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LXIV-5 Local issues

Postby Bill_Back » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:27 pm

Will be interested in how the special Congressional race in Pennsylvania turns out today. Probably it will be interesting.

Local Issues
By Bill Backstrom

In politics, local issues are important
An affair or a bridge built or image
All key factors to a win, or a loss
State-wide or National politics still the base
Upon which the local issues rest

In a coin-flip race, each candidate seeks
Aid from popular figures,
Possibly their Governor or President
Hoping to shine in their light
They’ll flee contact with unpopular ones
Hoping not to be tarnished

Congressional race today in Pennsylvania
Solid red district, voted by 20 points for Trump
Seat open due to a resignation
(It came out that a rabidly anti-abortion Congressman
had forced his mistress into having an abortion)
This should be a safe GOP seat
Yet the drowning GOP candidate pulled Trump in
Trying to shore up his base
Polling indicates Democrat will win
Personally, with a special mid-year race,
I don’t believe polls can predict with accuracy
GOP this year in elections held have captured
From 14 to 20 percent LESS votes than the prior election
Leaving Trump as an albatross for the party

In an interview today, another GOP congressman
Also from Pennsylvania, was asked if he wanted Trump
To campaign for him, in his district this fall
With a look close to fear, he said that he was
“sure the President has better things to do.”
“Besides, in my district local issues are important”

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Re: LXIV-5 Local issues

Postby WayneS » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:43 pm

All politics is local is the conventional wisdom, but these aren't conventional times. Trump is trying to natiionalize the special election in PA by making it about him and about retaining Republican control of Congress. But as always, it will come down to who actually comes out to vote. For special elections during an off year like this, turnout is usaully low, and that's usually a bad sign for Democrats. It's one thing to tell a pollster your voting preference, it's another thing to actually vote.


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Re: LXIV-5 Local issues

Postby allenitz » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:42 pm

tip o'neil had it right, all politics is local

i have a city council represent from my district that i liked and supported because she was young and seemed to be right on all the issues. she's still right on all the issues, national and state issues, but has turned out to be lousy on constituent's local, district issues. i will be trying someone else next time.

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Re: LXIV-5 Local issues

Postby hawkseye » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:04 pm

Coverage of the situation good here, Bill
I nod at the part about how there's no guarantee the polls mean anything for these "local" elections -- and until a few more are completed, those GOP candidates will need to remain on the edge of Trump, using words like the wise candidate you mentioned. Will he be a detriment or just a "shrug" to the voters?

I hope the democratic campaign workers push and push and push to get the democrat-leaning folks to the polls because, as noted, experience seems to be that not so many find showing up worth their time when it's "just" a local election


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Re: LXIV-5 Local issues

Postby connied » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:14 am

I believe Trump is an albatross for any party political or otherwise. Local politicians are who we should be concerned about.

well said,

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Re: LXIV-5 Local issues

Postby Thomas1 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:05 am

Way out of my element here, Bill. USA politics is not my forte.

(It came out that a rabidly anti-abortion Congressman
had forced his mistress into having an abortion)

This seemed all too typical though, something that doesn't surprise me - 'I'm anti-(this) until this happens to me.'



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