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Notes from Central Florida and our first day in Virginia

Last Friday I drove to Central Florida with my husband to spend a few days wih my 95 year old mother. Just a few notes: Mom voted for Hillary Clinton! Her caretakers were a mix - the older lady who was rised in rural West Virginia and who has lived i Central Florida for decades also voted for Hillary. she finds Trump disgusting and doesn't understand how he got so far in this race.

The other caretaker doesn't vote - as a Jehovah Witness it is against her religion. But we talked about the election because she is concerned about how the winner could affect reiligions like hers. One of her main worries was the claim that Trump made about abortion being allowed "one day before the baby would be born." I explained the situations under which late term abortions are performed - when it endangers the life of the mother, when the fetus is not viable or when the fetus is already dead. While I know that discussion will not affect her vote, it could help her explain to others who don't understand the issues that pro-choice advocates believe in. I also made the point that how can some one be "pro-life" but push for the death penalty and for wars.

Yesterday we got on Amtrak and took 20 hours to get from Lakeland, Florida, to Alexandria, Virginia. Since our hotel did not have a shuttle bus from the Amtrak station, we took a cab. We passed a polling location and I asked the driver if he had voted. He said not yet but he was going to get it done - his wife told him he has to vote. He asked who I was voting for and I said, "NOT Trump!" He laughed and talked about how he couldn't vote for someone who so disrespeced women. He also said his wife told him he has to vote for Hillary. He also talked about how in his country people like Trump killed others who didn't believe the same. He loves the US because of the freedom of speech. My husband asked where he was from and he was from Ethiopia. He doesn't want to see this country turn into a place like that.

Not a lot of people, but to hear such strong resistence to Trump is refreshing!

Trump appearance in Tallahassee

I'm not going to go into anything he said - mostly because I simply cannot listen to the man.

But it caused major traffic problems on the east side of Tallahassee - even if Republican votes at the closest early voting site just a couple of miles away were still less than half of the Democratic votes.
Local Trump supporters hoping to flip traditionally blue Leon County
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to the stage around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and spoke for about 40 minutes.

His visit to Tallahassee concluded a trip across the state that included stops in Doral and Sandford.

Leon County, a county known to vote mostly blue, did not stop Trump supporters from coming out in droves to see Trump.

Enthusiasm for Trump was at a fever pitch as thousands watched Trump at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. A much welcomed sight for those looking to make a change in Washington.

Video and photos at link - including Trump with hay bales, something I never thought would be together: http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Local-Trump-supporters-hoping-to-flip-traditionally-blue-Leon-County-398675921.html

The delusions some Trump supporters have! Leon County has twice the number of Democratic registered voters than Republican despite - or maybe because - of all the years of a Republican governor and Republican dominated legislature.

Dirt pie garden

Not sure if I'd like this but if I had kids I would totally make one with them:

Fraud Squad - ready to stop voter fraud!

Also worth watching is:

Both videos are by SaveTheDay.vote:
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Michelle Obama is giving another historic speech

Not sure where she is - Arizona? - but she is hitting another one out of the park!

Hitting Trump on how he doesn't people as what they are. Trumps vision "grounded in hopelessness and despair" - CNN banner right now.

No link - live on CNN. MSNBC had cut away from it.

ETA - now CNN cut away also. And the speech was in Arizona.

Hugh Hewitt brought up Norm Coleman and Dino Rossi

And talked about the elections they lost as if those were not legitimate.

I wasn't familiar with those two so I looked them up:

Both elections were contested and had a lot of contentious fighting over ballots. In both cases, ballots that had been 'lost' (Washington, 2004) or rejected (Minnesota, 2008) made the difference in the results. Neither election was illegitimate - though they might have been if those ballots had not been rediscovered or not found to be acceptable.

If this is what the Republicans consider to be 'rigged' elections, then the Democratic Party needs to be on alert. Allowing ballots to be lost as in Washington state - when absentee ballots were rejected because the signatures on the applications for them had not been scanned into the system for comparison - or not included in a recount of a close election because of questionable rejections is voter suppression.

The part the Republicans don't like about those two elections is that once all legitimate ballots were counted, the Democrats won. If the suppression of hundreds of absentee ballots in each state had been allowed, the Republicans would have won.

Every eligible voter should be allowed to vote and every ballot cast should be counted. Otherwise our elections are not legitimate!

Hugh Hewitt - "Donald went 14 out of 15 rounds"

"But he hit himself in the head and knocked himself out."

Just now on MSNBC.

Donald Trump said, "I've never bee so ashamed of this country."

Why aren't conservatives dragging him over the coals the way they did Michelle Obama in 2008 when she said, "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback"?

After don't both statements equate some level of disappointment in the US? Of course, Michelle Obama's statement was in the context that she was proud that so many people were turning out to vote - but that is not the way the right wing twisted it.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has been saying for over a year now that they US is no longer great, that everything is wrong and now he's come right out and said he was ashamed of the country. Shouldn't that merit much more condemnation than Michelle Obama's pride in the voter turnout?

Why is the right wing ignoring Trump's claim - because he is THEIR candidate and nothing he has done or will do can be wrong in their deluded minds.

MSNBC just showed a new campaign ad from Clinton - The Final Meltdown!

With clips from news sources talking about the meltdown with Trump and the GOP, using music from"The Final Countdown" but with lyrics, "The Final Meltdown."

No link to a video. It's not on the Clinton YouTube channel yet. Probably not on MSNBC since it was just aired and had just been released.

Thanks to jberryhill:

Rasmussen just polled me - presidential race

Aside from who I was going to vote for in the presidential race - four way question - they wanted to know how I felt about the economy, if I owned a business, and if I had investments.

I'm in Florida, hope I help turn their next poll results BLUE!
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