Page 6 of 8 FirstFirst ... 45678 LastLast
Results 51 to 60 of 78

Thread: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

  1. #51
    Sage
    jackalope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Seen
    08-08-14 @ 01:54 PM
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    6,494

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Oh Jack I hate to tell you this but go and pickup any West End Newspaper or the Portland Phoenix or The Hill Newspaper and you will find plenty of ad's on local political folks.

    Beside in Portland it's pretty well know who belongs to what party ask me and I can tell you if what party that person belongs to.

    And your correct most local election in Maine don't have party affiliation the reason for that is when Maine became a State they took a few good Mass. laws one being local elections wouldn't be muddy up by party affiliation. Maine isn't the only New England State that does this so does NH,VT,Mass,RI, ask yourself what is the commen thread in these States.

    I only started really caring when the Greenies took over the school board and started going nuts. I find it absolutely frustrating that there's no party affiliations. I mean, at one point there were ONLY Dems and Greenies on the school board (and I think city hall). Yes, this is a Democratic town, but there are enough Republicans that they would have had a seat had their affiliation been identified. The year that happened, I made it a point to find out the Republican candidate for school board, and voted for her. She didn't win, but I tried.

  2. #52
    Sage
    jackalope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Seen
    08-08-14 @ 01:54 PM
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    6,494

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    In my village of 1500, which is part of a town of around 8k, there are tons of ads in the village paper. There have been letters to the editor going back and forth for weeks, and a week before the election, the paper prints a copy of what the ballot will look like.

    This time around, the big controversy is over the Town Justice seat. There are two candidates - one who is not a lawyer at all, and thus will have no idea what the hell he's doing, and one whose "firm" has served as the town lawyer for years, who will thus have a conflict of interest on 90% of cases. Thank god we don't have a rational system where state judges are actually appointed based on merit.

    True, but the poster to whom I was replying said 'months of watching campaign ads'. I don't watch the paper, I read the paper , so I understood him to mean television ads.

    There is alot of leafletting (sp?), and signage, and door-to-door, and yes, local papers and even radio ads here, but tv ads are not typical. Although I did see some last time for state senator. (Surprised me, b/c it's not usual.)

    I think smaller towns like yours, and the one in the OP, definitely would be familiar with most candidates. But, my town's size is too big for that to generally be the case, although as Scorp pointed out, the political people all know who's who. The political scene up here is too small for it to be any other way. But, yet, too big for non-political people to be familiar with three to ten candidates for a spot.

    Some local races have very few, like water district on Tuesday has one seat up, and two candiates. Some races have a very lot of candidates. There was a race for panel spots this summer to examine the city charter, and see about having an elected mayor instead of a ceremonial one chosen from the city council, and some other stuff. There were ALOT of candidates.

  3. #53
    Sage
    jackalope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Seen
    08-08-14 @ 01:54 PM
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    6,494

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    So you made it a point to learn something about those running for office? That's exactly what you should have done in all previous elections you voted in.

    Though, I would suggest actually learning about a candidate's stances as opposed to just voting a straight ticket, but at least you did put some small amount of effort in learning *something* about the candidate. That is exactly why non-partisan elections should be the norm, not the exception.


    No, what the justice department did and the reasons why they did it is racist. He merely agreed that what they did denigrated blacks. I'm not sure how agreeing that what someone [the justice department] did was pathetic and racist is racist in itself. If that's the case, then most of the posts in this thread are "racist".

    What you think should be the case about voters prep time is really not relevant. There is no test to vote

    When I first got here, and was confronted with unafilliated ballots for the first time, I was so annoyed, I picked candidates based on what street they lived on. That was the only information given.

    Yes, I had read about races ahead of time, but no way could I remember bios of over 3 dozen candidates for various races.
    Last edited by jackalope; 11-01-09 at 03:29 PM.

  4. #54
    Tavern Bartender
    Constitutionalist
    American's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Last Seen
    Today @ 03:45 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    76,262

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    I think we solved our black voter problem. We just tell them to stay home and not worry about it. We count up all the black voters and divide their votes among the Democrat candidates.
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
    "Fly-over" country voted, and The Donald is now POTUS.

  5. #55
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Last Seen
    01-05-10 @ 06:26 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    2,629

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    From the newspaper, my local paper usually runs an election guide before election day, with major issues and positions, etc.

    There's a local group that's taken to endorsing voters in local elections the last 6 yrs or so. It was originally called the League of Pissed Off Voters, now they go by League of Young Voters. But they interview all candidates, and make endorsements, or refuse to endorse anyone, in local races. Even if I don't agree with what they say, it's useful to read.
    Ah my old friends the League of Pissed Off Voter my have we come a very long way

    Actually Jack there are two different groups the original LPOV and the group that became the LOYV.

  6. #56
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Last Seen
    01-05-10 @ 06:26 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    2,629

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    I only started really caring when the Greenies took over the school board and started going nuts. I find it absolutely frustrating that there's no party affiliations. I mean, at one point there were ONLY Dems and Greenies on the school board (and I think city hall). Yes, this is a Democratic town, but there are enough Republicans that they would have had a seat had their affiliation been identified. The year that happened, I made it a point to find out the Republican candidate for school board, and voted for her. She didn't win, but I tried.
    You should have been around when the Green's try to take over City hall now that was funny.

  7. #57
    Sage
    jackalope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Seen
    08-08-14 @ 01:54 PM
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    6,494

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Ah my old friends the League of Pissed Off Voter my have we come a very long way

    Actually Jack there are two different groups the original LPOV and the group that became the LOYV.

    I didn't know that! I thought they were the same thing. Thx for the heads up

  8. #58
    Goddess of Bacon

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Charlottesville, VA
    Last Seen
    05-28-12 @ 09:35 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    13,988

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    What you think should be the case about voters prep time is really not relevant. There is no test to vote
    Actually, what I think is very relevant given that I do educate myself and vote.

    No, there is not test to vote (unfortunately) but those who vote ignorantly are the bane of this country. And, they have not a leg to stand on when the country goes to ****.

    Anywho, though, you said something about not being able to know anything about the candidates you were voting for since their political party wasn't listed. Then you went on to explain how you "made it a point" to actually learn something about a candidate. I merely pointed out that apparently it actually WAS possible to learn something about a candidate without their political party being listed on the ballot.


    When I first got here, and was confronted with unafilliated ballots for the first time, I was so annoyed, I picked candidates based on what street they lived on. That was the only information given.

    Yes, I had read about races ahead of time, but no way could I remember bios of over 3 dozen candidates for various races.
    That's why you take a cheat sheet in with you.
    Last edited by rivrrat; 11-01-09 at 03:39 PM.

  9. #59
    Sage
    jackalope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Seen
    08-08-14 @ 01:54 PM
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    6,494

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    You should have been around when the Green's try to take over City hall now that was funny.
    They almost did two years ago. Roomies split up and moved to opposite ends of town and both got elected, plus there were already some on the council. I think it was half and half. The year before, the local school board greenies held their own separate meeting in a park downtown. Almost got into trouble with election law b/c of legal requirements for posting notice of all meetings. They said, oh well, it wasn't actually an official meeting, we decided to just hang out and invite some friends, or something.

  10. #60
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Last Seen
    01-05-10 @ 06:26 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    2,629

    Re: Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    They almost did two years ago. Roomies split up and moved to opposite ends of town and both got elected, plus there were already some on the council. I think it was half and half. The year before, the local school board greenies held their own separate meeting in a park downtown. Almost got into trouble with election law b/c of legal requirements for posting notice of all meetings. They said, oh well, it wasn't actually an official meeting, we decided to just hang out and invite some friends, or something.
    Oh so Kevin and David broke up ahh to bad they made such a lovely couple

    Yea I heard about the little meeting that Ben Meiklejohn called and the fall out over it. They are very lucky that the Green Party didn't get slapped with a major election law violation over it. It's funny a few years back Ben and John Eder both complained about the Democrates and Republicans doing the same thing. Now don't get me wrong I'm all for a third party but the Maine Green Party is a joke all they are is the Far Left Part of the Maine Democratic Party who got all pissed off and left.

    He is a little know fact about the Maine Green Party one of it's founding idiots is none other then former Moveon.org Executive Director Eli Pariser who I have had many a debate with while he and I still lived in Portland.
    Last edited by Scorpion89; 11-01-09 at 03:59 PM.

Page 6 of 8 FirstFirst ... 45678 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •