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Yesterday was Election Day in New York City and, according to the pundits we listened to last night, things went much as expected. The come-from-behind leader is Bill de Blasio, and in second is Bill Thompson. However, we’re waiting to see if we have a runoff on our hands.
De Blasio has to get 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff and secure the Democratic nomination for the general election. As of this morning, the New York Daily News gives de Blasio 40.2 percent of the vote, just above the threshold. Thompson had 26 percent. However, there are 19,000 paper ballots and other votes still to be counted.
In his speech last night, Thompson did not concede the race, instead leading a chant of “Three more weeks,” vowing that every vote would be tallied. The runoff, if one is necessary, would take place on October 1.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, de Blasio and his family (including son Dante and his much-discussed afro) took to the stage to basically accept the nomination, though throughout the night, the candidate and his people said they fully expect the runoff.
What put de Blasio over the top, it seems, was this campaign ad coupled with is critique of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His campaign focused on the unfairness of the city’s “stop and frisk” policy and improving the lot of the middle class and those in the outer boroughs like Brooklyn. The New York Times says that many voters in an exit poll would like to see the city go in another direction.
Whoever ultimately wins the primary will face off against the Republican candidate Joseph Lhota, former head of the MTA and deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani.
Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner was in a distant fifth with 4.9 percent of the vote. This is how he ended his campaign:
At the beginning of a brand new year, we have much to celebrate and anticipate, from New Year’s resolutions to gearing up for another year of great change in your professional and personal life. This January, we have one additional reason to celebrate: on Monday, January 21st, President Barack Obama will be sworn into his second term as the President of the United States in the nation’s capital.
Although you might not need any other reason to celebrate this historical event, MN Biz will sum up a few political, personal, and even entertaining reasons to continue the celebration of President Obama’s second inauguration into the next four years!
You know how Beyonce does with her open letters so you should have already seen this one coming. After uploading a few pics of her filling out her absentee ballot for Texas (we know they need that Democratic vote), Bey posted a handwritten letter to Barry praising him for his inspiration as a leader and instilling hope in Blue Ivy and little Juelz.
Here’s what she put on her blog:
You know Bey has been going hard for Barack Obama this election and just yesterday her hubby was the breakout entertainer at a democratic rally in Columbus. Shout out to Jay for his “99 Problems but Mitt ain’t one” rendition. Bey also joined instagram to tweet out one picture of her in a “Texans for Obama” T-shirt. Her handle is “BaddieBey.”
What do you think of Bey’s letter?
“Most Americans wind up having to compromise something they want when choosing candidates, and that includes the presidential race. But pastors tend to be pretty definite in their beliefs and in the advice they give people from the Bible. They are not used to gray areas.”I can certainly understand the religious element for ordained individuals but are there really that many gray areas when it comes to the average, everyday American? As political analyst and MSNBC host Alex Wagner hilariously pointed out on a recent episode of W. Kamau Bell’s “Totally Biased,” the choice for women is essentially, do you want to have control over your va-jay-jay and what goes in and comes out of it or not? For men who don’t have those same concerns I’d think the choice would boil down to, do you want to know what to expect for the next four years or do you want to just wing it and give Romney time to figure out his game plan somewhere down the line. Or for any undecided voters who are a part of that 47% of Americans that the Republican candidate said he doesn’t care about, I’d just like to know what the heck you’re thinking period. Obviously I’m showing my political bias, but from the other side you could ask some iteration of those same questions. Do you want women to be able to get abortions when God intended them to have their baby and they weren’t legitimately raped? (Please read sarcasm.) Do you want to approach American life, i.e. economic growth and health care, the same way we have for the past four years? Do you give a eff about that 47%, or heck, do you want to take care of the 99%? Some of these questions are quite concrete as are the answers to them. If you’ve established a list of priorities and actually paid attention to this presidential race those questions should have been answered long before now. Rectifying one’s religious beliefs with the stance of governmental leaders is no easy task, nor is it one that should be taken lightly – particularly if you are of a faith that believes when the earth and all things in it pass away, you still have God to answer to. But for other people who are just sort of out here winging it before Election Day, please let me into the mind of an undecided voter. Do you need attention or are you really that indecisive?
How many of you watched the presidential debates? Many of you it seems. According to the Nielsen ratings, black TV viewers are tuning in to watch politics rather than their usual programming.
“The second Presidential debate that aired on Tuesday, Oct.16th, was the real ratings winner among TV shows for the third week of October. 4.8 million of the more than 10 million Black viewers watched on ABC, CBS and NBC. (Another 5.3 million tuned in on cable). ABC’s “Scandal” returned to the lineup and came in at No.3,” reports TargetMarketNews. “NBC edged out CBS as the most watched TV network, carrying 13 million Black viewers for eight of its shows. CBS dropped to second place with 12.8 million for ten shows. ABC had 8.5 million for six programs.” The ratings stats for the final debate were not available yet at press time.
African Americans are the largest group of TV viewers, comprising “approximately 13 percent of the 109.6 million TV households. African-Americans generally watch more television than other segments of the population,” reports Nielsen. African-American adults are avid TV watchers, averaging 210 hours per month, more than whites, Latinos and Asians by quite a bit. And black children aren’t just exposed to television that they’re watching, but TV that plays as background noise for hours on end.
Now if everyone who watched TV voted, that would be interesting. Only about 58 percent of the eligible voters in America actually vote, according to voting and registration data US Census 2008. And according to USA Today, this November about 90 million Americans who can vote won’t.
Much of the discussion during this presidential campaign season has been squarely focused on the economy and the divergent paths that President Obama and Mitt Romney have proposed for getting it back on track.
The general consensus (here in the Madame Noire office and elsewhere) is that the President missed opportunities to be more aggressive with Romney, not highlighting Romney’s “47 percent” comment that has now become infamous, and letting him get away with claims about Medicare and other policies that weren’t quite true or weren’t explained with any specificity.
But generally speaking, the debate was all about the middle class; both saying that their policies wouldn’t burden them with extra taxes, promising to lower the unemployment rate and generally restore security through overall economic growth. We’ve got links to recaps here, here, here and here.
President Obama will continue to talk about the economy during stops in Colorado and the University of Wisconsin before heading back to Washington.
What did you think of the debate last night? Was there anything that you heard that will impact your vote?
Total aside, Twitter was lit up last night over the #debate, becoming the most tweeted event in political history. Some of the things that got Twitter attention: people’s defense of Big Bird after Romney said he would make funding cuts to PBS and moderator Jim Lehrer’s “let’s not” response to Romney’s attempts to move the debate on to another topic (Lehrer has been given an “F” for his performance last night).
Today is the day Michelle Obama makes her Steve Harvey debut!
You know we can’t get enough of the Obama love story and today Michelle Obama talks more about that with funnyman Steve Harvey on his new daytime talk show. The FLOTUS talked about being drawn to President Obama because of his work in the community on issues like voter registration and the like, but she says when Barack told her he was thinking about entering the world of politics she was hesitant. Michelle said she saw the realm as a nasty game and initially didn’t want Barack to get wrapped up in it, but then she thought:
“This is the kind of man — person — we want in office and if I don’t support him, then I’m being really selfish. I’m just looking out for me.”
Michelle also relived that fateful first kiss between the pair that we love to hear about — and how Barack loves her chocolate kisses, which he confirmed in a Happy anniversary tweet this morning.
Check out the clips below. Don’t forget to tune in today!
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- Check your levels. Since political conversations can evoke strong emotions, it’s best to keep a pulse on your own volume when speaking.
- Expect respect. You can have opposing viewpoints without resorting to derogatory comments.
- Know your facts. When political conversations are at their best it’s a discussion of philosophical differences, not arguments over truths.
- Too hot to handle. Don’t dive into a topic just to rile people up. Be constructive with your conversation and work to have a better understanding of where others are coming from.
- Don’t expect to reach consensus. Most people’s opinions are shaped over their lifetime. It’s a high bar to believe you can change the opinion of someone from pro-life to pro-choice, for example, within your lunch hour. When you recognize that you and your co-worker have both made your points and each of you have nothing to add to the conversation, it’s fine to acknowledge that you simply agree to disagree.
- Find common ground. When you find these points of agreements, they mark a good jumping-off point to move the conversation forward in a considerate manner.
- Remember you’re speaking to someone you work with. In the heat of a debate it’s easy to forget that you’ll have to sit next to this person tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day…
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