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November 8th, 2006 at 12:00am

Good morning John,

Well this will be a busy day for the newsroom…the interest rate announcement this morning, and then counting starts for the US Midterm election around 11am Sydney time (7pm Eastern US)…it will be interesting to see how that all turns out…I don’t quite understand their system myself, but it will be interesting to follow anyway.

At this stage it looks like I should be able to make it to your Terrigal luncheon, and if I do I’ll be staying in Sydney overnight. I’m sure you remember my trip to and from Sydney in the one day last year…it was fun but it’s not something I would like to repeat.

I suppose I should mention the Melbourne Cup…my horses didn’t do much, but I got second prize in the sweep at work, and it was a bit of fun for a Tuesday. It’s the first Tuesday in a couple years that I haven’t been at home for the cup.

Interestingly, it rained in Canberra yesterday, something which seems to becoming a Canberra tradition for the Melbourne Cup…I clearly remember the rain on Melbourne Cup day in Canberra for the last few years.

Have a great morning John,

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

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  • 1. Roger Mellie  |  November 8th, 2006 at 2:29 am

    The only thing to understand about the US system Samuel is that the voting is rigged in every state by any means possible.

    from http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/06/1450228

    ‘In Virginia, Democratic Senatorial candidate James Webb’s last name does not appear on the voting summary sheet. In Indiana, African American congresswoman Julia Carson was told her congressional ID was not sufficient to vote. In Broward County, Florida early voting, a vote for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate registered as a vote for the Republican candidate. Adam Cohen, editorial writer for The New York Times, joins us to discuss voter disenfranchisement. [includes rush transcript]

    On Tuesday, millions of voters will cast their vote in the mid- term elections. Many are calling this the most high-stakes election in recent years with the possibility of a Democratic takeover of Congress. But some are warning that voters could be subject to intimidation and a variety of suppressive tactics meant to keep them from casting a ballot. Some of these tactics have been mandated by the government like new rules requiring government-issued voter identification cards. Others have been perpetrated by unofficial sources such as the bogus letters sent to thousands of Latino voters in California telling them it was illegal to vote.’

    Check it out or research the Bush vs Gore election.


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