November 2, 2014 |
In a rare scenario, a union election Saturday for officers in the Electricians local led by John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty will be supervised by the U.S. Labor Department. The department's involvement stems from a complaint by two candidates for the executive board, Kenneth Rocks and Kevin O'Sullivan, who said they were unfairly denied the opportunity to run for two of five seats. The Labor Department agreed. "The investigation of the challenged election disclosed that the union improperly determined that two nominees for executive board were ineligible to run for office," the Labor Department said Aug. 28, adding that Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had voluntarily agreed to the supervision.
April 18, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Iraq has executed 21 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges and links to al-Qaeda, the Justice Ministry said Wednesday, setting off fresh criticism from a human-rights expert over Baghdad's insistence on enforcing capital punishment. The prisoners were executed by hanging Tuesday in the Iraqi capital, according to a statement posted on the ministry's website. All the convicts were Iraqi al-Qaeda operatives who were involved in bombings, car-bomb attacks, and assassinations, the statement said.
March 26, 2013
Indonesia landslide kills 8 BANDUNG, Indonesia - A landslide triggered by torrential rain killed at least eight people and left nine others missing on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Monday. Nine houses were buried when mud gushed down from surrounding hills just after dawn Monday in West Bandung district. The Disaster Mitigation Agency said rescuers dug up the bodies of a man and his 7-year-old son embracing hours before darkness halted the search. - AP Britain reduces immigrant aid British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to curb access to welfare, housing, and free health care for non-Britons, as political parties jostle to persuade voters they understand concerns over mass immigration.
November 7, 2012
The results of New Jersey municipal and school board elections are available by phone and online. Camden County Board of Elections 856-401-VOTE (8683) or 1-800-418-9427 www.philly.com/camden Burlington County Board of Elections 609-265-5062 www.philly.com/burlington Gloucester County Board of Elections 856-384-4500 www.philly.com/gloucester
October 23, 2012 |
TRENTON - New Jersey school board candidates, who typically spend just a few hundred dollars per election, are finding it's a different world this year. Instead of being at the top of the ballot in an April school-only election, most now find themselves in obscure corners of ballots that include Mitt Romney and President Obama, a couple of guys spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaigns. One board candidate says the challenge now is not getting people to the polls; it's getting those who do go to remember their local elections.
October 15, 2012 |
KHIMKI, Russia - President Vladimir Putin's loyalists appeared likely Sunday to retain their hold in thousands of local elections that offered slightly more room for competition, but were marred by opposition claims of widespread vote fraud. The Kremlin eased stiff election laws in response to major protests against Putin's rule last winter, but introduced new restrictions after the demonstrations abated. Kremlin-approved governors and most of the incumbent mayors appeared poised to preserve their seats and the Kremlin's main United Russia party will likely keep dominating local legislatures and municipal councils.
June 5, 2012 |
Camden activists have launched a campaign that could lead to the return of nonpartisan elections in the city. The group, led by Frank Fulbrook, is circulating a petition to get a November ballot referendum allowing voters to decide whether they prefer municipal elections in which candidates do not indicate their party affiliation. The goal is to give anyone a chance to be elected mayor or council member, not just those with party backing, Fulbrook said. In nonpartisan elections, most often held in May, all candidates' names appear in the same column, which is fairer, he said.
May 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Britain's governing Conservatives took a bruising Friday in local elections as voters punished them for biting austerity measures and a stalled economy. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives suffered heavy losses in the 181 local authorities in England, Wales, and Scotland that held votes, losing about 400 local seats - including some in the district that Cameron represents in Parliament. While the results won't put Cameron's leadership in jeopardy, they prompted grassroots Conservatives to urge him to ditch some of his more liberal policies, including the planned introduction of same-sex marriage.
April 15, 2012 |
Last year the world watched as Arab Spring protesters used the Internet and social media to organize demonstrations and to share them in real time across the globe, toppling Middle East dictators and reordering human history. This year, technology and social media sites, most visibly Facebook and Twitter, continue to have a dramatic impact on the political world. In January, millions of people signed online petitions and contacted members of Congress protesting efforts to pass poorly crafted legislation on online piracy.