How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

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How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Jenner » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:07 pm

Sooo... yeah. Lake County Ohio here. The only thing I can find that even lists people is THIS: http://www.news-herald.com/articles/201 ... 540405.txt Nothing on the state website, this was found using google-fu!

...I guess I start googling these people now to decide who I like before November 2nd.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby phyco126 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:47 pm

I personally don't care, promises are never kept, spending is always out of control, tax increases never go to what they are supposed to. It doesn't mean I won't vote, I'll vote for what and who I think is best, but the issues they present, at least in my city, they never follow through with.
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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Kitdra » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:43 am

I don't barther with politics... maybe if a few of them were trust worthy I'd might give a woot.
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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Werefrog » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:41 pm

I look at the ballot and look to see if there is a D or an R next to the candidate's name.

In all seriousness, local newspapers are good. There may also be debates on public access.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Sonic# » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:17 pm

It's difficult sometimes to find information about city candidates, particularly if it isn't a major city. The local newspaper is the best bet. If there isn't one, then going to campaign events would be useful. If they don't have that, then it must be a small enough town that you can look them up in the phonebook, call them, and ask them about their positions on X.

Also, lol at apathy.
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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby LuNaRtIc » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:18 am

Drive around your neighborhood, see which candidate has the most yard signs. Vote for said candidate. D:
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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Undine » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:12 pm

Ouija board.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Werefrog » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:54 pm

Undine wrote:Ouija board.


My Ouija board keeps telling me to vote for Christine O'Donnell.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Monde Luna » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:35 pm

Honestly the only thing I have learned is that Pelosi "looks like a man" and Meg Whitman has a nose like Pinocchio. And of course all of the candidates are horrible liars... I want a fact sheet!

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Kizyr » Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:06 am

The quickest way is to go to each candidates' website and read their positions on various issues, and what parts of their voting record they highlight (if they're incumbents). Without any spin, you can usually tell which one you'd rather have in office just based on that. If you're really nitpicky about facts, Politifact is another source (I mean really nitpicky; they don't even like nuances and implications).

Yeah things get different when you're in office, because suddenly you have to work with a bunch of other people, make compromises, and worry about where your next election funds will come from. It's where some special interests come in (not all of which are necessarily bad--one person's advocacy group is another's special interest) and money from businesses and unions. And, folks tend to forget that congressmen make tons of decisions and have to represent people with different opinions on what should and shouldn't get done. But at the end of it all, for better or worse, most still try to represent their district. ... unless the money's too good somewhere else and they're on the way out.

By the way, there's no justification for for not voting. The less a demographic votes (like, say, young people versus the elderly, non-whites versus whites, etc.) the more they get ignored. Even if the choices rather suck, and if you gotta write-in some votes, then it's still worth the few minutes each year to do it. KF

Spoilering my own views here: Anyway, I'll say now that I'm voting straight Democratic this time. The fact that the Republican Party over the last three months has found political capital in demonizing my religion (not to mention back in 2008 the same thing happened), means that there's no justification whatsoever in voting for them--why would I ever want to vote for a group that's so biased against me? Anyway, it's not much of a shift, though, since I already rather like my Congressman, the Governor's race was last year in my state, and the local city council is mostly Democrats anyway (the only place where I would've voted Republican at one point). There.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Monde Luna » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:26 pm

I ended up voting mostly Democrat although I did vote for a couple local republicans.

Prop 19... aww

Since Ca is very much a D state I try to focus on the props. They are just frustrating because I feel like they are not written well. Many of the props are good ideas but they are always seem like lose lose situations.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Werefrog » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:50 pm

Election results were disappointing but not unexpected. I'm tired of living in a red state...

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Alunissage » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:10 pm

Kizyr wrote:By the way, there's no justification for for not voting.

Religious restriction. Respect human governments and obey their laws to the fullest extent possible, yes; participate, no.

But I do respect those without such restriction who participate.

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Re: How do you even learn anything about local candidates?

Postby Monde Luna » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:38 pm

Which religion restricts voting?


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