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Politically Speaking – November 14, 2023


Last week, what a week it was! University students supported Hamas, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, leaving me to question our educational system even more.

Israel began four-hour pauses in military operations in Gaza each day to allow Palestinians to flee northern Gaza and walk toward the south amid the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas in central Gaza. Remember, it was Hamas that first broke the original longstanding cease-fire. I, for one, have never heard of a cease-fire in the middle of a war. It’s allegedly being done for humanitarian reasons.

Moving on, the off-year election day on Tuesday, November 7 wasn’t a good day for the GOP. The Democrats took most. In Kentucky, incumbent Democrat Governor Andy Beshear maintained his seat. Beshear is an old Kentucky name. His record shows bringing jobs to Kentucky. He supports public education. He expanded healthcare access and more. But in my opinion, what got him the most votes was vetoing legislation banning abortion and gender affirming care for transgender youth.

Mississippi GOP Governor Tate Reeves won his bid against Democrat Brandon Presley. Reeves is very conservative, and Mississippi hasn’t had a Democratic governor in 20 years.

In Virginia, the Democratic sweep was all about abortion costing Republicans. The reason was because Governor Glenn Youngkin vowed to pass a new 15-week ban on abortion.

In Ohio, Ohioans voted to enshrine abortion rights, as well as marijuana legalization, leaving Democrats to pick up wins.

And on and on the off-year election went. It grieves me to think that abortion was even a consideration of who to vote for when this country’s very existence is at stake.

Moving on to last week’s GOP presidential debate, it looked like Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, the two candidates vying for second place in the primary, were not competing with one another but with the front-runner, Donald Trump. However, not a single candidate on stage mentioned Donald Trump by name. Otherwise, in my opinion, the entire debate was uneventful.

So who had the best night and who had the worst? In my opinion, the best was Nikki Haley, and the worst was Vivek Ramaswamy.

As for what’s coming in the near future and who might throw their hat in the ring for president, the one to watch is Democrat Senator Joe Manchin. He isn’t running for reelection in 2024. Could he be planning a third party run? His upcoming plans include traveling the country and speaking out to see if there’s an interest in creating a movement to mobilize the middle and bring America together. Sounds like a third party movement to me. Time will tell.

Until next week.

The Shoppers Weekly

Cathy Stuehmeier

Cathy Stuehmeier

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