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Thursday, October 25, 2012

November 2012 Election Night Events

After you've knocked on all your doors, made all your calls, given out all your buttons, and donated your time; come party with your fellow Progressives at any one of these locations. Blue Points are Democratic Parties, Parties sponsored by progressive allies are marked in Purple. Green markers denote election parties of third party campaigns. Yellow Markers are parties hosted by the media. Most of these events should be free or at most 5-10 dollars for entry. Some may have free food and free drinks.

Please Note, the Democratic Party of Oregon's Main Election Night Party is at the Hilton Grand Ballroom. 

If you hear of a party not listed, let me know and I'll add it to the map. 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Paul Wellstone for President 2000

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Paul, his wife, Sheila; his daughter, Marcia; Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, Will McLaughlin, and the flight crew. As friends, family and the public take time this year to remember them, I thought it might be interesting for those that are not that familiar with Paul Wellstone to have a chance to learn some interesting presidential history. Did you know Senator Wellstone considered running for President in 2000?

Paul Wellstone, was a United States Senator from Minnesota. He was elected in 1990 and served in the United States Senate until his untimely death in 2002. Ten years after his passing a small conclave of Wellstone collectors have sprung up around the country. Many are devotees to him and his causes. Some were represented by him by virtue of living in Minnesota and even others encountered him long before he entered politics, while he was a Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. For many coming of age even just 10 years after his death, most will only learn of him and his families works through the Wellstone Foundation.

Minnesota is one of the more interesting places for politics in the United States. Traditional party labels seem not to apply as they do in most of the country. One of the dominant parties is the Democratic-Farmer Laborer Party (DFL). It is a fusion of the old Democratic party and Farmer Laborer party. It was formed in 1944, when the two parties joined forces. From this, the DFL'ers have given us progressive liberal leaders like Hubert Humphrey, Orville Freeman, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale and Paul Wellstone. Let's take a look at his year long presidential campaign from 1998-1999.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Electoral Vote Update: The Week After

Electoral Vote Table 2012
Source Obama Romney Other/Tossup 285.2 252.8 -
RCP 294 244 - 294 235 9

191 328 206 4

Been busy this week, so Monday's update is appearing Friday. Not only was I busy with school work, but this also gave a little more time for some new polls to be released in the wake of the first Obama-Romney debate.

There have been some changes of note from our three election barometers., RCP, and have all moved Florida into the Romney column in the wake of the first debate performance. Since the October 3rd debate, Romney has beat Obama in 3/5 polls done in Florida. 538 and the various sites keep a running tab of all polls taken in each state.

With the Vice Presidential debate just now over, we can expect in another week to see polls shift some more. Joe Biden may have just doused the Romney fire, but we won't know that until this time next week.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Election Entertainment: The Lone Gunmen

Back for another EE post. The election is under a month away and we've had one debate that has already riled the nerves of supporters and detractors of the various candidates. This post doesn't deal with an entertaining story about a presidential campaign, but a funny story about a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

I have posted before about The Lone Gunmen television series in a previous Go Screen Yourself post. I won't recap the entire series for you again. In the episode: Three Men and a Smoking Diaper, the Gunmen find themselves mixed up in a scandalous love affair involving a U.S. Senator running for re-election in the last critical weeks of the campaign.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Looper Not Such a Pooper. (Of course there are spoliers)

Looper was actually an enjoyable film. Wasn't sure about the Willis-JGL duo, but it worked out ok. I have spent a great deal of my free time the last year writing and talking about Temporal Ethics. So, there might be some new material if I want to expand my paper beyond 20 pages. As with all movies, there is a Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.