Friday, October 24, 2008

Grim Outlook for McCain

The outlook of the election is looking grim for John McCain. In September alone Barack Obama raised $150 million, mostly in small Internet donations. He is allowed to spend all of it because he opted out of a publicly financed campaign. McCain did not and thus is only allowed to spend a little of $80 million. Due to Obama's massive financial advantage, he is outspending John McCain as much as 4-1 in some states and has made traditional Republican states such as North Dakota, Indiana and North Carolina fair game in this election.

McCain is now being forced to play defense in all the battleground states except Pennsylvania, a Democratic trending state. Current projections of the election from Real Clear Politics show a potential blowout victory for Obama, 364-174 electoral votes. Only 270 electoral votes are necessary to win.

You have to hand it to McCain though, he is still looking on the bright side. In an interview with Brian Williams, McCain said, "Down in money, down in the polls, we got them just where we want them."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Making A Difference

Today in America, we face such issues as rising gas prices, terrorism and the wars it has caused, and a variety of things everyone can live without.

But here at Judge, there is a club that is trying to make a difference not only in our country, but around the world. The Rotary Interact club at Judge does wonderful things to make the ugly world into a better place.

The Interact club is a fundraising group that helps local and international communities. Their goals this year are to raise enough money here in Utah so that they can go on an international trip to Cambodia, where they plan to fund girl's scholarships. Said student leader Alexis Naylor, "It is important to do these kinds of things because it shows a sense of community service that you just don't normally see today."

This is Naylor's first year as the student moderator of the interact club. Before she became the leader, she was in charge of food. Now, she has many more responsibilities, such as coordinating the fundraisers. Last year, they raised $9,000 locally, more than enough to fund their international relief trip to Mexico. In Mexico, they provided relief to communities devastated by hurricanes and other coastal storms.

"The best part about the trip was seeing the looks of happiness on their faces when we delivered their supplies" said Naylor.

Joining this amazing group of people is simple. They normally meet in Dr. Qualls's room every other Thursday. To become a member, all you have to do is show up at a couple of meets and get involved with the activities. If you are looking for a club that helps people who are in need and has fun doing it, the interact club might just be the club for you.