Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

It's All in the Emails

It's less than a week before the election, and many of us are continuing to count down the days until this seemingly never-ending campaign is over. As the days dwindle, the chaos and carnage of the campaigns have seemingly accelerated. The race coverage has taken on a frenzied and frantic quality, which will accelerate and intensify until all the votes are counted (and possibly recounted) and the election is complete.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

Politics of Personality and Polling

The election is, in fact, not quite over. As you watch and listen to the media in the next week, keep a few questions in mind.

Are they covering and discussing the policy positions of the two presidential candidates or are they covering and talking about polls and personalities?

Why is that?

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

A Broader Perspective

This political season has been so heated that many voters are looking forward to putting it behind them -- regardless of the outcome. For those of us who have been inundated with social media, cable and television political talk -- it can seem depressing and debilitating.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00

To Change, or Not to Change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will continue until then. This past week, in conversations with friends and family, the one item that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can agree on is that we can't wait for this election to be over and done. The daily coverage of personality and problems of both major presidential candidates is unrelenting, making the election feel as though it is never-ending.

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

The Understudy

I hope Donald Trump was watching his running mate during the vice presidential debate this week. If so, I expect that he learned some valuable lessons.

The debate between Sen. Tim Kaine, D., Va., and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, R., was held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Kaine and Pence sat a table with the moderator, CBS' Elaine Quijano, who was rarely visible to viewers at home. Instead, TV screens were filled for most of the evening with split-screen pictures showing the two candidates: Kaine appeared aggressive, angry and aggravated; Pence was, well, presidential.

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