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Dammit, I didn't notice this yesterday because it was dark by the time I got home, but I looked out my window this morning to find a campaign yard sign in my front yard. It says "VOTE TODAY", which is fine, but then it has the names of our bumbling Republican US Representative (who got re-elected, grump) and the Republican State House candidate (who lost, yay). Said bumbling Republican US Representative lost VERY badly in my precinct, though... he even got beaten out by the Green party candidate. Which is no surprise because my precinct is mostly University faculty.

I'm pissed about the sign, though. There are lots of unspoken neighborhood rules, and "don't put campaign signs in people's lawns without permission" is certainly one of them.

Illinois has a Democratic governor for the first time in 25 years. Be interesting to see what *he* does with a 2-billion dollar budget shortfall. And our one US Senator up for re-election won, which is good because he was one of the few outspoken against the war in Iraq. And Kate's advisor's wife won a seat on the county board, which is good, but a friend of mine lost, badly, his own bid for same, which is bad.

Republicans now in control of all three branches of the US Government, though... that's REALLY bad.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 6th, 2002 12:13 pm (UTC)
Illinois politics, and backyard invasion
The Illinois politics, C-U politics too, sound interesting this time around.

Regarding people spamming neighborhoods with political signs... how fucking TACKY.

Here, I was subjected to a last-minute junk-mail spam fest from each side of some sticky local issues: R-51 ("turn Western WA into Southern CA"), and the Monorail ("sure, we're complete nutballs, but hey, monorail!"). Well it looks like the monorail squeaked by, though the absentee ballots aren't counted yet. And every county soundly rejected the R-51 taxes -- the interesting thing is that there was an unlikely coalition of enviros and anti-tax conservatives that really opposed that initiative. It's telling about WA state: a poll revealed that both people for and against this measure, the vast majority believed that the legislature would push it through anyway even if it was voted down, steamrolling the voters as has been done before. We're used to it. Realistically, it looks like we just won't sign a big transportation plan. So when you come out to visit, bring your change for the bus, I guess.

Kinda cool that Ryan lost in IL.

Regarding war in iraq, can we really afford this right now? I know that it will totally wreck things for our company.

Regarding backyard invasion, I think mine is possum-free now. Political signs weren't an issue. People park on the street and nobody would see them alongside the curb anyway.

Have a great day.
jonroma
Nov. 6th, 2002 03:39 pm (UTC)
szasz wrote:

Dammit, I didn't notice this yesterday because it was dark by the time I got home, but I looked out my window this morning to find a campaign yard sign in my front yard. It says "VOTE TODAY", which is fine, but then it has the names of our bumbling Republican US Representative (who got re-elected, grump) and the Republican State House candidate (who lost, yay).
You know, I don't even like the idea of yard signs. My front yard represents my home, not an advertising opportunity. Moreover, I feel to some extent that my electoral choices ought to be a private matter.

As far as the signs are concerned, you were not alone in being annoyed by campaign signs in places where they don't belong. See today's News-Gazette for more. The most telling quote is
Patrick Evans, campaign staffer for Berns, said many different groups put up signs on election eve. "It wasn't all us. We did put up some. We are in the process of taking them down," he said Tuesday afternoon. He attributed the problem to overzealous volunteers. "I don't think people understood the rules," he said.
Excuse me? Doesn't common courtesy dictate not putting signs on someone else's lawn? And isn't it obvious to almost everyone that electioneering on public property is a big no-no? If nothing else, the local Republican party should be sure that their overzealous volunteers "understood the rules". They are, after all, the party that claims to stand squarely behind law and order. As with so many other things, many of our local Republicans tend to feel that the rules apply to everybody but themselves.

While the near sweep of the Illinois statewide offices probably even exceeded the Democratic Party's expectations, I was surprised that the Democratic candidate won the state representiative race. It's unfortunate that the noble and principled Democratic candidate for state senate lost by a razor-thin margin.

I'm even more worried by the fool in the White House now having Republican backing for his agenda, not to mention the prospect of a Supreme Court nomination. This is not a matter of Democrat vs. Republican; it's a matter of balance of powers. I rather like the fact that the electorate tends to prefer Congress in different hands than the executive branch. I'm not sure what happened this time around.
arti57
Nov. 6th, 2002 05:46 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who has noticed that Republicans and Democrats are exactly the same lately. "Hummm...should I vote for the puppet on the left or on the right? Hey wait they are both being controled by the same person! Go back to bed America and never mind the man behind the curtian." Had to toss in some Bill Hicks there. I just look politics today as a fight against the money holders running the goverment not the elected officals because by and large they are just puppets.
szasz
Nov. 6th, 2002 09:31 pm (UTC)

I think it's true that both the major parties have a lot in common in that they're both sort of "autonomous" machines in pursuit of their own party agendas independent of either the will or the best interests of the people.

In fact, I will often vote for a third party candidate not because I like them or their platform, but simply to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with the "fait accompli" two-party system in the US.

That said, my own personal politics do apply a definite "lesser of two evils" approach towards the clear collectivist/individualist and peace/war biases of the Democratic/Republican parties.

It's all very depressing sometimes.

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