03/20/2018 The Economist
FOR evidence that modern democracy has lost its pep, look back to the age of cheery campaign jingles. The art form dominated elections from America to the Philippines after the second world war. Australian political parties used them well into the 1980s. It is tempting to believe that melodious campaigns of the past were more enjoyable than today’s anxious, apocalyptic affairs. Sadly, a phobia of risk-taking among campaigns has killed them off in many countries. Modern candidates will sooner piggyback on popular songs (usually ones with drab titles like “Beautiful Day” or “New Sensation”) than craft an original. Silly, self-congratulatory jingles risk looking undignified.
Yet a new model of campaign song is slowly emerging. An unaffiliated person can release a song, and if it strikes a chord the campaign can “adopt” it for official use. The two songs that defined Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, “Crush On Obama” and “Yes We Can”, both came to be with no campaign input. The same is supposedly true of Italy’s “Thank Goodness For Silvio”, penned by a fan of Silvio Berlusconi. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters needed no instruction to merge his speeches with grime music or sing his name to the tune of a White Stripes song before British elections last year. Campaign music is back, but it sounds best when creators act alone.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - After years of denouncing his political opponents in Mexico as stooges of a corrupt “mafia,” leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has extended his hand to them in a bid to make it third time lucky in the July 1 presidential election.
So far, it’s working.
In a few months, he has assembled a coalition stretching from socially conservative Christian evangelicals to admirers of socialist Venezuela and business tycoons, each with contrasting visions for Mexico.
Dozens of lawmakers from across the political spectrum have switched sides to join Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), a party that is not yet four years old.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade urged lawmakers on Sunday from the ruling party-led coalition he leads to offer a bill before the election to remove political immunity at all levels of government, including for the president.
Speaking after formally registering his candidacy for the July 1 election, which has been dominated by voters’ frustration with endemic corruption and growing violence, Meade said he was committed to making Mexico a more fair and just country.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he will hold a referendum on his performance every two years if he wins election in July, and would cut his six-year term short if he loses the consultation.
The leftist, who is running for president for the third time, promises to end corruption and fight inequality without disrupting the economy. Critics fear he will put the brakes on economic reforms brought in by President Enrique Pena Nieto.
03/16/2018 Arizona Public Media
Mexican citizens living in Arizona have until March 31 to register to vote in Mexico’s presidential election this summer. In addition to the Mexican presidency, more than 3,000 state and federal positions in Mexico must be filled, making this the largest election cycle in Mexican history.
The Mexican government has initiated a new voting registration system to make it easier for Mexicans living abroad to vote. Instead of having to physically go to Mexico, they can now do all the paperwork in the U.S. at any one of Mexico's 50 U.S. Consulate offices.
03/16/2018 CBC News
The whole dynamic of the NAFTA renegotiation effort — and the scramble by Canada and Mexico to save the accord from a truculent President Donald Trump — may be about to change.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — or AMLO, as the presidential candidate is known to most Mexicans — is leading in the polls by as much as 14 per cent over his nearest competitor. The campaign begins officially on March 30, with polling day set for July 1.
AMLO's platform calls for the suspension of NAFTA talks until a new Mexican president is elected, warning that a "weak" President Enrique Peña Nieto risks "selling" out the country under U.S. pressure.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican presidential candidate running in second place said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic policies were a “crazy” bid to turn back the clock on advancing technologies that will eliminate manufacturing jobs.
Ricardo Anaya, the candidate for a right-left coalition, made his comments at a conference for private equity investment, where he also expressed openness to lowering taxes on private equity funds and reducing regulations limiting investments by the country’s pension funds.
Anaya, 39, is trailing behind frontrunner leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 64, ahead of the July 1 elections. The ruling party’s candidate, former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, is in third place.
03/15/2018 Dallas News
Mexican election officials are working hard to get out the vote — in Dallas.
Not for the first time this year, they’ll be in North Texas this weekend to register Mexican citizens for that country’s July 1 presidential elections.
The stakes are high for the presidential candidates. Recent changes in laws on voting absentee means there are already about 612,000 Mexicans living abroad who have registered to vote.
The vote abroad could swing the election. In 2006, left-leaning presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lost by only about 200,000 votes. He is running again.
03/13/2018 Financial Times
Mexicans ought to know what they think about Andrés Manuel López Obrador after the election front-runner’s three decades in politics, the last dozen on the campaign trail in pursuit of the presidency.
To many, the man known as Amlo is an honest and plucky David, a champion of ordinary folk, who will fell the Goliath that is Mexico’s corruption-tainted ruling class in the election on July 1.
But many business leaders and investors see him as a demagogue who is stuck in a 1970s ideological time warp and will pitch Latin America’s second-biggest economy into Venezuela-style ruin.
“Is Amlo a wolf in sheep’s clothing or has he really become a democrat?” Asks one former head of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya, who’s polling in second place ahead of the July vote, said that if elected he’ll do everything he can to ensure that incumbent Enrique Pena Nieto and members of his administration are investigated for corruption.
“We will have a full investigation into the corruption of the government, and we’ll take it to its ultimate consequences,” Anaya said in an interview in his campaign office in Mexico City. "The full political will, in this case of the president, will absolutely be used."
The 39-year-old Anaya has enjoyed a surge in support this year since winning the nomination for the business-friendly PAN party. Polls suggest he’s the strongest mainstream challenger to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist who’s held a clear lead for months. Anaya’s promise to go after Pena Nieto and the PRI marks a new contrast with Lopez Obrador, who’s suggested that he would leave any investigations to an independent judiciary if he wins, and talked about forgiveness and reconciliation.