I agree jamesamuscato. It would be interesting if the blank votes outweighed the votes for some of our council members who are doing a horrible job.
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@jamesamuscato....I for one will never vote for someone running unopposed
Again I will state, in the City of Dunkirk if the voters feel that the Common Council is doing a good job cast a vote. If Not don't cast a vote. The results should be interesting.
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So....why are even talking about Virgina?? Who cares there?
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Of course I will...why not?
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Judye, Virginia has elected the opposite presidential party in every gubernatorial election since 1977. This year, indeed, might break that streak.
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DKexpat.. VA has elected the party opposite to the one that won the White House the year before. This year, I think it’s going to break that trend.
We can only hope they break that trend. My family who lives in Va....many generations of very Proud Virginians I might add....are outraged by this candidate. He does NOT represent the core values of Virginians. He clearly does not represent the values and interests of women.
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Election day is the only day that politicians respect us, so you bet I will vote. I will support only those office seekers who openly endorse reducing the size and cost of government and that includes selling the county home.
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Just curious why so many of you disagree with Judeye that everyone should vote?
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I have not missed a vote in 41 years, and I won't now. I feel it is my civic obligation.
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I noticed as well DKexpat that "outside" monies have broken every record and that union donation monies have as well broken all time Virginia records.
To Captain's point (and the Observer article elsewhere today), we have the greatest chance to "make a change" on the local level where, indeed, every vote usually counts.
Excepting, say, Florida in Bush v Gore, it's rare that we count on a national or even state level. But in small communities, especially (the CCH was a great example, regardless of where you stand on hold/sell), we can all make a difference.
Photo Id required in VA... :-)
badnewsbear - Yeah, it's been pretty entertaining on the airwaves here the last 10 days. The Dem's had Bill and Hilary campaigning for him - they're great friends, so a good enough reason right there to vote against him. :-)
The Repub's had Cruz, Rubino, both Pauls stumping with him. The shutdown hurt the Repub; now the ACA website hurts the Dem.
Our Assembly is Repub; the Senate is exactly 50:50 with the (current) Republ Lt Gov holding the tie-breaker, so this is an important election for us. Couriously, we're kinda the opposite of NYS, where NYC controls everything - - the greater population and economic engine is northern Virginia, but the (very) conservative southern part of the state still has "the bigger stick."
The Dem recently made the mistake of talking 2nd Amendment - he has an 'F' from the NRA, while the Repub has an 'A.' Oops - VA is a huge gun rights state (witness our licensing/purchasing and open-carry laws), so that'll cost him a bit tomorrow night.
Captain will you support a recall amendment to the state and county charters?(constitution) It worked in Colorado so why not here? That would address your concern about elected officials not listening to their constituents right?
On another note I have so far 17 Americans to pick up tomorrow and get them to the polls. All are elderly and have no mode of transportation.
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Politics is very discouraging b/c campaign donors rule, therefore, I often feel it's a waste of time. At the higher level (better salaries), most pols are nothing more than whores who don't necessarily vote for what their constituents want, or even what they truly believe in. They only focus on what their best chances are for re-election.
I do, however, agree with DKexpat and the common belief: "if you don't vote, don't complain." Unfortunately, I've learned long ago that neither one works, but I still value the right to vote, even though the process has become the greatest deception ever.
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First off DKexpat thanks for the reply. I'm kind of wishing while absorbing what you have written that I shouldn't have asked the question! YIKES!
DKexpat, you are correct that it might be an election of the "lesser of 2 evils", but the choice is clear. When one candidate is a criminal and is connected to the Clintons, even a rock would be a better option. Vote Cuccinelli!!
Voting in American elections is the definition of Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The voting process is the ultimate charade, yet the illusion "that every vote counts" is very important because it allows the average citizens to become willing participants in the two party corporate sham!
DKexpat....Wow your guys sound as wacko as Steiner. NYS has many faults but I guess there is always some sort of trade off.
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Where the Repub (Cuccinelli) goofed was thinking his right-wing base would carry the day – but he’s lost a majority of moderate Repubs and Repub women. Even huge Repub donors/businesses who gave to the CURRENT Repub gov’s election are sitting on the sideline this year.
As state Atty Gen, Cuccinelli opposed prohibition of discrimination of gays in state schools and sued the University of Virginia for the private records of a professor regarding climate change. (VA‘s supreme court ruled he had no authority to do so.) He tried to make it legal for employers to fire workers if they heard them speaking Spanish. He opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
But the Dem (McAuliffe) is a bigger joke, the effervescent former DNC chair with a questionable past and no real plans to move the state forward. So in VA this year the gov election is mostly voting against than voting for someone.
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The irony is that the current Repub Lt Gov was effectively shut out of the nomination process by ultra-right shenanigans which changed the party nomination process from a primary to a convention. The current Lt Gove would have won handily - by double digits - over McAuliffe.
In nine straight governor races going back to 1977, VA has elected the party opposite to the one that won the White House the year before. This year, I think it’s going to break that trend.
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joew, I’ve always voted for Repub govs, but this year in VA I dunno. The Repub candidate’s recent positions: (a) ban abortion; (b) even ban the Pill and other contraception; (c) make gay sex a felony; (d) require invasive ultrasounds before an abortion; (e) selected a running mate who wrote special needs children are their parents’ punishment for sinning; (f) took $18k – as current state AG - and bought stock in the company of the same CEO who gave the current Gov $140k.
Instead of government “getting out of people’s way” and “live and let live,” that’s more government and more restrictions. He’s lost the support of major business groups, influential Repub mayors and even the US Chamber of Commerce, which gave the current Repub Gov about $1M last election - - but gave this Repub candidate...zero.
The irony is that the current Repub Lt Gov was effectively shut out of the nomination process by ultra-right shenanigans which changed the party nomination process from a primary to a c
DKexpat just out of curiosity who,if you don't mind,are you voting for Gov? That election has turned into a real circus?
if you don't vote, don't complain...
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