Even now with barely the first quarter of 2017 behind us, elections across the states are occurring that can affect the country now and moving forward. Will patriots be able to keep the momentum going and the Democrats with their huge PAC funds from again gaining ground? If we do want to stop the slippery slide down the slope into an oligarchy situation then we definitely have to stay on top of the issues and those who are running for elections from the local to federal level. It is they who make root changes that affect our way of voting inevitably. While controversy continues swamping everyone in the news, many real issues are being played out.
We all need to be in our collective anger mode and stay focused. Not on the “fake” or emerging “gates” but on how each local district is shaping up for the next four to eight years. Those elections affect each of us where we actually live including our children’s education and all the way through to the end-of-life programs.
Here are the results Ballotpedia provided for last weekend. The general populace may not know any but the results will ultimately be part of a wider wave that effects us all. (quoting directly from Ballotpedia)
–A contentious mayoral race and a controlling stake in the city council define Omaha’s municipal elections on May 9, 2017. Mayor Jean Stothert (R) is seeking re-election against former state Sen. Heath Mello (D) after advancing from the April 4 primary election. The city council is controlled by a 4-3 Democratic majority heading into the 2017 election, meaning a net gain of one seat for Republicans would flip control of the council. Omaha’s municipal elections are nonpartisan, but Ballotpedia identified the partisan affiliations of candidates based on their election filings and public statements. Mello had double the contributions of Stothert which Ballotpedia attributed to Democrat PAC fund assistance after reviewing finance filing information. The city council has 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans out of 7 districts seeking reelection.
–The city of St. Louis, Missouri, held a general election for mayor, comptroller and board of aldermen on April 4, 2017. A partisan primary was completed on March 7, 2017. Fourteen of the 29 seats on the board of aldermen were up for general election. Additionally, the Ward 16 seat held by Donna Baringer (D) was up for special election, following her successful election to the state house of representatives in 2016. Ward 28 Alderwoman Lyda Krewson (D) won the election for mayor. Krewson was far and away the largest contributions of all candidates receiving and using just over $1.2 million in donations. How to address St. Louis’ higher than average crime rate was a topic of discussion among mayoral candidates in the primaries. Krewson’s platform called for hiring new police officers and providing pay increases for current officers. Other candidates noted her plan came with a $34 million price tag but that the plan had little oversight.
–The 34th Congressional District of California will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 6, 2017. The primary election took place on April 4, 2017. Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rates this race as safely Democratic. Twenty-three candidates filed to run in the race and the top-two, Democrats Jimmy Gomez and Robert Lee Ahn, advanced to the general election. This is the first time the seat has been open since former incumbent Xavier Becerra won election in 1992.
A total of 27 states use special elections to fill legislative vacancies. As of April 2017, 14 state legislative seats have been filled through special elections and another 30 elections have been scheduled in 17 states. The partisan breakdown for the special elections is as follows: 19 Democratic seats and 25 Republican seats.
ALSO BEING DECIDED:
Schoolboard races across the country. Here are some fast facts about the districts and their elections in 2017:
–Elections are scheduled in 463 of the districts for 1,401 seats in 33 states
–10,182,508 students are served by the districts holding elections in 2017
–When candidates were asked to rank opinions, Ballotpedia found that the following were ranked in order of importance:
1 Balancing or maintaining the district’s budget
2 Closing the achievement gap
3 Improving college readiness
4 Expanding career-technical education
5 Improving education for special needs students
6 Expanding arts education
7 Expanding school choice options
–On Common Core, many believed it should regularly be evaluated and improved.
–On the question of charter schools, candidates were asked if charter schools should be added but close to half of those who answered were not in favor of doing so.
–Nearly three-quarters of those who answered were against funding private schools with public money through a voucher program.
–Nearly half of respondents believed current standardized testing was not an accurate measure of student achievement.
(I would strongly suggest that concerned citizens make it a priority to discourage the infiltration of our schools by those determined to immerse children in the Islamic faith while deliberately and systematically challenging and discouraging other religions. Many parents across the country are raising the alarm on this issue. It needs direct attention. Additionally knowing what and how teachers are presenting information as well as the context of the information are critical to the citizenship and constitutional understanding of history and patriotism for our country. Patriotism, love of country and its core moral values, and the ability to think for ourselves free of political or ideological entanglement is essential as we have seen with the current millennial ineptitude.)
One school system mentioned in particular (certainly typical of many school systems around the country) was Milwaukee where there are problems between voucher schools and public schools that have taken on major significance. Assets for public schools are under the gun to be sold but the board has been dragging its heels despite the financial burdens. Reduction in school enrollment left the district hurting for funds so they turned to philanthropic means to keep the doors open. Also at issue is the boards’ determined stand on sanctuary school policy and refusal to comply with federal immigration laws.
Local Courts across the country. Here are some fast facts:
–There are 4,584 courts across the country and 18,098 judgeships to be decided. Ballotpedia covers local courts and judges in all 50 states. This project monitors general and limited jurisdiction trial courts, in addition to the judges who preside over them.
–Serious issues of “buying” judges through campaign donations are one of the main topics.
–The 6th District special election in Georgia is emerging as a point of interest since the winner will replace Tom Price. It is apparently receiving a lot of attention.
–Ballotpedia provides an interactive map HERE for states and districts concerning judges.
Ballot measures across the country. Many major issues can be found to start at the roots on ballots. They need to be carefully reviewed by the voters and considered not only for short but long term affects.
State Executive races are starting to unfold. Three states will hold elections for six state executive seats in 2017. New Jersey is holding elections for governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. Virginia is holding elections for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Wisconsin held an election for superintendent of public instruction.
State Legislative elections upcoming.There are currently 7,383 state legislative seats in 99 state legislative chambers throughout the country.
–In 82 of 99 state legislative chambers (82.3 percent), the Republican Party held more seats in January 2017 than it did in January 2009.
–During President Obama’s (D) two terms in office, Democrats experienced a net loss of 968 state legislative seats, the largest net loss of state legislative seats in this category since World War II.
–Over the same period of time, Democrats gained members in eight state legislative chambers. These gains occurred in both chambers of the New Jersey State Legislature, the state senates in Arizona, Hawaii and Florida, as well as the state houses in Delaware and California.
–In November 2017, three of these 99 chambers will hold general elections for a total of 220 state legislative seats—roughly 3 percent of the total legislative seats in the country. Of the three chambers holding general elections in 2017, two are in New Jersey: the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey State Senate. The other chamber is the Virginia House of Delegates. Special state legislative elections are also taking place in 2017.
State Budgets are also another critical issue, especially when taking into account Sanctuary State/Cities penalties for continued refusal to follow the illegal immigrant laws. Researching your state’s information has a fairly easy starting point with the information provided by Ballotpedia HERE.
While not perfect, Ballotpedia appears to be covering a lot of issues across a wide spectrum of political interests. This is a good starting point for regular citizens who are involved and impacted by the events unfolding not only in their hometowns but around the country.
Why is that important? Because as we have already witnessed and continue to be inundated daily with the leftist propaganda rants and stupidity, we have to understand that we are no longer able to sit back and allow some “shadow” entity to decide our fate as a country. When the SHTF we have to say we put our best effort forward to slow and then halt the takeover by outside interests for the sake of our future generations.