With no municipal races to contest, there will be no general election in Carmel on Nov. 3, we have learned. As was the case in 2011, there will be savings of anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000, we were told, by not deploying poll workers and technology. The stranglehold those voted into office in the May primary have is incredible. And good for them. Third-party candidates had to file by July 6 (none did), and they don’t simply emerge here to challenge incumbent or recently voted-in Republicans. Apparently, they know better.
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Maybe the Trump Show is wearing thin? It could be too early to tell, but we’re watching New Hampshire, which since forever has been some kind of barometer (along with Iowa and South Carolina) as to the true political climate for Republican candidates. According to Fox News, this month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal Marist poll shows Carly Fiorina making a 10-point leap: from 6 percent last month to 16 percent this month. “She still trails frontrunner Donald Trump, but her Granite State surge shows a potential path for Fiorina who has been mostly surfing the national zeitgeist,” Fox reported. We like what she has shown thus far, but we consider it just an appetizer for what we expect to be a battle royale between Trump and Fiorina as the months pass. If the Republican Party pushes any of the “insiders” over these two, it might as well fold the tent and call it a day.
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We can’t make this up: It is permissible to have a brown bear in your car in Russia – as long as it’s wearing a seatbelt. (Of course it is.)