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When all is said and done, more is said than done: Christie vs. Paul

1 Aug

Those who care about policy like the debate in which we combat with each other using ideas rather than just words.  At least for me, I’ve learned about topics I did and did not know in addition to those on which I oppose or support a position through debate with my peers.  I can usually only do this if the other person understands where I’m coming from and vice versa and that we’re open to each other’s ideas.  When I do this, Continue reading

State vs. National Debates

14 Oct

Having watched numerous debates over the past month, both on the national and state level, I’ve got to say that the the more local an election, the more substantive the discussions are.  On the national level, the presidential (and vice presidential) candidates may have more popularity, but I do not learn anything new or different from those debates.  On the state level, however, having seen all 3 MA U.S. Senate debates, the NC and IN governor’s debate, the CA-7th US Representative, and the NE, CT, NV, MT, ME, & WI, I believe that both the moderators and the candidates are talking more about the policies because the people interested are looking less at their facial expressions (i.e. Biden’s smile/laughter) and “spin room” analysis.  The detail that is in the debates at the state level and the lack of it at the national level is astounding.  I wish I had all day to say my comments on each of the debates, but alas, I am a college student.  I encourage you, whoever if reading, to watch at least 1 state/local debate for every national debate you see.

What affects you most is on the state-level.  If you are still in school, the state has the most say on the policies.  If your city/county does not have adequate services or infrastructure, that is mostly due to you city and state legislators.  If you pay a sales tax some periodic fee, that is due to your city/county/state.  Please pay attention to what is actually important instead of the superfluous.  It’s sometimes hard to see the difference, but be informed of the issues and candidates.  And remember to vote on Nov. 6 (or before like I will).

Boris Shor, PhD

Associate Professor, Dep't of Political Science, U. of Houston

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