The 2016 Elections: Thoughts and Considerations

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:  April 11, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

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This Crosstalk began with news for listeners in the State of Michigan. Their state board of education is drafting statements and guidance on what they call safe and supportive learning environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.

The comment period is going on right now. The document was too lengthy for Jim to read on the air but he did mention that they are taking comments through May 11th. You can refer to the website listed below to see the policies they are seeking to enact and then let your voice be heard.

1,237 delegates are needed to be nominated to receive the Republican presidential nomination. Donald Trump has 743, Ted Cruz has 545 and Governor Kasic has 143. There are 854 more delegates available.

Cruz has been surging recently yet with 854 delegates available, the necessary number of delegates needed for nomination may not be obtained by any Republican candidate before the convention. It’s beginning to look like a brokered convention is a possibility for the Republicans. In fact, the GOP nominee could be a person who isn’t presently running.

On the Democratic side, 2,383 delegates are needed for the nomination. 1,941 delegates are still available. Hillary Clinton leads the count with 1,287 while Bernie Sanders has 1,037.

On the Democratic side there is the super-delegate variable. These are pledge candidates based on state primary results. They can support any candidate. Delegate results aren’t final until the convention occurs in July.

Add in the super-delegates and Clinton’s total swells to 1,756 while Bernie Sanders has 1,068. Sanders complains that he keeps winning so many states but somehow Clinton keeps getting more delegates. Much of this has to do with the super-delegate variable.

Along with guidance from Proverbs to help people decide who to vote for, Jim also challenged listeners with questions such as:

–Would you ever vote for a candidate that differed with you on the issues of abortion and homosexuality but agreed with you in other areas.

–What issues do Christians need to consider when voting?

From there, Jim opened the phone lines to find out what listeners were thinking about the current crop of candidates and what variables might go into their voting decision.

More Information:

Michigan Department of Education

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