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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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Why you should(n’t) concern yourself with the 2016 election

14 Jul

This will be one of those times in which I want you to do as I say, not as I do. Continue reading

Kudos to Chris Christie

6 Jun
English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just this past week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) passed away, and after a millisecond about remembering his life, we talked about the politics surrounding his death more than the accomplishments during his life.  The media and the parties were debating what Gov. Chris Christie should do (to help them).  With a special election held concurrent Continue reading

Immigration Reform Bill: Languishing in the Senate, Unlikely in the House

25 May

The running joke has been that the Senate is where all bills go to die.  In this instance, the Senate’s Gang of Eight has come up with a bill that has already passed the Judiciary Committee and is now on the floor.  No one likes the bill, including me.  Does that mean it’s a good compromise? 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.

Differences in States

18 Aug
English: Image Showing the four versions of th...

English: Image Showing the four versions of the current Indiana Plate (2008-2014) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spending my first 10 days in Indiana, I am already surprised at how many things are different than California.  In California, there are calorie counts of everything you order on a restaurant, but I am now guessing in Indiana (having being used to CA).  There are many different designs of license plates in IN, but CA’s are 99% of white background with red cursive “California” writing.  With the pocket book, taxes are simply cheaper in Indiana: ~7% vs. ~9% in CA.  Living in a college town, I don’t necessarily think of IN as a “red state“, but I do know that I’m no longer living in a state which thinks lowly of Republicans.

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Problem with Voter ID Laws

25 Jul

I love to vote.  I enjoy making my mark on democracy, because I am so privileged to be living in our country in which our vote means something (maybe not to the impact that we would like, but better than nothing).  So I’m especially irked about Voter ID laws that purport to prevent voter fraud.  Fine, I haven’t done much scientific research about it, but just using my personal knowledge, Puh-lease.  If people wanted to affect policy, there are easier ways about doing it than trying to change a single vote in a precinct (that will have no effect unless you know before hand the vote tally) and being subject to a severe fine/imprisonment.  I mean, seriously, there are easier and better ways to get different politicians. Continue reading

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