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The case for Super Delegates

There are 719 super delegates who will be voting at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia to select a Democratic candidate for president. These super delegates are unpledged delegates in that they are not required to reflect the outcomes of the primaries or caucuses conducted in their states. The super delegates represent about 15 percent of the overall convention vote and are comprised of Democratic leaders and elected officials including members of Congress, governors, and party leaders from all of the states.

The controversy surrounding the concept of super delegates involves whether the votes of these delegates should reflect the will of the people as demonstrated by the results of the primaries or caucuses conducted in their particular states.

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Seeing and saying something

In the world of medicine and combating life threatening diseases there are two primary paths to follow. The path chosen is ordinarily dictated by whether the patient has been infected with a life threatening disease or has not. If the individual, for example let's say a cancer patient, is undergoing treatment that treatment would normally include some chemotherapy combined with radiation to attempt to destroy the malignancy that is rearing its ugly head in the patient. For all those who have not yet been infected by a life threatening disease, the focus is ordinarily on prevention, such as no smoking, proper diet and the like.

Contrary to the ego-driven rhetoric of some of the presidential candidates, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to be more specific, the same paths are required when dealing with ISIS. Limiting their response to a military action against existing terrorists without addressing the ever growing recruitment problem only serves to demonstrate their complete misunderstanding of how to deal with this deadly threat not just in the immediate but for the long term.

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No place for distortion politics

Republican presidential campaign tactics have finally found their way into the Democrat campaigns. I was rather proud that, until now, the Democrat campaigns focused on issues and not personal attacks and mudslinging. That, sadly, is no longer the case.

The recent childish exchanges between Hillary and Bernie regarding whether either was "qualified" to be president was embarrassing to say the least. However, the campaign tactic that was even more disturbing to me was the intentional distortion of an opponent's record by Senate Democratic candidate Donna Edwards against fellow Democrat Chris Van Hollen.

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Finding a case where Trump is actually sane

It has finally happened.  After months of mocking the candidacy of Donald Trump in these weekly columns, I have finally found an issue that, as completely offensive as the rest of the sane world finds his position to be, I actually understand his position and how he arrived at it.  Will wonders ever cease?

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Looking at the reasons why people opt to vote

Who votes depends on a series of factors. Is it a general election or a primary? Is it a presidential election year or an off year? In a presidential election year, many more voters come out to vote because, first, there is of course a great deal more at stake. Second, because the stakes are so much higher than in a non-presidential year, the media coverage is much greater. That additional coverage provides voters with more information and misinformation with which to choose a candidate.

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The subtle art of debating

The recent Republican presidential debate held in Houston, Texas by CNN may very well be one of the most embarrassing political events I had ever witnessed in my many years watching politics. The exchange between the three leaders of the pack, Trump, Rubio and Cruz, was tantamount to a name calling exchange between three third graders with the only difference being Wolf Blitzer's inability to send them off to the principal's office for detention.

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And then there were none

What I look for in a candidate for any office comes down to three basic factors: experience, a vision for the future, and, thirdly, evidence of the ability to apply that experience in a manner that will translate into successfully bringing that vision to fruition.

Not one of the seventeen original Republican candidates, in my estimation, fit the bill, not a one, and that includes the frontrunner, Donald Trump. It is not having a legitimate candidate in the mix that has resulted in an illegitimate candidate's ability to rise to the top.

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