Small Potatoes Blog is largely about issues and politics, so I feel like I would disappoint you if I didn’t write the predictable “please vote…your vote counts…exercise your rights…make your opinion count” Election Day-eve kind of post.
So, as not to disappoint, I’m pleading with you to exercise your right to vote tomorrow.
On top of that, I’m also going to give you my opinions, because I like to opine – at least on the races I see as really important. If you don’t want them, read no further. I won’t be offended, but you might be missing that little something to help you frame an informed opinion. Warning – I am not a straight-ticket democrat, particularly on the Ballot questions (against the union, against my party’s map, for gambling). My ballot is kind of all over the place, and in one particular case (senate), I still haven’t made a happy decision.
President – I’m voting for Barack Obama. I think Romney is fine, but he won;t talk about his budget plan to make me feel comfortable that he can fix this mess better than Obama. Obama’s economy is trending upward a little, and I don’t want to spend the next year risking that trend in limbo until Romney would get his sea legs. On top of that, I’m a woman and I have a daughter. That Romney wouldn’t even indicate if he would/would not sign the Fair Pay Act, and that he would take away the provisions in Obamacare that prevent my gender from simply being a pre-existing condition are enormous red flags for me.
Senate – This is where I’m undecided. I have carefully examined all three candidates – Bongino (R), Sobhani (I), and Cardin (D). I will likely vote for Cardin, but I’m not happy about it. Cardin is visible to his constituents 2 months before any election, and we don’t see him much otherwise. He’s done some good advocacy work for the Chesapeake Bay, and I appreciate that. I really WANTED to like Bongino, just because I felt like a change might be warranted, and I was hoping for a moderate republican to support. Bongino is not moderate. He is hard-core republican, and I can’t support his blind support of the Republican platform. Sobhani seems more moderate, but won’t answer the questions about women’s health and women’s rights that I asked him. I don’t believe he necessarily holds the opposite opinions of me in that regard, but I think he just doesn’t care. He is solely focused on the economy and jobs. That’s not a bad thing…I guess everyone needs to know their limits, but I’d like to know where my Senator is coming down on critical votes. So, I’m probably a reluctant vote for Cardin, but could switch to Sobhani if I can get better info at the polls.
Congressman – I’m voting Delaney. I like him. I really like him. He’s a business guy, and when I spoke with him, he was very down to earth. He’s not an establishment kind of guy, and in fact was not really supported by the party in his primary. I voted for him then, and I’ll proudly cast my vote for him tomorrow.
School Board – Smondrowski vs. Evans: Smondrowski has my vote. She has a depth of recent experience in the school system that I can appreciate. Evans is a really great guy, too, but more removed from the current state of affairs.
Question 4: YES. If a child graduates from a MD High School, is academically prepared and accepted into a MD State University, has a family who has paid MD taxes, and wants to learn and grow into a productive adult, it’s only fair that we let them. I don’t care about your stance on illegal immigration – these are just kids who didn’t choose to grow up in a place they weren’t born, and they deserve a shot at a productive career. To be completely cliche, it’s the American Way. If I was blamed for the ills of my parents as I tried to transition into adulthood, I’d be nowhere right now.
Question 5: NO. The congressional redistricting map is a disgrace to the democratic party. O’Malley and our party leaders should be ashamed. I wrote a longer post about it awhile back. ’Nuff said.
Question 6: YES. I’m embarrassed that I have to vote to give my friends the same rights that I take for granted. I think my grandkids and great-grandkids might look back on this period the same way we study the sufferage movement. See a longer post on this one, too.
Question 7: YES. Bring on the gambling, and all the jobs and economic investment that will come with it. Click for my diatribe!
Question B: I’m voting YES, against the union. Our MoCo police chief shouldn’t have to argue with the union about small management decisions. To me, that negatively impacts safety and creates unnecessary costs.
So, there are my opinions on the big issues. My only hope is that this election isn’t riddled with fraud like our own City elections were last year. Although, I don’t hold out hope for a fraud-free day, considering the State BOE “inadvertently” left off the 2nd page of thousands of absentee ballots, and then sent over 5,000 voters TWO absentee ballots, even after some (2-page ballots, not even the ones with missing pages!) were already completed and sent back. Ugh.
Sweet dreams! Can’t wait for tomorrow – I’ll be volunteering at the Lakelands Park poll in the early evening. Come visit!