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    2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by raj gibson on Thu May 15, 2014 5:28 pm

    how many of you vote in these off-year elections?

    gotta get motivated... gotta... vote

    help me out here
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by Nick on Thu May 15, 2014 5:33 pm

    I've removed myself from the voting process because both parties make me fucking sick.
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    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Thu May 15, 2014 5:56 pm

    i try hard to vote in all midterms & majors, and all primaries involved

    i attempt at a lesser level to vote in local elections.  it helps if there is an asshat running who needs to be knocked out

    i am a big fan of YES! for Independent Maps - http://independentmaps.org/ - which (provided they defeat the signature challenges of Madigan & his lawyers) will put the question of re-mapping IL legislative districts by an independent team on the 2014 ballot.

    i ideologically and now financially support https://mayone.us/

    i've worked as an election official in IN back in HS, and would consider it again in IL if they didn't require so many days of sitting in a training room watching a video or something (this was last time i looked into it).  i've considered volunteering for various candidates but haven't pulled the trigger yet (and all of these for smaller level offices/candidates).  i'd consider it if Toni ran for chicago mayor.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by undo on Thu May 15, 2014 6:29 pm

    I'm not very motivated right now and I know that plays right into their hands.
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    Post by Duff... on Thu May 15, 2014 11:18 pm

    I vote every election though it doesn't mean much in my district.
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    Post by raj gibson on Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:23 pm

    I will probably early vote later this week or early next as I'll be out of the country after that.

    Duff, last chance to tell me who to vote for. I'll probably just use the bar association list for judges but I'm pretty open-minded about the referenda and candidates.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by undo on Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:46 pm

    Bruce Rauner is going to win isn't he.
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    Post by undo on Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:49 pm

    Why has and will Obama's 2nd term be so terrible?

    Why are the Republicans supposed to do so well in this?

    A lot of people say stuff like "when the Boomers finally die out we can start to get things done in this country!" but is that really true? I'm starting to think it's not!
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by Nick on Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:56 pm

    I think Rauner will win. There will be a strong suburban turnout which will give him the election.

    Obama has had a horrible term / Presidency IMHO because the economy had not improved. Wages are not increasing under him. We're getting significantly poorer. We are still fighting in Iraq, Gitmo is open and he has been less transparent than the W regime which is saying something.

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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by undo on Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:58 pm

    Nick wrote:Wages are not increasing under him.

    the fuck is he supposed to do about that

    i want to know
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by Ҩ on Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:44 am

    He could stop being a fucking pussy and just tell everyone that it makes absolutely no sense not to raise the national minimum wage to $15+.
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    Post by undo on Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:37 am

    That would be awesome, too bad most people in this country would probably oppose it and everyone in his party that's up for election next month would be distancing themselves from him ten times more than they already are.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by reuben on Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:00 am

    undo wrote:A lot of people say stuff like "when the Boomers finally die out we can start to get things done in this country!" but is that really true? I'm starting to think it's not!

    I have a feeling the millennials are going to turn into a bunch of right wing savages when they grow up just like the boomers did.
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    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:16 pm

    i don't think Rauner is going to pull off the victory. every day brings more scrutiny of his past business dealings and unwillingness to take a concrete stand on anything. we know what kind of devil quinn is, we don't for rauner, and that'll probably be the difference-maker.

    although i'd love someone to take office and start pulling the rug out from underneath mike madigan.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by raj gibson on Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:13 pm

    reuben wrote:
    undo wrote:A lot of people say stuff like "when the Boomers finally die out we can start to get things done in this country!" but is that really true? I'm starting to think it's not!

    I have a feeling the millennials are going to turn into a bunch of right wing savages when they grow up just like the boomers did.

    Every generation does but to different degrees on different issues. I wouldn't expect a lot of today's RWS issues to live beyond the boomers. But I guess 30-40 years from now there will be other relatively "right wing" positions that millennials will stake out.
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    Post by Ҩ on Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:08 pm

    reuben wrote:
    undo wrote:A lot of people say stuff like "when the Boomers finally die out we can start to get things done in this country!" but is that really true? I'm starting to think it's not!

    I have a feeling the millennials are going to turn into a bunch of right wing savages when they grow up just like the boomers did.
    I have no doubt that this will be the case and it will probably be even worse than the previous generation.
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    Post by undo on Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:38 pm

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    Post by Duff... on Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:19 pm

    Rauner is basically a conservative Democrat with little interest in social issues, so if he had any concrete plans on what to do about Illinois finances and they were actually good (if maybe painful) ideas, he'd be real easy to vote for. But if he does, he hasn't told us yet. It's doubtful he'd get much past Madigan anyway. Quinn's fine, but yeah, we know what we're getting with him, and it's unlikely to turn the state around. It might just be a question of what kind of screwed we're gonna be.

    I think this is gonna be Oberweiss's year. OK, so Carol Mosley Braun became senator once so maybe I shouldn't be too cocky, it's just I got a lot of projects to get done if this dude is so determined to throw money out the window.

    Not sure what to make of this Victim's Bill of Rights thing. It seems difficult to argue with but is this necessary, let alone at a constitutional level? Voting Rights and Contraception are kinda pointless questions in this state but I'll vote yes anyway. I think a Millionaire's Tax is the next best thing to a progressive tax, and I think it's a better policy to tax rich people directly instead of businesses.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by Ҩ on Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:29 pm

    I'm genuinely impressed by how formulated these opinions and observations are. Feeling pretty stupid about it since I probably won't vote (not that I prescribe to bullshit college kid mantras like 'don't vote, it only encourages the bastards' or whatever.)

    I should probably spend more time researching the real political landscape of my city and State instead of studying capitalism's innate self-destructive tendencies.
    (But sidebar: Do you guys know about this shift between CMC to MCM that comes out of Marx's Capital. I spent a really long time reading, thinking about, and writing about Marxist theory last year and never truly understood this simple formula. It makes perfect sense. Also, why can't Capital be stocked in public libraries? That's some silly bullshit.)
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by undo on Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:33 pm

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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by Duff... on Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:13 am

    If he avoids Alan Keyes numbers he should consider it a victory.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by undo on Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:25 pm

    raj gibson wrote:But I guess 30-40 years from now there will be other relatively "right wing" positions that millennials will stake out.

    why wait?
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by Nick on Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:07 am

    I can't wait for all these political ads to be over but damn that woman in the Brad Schneider commercial wearing the hideous sweater made my morning coffee something special.
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    Re: 2014 U.S. midterm elections

    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:47 am

    few things make me as happy as NOT casting a vote for Joe Berrios every election.

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