Suffrage - 05/05/14

    Suffrage.  We all have this right.  Tomorrow is election day and I hope you'll join me in exercising it.
    There are many people, women and men, who weren't fortunate enough to be born in a free country where voting is a right, not a privilege.  Take for example, the United Arab Emirates which still has limited voting for men and women.  Saudi Arabia doesn't let women vote at all, but is promising inclusion in 2015.  Brunei doesn't let men or women vote and Vatican City lets only some men vote, but no women.
     I checked the voting registration numbers for Tennessee.  We have a population of nearly 6.5 million people, yet only half of our citizens are registered to vote.  Granted some of those are kids and aren't eligible yet.  The point is when it comes to voting; we can, so we should.
     In November 2012, the last year for which voting stats are available, only 59% of voters showed up to have their say.
    Our state, Tennessee, actually played a pivotal role in gaining this right for women.  In 1919, Congress submitted the 19th Amendment to the states for ratification.  This would finally give women the right to vote in the U.S.  It was Tennessee that cast the final vote needed to add this amendment to our Constitution.
     Whether, man or woman, those before us fought hard so we'd be able to have our say.  If you need any further motivation to go to the polls tomorrow, read my previous blog: Silly Billy-- for a peek at how some of our legislators spend our money and their time. Here's the link. 
http://fox17.com/blogs/stacy-case-blog/silly-billy--28.shtml?wap=0 
        Surely, we can do better.

 

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POT IN DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pot becomes legal in the nation's capital tomorrow. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city will go ahead with a voter passed initiative to legalize the illegal weed. The move comes despite congressional attempts to block it. It will be legal for people 21 or older to possess up to 2 ounces of pot and grow up to three mature plants at home for personal use. But pot can't be legally sold in D-C. The city will not tax or regulate pot, steps that were explicitly banned by Congress. But the city could still face a legal challenge from Capitol Hill.

FIRE STATION WEDDING

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Captain Chuck Kramaric says his firefighters are a bunch of romantics. The crew at his suburban Washington firehouse came to the rescue -- when a couple needed to get hitched. Marc and Camille Bethea's wedding plans were snowed under over the weekend. He's a Marine Corps reservist about to be deployed. The venue where they were to be married had a roof collapse. A second venue canceled because the parking lot was snowed in and the pastor bowed out, too. A new pastor was lined up, who suggested the couple call area fire and police stations. Fire Station 105 in Arlington County agreed to host the wedding. One firefighter even hummed the wedding march. The new bride says the firefighters are her heroes.

OFFICIAL PET-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Thanks to some fourth-graders, the golden retriever is a step closer to being Utah's official state pet. The Utah Senate approved the pet bill yesterday, which now goes to the state House. Students at South Jordan Daybreak Elementary learned the golden retriever was the most popular pet in Utah during a research assignment. The kids then prepared a list of reasons why the dog should be recognized. The list as given to their state representative.

BROWNS-NEW LOGO

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Orange is the new Browns -- and the old one too. The Cleveland Browns have updated their iconic logo, their orange helmets. The Browns are sticking with tradition, another orange helmet, but a little bolder than the old one. Some fans are expressing their disappointment on social media. But the team says fans looking for change should wait for the Browns new uniforms, to be unveiled April 14.

 
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