In case you've been living in a cave, it's come to light surrounding Initiated Measure 11 and there has been quite a lot of back and forth over whether or not a procedure like this would be allowed under Initiated Measure 11. Vote No says that families would not be able to terminate pregnancies in cases of fatal fetal anomolies. Vote Yes has first said that Tiffany Campbell didn't need to terminiate (even though they know nothing about her medical case) and then they said it would be allowed for because her health was at risk (even though she's said it wasn't.) But, now, we have a very in-depth news piece from KARE 11 which I think says it all.
Thank you Ms. Leslee Unruh for finally setting the record straight. Turns out, Vote NO was right all along. The Campbell's procedure would be ban.
I was watching the debate last night and I don’t know if this happened to anyone else but John McCain drove me nuts. Anyone else?
I couldn’t take him calling me his friend one more time. Did we all notice this? All night long, my friend this, my friends that. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met John McCain, so I can’t really say I’d even accept him as a friend on Facebook. I’m guessing the vast majority of you reading this blog haven’t met John McCain either and wouldn’t consider him your friend.
That’s not the only reason I don’t consider John McCain my friend like he apparently thinks I am. My friends would never answer a question about the economic crisis by saying “New-energy”.
Yes Senator McCain, new-energy is at the root of our problems right now, uh huh. Thanks for the insight friend.
It’s finally time for vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palen to take the stage for their debate Thursday night. Funny how far we’ve come since the conventions.
At convention time, it seemed as though there was almost more excitement for this debate than the ones between the real candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Time has past and the hype has subsided as I predicted.
Now, the first debate between McCain and Obama lacked the excitement and notable sound bytes that everyone was hoping for, but don’t expect that Thursday night.
Biden has already made a name once again for going off script and treading a very thin line on the campaign trail. He is certain to give us poster board material - he proved that during the democratic primary debates.
Palin on the other hand has more pressure Thursday. She has one last night essentially to prove that she is qualified to hold a position that would put her one heartbeat away from being the most powerful leader in the world. She has a lot to prove in this debate. Biden has a lengthy career in politics in being a leader and decision maker which gives him the lead going in.
Palin needs to hit a home run Thursday and establish herself as a proven, capable leader. Biden just needs to watch his mouth so-to-speak. Advantage Biden but this one is sure to be entertaining.
I know that a lot of "right-leaners" out there are probably shocked that I will be voting no on Initiated Measure 11 - the South Dakota Abortion Ban.
Generally speaking, this tends to be a "party" issue, even when it really has nothing to do with party politics. I am a "pro-choice" Republican and I think there are quite a few of us out there.
Want to know why I'm not supportive of banning abortion? Because I think this is private and personal. Do I necessarily support abortion? No. But, I also don't think that I have any right to tell any other person what he or she should do in any given situation.
As a Republican I am against BIG Government and I'm against Government Intrusion into the personal matters of people. That's exactly what Initatied Measure is.
Check it out for yourself. The Campaign for Healthy Families launched it's second TV spot this week... it's pretty good. And... there's also a great new website that picks apart the measure so you, too, can see it's flaws.
I am 31 years old and for the first time in my life I have fundamentally lost all faith in the people leading our country. This, of course, is a result of the recent bailout package that is currently circulating through our do-nothing Congress. And although countless Senators have come out and said “we warned of this happening,” I cannot find a single documented instance of that actually happening. What were our so-called leaders thinking????
Who thought it was a good plan to lower the under-writing guidelines so that people could get a mortgage who never had a chance of repaying them? Oh wait…it was Bill Clinton because you know it’s not politically correct to be denied a loan.
Who thought it was a good idea to allow Fannie and Freddie to loan out unlimited amounts of money to banks as long as it was going to be appropriated to loan programs for the above mentioned programs? Oh wait... it was all the Congressman who have had their pockets so lined with Fannie and Freddie dollars - Obama being the #2 leading beneficiary over the past two years.
But it’s not just the Democrats. There has not been a single Republican to take a strong stand on this over the past 13 years! This Congress is the most incompetent, self indulged group of morons this country has ever seen. They all need to be kicked out!
And the public certainly has to be blamed as well. When are we going to wake up and realize that absolutely no major government led program has been successful over the last 25 years? There’s Social Security, Welfare, the Public Schools, Fannie and Freddie and now the leading candidate in the presidential race wants to add yet another one: Health Care. As my 3 year old son would say with such vim and vigor: ”oooohhhhh good idea!”
I am a graduate of Bloomsburg University and consider myself a middle of the road/crossing the isle kind of voter rather than an old school straight ticket Democrat or Republican.
However, don't kid yourself, I tend to lean Democratic more than Republican.
My interest in politics soared leading up to the 2004 election thanks to a college friend, Jake Miller, who was responsible for founding the campus organization 'Democracy Matters', a group created to inspire college students to not only to get out and vote but also know what they are voting for.
I make my political decisions based on what is best for me and best for America. I believe George W. Bush hasn't been good for either.
Leaning Right: Matt
I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio but have called South Dakota "home" since 2000.
I watched the Bush, Clinton and Perot debates in 1992 with great interest and ever since I've had an intense interest in national politics.
I vividly remember the morning when President Clinton was first elected and hearing my father go into a rage about the headline in our local paper: "Clinton wins by a Landside.” Yes, a 44% landslide. The anger I observed sparked my interest even more and assisted me in my decision to study Political Science at Miami University.
Since college, I have simply been an observer. But, that is about to change with this blog.
Added bonus? My wife won’t have to tell me to shut up as much when the discussion of politics comes up in our home!