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Lee Marshall

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Peter...Slide me in for week 43.  I gotta do something in 2016.  Don't wanna be perceived as a 'freeloader'.

I hope you're well by the way.  Take care... ... ...
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I'm very well, thank you Lee, hope you are too

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Ok, Peter, I'm up for weeks 38 (7 Nov) and 45 (26 Dec), please and thanks.
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I'll do 22nd August.
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Peter Simpson

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Thanks both

Still a few gaps around Sept and Oct - any takers?

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Three weeks and nobody has stepped up? Okay, I'll take the rest, or simply Week 34 (Oct. 10), whichever seems more equitable.

Thanks, Pete.

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Ok, Pete, put me down for week 29, Sept. 5, which in the US is Labor Day. It will also mark the unofficial end of our summer of discontent.
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Peter Simpson

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Thanks T and Larry (Summer of discontent eh Larry? - just wait until Nov!!! (coming from a country where we just democratically replaced our PM in about 2 weeks (and a "proper" general election only takes 3 months start to finish) - it's amazing to me how long your process takes, and that, given that, you've ended up with the choice you have. A rare political comment from me!!)

Ok - still a few more gaps - anyone want 'em before we have a T takeover?

Cheers

Pete

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Hopefully we might get some new hosts via the post I put up yesterday on the Main Forum, Pete. 
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Larry Franz

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[Note: what follows is totally unrelated to Brian Wilson and the BOTB schedule, although it is schedule-related.]

Pete -- Without getting into who was eventually nominated, I think the length of our presidential campaigns results from factors like these:

(1) "the US is one of few countries to select candidates through popular vote in a primary election system; most countries rely on party leaders to vet candidates", as the US used to do;
(2) there are more than 50 separate primary elections, one in each state, plus a few others, for example in Puerto Rico;
(3) some states insist on holding their primaries earlier than others, or when no other primaries are being held, in order to increase their impact. This has led to states holding their primaries earlier and earlier and a lack of consolidation in the schedule;
(4) the early primaries have such importance regarding the ultimate selection (because the results get such media attention), that candidates spend months and months campaigning in those early states.
(5) the US Constitution doesn't mention political parties, so the various parties can do whatever they want in terms of scheduling. The same goes for people who want to seek their party's nomination.

Hence, candidates begin announcing their candidacies maybe 8 months before the first primary elections in January, a long 18 months before the presidential election in November.

There have been many proposals to shorten the process, but enough people have an interest in the current system that none have been adopted.

Regarding who was eventually nominated, see item (1).

[I'll delete this post eventually so it doesn't clutter up Pete's schedule thread.]
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Thanks Larry
I support this message! (No need to delete it, it won't harm)
Maybe one day I'll understand US politics, but I still have a long way to go.
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Pete -- Since we're on the subject and we've got a couple hours before Week 24 begins, I'll add two points about our system that set it apart:

1) Although the total number of votes for each Presidential candidate will be tabulated in November, as if we were having one national election, we will actually be having 51 separate elections (one for each state and for the District of Columbia), all on the same day. This is a holdover from our early history when the individual states were still getting accustomed to the idea that we're one nation.

The winner of 49 of these elections, by however large or small a margin, receives that state's "electoral votes". The smallest states are worth 3 electoral votes; California is worth 55. (Maine and Nebraska award their electoral votes differently.) What this means is that a candidate might win the total national vote (the "popular" vote) but lose the election because they didn't win a majority of electoral votes. This happened in 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote, but Pres. George Bush won the electoral vote. If Gore had won one more state election, even a small one, he would have been President instead of Bush.

2) The other oddity is that the Presidential election is separate from the elections for the legislature (the Congress, i.e. the House and Senate). So a President often belongs to a different political party than do the majorities in Congress. This tends to make passing legislation difficult. Furthermore, since the members of the Supreme Court have the power to overturn legislation, and are appointed for life, they may belong to a different party than the President and the majorities in Congress. This can lead to further gridlock, although the usual term for this system is "checks and balances". Clearly, the men who wrote the Constitution wanted to avoid putting too much power in the hands of one person, even the President.

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And on that note, I'll take 26th September.

(We might as well not have elections, we keep voting in the same guy.)

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Peter Simpson

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Thanks for the explanation Larry, that makes it clearer. Thanks Bonnie.
5 slots left if anyone wants to step up.

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Pete, I'd like to take September 19th week #31 if it's still open.

Thanks!

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