Posted: November 7, 2014
The final polling numbers are not in yet, but it is surprising to me that only about 60 percent of the registered voters took the time to cast a ballot. When I went to the new hall in the Village of Lake Hallie at 9:30am on Tuesday, the line was about 20 persons deep and I was the 450th individual to vote. I thought the turnout was going to be pretty decent.
But I think a lot of the disappointment with the way things are done in Washington, D.C. has a huge impact on how many voters show up at the polls. That's why it's encouraging to me to see that a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found a significant shift in voter attitudes towards candidates who are willing to compromise on issues instead of continually refusing to make deals to get legislation approved.
With the U.S .Senate now in control by Republicans, it will be interesting to see what happens with bills that were never brought to a vote because the current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made sure that the Senate was the least deliberative body. In fact, Reid blocked at least 10 measures sent to him by the House that passed with bipartisan support.
There's no guarantee that having Republicans control the Senate will make things any better since President Obama can use his veto authority. But it would be nice to at least allow the voting public to see how their Senator is voting on a particular piece of legislation. Maybe more people would vote at the polls during mid-term elections if they could at least track how their handpicked representative in Washington, D.C., voted. That's tough to do when the issue never gets to the floor for a show of hands.
RANDOM THOUGHT: As a sports radio junkie, I already miss "The Jay Mohr Show", which used to run from 11am-2pm weekdays on WBIZ AM-1400 ("Sports Radio 1400"). Earlier this week, it was replaced by "The Rich Eisen Show". Eisen, the former ESPN Sports Center anchor and current host of the NFL Network, obviously has strong ties to the sports world and is able to attract from a larger pool of guests to interview. But Jay Mohr, who is also a stand-up comedian, is a funny guy that brought a different flavor to the sports radio format.
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