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Hillary Is The Winner Of The First Debate

After the first presidential debate, CNN and The Washington Post reported Hillary Clinton is the winner. CNN conducted a public poll in collaboration with the public opinion research form ORC. The poll said 62 % said Clinton did well, while only 27% said Trump did better at the debate. In the poll, voters think Clinton would do better job about potential presidency by a 57% to 35%, and would be the stronger leader by a 56% to 39% margin. About Trump, 55% of voters thought he would not be able to handle the job of presidency, and 43% thought he would. The Washington Post also rated Clinton is the winner and Trump is the loser. The WP article reported that Clinton was not perfect but much better than Trump. Trump did not seemed to be well prepared for the debate.

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Should We Change Our Voting System?

We have elections constantly. Every year a lot of people are involved and a lot of money is spent. We think and are taught that voting is the sacred right. Many believe that our vote matters and we should express our opinion by vote. Can we change the world by vote? Some says we cannot regardless of the election results. Some reasons can be listed. One of them is whether labor unions represent only the interests of their core workers or consider interests of general public or less fortunate workers. For example, in Germany key workers belonging to unions were pursuing only their own interests and reluctant to redistribution of wealth and it was the opposite in Sweden. How about United States? Are they working for their own interests only or also for others’? The influence of US unions is decreasing. It was even more following the recent global recession. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker, elected with Tea Party support, launched a campaign against public sector unions partly due to state government pension obligations. There is a more important reason why coting cannot change the world. Iversen and Soskice showed the electoral system plays a key role in redistribution. Political […]

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The New York Times Endorses Hillary Clinton

Influential daily the New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton for president by the editorial board on the 24th. With the first presidential debate scheduled on 26th, it will be interesting to see how this will influence voters. Hillary Clinton was described as “one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation, whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship.” Whereas, Donald Trump was described as “discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway.” The original article can be found here.

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Vote Pair Campaign In 2004

In 2000 presidential election, the Democratic party candidate Al Gore lost to the Republican party candidate George W. Bush. Al Gore won the popularity (48.4%) over George W. Bush (47.9%) but lost in electoral vote (266 vs 271). Ralph Nader of Green party got 2.74% of the popular and were blamed by some Democrats that he costed Al Gore’s presidential bid. In 2004 presidential election, the national votepair campaign advocated that people can make their vote for president count by joining the campaign and using their vote to elect Democratic candidate Kerry-Edwards while supporting the role of progressive third-party candidates. It says a few hundred votes in the right states can make all the difference in the world as learned in 2000. Votepair had teamed up with FairVote which is the Center for Voting and Democracy intended to keep informed about electoral reform efforts nationwide and in each state. In vote-pairing, swing-state progressives whose first instinct might have been to vote for progressive party candidates like Nader, Cobb or Badnarik are paired with Democrats (and others whose first choice for President is Kerry) in ‘safe’ states where either Bush or Kerry has a decisive lead. Paired voters can communicate with […]

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