A Setback for the (Perceived) Standard Bearer of Trying to Grow the GOP

21 Aug

So much of politics is based on perception.  In regards to race relations, the perception is that the Democrats are more color-conscious in their policies while Republicans are more color-blind in theirs; I know that this is an over simplification of each political party, but that’s the general consensus.  When you consider just the lens of race in politics, those who are ethnic minorities generally support the Democrats more than Republicans, thus it seems that Democrats will then support them in legislation.

Because of those overriding perceptions, I think that what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was doing when speaking to Howard University (Slate), a Historically Black College, and at the University of California, Berkeley, (SFGate.com) a bastion of liberal politics, was Continue reading

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I’m Back from Hiatus

21 Aug

Hey everyone,

Unfortunately, I haven’t been blogging for a while (4 months) because it’s been quite a hectic time for me.  Trying to put it succinctly, I graduated with an MPA from Indiana University Bloomington in May, vacationed with my parents in Europe for part of May/June, and got a job in July in Wisconsin.  I’ve been working here in the Badger State for a month now, and it’s been going great.  Since I’m now a little more settled, I’ll hopefully be blogging on a semi-regular basis from now on.  My blogs might be a little shorter, but hopefully I’ll add some more information (with my opinion added in) to the political debate.

Opinion: Comment on Parliamentary Procedure

11 Apr

Update: This post has been updated to reflect the Daily Bruin’s acceptance of my letter since the original post.

As an alumnus of UCLA and an alumnus of their undergraduate student government, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC), I have strong feelings about how the USAC Council works.  I also believe that you are only a good leader if you care about what happens to your organization, whether or not you’re in it, which includes after you leave it (which is why I happily gave information regarding the organization in the Daily Bruin’s editorial).  I submitted something to UCLA’s newspaper, the Daily Bruin, regarding the way they’ve been handling their organization.  However, I am glad that someone else, a current student, had the same feelings and their submission was accepted instead.  (I think you’ll agree with me that their submission was so much better.)  My submission is 1st and Mr. Ian Cocroft’s, an undergraduate student working within the Office of the General Representative 1, follows: Continue reading

Long Shots: Olympics and Politics

16 Feb

My definition of a long shot: Any person, idea, or movement which has nearly every obstacle ahead of them imagined to complete a goal, yet still goes after it and completes it or some other unintentional and/or unstated goal.  I’ve started thinking about these ‘long shots’ because of the Sochi 2014 Olympics currently going on.

Of course, there is the Jamaican bobsled team made (more) famous by the movie Cool Runnings.  The fictionalized movie was based on the real 1988 4-man Jamaican bobsled team in Calgary, Canada.  The team during these Olympics in Russia, however, was decided to just be a 2-man team due to the increased costs of 4 people.  Even then, right before the Olympics, they still needed more than $30,000 for a lot of related costs; however, they not only reached that, but received almost $50,000 more than they needed which helped with some upgrades to the bobsled.

Jamaican Bobsled Team Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

via bleacherreport.com

I was excited to see, because of my Filipino heritage, the only athlete from the Philippines to compete in these Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez.  He is the first Filipino Winter Olympian since the country sent “an Alpine skier to the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France” (New York Times) and the first figure skater.  I really don’t know that much about him, but I’m just glad that he got the funding from his family and the government because winter sports are extremely expensive and it’s just a shame that more people are not able to at least try it out due to costs.  And he didn’t do too bad, he got 19th place, so not bad at all.

EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. With little government support, the family of Michael Christian Martinez's family mortgaged their home to send him to Sochi. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

via rappler.com

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Opinion: (Everyone Should) Focus on 2014, not 2016

23 Jan

I have usually thought of Congress as the most powerful branch, but most agree that title belongs to the Executive.  (Also, the Legislative Branch is explained in Article I while the Executive is in Article II.)  I always liked the fact that the aggregation, combination, and/or chaos of the House and the Senate is a good indicator of where the American people, for better or worse.  Unfortunately, our electoral system usually biases/skews that representation due to redistricting, state size, or other factors.  As it stands now, the Republican wave within the state houses and the governors’ mansions allowed them to unilaterally create districts to maximize the amount of Republicans for the upcoming decade, all else equal.  (Look at USC’s Annenberg Center’s ReDistricting Game to get a fuller understanding of that particular process.)  Of course Democrats did the same, but they really only had one state to make that difference in Illinois (Chicago Tribune).  With the 2014 elections coming, no serious political analyst sees Democrats making a gain, especially in the midterm of the 2nd term of a President as evidenced in the below (President Clinton’s 2nd term was an exception to the rule).

Midterm Madness: As a general rule, the president's party does poorly in midterm elections. Especially the second midterm of a two-term administration.

Midterm Madness: As a general rule, the president’s party does poorly in midterm elections. Especially the second midterm of a two-term administration.

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Importance of State over National News

18 Jan

The national news is sometimes so engrossing that we overlook the local and state news, especially in terms of politics.  The Washington Post‘s article listing “The Best State Capitol Reporters in America” was a good way to recognize the work and focus that they do, from my home state in Sacramento, California, to my current residence in Indiana in Indianapolis.  If you read this post, I urge you to subscribe or bookmark their websites and read their stories.  There are some things that the national news does well on the political scene, but it is extremely difficult to sift through the stories of which may or may not be biased.  More often than not, the state political reporters report the facts more than their opinions.  On the national scale, there are so few “news-worthy” stories that the writers/reporters have to put their ‘spin’ on it to break out from the crowd. Continue reading

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Sanity Hiatus until the End of December

5 Dec

I know that I haven’t posted in the past month, but these past few weeks of graduate school have been non-stop work and the next 2.5 weeks will be the same, PLUS end-of-semester projects and finals.  Wish me luck everyone.  Oh yea, already starting the job applications so think job acceptance too!  See you all in a bit.

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