Tag: Referendums

Russia Begins Staged Referendums In Occupied Areas of Ukraine

He and other top officials also suggested that Russia could use nuclear weapons in the conflict, particularly after annexation of Ukrainian territory, when it would call any enemy action there an attack on Russian soil. “This is not a bluff,” Mr. Putin said in a speech to the nation on Wednesday. But in an interview […]

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Putin Is Not Liberating My Family. He Is Subjugating Them.

Starting this weekend, people in four occupied regions of Ukraine will “vote” on whether to join Russia. For many people, including my aunt and uncle, in Donetsk, what that really means is they will be forcibly absorbed into a country they do not want to be a part of. Donetsk and Luhansk, collectively known as […]

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Russia Signals Annexation of Parts of Ukraine, Raising Stakes in Fighting

After stunning battlefield setbacks, Russia moved to cement its grip on territory it occupies in eastern and southern Ukraine, as Kremlin proxies there announced plans on Tuesday for referendums on annexation to Russia, indicating a possible escalation of the war. The Kremlin signaled that if Russia were to go forward with annexation — even if […]

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Why Things May Really Be Different for This Midterm Election

Just about every election cycle, there’s an argument for why, this time, things might be different — different from expectations based on historical trends and key factors like the state of the economy or the president’s approval rating. The arguments are often pretty plausible. After all, every cycle is different. There’s almost always something unprecedented […]

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Queen’s Ties to Scotland Add New Wrinkle to Push for Independence

EDINBURGH — Its streets lined with tens of thousands of admirers, Scotland bade a somber farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday as her coffin made its slow, final, journey through a country that she helped bind into the British state through her decades of rule, her love of the wild Scottish countryside and her […]

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First Kansas, Next Michigan and Beyond as Abortion Ballot Measures Spread

The inclusion of an abortion-rights referendum on Michigan’s November ballot has given Democrats hope for a wave of enthusiastic voter turnout on Election Day as the movement to allow voters to decide the issue directly sweeps outward from the first state that did so, Kansas. Democrats in Michigan say the referendum will supercharge activism among […]

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Michigan Voters Will Decide Abortion Rights Question, Court Says

The Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday that voters would decide in November whether to add protections for abortion rights to the State Constitution, reversing the decision of a state board that had not allowed the proposal onto the ballot because of typographical problems on petition forms. The vote could shape the future of abortion access […]

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A User’s Guide to the Midterm Elections

Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, Mike […]

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Ukraine Nuclear Plant Disconnected From Grid After Shelling

KYIV, Ukraine — A fire caused by renewed shelling near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant led to its disconnection from the national power grid on Monday, Ukrainian officials said, raising fears that despite the presence of U.N. inspectors, conditions at the Russian-occupied facility could deteriorate quickly and threaten a catastrophe. The fire forced the staff […]

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En Chile gana el ‘rechazo’ en el plebiscito por la Constitución

SANTIAGO — Durante los últimos tres años, los chilenos han luchado por trazar un nuevo rumbo para su país con una nueva Constitución, escrita desde cero, que habría transformado su sociedad y otorgado más derechos que cualquier otro documento fundacional anterior. El domingo los votantes rechazaron ese documento de manera abrumadora. Los cambios propuestos querían […]

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Chile Rejects Left-Leaning Constitution

SANTIAGO, Chile — For the past three years, Chileans have fought over a new path forward for their country in the form of a Constitution, written entirely from scratch, that would transform their society and grant more rights than any national charter before it. On Sunday, they rejected that text. The proposed changes had looked […]

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A Nation Seeks Better Rules for Better Results

Erica Gonzalez, 76, was an active supporter of Salvador Allende, the leftist president overthrown by Pinochet in 1973. When Allende died during Pinochet’s coup, so did her interest in politics. Last year, however, she and a friend decided to go to the Santiago hall where delegates were writing the new constitution and to stand outside […]

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Michigan Board Says Abortion Referendum Should Not Go to Voters

A state board in Michigan refused on Wednesday to place an abortion rights referendum on the November ballot because of a dispute over word spacing on the petition, an embarrassing blow to abortion rights supporters who had gathered more than 750,000 signatures. The decision, which came when the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked along party […]

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Introducing ‘The Run-Up,’ a Politics Podcast from The New York Times

Listen and follow ‘The Run-Up’Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Amazon Music Starting Sept. 6, 2022 First launched in August 2016, three months before the election of Donald Trump, “The Run-Up” is back. Through conversations with colleagues, newsmakers and voters across the country, Astead Herndon will grapple with the big ideas animating the 2022 […]

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Referendum Seeks to Mend the Open Wound at Australia’s Heart

MELBOURNE, Australia — When Capt. James Cook sailed to Australia in 1788, he did so with instructions that he should “show every kind of civility and regard” to the land’s Indigenous people and get their consent before possessing their land. He did neither. The brutal colonization that followed has set the tone for how Aboriginal […]

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Group Seeks to Block Abortion Vote in Michigan, Citing Typography

Conservative groups in Michigan filed challenges this week to efforts to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot in November, one that would guarantee abortion rights and the other that would expand voting access. The challenge to the abortion amendment was based on a lack of spacing between words, which gave some words the appearance […]

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How to Interpret the Kansas Referendum on Abortion

Mitch Smith contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, […]

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Kansas Result Suggests 4 Out of 5 States Would Back Abortion Rights in Similar Vote

There was every reason to expect a close election. Instead, Tuesday’s resounding victory for abortion rights supporters in Kansas offered some of the most concrete evidence yet that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has shifted the political landscape. The victory, by a 59-41 margin in a Republican stronghold, suggests Democrats will […]

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How Democrats See Abortion Politics After Kansas: ‘Your Bedroom Is on the Ballot’

“The court practically dared women in this country to go to the ballot box to restore the right to choose,” President Biden said by video Wednesday, as he signed an executive order aimed at helping Americans cross state lines for abortions. “They don’t have a clue about the power of American women.” In interviews, Senator […]

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Needs Minority Rule

One side effect of Roe v. Wade was that it allowed the anti-abortion movement to pretend to be on the side of democracy. True, the decision was popular, and majorities since the 1970s have wanted to see abortion legal in at least some circumstances. But Roe prevented duly elected state governments from passing abortion restrictions […]

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Kansas Votes to Preserve Abortion Rights Protections in Its Constitution

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the State Constitution, according to The Associated Press, a major victory for the abortion rights movement in one of America’s reliably conservative states. The defeat of the ballot referendum was the most tangible demonstration yet of a political backlash against […]

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How the Kremlin Is Forcing Ukrainians to Adopt Russian Life

They have handed out Russian passports, cellphone numbers and set-top boxes for watching Russian television. They have replaced Ukrainian currency with the ruble, rerouted the internet through Russian servers and arrested hundreds who have resisted assimilation. In ways big and small, the occupying authorities on territory seized by Moscow’s forces are using fear and indoctrination […]

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Tunisians Approve New Constitution That Undercuts Democracy

Tunisians approved a new Constitution that cements the one-man rule instituted by President Kais Saied over the past year, according to the results of a referendum released on Tuesday, dealing a body blow to a democracy built with immense effort and high hopes after the overthrow of the country’s dictator more than a decade ago. […]

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