Change.gov has an interesting section titled Your Seat At the Table. It's some 42+ pages of letters, policy papers and submissions from various interest groups. Aside from being fascinating reading in their own right (what does the national HVAC chapter want to write to the President about?), there are places to comment on the proposed policies. ([livejournal.com profile] dorsai should go give a shout-out to the Committee for Space Exploration.)

Now, Obama may completely ignore the papers, the commentary, and everything else. But I still find it pretty cool reading.
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( Oct. 28th, 2008 10:48 am)
I've taken to yelling at the radio station again on my way home. This is never a good sign for politics.
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( Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:31 pm)
Here's a preliminary overview of the other political candidates. Remember them? The ones that will actually determine your quality of life over the next 4 years? Yeah. Go vote.

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U.S. Senate
Jim Martin (D)
Saxby Chambliss (R) (I)
Allen Buckley (L)
Martin got a good review by the AJC, and is apparently fairly well respected in the Georgia Legislature. Chambliss has consistently written me very long, detailed and well-thought out answers as to why he has taken positions completely opposite to mine, so he gets points for responding to me, but several minuses for being contrary. (Chambliss' positions can be found here. In summary: pro-FISA (thumbs-down), anti-CHIP (children's health-care. I'm tentatively for it, but wary of the costs. Neutral thumbs here.) Failed to rake Alberto Gonzales over the coals (unsurprising, but still a thumbs-down.) Increase in minimum wage (thumbs up). Voted for tougher bankruptcy laws (this was a wretched bill in general, so thumbs-down, but they're fairly tolerant thumbs down.)

Martin is running on a fairly stereotypical new-Democrat ticket: he wants to cut taxes for the middle class, and is arguing for reducing spending across the board (yes yes, we hear this everywhere). In addition, he claims to favor local control of schools with a reduction of no child left behind (good). He wants to drag the federal government into Georgia's water issues (toss-up here depending on how he does it. We clearly can't solve it without going to war with Tennessee right now, so...) Favors Georgia specific green energy initiatives. Immigration policy is "Secure the borders; crack down on businesses. Folks already here can apply for citizenship." I'm in favor of that.

Buckley is running at least partially on a "Hispanics are bad" platform; Chambliss is both an incumbent (general strike) and has not impressed me either with his specific Georgia focus or his positions in general, so Martin it is.

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U.S. House
Deborah Honeycutt (R) -- She's running on restoring Christian Principles to government. Next!
David Scott (D)

I'll be voting for Scott on this one.

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State Senate
Hunter Hill (R)
Doug Stoner (D) (I)
Hill wants to cap gas taxes (boo), introduce a constitutional amendment to cap increases in property valuation and cap malpractice awards (also boo). He's got reasonable education views (although I still don't like vouchers). He loses points for overly fundie-Christian background; gains points for seeming to be competent and intelligent. Stoner hasn't done anything to piss me off generally (VoteSmart's Listing for him; he'll get my vote.

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State House
Earl Giddins (D)
Rich Golick (R)
Golick's a strong pro-life candidate. He's also voted against increased transportation funding (boo) and against payday loan regulation (also boo). In the yay side, he's encouraged charter school development, and voted to allow Georgians to use deadly force to defend ourselves. (Boston folks, just look away.) He gets dinged (along with most of the rest of the Georgia House) for wanting to restrict how local governments could limit water use (look, we didn't need to water our lawns this year; honest) and he gets a kick in the nuts for voting for seizing the vehicles of illegal immigrants who are involved in routine traffic incidents. (I'm okay with his vote on requiring people who are wiring money out of the country to either show proof of citizenship or pay a 5% fee curiously enough.

Giddins' record is reasonably sparse, but his primary concerns seem to be small business development, increased transportation, resolving the health-care issues, and increasing education funding. If I didn't hate some of Golick's policies as much as I do, there's no wy that Biddins would get my vote. As it stands, however, he will.

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Public Service Commissioner (District 1, Southern)
H. Doug Everett (R)
John Monds (L)

Everett gets the nod here. Do not elect the libertarian to be your public service commissioner. No, really. Don't do it.

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Public Service Commissioner (District 4, Northern)
Brandon Givens (L)
Jim Powell (D)
Note to Mr. Givens: when running against someone, saying that they'd be a great PSC does not inspire me to vote for you. Also, see note above. Powell gets the vote here.

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Appeals Court Judge
There are a ton of them. All of them except Perry McGuire look pretty good. Maybe there will be more later, but until now I'll stick with Christopher McFadden.

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Sheriff, Cobb County
Gregory B. Gilstrap (D)
Neil Warren (R)

Warren's getting my vote. Gilstrap's not bad, but Warren's the incumbent and, frankly, he hasn't done anything to irritate me.

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Chief Magistrate, Cobb County
Frank Cox (R)
Normarene Culver Merritt (D)

Ms. Merritt had the better answers on AJC's voter guide, so she gets my vote. Cox was incoherent and typed in all caps. Is that a horrible way to judge someone? Well, if their "elect me" reasoning is "I WANT TO PROVIDE CONSUMER SERVICES ONLINE" I'd prefer it if I felt like they were more comfortable with technology.
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Probate Judge
Carletta E. Sims (D)
Kelli Wolk (R)
Sims has the far superior resume.

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County Commissioner (Dist 2)
Bob Ott (R)
James Royal (D)

Ott is coherent and cogent in his responses to the AJC questions. Royal is not. Ott gets my vote.
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(Dist 4)
Barbara Hickey (R)
Woody Thompson (D)

Thompson's done some pretty cool things (or at least claims he has) including the South Cobb Recreation Center (which is awesome) and worked on completing the Silver Comet Trail (also awesome.) He gets the vote.
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School Board (Dist 1)
Tim Brew (D)
Lynnda Crowder-Eagle (R)

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(Dist 3)
Steven J Lahr (R)
David L. Morgan(D)

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(Dist 5)
David Banks (R) (Oh hell no)
Linda J Schwarz (D)

Banks' answers scream "I'm an authoritarian prick" to me. I'll be voting for Ms. Schwarz, and would likely do so even if she were a mule.

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(Dist 7)
Alison Bartlett (D)
Ron Younker (R)
I'm waffling on this one. Anyone know anything?

Other folks I'm probably voting for that y'all don't care about.
Joan P. Davis (N)
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( Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:02 pm)
No, really. If you live in Georgia, and you haven't registered to vote, you have until Monday.

Details here. Go register. Take 15 minutes to read a little bit about each candidate (the AJC makes it easy) and go vote. You can even vote early if you want.

The national election is the big news, but the local stuff is just as important and maybe more so. Think your vote doesn't count on the national scale? Maybe not, but it does count on the local scale, and that's where your property tax is set. That's where people make decisions about utilities and what sort of roads your county is going to get. Your school system gets better or worse because of who gets picked to be on the school board. If you care about spending money on parks (either for or against), this is where you can make a difference. It matters; it really does.

Register. Read. Vote.
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( Aug. 21st, 2008 05:28 pm)
If Obama doesn't go ahead and announce his V.P. pick already, I may go crazy. It's not that I really even car; I'm just tired of the news media trying to constantly report on a non-story.

Obama: still quiet on the V.P. decision.
Still no word on V.P. Decision. Nation in Frenzy.
Silence Reigns. When will we know?


How much more of this can we take?

On the other hand, there was the very faintest hint of fall in the air this morning, so the whole election will soon be over.
I can't help it. Every time I hear or see a report about Obama's overseas tour, I find myself humming "Rainbow Tour" from Evita. Unfortunately, the only copy of the musical that I have access to is the Madonna version, and it doesn't have the song anywhere on the soundtrack. *sniff*
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( Jul. 15th, 2008 03:20 pm)
The Green party has officially nominated Cynthia McKinney for their presidential candidate this year. Bob Barr is the official Libertarian candidate. It's like a Crazy Georgia Politicians festival. If we could get Zell Miller to run as an independent, it would be a perfect political popcorn moment.

Sadly, this means that I really have no one to vote for as an alternate candidate. Obama and McCain would have to come out in favor of murdering little old ladies in the street before I could bring myself to cast a vote for McKinney, and if I vote for Barr, the earth itself will open up and swallow me whole before I could finalize my decision.
I was listening to NPR this morning, and they had a section on the Texas vote. All was well and good until they reached the Baptist MegaChurch Young Singles group, and I heard several people (one of whom was a woman) tell the reporter that they could never vote for Hillary Clinton because only a man can lead this country. The woman added that women could not do so because they were required to be subordinate to men. I nearly popped a gasket.

[livejournal.com profile] twelveoaks talked me down off the ceiling, but I'm still frothing. There are people younger than I am who believe this. Really. It astounds me.
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( Jan. 31st, 2008 09:39 am)
So, it looks like we're down to McCain, Romney, Obama, and Clinton for our top four. I have until Tuesday to make up my mind. Obama has already been reviewed. Huckabee (a marginal fifth) has also been reviewed. Let's do McCain today.

As always, I'm going by the positions on the candidate's websites. Yes, I realize McCain has voting record and statement issues, but I want to see what he's saying right now.

(Also, McCain-Feingold? Doesn't really bother me. I don't agree with it, but I think it was a good idea that got turned into a fairly poor law that will eventually be hammered into shape by the Supreme Court -- as it should be.)

(Side note. McCain also has the most visually appealing website to me. Nice job, guys.)

McCain Review )
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( Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:52 am)
Kid Nation
There's a new reality show: 8-15 year old children get dumped into a New Mexico ghost town and are left alone without parental supervision for 40 days. They're left alone to manage themselves with as little adult intervention as possible.

I'm pretty damned horrified by this entire thing to be honest, and it's the presence of the 8-12 year old set that really pushes this over the top. If they'd done the exact same thing with 12-16 year olds, I would still think it a pretty dreadful idea, but at least I wouldn't be as disgusted with the premise. Putting 8 year olds out on display for 40 days with no family support and little to no adult intervention at all just strikes me as shockingly irresponsible and downright mean.

What amazes me is that there were parents out there who thought that this was a good idea. Parents actually wanted to send their eight year old child out in the the New Mexico desert for 40 days. Do these people think that their daughter happens to be Jesus?

Of course, I think a quote from one of the mothers of the 10 year olds really explains it all. She said that her daughter was very familiar with the pageant circuit and was thus used to being under scrutiny all the time. Given my utter loathing of the child-pageant (and pageants in general), I suspect there's a disconnect.

Primaries
[livejournal.com profile] dorsai, can you please explain this maddened rush to hold presidential primaries an entire year before the actual election? Because while I understand the whole "well, we want our state to have an early spot so the candidates don't neglect us" rationale, I'm just not buying it. I'd like to limit all primaries to no later than 6 months before the general election and no earlier than 7. Cram them all into one month and then hold the damned convention (which is really nothing more than a chance to throw a big and expensive party) 3 months before. If it were up to me, you'd have the Democratic and the Republican convention held at the same time and then it would all be over.

At this point, I just want to go back to picking presidential candidates in dark rooms filled with cigar smoke. The whole primary nonsense is just dragging out the campaigning season, costing more money and making me dread the actual election just that much more. Enough already. Please.
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( Mar. 14th, 2007 09:51 am)
In a really good mood this morning, so I thought I'd drop in a quick update on life and politics.

Life )

Politics )
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( Mar. 2nd, 2007 09:24 am)
Lilisonna Mood Indictator says, "Bitchy. Not bad; just bitchy." You have been warned.

Note to [livejournal.com profile] dorsai: I just as likely to start screaming at the radio when Democratic congresscritters say stupid things as I am when Republican critters act dumb. Now that the power shift has happened, I have not noticed a decrease in my shouted responses to stupidity. This morning featured the idiocy of Nancy Pelosi attempting to explain away the Republican's "attack" on Representative William "What $90K?" Jefferson as an indication that they "had no other agenda."

That the Republican party is attacking a congresscritter who was found with ninety thousand dollars in his freezer seems to have slipped her notice. That the Democrats campaigned partially on a "Get Rid of Corruption" platform and are now happily tossing this guy's name into the ring for a seat on the Homeland Security committee is a juxtaposition that seems to bother her not one bit.

What the fuck ever.

Yeah yeah yeah, innocent until proven guilty. That's great, but that's hardly stopped smear campaigns in the past.
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( Nov. 3rd, 2006 09:57 pm)
Next year, I think I will actually start listening to all of the political solicitation calls that get left on my answering machine. You know, the ones that start with 2 to 5 seconds of dead air and then a "Hello, this is So-and-So, and I..."

Then, I`ll go ahead and vote for the one who leaves me the fewest soliciations. Or maybe the one who has the shortest spiel.

Haaaaaaate.

Can we go to a mandatory 2 month only campaign season next go round?
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( Oct. 30th, 2006 04:09 pm)
*sigh* )
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( Aug. 17th, 2006 04:51 pm)
So, yeah.

Here I was all set to give you a detailed rundown of the two different Attorney General candidates. Then I went to their respective websites. Here's the deal:

Incumbent: Thurburt Baker. Democrat.
Challenger: Perry McGuire. Republican. Pledges to "stand up to the ACLU to stop them from preying on Georgia’s communities and chipping away at our conservative values."

Translation: God meant for the 10 Commandments to be displayed in our courtrooms because the laws of this country are founded on the Bible. (Okay, slight bias here.)

That's pretty much enough for me to know where my vote will go. Speaking as a non-Christian, I'm going to go ahead and say that I do, in fact, consider it a violation of the whole Church/State thing for the 10 Commandments to be displayed in a courtroom, and yes I would, no really, find it somewhat disconcerting to go into a public courthouse and find someone else's religious laws staring me in the face. Admittedly, I see it somewhat as Truth in Advertising as well. If there's a county displaying the 10 Commandments, I'm pretty sure that my own religion will not find welcome reception.

So, yeah. I'll be voting for Baker.
I miss the Republican party. I really do.

The Republican governor of Massachusetts said, "I would feel terrible if I did not try to get all of the money out of the Federal Government that I could."

*sigh*
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