Tag Archives: 2015 elections

Benghazi Parents Sue Hillary For Wrongful Death

Nutjob teabagger Larry Klayman is behind this. NBC News reports: The parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Monday against Hillary Clinton. In the suit, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, claim that Clinton’s use …

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FRANCE: Far-Right Loses Every Regional Election

This is quite surprising considering recent events. The Independent reports: The far right Front National (FN) was unexpectedly vanquished in all parts of France last night after disgruntled moderate voters surged back to the polls in the second round of regional elections. In a nationwide vote watched with anxiety all over Europe, Marine Le Pen’s deodorised far-right party failed to …

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Houston Elects Democratic Mayor

The haters may have turned back LGBT rights in Houston, but they couldn’t keep the mayor’s office out of Democratic hands. The New York Times reports: State Representative Sylvester Turner, defeated his rival, Bill King, as rainy weather appeared to have lessened turnout in the runoff election. The vote represented a political crossroads of sorts for the country’s fourth-most populous …

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LOUISIANA: Diaper Dave Loses Gubernatorial Race

Via the New York Times: With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, soundly defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana. A more promising red state Democrat could hardly have been found …

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PHILADELPHIA: Voters Approve Permanent First-In-Nation Office Of LGBT Affairs At City Hall

In 2008 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter issued an executive order establishing the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs. Since that order could be undone by a future mayor, yesterday voters approved a referendum item permanently establishing the office in the city’s charter. The Philly Voice reports: The office is responsible for working on policies that aid the …

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MICHIGAN: Anti-Gay Christian Adulterers Lose Bids To Win Back Legislative Offices

Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, the Michigan Tea Party-backed anti-gay Christian lawmakers who were busted in a bizarre adultery cover-up scheme, yesterday lost their bids to retake seats in the chamber which expelled them early this fall. The Associated Press reports: Ms. Gamrat had 9 percent of the vote, with 90 percent of precincts reporting in her former southwestern Michigan …

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Salt Lake City Elects Utah’s First Gay Mayor

Another bright spot from last night. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Salt Lake City voters elected Jackie Biskupski as Utah’s first openly gay mayor and only the second female top executive in the capital city, according to the unofficial election-night count. Those vote tallies had Biskupski with 52.19 percent to two-term Mayor Ralph Becker’s 47.81 percent — less than a …

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KENTUCKY: Anti-Gay Republican Wins Governor Race

Republican Matt Bevin, who exploited Kim Davis to order to galvanize evangelicals, decisively won Kentucky’s gubernatorial race tonight, defeating Attorney General Jack Conway, who had refused to defend his state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Bevin’s candidacy was heavily supported across Teabagistan.

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KENTUCKY: GOP Exploits Kim Davis & Marriage Backlash To Spur Evangelicals In Gubernatorial Race

How entirely unshocking. The Washington Post reports: Trailing narrowly in the polls ahead of tomorrow’s Kentucky gubernatorial election, Republicans are trying to motivate evangelicals by invoking the case of county clerk Kim Davis and the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing gay marriage. Republican Matt Bevin planned to emphasize economic issues in his campaign, but he discovered that voters preferred to talk …

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John Oliver On Medicaid Expansion [VIDEO]

Last night John Oliver ripped into Republican leaders who oppose expanding Medicaid coverage in their home states. Raw Story recaps: According to Oliver, 20 Republican-led states opted out of accepting what is essentially free money from the federal government in order to provide needed health care for residents who can’t afford health insurance. One state that has had overwhelming success …

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POLAND: Anti-LGBT Right Wing Party Takes Parliament

The chance of any advances for LGBT rights in Poland were dashed yesterday as an anti-LGBT right wing party won a commanding number of seats in Parliament. Reuters reports: Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) claimed victory on Sunday in a watershed election that risks putting the ex-communist state on a collision course with key European Union allies. Run …

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CANADA: Justin Trudeau Makes PM Acceptance Speech: “I Didn’t Make History Tonight, You Did” [VIDEO]

CBC News recaps Trudeau’s acceptance speech: This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984. “Sunny ways my friends. Sunny ways,” Trudeau told his enthusiastic supporters in …

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BREAKING: Canada Ousts Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper As Liberal Wave Sweeps Justin Trudeau To Ottawa [VIDEO]

Canada’s National Post reports: The Liberal Party cut a dominating swath through the Atlantic region, then stormed into Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies as the first two waves of federal election results flooded in Monday, the beginning of the end of a historic, drawn-out campaign that saw political fortunes fluctuate dramatically. Both CBC and CTV television networks declared Justin Trudeau’s …

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John Oliver Lampoons Canada’s Election [VIDEO]

Vox recaps last night’s segment: Americans do not typically think of Canada as a particularly riveting political subject; journalist Michael Kinsley once joked that the most boring headline imaginable would be “worthwhile Canadian initiative.” But this year’s Canadian federal election, for which voting is today, is both important and, if you’ve been following its twists and turns, pretty interesting. John …

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TODAY: Canadians Go To The Polls

USA Today reports on today’s election in Canada: A young liberal leader with a famous pedigree in Canada, Justin Trudeau, threatens to upend nearly 10 years of conservative leadership under Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Canadians go to the polls Monday. Harper, who has held power longer that most major Western leaders, hopes to capture a rare fourth term in …

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Aliens, Pot, Dragons, & Lasers: Candidate For Canadian Parliament Goes Viral With Wacky Campaign Ad

TIME Magazine reports: While Donald Trump dominates America’s GOP primary field, Canadians have discovered their own wild card candidate—Wyatt Scott—ahead of their federal election in October. The independent candidate promises to “fight for Canada” while the video shows him perched on a CGI Canadian goose and swinging a sword in the air. Scott—armed with the clever slogan, “think artisan politics, …

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HOUSTON: Christian Group To Deliver Signatures On Anti-Trans Referendum

Earlier this year a Houston jury ruled that a petition drive to repeal that city’s LGBT rights ordinance had too many invalid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Today the haters will try again. Another petition drive over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, or “HERO,” is hitting City Hall Thursday morning. They’re delivering 22,000 signatures on petitions to the city …

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