June 8, 1986 |
Prime Minister Edward Seaga is running the biggest guessing game in Jamaica: When will he call elections? It is the prime minister's prerogative, under Jamaica's parliamentary system, to call elections - both general and local - whenever he wishes within a specific time frame. Seaga, in order to gain the biggest advantage in the elections game, is playing his cards close to his vest. A man known to keep his own counsel, Seaga only smiles enigmatically when asked about the timing for a vote.
October 28, 1993 |
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has angered local politicians with a controversial - some say irreverent - decision to open its new megastore in Bucks County on Election Day. Politicians believe that Wal-Mart's decision may overshadow the local elections as voters opt to shop rather than vote. The opening may be a distraction and depress the turnout in local elections that traditionally attract few voters anyway. "You'd think (Wal-Mart officials) would say, 'Go out and vote and then come and see our grand opening,' " said Anthoney Cipullo, the Democratic mayoral candidate in Bristol Township, where the store is located.
September 28, 1994
There's trouble enough around these parts having just one voter- registration system. Imagine the mischief that two might bring - one for local elections, one for national contests. On second thought, don't. Imagine, instead, that Harrisburg lawmakers get to work quickly - like today - and pass legislation needed to bring the state's voter-registration system in line with the new federal motor-voter mandate. That's the federal directive to make it possible for people to register to vote when obtaining a driver's license.
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.
November 20, 1997 |
The NAACP sued Philadelphia election officials yesterday, seeking to block a method of voting sometimes used by the elderly and handicapped. The suit in U.S. District Court asks that "alternative ballots" be barred in local elections. A city official, as well as the Committee of Seventy, an election watchdog group, defended the balloting process yesterday in response to the suit. Similar to absentee ballots, alternative ballots are not widely known among the electorate.
August 30, 1996
Some small element of reason has been restored to upcoming Bosnian elections by the decision to postpone part of the fraud-ridden balloting. The decision, taken by the U.S. official overseeing the election, reflected the chaos caused by trying to do too much in too little time. Presidential, parliamentary and local elections had all been scheduled for Sept. 14 in a rushed agenda dictated by America's election calendar. The idea was to hold elections in time to start sending 20,000 U.S. peacekeepers in Bosnia home this fall, before the U.S. election, and have them all home by Christmas.
May 9, 1986 |
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party yesterday suffered overwhelming defeat in regional and local elections throughout Britain, losing one of two parliamentary seats at stake. The results do not affect Thatcher's hold on the national government since the Conservatives hold a huge majority in Parliament, but the losses appeared to underscore her flagging popularity. Political observers said that the poor state of the economy and local issues were the major factors in the elections and that Thatcher's decision to permit U.S. fighter jets to use British bases in the April 15 air attack on Libya did not have an impact.
December 11, 2011 |
When Audubon and Magnolia decided to share services to save money, Audubon fired Nancy Doman, its longtime borough clerk, replacing her and her $70,000 compensation with a part-time clerk at less than $20,000. That violated state tenure rules protecting municipal clerks, a judge ruled when Doman sued. With the borough and Doman in negotiations now, State Sen. Donald Norcross is pushing a bill that in the future would make it easier for municipalities to combine services without worrying about tenure restrictions.
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.
May 9, 2001 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday called for national and local elections to be held June 7, saying that while his government had accomplished much of what it promised four years ago, it needed more time to finish the job. The announcement kicked off a monthlong campaign that will determine whether Blair wins a second term. He remains the strong favorite going in, with Britain's economy holding steady and the Labor Party enjoying a lead of more than 20 percentage points in most recent polls.