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  1. correct on counting votes (0 Replies)

    The ballot goes into an envelope, just like an absentee ballot. It isn’t run through an OCR reader.

    To further the question: Is the data on who early-voted released before the election? If so, how/when?

  2. one NO vote in the bag (0 Replies)

    Early voted NO on Q2 this morning.

  3. did that (0 Replies)

    Was one of the first in my town.

  4. that's a little harsh (0 Replies)

    Some of those old school goalies actually had some redeeming qualities… ;)

    I’m more inclined to compare him to a pro wrestler who doesn’t realize he doesn’t have to stay in character all of the time.

  5. not likely (1 Reply)

    The only way to achieve totally uniform national rules governing elections would be to amend the U.S. Constitution to eliminate state control of elections and establish uniform federal election rules.

    Given that, in recent days, the decentralized nature of the US Presidential election has been used as a defense of the ability to “rig” it, this probably isn’t going to happen.

  6. great show (0 Replies)

    I’m trying to arrange a show at a local club featuring two of my all-time favorite bands, Nasty Women and The Bad Hombres (aka Los Hombres Malos). Stay tuned…

  7. scratching my head (2 Replies)

    How his relationship with his wife works is none of my business, but I’m puzzled how anyone would announce such a thing without having already had the conversation with their spouse.

  8. a different state, but... (1 Reply)

    Michigan GOP vice-chair ousted for refusal to support Trump.

    The Michigan Republican Party ousted one of its state leaders Monday for her refusal to support presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a move that shone a brighter spotlight on party divisions over the controversial nominee.

    Late Monday, party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel removed tea party activist Wendy Day of Howell as grassroots vice chair, a party officer post she was elected to at a state convention last year.

    Day, a Michigan leader of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, has refused to back Trump and has criticized him in media interviews.

  9. queue SNL (0 Replies)

    I think what jtm is getting at is what SNL covered months ago in the guise of Mitt Romney (about 4:45 in).

    We in the GOP, the party of the great Ronald Reagan, we do not say racist and sexist things. We imply them, subtly over decades and decades of policy.

  10. in the meantime... (0 Replies)

    … any chance we can launch a new blimp?

  11. in an alternative universe... (1 Reply)

    … Drudge is tweeting that the NHC is overblowing the forecast to make “a point” about climate change.

    I propose he pick a beach spot between Palm Beach and Melbourne and give us a live report on the intensity tonight.

  12. "That Mexican Thing" (1 Reply)

    I’ve considered VP debates less than useful ever since Lloyd Bentsen delivered a knock-out blow against Dan “Potatoe” Quayle and it didn’t end up mattering one bit. Why do we still do this?

    Anyway, maybe the only good thing to come out of this (from my POV) results from whatever was going on in Pence’s head when he chose the phrase he used to counter Kaine’s bringing up Trump’s anti-everyone remarks again: “You’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again.”

    This was both titillating enough to light up social media and simultaneously reminds everyone of Trump’s racist remarks. Hopefully it has a little bit of an effect.

  13. you never know what someone will react to (1 Reply)

    This totally flew by me while watching, but apparently some folks in Pennsylvania liked it a lot.

    An issue that rarely—if ever—gets play during presidential elections might give Hillary Clinton a surprising leg-up in Pennsylvania.

    That’s what was indicated by feedback from a swing-voter focus group that Frank Luntz conducted during the debate. Attendees gave Clinton sky-high feedback during the debate when she criticized private prisons, and said afterward that it’s an important issue in their state. And, of course, that means the issue could help Clinton excite her supporters there and pick up some votes.

  14. not a game changer (0 Replies)

    I don’t think this moved the needle much – perhaps a bit in Clinton’s direction. No one who thinks Trump is unqualified was convinced otherwise, and a few on the fence may now go for Clinton. And she also solidified the female and Hispanic bases a bit.

    But those who just don’t trust Clinton didn’t get anything to change that (nor do I doubt anything short of divine intervention will change that). Guys I went to high school with who took decent blue collar jobs and didn’t go to college didn’t get anything from Clinton to dissuade them from the “whole system is broken” mode of thinking.

    If image embeds works, this is my favorite meme from the debate. If not, you can see it at this link.

    Lloyd Bridges / Hillary Clinton

  15. problem with the question (1 Reply)

    I, like probably a lot of other people, was taught to criticize people’s actions, not the person themselves (especially important when dealing with your own kids). So for me to label someone as “a bad person” requires getting over a high bar. Hitler-like. Manson-like. Something that you are never going to change.

    So perhaps if the question was reworded to say something like “is acting badly” or “is acting prejudiced” (there has to be a better way to say it) the results would be different.

  16. missing the forest by looking at just one tree (0 Replies)

    This excerpt doesn’t get to the basic premise of the book, which is that the Dems have increasing relied on people with the “right” degrees and job experiences (Ivy League, Wall Street) to be the “smart people” to come up with their policies and solutions, while neglecting the input of those on the ground who are directly affected by said policies.

    This is certainly the case with the neo-libs and education policy.

  17. and the rest is just noise (1 Reply)

    I see no reason to debate who was the original birther, Trump’s policy position on anything… If I’m talking to someone, I keep it simple: One candidate is qualified. One is not. Really, really “not”.

    If I’m in need of immediate life saving surgery and there are these two people to choose from to perform it, which do I choose? One is an experienced surgeon. I don’t get the “warm fuzzies” when talking to her and there have been a few blips in her medical career, but she’s a surgeon nonetheless.

    The other person has never set foot in medical school but claims to know more than doctors do. When he does talk about medical issues, he shows an alarming lack of understanding of even the basics and is quite condescending to those who disagree with his take.

    The choice is easy. There is absolutely no reason to even listen to the non-surgeon’s ideas for which technique to use for the surgery because it is clear that he has no idea how to go about the job at hand.

    Clinton is qualified for the job. Trump is not. Not much more to the story.

  18. more of population affected? (0 Replies)

    Just a guess here, but I think part of the reason NYC can get this done is that a larger percentage of the population uses rail every day. The first time I was near the Penn Station exit near 7th Ave and 33rd on a workday morning, I was just overwhelmed by the mass of humanity coming out onto the street from the subway and the commuter lines.

    I’d like to see what the actual numbers are.

  19. wondering... (0 Replies)

    … if a “BMG book club” would work. We’d pick a book to read (could debate that a bit, but the editors or someone they appoint would ultimately be responsible for the pick) and then start the conversation maybe a couple weeks afterward.