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Old 11-01-10, 06:58 PM
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So, I voted for the first time in 30 years

I actually voted by mail a few weeks ago. I had voted in every national election from 1968-1980. It was in 1980 that I became a libertarian (and I was a Libertarian for a short time) and I voted for Ed Clark that year. Before that I voted for all Democrats for president (although not particularly enthusiastically) and probably about 10:1 for Democrats for other offices. I voted for Republican Lee Dreyfus (a fiscal conservative and social moderate) for governor in 1978. I guess I was starting to become sort of libertarian then.

In this election, I voted for Ron Johnson (R) over Russ Feingold for Senator and Scott Walker (R) over Tom Barrett for Governor. I voted for somebody, whoever it was (R), over Tammy Baldwin for the House (it doesn't matter, he'll get creamed). In another race of note, my assemblyperson has long been Spencer Black (D), the greenest of all the 99 reps in the state assembly. He retired so there's a Dem and a Green (who actually has a chance) trying to outgreen each other. I voted for the Republican and again I can't remember his name. You might think the D and G could split the vote and the R could maybe sneak through but I highly doubt it. My district is the most liberal in Madison except for the University-Isthmus area.

I don't like many of the things those Republicans stand for but we have to stop cap and trade.

In referenda, I voted for medical marijuana (an advisory referendum for the state legislature which can ignore it and they probably will if it wins) and against giving the Madison Area Technical College some $133 million (referendum for Dane and some surrounding counties).

I'm sure I voted for more Republicans than I did in seven national elections from 1968-1980 and many local elections, all put together, during that time.

I think Johnson and Walker will win and the Republicans will take over one, if not both, houses of the state legislature. We will finally pass an open carry law and it will probably be stronger than the ones that were passed by two Democratic legislatures (both houses) but got vetoed by our present Democratic governor. There were enough votes to override but both times two or three Dems changed sides for the override vote.

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Old 11-01-10, 07:18 PM
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Re: So, I voted for the first time in 30 years

I think I'll go vote tomorrow. Probably. It's tomorrow, right?
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It's tomorrow, right?
yes
thank god I'm sick of watching local TV and being bombarded with political ads
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Re: So, I voted for the first time in 30 years

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I think I'll go vote tomorrow. Probably. It's tomorrow, right?
Tuesday for Republicans. Wednesday for Democrats.

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I think I'll go vote tomorrow. Probably. It's tomorrow, right?

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I actually voted by mail a few weeks ago. I had voted in every national election from 1968-1980. It was in 1980 that I became a libertarian (and I was a Libertarian for a short time) and I voted for Ed Clark that year. Before that I voted for all Democrats for president (although not particularly enthusiastically) and probably about 10:1 for Democrats for other offices. I voted for Republican Lee Dreyfus (a fiscal conservative and social moderate) for governor in 1978. I guess I was starting to become sort of libertarian then.

In this election, I voted for Ron Johnson (R) over Russ Feingold for Senator and Scott Walker (R) over Tom Barrett for Governor. I voted for somebody, whoever it was (R), over Tammy Baldwin for the House (it doesn't matter, he'll get creamed). In another race of note, my assemblyperson has long been Spencer Black (D), the greenest of all the 99 reps in the state assembly. He retired so there's a Dem and a Green (who actually has a chance) trying to outgreen each other. I voted for the Republican and again I can't remember his name. You might think the D and G could split the vote and the R could maybe sneak through but I highly doubt it. My district is the most liberal in Madison except for the University-Isthmus area.

I don't like many of the things those Republicans stand for but we have to stop cap and trade.

In referenda, I voted for medical marijuana (an advisory referendum for the state legislature which can ignore it and they probably will if it wins) and against giving the Madison Area Technical College some $133 million (referendum for Dane and some surrounding counties).

I'm sure I voted for more Republicans than I did in seven national elections from 1968-1980 and many local elections during that time.

I think Johnson and Walker will win and the Republicans will take over one, if not both, houses of the state legislature. We will finally pass an open carry law and it will probably be stronger than the ones that were passed by two Democratic legislatures (both houses) but got vetoed by our present Democratic governor. There were enough votes to override but both times two or three Dems changed sides for the override vote.
Well, My Feingold vote will offset your Johnson vote. I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate for Governor (I don't even know who it is)
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Shit, movielib, I was just in Madison this past weekend. I got a kick out of seeing the "Vote For Scott Walker" signs, as I assumed everyone is voting for him based on his early albums with the Walker Brothers and not his later, darker solo work.
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Well, My Feingold vote will offset your Johnson vote. I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate for Governor (I don't even know who it is)
There isn't one. There's a Libertarian Lt. Governor candidate but not a Governor candidate. Weird.

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Part of me wishes election night was on Halloween, just to see how many people show up dressed as part of the New Black Panther Party.

It would also be nice to see exit polls on how witches and ghosts vote vs. people wearing Ex-President masks.
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Re: So, I voted for the first time in 30 years

I voted early and wrote myself in against all the Republicans who run unopposed in the state legislative elections.
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I voted Libertarian for everyone but our Senator, because Barbara Boxer needs to go.
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I'm gonna vote a couple times.
That's how Obama won right?
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I voted Libertarian for everyone but our Senator, because Barbara Boxer needs to go.
There are a lot of us nonCalifornians who wish we could help.
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Re: So, I voted for the first time in 30 years

This morning I voted for a

[X] Democrat
[X] Libertarian
[X] Republican
[X] Socialist

It's rare that I cross that many party lines.
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I voted early and wrote myself in against all the Republicans who run unopposed in the state legislative elections.
ha. me too...except the early part
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This morning I voted for a

[X] Democrat
[X] Libertarian
[X] Republican
[X] Socialist

It's rare that I cross that many party lines.
we didn't have a socialist but i did vote for Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, and write in
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Wait a minute, so all these posts in political talk and you hadn't voted. Don't you know you are only allowed to complain if you vote?
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I really ventured out yesterday in my voting.

I actually voted for 2 Republicans.
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Well, My Feingold vote will offset your Johnson vote. I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate for Governor (I don't even know who it is)
I (already) voted for Johnson. He's up 2-1.
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I voted for Democrats and Republicans. BUT WHICH ONES???
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Re: So, I voted for the first time in 30 years

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Shit, movielib, I was just in Madison this past weekend. I got a kick out of seeing the "Vote For Scott Walker" signs, as I assumed everyone is voting for him based on his early albums with the Walker Brothers and not his later, darker solo work.

OT.. but you came for "freakfest??"




Anyhow Our governer's race should be close. I am pretty undecided on who I want.

I don't like Tammy Baldwin.. and will be voting against her. But I will be voting Fiengold.
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Why would people vote for Feingold?
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Why would people vote for Feingold?
Why did you vote for McGovern?
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Why would people vote for Feingold?
  1. They're Democrats
  2. They think his opponent is unqualified
  3. His "maverick" image is appealing
  4. He's the incumbent, and they like his record of constituent service
I'm sure there are other reasons, but those seemed obvious.
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I could look it up, but can someone tell me what percentage of time did Feingold vote for the Democratic majority; and, what percentage of time did he vote for the Republican majority?
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