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Archive for November, 2008

“American Heritage” Quiz

Posted by brightcoast on November 22, 2008

I scored an 84.85%, not bad considering the national average is49%. Anyway, it is an interesting way of discovering how going to law school makes you a better American, at least in terms of learning the answers to most of these questions, or being reminded of them if your Poli Sci degree is worth the paper it was printed on. It reminds me of one time I was watching Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader, and the question was something along the lines of name a member of the executive branch, or who is the member of the Executive Branch that sits as the President of the Senate. And the guy admitted that he didn’t even know what the Executive Branch was. Amazing.

Perhaps more disturbing are the results of our elected officials, which are discussed here. I guess they take the “of the people, by the people, and for the people” part of their job a bit seriously. What’s more amusing is that I’m not even sure if that is the right order of the saying…

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This troubles me…

Posted by brightcoast on November 22, 2008

This sounds like a recipe for disaster.

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“No-Drama Obama”

Posted by brightcoast on November 18, 2008

Worth reading, if not just for the content, then for the nickname alone.

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The 2 McGowans’ Take on Prop 8

Posted by brightcoast on November 12, 2008

At least these 2 USD Law professors support the equal rights of all Californians. You can read their eloquent article here.

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Progress in Healthcare Coverage

Posted by brightcoast on November 12, 2008

An encouraging article summarizing the various players who are independently working towards healthcare proposals. I’d venture to guess that this issue has direct relation to the economic crisis in that people who don’t have health insurance simply won’t seek treatment to a greater extent because they can’t afford it. I cannot wait to hear more about what the new administration plans to do.

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Code Names Revealed, Why?

Posted by brightcoast on November 11, 2008

Umm, I thought the point of using a code was so that other people wouldn’t know what you were talking about?

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Washington Ballot Measure Approves Palliative Care

Posted by brightcoast on November 10, 2008

You can find the article here which essentially amounts to the embodiment of the Supreme Court’s opinions concerning the so called “right to die.” The measure seems watertight in terms of preventing the potential for abuse that the Court has warned against in its opinions. It shall be interesting to see if any other West coast states follow suit…

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Prop 8 Protests

Posted by brightcoast on November 10, 2008

Here’s a brief update to the prop 8 fallout. In the meantime I have personally emailed the ACLU, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lambda Legal offering my legal research skillz to the cause. So far no one has written me back, so we’ll see whether they can put my Lexis & Westlaw memberships to good use.

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A Lighthearted Return

Posted by brightcoast on November 10, 2008

It’s been a while since we’ve written, which I’ll attribute to impending finals. So here’s a story about the post-election naming trend.

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OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by brightcoast on November 5, 2008

In case you didn’t here, our boy is the one/won!! 349 – 163 electoral votes. There is a plethora of information on that, so I’d like to extend my excitement and congratulations, and allow you to draw upon your own emotions.

Sadly, however, it appears that Prop 8 is passing, right now with 95% of the precincts reporting it’s 52% yes to 48% no. I don’t understand how this could happen, and I am incredibly discouraged. It’s so frustrating that we could be such a progressive state in so many ways and yet deny equal rights to people equally deserving. Let’s hope the last 5% makes up that difference, but I’m not encouraged…

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NPR’s calling PA & NH for Obama

Posted by brightcoast on November 4, 2008

Words can’t capture my excitement as I sip my complementary tall Starbucks coffee in delight. I can’t wait to hear the results continue to pour in.

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Free-for-All, Literally

Posted by brightcoast on November 4, 2008

Coffee, donuts, and ice cream, that is. I’m just glad I won’t have to worry about showing the “I voted” sticker because I voted absentee. So, enjoy the perks after you cast your ballot on this special day!

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Predictions: Obama, Dems Sweep to Historic Wins

Posted by demkid on November 3, 2008

How the new map will look.

How the new map will look.

The state I was struggling with the most here was NC.  I just couldn’t picture such a red state changing.  However, if this turns into a true rout, look for NC, GA, ND, MT, and (gasp!) AZ to go for Obama.  If the race is closer, MO would be the first of my blue states to remain red.

Popular Vote: Obama 52.3; McCain 45.6

Senate: Dems 56; GOP 41; 2 Ind.; 1 Runoff (GA)

House: Dems 260; GOP 175 (24-seat gain)

Proposition 8 will fail, 47%-53%.

Whatever the final numbers are, it’s sure to be an exciting and historic night.  The 4th’s arrival also means the end of all of these campaign commercials.  Hooray!

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San Diego County is Officially Blue!

Posted by demkid on November 3, 2008

San Diego County now officially has more Democrats than Republicans!  Per the Registrar of Voter’s website, found here, the official count is: Dems 547,148; GOP 543,856; Decline to State 350,808.

Terrific news on Election Eve!

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3 States to Victory: The Final Numbers

Posted by demkid on November 3, 2008

Virginia: +4; +6; +6; +4    Who would have thought that a Democrat could win this state for the first time in 44 years?  Hard as it is to believe, Senator Obama has held consistent polling leads here, and will be the person to break that streak.  VA will be blue.

Pennsylvania: +10; +6; +14; +8; +7    After all of the efforts by McCain to move these numbers, they haven’t changed a great deal.  Senator Obama is over 50% in all of these polls, and therefore, PA will remain blue tomorrow night.

New Hampshire: No new polls.    The voters in Dixville Notch cast their ballots just after the stroke of midnight, continuing their “First in the Nation” tradition.  For the first time since 1968, they voted for the Democrat: Obama 15, McCain 6.  Dixville will just be a sign of things to come, as NH will stay blue when all the votes are in.

To conclude, as all 3 states will be won by Senator Obama tomorrow night, he will be guaranteed more than 270 electoral votes, and will become the 44th President of the United States.  Complete predictions to follow!

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