Why Voting Still Matters and Who’s Producing the Best Turnout

One of the more common excuses for not heading to the polls on Election Day is “my vote doesn’t count”. Many see voting as a waste of time that has no impact on anything that happens in terms of policy. And the large amounts of money flowing into campaigns these days does little to dissuade citizens of this notion.… [Read more]

How is Immigration Reform Affecting the Polls?

Immigration reform has been a hot topic in the year leading up to the 2016 presidential elections. Every major presidential candidate has made explicit remarks regarding their stance on the issue of immigration and naturalization within the United States. Some have supported more openness in immigration policies, while others have appealed to the masses for a need to reduce immigration and make it more difficult to reach to US.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Do you find last week’s election results encouraging?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Do you find last week’s election results encouraging?

Yours not convinced truly, Ken…Cloacanellie? Canolismelly? Cootchycootchycoo-new-hell-pee?

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Michael Johnstone

Dear Mr. Cucinelli,

Not knowing the spelling of one’s last name can lead to some confusion at the ballot box and that may have been a factor in your defeat you could have anticipated, but it’s too late, now.… [Read more]

Charlie Crist — Democrat?

On December 7th, 2012, formerly known as A Day of Infamy, former Republican Governor of the State of Florida, Charlie Crist, became a member of the Democratic Party. Celebrations were held. Cheers were heard. Republicans who once embraced him are now blogging bitterly.

But is Charlie Crist really a Democrat, or did he change parties simply to oppose incumbent Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2014?… [Read more]

Will She Stay or Will She Go?

A couple of weeks ago, rumors were flying that Nancy Pelosi might give-up her position as House Minority Leader or if, after her current term, she might decline to run again.

We’re relieved that she’s decided to continue as Minority Leader. Now, we must look forward to Election 2014 and hope that if the House of Representatives once again has a Democratic majority, she will be chosen as Speaker of the House.… [Read more]

Culture Shock, Future Shock

Gripping the New York Times this morning and recovering from sweaty nightmares I can’t remember, I read that Mitt Romney made the commencement speech at Liberty University and I subsequently felt what it is to be an exile. Pandering to evangelical voters concerned about his adherence to “traditional values” (and what an empty pile of kitsch those words signify!), Romney essentially assured them that his Mormonism wouldn’t prevent him from carrying out God’s work, and evangelicals apparently bought it.… [Read more]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Let me preface this thesis with an acknowledgement that the origin of two-party politics in the U.S.wasn’t all tea and cucumber sandwiches. In the 1790s, for instance, Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, and Adams, in various groupings, would just as soon shoot each other rather than compromise. That is to say, the oft repeated notion that Washington (DC) and the nation are now more acerbically polarized than ever before may not in fact be true, and is likely just typical punditocratic hyperbole.… [Read more]