The Little Races Matter a Lot

Here on Ricochet, we obsess about the presidential race perhaps overmuch. I imagine it’s for two reasons: This is one highly visible race we all hold in common, and this election year is a choice election between two visions for America’s future. 

There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’d like to encourage fellow Ricocheteers to step back from Obama-Romney in these last few hours and spend some time reviewing the rest of the ticket. I’d also like to know if you all have any strategies for mana…

  1. SWBart

    Our little local weekly paper has been profiling all the candidates for the obscure offices that really have a daily impact on my life.  They have done a good job as far as I can tell, I’d advise looking to see if there is a weekly that covers your particular suburban area. I’ve saved all of them and have been trying to read all the stuff I can.  It is amazing that in the information age, information on these races is so hard to get.

  2. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    Bless you for this. One of the wars going on is one that sets that taxpayers versus the public sector unions. The special interests pay close attention; the taxpayers do not.

  3. SParker

    Added blessings.  Seems like there’s an argument for state-wide school voucher systems lurking here.  But if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my yearly duty of running my state, county, and city  into the ground.  

    If Dick Gephardt expressed dismay at being expected to act as a central planner, imagine how a citizen feels face-to-face with a ballot in most states. ( “I confess that I am not qualified to act as a central planner and I do not know anybody on either committee who is.”)  If this seems tangential, it’s because I’m trying to figure out if setting the wage rate for hotel workers in my city is a good idea.  And why it’s any of my business.

  4. EThompson

    Does it overwhelm democracy to ask us to consider so many candidates and issues at once? What’s the alternative?

    To answer the last question first: there is no palatable alternative.

    As for the first query, democracy has always been a demanding responsibility of its citizens and not to be taken for granted.

    It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government. –Thomas Paine

  5. MBF

    One of the best things about the Walker recall (besides winning) was the fact that every union sympathizer in the state put his or her name on a petition. We now have a searchable database with which to expose “non partisan” candidates for local public office.

  6. ThePullmanns

    Yes, we have two dailies in town, and some of the candidate Q&As they’ve done have been helpful, but some of the smaller race Q&As–particularly school board races–simply offer nearly no valuable information. I don’t care why candidates like Fort Wayne, or to hear about their kids and dog. I care about what they think are the best ways to manage the hard, daily decisions voters give them.

    SWBart: I’d advise looking to see if there is a weekly that covers your particular suburban area. I’ve saved all of them and have been trying to read all the stuff I can.  It is amazing that in the information age, information on these races is so hard to get. · November 5, 2012 at 12:43pm

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