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Amazon’s $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council election

“On Saturday, Sawant characterized the latest election as a referendum on the head tax and pledged to pursue the policy with the new council” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. One of them was Kshama Sawant, a self-described socialist and Amazon’s fiercest critic on the council, whose re-election bid was seen as the bellwether contest. Source: 95kqds.com

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Close Election in Kentucky Was Ripe for Twitter, and an Omen for 2020

“While the Kentucky election, held in an off year, remains a sideshow to most people outside the state, election security experts see in it a worrying sign of what Americans may be forced to contend with next November” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. Trump has sown doubts about a “rigged election” system since before his own election, including openly questioning the mail-in ballot process in Colorado.Since his election four years ago, Bevin has hitched himself to President Donald Trump, and his allegations of irregularities echo the Trump playbook.The talk…

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Evo Morales agrees to new elections after irregularities found

“The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, is to call fresh elections after international monitors identified serious irregularities in the last vote and recommended a new ballot” writes Dan Collyns for theguardian.com. More than 300 people have been injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and Morales supporters since the election.Morales, who has been Bolivia’s president for nearly 14 years, announced he would also replace members of the country’s election board.Following violent clashes in El Alto on Saturday between Morales supporters and protesters it was unclear if the call for new elections would…

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Bolivia’s Morales agrees to new elections after damning OAS audit

“Morales, who came to power in 2006 as Bolivia’s first indigenous leader, has defended his election win but had said he would adhere to the findings of the OAS audit” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales agreed on Sunday to hold new presidential elections after a damning report from the Organization of American States (OAS) found serious irregularities in an Oct. 20 vote won by the leftist leader. Source: 95kqds.com

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Fury as decision on inquiry into Jennifer Arcuri affair shelved

“Sources close to the IOPC investigation said the watchdog was on the verge of announcing its decision on whether it was proceeding with a criminal investigation” reports theguardian.com. It has also emerged that London assembly members were told that the IOPC investigation would be “done and dusted” by the end of this month.Despite the postponement of the decision it is understood the investigation is ongoing, although it remains limited to a “scoping exercise”. Source: theguardian.com

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Facebook, Alphabet are the most likely tech giants to face antitrust action next year, Cowen says

“Before the 2020 election, Cowen thinks there is a 75% chance Google will face antitrust action by either the DOJ or the state attorneys general and a 60% chance Facebook does” writes Thomas Franck for cnbc.com. While Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google-parent Alphabet face significant antitrust risk before and after the 2020 election, the latter two are the most exposed to accusations of innovation-stifling and anti-competitive practices, according to Cowen. Source: cnbc.com

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Democrats claim victory from Tuesday municipal elections: The Flyover

“The big question for all of these races, though, is how well municipal election results translate to a national presidential election” writes Srichardson Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. Tuesday’s municipal election results across Flyover states could be a bad sign for Republicans in 2020.Reading tea leaves: It’s dangerous to read too much into off-year election results as a predictor.The Washington Post’s Dan Balz is out with a pretty smart analysis of what to take away from Tuesday’s elections.Water politics: Chalk Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, a Democrat, as a political casualty in…

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Virginia’s speaker of the House will determine the path forward

“This leadership election, held mere days after the general election on Tuesday, will take place with private ballots behind closed doors” writes Wes Bellamy for washingtonpost.com. A Democratic trifecta gives Virginia the rare opportunity to enact real change, change that so many communities around the commonwealth desperately need. Source: washingtonpost.com

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