(Closed) How Closely Do You Follow American Politics?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How Closely Do You Follow American Politics?

    Not much, it doesn't interest me

    Enough to know major events, but not specifics

    Very closely, it's a passion of mine.

    Other, please explain below

  • Post # 19
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @Mrs_Amanda:  yeah the city is really incredible. i’ve lived here for 3.5 years and STILL haven’t seen everything!! of course its different when you work double-overtime every week, but ha!

    Post # 20
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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    @Mrs_Amanda:  My words to Mr. Lk usually involve phrases such as “Deep breaths, sweetheart” and “Okay, that’s enough. Let’s move on to a happier subject.” I love him and I love his passion. But holy bejezus, he needs to learn how to let things go before it becomes a health problem.

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    @princesslettuce14:  Politics are the ONLY thing we argue about. They have been the source of most of our blowouts (blowout = raised voices and frustration). We actually had to institute an official household policy for how to end political arguments when one party senses that they are getting out of hand. It involves ringing our marriage bell to signal that the topic is closed and that the ringing party is exiting the discussion. Fortunately, since instituting this policy my husband has learned to listen to me when I say “That’s enough” rather than keep hounding on the issue. Immigration policy is our biggest point of disagreement.

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Well I studied history at A Level and one of my modules was American History. Given that, I’m ashamed to say that I tend to follow national events rather than knowing what’s going on at a more local level. But then the US is a Big Country!

    I’m a passionate follower of UK politics though at quite a micro level and it is always interesting to see the impact of, say, American foreign policy and gun law on our national government. 

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My husband and I are political polar opposites so we literally started our relationship debating politics. We’re fairly politically active and my DH is also thinking of running for the council seat in our area. I suppose I’ll have to support him if he needs me to Undecided

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Very closely, I was a Political Science major in college. I follow social issues most passionately. I adore campaign season because voting behavior was my favorite subject during my studies. I was even interviewed on Fox News when they visited my university during the 2008 election ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Mrs_Amanda:  It’s part of my job, amongst other analyses, which is why I’m constantly reading up stuff. However, it’s not a passion…so I didn’t vote ๐Ÿ™‚ 

     

    Post # 26
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

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    @Mrs_Amanda:  It was a fun experience. Shepard Smith, who by the way wears more makeup than a Gypsy bride, came to our Voting Behavior class to ask questions. I was the one liberal. I was a little worried they would make me out to sound dumb, but it came across fine on TV. My parents still have it on their DVR, lol ๐Ÿ˜›

    Post # 27
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Very, very closely. I’m passionate about abortion rights, the environment, social welfare issues, and the economy. Science and research funding is also high on my list. I am a very liberal democrat!

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee
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    @lovekiss:  Any tips for someone wanting to get into the policy arena?  I have a JD, but haven’t been able to make the jump.  Most openings I’ve seen want Hill experience, and I’m too old to be an intern.

    Post # 29
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    Busy Beekeeper
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    @EastMeetsBarn:  I work for the Department of Health and Human Services, so take this for what it’s worth. Getting an actual lawyer position is, from what I’ve heard, a real b*tch. There are just so few openings. But if you are more interested in the making of policy than in litigating on the government’s behalf, there are more options. Do you practice law in your policy area of interest? We have several attorneys in our group. Two are lawyers who are also nurses, so we refer to them as our “double threats.” lol The other was a practicing attorney for a health insurance provider before making the jump. We tend to look for subject matter expertise and skills over specific experience. For my particular agency, hill experience is really only needed if you want to work in our legislative affairs office. Otherwise it’s not really viewed as an asset or a liability. That may be different in other agencies, though.

    And, obviously, right now sequester is hurting every agency. Hiring simply isn’t happening unless there is a dire need. And even then, good luck with that. I don’t see that changing any time soon. Things on the State level for many states aren’t any better.

    The other option would be to look at options in private foundations, research contractors, and advocacy organizations. I started at a non-profit advocacy group for a specific type of health care industry provider. That really helped me understand the provider’s perspective on regulation, payment policies, and legislative actions. Then when I switched over to the government side, I was able to bring that point of view with me, and try to see both sides in a given policy decision. It’s been an asset for me in performing my job duties.

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @Mrs_Amanda:  I follow them fairly closely. Have participated in the local campaign before and will very likely do it again. I’m most passionate about conservative principles – national defense, personal responsibility and traditional values.

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