Remember to vote, yo! I am cautiously optimistic this election, but I have had my hopes dashed before, so I'm waiting to do any clapping or cheering until/if the ballot tallies come back favorably.
I'll be doing my civic duty after work, although I'm underwhelmed by my choices, especially the ones for the new John's Creek council. They all seem like right-wing nut jobs, but then, what sane person would want to be on a city council? Meh. Oftentimes, doing my civic duty comes down to selecting the least of many evils.
terracinque seduced me with shiny comic books. She introduced me to the Fables series put out by Vertigo. Fairy tales in modern day and pretty pictures, ooo. So yah, I've been reading them when I should've been writing . . . or editing . . . or reviewing. (I need another whole brain just to do all the reading I want to, dammit.) But I've read all the issues from years one through four now, so I'm hoping to get caught up on the work I've let slide.
- 2300 on "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast." Good progress, but it could've been better. The muse is willing, but the writer is weak. Bad writer, no cookie.
...but then, what sane person would want to be on a city council?
Ah, there I am lucky. I can point to one electoral victory: I voted for Martin Heinrich for City Council, Martin was elected, Martin has done a fabulous job. And he's a super-nice guy, too.
I have to disagree with your assessment on the council candidates. I had the chance to meet a lot of them at Oktoberfest a couple of weeks ago and they all seemed to be pretty sharp and well focused on the job ahead. I'm particulary impressed by Bev Miller: her command of the tax issues for the new city (especially the implications of the split homestead exemption) was way above my head.
The big problem I have is that they all seem to have the same platform (fix the traffic problems and keep taxes low). There really aren't a lot of differences between the positions they share. I voted for the ones that were most involved in the Committee since they were willing to put in the work needed to get the city passed.
THe poll worker this morning said that they expected a 55% turnout in my precinct. No matter who wins - a turnout like that for a midterm election I consider a big win for the spirit of our new community!
See, I haven't met them, so I'm only going on what their publicity stuff says. And I definitely noticed they all seem to be running on the same platforms: taxes, traffic, and moral values. Frankly, I don't want any politician dictating to me what constitutes moral values, just on principle--the fact that I usually don't agree with what they profess as a "moral value" that requires defending notwithstanding.
"they expected a 55% turnout in my precinct. No matter who wins - a turnout like that for a midterm election I consider a big win for the spirit of our new community!"
Hurray for less apathy, at least.
California has arcane absentee rules, and Illinois did a rule change that I was caught in the middle of. I think they actually conspired to keep me from voting. The week after I registered, which I was told was 3 days too late to vote, they mad ea rule change to allow people who registered up to 5 days before the election to vote early. But I was excluded on both sides:P. They didn't want Rick Whitley getting any more votes for governor, I guess. (he was the green candidate and the only one who wasn't suspected of being a criminal on some level:)).