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  • Jan 02, 2020 01:11 PM
    Last: 16d

    The 2020 Presidential election will determine who is our President for the next four years, but that isn't necessarily the most important thing to happen this year. That's because 2020 is a census year and the fallout from the results of the census will reshape American politics for the next decade, or more likely, much longer.

    For those of us who need a quick re-fresher, the census is the decennial count of all people residing in the United States regardless of age, ethnicity, or immigration status. While the Trump Administration did try to add an immigration question to the census for 2020, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in 2019 that they were not permitted to at this time. The results of the census will have a profound impact throughout the country - determining everything from the number of Representatives each state will have in the U.S. Congress to the amount of Federal dollars doled out to each state.

    The census should be looked at as a marathon and not a sprint. The first part of the "race" (to keep up with the running analogy) is to actually fill out the census. According to the US Census Bureau, "Households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire." That is your only Constitutional duty, but you should certainly not take it as the only thing you need to do.

    In order to truly make your voice be heard, you will then need to take the next step in the process and vote in the 2020 election (if you are legally able to do so) because that is when the vast majority of states will be selecting their state representatives and senators who will be redrawing congressional districts in each state. While a handful of states have redistricting commissions that redraw the districts, the majority of them have their districts redrawn by the very politicians they just voted in to office. That means that you vote may mean the difference between having a politician you like (or don't like) determining what your next decade might be like.

    As if all that weren't enough, add in the fact that modern day computer algorithms can design congressional districts with pinpoint accuracy and 2020 may very well be the year that determines the trajectory not just for your state, but the entire country, for the next decade or more.

    So no matter what your political beliefs, no matter if you are a citizen, child, teenager, legal permanent resident, DREAMER, or an undocumented immigrant, be sure to fill out the Census in 2020.

  • Dec 04, 2019 03:08 PM
    Last: 21d

    The all but inevitable impeachment of President Trump (which is very different than his conviction in the Senate) has gotten me thinking about how it will affect his chances in 2020. Let's just say, for the sake of argument, Donald Trump is impeached by the House and not convicted in the Senate. What happens next is what I'm starting to think about. So, if possible, I hope we can focus on that and not whether or not President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

    My personal opinion is impeachment will be a small, but not insignificant, net loss for the President. His base of supporters aren't going anywhere, but in order to win in 2020 he must keep the same coalition he built in 2016 and find ways to build on it. His popular vote margin was the third smallest in our nations history and his Electoral College margin ranked at 46th out of the 58th Presidential elections we've had. Since then, the three states that helped elect him - Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin - have all turned blue. That should keep Trump up more at night than any impeachment hearing.

    On the other hand, I can also see Trump's acquittal in the Senate (if that is what indeed happens) galvanizing his base and dejecting the left to the point of despair. Add in the very real possibility of a contentious Democratic Primary splitting the party in the same way it did in 2016 and all of a sudden Trump being impeached *could be* the best thing that happened to him.

    So, I can honestly see it both ways. I can see impeachment galvanizing the left *and* the right. And that means that, no matter what happens in the impeachment of Donald Trump, the voters will be the final arbiters of his fate.

    What do you think? Will impeachment help or hurt Trump moving forward?

  • Dec 02, 2019 07:16 PM
    Last: 2mo
    I would like to say that I'd be shocked if Texas turned blue in 2020, but crazier things have happened before. Texas used to be blue for a long time (although the Democratic Party was far more conservative back then) and even went for Jimmy Carter in 1976. They haven't gone blue since then, but if our short history shows us anything, it's that voting habits ebb and flow.
  • Nov 06, 2019 11:57 AM
    Last: 2mo
    I personally think it's the best way to allocate delegates because it gives smaller states at least somewhat of a say in the whole process. If they had winner take all then the candidates with the most money and name recognition would just set up shop in California, New York, and Texas and write off the rest of the country. This way it forces candidates to take every state seriously.
  • Jul 03, 2019 11:22 AM
    Last: 5mo

    If you are at least 62 years old and your spouse is receiving Social Security benefits then you may be eligible to receive spouse’s retirement benefits even if you've never worked for a job that collects Social Security taxes. How much you receive will be dependent on a variety of factors, but the first thing to do would be to check if you are eligible to receive spousal benefits.

    In order to do that, you'll need to fill out the Social Security Retirement/Medicare Benefit Application online. There is a section in the application for spouses and if you (or your spouse) qualifies then your application will automatically serve as a request for spousal benefits. If you would rather apply for spousal benefits over the phone then you can call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 or at TTY 1-800-325-0778 if you are deaf or hard of hearing. If neither of those options suit you then you can schedule an appointment at your local Social Security office.

    If you qualify, the amount you receive each month will depend on a variety of factors. For starters, your benefits as a spouse will not include any delayed retirement benefits your spouse receives if they put off drawing from their benefits until they were older.

    Another factor that will determine how much you receive each month is whether you begin drawing your benefits between age 62 and your full retirement age or if you wait until your spouse reaches their full retirement age to begin collecting. Note that your benefit will also be reduced or eliminated in its entirety if you as a spouse are receiving a pension for work not covered by Social Security.

    The first step is to begin the application process. Then consider sharing with us how the application process went for you or your spouse.

  • Feb 05, 2019 04:51 PM
    Last: 1yr
    It was certainly the least bombastic speech I've seen by the President that I can recall, but one speech isn't going to turn things around for him. There were actually many things he said last night that all sides could agree on, but the real challenge is turning that bipartisan rhetoric into bipartisan legislation. That, I fear, is going to be far more difficult.
  • Apr 24, 2017 07:01 PM
    Last: 2yr
    This seems to be a great program, but I agree that it shouldn't be advertised on H.U.D.'s website.
  • May 09, 2017 04:48 PM
    Last: 3yr
    These are some good suggestions. It's amazing how expensive college tuition is now and it's likely only going to go up.
  • Mar 07, 2017 01:57 PM
    Last: 3yr

    It appears that there is a group of twelve Senators working on writing their own version of a healthcare bill that will likely look a lot different than the House version. The Senates rules are a lot different and whatever bill they come up with must be able to be passed using a budget tool called reconciliation that would enable the bill to pass with 51 instead of 60 votes.

    Anything can happen, but I have a feeling that this is going to be a lot more complicated than the Republican Party led many Americans to believe.

  • May 02, 2017 04:20 PM
    Last: 3yr
    bryce28 Wrote: Sounds like roughly 3-5% cut to funding overall. I wonder where this money is being reallocated? Any ideas?
    My guess is the defense budget.