Monday, January 14, 2008

The other day I posted a link to a USA TODAY poll that supposedly matches you with the Presidential candidate that best matches your views. If you scroll down the page you'll find it and as of today it was still active.

Today I'm adding another similar poll developed by Minnesota Public Radio that Mark Evanier posted over on his site.
According to this one I'm further from John Edwards than I was in the previous poll, although both Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are still nearest to me. The thing I found surprising was that Bill Richardson came so close. I think it has more to do with the fact that the questions here are a bit different than those in the USA TODAY poll. They are actually more specific and less general in nature.

We are just beginning to get political ads here in SoCal, but so far I have not seen a single one for a candidate. Out here the big issue is a bill that the Governor has signed which would cut a deal with some of the casino-owning tribes. The tribes would be able to expand their casinos and the state would get increased revenues from the additional slot machines. With the way things work out here the voters have to approve the deal before it can go into effect. As you can imagine lots of money is being spent on both sides of the issue. While the tribes are paying for the "Vote Yes" ads (one actually features Da Arnold talking to the camera urging a Yes vote), the "Vote No" group is getting much of its funds from two California race track owners and one of the Vegas casino groups. While I lean towards favoring the thing myself, I plan on reading up on both sides of the issue before next month's primary.

I'll keep you updated on all this political stuff as it comes to my attention. Even if you aren't fascinated, I am!
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