FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS Doug Deal, Feb 6, 49 yrs. Byron Rocher, Feb 8, 41 yrs. Andy Lalino, Feb 17, 41 yrs. William Moriaty, Feb 24, 53 yrs.
By now you've all heard the news: Hillary Clinton (D) and John McCain (R) were the winners of the Presidential Primary for Florida by pretty wide margins.
While it was forecast just before Tuesday that Hillary was the odds-on favorite for Democrats, it was Mitt Romney who was originally seen as Republican favorite. Instead, John McCain, "the comeback kid" took it easily. Shows what polls know.
Because Florida is being "punished" for changing polling days, Democrats are not being awarded any delegates to the National Convention (the candidates spent very little to no time campaigning here as a result). I'm still not sure what impact that has on the final outcome as Florida is generally regarded as a pivotal state in the main election.
Speaking of polls, Amendment 1, the property tax relief bill, was coming in so close to 50/50 up to voting day, that it was finally predicted to lose. Instead, it passed comfortably, garnering 64% of the vote (it only needed 60% to win).
While Amendment 1 cuts taxes by doubling homestead exemption, most of its critics say it doesn't go far enough (I'm in that camp), and others say that it will be responsible for losing valuable services. The "no" votes were gaining momentum until the end. What changed the voters' minds, I'll never really know -- that any tax break is better than none? I've long been of the mind that there's plenty of money in the gov't coffers even if they cut our taxes in half, to pay for valuable services, but it's being currently spent inappropriately on vanity projects and the like.
As of this writing, Rudy Giuliani and John Edwards are expected to officially announce they're dropping out of the race. 4 states and 4 losses. My boy Ron Paul, on the other hand, though still in single-digit polling numbers, likely can and will go the distance (there's enough money raised to make that realistic). Of course, his odds of actually becoming President are still slim, but I appreciate all the education on liberty his campaign has brought to the American public's attention.
Barack Obama's numbers are still good, but slightly less encouraging than expected by this point. The Clinton steamroller is a powerful thing. Still, the race is young.