questionswhat are you doing to unwind from the stress of…

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It's still going on in my home state of Florida. We still don't have a complete count that we can announce but I guess we don't matter anyway since all the other states made the decision without us.

Also, this is all that is being discussed on the news so it seems the constant discussion is still not over.

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The first time that legalizing gay marriage has been put up to a voter vote and it passes. Not only in one state, but in two. Another 2 states are left, but it seems like it will go 4 for 4 this time.

It's so silly that this is what affected the Kerry/Edwards ticket in 2004.

Other than that, I am thinking about the fallout from the measures we passed in my state (CA). It's really surprising to me that we overwhelmingly elect Democratic legislators (both state and federal) but don't pass liberal ideas like repealing the death penalty. At least we had enough liberal votes to place a tax to fund education.

My life is politics. It's not stress to me, it's fun.

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@curtisuxor: Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the gay marriage issue a state one instead of federal? So the President has very little, if any, influence over the laws of each individual state.

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@cengland0: Massachusetts (Kerry's home state) passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage in mid-2004, before the general election. It was used prominently by the Bush campaign as a way to swing people to vote for him throughout the midwest. I believe some of the states in question included New Mexico, Iowa and Ohio (which would have put Kerry in the lead in electoral votes). A lot of states also had their own Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMA) to prohibit same-sex marriage on the ballot at the time. Third-rail politics was in full effect.

It didn't help that Kerry was wishy-washy on the topic and not completely saying he was for or against same-sex marriage, but said something about people being "backwards" for not being for legalizing same-sex marriage.

Regarding federal policies, yes, the DOMA passed in '96 by Clinton says that the federal government does not have to recognize same-sex marriage and cannot force states to recognize same-sex marriage.

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I DVR'ed the ads. I will watch some when I need to.

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I just remind myself that there's only 2 and 1/2 years before we get start it all over again. And in between there we have countless local elections.

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Amazon has vaporizers

Well, at least one.

@cengland0: Yes and no, so far as I know. Currently, it is decided on a state by state basis. But if an Amendment were passed legalizing it, I don't believe that would be unconstitutional.

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Unwinding by going to the gun range, seems like a skill that might be needed.

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I don't live in Ohio so I didn't feel bombarded.

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An amendment to what? The constitution?

To amend the constitution, you need to have a proposal pass congress by 2/3rds vote and then ratified by 3/4ths of all the states. This is not up to the President but up to the people of the United States of America to decide.

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Gettin' up, going to work, as you do.

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I have all my favorite political attack ads bookmarked on YouTube. I hope they don't get taken down or I'll suffer withdrawals. I really need to see the attack ads against Tammy Baldwin again, especially the one that keeps repeating her saying "You're damn right!" and concludes with the fact that she's too liberal for Wisconsin. I think this election cycle had the most ridiculous ads yet, which I found highly entertaining.

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@ganzhimself: I suspect that ad went a long way toward winning the election for Baldwin among undecideds.

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This guy who lives down the street from us plastered the neighborhood and his yard with "Fire Obama" signs. This morning my wife and I taped a huge poster board on the street light in front of his house that simply said "Re-hired". It was torn up and thrown into the street about 30 minutes after (temper, temper), LOL. He's about 60 so he probably likes the drama in his life since there's no more Matlock

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Luckily, I don't watch much t.v. so I escaped the bombardment. Nice that it is over with and we can get back to "meaningful" commercials now. ;)

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It's not really the ads that I'm looking forward to leaving behind. It's the ridiculously angry people who's candidate didn't win.

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@thumperchick: Well if they wouldn't nominate such ridiculous candidates...

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I believe I'll have another beer.

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I removed my silly Dogs-against-Romney "I ride inside" bumper magnet from the car and put it on the fridge. I hope it gave a few drivers a giggle, and now it gives me a little chuckle every time I open the fridge!

http://www.cafepress.com/cp/moredetails.aspx?showBleed=false&ProductNo=617287848&colorNo=1&pr=F