Government Shutdown 2015??!

governmentshutdownWe all remember October 2013, when the House and Senate couldn’t agree on a bill to fund the government, causing it to shutdown. Well on November 13, 2014, CNN reported that there could possibly be another Governmental shutdown in the works as early as January 2015, this time involving the decision of Immigration.

Congressional Republicans are vowing to fight President Barack Obama’s plan to make immigration changes through executive action, but they are struggling with how to do that without triggering another government shutdown. The debate over how to confront Obama is posing a sudden challenge for Republican leaders fresh off their victories during last week’s midterm elections, which gave them control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in nearly a decade.

However, a very confident Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the Senate majority leader in January when Republicans take control of the chamber, on ruled out any possibility of a government shutdown or any default on the national debt stating, “Republicans would take positions Obama wouldn’t like but pledged not to shut down the government.”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/13/politics/republicans-immigration-shutdown/index.html?hpt=po_c1

Barack Obama Nominates First African-American Woman For Attorney General

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On November 9th, President Barack Obama announced his nomination for the next Attorney General, and she could be on track to make history. Loretta Lynch, born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1959, received a Bachelor of arts in English and American literature from Harvard College in 1981 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1984.

President Barack Obama introduced his choice for attorney general, Loretta Lynch on Saturday. An accomplished prosecutor from New York City who will carry on a “fierce commitment to equal justice.” Obama argued at a White House ceremony that it’s “pretty hard to be more qualified” for the job of attorney general than Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch.

If Loretta Lynch goes on to replace  Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General of the United States, she’ll be the first black woman ever to hold the title and the second woman, after Janet Reno to hold this office Loretta Lynch currently serves as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch was appointed in 2010 to New York’s eastern district by President Obama.

She was chosen in large part because the White House sees her as likely to win approval among the political divisions in the wake of Republican victories in the Midterm election.

Obama Most Popular President Since JFK?

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Sure, Obama’s approval rating (currently 43%) is low.  But stop believing the lie that it’s any different than any other President.  George W. Bush was at 42% at this same time in his Presidency.

Obama’s lowest score ever was 38% a few weeks ago.  Let’s compare that with other Presidents’ lowest scores:

Harry Truman (22%)

Dwight Eisenhower (48%)

John F. Kennedy (56%)

Lyndon Johnson (35%)

Richard Nixon (24%)

Gerald Ford (37%)

Jimmy Carter (28%)

Ronald Reagan (35%)

George H.W. Bush (29%)

Bill Clinton (37%)

George W. Bush (25%)

You don’t look at one number to proclaim that a President is the “worst ever” or “most popular.”  George W. Bush’s popularity was tremendously high after 9/11 (as would any President’s be), but if you average out his term, it’s very low.

Better is to compare  based on similar periods.  All Presidents start off strong and drop over time.  Also, comparing poll numbers in the present day to those from Truman’s time where there was not 24 hour news coverage, a plethora of different channels, and the internet.

** data was collected from Gallup (http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/presidential-approval-center.aspx)

America’s Gone Red!

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On November 4, 2014 the nationwide midterm elections were held that resulted in the Republicans taking over the Senate for the first time in 8 years! Going into Tuesday’s election, the Democrats held a 53 to 45 seat majority in the Senate. The GOP won seats currently held by Democrats in West Virginia, Arkansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana and Iowa, giving them the net pick up of six seats they needed to hold 51 Senate seats. Out of the 36 seats that were open inside the Senate, 52 were awarded to the Republican Party.

What does this mean?

The guaranteed GOP control of the Senate will immediately reshape Washington once the new Congress takes over in early 2015. President Obama faces a tough final two years in office after Republicans won control of the Senate.
The President will now have to contend with a government fully controlled by his opponents following the mid-term election results.

Challenger Chronicles Part IV Feat. Attorney Stacey S. Jackson

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As predicted, Democrat Debbie Buckner won the Georgia House District 137 seat. This will be Buckner’s final term allowed to serve. However, although Republican candidate Stacey Jackson lost, he did do much better than I expected, with turn out and votes from his supporters. Buckner had a total of 9,132 votes to Jackson’s 5,033 at earliest tally.

Following the final election decision, Jackson took to Facebook to post a short concession letter to his supporters that stated, “We’ve come to the end of a long and eventful journey, and it is with sadness, but very little regret, that I concede this election to my opponent Debbie Buckner. It is natural to feel disappointed after such a committed fight, yet I am proud that we fought as hard as we did. I wish the outcome were different, but I am deeply grateful and indebted to all the people who sacrificed their time and energies to assist in this campaign. Thanks to each and every one of you for your vote, your words of encouragement, your time, and mostly-your friendship.”

He was encouraged by many of his supporters to pursue another position in the future. He was unsure if he’d make another bid for election, noting that politics is “fluid” or ever changing, and he more than once has made the short list of nominees for judgeships, and may again.

Challenger Chronicles Part III Feat. Attorney Stacey S. Jackson

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Today marks exactly six days until Election Day! All the candidates are making efforts to leave a last good impression on voters, especially Attorney Stacey S. Jackson. In the last month or so, he significantly disappeared amongst the crazy campaign frenzy, but has resurfaced more determined and passionate than ever before. I can confidently say since my last update that Stacey Jackson really stepped up his game. He definitely waited into the final stretch to actively start participating in the somewhat slow race.

To backtrack, Stacey S. Jackson is a criminal defense attorney out of Columbus, Georgia who is running for District 137 house seat that covers part of Muscogee county, Talbot County, Merriweather County and  Harris County. Which in the last two weeks have all been visited by him. Stacey was everywhere from Chic- fil- A meet and greets, roadside campaigns, high school homecomings, and community picnics. Basically everything he could fit into his schedule! The most prominent event he attended would probably be a Columbus Coffee Caucus, by the Chamber of Commerce which was in also attended by fellow running mate Debbie Buckner and a feature in the Columbus Ledger Enquirer newspaper.

Although Stacey seemed actively involved towards the end of his campaign his efforts in a possible chance of winning almost are futile because he still is measured as being greatly behind in most polls. But, there is still one week left.

Voting for the Future

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The world of politics can be tough to understand sometimes, especially for young 18-25 year olds looking to make an impact in the way their country is run. Let’s face it, young people are having less and less of an impact on decisions made by government, because there are n’t enough young voters. Elderly people influence the system the most because of the overwhelming percentage of active voters. Many young people are just not interested in politics.

Some say compulsory voting would be the solution (or at least, a solution) to the problem of low voting turnout. Others believe that compulsory voting would be a fundamental infringement of the right that enables us at citizens to choose whether to vote or not we want to vote. In contrast, to force people to vote would be counter-productive because, although it may increase the number of votes cast, it would probably alienate people even more from the political process.

This process of Mandatory voting has been seen put to use in other countries, such as Brazil, which definitely show the negative effects as a result of people resisting the compulsory voting, a decision made by the government.