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October 21, 2010

House Rules

According to the latest polls, it looks like we have some really tight races shaping up for governor and for the U.S. House of Representatives position currently held by special election winner, Charles Djou. If you wonder why some things never change in politics, look no further than the U.S. House. In 2008, 94% of incumbents got re-elected to the House. In 2006, 94% got re-elected, and in 2004, 98% of incumbents were returned to D.C. by their friendly neighborhood voters. The average in the U.S. House going back at least 50 years is for about 95% of those in the House chambers to be re-elected every two years.

The last 30-years have seen about 87% of U.S. Senators get re-elected. Not since the Ronald Reagan election year of 1980 was there a huge shift and backlash in senatorial voting in this country. So while many may clamor for change, it is very rare that the people as a whole really go for that change. Call it name recognition, oodles of campaign cash, favors being called in, and perhaps some weak opposition, but it sure pays to get in, literally.

You now have less than two weeks to sort out the issues, get beyond the usual accusations, insincere promises, rhetoric, and truth-stretching, and go to the polling place mentally-armed to make the best choices in all of the races as we decide who should lead us as in our state and in Washington, D.C. Are you willing to prepare, to learn the facts so that you can do your part? Take the time, and don't just think about it…

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