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Wang Jin-pyng Interviewed in the Liberty Times.

Another lovely day of sun and rain here, so I took the afternoon off to go biking and blog. Using Google’s translation tool, I translated this long interview in the Liberty Times with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. Wang is Taiwanese, powerful, a political rival of President Ma, and the unofficial head of the southern legislators [...]

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Ma picks Siew

The Rumors Are True: KMT Presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou has selected economic technocrat Vincent Siew as his Vice Presidential candidate. The Taipei Times has the call:
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Ma-Wang Negotiations Ongoing

As everyone knows by now, former Taipei Mayor, Minister of Justice, and KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou has gone from being just an ordinary jeou to being the candidate of the KMT for the Presidency of Taiwan.
Ma now faces the problem of what to do with two important rivals, Wang Jin-pyng, the current legislative speaker of [...]

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Ma to Run No Matter What

Former KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou announced that he would run for President no matter the outcome of his embezzlement trial:
Former Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday he would continue his presidential bid even if he is convicted of embezzlement in his trial set to begin April 3.
Ma, widely viewed as the KMT’s best [...]

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Ma Goes South?

Local media are reporting that once and future presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou is mulling relocation to southern Taiwan:
The ex-mayor made the disclosure following Chinese-language newspaper China Times’ report yesterday that he plans to move to Kaohsiung soon in order to seek more support from voters in the south.
The report disclosed that Ma has planned to [...]

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China Times early Presidential Poll

The China Times has a new poll out with early predictions of the election. It has Ma up over Su or Hsieh by 20 points, 48-29, with 23% having no opinion, while Su/Hsieh beat Wang 38-32 with 30% having no opinion. The China Times organization also polled on Ma as an independent:
如果王金平代表國民黨、馬英九獨立參選,蘇貞昌或謝長廷代表民進黨出馬,受訪者的答案又有所不同,11.1%表示會支持王金平,42.5%表示支持馬英九,27.6%表示將會支持蘇貞昌或謝長廷,18.8%表示沒意見。
If Wang Jin-pyng represents [...]

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Venusian Politics

And if he went back, there was a warrant waiting for him from the Federation Member Republic of Venus. That was standard procedure. If you got voted out of office, they indicted you for corrupt practices. There were no other kind in Venusian politics.– H. Beam Piper, When In the Course –
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Ma Wins, KMT Loses

Well he’s tellin’ us thisAnd he’s tellin’ us thatChanges it ev’ry daySays it doesn’t matterBases are loadedAnd Casey’s at batPlayin’ it play by playTime to change the batter — Joe Walsh
The Taiwan News put Green schadenfreude to page the other day with a long editorial applauding the stupidity of the KMT and the despair of [...]

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Redrawing the legislature

An critically important event took place this week, with the major parties agreeing on the redistricting plan that is necessary to carry out the legislative elections slated for later this year. The pro-Green Taipei Times reported:

Electoral boundaries within four disputed cities and counties (Taipei and Taichung cities and Miaoli and Changhua counties) will be [...]

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