- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2017


Tuesday is Election Day. Not the big one, of course, and the one from which much of America remains hungover since Donald Trump won the presidential race 365 days ago.

And if Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loss didn’t wedge their bloomers, Democratic Party wizardress extraordinaire Donna Brazile did by revealing last week that the Clinton machine had hijacked democracy in the 2016 jackass vs. elephant race. And deliberately kicked to the curb Bernie Sanders, who is respected by respected Dems.

Here are five things voters should know about the elections:

1) In pro-Republican Ohio, residents and other taxpayers are struggling to pay for the state’s opioid epidemic, which is costing lives, spiking health care costs and creating a systemic foster care crisis that could come to rival the crack-induced boarder baby crisis of the 1980s and 1990s.

Voters in several Ohio counties are asking for millions to reduce deficit spending on foster care, whose case numbers have jumped from 12,300 in 2010 to 15,000.

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The crux of the problem, social services authorities say, can be attributed to the substantial increase in opioid abuse and opioid deaths, which are afflicting kids’ parents, grandparents and great-grands. Those deaths also are overwhelming funeral homes. (Two unsettling trends other states should beware.)

2) A 2015 report by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law issued a nationwide warning about election technology: Congress provided $3 billion to help states replace their punch card machines after the “hanging chad” U.S. Supreme Court fight in the 2000 presidential election. This election season, however, those funds are scarce and the then-new technology is as frayed as the Democratic Party.

In Virginia, for example, authorities scrapped touch-screens for a return to paper ballots.

3) So, punch go Virginia voters, who could flip their state’s traditional election scripts and choose a white Republican for governor (Ed Gillespie) and a black Democrat for lieutenant governor (Justin Fairfax).

Or Virginians could take its history-making ventures in another direction by electing a Democrat as governor (Ralph Northam) and a woman (Jill Vogel) as lieutenant governor. (May the best conservatives win.)

4) “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” Can you hear New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo humming the jazzy tune on his way to the White House in 2020?

Wait, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is tapping his toes to it as he heads toward a re-election victory.

It’s not worth asking whether New Yorkers want a Democrat in the Oval Office. After all, Franklin Delano Roosevelt holds the record with four presidential election wins.

It’s just that while Mr. de Blasio is a shoo-in for mayor and New Yorkers wouldn’t at all mind letting him trade Gracie Mansion for the White House, there is no clear picture of what type of Cuomo-like Democrat the national party will need to grab the golden ring on the country’s merry-go-round. (For sure, the party doesn’t even want to collectively wag its finger at the Clinton shenanigans.)

5) In Seattle, another ultraliberal city, two Democrats are duking it out for mayor. One, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, has the blessings of the business establishment and The Seattle Times. The other, activist Cary Moon, has the backing of another media powerhouse, The Stranger, an alternative weekly.

The two female candidates, who’ve been battling over such urban issues as homelessness, also are trying to do what no woman has accomplished in Seattle since 1926, when Seattleites elected Bertha Landes as mayor.

And, for the record, Landes was a Republican and the first female mayor of a major U.S. city.

Vote, please.

Deborah Simmons can be contacted at [email protected]

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