Ward Scott Show Notes – 5/5/2015

Show notes from Ward Scott Files radio program.

CINCO DE MAYO

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862,  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16

The Most Popular Politician in America

In an era defined by unrelenting partisan conflict, exceedingly popular politicians are not only the exception to the rule but seem to be hovering on the verge of extinction.

And then there’s Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. After four months in office, the Republican governor of this deeply Democratic-leaning state is cruising at high altitude, enjoying sky-high approval ratings. And Baker’s top advisers and outside observers say the reasons for his popularity are relatively simple: He’s just keeping his head down and running the state.

www.nationaljournal.com/politics/the-most-popular-politician-in-america-20150501

Analogy to Ed Braddy

  • Mayor Braddy is just doing his job.
  • Remember when the nasty 19 told us the world was going to end?
  • Mayor Braddy could be a transformative figure in local politics.

ORLANDO APPROVES MOVING CITY ELECTIONS TO NOVEMBER

via Jeff Weiner of the Orlando Sentinel

Orlando residents, mark your calendars: The city’s municipal elections – set to decide Mayor Buddy Dyer’s re-election, as well as three City Council seats – will be held Nov. 3, five months earlier than had been expected.

Commissioners voted to approve moving the city’s polling day five months forward, in order to avoid a presidential primary likely to include two Florida heavyweights, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Orlando had been set to vote in city races April 5, 2016, three weeks after the primary, but Orange County’s elections supervisor urged the city to reschedule, warning the proximity of the two votes would confuse voters.

Though critics said moving the election date to this fall could discourage potential challengers, commissioners and Orlando’s city attorney said avoiding the primary season would protect the city’s vote from partisan influence.

  • Change the rules

POTUS UPDATE

-zero governing experience
-$13 million in small donors from DraftBen
Mike Huckabee – announces today
Carly Fiorina – attack dog – She barely registers in the polls, has never held public office — and she lost the only race she’s ever run. Still, Fiorina’s poised to play an essential role for the party — one that could put her on a trajectory for the vice presidential short list if her 2016 bid falls short.  http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/carly-fiorina-2016-presidential-bid-launch-117605.html

Dems – FL US SENATE RACE

DSCC endorsed Murphy

“… Voters choose our party nominee, not out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room in Washington, D.C.” – Grayson
“I’ll probably run”

State Shutdown

What political effect?  zero.

  • House members are snug in their districts.
  • Senate members are snug in their districts.
  • Democrats are too ineffective to really do anything about it.

 

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