Elections

  • Voices: Japan's vote is all about political timing

    Why call an election now? Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants a snap election on Dec. 14 to focus on his economic policies. Analysts and the opposition say it's really about political timing, maximizing his chances of getting a fresh mandate before his party's support weakens.

    Associated Press
  • Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.

    Associated Press
  • Polish PM: no repeat of bungled local elections

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — There will be no rerun of last Sunday's Polish local elections despite political turmoil sparked by a computer malfunction that has caused the results to be delayed by days, the prime minister said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • FOREX-Yen rises after Japan fin min warns against rapid fall

    The yen rose on Friday after Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the currency's fall over the past week was too rapid, in one of the strongest warnings against a weak yen since Japan started its aggressive ...

    Reuters
  • Christie’s Strategy on National Issues: Address Some, Not Others

    As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie eyes a run for president in 2016, he has adopted a strategy for handling controversial questions of national importance: address some, not others.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Warren Clearly Favored Over Hillary by Liberal Dems

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to loom as the odds-on favorite to capture the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but don’t tell that to her party’s liberal wing.    As the “Ready ...

    The Fiscal Times
  • How Bitcoin Could Make Voter Fraud and Stolen Elections Impossible

    The same technology that makes Bitcoin an alternative currency could be adapted to make elections impervious to cheating at a fraction of the current cost.

    Entrepreneur
  • From Startup to the White House: 3 Key Campaign Trail Lessons for Entrepreneurs

    President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign chief shares what made the operation a resounding success.

    Entrepreneur
  • Bahrain elections missing key Shiite players

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The island-nation of Bahrain is preparing to hold its first elections for a new parliament since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted nearly four years ago, but many say they are heeding calls by the country's Shiite opposition to boycott the Saturday polls.

    Associated Press
  • Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call…

    TechCrunch
  • The Rochester And Strood By-Election Will Explode The UKIP Voter Stereotype

    UKIP are on track to send shockwaves through Westminster.

    Business Insider
  • Zambian president's widow joins succession race

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — The contest to replace Zambia's recently deceased president is becoming a family affair as the late president's widow said Wednesday she will seek to become the ruling party's presidential candidate.

    Associated Press
  • Critics storm Poland's electoral body over delays

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dozens of protesters stormed Poland's main voting commission and occupied the building Thursday night, angry over the delay in the vote count for recent local elections.

    Associated Press
  • Japan's lower house dissolved for early election

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament on Friday, forcing an early election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so he can pursue ...

    Associated Press
  • Webb forms exploratory committee for White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb launched an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016, taking the first official step in what could become a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Associated Press
  • Sri Lanka president seeks re-election in snap polls

    Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse declared Thursday he would seek an unprecedented third term at elections which will be held against a backdrop of growing international pressure over his rights record.

    AFP
  • Ex-Congressman Loses House Race

    Former Rep. Doug Ose has lost his bid to represent California's 7th District. Ose challenged freshman Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) with the backing of Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS. Ose, a Republican, previously served in Congress from 1999 to 2005.The contest was the nation's most expensive House race,…

    Huffington Post
  • US Virgin Islands elects new governor in runoff

    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A former lieutenant governor in the Virgin Islands has been elected governor in a runoff election against the territory's delegate to the U.S. Congress.

    Associated Press