Showing posts with label problems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label problems. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Gerrymandering Is to Blame for Dysfunctional Congress.

One of the biggest threats to American democracy is gerrymandered districts. They isolate districts to areas that favor one party over another. Therefore, they don't truly represent the diversity of America. This is why we see so much political extremism in Congress today. Since they are gerrymandered districts, they become "safe seats" that essentially eliminate competition (from the other party) for the congress-members representing those districts. The way to end grid-lock in Congress is to reform congressional representation allocation. I realize it's not as "fun" or "exciting" as sports, or t.v., but it truly is the foundation to why we have a dysfunctional Congress.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Hillary Clinton Campaign is Not Paying It's Bills. Plus Other Campaign Highlights.

TPJ: There are reports that the Clinton campaign is strapped for cash and not able to pay some bills:

Hillary Rodham Clinton's cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.

“A pair of Ohio companies owed more than $25,000 by Clinton for staging events for her campaign are warning others in the tight-knit event production community — and anyone else who will listen — to get their cash upfront when doing business with her,” Vogel writes. “Her campaign, say representatives of the two companies, has stopped returning phone calls and e-mails seeking payment of outstanding invoices. One even got no response from a certified letter.”

TPJ: I thought that she was running as champion of the little guy and yet here we learn that she is screwing the little guy. According to the article many of the companies owed money are small vendors, small businesses who sorely need the money in these difficult economic times.

Today's Gallup poll has Obama leading Hillary Clinton nationally 52% to 42% which is a huge jump from a week ago when it was nearly tied, Obama with 47% to Clinton's 46%. In addition it shows that 59% of Democrats believe that Obama has a better chance at defeating McCain versus only 30% for Hillary. That is nearly a 30 point SPREAD!!! That is a HUGE signal to the super-delegates.

It suggests to me that his race and religion speech which he gave following the Reverend Wright flap has greatly helped him and put him back on track.

Meanwhile Barack appears to have won big in the second round of the Texas caucus selection of delegates:

With results available from about half of the district conventions held statewide, the Associated Press reported that Obama had won 59 percent of the delegates headed to the state party's June convention to Clinton’s 41 percent. That translates into 1,858 delegates for Obama and 1,270 for Clinton.

That result made it likely that when the delegate selection process is finally completed, Obama will have more Texas delegates to the national convention than Clinton, despite Clinton's having won the March 4 primary vote 51 to 47 percent. Under Texas' delegate selection process, 67 of its 206 delegates are selected by the June state party convention.

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