By Dawson McNamara-Bloom
Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka
Main Message: Representing the Green Party, Stein and Baraka hope to become a voice for the far left in American government. They favor free college, the decriminalization of Marijuana, the Green New Deal, and the removal of Money from politics. Her campaign is centered around being a voice for the 99%. She also wants to be less militaristic arguing the need to cut the Military budget by more than half and close “unnecessary” military bases overseas.
Political Background: Stein’s political background begins and ends with being elected to the Lexington Town Meeting. She abandoned this post to run for Governor and after getting 1.4% of the vote decided to just run for president.
Scandals: Jill Stein is known for being a loud activist which sometimes gets her in trouble. She is facing charges in North Dakota for vandalism. She has been arrested for protests several times in the past. Refuses to clarify position on Vaccines leading some to believe she is in line with Green party anti vaccine rhetoric.
Gary Johnson & Bill Weld
Main Message: The government right now is too large. In a free country such as ours the government needs to be more hands off. They support this idea by arguing against gun control, for same-sex rights, and against foreign intervention by the United States. The Johnson campaign also wants to get rid of income taxes, and the department of education.
Political Background: Both Johnson and Weld have experience in Politics. Bill Weld was the Governor of Massachusetts while Johnson was the governor of New Mexico. Both were members of the Republican party when they got elected.
Scandals: Johnson repeatedly shows his lack of knowledge in foreign policy with his inability to name a foreign world leader. He also didn’t know what the city of aleppo is in Syria.
Donald J Trump
Main Message: The Donald’s message is that America’s position in the world and America as a whole is declining severely. Trump argues that he is the only one who can fix this country. He asserts that illegal immigrants are a severe issue that needs to be addressed. He also feels he understands trade deals better than everyone else in this country and that alone makes him the only one who can fix trade deals. Finally, he also has a secret plan to defeat ISIL that includes many “sneak attacks” Trump has taken a staunchly conservative view on social issues such as abortions and gay rights. That means he is pro life and anti gay rights.
Political Background: Has been a donor for campaigns in the past.
Scandals: Has made comments that insinuate he has committed sexual assault. Has been accused of running a fraudulent university. Has received assistance from Russia. Has mocked a disabled reporter. Has made disparaging remarks against the hispanic community. Has many people accusing him of sexual assault.
Main Message: The economy is on the rebound, our position in the world has solidified as number one, and 27 million people have gotten health insurance from the ACA. The progress is there and Clinton will continue down the path that Obama carved for her. Clinton also has positioned herself as the only legitimate opposition to Trump. Hillary has taken a very liberal view on social issues such as being pro choice in regards to abortions and pro LGBT rights.
Political Background: Clinton has served her country as the Former First lady of Arkansas and the United States, the former senator from New York, and the former Secretary of State.
Scandals: Used a private email server. Has been accused of wrongdoing in Benghazi. Had Pneumonia and told the American people she was feeling fine.
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By Boris Spektor, Senior
On November 8th, voters in Florida will get to decide the future of the Florida constitution with respect to a solar bill, a medical marijuana bill, and tax exemptions for disabled first responders and low-income seniors.
However, Amendment 1 is described in a very deceiving way.
This is the text for amendment 1 on the ballot:
This amendment establishes a right under Florida's constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety, and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.
Let’s ANALYZE, shall we?
Line 1, in grey, establishes a right that every Floridian already has! We are already allowed to own/lease solar panels and use it to generate electricity.
Line 2, in blue, establishes that governments should protect consumer rights and public health/safety, something that governments already do, in essence, this does not add any new policy.
Line 3, in black, is a horribly misleading statement that supposedly does not require people who use the grid to subsidize those who do. When this statement is analyzed, however, it can be inferred that it will cause those who are off the grid to pay a mandatory fee for the upkeep of the electrical grid to their house. This essentially would give a blank check to power companies, enabling them to add a “grid maintenance” fee to all customers, even if they don’t pull any electricity from the grid.
In essence, Amendment 1 will be a detriment to the expansion of solar, since it will cause people who use solar to pay for the upkeep of the electrical grid, in the words of Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court, the bill is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and would allow utilities to levy fees on solar customers.
I implore everyone voting to choose NO on Amendment 1, this amendment will give power monopolies such as FPL more power while slowing the adoption of solar energy.