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Supreme Court declines to outlaw Michigan straight-ticket voting
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a request by the state of Michigan to enforce a 2015 law that bans straight-ticket voting.
4 points by UPI | Voting Democracy Elections United Press International Supreme Court of the United States Election Voting system Samuel Alito
Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founder, donates $20 million to Democrats, liberal causes
Arguing that the 2016 election cycle is a "referendum" on the direction of American society, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz said he and wife Cari Tuna are endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and will contribute $20 million to Democratic campaign groups and liberal causes this year. Mr. Moskovitz made the announcement ...
82 points by The Washington Times | Elections Dustin Moskovitz Referendum Democracy Initiative Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States
‘Peace in Syria can’t be reached through Western interference’: UK’s Baroness Cox tells RT
Bashar Assad has enormous support both from his people and unarmed opposition groups for his fight against Islamic State, despite the West’s push for regime change in Syria, says Baroness Caroline Cox. The UK House of Lords peer was speaking to RT after meeting the Syrian leader. Read Full Article at
1254 points by Russia Today | Bashar al-Assad Syria Iraq Democracy Damascus Islamism Hamas House of Lords
Field set for November after primaries in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) - Two Democratic state lawmakers won't be returning to Beacon Hill after losing primary races. In Lawrence, state Rep. Marcos Devers finished behind Juana Matias in Thursday's voting, while Rep. Timothy Toomey of Cambridge lost to challenger Mike Connolly. In the race to succeed state Sen. Brian Joyce, ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Massachusetts United States Democratic Party Democracy Alaska Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Senate New England
Supreme Court rejects Michigan ban on straight-ticket voting
Lower courts ruled the bill would discriminate against African American voters.
1851 points by The Washington Post | Supreme Court of the United States Voting Elections Voting system Democracy Election United States Supreme court
Offutt Air Force Base selected as finalist for drone mission
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) - Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha has been selected as one of five finalists for location of a drone wing mission control unit. The Lincoln Journal Star ( ) reports that drones would be controlled from that site, but no aircraft ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Lincoln Nebraska Washington D.C. Lincoln Journal Star Virginia September 11 attacks Lee Enterprises Democracy Offutt Air Force Base
Southeastern New Mexico DA's office faces budget crisis
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A district attorney's office in southeastern New Mexico is facing a budget crisis and will cut cutting personnel. The Roswell Daily Record reports ( Fifth Judicial District Court District Attorney Diana Luce said last week her office has asked the Legislature for a 1.5 percent budget ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States Separation of powers New Mexico Roswell New Mexico Cut Democracy Lawyer Mexico
Turkish coup, Muslim democracy and Western bad faith
Western democracies seeking to dominate the region have been the greatest impediment to accountability in Muslim world.
2832 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Western world Democracy Jean-Paul Sartre Barack Obama George W. Bush Turkey Muslim world
Britain's UKIP denies ex-leader Farage has been offered a show by Russian TV
LONDON (Reuters) - The UK Independence Party on Friday denied a newspaper report that its former leader, Nigel Farage, had been offered his own television show by a Russian state-funded broadcaster.
14 points by Reuters | Russia Reuters Thomson Reuters News agency United Kingdom Democracy Republic of Ireland News
Alternative media: Ecuador
A look at some of the digital media outlets offering alternative sources of information in Ecuador.
39 points by Al Jazeera English | New Zealand Mass media Ecuador Journalism Democracy Welfare state Denmark Quechua
After ruling, North Carolina board careful on vote changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina elections officials have fashioned early voting schedules they hope comply with a federal court ruling this summer and ease long lines this fall in the presidential battleground state. The state's Republican-controlled Board of Elections deliberated for 11 hours through disputed plans for early in-person ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Board of directors North Carolina Elections Democracy Voting Chairman Voter turnout Supreme Court of the United States
This 224-page California voter guide is heftiest one ever, thanks to 17 ballot measures
In a season replete with clothing catalogs and campaign flyers, the biggest item stuffed in mailboxes this fall may be the Nov. 8 statewide voter guide, coming in at a record-setting 224 pages. The information booklet covers all 17 statewide ballot propositions, a document that election officials...
3462 points by Los Angeles Times | Elections Election Initiative Voting Voter turnout Voting system Democracy Referendum
Part of well-known family, Sununu says, ‘I need to make the case for myself’
Republican Chris Sununu is already the closest candidate to the governor’s office.In a picture that hangs outside the office, a young Sununu, bundled in a parka, smiles and poses side by side with his brothers and sisters on a snowy ski hill.The image appears in the official portrait of Sununu’s fat...
33 points by Concord Monitor | John E. Sununu New Hampshire Voting John H. Sununu Democracy Waterville Valley New Hampshire Judd Gregg U.S. state
North Carolina board makes measured choices on voting plans
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican-controlled Board of Elections took a measured approach Thursday to settling local quarrels over early voting plans, refusing to expand voting on Sundays this fall but increasing access to the ballot in counties where…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | North Carolina Raleigh North Carolina Charlotte North Carolina Elections Voting Rights Act President of the United States Democracy Ohio
County supervisor candidate can't link rival to Trump in voter pamphlet, judge rules
Kathryn Barger, a candidate running to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, won a legal challenge Thursday over a rival's candidate statement that implied Barger supports Donald Trump. Barger, who is Antonovich’s chief of staff, is in a runoff with Darrell Park, a...
105 points by Los Angeles Times | Democracy Michael D. Antonovich Voting Election White House Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Donald Trump Elections
Voting restrictions echo Jim Crow laws, Hillary Clinton says
Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump plans another visit to Capitol Hill Sept. 8, 2016, 4:34 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign in swing states after their town hall on military issues. Donald Trump talks with members of Congress, plans another visit to Capitol Hill Libertarian nominee...
32 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Elections Democracy Voting African American Race Donald Trump President of the United States
New Hillary Clinton ad makes pitch to Hispanic voters
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is targeting Hispanic voters in Nevada with a new Spanish-language television and digital ad ...
55 points by Las Vegas Sun | Elections Voter turnout Election Voting Voter registration Democracy California Barack Obama
Will Angela Merkel's party bounce back?
A right-wing, anti-immigration party defeats Merkel's CDU in her home state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
692 points by Al Jazeera English | New Zealand Chancellor of Germany Conservatism Democracy Welfare state Angela Merkel Denmark Reactionary
'What is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson's misstep exposes shortcomings of his presidential candidacy
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has doggedly sought the spotlight in his long-shot presidential bid, but on Thursday he got an unwelcome jolt of notoriety when he blanked on the name of Aleppo, a city at the heart of the protracted and bloody war in Syria. The gaffe, which was instantly...
225 points by Los Angeles Times | Libertarianism Voting Syria George W. Bush Libertarian Party Democracy Donald Trump Republican Party
Green Party candidate Stein working on a court date after N.D. spray-painting
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said Thursday that her attorneys are working with North Dakota officials to arrange a court date after an arrest warrant was issued over her actions during a protest. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Stein defended supporting the Standing...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Sioux North Dakota Democracy Hillary Rodham Clinton Standing Rock Indian Reservation Donald Trump Lakota people South Dakota
#GuacTheVote: Latino business group wants taco trucks to register voters
Is there anything tacos can’t do? As well as giving you a delicious source of food ? potentially on every street corner ? they could also now result in registering you to vote. Or at least they will if the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has its way. Read Full Article at
108 points by Russia Today | Elections Voter turnout Democracy Voting Election Trucks Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton
British MPs debate Brexit referendum petition
UK parliament debates petition signed by more than four million people calling for a second referendum on EU membership.
61 points by Al Jazeera English | United Kingdom European Union Europe Treaty of Lisbon Democracy England Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Republic of Ireland
Dispute intensifies over Gabon presidential election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon — The dispute over Gabon's presidential election intensified Thursday as opposition candidate Jean Ping mounted a legal challenge, accusing the incumbent leader of fraud.The filing at the constitutional court was lodged by the Thursday deadline, according to a Ping lawyer, Jean Remy Bantsantsa.Ping, who seeks to unseat the family that has ruled this oil-rich Central African country for more than four decades, already has publicly declared himself the winner.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Voting Democracy Election President of the United States Ali Bongo Ondimba Omar Bongo Elections Voter turnout
Gabon election: Jean Ping challenges result in court
Jean Ping lodges complaint with Constitutional Court contesting the official results of last month's presidential vote.
258 points by Al Jazeera English | Voting Ali Bongo Ondimba Gabon Constitution Fraud European Union Democracy Prime minister
Ethnic groups' government influence and Internet access go hand in hand, study says
The Internet may be a great source of empowerment for the disenfranchised – if they’re allowed to have it. A new study that examined the Internet access of excluded ethnic groups within countries found that groups subjected to political exclusion were significantly less likely to have Internet...
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Lou Correa nabs his primary opponent's endorsement in Orange County congressional race
Essential Politics: Pence visits California, Brown faces hundreds of challenges in bills on his desk Sept. 8, 2016, 11:59 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:The Republican nominee for vice president, Indiana...
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New Spanish-language TV ads pop up in Senate races
Both states and their growing minority populations are seen as critical to Democratic chances this year.
38 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party United States Harry Reid United States Senate North Carolina Party leaders of the United States Senate Democracy Bill Clinton
Heck’s unfounded attacks cross line
Most people enter public service because they want to better our country, have a discussion with people with opposing views and make compromises that solve problems Americans are facing. Unfortunately, in our hotly contested Senate race this year, Congressman Joe Heck’s campaign released an outrageous website attacking Catherine Cortez Masto’s integrity. These attacks …
407 points by Las Vegas Sun | Problem solving United States Senate United States Democracy Democratic Party United States House of Representatives Attorneys general 1961 births
Appeals court sympathetic to voting rules challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court seems likely to side with voting rights groups trying to stop Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from making residents prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form. Judges heard arguments in the case Thursday. At issue is whether to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Democracy Voter turnout Washington D.C. Law Election Voting United States Plurality voting system
Primary survey: Two-term Democratic state rep in Concord Ward 10 faces challenger
Christy Dolat Bartlett Party: Democrat Age: 65 Town of residence: Concord Occupation: retired Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Two terms Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I am leaning in favor but would like more information about the ongoing projected costs and benefits to the state.Provi...
7 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Cannabis Rail transport New Hampshire Legality of cannabis by country Democracy Tetrahydrocannabinol Legal and medical status of cannabis
Macomb judge dismisses challenge of House candidate
The decision by Judge Richard Caretti was the second rejection of Republican Diana Farrington’s argument        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Democratic Party United States House of Representatives Sterling Heights Michigan Democracy United States Republican Party Macomb County Michigan Utica Michigan
The top 3 races to watch in the Massachusetts state primary Thursday
It might be viewed as a warm-up vote ahead of the general election. But in Democrat-heavy Massachusetts, the state primary will likely be more determinant of who residents elect in November. Roughly 10 percent, if that, of the Bay State’s registered voters are expected to turn out for Thursday’s election (yes, it’s Thursday this year, not Tuesday, because of Labor […]
30 points by The Boston Globe | Elections Democracy United States Senate Election Voting Massachusetts Voter turnout Voting system
Ten Commandments monument going back up in New Hampshire
Officials in the New Hampshire city of Somersworth have voted to reinstall the municipality's controversial Ten Commandments monument to its original location next to City Hall
5 points by The Boston Globe | Tyranny of the majority Democracy Separation of church and state Municipality City council Mayor Councillor United States
Kraft ends run for Baltimore Circuit judge
Outgoing City Councilman James B. Kraft announced Tuesday withdrew as a candidate for Baltimore Circuit Court judge.He was facing a slate of sitting judges — Shannon E. Avery, Audrey J.S. Carrion, Michael A. DiPietro, Karen Chaya Friedman, Wanda Keyes Heard and Cynthia H. Jones — for one of six...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Voting system Judge Primary election Elections Democratic Party Election General election Democracy
Republicans Ward and Beard focus emphasize education in District 8 Senate primary
Republican voters in state Senate District 8 will choose between two candidates in next week’s primary – one coming off a failed 2014 bid for state representative, and the other running for state office for the first time.Ruth Ward of Stoddard and Jim Beard of Lempster agree on a handful of issues,...
11 points by Concord Monitor | United States Senate Democracy State Republican Party United States Democratic Party
Federal judge erred in last-minute order to keep Cincinnati polling places open in March primary, appeals court says
An appeals court on Tuesday said a Cincinnati federal judge overstepped her bounds when she ordered polling places in southwest Ohio to remain open for an hour so that people stuck in traffic could vote in the March 15 primary. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- An appeals court on Tuesday said a Cincinnati federal judge overstepped her bounds when she ordered polling places in southwest Ohio to remain open for an hour so that people stuck in traffic could vote in the March 15 primary. The Republican-leaning panel of judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott's last-minute order to the Ohio secretary of state's office was an error, as it was based on anonymous phone calls to the clerk of court's office. The appeals court's decision does not change anything about the results of the primary election. Rather, the court said it made its ruling in case similar problems arise in future elections. (You can read the full order here or at the bottom of this story.) The traffic problems on Interstate 275 were caused by a car plunging from the Combs-Hehl Bridge into the Ohio River at 4:30 p.m. Dlott was at a law school dinner when the clerk's office called her at about 7 p.m., 30 minutes before the polls closed, to tell her motorists were stranded and couldn't get to the polls, the opinion says. The judge issued an oral order requiring more than 1,100 polling places in Hamilton, Butler, Clermot and Warren counties remain open. The clerk of court's office called Matthew Damschroder, the secretary of state's Office employee in charge of elections, at 7:28 p.m. He finished listening to the voicemail at 7:31 p.m., a minute after the polls had closed, the opinion says. Election workers scrambled to reopen the polling places. Some were successful and others were not, according to the opinion. Secretary of State Jon Husted appealed Dlott's order. The court, in a 2-1 decision with a partial dissent by Chief Judge Guy Cole, said Dlott should not have ruled because the case, while not necessarily a lawsuit, did not have a named plaintiff that could show how he or she was disenfranchised by not keeping the polling places open later. "The district court judge, we realize, was in a difficult spot. She was out of the office. It was late. She had little time to act. All of this presumably led her to err on the side of protecting people's right to vote," wrote Sutton who was appointed to the appeals court by President George W. Bush. "But none of this explains why the clerk's office or the court couldn't answer the phone call with the most natural of questions: 'Who is it?'" The appeals court said it made its ruling, in part, to ensure a protocol is in place should any last-minute polling issues arise in the future. "... If one looks at the problem as being about anonymous phone calls claiming that traffic accidents or weather-related problems are preventing voters from getting to the polls, it's easy to see the problem arising again," Sutton wrote. Joshua Eck, a spokesman for Husted, praised the ruling and said Husted sought the court's review in case such a situation arose again. He said it was difficult to re-open more than 1,100 voting precincts in the four affected counties. In a news release, Husted said that "anonymous tips at the eleventh hour should not be an acceptable standard for making last-minute changes to how we exercise our right to vote." Dlott, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, declined to comment through an office aide. Gov. John Kasich in June vetoed a bill that would have required voters seeking an extension for voting hours in county courts to post bond equal to the estimated cost of keeping polling places open. Read more: Voting bill vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich // DV.load("", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3098804-16a0219p-06" }); // ]]>
1 points by The Plain Dealer | George W. Bush Voting President of the United States United States Appeal Bill Clinton Democracy United States district court
With attorney general drama over, campaign to replace Kathleen Kane moves forward
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's conviction clears the way for voters to focus on the two men seeking to replace her as the state's top prosecutor.
18 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Senate Primary election President of the United States United States Elections Alaska Election Democracy
Somersworth to restore divisive Ten Commandments monument
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) - City councilors in Somersworth have voted to restore the New Hampshire city's controversial Ten Commandments monument to its original location next to city hall. Foster's Daily Democrat reports ( ) Tuesday's 7-2 vote additionally approved a motion to add two flagpoles and a historic marker to ...
15 points by The Washington Times | Separation of church and state New Hampshire First Amendment to the United States Constitution Democracy English-language films New York City
Advocates want Speaker Mark-Viverito to let majority choose votes
The good government group Common Cause proposed a plan that would automatically give a floor vote to any bill that has 26 co-sponsors.
14 points by Daily News | Councillor City council Legislature Legislatures Democracy Elections Bill Clinton Voting
Meet the candidates: Steve Marchand seeks to be most progressive, fiscally responsible N.H. governor
Steve Marchand was in his first term on Portsmouth’s city council when he submitted a critical analysis of police staffing levels in the city, saying the department’s request for more patrolmen was unfounded.Even at 31 years old, the work was routine for a man of Marchand’s background, including yea...
106 points by Concord Monitor | Taxation in the United States City council Taxation Democracy Democratic Party Police Leave Capital punishment
Senate District 16 candidate Winterton claimed domicile in Florida for ‘tax purposes’
Donald Winterton may be facing challenges to his qualifications for candidacy in Senate District 16, but his name will be on the ballot no matter what comes of the allegations.The ballots were printed 30 days before the primary so they could be distributed to absentee voters. But questions of Winter...
36 points by Concord Monitor | Voting Democracy Voting system Manchester New Hampshire Election Democratic Party State U.S. state
Young adults on fence about candidates, voting
Many millennials have yet to decide who they're voting for in the November election.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Elections Democracy United States presidential election 2008 President of the United States Bill Clinton
Voters are finding it harder to commit than usual, posing a challenge for Clinton and Trump
Campaign 2016 updates: Voters struggle to commit, presenting a challenge for Trump and Clinton Sept. 8, 2016, 4:24 a.m. Donald Trump will stop in Cleveland, Ohio today. Hillary Clinton heads to Kansas City, Mo., for the National Baptist Convention. Voters are finding it harder than usual to commit...
630 points by Los Angeles Times | Voting Poll Barack Obama Elections Election President of the United States Democracy Hillary Rodham Clinton
Carney Defends BOE Monetary Policy After Brexit
Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney said he is “comfortable” that central bank officials acted correctly in cutting interest rates and taking other steps to cushion the British economy after voters’ decision to leave the EU.
10 points by The Wall Street Journal | Monetary policy United Kingdom Bank of England Interest rate Central bank Democracy Chancellor of the Exchequer Bank of Canada
CTU to take new strike authorization vote — but hasn’t set date
The governing arm of the Chicago Teachers Union decided Wednesday night to ask members to take a second strike authorization vote.
34 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Democracy Voting Education Walking Negotiation Voting system Authorization Teacher
Britain should start EU divorce talks soon, says Tusk
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should start talks to leave the European Union as soon as possible, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday, adding weight to calls for Prime Minister Theresa May to start the formal divorce procedure.
158 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters European Union Democracy Treaty of Lisbon United Kingdom News agency News
Colorado Editorial Roundup
The Denver Post, Sept. 1, on funding Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Colorado's wildlife agency needs $20 million to fix 10 "high-hazard" dams, part of a shortfall that will grow unless the state Legislature acts. But the proposed solution, raising hunting and fishing license fees for state residents 100 percent over ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Democracy Voting Price of petroleum Colorado Colorado municipalities Petroleum Petroleum industry Elections
4 new anti-Heck ads this week in pricey Nevada Senate race
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto is getting a post-Labor Day boost with four new ads going up against her opponent so far this week. The League of Conservation Voters announced $860,000 in TV commercials accusing Republican Rep. Joe Heck of voting against Nevada's solar industry. ...
1 points by The Washington Times | WWE Raw Voting Donald Trump United States Democracy Nevada Infomercial Plurality voting system
Celebrities push for voter registration in Detroit
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor Sean Astin visited the city Wednesday to encourage voter participation        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Democracy Voting Elections Election Voting system Voter turnout United States Michigan
Brexit 'made me feel like a foreigner again'

322 points by CNN | European Union London Borough of Havering Democracy United Kingdom London Europe London borough Romford