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Candidate Pledges Increase in Hope of Republican Victory – NYTimes.com

Candidate Pledges Increase in Hope of Republican Victory – NYTimes.com.

Election Cycle Emerges as the Year of the Pledge, but Some Candidates Resist

This is the year presidential candidates are being asked to take the pledge.

They are asked to state their opposition to abortion rights. They are pressed to pledge support for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

They have been asked to oppose pornography, women in combat and Sharia law — all part of a “marriage vow” pledge.

Candidate pledges, an incidental part of past presidential elections, have exploded this year as advocacy groups seek to hold a future Republican president accountable.

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Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com

Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Signing Away the Right to Govern

It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that
no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican
interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges
shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates
are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic
principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.

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Political groups, now free of limits, spending heavily ahead of 2012 – The Washington Post

Political groups, now free of limits, spending heavily ahead of 2012 – The Washington Post.

A contentious special election in Upstate New Yorkhas quickly become a test run of sorts for 2012 as outside political groups pump more than $2 million into an obscure three-way House contest.Republican and conservative groups, led by the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads, have flooded the airwaves with ads attacking the Democratic and tea party candidates vying to replace former Republican congressman Chris Lee. Democratic groups and unions have scrambled to catch up, with their own ads attacking the official GOP nominee, though they remain outspent by conservatives in the days ahead of the Tuesday election.

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New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post

New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post.

One commercial accuses the president of worsening the deficit and says, “It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check.” Another attacks Republican tax and Medicare policies, saying, “We can’t rebuild Americaif they tear down the middle class.”So begins the shadow campaign of 2012, in which a new breed of “super PACs” and other independent groups are poised to spend more money than ever to sway federal elections.

The first major ads look as if they came from a regular campaign. But they were produced and aired by groups independent of Obama and his GOP rivals.

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Election boundaries: No more packing or cracking | The Economist

Election boundaries: No more packing or cracking | The Economist.

Election boundaries

No more packing or cracking

California’s new way of drawing political maps could become the model for the rest of America

ONE lowly state senator from southern California, upon seeing the state’s new electoral maps and realising that no incumbent member of Congress currently lives in a district to be drawn around her home, spontaneously declared: “I’m in, I’m in, I’m in, I’m in,” and thus became a candidate for the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Other state senators, assemblymen and US representatives were rather less effusive. Several suddenly found themselves sharing a district with political allies who may now become rivals, or facing a much less sympathetic electorate.

This chaos among California’s incumbent politicians is a good sign. For the new lines of 177 districts, released on June 10th and to be finalised by August 15th, were drawn, for the first time, by a genuinely independent commission of citizens, not by state legislators. The panel’s mandate is to make compact, contiguous districts that preserve natural “communities of interest” such as ethnic groups, and to ignore politics altogether. The commissioners do not even have voter-registration statistics or the addresses of incumbents. The revolutionary new idea is that, instead of politicians choosing their voters, voters should choose their representatives.

This marks a dramatic change in the history of American democracy. […]

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For Candidates, It’s Time for Oratorical Contraception – NYTimes.com

For Candidates, It’s Time for Oratorical Contraception – NYTimes.com.

ELECTIONS routinely start with candidates’ pledging more debates than they’ll ever really consent to, committing to a positivity that sours faster than unrefrigerated milk and promising to listen as much as they talk, a congenital impossibility.

For the 2012 presidential race, I’d like them to make a different vow — and actually keep it.

How about everyone’s agreeing to shut up about their kids?

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Michele Bachmann zeroes in Iowa – Kasie Hunt and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com

Michele Bachmann zeroes in Iowa – Kasie Hunt and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com.

The Des Moines Register poll released Saturday confirmed what the other GOP presidential campaigns already knew: In Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann is for real.

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The congresswoman’s cool, dismissive response to an unmistakeably provocative question may have provided a clue that explains her rapid ascent from cable television culture warrior to contender: Far from being a one-dimensional character who can play only at the extremes and at high volume, Bachmann is a polished politician with more adaptability than she is given credit for.

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The Republican Threat to Voting – NYTimes.coman A

Less than a year before the 2012 presidential voting begins, Republican legislatures and governors across the country are rewriting voting laws to make it much harder for the young, the poor and African-Americans — groups that typically vote Democratic — to cast a ballot.

Spreading fear of a nonexistent flood of voter fraud, they are demanding that citizens be required to show a government-issued identification before they are allowed to vote. Republicans have been pushing these changes for years, but now more than two-thirds of the states have adopted or are considering such laws. The Advancement Project, an advocacy group of civil rights lawyers, correctly describes the push as “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.”

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Unabhängigkeit der Justiz (5): The Roberts Court

Zur Begriffsbestimmung: “Roberts Court” meint den obersten Gerichtshof der USA [US Supreme Court] unter dem Vorsitz von John G. Roberts.

Ein Artikel in der New York Times vom 18. Dezember 2010 [zum Artikel geht es hier: NYT] zeigt auf, dass das oberste Gericht unter seiner Führung (wesentlich) mehr Fälle zur Entscheidung angenommen hat, die die Interessen des “Big Business” betreffen, sondern dass auch die Entscheidungen zugunsten der Wirtschaft [61% unter Roberts gegenüber 46% unter seinem Vorgänger William Rehnquist] erheblich zugenommen haben. Diese Entscheidungen fallen übrigens häufig 5:4 aus, also genau entlang der Spaltung des obersten Gerichtshofs in liberale und konservative Richter.

Der Artikel führt das u.A. auf den Einfluss des US Chamber of Commerce [also der nationalen Handelskammer] zurück, die vor einigen Jahren damit begonnen hat, ganz besonders auf Wirtschaftsrecht spezialisierte Anwälte in Fällen vor dem obersten Gerichsthof einzusetzen. Ganz besonders interessant – oder auch bedenklich –  in diesem Zusammenhang: das US Chamber of Commerce hat im vergangenen Wahlkampf massiv republikanische Kandidaten bzw. die republikanische Partei unterstützt.

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meltdown-a-riffic

That’s what Jan Brewer’s [Arizona’s governor’s] performance on her first public debate was called by David Weigel of Slate Magazine.

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