Manic Monday Markup 11/9/15…
We missed you last week! ’Twas an election week!
…And the World:
We begin today in Myanmar, also called Burma, where the National League for Democracy, the party led by activist and opposition leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi, rode an overwhelming wave of support to capture, by some estimates, 70% of the vote. The Myanmarese parliament has 25% of its seats reserved for the military, which has ruled the country since the 1960’s and annulled an election Suu Kyi’s party won in 1990. The military’s political wing controlled most seats before the election thus opposition parties would need to win two-thirds of the seats in parliament in contention just to secure a majority. Despite some concerns about voting irregularities, the vote went well and the military parties have thus far been conceding the result.
In nearby India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conceded his party lost elections in Bihar state.
In further electoral politics in that part of the world, the Australian Labor party is targeting federal parliamentary seats in Queensland ahead of the next anticipated national election.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House today, their first public encounter since the Iran Deal. Netanyahu insists that he has not given up on the peace process while Obama national security aide Ben Rhodes tells Haaretz Israel will face increasing pressure from expansion of settlements. The Times of Israel deemed the meet an attempt to show Obama and Netanyahu’s row over the Iran deal is over.
Catalan legislators voted for independence from Spain, but the government in Madrid calls the vote illegal.
Greece must do more to get its next dose of bailout money.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is crying foul that the press is looking into his record now that he is the frontrunner having not done the same for other presidential candidates. The latest uproar comes after Politico‘s Kyle Cheney published a story questioning Carson’s claims about a scholarship to West Point. James Hohmann of Power Post sets Carson straight.
Politico reported last week that sources say the Hillary Clinton emails that were initially ruled top secret were, in fact, not.
Also in Politico, Democrats are hoping a Clinton wave will restore Senate control to them in what may be their best chance to the take the chamber back until 2020 as the 2018 elections are expected to be rough for Democrats.
Chris Christie, who recently got bumped off the main stage for the next Republican presidential debate, faces a huge backlog of work in Trenton. He got some of it done, though, including vetoing an automatic voter registration law.
A look at the team behind President Obama’s digital presence.
Bids closed for towns or developers interested in hosting the proposed Connecticut casino that would be jointly run by the Mohegan and Pequot tribes, who own the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos respectively. Enfield is out of contention, but bids for East Hartford, East Windsor, Hartford and Windsor Locks (via the Airport Authority) were among those submitted.
The State of Things:
The Great Clark Hope? The Boston Globe has a chat with Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who was first elected in a 2013 special election and has ascended Democratic House leadership. Could she take on Gov. Charlier Baker in 2018? She says “no” now, but lots of noes become yeses as time passes.
Opposition from government agencies seem to be frustrating an update of the public records law. A bill to cut costs to public records seekers and stiffen penalties for noncompliance festers in the House Ways & Means committee.
Republican State Senator won the Weymouth mayor’s race and will resign his seat in January adding to the pile of special elections expected as a result of last week’s elections.
Our editor-in-chief Matt Szafranski again joined Republican columnist Ron Chimelis on NEPR’s Short List hosted by Susan Kaplan. Obviously elections were on the brain.
Our look at Holyoke’s results, the first of many such stories analyzing the election last week.
WBUR breaks down the Boston City Council at-large results and profiles District 4 winner Andrea Campbell.
Mayor Domenic Sarno has moved to make new appointments to the Springfield Historical Commission, incidentally replacing the three members who scrutinized MGM the most. The mayor’s office denies this is the case, and is part of a broader review of boards and commissioners, including expired seats. However, NEPR reports that all seats on the Historical Commission are expired. Sarno blamed the preemptive release of replacement names for the commission on the Clerk’s office saying that he will wait to hear from the nominating institutions as required under state law.
City Council President Michael Fenton has secured the votes to remain president for another year, but says he will relinquish the gavel at the start of 2017.
NEPR also highlights that following Ward 1 Councilor Zaida Luna’s defeat last week, the Council will only have one female member, at-large Councilor Kateri Walsh.
The story about Ben Carson’s history received a lot of flack from right-wing media, which attacked Kyle Cheney’s article as a hatchet job (Post reporter Dave Weigel also mildly dinged the article). Changes made after Carson’s campaign responded to the piece were taken as an admission by Cheney his article was itself a fabrication. That is not true. None of the alternations change the fundamental point that Carson claimed things that cannot be proven or are untrue, like claiming he was offered a scholarship to West Point, which is free to those admitted. To that end we award the tweet prize to Cheney, who underscores, via reference ot Chris Jansing, that the problem with Carson’s claims is that they diminish those who went through the rigorous application process. Cheney’s story was not perfect and revisions to it were significant, but the story bolsters the image of Carson as one who embellishes and, to often, says things that are not true.
.@ChrisJansing nails it. @RealBenCarson claim of scholarship offer diminishes cadets who went through rigorous process to get offer.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 8, 2015