Chief Wana Dubie
is the Libertarian candidate for State Representative in Missouri's 150th District.
He has a marijuana leaf tattooed on his forehead and once painted bullseye on his roof
so the 'government could find him.' After a 5-year sentence for growing marijuana, he's running for office and with hopes for a 2008 bid for governor: Dubie vs. Blunt
Today's Election Day in the United States. Political Wire provides a list of all poll closing times
.(The first closings will be at 6:00 PM EST) CNN
and Fox News
both have up their websites where you can start tracking all state and localized races as results come in. Exit polls are being conducted, but have been quarantined
until polls close. And if you want to put any money on this, you're short on time
. Good luck following the winners both in your state and on MetaFilter
Nice work if you can get it.
Bloggers are an increasingly important part of modern elections -- something that becomes immediately obvious when you look at FEC filings. Bloggers are increasingly starting to rake in the campaign cash. Initially inspired by this feature from The Hotline
, Bill Beutler combed through the FEC records and broke down what candidates were paying what bloggers how much in the current election.
A frightening and well-made full-length HBO documentary.
On November 7th,
Americans have much to decide. While the two major parties joust for control of the Senate and House, many a ballot initiative does not recieve the scutiny required. Consider Oregon's Rainy Day Amendment,
Arizona's HOPE Amendment,
California's Protect Our Homes Initiative
or Idaho's Proposition 2.
Examine the Taxpayer Bill of Rights
in Maine and Proposal 6
in Michigan - weigh them against three bills
Next week in red and blue.
Majority Watch uses a new, automated polling technology
to track the 60 most competitive House races, displaying them in an interactive map of all the House districts. They are currently predicting 240 Democratic seats, and a solid Democratic trend
. Political junkies should also consider Congressional Quarterly's excellent flash-based predictions
(211 D, 207 R, 17 too close) and Electoral Vote
, which compiles hundreds of House and Senate polls. The Senate is considered a toss-up by both of these sites.
Video the Vote.
"Starting this election... people like you and I... will document problems as they occur. We'll play them online, spread word through blogs and partner websites, doing our part to make sure the full story of our elections is told." via Rushkoff
Calling All Wingnuts
blogger Mike Stark (previously discussed here
) found himself
in a fight with George Allen's staffers
after asking the Senator an impertinent question about his first wife and sealed divorce file and court records
Election Consultants "provides unparalleled results by focusing on the outcome rather than the process. Using state-of the-art technology, we overcome the challenges of competition and ensure election results for our clients."
(To make it even more evil, it's Flash-based) A food-for-thought satire or something more? When A reporter called the site's 800 number,
the person who answered "said that he had been contacted by representatives of about 30 political campaigns to date." (I'm thinking sting operation to catch dishonest idiot politicians. Whad'ya think?)
A manual for electoral apocalypse
in America. Quite a bit's been written both on MeFi
and other places about how bad Diebold machines are. Rolling Stone wrote an article about election fraud in 2004 that was discussed here
on MeFi. Tonight, Ars posted a very
thorough, very clear article about how we are completely screwed if we do not enact expensive, fundamental changes in how we handle elections in America. It's too late to do anything about the elections in a couple weeks, but perhaps steps can be taken to fix things before 2008...
Vote for James H. "Jim"?
Voters in certain Virginia precincts will see electronic ballots featuring only part of some candidates' names. For some reason this is said to be "unfixable", even though this has been discovered two weeks ahead of election time. This problem only affects voting machines made by... not the one you'd expect, but Austin, TX-based Hart InterCivic
, whose motto is "Always Accessible". Senatorial Candidate James H. "Jim" Webb (D) is, one may assume, not amused.
is launching an ambitious campaign
to Google Bomb the top 70 congressional races with negative articles for the respective republican candidates. If you don't find this ethically perturbing you can find the code for pasting in to your blog here
--an Ohio newspaper takes a rare if not unprecedented step--taking back their endorsement. ... The Monday debate
(youtube) showed which one has a greater understanding of Christian conduct. ...
Stop me if you've heard this one before - Republican congressman blames democrats for legal troubles
. The house ethics committee
didn't see anything wrong with Weldon's activities, but one can't help but wonder how Weldon is helping his constituency by traveling to Belgrade on behalf of one of Slobodan Milosevic's pals
, who is, incidentally, a client of Weldon's daughter's consulting firm. At least no one is accusing Weldon of trying to choke his mistress
The Worst Congress Ever.
How our national legislature has become a stable of thieves and perverts -- in five easy steps. By Matt Taibbi. [Via TalkLeft.]
Zambia's presidential election
took place in an atmosphere of enthusiasm. New rules ensured that it would be free and fair, making this the most successful election yet in the country's fifteen years of multiparty rule. Still, the challenger's support
for Robert Mugabe's dictatorial regime
raises some questions about his commitment to democracy. Meanwhile, Mugabe denied rumors
that he was postponing his own presidential election, due in 2008. Are Westerners ignoring hopeful news from Africa?
MySpace has started a voter registration drive.
MySpace has a ton of users, so this could be huge. Could this get young Americans to vote? I'm going to guess no, but you never know.
[O]ne muggy day in mid-August , [Diebold consultant Chris] Hood was surprised to see the president of Diebold's election unit, Bob Urosevich, arrive in Georgia from his headquarters in Texas. With the primaries looming, Urosevich was personally distributing a "patch," a little piece of software designed to correct glitches in the computer program. "We were told that it was intended to fix the clock in the system, which it didn't do," Hood says. "The curious thing is the very swift, covert way this was done. . . . It was an unauthorized patch, and they were trying to keep it secret from the state," Hood told me. "We were told not to talk to county personnel about it. I received instructions directly from Urosevich. It was very unusual that a president of the company would give an order like that and be involved at that level."
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Will the Next Election be Hacked?
Conservatives on why the GOP should lose in 2006.
Let's quit while we're behind by Christopher Buckley • Bring on Pelosi by Bruce Bartlett • And we thought Clinton had no self-control by Joe Scarborough • Give divided government a chance by William A. Niskanen • Restrain this White House by Bruce Fein • Idéologie has taken over by Jeffrey Hart • The show must not go on by Richard A. Viguerie
Felipe Calderon has been declared the next President of Mexico
, but the controversy has not ended
as his rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to stay in the streets. The most intense conflict has been in Oaxaca
, but this is underreported in the US media. Tie this in with a recent Mother Jones article describing the current influx of Mexicans into the United States as an exodus from a failed economy
, and all of a sudden the reports coming from Mexico take on a very different meaning
Mexico City post-election protests,
which began on July 30th at the instigation of López Obrador, former mayor and alleged "loser" of the July 2 federal election, now cover a
12-kilometer (7.5 - mile) stretch of Paseo de la Reforma
one of the main arteries of one of the world's largest cities. Some see it as a party
, others see it as
In any case, a crisis of legitimacy is at hand, as all eyes await the announcement, due by Sept. 6 from "Trife"
the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, which will either decide the winner, or annul the result and call for new elections.
With partisans of Obrador already claiming that the results of the recent partial recount
suggest systematic fraud
, it's unlikely that a smooth resolution is going to come any time soon.
With the days counting down to the November election, people should really start to think about who they want to vote for. Get some straight information on who's running here
, and while you're at it, check to see how your senators
on a variety of issues
As in the 2004 elections, several useful sites have sprung up to keep track of the 2006 midterms for House, Senate and state gubernatorial races. Some have a political point of view, others don't, but they don't differ significantly on the outcome at this point. One of the veterans in this game is ElectionProjection.com
, which was pretty close to actual results
in '04. (A creation of "the Blogging Caesar")
. From the right, there's MyElectionAnalysis.com
, while ElectionPredictions
seems to come from a neutral corner. All of these track statewide polls as they are published; they may differ in how they weight results. For a more subjective approach, see Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball
or the Cook Political Report
. Overall, the consensus seems to be that the GOP will hold both houses, but with slimmer margins, and lose on the gubernatorial front.
Spin, exposed live and wriggling.
In 1995, Brian Springer released an hour-long documentary film comprised of incredibly revealing moments caught from raw satellite feeds. Not only do we get to hear the spin-doctor coaching candidates received during various commercial breaks, there are also some amazing moments such as Larry King suggesting to Clinton that Ted Turner could "serve him," an anchor suggesting to her expert that during the L.A. riots his frank diagnosis of inner-city hope is "too obtuse," and the exclusion and exclusion of Larry Agran from the 1992 Democratic primaries — and, really, there's much more.
prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.
Are Canadians changing parliament?
It seems that the minority government Conservative Party has introduced legislation to set fixed four year election dates, the third week in October. Some people seem to think it can work
, and others don't. Evidently I fit into a minority position as I can't see the benefit of having a year long election runnup.
Berlusconi going down?
another leftist leader elected
- another victim of bush policies or of his own hubris? (via war and piece
While making a required filing to the state ethics commission, Ohio Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell finds Diebold shares in his stock portfolio that he now claims to have bought "accidentally." Yes, that
Diebold -- the e-voting company whose chairman promised to "deliver the vote
" to George Bush. And yes, that
Blackwell, whose state helped deliver the White House
to the GOP. Blackwell insists that the humble amount of Diebold stock was in one of those "blind trust
" type of arrangements that worked out so rewardingly for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. [newsfilter via RawStory.]
Some facts about Latinos and immigration,
and chances are good they haven't been mentioned at all during coverage of the "immigration crisis"
. (and take a stroll down memory lane to past GOP platform statements
on the issue)
The city is ours! Belarussians are using weblogs, online communities, and text messaging to organize
, share news
and numerous photos
, and oppose their corrupt
election. Patriotism, flags, and dark blue is in fashion, whether the government likes it or not
Vernon Shoo-Ins Shoo Outsiders.
A little town in which 44,000 work, but only 93 live, fights against holding its first election in decades. [bugmenot for the LA Times
Band of Brothers
is an organization of Democratic veterans
running for U.S. Congress. Maybe you'll hear about their DC rally today on the news
(but don't hold your breath). Currently, vets in the Senate
are about evenly split among the GOP and Dems, but Republican vets are the majority in the House
. This is likely to change if the Democrats take control of Congress in this year's elections, in which the Iraq War will be a primary issue. Has a White House
full of chickenhawks
destroyed the GOP claim as the military party?
"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof...."
The Seventeeth Amendement provides for the direct election of U.S. Senators. Originally, Article I Section 3
of the United States Constition provided that each state's senators be chosen by that state's legislature.
The Populist Party platform
from 1892 on, called for direct senatorial election; and the Progressive movment
made it, along with Prohibition (18th Amendment) and Women's Suffrage (19th), a cornerstone of reform
. The 17th was ratified 8 April 1913,
when the required 36th of 48 states, Connecticut, approved it. Utah, however, had rejected it 41 days earlier, on 26 February 1913.
Although Utah never subsequently ratified it, the 17th Amendment, as part of the Federal Constitution, applies in Utah as in all U.S. States.
But in the name
of re-invigorating States' Rights
on the Right
-- and some less easy
-- have called for the repeal of the 17th Amendement. In 2003 Montana's Senate, after passing it out of committee, indefinitely postponed
by floor vote a bill
calling on Congress to repeal the 17th. Now, the President of Utah's 29-member State Senate [pdf],
with 19 co-sponsers, thinks he's figured out a way around the Constitution's 17th Amendment
. Debate on the S.B. 156
Harper wins Tory minority government.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will become Canada's next prime minister, as Canadians have elected a Tory minority government and ended a 12-year reign of Liberal rule.
Online election results will be
available after the polls close in British Columbia at 7pm PST.
have been warned
not to post early results from the east before the polls close in British Columbia. CBC explains
It appears that US-hosted websites ProAlberta
and Captain's Quarters
will be wilfully violating the Canada Elections Act and posting early results. Andew Coyne
has suggested that posters to his website "[pretend] to report the results from some election in a foreign or imaginary land.
was fined $1000 for posting early results from the 2000 election and is currently appealing to the Supreme Court. Previously discussed here
Canada is about to head into its 39’th general election. Current Poles
have the Bloc Quebecois
at 8-12% of the national vote. Because it is concentrated in Quebec, this translates to 53 seats. The NDP
, on the other hand, with 17-21% national support, is projected at only 23 seats as its support is spread across the entire country.
With the main race between the Conservative
Parties, we’ve heard little about proportional representation.
Even the NDP, which stands to gain most from throwing out the current plurality
First Past the Post system, has been oddly silent about this plank in its platform.
The question is, why?
2006 Canadian vote selector quiz!
Politics Watch brings us the new Vote Selector Quiz for the Canadian election, which is less than a week away. 18 questions that should pin down your candidate for you. But sadly, this too is Green
wins the Chilean presidential election
, the first woman to do so. She
's also a socialist, a single mom and an agnostic.
Santiago is starting to fill up with car horns, and her opponent, rightist millionaire Sebastián Piñera
, is supposed to concede any minute now.
What if Canada's ruling party was ousted because of copyright reform? Sarmite Bulte
, Canadian MP and incumbent in the January 23 election, has been getting a lot of press
in the "blogosphere" as of late - too bad it's all negative. Ms. Bulte, the primary backer of Bill C-60
, a copyright reform bill, is accused of taking a lot of money from industry lobbyists
. She may not be Tom Delay, but in a minority government where every seat counts, Bulte's loss could swing the minority government from the Liberals to the Conservatives - based on an issue that has hardly any newspaper coverage
"After watching his computer expert change vote totals this week, Sancho said that he now believes someone on the inside did the same think in Volusia County in 2000."
Leon County, FL election supervisor alleges fraud in the Bush/Gore election. "In Volusia County precinct 216, a memory card added more than 200 votes to George W. Bush's total and subtracted 16,000 votes from Al Gore. The mistake was later corrected during a hand count."
The layout of this site
looks an awful lot like this one
. Probably just a coincidence. [via matthewgood]
Where's the green?
In Canada, as elections loom closer, men in suits discuss each other for our bemusement on national television and radio, but where is the green party all of this? %5 of the popular vote, and unable to appear on the nationally televised debates hosted by the public broadcaster...via...
Future handgun ban?
Despite reassurances made during passage of C-68 that registration would not lead to confiscation, Paul Martin is promising to enable provinces to ban handguns if elected this January.
seems to be Quebec's version of The Onion with a strong political bent. There are many excellent political cartoons
covering the sponsorship scandal
and other issues.
Movie posters of your favourite politician: Jeancula
, The Godfather
, Stephen Harper
, Jack Layton as Canada Man
, and Paul Martin starring in Pirate of Canada
, Paul Almighty
and The Aviator
And it's always cool to see a vamped Duceppe
British and American mefites need not feel left out, Bush
make multiple appearances.
CBC has a fine collection of newspaper cartoons
about the current election. (unfortunately they are in a flash wrapper that Firefox has trouble getting through).
Mainstream Media to American Democracy: Drop Dead!
Brad Friedman ask alarming questions about the complete lack of attention which has been paid to the GAO report on electronic voting technology
(PDF link) released more than a month ago, which confirms what security experts have been saying for years: these systems are vulnerable to multiple independent attacks targeting system and network vulnerabilities, access controls, hardware controls, and overall management practices. If you're short of time, at least read Rep. Waxman's fact sheet
Ultimately, there is no real security on these machines; the report shows that overturning election results would not be at all difficult for even a single moderately skilled attacker. And now Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are wondering if American Democracy has died an electronic death
in the wake of massive discrepancies between final pre-election opinion polls and the results of several citizen initiatives designed to reform Ohio's electoral processes.
Iraqi insurgents are rejecting al-Qaida
in favour of the political process. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad spent 5 days with an Iraqi resistance group during the constitutional vote, and found that al-Qaida involvement in the insurgency-particularly their tactic of targetting Iraqi police and soldiers-is both unwelcome and unwanted. Instead many Sunni are looking toward using the democratic process to achieve their ends.