The Way I See It – Bringing back school carnival would be a fun thing, I wish the student council success
By Paul Overlie
O.K. the elections are not as interesting to many of you are they are to me, so we will start with something else.
One of the things that came out of the last school board meeting was that the Student Council is planning a carnival. That is a long-lost tradition that I hope they have success reviving. The Student Council representative to the board stated they are looking at a date near the end of April to hold the event and it will be open to the Hi-Line. That is a great idea, but I also remember these things as taking a lot of work to put together and workers to work the booths.
It will be interesting to see what can be put together and I wish them a lot of luck and good fortune in this endeavor! It would be fun to see this as a regular feature for several years to come.
Also worthy of further mention is that the low-interest loan for the kitchen upgrades has been approved by the state. That means that construction on the project can be done this summer. This is a much needed re-model and should serve the school well for many years to come. The board and administration deserves congratulations for getting this project off the ground and finding a way to get it done as soon as possible.
Still on the subject of school news was the fact that the Audit Report came back with no errors and now major suggested changes. Anyone who has had to deal with these audits will tell you that this is a very good thing; and often difficult to do.
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Super Tuesday two happened Tuesday with five states up for grabs, including the key swing states of Florida and Ohio. There are four Republican candidates still in the race, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich.
Presently I don’t see a way through for Kasich and Rubio’s campaign is on life support. Short of a big sweep by one of these two candidates, they should drop out after this round.
So what do the polls say?
In Florida Trump is up by 17 points over Rubio with Cruz 10 points behind Rubio. Kasich and Trump are tied in Ohio with Cruz back 22 points. North Carolina has Trump up by 11 points over Cruz with Kasich back 22 points behind Cruz and Rubio a few behind Kasich. In Illinois Trump leads by and average of about 5 points over Cruz with Kasich third and Trump leads Cruz by about 7 points in Missouri.
However, the pollsters have been way off on several occasions this primary season, especially on the Democrat side.
Presently Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by small margins in Ohio and Illinois and by double digit margins in Florida and North Carolina in the Democrat race. Sanders has the lead by a single point in Missouri.
In the overall races, Clinton leads Sanders 1231 to 576. However, much of that lead is set in “Super Delegates” who do not base their decision on the election and are not tied to any candidate; they can change their minds.
Over on the Republican side Trump has 460 with Cruz not too far behind at 370. Rubio has 163 and Kasich has 63.
This week’s results will be very important in deciding who will stay in the race and who will drop out. I suspect if Kasich picks up no delegates and loses his home state of Ohio he will be done. I’m not sure where Rubio will stand, but he will have to consider withdrawing if he picks up few or no delegates.
But it is the Democrat race that most interests me. Bernie Sanders has won in nine states so far to Hillary Clinton’s 12 and remains right with her in elected delegates. Florida has 246 delegates up for grabs, Illinois 182, Missouri 84, North Carolina 121 and Ohio 159.
On the Republican side several of these are Winner Take All (WTA), which is why these primaries will make such a big difference. Florida (99 delegates) Missouri (52) and Ohio (66) are all WTA. Illinois and North Carolina are not. That means that, should one candidate take all three WTA states they would gain 217 delegates on the field. If that winner is Donald Trump, that could make his lead nearly insurmountable. It would put Donald trump over 700 and around 300+ about the next nearest competitor. The number needed to win the Primary outright is 1,237.
Because of the number of delegates up for grabs and the winter-take-all nature of three of the Republican Primaries, this Tuesday is a really big deal.
It will be fun to see if the pollsters got it right on both sides, or do any of the candidates defy the polls and win where they aren’t expected to.
By the time you read this, we will all know and it will be time to look forward to the next week!Posted: by OverlieP