Tuesday, November 1, 2016
ONE LAST WEEK
Council meeting tonight; combined sessions, 7pm at the Clinton School. Dan and Bernice have covered the possible contentious items The discussion subjects and the new Ordinances.
Nov 1, one week before the election. This has been the quietest local race in years with the exception of the Third Ward there is no races and there would be none there if Sharon was not challenging the party primary winner. Like Trump her personal following could cause an upset. Also like Trump her campaign is based on lots of half-truths, falsehoods and misinterpretation of facts.
The reason the local election is without competition is the voter registration;” Figures released on Oct. 23 by the Union County Board of Elections show 14,524 Democrats, 7,793 unaffiliated (no party declaration) and 930 Republicans, along with smatterings of support for various other parties.”
This is a one party town and only the power factions within the party makes a difference. Only in the last few years has a strong opposition to JG’s 20 plus years bossism.
The national election which has been one of the most vitriolic in my memory on entering the last week will probably be marked with the worst mudslinging in our electronic based communication era. There may have been some just as bad in the past but that had to be conducted by print media which is slower and not open to immediate counter claims.
Before the latest inappropriate Trump favoring bombshell from FBI Director Comey, Trump was complaining about a “rigged election” and ballot fraud. The only really rigged election was the first one between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson where Jackson won the popular vote as well as the electoral vote but because he did not have a majority of the electoral votes (it was not just 2 party election; there were other candidates) by law it had to go to the House of Representatives for decision. Here a coalition of anti-Jackson representatives determined to defeat the popular outsider cast a majority for Adams.
The release of a vague letter by Comey about 650,000 emails that investigators found on a laptop that they believe was used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide, and underlying metadata suggests thousands of those messages could have been sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state. They had not been read or even opened when Friday’s letter was published.
Despite that fact Trump et al has used this as a basis for again attacking Clinton as a criminal. Once again it is the kettle calling the pot black.
Trump should talk; recent articles even yesterday in the Times and WSJ as well as the Washington Post and on the NBC news have shown that the refuser to release his income tax returns has used tax loopholes to avoid payment for over 20 years and his so called philanthropic payments have not been by him but from his foundation and by others of money that others have contributed.