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On the way to November 2016, who or what do you think will be ‘big news’ in American politics?

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1. Patricia Pomerleau CEOExpressSelect Member
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     (2/6/2016 9:05:43 PM)
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There’s a lot of ground to cover before Election Day 2016. We’re starting this discussion forum in early February. The Iowa primary is over, and the New Hampshire primary is about to take place. Several Republican candidates have folded their tents, and the field is narrowing. The Democrats have been down to two for some time.

All House seats, 34 Senate seats, and 12 state and two territorial governorships are up for election/re-election. In addition, there are countless local elections that will occupy candidates’ and voters’ energies.

Is there a race or issue that especially has your attention?

  • Are you a single issue voter, or are you looking at the big picture?

  • What issue or issues do you think will decide the national elections?

  • Some say one party in the White House and the other in control of Congress makes for a healthy government. What do you say?

  • Washington has been a model of gridlock for the last few years. Is it time to remember what give and take is all about?

  • Depending on the definition, America has been at war for most of its 240 or so years. Is it too much to hope for peace?

  • Do you think the 2016 election will result in anything new, or have we seen it all before?

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2. Victor Lee
     (2/6/2016 10:25:34 PM)
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In my personal opinion, it will be more of the same as we trend downwards.

The political establishment lies will be increasingly bald-faced, taxing the gullibility of reasoning citizens in the face of raw power.

Like affluenza, there will be tefluenza, teflon beyond all belief.

Laws will be a joke. Washington and the electorate will have brought it upon itself.

3. Jeff B. CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/6/2016 10:33:40 PM)
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I think it is too early to tell and a lot of people are undecided like I am undecided.

Is it time to remember what give and take is all about?

Yes it is time. Compromise is key and so far, the extremes do not look like they will give ground, at all.

4. Charles Potts CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/6/2016 10:52:42 PM)
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The GOP is imploding at a rate that boggles the mind. Candidates only care about their personal agenda and are willing to divide the party for their own gain. I'm almost 70, have always been involved, and what I'm seeing this cycle makes me nauseated. There's so many wonderful things happening in the world, so many discoveries and cures just around the corner, and one of the most important political parties in the history of man can't get it together!!

To answer the above question, the next "big news" for most people is whatever Fox News tells them it is.

5. Charlie Wilson CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/6/2016 10:53:30 PM)
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Does anyone else see any similarities between what's going on in the U.S. and the decline and fall of the Roman empire?

6. Douglas Robb
     (2/6/2016 11:21:21 PM)
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The issue will be "Who" votes. Bernie has energized the young voters. Trump has energized the angry voters. If neither is on the ballot in November, will those voters still vote?

7. Douglas Robb
     (2/6/2016 11:22:17 PM)
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You mean lead pipes in the water supply dumbing down the population?

8. Victor Lee
     (2/6/2016 11:32:54 PM)
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Exactly.

9. Tams Bixby CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/6/2016 11:34:40 PM)
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"What will be the "Big News" in American Politics????"

I don't know if it'll happen but I sure hope the "Big News" will be that Government (both Federal and State, but Federal especially) finally decides to work TOGETHER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF "WE, THE PEOPLE".

It doesn't really matter whether there's one party or two parties in charge of both the White House and Congress (House & Senate) as much as it matters that they are prone to WORK TOGETHER for the Country's sake.

That said, if it's one party I hope it's Republican but in either case, I hope they have the common sense to: 1) Rebuild AND MAINTAIN the military; and 2) Secure the Borders. If they do those two, then the rest will come.

If it happens, we'll make it through this mess. If it doesn't, well the great Democratic experiment (i.e. The Republic) may be on life support. I hope they can find a way to put their differences aside and work FOR THE PEOPLE (who they were sent there to work for) instead of themselves.

10. Robert Fahrbach CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/6/2016 11:55:04 PM)
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While 'imploding' infers a velocity I can't see, the candidates are becoming increasingly transparent as the parade of debates sails beyond the point of diminishing return.

While they may be jockeying around a bit between each other, they are declining as a group.

One gets the sense that if you turn them around, they each have a loop and string which, when pulled, sets off one of five or six messages. None really expands upon or develops a position. The only creativity they display is in finding ways to steal the stage.

I will stick with Trump though the Primaries, but if you add up the minion Republicans ... Bush, Rubio, Kasick and Christie... it's hard to imagine how he will beat them when their votes inevitably coalesce behind one of them at the convention.

This is an election about whether the government will serve the people or the powerful. All of the minions are bought and paid for. If one them gets the nod, the middle will flock to Hillary, as will I.
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