Tags: elections

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One more thought about the elections

I'm still both annoyed and puzzled about how everyone - not just locals but the entire nation! - got all hyped up about a race for a position that probably won't be around next year, while the state Assembly race passed as an almost unnoticed afterthought. Our state government is the most dysfunctional in the nation, Albany reform is a bigger issue then DC, the upcoming redistricting and transforming it from political gerrymandering to an independently done task with sane district boundaries should be on the forefront of everyone's mind, (Especially Ed Koch) and yet I barely heard a peep from either candidate about anything.
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The turnout for the runoffs in my neighborhood was actually slightly higher then for the primaries. My district and the booth next to it both got ten+ more votes. Perhaps the papers constant complaining about the low turnout had some effect.
Jenny's district had a lower turnout, though. But both had the vast majority of votes go to Yassky and Green. Virtually everyone I've talked to through out the city was voting for Yassky and Green.
And yet they seem to have lost, and the union/WFP machine candidates won.
Looks like glowing endorsements from all the major papers and politicians don't get candidates as many votes as the unions pushing their members to the polling booths.
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Israeli elections are today!

Last week, I spent an hour and a half watching Israeli political advertisements for the upcoming election.

For a few brief minutes, I actually appreciated our two party system, as compared to a two-dozen party system.

But that went away pretty fast. Israelis are lucky they have so many choices.
Then again, does one country really need 3 different Green parties? Is it good that society is so segmented that they can't agree on anything ever?

Some ads that stick in my mind:
Labor and Kadima's ads showed scary pictures of Bibi Netanyahu. Likud's ads showed scary pictures of Tzipi Livni.
Meretz had better ads then any of them, showing a picture of Bibi in comfort and prosperity, and then pulling out the camera to show it's a billboard, with a homeless man looking at it in disgust.
The Disabled People's Rights party (Koach L'hashpia) had a clever ad with a man in a wheelchair trying desperately to get through a set of doors in a public building.
And the Marijuana Reform Party (Green Leaf), to my surprise, trotted out a Holocaust survivor to make its case.

As a dual citizen, I wanted to cast an absentee ballot in the Israeli elections, but I discovered that Israel doesn't allow absentee ballots, except for people overseas on government duty. I probably would have voted for Likud, as Bibi is the only major leader who has a clue how to run an economy. (Israel is still a communist country at heart - opposite to the US, their economy is too far to the left for its own good.)

So, who would you vote for if you could?