn defensive players were left crushed and mangled on the field like shoppers on Black Friday trying to get into Walmart.

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The dominant bull in the herd, Blake Sims, led the tuskers on five straight touchdown drives to cinch the glorious Bama victory. Wide receiver Amari “The Stud” Cooper caught two of his three touchdown passes in the third quarter in route to a 13 reception, 224 yard performance.

Auburn coaches and players seemed overwhelmed and unable to stem the Tide of murderous enraged pachyderms.

“It was just plain horrifying,” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. “We were hauling injured and dead felines off the field after every play. The monstrous beasts showed no mercy whatsoever. It was like standing in front of dam as it burst. There was just no stopping them.”

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Many of the unfortunate defensive linemen were treated at DCH Regional Medical Center but most of the Auburn secondary remains unaccounted for.

“We found some shreds of orange and blue fabric that could be fragments of uniform, along with some helmets and protoplasm that may be bits of human flesh,” said Malzahn. “At this point we’re just not sure.”

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When asked what the team will do to try to rebuild their confidence before a consolation bowl game, Malzahn told reporters that “Well, I guess we will sit down and watch a loop of the end of last year’s Iron Bowl. You know we have only seen it 3578 times so far. I guess a few more times could never hurt.”

In keeping with the Auburn tradition of naming their games so they can actually remember them amid the clutter in their skulls, fans phoned in suggestions to Paul Finebaum who was commenting on the game for the SEC Network. As of this writing it is a tossup between “Pachyderm Colonoscopy” and “Trampled at Bryant-Denny.”

The final score in the game was 55-44, setting up an appearance by the thundering herd of belligerent Bama behemoths in the SEC Championship Game against yet another litter of kittens from Columbia, Missouri.

Home / News / Sportsbet pays out early on Labor to win Victorian election Sportsbet pays out early on Labor to win Victorian election

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Yet again, Sportsbet has beaten Sky News, the ABC, Fairfax and Newscorp to the punch, we’re calling it:

Labor will saunter to a comfortable victory in the Victorian election and as a result we’re paying out on them early.

At 6am we paid out over $100,000 on Dan Andrews sweeping to power after Saturday’s vote.

Victoria election betting odds

Despite us paying out on Labor, our Victoria election markets are still open.

Still fancy a punt on the Liberals to take it? You can still bet on them, they’re a tasty $5.50.

You can have a punt on everything from seats, to the upper house majority, the last declared seat, and each individual Victorian electorate.

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There’s surely some value in Ted Cruz as an outside bet at $17.