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Cardinal Tagle…as Pope

12 Mar

I have had so many opinions, and non-opinions, after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first in more than 600 years.  As a Catholic (but I would not label myself as devout), I am very surprised at how interested I am in the election, although some would rather say discernment, of the 266th Pope.  Of course, as is this blog in general, is mainly focused on American politics, and the papal election is, at its face, politics.  I thought that I would be look

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ...

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Vatican now. (Photo credit: PiaMagalona)

ing more at the political horse trading within the electors of cardinals which is just the reality in American politics.

I find myself, however, Continue reading

Leadership Changes

16 Nov

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.

The Intersection of Asian-Americans, Presidential Politics, and Me

5 Nov

Over the past week, I read two opinion articles on Politico about why Asian-Americans should vote for Obama or Romney by Rep. Judy Chu and Lanhee Chen (Romney policy director), respectively.  I wasn’t sure whether to be happy or frustrated that either of them were reaching out to me as part of some monolithic bloc.  As numerous others already know, the Asian-American bloc is not aptly named.  The differences among the various Asian countries are probably even more so than here in America by religion, ethnicity, income, standard of living, and a host of other characteristics. 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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