Republicans Devise Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:15 am

The asymmetry in the ways Democrats and Republicans use power can be seen in their responses to Electoral College disadvantages. When Democrats are faced with an Electoral College gap such that their Presidential candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election, they do pretty much nothing. Joe Lieberman even remarked in an exit [...]

Berlusconi’s Return Roils Italian Markets

By: Monday December 10, 2012 10:08 am

Markets in Italy are freaking out today, mainly because of the pronouncement of one man, Silvio Berlusconi. The former Prime Minister plans to run for office yet another time, and Mario Monti, the current caretaker leader, has resigned, setting up new elections probably in February.

The Theft of Voting Rights in Arizona

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 12:20 pm

What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure [...]

The Electoral-Industrial Complex: Fortunes Made by Consultants on Campaign Spending

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:50 am

It’s been amusing to see the Republican base recognize that they’ve been had in this election, their money stolen by big-talking operatives. I think Rick Perlstein put it best in his story in The Baffler that conservatism has become an elaborate mail-order scam, directed at the target demographic for such scams, gullible seniors. When the [...]

In Candid Moment of Acceptance Speech, Obama Vows Voting Reform

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:00 am

If you’re into that sort of thing, I thought the President gave an excellent if a bit stentorian speech last night, weaving in plenty of different themes we should look for in a second term. But the most important part of this was a throwaway line that was probably not in the prepared text, something [...]

The Desperate Need to End the Sham That Is the Electoral College

By: Monday November 5, 2012 9:15 am

Today, the two major-party candidates for President are flying around the same battleground states they have since the beginning of the general election. All rallies in the past several months have taken place in just 10 states – and Pennsylvania, the 10th, was a late addition this weekend as part of a Hail Mary strategy [...]

Why We Must Abolish the Electoral College

By: Monday October 29, 2012 1:15 pm

Chris Hayes had the most thoughtful discussion of the National Popular Vote I’ve ever seen on cable television yesterday.  Every so often, it’s worth pointing out that it’s entirely unnatural to run a national political campaign through a handful of boroughs and counties in at most 9 out of the 50 states, which leads to [...]

Germany Both Demanding and Delaying Eurozone Bailouts

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 8:17 am

We have a little schizophrenia happening in Germany. On the one hand, they lead Europe in demanding that Spain ask for their bailout already. Michael Meister, a top aide to Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party, said that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “must spell out what the situation is,” and he warned [...]

Lisa Epstein Challenging Incumbent for Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts, Election on Tuesday

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 3:45 pm

Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fighter who gained national recognition for her research and discovery, attempts to pull off an upset on Tuesday in the race for Clerk of Court in Palm Beach County. This is the equivalent of a register of deeds, the official who records mortgage transfer documents in counties across the country. Epstein [...]

Libya Holds Vote for Parliament

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 9:41 am

Libyans headed to the polls today for the first time in over 40 years, electing a national assembly that will play a caretaker role, while a Constitution gets written and the country moves forward in the wake of the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. Voters risked violence to vote in the elections, where thousands of candidates [...]

Lisa Epstein Files for Palm Beach County Clerk of Court After Intimidation Campaign By Incumbent

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 8:54 am

I wrote back in April about Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fraud activist running for Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County, Florida this year. Lisa officially filed and qualified for the August 14 primary election last week. She’ll face longtime incumbent Sharon Bock, who Lisa believes has done basically nothing to leverage her power to [...]

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