FLOYD INGRAM: It the political season

By FLOYD INGRAM / THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

I once had a wise old sheriff in Warren County tell me he never stopped running for office.

His thinking was as soon as the most recent election was over, he needed to be working on staying in office with the next election just four years away.

He never was defeated in an election. They indicted him and he resigned.

Primary time

We hold primary elections in just two short weeks.

It will be interesting to see who votes for Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sander, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobucher.

Say you don’t know Amy Klobuchar?

She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, Minnesota's affiliate of the Democratic Party and she previously served as the Hennepin County attorney.

You need to know these things if you are going to vote effectively.

Sadly, many will head to the polls in 13 days without a clue -- or worse – vote because someone told them that is how they are supposed to vote

GOP three

There are only three candidates on the Mississippi GOP primary ballot for President.

Your choice is Roque ‘Rocky” De Le Fuente, Donald Trump and Bill Weld. Yeah, look them up . . .

Senate race

I am much more interested in the U.S. Senate race that pits longtime Democrat Mike Espy against incumbent Cindy Hyde Smith.

This is the second time around for these two and it will be interesting to watch the results.

Both will certainly win their primary as they are their party’s favorite. But as in all elections, let’s watch the numbers. Every vote for another candidate in those respective races shows the discontent within the party.

Spring bloom

The Town Wag said the first things to sprout on local lawns each spring are political signs.

Looks like we will have a poor crop around here this year.

All politics is local

A wise old politician once told me all politics is local.

After watching campaigns, elections and political shenanigans for 25 years, I’ve come to the conclusion this is true.

When you look at the national picture, you have to remember that it all filters down to a particular region or community heading to the polls and marking a ballot.

Yes, you can debate the merits of the national media, the two-party system and massive political machines, but I’m always impressed at how it is a man or woman quietly walking into a polling place that determines who is in charge of the greatest and most powerful country on earth.

And it is local people who team up with a particular candidate early on in a campaign that make things happen. They put signs in their yard, bend the ear of family and friends and then make sure their people get out and vote in the primaries and general election.

It’s not a perfect system but it’s the only one we’ve got.

Eternal optimist

The winds of change are blowing across this country -- and that is not a bad thing.

I am an eternal optimist and I couldn’t do this job if I didn’t think things would get better.

People are fed up with the buying and selling of power in Washington, Jackson and even Clarksdale. While I don’t think things will change much on the local level this summer, it will be interesting to watch the tempest whirl.

If you want change, you will have a chance to vote for it this summer.

If you feel we are headed in the right direction, please voting accordingly.

Let’s vote

There is a story elsewhere in your Clarksdale Press Register urging people to vote in the Primary March 10.

I hope you do.

I said earlier that all politics is local. I also said earlier that I am an optimist.

This is year we will see this country come together and work to elect our best and brightest.

This is the year that good people study the candidates and the issues and make the right choice.

Because if you take a hard look at Campaign 2020, it is the future of our community and our country that is at stake.

Floyd Ingram is Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register. Call him with your political views and news at 627-2201.