Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
St. Louis is getting pretty excited about the next Presidential debate being held here and we are right in the middle of it all here at Concordia Seminary. Wash U is right down the street from us so we're seeing all the preparations and getting notices of upcoming street closures. Washington University will be the host for the 3rd time and honestly, they know what they're doing. Last night Dale and I went over to that campus to see Brookings Hall, the administration building facing Skinker, which has been lighted in red, white and blue. Dale received his PhD from Wash U so he was enthralled by what we were seeing.
That tiny person in the arch is Dale who was heading up to look at the quad.
We got there just around sunset, so the first pictures showed sky and lighter colors. Here is how it looked when full dark.
Whatever color shields they used to do this, we'd sure like to get some for our buildings at Christmas.
Sometime Friday the Budweiser Clydesdales will be trotting down Forsyth from Skinker to the WU athletic complex on Big Bend. I hope to get over and see that too.
This morning I came across two completely opposite views on Trump's chances of winning the presidency. I mean, seriously, the naiveté is stunning.
First by a true Trump believer using a headline that reads: " Rally and Social Media Numbers Continue to Indicate an Imminent Trump Landslide"
Second certainly a Hillary advocate with writing Washington Post story headlined: "Trump's Bad Week Is a Nightmare for the GOP" with the gist of the story saying, " At a closed door funder McConnell asked for a show of hands of who thought Trump would win. No one raised a hand."
Leave it to Missouri to hold another election, this time for the major state and federal offices. Unlike other states like, say, Illinois, which hold one primary along with the presidential, Missouri spaces them out. In between we've had a local election and as I remember, one other one since January. Lots of money spent holding election here.
This time the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners will be testing out a different voting process which they hope will speed things up and hopefully be one which does not run out of ballots. 50 precincts will be part of the trial run.
Voters will sign in on an iPad then the system will print out a slip telling the election official which ballot is needed, based on the individual's registered address. It's supposed to be faster and more accurate. They hope to have it in all polling places this November.
I won't know til I go vote if our precinct will have this but I am already wondering if waiting for a slip to print out will speed things up.
Watching Morning Joe this morning we heard someone on the panel mention the results of a presidential candidate poll which asked the question:
"Which candidate would you not want in your home?"
My initial reaction was, "none of them". But seriously, is this not a dumb question? Or, maybe the 2016 pollsters have just run out of questions this season, kind of like in 2000 where they got to asking, "Who would you most like to have a beer with?"
Yesterday's New York primary saw Trump win handily, also Clinton. The reporting today is all hoop de la over Trump and his most likely being the future GOP nominee. Because New York. But, look at the results again in line with the November general election--
Bernie Sanders received more votes than Trump and of course so did Hillary.
While winning the GOP race may make Trump and his supporters very happy, and media experts all over the moon, the overall results show that NY is a very democratic state and the chances of his winning the electoral votes in November are slim to none.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the local and primary elections which took place in Missouri and pointed out how inefficiently they are run in comparison with Madison County elections in Illinois. Also a look at how well run Madison County elections are run beginning back when Evelyn Bowles was Clerk. Well, today we learn a couple of things about St. Louis County elections.
"The St. Louis County Elections Commission on Tuesday suspended Democratic Elections Director, Eric Frey for two weeks without pay for the flaws that left dozens of county precincts without enough ballots in April 5 municipal elections.
County sources confirmed that Republican Director Gary Fuhr tendered his resignation at the Tuesday afternoon board meeting. The commissioners however did not accept the resignation and asked Fuhr to reconsider, county sources said. One other official, Laura Goebel, an elections coordinator, received a one-week unpaid suspension."
Much of this suspending and resigning came on the heels of there being not enough ballots for the number of voters. These two elections were called "bungled", disenfranchisement, mishaps, and other things. So what else do we learn from all this?
I suggest there are way too many officials, elected or otherwise, who head up St. Louis County elections. Reading this story, you should be asking just who is actually in charge. Look at the names above, all of them are possibly in charge. One from each party, a third a coordinator and who knows who all else. There should be exactly one person running elections, take a lesson from the other side of the river.
Today is a municipal election for many counties in Missouri, a day to vote for mayor, aldermen, school board members and propositions. This is only a couple of weeks after the federal primary election. What's even more mind boggling is that there will be another primary, this time in August I believe, to choose party candidates for congress and senate and state and federal office who will then run in November.
It seems to me that Missouri could save some election money by doing what other states do and putting all the federal/state primary offices in one election.
One interesting proposition being voted on today is Prop B which will essentially preserve the existing sales tax on out of state and person to person vehicle sales.
This means that if a Missouri resident buys a car in Illinois they have to pay Missouri sales tax. In 2012 the Missouri Supreme Court struck down this sales tax on titling vehicles purchased out of state. Then in 2013 the state legislature "fixed" this ruling by allowing jurisdictions to continue collecting the sales tax, but said the tax must be approved by local voters on the ballot by the November 2016 election. If isn’t placed on the ballot or is voted down, the tax will be terminated.
So here we are voting to allow this tax to continue. We found ourselves in this position when we bought my Ford Sport Trac truck a couple of years ago. The only place we found this vehicle which we'd been searching for, was over in Illinois at Koetting Ford. Dale and I are trying to remember if we paid Illinois sales tax as well as Missouri. I know we had to pay Missouri when we titled it, did we pay both states? I'll have to dig out the records.
In Clayton there is no competition for the office of mayor, he's running unopposed which is fairly typical here. There is competition for school board seats.
Illinois and Missouri are holding primaries this coming Tuesday and what I find weird is Missouri's practice. In Illinois there will be primaries for all offices down ballot from the presidential while Missouri will only be holding a presidential primary. In August Missouri will hold another primary election for the other offices and this strikes me as an unnecessary expenditure of money. Why not do it all at once instead of bringing all the election judges and voters back again.