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Questions Of Democracy From North Padre Island

I recently read an article in the North Padre Island Moon about a new political action committee called Island United. North Padre Island is part of Corpus Christi, Texas.

A purpose of this political action committee is to encourage island residents to vote as a block in order to influence the outcome of elections for the Corpus Christi City Council and Mayor of Corpus Christi.

(Above is a Padre Island sand dune though I’m not sure how you’d prove otherwise if I’m making its location up. Here is information on sand dunes).

Some North Padre Island residents feel a divided vote weakens the clout of the community at Corpus Christi City Hall.

Here is the full article.

Please click here for a political map of Corpus Christi.

The presumption of this political action committee is that highly localized issues should be the guiding factor in how residents of this area cast votes for city council and mayor.

Given  that island voters have a history of differing opinions on who should be elected to municipal posts in Corpus Christi, this seems to be a tenuous assertion.

What are factors beyond North Padre Island issues that could impact how residents vote for council and mayor?

1. How will candidates for city office administer to Corpus Christi as a whole? Just as no man is an island, we can also say that not even an island is an island.

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By |2008-03-23T11:29:44-04:00March 23rd, 2008|Other Political Thoughts|Comments Off on Questions Of Democracy From North Padre Island

Rice: rhetorical questions will work

From RS:

Early Thursday morning, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied that she gave the “brush-off” to an “impending terrorist attack” warning by former C.I.A. director George J. Tenet and his counterterrorism coordinator in July of 2001, two months before the September 11 attacks, which was first reported in Washington Post investigative reporter’s Bob Woodward’s latest book State of Denial.

The former National Security Adviser, interviewed on Detroit’s Paul Smith Show on WJRI Radio, said that the “assertion that [she] would hear about a specific attack and not do anything” is “obviously just not true.”

“On July 10, 2001, the book says, Mr. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, met with Ms. Rice at the White House to impress upon her the seriousness of the intelligence the agency was collecting about an impending attack,” David E. Sanger reported for the New York Times in September. “But both men came away from the meeting feeling that Ms. Rice had not taken the warnings seriously.”¬† more

By |2006-10-13T16:02:17-04:00October 13th, 2006|9-11, Domestic Issues, Terrorism|Comments Off on Rice: rhetorical questions will work
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