Sunday, August 7, 2016

Week 33: "It's Gonna Be RIGGED" (August 7, 2016)

Dear Readers,

The great chaos that is the 2016 election season keeps hurtling at us, and I’ll help you make sense of it all. Remember, all newsletters (and more) are available at
Days until General Election: 93

Richard Hanna Endorses Clinton
A GOP elected official finally gave in and endorsed Clinton. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) endorsed Clinton this week. Hanna, from upstate New York, is retiring after this year, and has no stake in the game politically any more, so it came at little risk for him to cross party lines. That being said, it is still a major moment for Clinton and the Democrats. Hanna remarked, "I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?" In the republican primary, Hanna’s county voted 57% for Trump. Hanna himself refrained from making an endorsement in the primaries.

“I'm telling you, Nov. 8th, we'd better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged"
I’ll give you 5 seconds to guess who said that.
Stumped? That’s right, it was Donald Trump. The man so confident in his greatness and his “winning” has effectively conceded the election to the “rigged” Democratic machine. He ominously added, "The government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in. No, we will not stand for it. We will not stand for it." To be fair, Trump did insist the debate schedule was rigged because of a single NFL game, so this is nothing new, but talking about stolen elections is the kind of stuff that leads to rioting.

An assortment of stuff:
-Trump insulted Somali refugees during a rally in Portland, Maine on Thursday, calling them “the great Trojan horse of all time”. The state’s Senator, Susan Collins (R-ME), remarked that “Mr. Trump’s statements disparaging immigrants who have come to this country legally are particularly unhelpful.”
-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said it would be very possible for Clinton to carry his state in November.
-For some reason, Trump held out from endorsing Paul Ryan and John McCain in their upcoming primaries

Senate Preview #4

Senator Brian Schatz faces many primary challengers, and various opponents on the Republican side. However, it is doubtful he will lose to any of those, since his primary opponents will split the vote, and Hawai’i is a very liberal state.

Rating: Unbelievably Safe D


Incumbent Senator Mike Crapo ran unopposed for his nomination. Businessman Jerry Sturgill also ran unopposed. Crapo led Sturgill by 37 in the sole poll so far.

Rating: Safe R


In what is sure to be among the closest races of the season, Tea Party senator Mark Kirk faces Representative, veteran, and all-around awesome person Tammy Duckworth. Both candidates have amazing stories and fought disability to run for Senate. Duckworth is permanently wheelchair-bound, and Kirk was until recently. The seat will be very close, and is the first key to the Democrats retaking the Senate.

Rating: Lean D

Seat Count:

This Week In World Elections

Thailand: There was a referendum on the new Thai constitution today. The constitution, reforming the appointing of the Senate, was approved by 61% of voters.

Sao Tome and Principe: President Manuel Pinto da Costa accused winner Evaristo Carvalho of voter fraud and boycotted the second round (meaning Carvalho becomes president)

Zambia: Elections for president and general assembly will be held on Thursday. The incumbent, Edgar Lungu, faces 8 other candidates, the most important being Hakainde Hichilema, a businessman running his 4th consecutive election. It will be joined on teh ballot by a constitutional referendum.

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