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Election 2016 Wrap-Up

By: Chris McManigal
Well, one things for sure, it’s over. The debates, the town hall meetings, the Facebook posts, the yard signs, done. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is now behind us.

Donald J. Trump, billionaire real estate mogul, author and TV personality is the new President Elect of the United States. Come January 20th he will be sworn in and start his term like so many before him and thus the peaceful transition of power we enjoy in this country will continue its tradition.

Many polls had favored Hillary Clinton to win, so Trump’s victory came as quite a surprise. In fact, CNN’s own pollsters predicted that Clinton led Trump 268 to 204 in what they considered to be all but locked-in electoral votes even in the days leading up to election day. 270 electoral votes are the number needed to win.donald-j-trump-1271634_960_720

The reality, of course, turned out to be much different. CNN has reported that the final electoral vote tally is 292 for Trump and 232 for Clinton. Clinton did however win the popular vote 60,213, 641 to Trump’s 59,883,416, but popular votes are not what determines a win in our election system.

One of the most surprising events in the election was the fact that Trump prevailed in states where Clinton was seen to have an edge, particularly in the rust belt of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump won all 3, even toppling Clinton’s early election night lead there. Trump also significantly won Florida and its 29 electoral votes and Virginia, which had been regarded as a firewall for Clinton’s campaign.

Commentators made many remarks throughout the news coverage that night that the entire polling industry was up-ended because all of them predicted almost every aspect of the election wrong.

Despite Hillary Clinton’s loss, women did makes gains during this election, particularly women of color. Kamala Harris of California became only the second black woman elected to the US Senate. She already had the distinction of being the first female Attorney General in that state. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is now the first Latina Senator in the US. Kate Brown became the Governor of Oregon, the first openly LGBT governor in our country. Tammy Duckworth defeated the incumbent Senator from Illinois and will now head to Washington. Ilhan Omar became a Representative of Minnesota, the first Somali-American Muslim elected to office.

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Candidate Close-Up: Hillary Clinton

By Chris McManigal

First of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party.

Hillary Clinton is sometimes referred to as the most famous woman in the world. With good reason. She has been in the public eye since 1979 when she first became First Lady of Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected Governor.

When Bill Clinton was elected President in 1993 she became known to country and world over for her outspoken efforts to promote and pass healthcare reform and promote women’s rights.hillary_clinton_official_secretary_of_state_portrait_crop

In 2001 she was elected to office in her own right as a Senator from New York and served until 2009, becoming the only former First Lady to win an elected office. During her time in office she led an investigation into the health issues suffered by 9/11 first responders. She also voted for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but later openly regretted her support for the latter.

After an unsuccessful bid for the Presidency in 2008, Barack Obama appointed her to be the 67th Secretary of State, a capacity she served in until 2013. During her term she negotiated a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. She also supported military action against Libya, but has been subsequently dogged by the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi. She has also had to contend with an ongoing issue regarding classified emails during her time as Secretary.

As the Democrat party candidate for President, she has made women’s rights a cornerstone of her campaign, particularly as it relates to pay parity. She also supports LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, tax reform, universal health care, reducing the burden of student debt for college students and paid family leave for employees.

Hillary Clinton married Bill Clinton in 1975. They have one daughter, Chelsea, and 2 grandchildren.

Age: 68

Education: Juris Doctor, Yale Law School 1973

Net Worth: 31 million

Famous Quote: “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”