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Friday, November 3rd, 2006

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Because they are crazy, Jacob and Barnett took a camera on television with them for their Fox appearance. So, if you saw it on tv- or while you wait to see the clip here (we’re working on it)- here’s the segment from a very different perspective.

Your tie looks great, Jacob.

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Senator Hillary Clinton (D – NY), Rep. Charles Rangel (D – NY 15th), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D- NY 8th): “The Ten Commandments”

Jacob and Barnett were having all the fun, so I decided to grab my friend Jen and see if we couldn’t get some clips ourselves. We got into a DCCC fundraiser in Midtown Manhattan, and had the chance to talk to two Congressmen and a Senator- none of whom knew the answer!- but each of whom had something interesting to say on the topic.

We lost audio (and would’ve lost video too, if Jen hadn’t guerrilla-like remembered she could record image on her Treo), but check the clip to hear what Congressman Nadler said- it might be the wittiest response we’ve gotten so far.

Special thanks also to Sasha Gordon for her invaluable editing assistance.

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

C.J. Phillips: Governor Bob Riley of Alabama (R) says “’cause that’s when the election is!”

Way to take it to the streets, people! C.J. Phillips caught up with Governor Bob Rily on November 3. Says C.J., “I’m not the best with the video camera but you get the idea. Steve Doocy was in Birmingham for a book signing and Mr. Riley stopped by to talk with him for a moment. It all took place in Birmingham just outside of the Crest building where famed radio personalities Rick and Bubba are located.”

In this quick clip, the Governor displays a fairly keen grasp of tautology; to be fair, it’s a deft answer in its circular way. Tuesday is indeed when the election is. I guess what we need to consider next is whether it’s when the election should be.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Alex Pettit, Bob Barrett and Claudia Pettit: Senator Debbie Stabenow (D – MI) says “That’s been like that forever and there’s no good reason…”

HOOAH! From Alex Pettit, Claudia Pettit, and Bob Barrett of Ypsilanti, Michigan, we’ve got our first non-Road-Team clip– and it’s a great one. Alex caught up with Senator Debbie Stabenow and got an excellent interview out of it. From Alex: “This clip was taken on 11/1/06 at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI. The Senator made a stop to meet some voters in the run up to the election on 11/7. It seemed to be a great opportunity to ask THE question.”

In 2000, Senator Stabenow became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Michigan; she had served two terms as a Member of the House before that. She didn’t know the reason we vote on Tuesdays- she in fact used a very similar phrase as her colleague from across the aisle, Arlen Specter- but did have several suggestions for how she feels participation might be improved.

N.B.: Senator Stabenow kicks it kinda partisan at the end of the clip. The Senator is of course entitled to her views, but we wouldn’t want them to be misconstrued as our own. We’re here in a completely neutral context, and welcome any and all constructive debate from members of both/all parties on this topic that’s way more important than Donkeys and Elephants.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

GOTW Road Team on Fox & Friends!

**BREAKING NEWS** Jacob and Barnett are going to be huge, huge stars. They’ll be appearing on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning, Thursday November 2nd, at 820am EST. So, if you’re watching, they’ll be the rakishly handsome gentlemen discussing election reform. Fox will report. We will decide. Everyone wins.

We can only hope that, when the book contracts come, J and B will remember how they get their start.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Senator Barbara Boxer (D – CA): “We go all around the world saying how great democracy is, but it’s really hard for people to get to vote…”

Jacob and Barnett randomly ran into Senator Barbara Boxer in a Beverly Hills, CA delicatessen while the Senator was filming an appearance on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Senator Boxer has been in Congress for a total of 23 years; she has a long record of outspoken advocacy and was nice enough to talk to the WT crew on this issue. Turns out the Senator not only (basically) knows the answer to the question, she’s co-sponsoring a bill that she says is designed to make it easier for more people to vote. Check the clip.

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

Posted by John on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

Posted by Patrick on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

I think weekend voting would make the most sense, as people wouldn't have tu run home after work or wake up early to hit the polling stations beforehand.

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