Swing vot­ers

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The elec­torate’s nor­mal vot­ing pat­terns seems to be one third Repub­li­can, one third Demo­cratic with the mid­dle third swing­ing back and forth based on is­sues and can­di­dates. Th­ese swing vot­ers need a rea­son to cast their votes, and there are sev­eral glar­ing is­sues which would res­onate well in 2020.

En­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters past and present have hurt ev­ery part of the coun­try. Au­to­ma­tion is ad­vanc­ing, so train­ing for the jobs of the fu­ture can pre­pare work­ers to com­bat over­seas com­pe­ti­tion. The coal states might be will­ing to aban­don their mines for open-air, good pay­ing jobs on so­lar and wind farms. All would ben­e­fit from in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments with high speed rail, road and elec­tri­cal grid im­prove­ments.

All cit­i­zens would ben­e­fit from the end of oneparty mo­nop­o­lies with fair vot­ing rules and rea­son­able elec­tion laws. Ei­ther party could push for the reestab­lish­ment of con­gres­sional over­sight of be­hav­ior and leg­isla­tive norms curb­ing the ex­cesses of the ex­ec­u­tive branch, over­reach­ing reg­u­la­tive agen­cies, and pri­mary fo­cused, term-limit averse, quar­rel­some, ar­ro­gant, leg­is­la­tors. Bill Krupp Raleigh

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