My April Political And Other Donations

I haven’t been writing here much.  I’ve been heavily working on social media for the campaign and any writing I’m doing is on Facebook or the other site –  Still, there are some things that I will continue to write here, including this monthly post.

With everything going on with the quarantine, political fundraising is down.  And nonprofit organizations are hurting as well.  I mentioned in passing that I had given a donation to the Knoxville Zoo.  But I’m going to formalize my nonprofit/charitable giving and add that to my “budget.”  I’m also going to raise my monthly amount for a little while.  Here are my adjusted parameters.  My limit is $100 per month.  I’ll try and give $10 per politician or political cause and $50 another local organization that can use the money.

I’m starting off with $10 to Joe Biden.  I’m not yet enthusiastic about Joe like I was Elizabeth Warren.  But I am enthusiastic about defeating the incumbent.

I’m also going to give $10 each to the Knox County Dems and to Renee Hoyos.  I’ve been giving to them in the past.  Renee’s team has been very friendly and offered to help my campaign.  The KCDP are very supportive as well.

Beyond that, I’m going to send $10 each to a couple of the Democratic candidates for Senate, in the hope that they can help President Biden get his agenda enacted.  So, $10 to Amy McGrath in her quest (quixotic though it may be) to take down Mitch McConnell.  And $10 to Steve Bullock in the hope that he can turn Montana a little bit blue.

A few weeks back, Renee Hoyos suggested we give to the InterFaith Health Clinic instead of donating to her campaign.  Well, I donated to Renee’s campaign, but I’m also going to donate to the Clinic.  According to their website, the InterFaith Health Clinic “provides accessible, affordable & quality health care service to the low-income working uninsured & underserved.”  So, I’ll send them $50.

The Mad Doc and I are in the position to be a little more generous with our money right now.  She’s one of the healthcare heroes out there still seeing patients and delivering babies despite the stay at home orders that the rest of us are following (hopefully).  If you’re in the position to help, I hope you will too.  We’re all in this together after all.

Stay safe out there!

My March Political Donations

What with Covid and the online stuff I’ve been doing for my own campaign, there hasn’t been much time to write here.  College basketball went away.  The Democratic nomination is pretty much sewn up by Biden, although someone needs to tell Bernie.  Still, the down ballot races are moving, albeit more slowly.  Today’s the quarterly deadline, so there’s some urgency on the part of campaigns.  The quarterly deadline also applies to me.  I’ll be filling out my quarterly financial disclosure, tomorrow I think.  As always, these donations don’t include anything I’m giving to myself.  If you want to see that info, you can check out  I should have my post about that up in the next day or two.

I haven’t really given much thought to this month’s donations.  We’ve been making other charitable donations because of the Covid crisis.  Notably to the Knoxville Zoo.  Plus, I’m doing home school (ish) with the 5th grader of the house.  But I guess I know where I want my $20 to go this month.

Now that Warren is out of the race, it’s an easy call for me to be with Biden.  I’m a progressive, not a revolutionary.  Biden can beat Trump.  I don’t think Bernie can.  Plus, Biden will help down ballot.  $5 to Biden.

I’m with Renee Hoyos, who is running to unseat Tim Burchett, the former Knox County Mayor and current member of the House of Representatives from the 2nd District here in Tennessee.  $5 to Renee.

I’m going to give $5 to the Knox County Dems, as I’ve done the last few months.

My wild card this week is Amy McGrath.  I’m skeptical that she can beat Mitch McConnell, but my copy of Mitch, Please came today, so I’m willing to throw $5 at the candidate who is trying to send Mitch packing.

See you next month.

My College Basketball Bracket – March 8

This could change a lot with the conference tourneys coming up.  Seems like the top 5 are set at this point.  I fully expect the NCAA to create the bracket of death with Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke, unless there’s an early exit in the conference tourneys for one of those teams.

Midwest (Indianapolis)

  1. Kansas
  2. Kentucky
  3. Duke
  4. BYU
  5. Illinois
  6. West Virginia

East (New York)

  1. Dayton
  2. Florida State
  3. Villanova
  4. Virginia
  5. Auburn
  6. Ohio State

South (Houston)

  1. Baylor
  2. Creighton
  3. Seton Hall
  4. Louisville
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Penn State

West (Los Angeles)

  1. Gonzaga
  2. San Diego State
  3. Michigan State
  4. Oregon
  5. Houston
  6. Michigan

Top 5 Candidates For The Democratic Vice-Presidential Pick – Warren Drops Out Edition

It doesn’t seem like there’s any reason for me to do a Top 10 or anything like that for the Democratic nomination for President now.  There are 3 candidates left and one shouldn’t have been in in the first place.  For what it’s worth, my list would be: 1-Biden; 2-Sanders; 3-Gabbard.  But she’s only on the list because she hasn’t dropped out.

And I admit that I’m a bit bummed about the fact that Elizabeth Warren dropped out today.  She’s been top of my list since last summer.  I’m using some of her ideas in my own campaign and she’s definitely part of the inspiration for why I’m running in the first place.  Sad to see her go, but I know she will be a prominent figure in the party for a while to come.

But I’m here to give you a first shot at a list of potential names for VP to either Biden or Bernie.  A couple of old white guys need some balance, so that’s who I’m focusing on.  I heard someone say today that he thinks Biden’s pick will be Mayor Pete.  That’s just crazy talk.  Pete in the administration?  Sure.  Just not as VP.  Both of these men need to put a woman on the ticket, someone young preferably, and possibly someone to shore up their weak areas.  Do they go for a unity pick or someone who reinforces, like Gore to Bill Clinton.  Any chance Biden and Bernie share the ticket?  No to that, but everything else is on the table I think.  Except it has to be a woman.

Here you go:

  1. Michelle Obama – It’s a pipe dream I know, but a Biden/Obama ticket is a sure fire winner.  She doesn’t want to the do the politics thing and I don’t blame her.  But she wouldn’t have aspirations for the top job and could take on some important issues as VP.
  2. Kamala Harris – OTOH, maybe Biden needs a powerhouse whom he can groom to take over and who can do a little of everything.  Harris has experience at the state level and in the Senate.  I’ve heard her floated as AG, but I think they should aim higher with her.
  3. Stacey Abrams – Maybe not as much experience, but she can excite the youth vote in a way that no other of these candidates can.  Or I’m reading it wrong.  Plus, she’s great at campaigning and organizing.
  4. Amy Klobuchar – She’s a good complement to Biden, not so much for Bernie.
  5. Elizabeth Warren – She’s a little too old and I think her talents would be wasted in the 2nd banana spot.  But maybe she is a unity option with Biden.  Or does she rein in some of the more extreme parts of Bernie’s plans?  Plus, if she’s selected, a Republican governor chooses her successor.


Politics At The Dinner Table

MadZee is doing his first voting this year.  He’s attending the University here in Knoxville, but his registration is back in Virginia, where he graduated from high school.  So, he’s doing absentee voting.  Last Fall he did a vote for the local Virginia elections in November.  Now, he’s doing the Super Tuesday primary vote for Virginia.  He doesn’t keep up with politics like the rest of us around here – too busy with classes and basketball it seems.

He brought his absentee ballot with him this evening to fill out.  Pretty late in the process, as it turns out.  It needs to get back to the local election commission by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.  So I’m running out to overnight his absentee envelope tomorrow morning.

MadZee was doing some due diligence.  I wouldn’t say a lot, since he wouldn’t have waited til the last second if he was really being diligent.  But I remember being 18.  Vaguely, anyway.  He said he wasn’t sure whom to vote for.  He did one of those online quizzes and it didn’t give much differentiation between the candidates for him.

I asked him what his issues are.  He said, climate change first.  Then, maybe immigration.  And criminal justice.  He mentioned getting people who have finished their time the right to vote.

So, I told him a little about the candidates as I see them.  From the perspective of a Warren voter who does not have Bernie as his second choice.  I mentioned that the MadDoc voted for Pete.  My mom came out of her cave and we asked her who she would vote for (the grandmas still don’t have their Tennessee IDs, although they will by August – in time to vote for me).  She said Bloomberg.  Then, the MadDoc’s mom came downstairs from her room and she dropped the bomb that she had just heard that Pete was dropping out.  She said she would vote for Biden.

I’m pretty sure MadZee’s mom is leaning Bloomberg and he sounded at first like he was going that way too.  I’ll admit I put a thumb on the scale against Bloomberg and gave some of the oppo research on the Mayor.  MadZee pondered over dinner and eventually went for the former Vice President.  I half expected the youngster to go for Bernie.  Once upon a time, he was a fan of Andrew Yang.  I like Biden well enough.  I think he’s more electable than Bernie and will have longer coattails.  Biden’s no Warren, but he could have done worse for his first foray into voting for the President.

My College Basketball Bracket – March 1

I’m going to forego entirely my Top 25 format and, instead, put the teams in seeds/regions.  We’ll see how it goes.

Midwest (Indianapolis)

  1. Kansas
  2. Seton Hall
  3. Creighton
  4. Louisville
  5. Iowa
  6. Colorado

East (New York)

  1. San Diego State
  2. Dayton
  3. Florida State
  4. Arizona
  5. Penn State
  6. Michigan State

South (Houston)

  1. Baylor
  2. Kentucky
  3. Villanova
  4. West Virginia
  5. BYU
  6. Michigan

West (Los Angeles)

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Maryland
  3. Duke
  4. Oregon
  5. Ohio State
  6. Auburn

My January and February Political Donations

I was looking back and it looks like I didn’t do a post for my January donations, so I’ll combine last month and this month together.  I got February’s in just under the wire – about 90 minutes before it turned to March.  I think I also waited almost until the end with January.

The rules, as usual, are that I give a total of $20 a month, usually at $5 a candidate or cause.  Also, I don’t count the donations I’m giving to myself in my campaign for Knox County Commission, District 4.

In January, I gave $5 to Elizabeth Warren and gave $5 to the Knox County Democratic Party.  I also gave $5 each to my fellow Democrats running for the Knox County Commission (Districts 2 and 5), Courtney Durrett and Kimberly Peterson.

In February, I gave $5 to Elizabeth Warren and $5 to the Knox County Democratic Party.  I also gave $5 to Renee Hoyos’ campaign for Congress (TN2) and $5 to Stacey Abrams’ organization Fair Fight.

I think it’s possible this might be the last month I give a donation to Elizabeth Warren.  Unless something changes in March, it looks like it’ll come down to Bernie v. Biden.  At that point, I’ll probably stop donating to Presidential candidates until we have a nominee.