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Was Cruz’s Texas Senate Election Legal?

Chris Nelson has some interesting thoughts on this topic and Texas moderates and Democrats ought to take notice, possibly start a lawsuit.

cruzSUMMARY: purely in the spirit of patriotic, non-partisan inquiry, Your Editor would like to know how come he was forced to go through the full US naturalization legal process back in 1962, but Sen. Ted Cruz (who is proud of having memorized the entire US Constitution) has so far, at least, not had to be “naturalized”…even though we have exactly and precisely the same natal circumstances: Canadian birth to a then-US citizen Ma but non-US citizen Pa.

We’ve been asking around, again, purely in the spirit of objective non-partisanship, and the consensus from non-attorneys who have had to deal with similar issues is that under current (1986) law, it no longer matters which parent is a US citizen, either will do, and only one is needed.

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Big Loss for Fat Cat Executives Out of … Switzerland!

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Swiss voters struck a blow against corporate executives and the culture of greed that has driven senior executive salaries into the stratosphere, with little regard for work or company performance.  Last year, the head of Credit Suisse made 1,800 times more than the lowest paid workers in the company.  A 200 to 1 executive to average-worker-salary ratio is not uncommon among the top Swiss firms.  The number of executives pulling down a million a year in salary has quadrupled over the past few years.

Voters made their opinion known this weekend with their overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment that grants shareholders in publicly traded Swiss companies the full right to elect board members annually and to determine the salaries of executives and board members.  It also removes incentives to sell public companies.  Swissinfo.ch described the second provision, one that will end the gravy train that CEOs ride when they sell their companies or get fired by new owners:  “Upfront payments, termination pay and bonuses when companies are bought or sold are forbidden. Proxy voting is also not allowed.”

Corporate governance reform advocates campaigned without success for this in the United States and won a small victory in Great Britain.  But this is a first in terms of scope, clarity, and impact.  The legislation will govern Credit Suisse, UBS, Nestle, Novartis, and Swiss Re.

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Rigged Elections for Romney?

By Michael Collins

A group of independent researchers caught a pattern of apparent vote flipping during the 2012 Republican primaries that consistently favored Mitt Romney. A form of election fraud, vote flipping occurs when votes are changed from one candidate to another or several others during electronic voting and vote tabulation.  (Image:  Dean  Terry)

Vote flipping is difficult to detect because the vote totals remain the same for each precinct. In one of several possible scenarios, an instruction is given to a precinct level voting machine or to a county-level central tabulator. The corrupted totals from precincts are sent from county election officials to state elections board and published as final results. (Primary documents for this article: Republican Primary Election 2012 Results: Amazing Statistical Anomalies, August 13, 2012 and 2008/2012 Election Anomalies, Results, Analysis and Concerns, September 2012). Read More

Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

by Foreign Policy in Focus, edited by Peter Certo

(Originally posted by Foreign Policy in Focus, republished under a Creative Commons license)

There is no other policy arena in which the president of the United States has greater latitude than foreign affairs. With U.S. foreign policy less constrained by Congress and relatively free from the media scrutiny that attends the president’s more domestic endeavors, foreign affairs largely remains the domain of the commander in chief. Indeed, broadcast regularly into living rooms all across the globe, the U.S. president is often the singular face of the United States of America in the world—especially in lands where few Americans tread.

Yet global issues routinely get short thrift in presidential debates, especially in yet another election year characterized by economic malaise and divisive social issues. And with media coverage focused primarily on the performance of the candidates and the debates’ impact on the national horserace, crucial questions about how the United States behaves on the world stage routinely fall between the cracks. This neglect is exacerbated by the fact that, when it comes to foreign policy, there is a tremendous amount of overlap between the major candidates.

In the interest of keeping vital global issues in the discussion, Foreign Policy in Focus reached out to scholars at the Institute for Policy Studies—our institutional home—to sketch out progressive perspectives on the world issues we don’t expect to get fair treatment in the debates. Without an informed citizenry, these crucial topics will always fall by the wayside. So read up, and share widely!  Read More