A series of exclusives by the SKWAWKBOX revealed the ‘irregularities‘ in the selection process for local election candidates – overseen by then-local campaigns secretary Nesil Caliskan – that ultimately led to right-winger Ms Caliskan becoming leader of Enfield council in London.
The councillors who elected her included a significant number who had only become council candidates via the irregular process she ran.
The skewed selection process also led, shockingly, to the deselection of all the borough’s black councillors and triggered a series of protests and calls for investigation across the Labour political spectrum – including half the council’s Cabinet – and the resignation of all of Enfield Labour group’s female officers except Ms Caliskan, amid accusations of bullying, intimidation and physical threats.
The national party was forced to step in, effectively putting Enfield Labour group into special measures.
Source: Excl: Enfield councillor who failed to pass panel now dep to leader who altered papers to let him stand | The SKWAWKBOX
Arizona Republicans are going to court to make sure fewer ballots get counted in their state’s very close Senate race. At issue are mail-in ballots with signatures that county recorders are having trouble verifying:
The suit filed Wednesday by four county Republican parties alleges that the state’s 15 county recorders don’t follow a uniform standard for allowing voters to adjust problems with their mail-in ballots, and that two counties improperly allow those fixes after Election Day.
The GOP complained about the issue before Election Day and threatened to sue.
Democrats alleged it was attempted voter suppression and that recorders have followed the same procedures for years with no issues. Republicans said it was about following the law and having a timely ballot count.
They just weren’t super worried about that law and timeliness until they had a close Senate race on their hands, is all. Naturally, the two counties that allow people to come verify their signatures up to five days after the election are major Democratic-leaning urban counties—or Republicans wouldn’t be worried about it.
Republicans want to keep people from voting, and they want to keep votes from being counted. It’s anti-democratic, and it’s one of their top strategies for winning. It’s really that simple.
Source: Arizona Republicans sue to keep some votes from being counted : Daily Kos
When everything else fails, the assertion that “Europe is peace” is the ultimate argument of those who defend the EU. It is no surprise that the prime minister David Cameron resorted to it in a speech on May 9 arguing for the UK to remain in the EU.
Source: The EU has not brought peace – it is steeped in failure and dangerously anti-democratic