Who Am I?
- I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.
All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Before I reveal my final electoral college prediction, I cannot stress enough how important downballot races are. What happens in your state capitol matters; probably more than what happens in our nation’s capital.
Again, to quote Omar Navarez, “Obama’s going to give me (a gay Latino) my equality. But he ain’t going to fix the roads in Dallas.”
How did Colorado, Oregon, and Washington institute a mail-in ballot system.
was magic. Because they had legislators who believed in making it easier
for people to vote. Oregon has automatic voter registration which I am hoping
we can bring to Colorado.
On the opposite side, look at the list of bad legislation that is coming from certain states and look at which political party controls that state’s legislature and governorship. Voter ID, limits to polling locations, right to work laws, anti-abortion laws, anti-LGBT legislation, and so many others.
Monday, November 7, 2016
2016 was going to be a tough year for Republicans defending the gains made the last time these seats were up six years earlier. In 2010, Republicans won senate seats in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin as well as re-election of incumbents in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina. Democrats were successful in holding seats in Colorado and Nevada.
Why are these states mentioned?
With the exception of Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, and North Carolina, Obama won the remaining 7 states twice in his presidential runs. While Indiana and North Carolina were Obama states in 2008, both states were in the Republican column in 2012 though North Carolina is trending more towards battleground while Indiana has reverted back to a reliably red state.
Here are my picks for some key senate races to keep an eye on while watching the election coverage on Tuesday night. For the purposes of full disclosure, here is a list of senators I donated money to this cycle.
I might have been a TAD abrasive in my critiques of third parties, but the truth is that one of these two people will be elected president tommorrow.
To the undecided voters that remain and especially those that live in competitive states, ask yourself this: you have two candidates for a job. One group, A, thoroughly vetted their two major choices and one person emerged. The other group, B, vetted 17 people and one person emerged out of that group.
Group A’s candidate was as an administrator, played an active role in community service, is well versed in international relationships, and knows the inner workings of how the company work. The candidate has detailed knowledge about the makeup of the company’s employees, their issues, and is constantly studying on ways to improve their lives. Group A’s candidate has an issue with record keeping but has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
While Group B’s candidate despite a business background has a well-documented history of sexual harassment, discrimination, prejudice, promoting a hostile work environment, and has not disclosed any financial records that have been requested. Group B’s candidate also has looming unresolved legal issues.
The company will pick one of these two candidates. A third option is not viable. Selecting a third option means that your choice will be noted, but will likely result in a candidate you despise running this complex company and its employees for the next four years.
Obviously, Group A’s candidate is highly qualified but has flaws. There is no such thing as a perfect candidate. B’s candidate could potentially damage the reputation of the company that would take years to recover from, and the morale of the employees would drop.
The time for choosing is upon us.
Incumbent-Senator Mark Kirk faced challenger Representative Tammy Duckworth in the Illinois Senate debate on back in October.
There were two statements that stood out.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
It is the Sunday before the election and a biannual tradition here at Michael's Rant where I display my favorite Simpsons political moments and quotes.