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Alternet News Update - November 6, 2012

NEWS UPDATE - November 6, 2012

Election Day Live: Voter Intimidation; Obama Office Burglarized; Right-Wing Paranoia Blossoms

Editorial Staff, AlterNet

Today's the day. Follow AlterNet for election coverage. READ MORE»

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6 Excuses Right-Wingers Are Teeing Up In Case Obama Beats Romney

Joshua Holland, AlterNet

It's never the fault of conservatism! READ MORE»

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What's Going on at the Polls? A Round-Up of Voting Problems

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Long lines, hours-long waits, poll worker confusion, unregistered voters and more. READ MORE»

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Unfounded Fears About California's Prop 37 Which Would Label Genetically Modified Foods

By Alison Rose Levy, AlterNet

Don't let industry's $40 million in advertising be your decider. READ MORE»

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6 Bizarre, Amusing, and Downright Crazy Predictions for the Presidential Race

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

From the astral plane to the gambling parlor, here's what prognosticators are saying about who will win the day. READ MORE»

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Fueled by Right-Wing Paranoia About Election Chaos, a Georgia Gated Community Shuts its Gates

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Post-racial, indeed. READ MORE»

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Nate Silver to Stephen Colbert: I'd Rather Vote for Ebola Than Political Pundits

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet and Salon

Nate Silver goes after political pundits. READ MORE»

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How Republicans' Nasty Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric May Come Back to Bite Mitt Romney on the Ass on Election Day

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Pollsters are likely underestimating the Latino vote, which may go for Obama in record numbers. READ MORE»

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Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>

 

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

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Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

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Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

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Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

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In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

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TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

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RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

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Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

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