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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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Gordon Campbell:
On Winston Peters’ Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

So in the latest 3News-Reid Research poll, New Zealand First and the Conservatives have been the big winners. It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other’s vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist...

Poll fixation though, is a symptom of horse race journalism. To date, the focus has been on the poll numbers for New Zealand First – at 6.3% in this latest poll – and the power that this puts in Peters’ hands. Few are questioning how he’s got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. Yet as sure as night follows day, Winston Peters is once again peddling bile at the immigrants in our midst. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

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Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

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Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

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From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Schools, PPTA Sign Up: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote Down Govt Plan

    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles. More>>

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    Gordon Campbell: On The Usual Round Of Mud Slinging And Name-Calling

    This week gave an interesting example of how hard it is to untangle the reality from the slanging matches. The issue that emerged early this week could hardly be more important. Does the government intend to cut spending in health, education and on the environment if re-elected, or not? More>>

    Earlier:

    Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

    National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

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