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.
We've discovered a whole lot of previously unknown rules underlying the primary elections for both parties and it isn't pretty. I'm probably like most voters who actually believed that when we went to vote in a primary election the ballot was what it said, nothing more nothing less. The winner wins. But no. There are party rules which determine the outcome more than voters. There has never been an election year that has been as chaotic as this one and in the past these rules didn't matter much as pertaining to outcome.
Now with competitive races in both parties and emotions running high, things seemed rigged when it's merely the same old same old, but now we care and nothing seems fair.
On the democratic side, Bernie Sanders has won 9 out of the last ten states and some before that. But thanks to Super Delegates which were put in place for Hillary Clinton before one vote was cast, Sanders can win all he wants but will still lose. We heard about Super Delegates in 08, but even that year they did not have the seemingly unfair role they do now.
On the GOP side, we learn we aren't really voting for a person in the primary, we're voting for unseen, unknown delegates who can pretty much do what they want at the convention.
If this year doesn't force people in both parties to sit down at the end and begin to change the procedures, then this is just the beginning of voter turnoff.
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on March 15, 44 BC after ignoring the prophecy which foretold this. His death lead to the date being associated with prophecies of doom.
Until the day he was killed, Julius Caesar ruled Rome as a dictator. The traditional Republican government had been supplanted by a temporary dictatorship, one that Caesar very much wished to make permanent.
But Caesar's quest for power spawned a conspiracy to have him killed, and on the Ides of March, a group of prominent Romans brought him to an untimely end in the Senate House.
"However, the conspirators in his assassination were not able to bring back the Republic, and really what they did was usher in more of a permanent dictatorship under the future Roman emperors—the opposite of what they intended."
Interesting stuff on this another Super Tuesday election day.
There haven't been all that many polls taken in Illinois and Missouri this primary season, maybe because at the outset few pollsters believed there would still be any competitive races. But, here we are with competitive races. There are a few very recent ones at long last and here is how things look (if you believe this years polls).
Missouri--Rep 52 delegates Trump 36. Cruz 29. Rubio 9. Kasich 8 Dem 71 delegates Clinton 47. Sanders 40
This from Real Clear Politics March 3-10 which seems to be the polling area the Post Dispatch is using and some others.
A Missouri House committee endorsed legislation which would do away with red light cameras in the state. This comes after the Missouri Supreme Court struck down these cameras which operated in several cities and although the court did not specifically ban them, they found things wrong in the local ordinances.
The issue appears to be local municipalities using the ticket revenue as cash cows some call predatory. However, this legislation has a ways to go before it lands on the governor's desk. That's politics.
During the democratic primaries we hear a lot about Superdelegates and most of us tear our hair out listening to what seems unfair. So what is a superdelegate?
These are not pledged delegates who back a certain candidate in their state's primary election. Instead they are democratic governors, members of congress and party officials.
This year there are 717 superdelegates:
20 distinguished party leaders (DPL), consisting of current and former presidents, vice-presidents, congressional leaders, and DNC chairs
21 Democratic governors (including territorial governors and the Mayor of DC
46 Democratic members of the Senate (including Washington DC Shadow senators
193 Democratic members of the House of Representatives
437 elected members of the Democratic National Committee (including the chairs and vice-chairs of each state's Democratic Party
There is a long history behind these superdelegates dating back to 1980 when Ted Kennedy ran for president against Jimmy Carter. According to one writer, "the creation of superdelegates was a reaction to the messy 1980 Democratic convention, in which Ted Kennedy and his supporters challenged sitting President Jimmy Carter. Many Democrats felt that the democratization of the primary process had led to chaos, and resulted in many nominees that ended up losing. Therefore, they wanted to give party elites more of a say."
In other words, democracy was not all it was cracked up to be, the party's choice wasn't the people's choice, so they invented a way to tame the voters.
The republicans do not have this system but each election cycle it seems party leaders of the GOP attempt to tweak primary rules in reaction to the past election. They shortened the primary season in order not to drag out the process and get their nominee up and working without competition from within the party.
"We don't want a six-month slice-and-dice festival in our party. It's not good for picking a president. It's not good for our party," Chairman Reince Priebus told NPR."