Could Obama be thinking of one-term and done?

Tired President ObamaA couple of days ago, a political consultant was talking to me over drinks at a Xmas event and I heard him muse that maybe President Obama might be thinking a “one-term and done” strategy.

Instead of trying to focus on the next election and triangulate (as Clinton would have done) making the next two years more about political pandering versus repairing our country, President Obama may actually think it would be a better the idea to announce – in the coming weeks – that he is not going to run for re-election.

Incredible thought? But, consider the benefits:

  • President Obama would not need to expend all of his energy fighting the election battle for the next two years, especially when we need to focus on the matters at hand – in terms of the economy, job growth, our deficit, climate change, etc. Rather than pushing the political water uphill, he could focus on fighting the good fight in Congress.  Without an election looming over him, he could build upon the legislative victories he has accomplished and then continue to the betterment of his “legacy” – and our country’s future.
  • With President Obama fighting on in Congress, it keeps him above the political fray and allows for other players like Sec. of State Clinton and VP Joe Biden to take the brunt of the battle of the election.  Both battle-tested and extremely experienced in running government, they would make for a powerful force.   Today, the Republicans are going to cause all sorts of problems to make Obama look bad as President for 2012; they would fall short of a Presidential election cycle where the Democratic President was pounding them on one side and the Democratic primary candidates would be hitting their standard bearer from the field of battle.

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WTF has Obama Done for Us So Far?

As I am watching 60 Minutes with President Obama speaking on the past week and I am blown away that people seem to stick to the wrong narrative.

I wish that Obama and the DNC/DCCC/DSCC spoke on what the last two years have accomplished for us.

Take a look here:

And then, take a look at what the next fight will be about:

What happens if we extend the tax cuts...

Above image from Ezra Klein at the Washington Post.

Should we keep the Bush tax cuts or drop them? Can someone on the right please tell me how our country moves forward with this debt?

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Congratulations to Cynthia Thomas!

Cynthia ThomasJust read the details on the election here at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office website and saw Mrs Cynthia Thomas has been chosen.

Congratulations Mrs. Thomas! And congratulations to David Kout – who I hope will work with Fred and Cynthia to get appointed in the remaining seat.

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Afterthoughts on the Rally to Restore Sanity and/orFear

Cross-posted on The Social

So, on the return bus with my compatriots from the DL21C and I must say, I was quite fortunate to get this bus and this ride – on our return trip, we ended up picking up four stranded HuffPo travelers who could not make it back to their buses. Stories of lack of organization, leaving late, arriving late were rampant. The refugees were still happy since the event itself was one that they felt part of even though it was not all they expected.

So, what was your thought Sanford?

I got there an hour and a half earlier and the Rally was entertained with replays of snippets of both Stewart and Colbert talking about their respective rallies. It was entertaining, but continually cramped. You could see that the place was laid out by someone, but no real staffing on managing the space itself.
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Summary of 2010 Broward County Charter Amendments

Voting for Broward County InitativesIn keeping with yesterday’s promise, I am including the five Broward Charter Amendments that are on the 2010 Broward County Ballot.

For the five amendments to the Broward County Charter, I am listing the opinions of the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Update: I am including a link to Michael Mayo’s assessment of the five charter Amendments at the Sun Sentinel.

Broward County Charter Amendment 1 – The Charter Review Commission And Management And Efficiency Study

Summary: Charter Review Commission and the Management and Efficiency Study Committee Shall Meet Every Ten Years (see text)

Editorial Opinions

Miami Herald: AGAINST

A decade between reviews of the county charter for possible revisions or updates is too long. Unfortunately, the County Commission often doesn’t pay much attention to the review commission’s proposed charter changes. It would be helpful if the charter were revised to allow the Charter Review Commission to put amendments to voters when county commissioners don’t take its recommendations seriously.

Sun-Sentinel: AGAINST

This amendment would have the Charter Review Commission and Management and Efficiency Study Committee meet every 10 years. At present, the committee meets every six years. That is not too heavy a load of meetings to help keep the charter up-to-date.

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Summary of 2010 Florida Amendments

Voting on the Broward Ballot

Following up on my post for Florida state-wide contests, I wanted to make sure the summary of the Florida Amendments was captured. I have gone to the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel to capture their thoughts. As of today, the Miami Herald has only opined on Amendments 4, 5, 6 and Amendment 8.

Nov 1st Update: Just learned of Ballotpedia which has a listing of all of the 2010 Florida Amendments and the papers around the state and their opinion of the Amendments.

Amendment 1 – Florida Campaign Finance Requirement Repeal

Summary: In short: currently the state is required to provide funding for candidates that agree to spending limits. This amendment would eliminate public financing of campaigns. (see text)

Editorial Opinions

Sun-Sentinel: VOTE NO

When the Legislature asks you, the voters, whether you really meant it when you passed a constitutional amendment, you have reason for skepticism.

So, be very skeptical of Amendment 1, an item on next month’s ballot that would repeal an earlier amendment and remove very limited state-funded public campaign finance from the Florida Constitution.

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends a no vote on Amendment 1.

My Opinion?

VOTE NO – the idea to maintain a relatively equal playing field is important – especially when we want to allow others to run aside from insane multi-millionaires like Mr. Scott.
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Summary of Florida/State Wide Elections Editorials for 2010

Voting on the Broward Ballot

Last election, I posted my summary of the Editorial opinions of the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel. So, for my readers, allow me to provide their opinions on the state-wide contests and then a post on the Florida Amendments and the Broward County Charter Amendments/Questions.

Summary of Election Editorial opinions – the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel.

Florida Governor

Editorial Opinion

Miami Herald – Alex Sink (click for editorial)

Voters who believe elections should be decided on merit have a clear choice in the race for governor. Democrat Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, stands head and shoulders above Republican Rick Scott in terms of experience, familiarity with issues, and responsiveness to the public.

Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel – no answer yet
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Definition of a Modern US President (video)?

Someone on Facebook shared with me, so I felt I might share it with others:

Obama Still Smokin': A Modern U.S. President

Directed, Created and Barack Obama played by Ron Butler.

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Early Voting Locations in Broward County (2010)

So, something made me laugh when I got an email from Kendrick Meek about Early Voting locations. I clicked on his link and ended up on a very colorful picture of the state of Florida which, once you click on Broward County, it gives you a tabular form of the Early Voting locations.

Sorry guys, but that is a big 2010 Internet FAIL.

Allow me to help my fellow Broward County brethren and provide a google Map of all of the Early Voting locations in Broward.

View Broward County Early Voting Locations (2010) in a larger map

All you have to do is click on the blue pin that is close to where you live. If this one is too small – simply click on the Broward County Early Voting Locations (2010) link and you can see them in all of their glory.

Note: the locations open tomorrow and are available until October 30th. And, the hours for Early Voting in Broward are from 11am to 7pm, Monday thru Saturday.

P.S. All it took me was a simple Map on google Maps and 10 minutes of transferring addresses to the system. {{{poof!}}}

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What is the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District?

What began as a simple search for information has become an interesting story that we (Broward voters) should care about.

Last election cycle, I wanted to make sure I voted with information about the candidates I was selecting – and I did some research on a number of roles/candidates I had little knowledge of. One of them was the race for the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) Seat that was up for election. The two candidates – Fred Segal and Oliver Parker – were completely different animals.

Fred is a very active member of the 4H Club, President of the Broward County Farm Bureau (yes, there are still farms in Broward) and the Kiwanis Club. Oliver Parker was the former Mayor of Hollywood-by-the-Sea who leveraged his name recognition to win this 2008 election (IMHO) to then run for a judgeship (and subsequently lost). Fred’s loss did not effect his efforts in this space – he has stayed involved in the above groups and has applied and succeeded in running unopposed for Seat 4 this season.

This year, Cynthia Thomas and David Kout are competing for one of the five seats up for the 2010 cycle. You can read more about my interview with them via this link:

Cynthia Thomas / David Kout for Broward Soil & Water Conservation District

So, what is the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District?

Funny thing about state, county and local politics – people get involved for various reasons and things get started for a multitude of reasons. Researching the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District has been an interesting effort – since very few people know what it actually is.

According to the, the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District is:

The Broward Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) is a political subdivision of the State of Florida created to implement Chapter 582 Florida Statutes, in general for the purpose of “conservation of natural resources, preserve wildlife, protect lands of the state and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the State of Florida.” The BSWCD promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.

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