Turnout is, to put it bluntly, un-Americanly too low during the off off-year elections. An off-year election is defined when it happens during an odd-numbered year (i.e. this year). I would actually love it if elections for state-, county-, local- and special district- levels happened during the off-year because as it stands right now, all the media is sucked into the presidential race when it is actually the lower levels that have more of an impact on our lives. Unfortunately, this means that the public is even less interested and thus turnout decreases, sometimes precipitously, from the previous general presidential election. In my current state of residence of Indiana, all levels of government from townships to the federal level are being elected which squeezes out media coverage of the down-ballot races which I think does a disservice to all those positions and voters. Anyways, the following are some highlights of select races being decided during this week’s off-year general election:
I have to admit, agriculture is probably not even on my Top 10 issues to follow on a national level. When I lived in Southern California, it wasn’t really something that I even saw. Now that I’m here in Indiana, I have tried to pay more attention to the issues affecting my state more than others, and agriculture is definitely one of them. Continue reading
With the election (basically) done, it’s really interesting how party label does not always determine which party the leader will be. The New York Senate‘s leadership is always unknown, as written by the article by Tim Storey (The Thicket | “Leadership Intrigue”). There always seem to be some rogue Democrats threatening (and actually) caucusing with the Republicans, but it seems that there might be a 3rd caucus. (Wow, so much drama.) I don’t know if they’re standing up for their principles or just being power-hungry, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly the latter. This is almost as exciting as when Kent Williams became Speaker of the House of the Tennessee legislature (The Tennessean | “How Kent Williams…” & Nashville Business Journal | “Tennessee Legislature…”).
The national legislature (US Congress) is another matter. Basically, the status quo rules with only minor changes in the lower rungs of the leadership of both houses (Politico | “Senate Leadership…”). Yawn.
Sorry for the short blog post. I just got back to CA from IN for the Thanksgiving Break and am trying to recuperate from jet lag and such and also reverting back to my super-objective news mode for a little bit.
- State GOP backs former House Speaker Kent Williams’ opponent (knoxnews.com)
- The Obligatory Kent Williams Post (dancleary.typepad.com)
- Leadership intrigue…and more cool maps (ncsl.typepad.com)
- Notable Statewide Results (naivepolitico.wordpress.com)
- ‘Super-majority’ for GOP assured in Legislature (knoxnews.com)
- GOP gains superiority in Tennessee legislature (timesfreepress.com)