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A Bloodletting in Australia

Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard gets knifed by members of her own Labour Party ahead of the fall elections. Just where does this leave the party so close to an election? Do the Liberals even need to campaign with this kind of Labour self-destruction?H/T Next Media Animation

 

Iranian Moderate or Wolf?

New reports on Iranian’s president-elect Hasan Rouhani have cast doubt on the “moderate” label he has been given by much of the international media. The London based pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat has revealed that Rouhani’s son committed suicide over his father’s close ties to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s New President

He speaks European languages and earned a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University. Now, Dr. Hassan Rouhani is Iran’s new president. H/T Channel 4

Why Politicians Sound the Same

Could you tell the difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during the last election debates? To many people, they sounded more or less the same. If you’re wondering why this was the case, it’s not because they agree. During elections, political party platforms move to the middle, to attract what is called the “median voter,” essentially, the Independents and the voters closest to the middle. H/T Learn Liberty

Ayatollahs Rule Out Women

With Iran’s presidential elections set for June 14, Mohammad Yazdi, a clerical member of the Guardian Council — Iran’s constitutional watchdog — has said the constitution rules out women being presidential candidates. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current, two-term president of Iran, also is forbidden to run for a third term, but is advancing the candidacy of one of his aides.

IRS’ Tea Party Witch-hunt

The IRS admitted yesterday that the agency singled out approximately 75 conservative and Tea Party groups for special scrutiny and auditing in advance of the 2012 election. While the agency apologized for overstepping its legal bounds, there was no word forthcoming on who ordered the witch-hunt and whether those responsible will be fired or reprimanded.

Colorado’s Election Travesty

Colorado Senator Owen Hill found the best “technical” words to describe a complete overhaul of Colorado’s election scheme. If signed into law, the bill would allow for the same lax standards of registration and voting as is currently written into Colorado law but extended to election day. For registration it’s merely the last 4 digits of a Social Security number if the registrant claims they don’t have a Colorado ID. For casting a ballot the standard is as low as an unspecified utility bill, a pay stub, or a bank statement. In theory a person could walk into a vote center give any four unverifiable digits, a “utility” bill and cast a ballot.

Must be the mountain-high dope they’re smoking up in Denver and Boulder. H/T Reveal Politics

Stop Losing Elections

Republicans tired of losing elections should embrace immigration reform, recapture the Latino vote and get back on a winning streak. That’s the advice of pundit Dick Morris who spells out the bleak consequences if the GOP cannot reverse the “identity politics” that have ruled the past two general elections.

 

Run To Preserve Our Liberties

“I didn’t want to run for office,” says Gigi Bowman, Liberty candidate for the New York State Senate. The Long Island native decided to run for office after Empire State pols passed sweeping new gun control legislation. What particularly irked her was the large number of Republicans who supported the law. “That was shocking,” says Bowman.

Bowman, editor of How to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform and head of Liberty Candidates, encourages citizens who prize individual liberty to step up and run for a local office. What positions do Liberty candidates take? “Sound money, free markets, individual liberty, constitutional government, and non-intervention in foreign policy,” she says. “Basically the same as Campaign for Liberty,” the group founded by her political inspiration, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

It’s A Small World

This just in. President Obama has created a commission to study election reform. “The Left is upset that the percentage of illegal aliens and other fraudulent voters who vote Democrat is stuck at 98 percent,” says Jodi Miller. In this week’s NewsBusted, she also revisits Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of Staten Island and the case of an unfortunate man stuck on the Disney “It’s a Small World” ride.

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