Turned in my ballot this weekend. General themes of my voting:

1. If you were a judge and you let someone out on bail and they offended again, instant NO to retain.

2. If you have a history of dabbling in election denialism and the Big Lie, instant vote for one of your opponents.

3. Ended up voting for a number of Republican candidates at the local levels who were immigrants and did well by themselves since coming over.

4. In races that will be blow-outs, I tried to share some love with the candidates who wouldn't make it. For Governor, I cast my vote for the Libertarian, under the theory Pritzker will run away with the race, and Bailey is an instant NO for his election denialism footsie. For Senate, I cast my vote for Kathy Salvi. I'm a big Tammy Duckworth fan (and she will run away with this), but I'd like to see Salvi keep at it, as she is the kind of Republican we need running.

5. Voted NO on the union question for the Illinois Constitutional amendment, under the theory that it was too broadly drafted.

6. Skipped all the non-contested races.

Overall, I'm grateful that I live in a state that isn't whackadoo and has serious people running for elected office.

(Adapted from a Facebook post.)

Additional note: Democrats who spent $$$ on ads elevating folks like Bolduc under the theory that they'd be easier targets in the general election need their credentials torn up and told to go find work elsewhere:

"As primary season nears its Tuesday endpoint, Democrats are giving the strategy one more try in New Hampshire, in two congressional races. In the Republican Senate primary, Senate Majority PAC, a group aligned with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), is spending $3.2 million on ads that effectively enhance the candidacy in the GOP primary of retired Gen. Don Bolduc, by portraying his more moderate rival, state Senate President Chuck Morse, who has trailed in GOP primary polls to Bolduc, as beholden to the party establishment."[1]

[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/09/12/democrats-interfere-republican-primaries/

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I never liked much of anything about Bill Clinton except that he recognized reality when it hit him in the face. He might not have ever learned what "is" is but he did know enough to save his rear when his policies were not working. He was a lot like Elon Musk - a realist.

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