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Kernels – Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Daily recap of headlines & current events with a bit of opinion
Daily recap of headlines & current events with a bit of opinion

Welcome to another edition of Kernels From the Cornfield – No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks!

News with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

Today’s Kernels is an abbreviated edition due to this being the US General Election Day

1. State of the Race – Election Day!

The finish line is sight as the candidates sprint toward a win or a loss.

Barring some unforeseen major screw-up, disputed ballots or multiple machine malfunctions, we may know later tonight or in the wee hours of the morning who will be the 45th President of the United States – Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.

That is unless neither gets the requisite 270 Electoral College votes. In that case it goes to the US House of Representatives to decide our next leader.

There have been a few hiccups today, but nothing of consequence as of this time.

The Trump campaign filed suit to set aside some early voting precinct ballots in Nevada, but the judge said it ain’t happening.

The weather has not been beneficial to my respiratory system today, but I made my way across the street to the Ruritan building to make my voice heard in the Cornfield.

I voted - did you?
I voted – did you?

On the northern border of Sullivan County, Indiana where I live is Vigo County and county seat Terre Haute. Since the late 1890s, Vigo County in all but two elections has chosen correctly the candidate who becomes President.

Will Vigo County do it again?

The election of the Cornfield’s new US Senator filling the vacancy with the retirement of Dan Coats will be a real squeaker between Republican Todd Young and former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh.

The governor’s office is being vacated since Mike Pence may or may not be the nation’s next Vice President. Another squeaker between Democrat John Gregg, former Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly, and Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

The all-important State of Florida is still voting, but has already exceeded the total votes cast in 2012. Some 400,000+ more Latinos registered and voted in early voting.

The super early voting in northern New Hampshire gave Trump the win 32-25 in the three communities. Clinton did claim the first in the nation vote from Dixville Notch taking four of the eight votes. Trump received two and Libertarian Gary Johnson, one. The final vote was a write-in for Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

In Hart’s Location, Clinton captured 17, but only 4 in Millsfield. Trump garnered 14 and 16, respectively.

The next crucial vote will be on December 19, when Electors from every state gather to officially elect the person who will be the next POTUS.

Tidbits: The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate to the rocketing price hike of Epi-Pen.

South Korean officials raided the offices of Samsung in an investigation of favoritism to an aide of the South Korean President.

Seven embassies of India have been hacked.

An explosion of unknown cause killed a child and injured 32 Indian peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A mass grave of hundreds beheaded by the Islamic State was found as Iraqi forces continue to move on and liberate Mosul, Iraq.

Microsoft has released a patch for a flaw that has allowed hackers to bypass security in Windows 10.

An apartment complex caught fire in Houston, Texas Museum District.

That’s what caught my attention this Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

Tune in tomorrow for another edition of Kernels From The Cornfield.

I am Mark Ivy
Good day!

Exercise Your Right – Vote

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No sunshine across the Cornfield is forecast tomorrow as voters head to the polls. Rain will dominate along with dark, gray clouds dot the sky.

I will take advantage of my right to make my voice heard. In so doing, I retain the right to both criticize and boast over the next two years.

Though a struggle, I will walk across the street to the Ruritan Building to cast my ballot. For whom, I have yet to decide at the top of the ticket. For the down ballot races, I am pretty confidant which lever to pull.

As usual the squeakiest wheels are from both the far left and the far right. Will extreme liberals and ultra conservatives determine the outcome or will those more toward the center be the deciding voters?

There is nothing wrong with being a liberal if you apply common sense. There is nothing wrong with being a conservative as long as you utilize common sense. The same goes for moderates.

There are examples of the detriment of both fringes. Kansas shows the devastation on the people of ultra conservatism. Detroit is a study in how extreme liberalism can lead to demise and destruction.

The most skillful governors, legislators, mayors, council members and commissioners understand that to govern effectively, you must govern from the center, not too far right nor too far left.

This is why every vote counts.

From the Cornfield, exercise your right – vote!

Political Circus: October 30 – November 6

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Tuesday is Election Day. Get out and VOTE!

This is a look back at the political circus during the prior week, the last full week of the 2016 election cycle through today.

LATE BREAKING: This afternoon, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey released another letter to congress in which he confirmed that his department had reviewed the emails pertaining to hillary clinton found on a laptop used by disgraced former new york congressman anthony weiner, estranged husband of hillary confidante huma abedin.
Comey stated that he stands by the conclusion he came to in july that there was no criminal wrongdoing by clinton in the use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Comey wrote that
investigators had workedaround the clockto review all the emails.BASED on our review, we have not changed our conclusions expressed in July.”

Monday, 10/31/2016:

Welcome to the final week of the 2016 Presidential Election!

Or is it?

What happens if the race is thrown from the Electoral College to the US House of Representatives to decide?

What if one or the other of the candidates is indicted?

What if there are disputed results?

A woman in Iowa has been charged after she voted twice in early voting. The woman claims she voted the second time because she was worried her vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be “flipped” for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Now this is a case of voter fraud.

But then again maybe she was following the advice of Trump, who told a crowd in Colorado on Sunday to vote twice if they think their vote won’t be counted.

Trump also told those in attendance at the rally, “If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot. They’ll give you a new ballot, and you can go out and make sure it get’s in. Now in some places, they do that four or five times, but we don’t do that. So by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.” (Updated to reflect unedited remark.)

Trump was found wanting in giving to others as he has claimed.

Down ballot Republicans are breathing easier on keeping control of the House and Senate, playing off the latest revelation that emails have been discovered that may be relevant to the investigation into the use of a private email server while Secretary of State by Clinton.

Trump has found a subject he can talk about and stay on topic – Clinton’s emails.

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld called FBI Director James Comey’s revelation to Congress of finding the Abedin emails as “disgraceful” and “unfair” to Clinton.

The Clinton campaign has resurrected the notorious “Daisy Girl” ad from 1964 to take attention off her problems with the email server. (Not sure what it is? Google it.)

Newsweek is reporting that Trump’s companies over the years have also been guilty of destroying emails and records in defiance of court orders. (http://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/11/donald-trump-companies-destroyed-emails-documents-515120.html)

First it was one.

Now it is two times that interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile tipped off Clinton about a question when she was prepping to debate with rival Bernie Sanders.

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Clinton close confidante Huma Abedin has been absent from the campaign trail since Comey’s revelation.

#HillaryForPrison is trending on Twitter.

Democrats are pressing Comey to come clean about the relationship between Trump and Russia.

Marijuana is on the ballot once more in nine states, including California and Florida.

Clinton and Trump both remain the most unfavored candidates in history.

It is being reported that the path to 270 elector votes has been closed to Trump.

Do does this mean we may have No Electoral Majority?

As if there is not enough proof that we are witnessing a Reality TV Presidential Election:

AMC Theaters announced on Oct. 24 that it would show CNN’s election night coverage in 50 theaters in the United States — designating a “red” and a “blue” theater in each of 25 cities.

Clinton told supporters today that the FBI had no basis to re-investigate and “no case” over the current hoopla over the discovered emails.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

The weekly: Cornfield Standings

Clinton Headache – The fallout from the revelation that possible new information into the investigation of the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State continues to pile up.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey is being accused by US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and others of breaking the law by violating the Hatch Act by notifying Congress of the emails discovered on a computer used by both Clinton confidante Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner.

Late yesterday, FBI investigators were granted a warrant to begin sifting through the emails found on the shared laptop used by both disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a close confidante and top adviser to Clinton.

Both Republicans and Democrats are calling on Comey to release more information than the vague letter he sent to Congress about the discovery. It is doubtful that will happen before the election just over one week away.

At the daily press conference, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest said President Barack Obama will neither “defend nor criticize” Comey’s decision to inform Congress about the found emails.

If she objected, why did Attorney General Loretta Lynch not order Comey not to tell Congress?

At the end of the day, if you have the FBI director telling Justice that he has an obligation to tell Congress, there is no way you can direct the FBI to do otherwise,” said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.“That’s too fraught. You can’t direct someone to withhold information from Congress. That’s not a prudent way to do things.”

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/31/clinton-emails-what-we-know/93047060/

Tuesday 11/1/2016:

One week from today Americans, who have not yet cast a ballot, trek to their precinct to decide who will lead the nation for the next four years.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is trying to make the issue Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, and not her use of a private email server while Secretary of State, after it was revealed that emails passed through the Clinton server and landed on a laptop used by disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is staying on script and making the most of the latest in the email scandal that continues to plague Clinton.

The Clinton campaign and Democrats are accusing Comey of sitting on information tying Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians hacking Democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote Comey a letter directly accusing him of sitting on information about Trump and ties with Russia.

The New York Times today, however, is reporting no clear link between Trump and Russia has been found by the FBI.

Trump avoided paying tens of millions of dollars in personal income taxes during the 1990s using a tax avoidance move his own lawyers argued the IRS would find to be improper, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, President Barack Obama said that gender bias from members of Congress and the public will be rampant if Clinton wins the White House.

Comey told CNBC it was too close to Election Day to say that Russia is trying to meddle in the US election.

A group of computer scientists believe that a Trump server was in communication with a Russian bank.

North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr, who is in a tough re-election fight, joked about a “bull’s eye” on Clinton. He has since apologized for the remark.

A federal judge in New Jersey has ordered the Republican National Committee to turn over to the Democratic National Committee any and all agreements, written and verbal, between the RNC and Trump’s campaign regarding voter fraud, ballot security and poll watching.

This is in response to a suit filed by the DNC against the RNC.

The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll has Trump and Clinton in a virtual tie nationwide.

A white supremacist, who has already been denounced by the Trump campaign, launched a series of robocalls to voters in Utah to disparage #NeverTrump independent Evan McMullin, including falsely stating McMullin is a closet gay.

The stock market’s election year performance between July 31 and Oct. 31 has often accurately predicted the next president — and this year it’s pointing to a victory by Trump, if history is a guide.

Not good news in the Cornfield for Democrats hoping to capture a US Senate seat. One week out, former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is in a dead heat, 45% to 45%, with Republican Tea Party Congressman Todd Young to replace retiring senior Senator Dan Coats.

Hope grows dim of capturing control of the upper chamber of Congress this cycle.

Good news in the Governor’s race for Democrats as former Democratic Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly John Gregg is besting Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb hoping to replace outgoing Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. Gregg is leading 48% to 42%.

In the race for the White House, Trump is besting Clinton in Indiana 50% to 39%. No surprise in the Cornfield.

In the Cornfield, there are two main concerns being discussed: the Supreme Court and free trade agreements taking away jobs.

Clinton Headache – The FBI is using special software to go through a reported 650,000 emails on a laptop used by disgraced former Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin.

The Justice Department has assured members of Congress that the FBI will complete its examination of the emails “as expeditiously as possible.”

It is doubtful more information will be revealed prior to the General Election one week from today.

In other words, there is nothing new to report.

Wednesday 11/2/2016:

Six days.

America’s too-long-running Reality Television Election will be pulling the curtain on the final act in six days.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is turning her message back on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s treatment of women and away from discussing the latest on the scandal involving her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Trump is staying on message slamming Clinton on the emails and the skyrocketing cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

From the stump, Trump is reminding early voters in some six or seven states they can change their vote in light of the recent revelations about his opponent.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Trump does not want the endorsement of the Klu Klux Klan.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation posted documents about a controversial pardon in the waning days of the Bill Clinton Administration of financier Marc Rich, whose wife was a major contributor to the Democratic Party.

Question is why with less than a week until the Presidential Election?

Don’t know about the Marc Rich pardon scandal and the FBI investigation which ended without charges in 2005?

Google it.

President Barack Obama is taking it personally that so far black voter turnout in early balloting is not where it was in 2012. The President is appealing to black voters to save his legacy or face losses and rollback of gains made over the years.

The Prez also weighed in on the email scandal. The President seemed to accuse Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey of innuendo, incomplete information and leaks.

Could the President be working up to a Pardon?

On Monday, Trump announced he would call for a “special session” of Congress, if he is elected, specifically to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Should someone tell The Donald that Congress will already be in session?

In the 25th round of hacked emails released by Wikileaks from Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, comes the line that Podesta wrote, “we are going to have to dump all those emails so better do so sooner than later.”

Some say Podesta was talking about destroying the emails. Others believe Podesta was meaning to release the emails.

You decide.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Seminole County, Florida election officials received five stolen and forged absentee ballots.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is in hot water after a tweet from his account with a vulgar term used for Clinton. That tweet is now deleted.

Clinton is smarting today after it was revealed in a new tracking poll that she is eight points behind Trump on the question of honesty.

The tracking polls also find that the two major party candidates are tied up as voters prepare for next Tuesday.

Double the number of people have cast early votes than in 2012 – over 24 million. In key battleground states, Republicans can take heart.

An article in Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/is-donald-trump-a-manchurian-candidate) is suggesting that Trump may be a “Manchurian Candidate.”

Haven’t seen the movie or know the story?

Google it.

But go for the original – NOT the remake.

It should be noted that for the first time in its more than 100 years of publishing, the magazine endorsed a presidential candidate.

Guess who?

Shaking My Head – A black church in Mississippi was set on fire and vandalized with the words, “Vote Trump.”

This ought not to be.

And how will the weather be for Election Day?

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Thursday 11/3/2016:

Five days.

Legal?

Probably.

Unethical?

Probably not.

Looks bad?

Absolutely.

A new revelation from the hacked emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chair John Podesta of an exchange between Podesta and a high ranking member of the US Justice Department from a private email account tipping the campaign off to upcoming House of Representative hearings and Freedom of Information Act requests has come to public scrutiny.

After his press secretary said he would not “defend or criticize” Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey for telling Congress about the 650,000 emails found on the laptop used by disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, that is exactly what President Barack Obama did.

The President, without using Comey’s name or title, said the Administration did not “operate on innuendo.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump provided some levity on Wednesday as he publicly from the podium spoke out loud to himself to remain “cool” and be “nice.”

Stay on point, Donald. Stay on point. No side tracks.”

Various extremists and militia groups are gearing up for “poll watching” on Election Day.

Melania speaks.

At a campaign rally in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this afternoon, Trump’s better half made an appeal to those vital Republican suburban housewives to lay aside their concerns and vote for her husband on Tuesday.

Since getting panned for lifting some of the words from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008, Melania has not been seen on the campaign trail. She has given some interviews.

If she becomes First Lady, Melania plans on taking on cyber bullying.

Many are asking if she has met her tweeting husband.

In one of those Twilight Zone moments, not only did former rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz cast his ballot for Trump, he traveled with GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence to stump for Trump in the Great Lakes region.

Even in the biggest sporting event of the century, politics reared its ugly head as both Clinton and Trump ran ads during Game 7 of the Cubs’ break-of-the-curse, winning World Series over the Indians last night.

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who is running for the US Senate from Louisiana, said at a debate at a traditionally black university last night that he does not hate “all” Jews.

How magnanimous of Duke.

Protesters of Duke’s appearance found themselves pepper sprayed by police.

The Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in the Cornfield, Rex Bell, has been hospitalized. Bell is a long shot to win the office in the race against Republican Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and former Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly Democrat John Gregg.

The New York Times/CBS News poll finds Clinton leading by only three points over Trump nationally.

The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll has it even closer – two points dividing the two.

No, you cannot tweet in your vote for President – or any other office.

Medical marijuana will not be on the ballot in Arkansas after the State Supreme Court barred allowing the proposition to be put before voters.

The Clintons and Obamas will campaign together in Philadelphia on the eve of the General Election.

Friday 11/4/2016:

Four days.

Melania Trump is being slammed by some for saying she wants to tackle cyber bullying if her husband, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, wins the White House.

While people say it is admirable to want to stop cyber bullying, that Trump is known for his 3 a.m. tweets where he is guilty of the same, has some saying Melania should start with her husband.

The US Justice Department is dispatching monitors to four polling stations in North Carolina.

All hinges on turnout.

At this point in early voting, turnout among black voters has been considerably less than it was in 2012, which could trend poorly for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence is in hot water after not saying he would support House Speaker Paul Ryan for another term as Speaker.

Might make for a strained appearance of the two at a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday.

The fourth time, however, when asked if he supports Ryan seeking to remain Speaker, Pence said he does.

A New Jersey federal judge is hearing allegations that Republicans are involved in voter intimidation coordination.

A federal judge in Ohio issued an injunction to the Trump campaign and Roger Stone from harassing or intimidating Ohio voters.

Fox News Bret Baier is having to apologize for wrongly saying the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation was close to an indictment.

A Trump supporter disrupted a speech by President Barack Obama stumping for Clinton today. The President defended the man’s right to protest and wave his sign supporting Trump.

A US Appeals Court blocked a new Arizona law making it a felony to collect ballots – a win for Democrats.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General said the state is investigating voter registration “irregularities.”

The US State Department has released more than 350 more documents/emails from Clinton’s term as Secretary. Two of those emails have been upgraded “confidential.”

US authorities have issued a warning to New York City, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of attacks by al Qaeda militants around Election Day.

Flyers inserted into a church’s bulletin in California is warning parishioners that voting Democratic is a “mortal sin” because of the party’s platform positions on such things as abortion, immigration, gun control and anti-hate efforts against homophobia and Islamophobia.

Once considered a shoo-in, Democratic Senate candidate Evan Bayh is now in a dead heat against rival Republican Todd Young. Indiana may remain with one Democrat and one Republican Senator.

The latest poll released today actually puts Young up five points over Bayh – 46% to 41%.

Former Arkansas Governor and presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee says that Trump is a “car wreck“, but that Clinton is “worse.”

Sunday, 11/6/2016:

Two days!

America’s first Reality TV Election, running too long, will come to a dramatic end in just two days – or will it?

What a rush last night when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was grabbed and dashed off the stage at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada after a shout of “gun” caused a panic. There was no gun.

The man, not a fan, was taken into custody and released. There was no threat. Trump came back to finish his speech.

Turns out the “suspect” was a #NeverTrump Republican.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is filling the days and nights with star-studded rallies trying to get young African-Americans and other Millennials to turn out and cast their votes for her.

Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine accused FBI agents actively working to throw the election Trump’s way.

The GOP second fiddle Mike Pence is trying to turn neighboring Michigan from blue to red like Jesus turning water into wine. That was a miracle and it will take a miracle in the automotive capitol of the world.

Democrats in Arizona are smarting after the US Supreme Court allowed a ban by the state that bars collection of absentee ballots. Voters have to return their own ballots.

The press bus traveling with Kaine was involved in a vehicle accident on Saturday, without injury.

There has been a lot of talk about a “hidden Trump vote.” Now the talk is about a “hidden Clinton vote.”

Tuesday we will know – maybe.

Remember a referendum is on the ballot for Washington DC voters Tuesday on the question of pursuing statehood.

Clinton failed to inform the State Department of a $1 million donation to the Clinton Foundation from the Arab country of Qatar, which may have possibly violated an ethics agreement she made with the Department.

Latinos are voting in higher numbers than ever. Part of this seems to be a backlash against the position of Trump on illegal immigration and disparagement of Mexican-Americans in particular.

With all the concern over hacks this election cycle, cyber security professionals are preparing to swoop in, track and hopefully block anyone attempting a cyber attack aimed at destabilizing the Presidential Election.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, once thought dead in his re-election bid, is looking like he will keep his seat firmly in Republican hands.

Former Senator Evan Bayh continues to slide in polls in the Cornfield. The chance of picking up a Democratic seat in the Senate is growing slimmer in the Hoosier State.

President Barack Obama took aim at endangered Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who put a video of the Prez praising Toomey in an ad.

Courage is telling Pennsylvania voters where you stand on the tough issues, not just the easy ones like background checks,” Obama said in the statement. “Pat Toomey won’t tell Pennsylvania voters where he stands on Donald Trump, trying instead to have it both ways by telling different people what he thinks they want to hear. That’s not courage. Voting to shut down the government and against bills to close the terrorist gun loophole isn’t courage. And playing politics with the Supreme Court isn’t courage.”

The final Cornfield Standings.

Remember as you go to the polls on Tuesday: Voters Only Hope.

Look for a new feature starting on Sunday, November 13 – Politics Roundup.

Cornfield Standings: 3 Days Out

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As of today there are 3 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

This is it. The final Cornfield Standings until 2020.

Tuesday the fate of the nation will be decided.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Independent Evan McMullin – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean I may not change my mind by Tuesday. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Political Circus – October 24 – 30, 2016

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week. This is the last full week coming up of the 2016 election cycle.

Monday, 10/24/2016:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has hit 50% in the latest ABC News poll as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sunk to 38%.

The CNN/ORC Poll of Polls of four major polls has Clinton with a nine-point lead today.

Can Trump recover with only two weeks until Election Day?

What’s this?!

A new poll out today have the two major candidates tied at 41% each.

The Hill reports:

The Investor’s Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence Tracking Poll — once called the the most accurate poll of the 2012 election by pollster Nate Silver — gives both Clinton and Trump 41 percent support apiece in a four-way race.

Both Clinton is being cautious about the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, saying many questions need answered.

Trump is against the deal.

Trump has claimed the women coming out saying he made unwanted sexual advances were orchestrated by the Clinton campaign.

Now hacked emails indicate that the former Miss Universe accusation was months in the making. That email was sent to Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta in December, 2015, outlining the complaints against Trump.

As the race becomes more vicious, the all important Millennials are getting turned off and tuning out of the election.

What happens if Millennials stay home?

This is worth a read: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-millennials-idUSKCN12O1X8

Those hacked emails reveal that the Clinton campaign thought that Clinton could make her use of a private email server and her destroying emails go away by turning the issue into a joke.

Looks like the joke is on Clinton.

Trump’s “nasty woman” comment at the final debate has been turned into a battle cry by female supporters of Clinton as they embrace the term.

OOPs!

Eric Trump and his wife posed for a pic with a young woman sporting a shirt that read, “Latinas Contra Trump“. Eric did not realize she was not a fan, but her shirt noted she was against Trump.

More from the hacked emails reveal that even Clinton’s campaign staff have been having trouble trying to figure out what the candidate’s “vision” is for America and the future.

Key black Congressmen are urging Clinton to let go of some of her war chest and invest in the black campaigns if she wants a friendly Congress.

Tuesday 10/25/2016:

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made it clear that the presidential contest is one between the genders as she campaigned with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday.

Talking directly to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Warren said, “Well I’ve got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you. And on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”

To watch Clinton going after down ballot candidates to help her get legislation passed and to listen to a lot of the national media, the race is over.

Clinton has won the Electoral College and there is no need to get out and vote.

Oh?

You don’t agree?

The latest CNN/ORC poll released last evening has Clinton losing ground and Trump gaining. The race now is Clinton 49% and Trump 44%.

Trump Tower Live – the beginning of Trump TV?

The Donald launched a nightly broadcast on Facebook last night. It is pure advertisement for the campaign, but is set up like a news cast.

Trump surrogate and host last night, Boris Epshteyn said that the program “has nothing to do with Trump TV. It has everything to do with making sure our supporters get out to vote.”

You decide.

The double-digit increase in health insurance rates is being praised as a blessing by Republicans coming two weeks from the Presidential Election. Trump is already making hay of the White House admitting to the impact on people’s wallets.

Could this be a game changer?

Many may recall I spoke out about this on CNN with Randi Kay four years ago! (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/ireports/2012/06/25/irpt-ivy-health-sot.cnn)

Bad optics: The FBI assistant director in charge of the investigation into the private server used by Clinton while she was Secretary of State is married to a woman, who unsuccessfully ran for the Virginia House of Burgess. The candidate received a $500,000 campaign contribution from a group associated with long-time Clinton ally, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

This happened long before the investigation and no wrongdoing. It is the optics sure do not look good.

Pennsylvania’s Republican Party has filed a lawsuit claiming the state’s poll watcher law is unconstitutional.

A federal court suspended Michigan’s ban on ballot selfies.

Fearing a lawsuit, the American Bar Association has nixed a report which calls Trump a “libel bully.”

Leaked emails reveal an intense interest on diversity in the make-up of the Clinton campaign prior to her current run for office: “four ‘POC,’ or people of color, four women ‘assuming COO is a white woman’ and six white men.” So, the email says, that is “33% diverse, 33% women, 50% white men.”

By the way, all the talk by Clinton on equal pay between men and women, information from the Clinton Foundation reveals back in 2013: the median salary of the highest paid men at the foundation was $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women was $185,386 — roughly a $160,000 difference.

A new survey says that 54% of Democrats say their party is united compared to only 4% of Republicans who feel that way.

Wednesday 10/26/2016:

In a hacked email, the woman heading the transition team for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton bluntly stated why she believes Clinton and company did not get out in front of the use of a private email server while Secretary of State:

They wanted to get away with it.”

How stupid does the former First Lady think the American people are?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is trying to pivot from women accusing him of sexual assault by hitting hard on the 22% average increase expected for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace Exchange.

Can he stick with it?

Where can you take selfies with your ballot?

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Happy 69th Birthday, Hillary Clinton!

Which states can change who leads the Senate?

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The states colored purple are which ones may likely change.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio appears to be sailing to re-election with a 10-point lead over his Democratic opponent.

OOPs!

Former Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh missed over 75 percent of his Senate Armed Services Committee hearings while he was a member between 2003 and 2011, BuzzFeed News reports.

Even the day of the Iraq invasion.

Bayh is in a tight race to go back to the Senate from here in the Cornfield against Republican Todd Young.

Trump made a pitstop today for the grand opening of his new hotel in Washington DC before heading to North Carolina.

The national press corps is making much ado about nothing by Trump’s pause.

By 28% nationally those under 30 prefer Clinton to Trump.

You can tell that GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is from the Cornfield. Last night, like trying to herd cows to the barn in the evening, Pence told Republicans it is “time to come home.”

Trump has cutoff fundraising for the Republican National Party while Clinton is directing big donors to give to Senate races instead of her.

The Republican National Committee is sinking $25 million to save seven Senate seats.

In early voting and absentee balloting nearly 9 million votes have been cast to-date.

Released today, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll revealed concern by 51% of voters about violence breaking out on Election Day.

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz says he and fellow GOP lawmakers are prepared for years of investigation into a President Hillary Clinton.

Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good,” Chaffetz said.

How soon will we see Vice President Joe Biden and Trump climb into the ring at a WWE event?

Stating the obvious, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine quipped, “Other than supervising attorneys on occasion, this will be the first time I’ve had a female boss.”

That Clinton laugh that seems so contrived and at times more like a cackle, Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta referred to as Clinton’s “authentic weirdness.”

Someone took a sledgehammer to Trump’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Thursday 10/27/2016:

Contrary to the narrative over the past week, the presidential election is not yet over.

The latest poll from Fox News showed that the big lead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been whittled away to only three points.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is still in the thick of it all and closing and topping Clinton in key battleground states.

Hacked emails show that even Chelsea Clinton found something unseemly in her father, the former Prez and husband of the Dems wannabe, and the Clinton Foundation both receiving money for speeches from the same sources.

Trump said this morning that wife, Melania, will be out giving speeches as the race winds down. The last time she spoke was at the Republican National Convention.

Former presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is hinting that if there is a Clinton win come November that vacant Supreme Court seat may remain vacant indefinitely until there is a Republican President.

The Democratic National Committee is suing the Republican National Committee for not putting an effective muzzle on Trump and his statements about a “rigged” system and election. Specifically, the DNC is asking that the RNC be stopped from putting poll watchers at some ballot stations.

The concern is voter intimidation.

Some GOP lawmakers are heeding Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s moose call to come home. Although not endorsing Trump, some Republican Congresspersons are now saying they will vote for Trump.

Win or lose, Clinton will be watching election returns in New York’s Javitz Convention Center which boasts a real glass ceiling.

A voting machine in Bryan County, Georgia has been removed from service after complaints the machine was “flipping” some presidential votes.

A second day of Woman Power as First Lady Michelle Obama joined Clinton at Wake Forest, North Carolina for a rally this afternoon.

What is a pollster to do when people are refusing to take their calls?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the idea that his country is trying to influence the American presidential election is “mythical and fictitious.”

A suspect has been arrested for taking a sledgehammer to Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

Some are worried of another “Revolutionary War” if Trump loses and Clinton wins the White House.

She may campaign as an avowed far-left liberal, but the portfolio of Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein paints a different picture.

I have long since thrown in the towel on the Democratic and Republican parties because they are really a front group for the 1 percent, for predatory banks, fossil fuel giants and war profiteers,” Stein told CNN back in April.

Check out the details of Stein’s money (and I don’t mean Ben Stein’s Money): http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/26/jill-stein-s-ideology-says-one-thing-her-investment-portfolio-says-another.html

Do what?

Trump finding common ground with liberal film maker Michael Moore?

I agree, @MMFlint- To all Americans, I see you & I hear you. I am your voice. Vote to #DrainTheSwamp w/ me on 11/8, Trump tweeted.

This came after Moore said Trump would win because working class Americans are sick of the Washington establishment.

Friday 10/28/2016:

It was a scary 10 seconds for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence and people on board his private jet last night when the plane skidded off the runway while landing in New York City, New York at LaGuardia.

The plane came to rest in the grass feet from the highway.

Call off the election?

That is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump jokingly said during a rally last night. He added to hand the election to him since his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is proposing such “bad policies.”

If #NeverTrump independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin takes the State of Utah could he and the other 3rd party candidates deny both Trump and Clinton an Electoral College win?

If so, would we end up with Voters Only Hope?

Turn-out is more vital than ever during this election cycle.

Will Clinton and the media suggesting she has the election sewn up play into Trump’s hands, keeping her voters home?

Republican Senator Mark Kirk did himself no favors in a debate last night with rival Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in a slurring comment about her Thailand heritage after she noted her family had a long, distinguished military service dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Duckworth’s father traces his lineage back to the founding of the nation. Her mother is of Thai heritage. Duckworth was born in Thailand.

Duckworth also lost her legs while serving in Iraq.

The Illinois Senate seat is a likely pick-up in the Democrats quest to regain control of the US Senate. After last night’s quip by Kirk, that seems even more likely.

Scuttlebutt has it that Vice President Joe Biden is under consideration to be Secretary of State if Clinton becomes President.

Have you seen Trump’s appeal to Indian-Americans where he even speaks in Hindi?

Catch it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/27/trump-speaks-hindi-with-a-new-york-accent-in-a-new-campaign-ad/

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a new investigation into the emails sent and received by Clinton while Secretary of State with her private email server. The investigation is coming after the discovery of new emails.

Could this be the October surprise the Trump campaign has been praying for?

Trump is pouncing immediately on the news of the probe into Clinton and her emails.

A man was arrested for wearing a red Trump hat and “deplorables” shirt to cast his vote in Texas. He was arrested after refusing to turn his shirt inside out. He did remove the hat. In many states it is illegal to promote a candidate within 100 feet of a polling station.

A Virginia man was arrested for voter registration fraud after filling out phony applications for an advocacy group in Alexandria, Virginia.

Two Florida women have been charged with voter fraud. One was charged with voter registration fraud filling out bogus forms. The other woman is accused of tampering with absentee ballots.

Clinton Headache – Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz tweeted this morning:

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Ouch!

FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that “in connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the end of classified briefings for Clinton in light of the new probe.

This is a breaking story.

LATE BREAKING NEWS!: The emails in question were found in the FBI investigation into sexting allegations with a 15-year-old minor girl against former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is estranged from Clinton confidante Huma Adedin.

At this time: http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-re-opening-investigation-into-hillary-private-e-mail-server-2016-10

Sunday, 10/30/2016:

The last act in the Great American Soap Opera has begun.

The fat lady is prepping to take the stage, but she has not yet begun to sing.

This is the final week of one of the most unusual Presidential Elections in history.

Was the revelation of possible new emails pertinent to the FBI investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State the surprise that will put Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the White House?

Could the surge of #NeverTrump independent Evan McMullin in Utah and the 5% in national polls of Libertarian Gary Johnson throw the Electoral College into disarray handing no one with the necessary 270 votes to become President?

If No Electoral College Majority, Then What?

Nearly 14 million people have already voted in early and absentee voting. More than half of those votes are in key battleground states.

An ABC/Washington Post daily tracking poll has the race for the Oval Office neck-and-neck today with Clinton holding a tenuous 1-point lead over Trump.

OOPs!

The Cornfield’s own Indiana Secretary of State has been on a tear to root out voter fraud and corruption. She is tasked with certifying all registered voters are eligible to vote.

Now comes the revelation that nearly 1,500 people are on the roll of voters who registered before 1910. In other words these voters are all over 120 years old and most likely dead, but still on the books as certified eligible voters.

A Trump supporter who heckled the press corps at a rally by shouting, “Jew SA” instead of “USA” like all the other supporters was condemned by Trump Campaign Manager KellyAnne Conway on CNN‘s State of the Union this morning. Conway stated that had she been there and heard the man, he would have been removed from the rally.

Uh-Oh!

A black Trump supporter was asked to leave because he was labeled a Democratic-plant paid to disrupt a Trump rally. Trump even called him a “thug” from the podium.

The man says he would still vote Trump.

American University Professor Allen J. Lichtman, who has accurately predicted the winner of every presidential election since 1984, is predicting a Trump win.

Read his rationale: https://www.yahoo.com/news/professor-whos-correctly-called-every-presidential-election-since-1984-predicts-trump-will-win-202136418.html

In Warren County, Ohio the local Democratic Party headquarters was the site of someone dumping a truckload of manure. The same thing happened at the same site back in 2012. No one was ever arrested or found to be the culprit.

Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta told CNN‘s Jake Tapper this morning that Clinton “learns from her mistakes” whereas Trump keeps repeating the same over and over.

Melania Trump, who has not campaigned, will speak at a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday. Trump is trying to turn the blue state his way.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

The weekly: Cornfield Standings

Clinton’s Email Server Problem – On Friday FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of emails on a computer in the possession of disgraced former New York Congressman and estranged husband of top Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton confidante, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, which appear to be pertinent to the investigation of the private email server used while Clinton was Secretary of State.

Here is how Comey explain it to his staff at the FBI:

This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.

Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.

At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.”

It has now been revealed that the warrant to actually read the newly discovered emails has not yet been obtained. What is exactly in the emails or whether these are duplicates of emails already investigated is not yet known.

Republicans are praising Comey. Democrats are demonizing Comey.

All camps, including third parties, are calling on Comey to release more and detailed information before the November 8 election day.

We have also learned that top officials, including US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asked Comey not to inform Congress of the new emails this close to the election.

The revelation is in direct opposition to standing policy to not make any such announcements of a political nature within 60 days of an election.

This just in: FBI agents have been aware of the emails for weeks, but just informed Comey on Thursday.

Thoughts on the new FBI revelation: Pardon Me?

Tune in next week for the final Political Circus.

Look for a new feature starting on Sunday, November 13 – Politics Roundup.

Cornfield Standings: 9 Days Out

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As of today there are 9 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Independent Evan McMullin – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November 8 my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Pardon Me?

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Last weekend America was laughing as Saturday Night Live spoofed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over her use of a private email server while Clinton was Secretary of State.

In the skit, Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin said that Hillary as being played by Kate McKinnon bumped into him on the way to the third and final debate and politely said, “Pardon me.”

Not missing a beat The Donald replied, “Maybe we should wait until I am in the Oval Office.”

No matter your political persuasion it was hard not to laugh.

This weekend the scandal has turned from joke into serious once again after FBI Director James Comey informed Congress the probe into what he said was a “closed” case was being reopened after discovering new emails.

Those emails are reported to have been found on a laptop jointly used by disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the estranged husband of Clinton confidante Huma Adedin.

The emails were discovered as the FBI investigated charges that Weiner was sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

There only 11 days until America decides whether Clinton or Trump wins the White House. May millions have already voted.

President Barack Obama is on the campaign trail actively seeking to leave his job to Clinton.

The President has also been on a campaign of commuting prison sentences with a high to-date of 872 sentences, the most since the Administration of Woodrow Wilson.

This brings up a question as I sit here in the Cornfield this October evening:

Will the President pardon Clinton to ensure a victory on November 8, rather than allow the FBI continue and his Justice Department indict his chosen successor?

From the Cornfield, something for everyone to mull as people prepare for the Halloween holiday weekend.

Will it be trick or treat for American voters?

Political Circus – October 17 – 23

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week.

Monday, 10/17/2016:

No let up in the charge that the presidential election is being rigged to keep Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from winning, according to the man himself.

But even his running mate, Mike Pence, is pushing back.

There is no proof of electoral rigging.

I do agree that some in the media – not all – are letting their bias show.

There are those reporters holding to journalistic ethics.

The national press corps is coming under fire for what Trump claims is overt bias by reporters against him.

In the latest CNN Poll of Polls, which averaged four major polls, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a an eight point lead over Trump, 47% to 39%.

In new battleground state polls from Nevada, Ohio and North Carolina – a dead heat in Nevada and North Carolina with Clinton having a one-point advantage. In Ohio, Trump is up four over Clinton.

This is all a week after the election was declared over following the release of a video and audio of lewd and lascivious talk by Trump.

In a first, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine delivered an entire campaign speech in Spanish over the weekend.

Speaking to a Spanish congregation Sunday, Kaine said, while encouraging the people in the pews to vote, “When I lived in Honduras it was during a military government — a dictatorship — and no one could vote during that time. I’m thankful that this church is working to get people registered.”

The staff of the Arizona Republic continue to receive death threats after the paper’s endorsement of Clinton over Trump.

This ought not to be.

Quid pro quo – Not so, says the State Department and FBI about a back-and-forth revealed in a Freedom of Information request.

In that exchange between then Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy and the FBI, there appears to be a request for changing the classification of emails on the Clinton email server from Top Secret and downgraded. The FBI asked for more posts for agents around the world.

You decide.

Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who oversees elections, calls Trump’s claims of the election system being rigged as “irresponsible.” Citing appointments to the Supreme Court by the next President, Husted will, however, vote for Trump on November 8.

Will there be a Trump TV after the election?

Trump son-in-law, husband of Ivanka, Jared Kushner, has reportedly approached LionTree Advisors about doing just that, according to The Financial Times.

By the way noticed this from The Washington Post:

According to the Republican nominee for president, his opponents were “on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history.” In an ad, his campaign warned of “nationwide voter fraud” that could swing the election. His running mate worried, in a fundraising letter, that “leftist groups” were trying to “steal the election.”

The candidate was not Donald Trump. It was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who in the final weeks of the 2008 presidential election embraced the theory that ACORN, a community organizing group previously embraced by Democrats and Republicans, was helping to rig the election for Barack Obama by filing fake voter registration forms.

Interesting…

Clinton is desperately courting the Millennial vote to make sure she wins the White House.

Problem is the young folk most likely will sit out the race since Uncle Bernie is not available.

That’s too bad considering that a new poll reveals Millennials prefer Clinton 3 to 1 over Trump.

The third and final Presidential Debate is Wednesday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

Tuesday 10/18/2016:

Melania, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, sat down with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper to defend her husband.

Though condemning Trump’s comments on the video, Melania brushed off the conversation as “boy talk.”

The maybe First Lady said that her husband was “egged on” to make his lewd and lascivious comments about women and sexual assault by former NBC personality Billy Bush, an Access Hollywood host at the time, in that 2005 video.

No, Melania, Bush is not to blame – the buck stops with The Donald.

Mrs. Trump was doing her Tammy Wynette or was it a Hillary Clinton version of “Stand By Your Man” in sitting down with Cooper.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to stay out-of-sight, off the campaign trail, except to do fundraisers and meet with celebrities.

Of course, this means no pesky questions being posed to Clinton about the eyebrow raising information coming out of the hacked emails of her campaign chairman John Podesta and Freedom of Information access to documents less than favorable to her.

Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is calling for a congressional investigation into the “quid pro quo” revelation from a Freedom of Information request which found the FBI and State Department apparently bargaining over reclassifying a document on Clinton’s private email server in exchange for more FBI posts around the world.

Neither request ended up being honored by State nor the FBI.

The Scholastic Children’s Book poll has correctly selected the winner of the presidential race since 1964. This time around, the students said that Clinton will be President.

Arizona Senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain is locked in a real race this time around.

Yesterday McCain said that if Clinton becomes President he will block any of her nominees to the Supreme Court.

What do Chelsea Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama along with $2 million have in common?

All are spending time in reliably red state Arizona trying to turn it to Hillary blue.

Drain the Washington swamp” is how Trump is labeling his call for term limits on members of Congress.

Trump also said he will ban Executive Branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving the White House if he is elected.

Out of one billion votes between 2000 and 2014, only 31 cases of voter fraud were uncovered.

Think about it.

Of course even one case is unacceptable.

OOPs!

USA Today is reporting that at least 12 companies used Clinton fundraisers as opportunities to lobby the State Department (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/17/hillary-clinton-foundation-donors-lobbyists-state-department/92285652/)

For what it is worth, an interesting read about journalists and campaign contributions: https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/10/17/20330/journalists-shower-hillary-clinton-campaign-cash

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence today visited the burned-out facility that was a North Carolina GOP office, but firebombed on Sunday. Pence called the incident “political terrorism.”

Stinky situation – a Democratic National Committee campaign bus was caught dumping human waste on the side of the road in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The DNC has apologized.

From the Rose Garden, standing next to the Italian Prime Minister, President Barack Obama told Trump to “stop whining.”

I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,” the Prez said.

How unhappy are voters with the choices for President?

Apparently, young Americans are beyond dispirited.

An opinion poll found nearly one in four said they would rather have a giant meteor destroy the Earth than see Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House.

University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion conducted the poll alongside Odyssey Millennials.

This is not good news for Trump and team:

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The third and final Presidential Debate is tomorrow evening at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kickoff is 9 p.m. once more.

Wednesday 10/19/2016:

Ready to rumble!

No holds barred!

No subject off limits!

The final Presidential Debate gets underway at 9 p.m. (ET) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a first, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.

Topics are supposed to include immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, “fitness” to be president, and the national debt.

Get the tarps and ponchos ready for all the blood splatter.

In the right corner is newcomer Republican Donald Trump.

In the left corner is veteran Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Where is your money placed?

Wait!

Was Trump right that Democratic activists came to his campaign events to purposely incite violence?

That seems to be the case after an edited video came out from a disgraced GOP videographer.

Clinton’s team denies the allegation.

The Democratic National Committee denies supporting the activity of the Democratic operative involved in the video, but still fired him.

The conversations in the video are being excused as “bar talk” by some.

In most polls, Clinton has a double-digit lead. A poll released today puts Clinton at nine points ahead of Trump.

Can Trump score a knockout tonight and recover?

Remember last debate when the families of the candidates shook hands even though the two on the stage did not?

Tonight that won’t happen. The Clinton campaign does not want an awkward moment.

Whether Clinton and Trump will shake hands before coming out fighting is not known.

Ecuador (the Latin American country has endorsed Clinton by the way) gave this explanation for cutting off internet access to Julian Assange, slowing down the hacked emails being poured out from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Wikileaks:

The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries.”

Will Russia get the message?

Guests at tonight’s debate:

Malik Obama for Trump (yes, half-brother of the President) as well as Pat Smith, the mother of one of those brave Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya.

Mark Cuban (again!) and Republican billionaire HP CEO Meg Whitman for Clinton.

More than 2.1 million votes have been cast in early voting. Of that number, 1.6 million are votes in battleground states.

In an interview with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer today, Podesta refused to deny the accuracy of the leaked emails from his account.

What’s the old saying?

Silence is consent.

Trump’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to limit terms for Congress would be six years for Representatives and 12 years for Senators. That is three terms for the House and two for the upper chamber.

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein tweeted, “Independents now outnumber Democrats & Republicans – yet there hasn’t been an independent in the #debates in 24 years. #OpenDebates.”

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said he was not smoking wacky tobacky at the time of his “Aleppo moment.”

Don’t expect Wallace to fact-check the debaters in real time. Wallace says that is not his job.

If people say, ‘it was a great debate and I don’t remember you being there,’ I will have done my job,” Wallace told Fox News.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio cautioned Republicans to be careful using the hacked emails because “tomorrow it could be us.”

Election stress disorder is on the rise as crisis centers field a growing number of calls.

Thursday 10/20/2016:

Last night’s big event from my perspective: Final Debate Another Draw.

Finally there was some actual discussion of the issues that matter this election cycle during last night final Presidential Debate.

There were clear differences of policy revealed in classic Republican/Democrat ideological divide.

Then personalities got in the way.

You’re a puppet.”

No, you’re the puppet.”

Am not.”

Am too.”

Give me a break!

Today instead of discussing differences on abortion, gun control, taxes, job creation, foreign entanglements, appointments to the Supreme Court, the talk is all about not pledging to accept the election results, “bad hombres” and “nasty woman.”

Those hoping for civility were disappointed when before and after the debate the wannabes did not shake hands.

By the way, big kudos to Chris Wallace, who was the moderator last night. Wallace showed what a consummate professional is like and one others should emulate.

Today, Trump opened a campaign rally in Ohio by pledging he would indeed accept the results of the election – “if I win.”

Over 70 million people tuned in to the final debate.

How different are Clinton and Trump supporters?

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Check this out from Pew Research: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/20/6-charts-that-show-where-clinton-and-trump-supporters-differ/

Both Clinton and Trump are headed to the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner tonight.

Traditionally candidates poke fun at each other, but with the rancor this season, not  so sure it will be all fun.

Oh, no he didn’t!

Yes, he did.

Donald Trump Jr. said that if his Dad wins the presidency it would be a step down from where he is in the business world.

Down ballot Republicans are seething over Trump’s refusal to stand up and promise to accept the results of the election. Incumbents and hopefuls are worried Trump may cost them votes come November 8.

Even loony Maine Governor Paul LePage thinks Trump needs to make the pledge on the election results.

LePage said in words to the effect that The Donald needs to get over himself.

Did Clinton violate national security by saying that launch officers, in charge of the US nuclear arsenal, have only four minutes to react to an order from the President to push the button?

The military is not happy. No clear answer has been provided yet.

Friday 10/21/2016:

Some chuckled.

Some groaned.

Some booed.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary got the chance to face-off against other one night after their last debate at the Alfred E. Smith dinner last night to raise money for Catholic Charities work with disadvantaged youth in New York.

Traditionally the night is filled with self-deprecating jokes and roasting each other.

There was more roast, some would say burn, than introspection last night.

The candidates did, however, shake hands.

The two were also amiable with one another in a private chat shared with the public by their host, the New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

After the little prayer, Mr. Trump turned to Secretary Clinton and said, ‘You are one tough and talented woman,'” Dolan said. “He said, ‘This has been a good experience, this whole campaign, as tough as it’s been.'”

Clinton then returned the compliment.

She said to him, ‘Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterward,'” Dolan said.

The White House released a statement yesterday on the peaceful transfer of power to the new President, whomever is elected on November 8:

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Trump’s political director is stepping back for “personal reasons” with only days left in the campaign.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is getting blow back from Republican lawmakers. A movement is generating to oust Ryan during the lame duck session.

Three states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana) turned down requests from Russia to monitor the upcoming election.

The US State Department already told the Russians, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Trump is pouring another $100 million into his flailing campaign.

An Associated Press survey of early voting found the Democrats doing well in Florida and North Carolina, but Republicans holding their own in Iowa and Ohio.

We have a surprise in store for @TimKaine and @DonnaBrazile,” Wikileaks tweeted.

What could it be????

Kaine, of course, is the Democratic vice presidential candidate while Brazile is the interim Democratic National Committee chair.

The nation’s “toughest” sheriff, Joe Arpaio, may be out of a job after 38 years. He is behind in the polls running up to the election by almost 15 points.

Looks like New Hampshire may send a Democrat to the Senate replacing the current Republican. Kelly Ayotte is in big trouble as Governor Maggie Hassan has an eight-point advantage.

Same thing here in the Cornfield with Evan Bayh besting Tea Party conservative Todd Young in the polls.

Still smarting from the 2000 election, which many Democrats think was stolen by Ralph Nader’s third party bid, there is a concern about voters going for other presidential wannabes – Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party Dr. Jill Stein.

A deep-pocketed environmental group aligned with Hillary Clinton will blanket 1.1 million households in battleground states with mailers warning millennials that a vote for a third-party candidate only helps Donald Trump, the group told NBC News.

Sunday, 10/23/2016:

Is it over?

Recent polls seem to indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is running 6.2 points ahead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

But one poll, which has the best percentage of predicting the presidency in the last few elections cycles (2004, 2008,2012) with more accurate numbers, the IBD poll (Investors Business Daily) has Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump besting Clinton by two points.

Imagine that.

Will the polls be off as much as they were with the Brexit vote earlier this year when the pollsters said Brexit would go down to defeat then defied the predictions and won?

Trump gave a solid speech outlining what he plans to accomplish within his first 100 days in office if he wins the presidency.

But all the press corps is talking about today is the first five to 10 minutes of the speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania out of 42 minutes when Trump denied allegations of unwanted sexual advances and threatening to sue his accusers.

Getting his first major newspaper endorsement, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which was bought last year by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, put its money on a Trump win.

A “Pantsuits for Hillary” flash mob broke out in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

About Wikileaks threat of a surprise for Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, Kaine said, “I would say it would not be my norm. I do have a temper so, I mean, I imagine I’ve got an email or two out there that people might find unusual.”

Thinking she was at a Trump rally, a drunk, 32-year-old woman in Amherst, Wisconsin, smeared 30 cars with peanut butter. It was a meeting of conservationists. She now faces disorderly conduct charges.

After several days absent, Clinton is back on the campaign trail. Today she was in North Carolina urging black voters to vote early.

Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway admitted today the Trump Train is behind schedule and may not arrive at the depot on time on NBC‘s Meet the Press.

Let me tell you something: You go out on the road with Donald Trump, this election doesn’t feel over,” Conway said on CNN‘s State of the Union.

What he’s saying is he wants to reserve all options and if there is grounds for a recount I will exercise my options,” Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said on CBSFace the Nation about Trump’s talk of a “rigged” election process.

…If it’s a close election — look, if you lose by 200 votes in Florida are you going to concede on election night if you’re at 260 electoral votes?” Priebus asked.

Speaking of not accepting results, here are the three times in US history a candidate did not accept the results of an election immediately:

a. George W. Bush vs. Al Gore (2000)
b. Samuel J. Tilden vs. Rutherford B. Hayes (1876)
c. John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon (R) (1960)

After the Supreme Court ruling, Gore conceded to Bush. Following a deal behind closed doors, Hayes emerged the winner. Nixon, smarting, finally gave in for “the good of the country.”

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Tune in next week for another Political Circus.

Cornfield Standings: 16 Days Out

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As of today there are 16 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Independent Evan McMullin – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Final Debate Another Draw

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As I sit here this rainy morning in the Cornfield parsing through the stalks, the shucks and husks on harvested fields, I reflect on last night’s third and final Presidential Debate.

Did either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton add to their total of votes to be cast for them to be President of the United States?

I do not believe so.

Did either solidify their base?

Yes, both did.

Were the 8-10% of undecided voters swayed one way or the other?

Not really.

To me that looks like for the third time in a row, the debate outcome was a draw.

Yes, I know the pundits and the CNN/ORC poll (which is skewed Democratic) gave the win to Clinton. Based on performance, I can see this. But I look at whether minds were changed – not how the candidate met the norms of debate.

I also realize that focus groups of undecided voters seemed to buck the pundits and favor Trump. In the CNN group, 10 undecided said they were more likely to vote for Trump versus half that number, five, who said Clinton was more to their liking.

But the proof as they say is in the pudding. That taste will not come until November 8.

The change in the polls since the last debate has not been because of how Clinton or Trump did in facing off, but rather events that have occurred in between debates – the emails being published by Wikileaks, the Access Hollywood video, the women accusers.

Then there is what is making headlines this morning.

It is not that the candidates actually were substantive for a change talking the issues. Rather the conversation is that Trump did not say he will accept the result of the election.

Social media is going off over Trump calling Clinton a “nasty woman.” Social media is also ablaze and incensed over the term, “bad hombres.”

From the Cornfield, Americans last chance to see the two major presidential wannabes go head-to-head, toe-to-toe and neither side won the voters that matter – undecideds.