Today is Electoral College Day which normally is a footnote in the news, but today is a major story.  We discuss some of the election chaos and fake news, but also question the necessity of the Electoral College in the 21st Century.  Then we shift gears and discuss local issues with Poway Unified School District’s need to borrow money.  While discussing Poway Unified, we also pay tribute to outgoing board member Kimberley Beatty and the good work she has done in our community.  Finally, we discuss the Cleveland Indians decision to drop their mascot name and the impact this will have on other sports teams to change their names as well.

We discuss so many people and places including Festivus, Pledge of Allegiance, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, George HW Bush, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff, USA Today, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Reds, Stanford Cardinal, Alcatraz, Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Blackhawks, San Diego State Aztecs, San Diego Padres, Las Vegas Raiders.

Closing Quote:
“All-or-nothing systems disenfranchise millions of voters and prompt campaigns to focus solely on closely contested states. This year, the candidates are ignoring two-thirds of the states because all of the electoral votes in each appear safely in one or the other’s camp. So certain an outcome discourages turnout in those states as well.  Though the system dates back to the 19th century under laws adopted by each state, it doesn’t have to be that way. Certainly, the U.S. Constitution doesn’t require it.”

USA Today
USA Today.  (19 Sept 2004).  Editorial/Opinion.  “States can make Electoral College more democratic.”

 

 

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Poway Unified Considers Borrowing at least $20 Million during State Funding Deferral
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/pomerado-news/news/schools/story/2020-12-11/poway-unified-to-borrow-20-million-in-loans-during-state-funding-deferral

 

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