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I'm A Christian, And I'm Voting Democrat This Election

I personally prefer candidates who actually hold town halls and rallies over incumbents who ghost us.

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Alabama is currently in the bottom 4 for overall state ranking. With the midterm elections soon upon us, we have plenty of positions to fill in Alabama. Governor, representatives for state and districts, Public Service Commision, the list goes on. I have been raised in a Baptist church my whole life, but I'm voting blue for this election and all others to come.

For Governor, we have Democrat Walt Maddox and Republican Kay Ivey Both Christians, but only one treats people the way the bible tells us to. As you can see, Walt Maddox is clearly the only candidate with an actual plan for Alabama. From Education to Public Saftey, Walt Maddox has a plan. We have not seen the same from Kay Ivey. I've also been able to recently go to a campaign rally that he held at Troy University and I and many other students were able to ask questions and he gave informed and detailed answers. Still waiting for that debate, Governor Ivey.

Moving on, we have Democrat Tabitha Isner and Republican Martha Roby for Congress; more specifically, District 2. Again, with the Republican vagueness. Tell us your actual plan. It's not that hard. Also, Tabitha Isner is an ordained minister and her husband is a pastor! I recently got to meet her in Union Springs for a high school homecoming parade. She's also visited Troy University several times. I also have volunteered on occasion and she is just a joy to be around! There's been nothing on Martha Roby's side.

For Public Service Commision (yes, that's a thing), we have three places. Place 1 and 2 are up for election. For place 1, we have Democrat Cara McClure and Republican Jeremy Oden. The Montgomery Advertiser had an interview with each candidate and Cara McClure was the only candidate that talked about the issues. Alabama is currently number 2 in electricity bills and number 4 for overall energy bills.

For Place 2, we have Democrat Kari Powell and Republican Chip Beeker. Okay, now this is just frustrating. It really bothers me that both Republican candidates for PSC don't even have their own website and are super vague about the issues. However, Cara McClure and Kari Powell have actually teamed up and are running together! Both were able to visit Walt Maddox's campaign rally here at Troy and told us about issues that I didn't even know had happened and were still happening. They both told us their plan for Alabama and how to help fix the problems.

These are just the ones that have been posted all over my college's campus. There are plenty of other seats to fill and to save everyone the time and trouble, this link will show you all the amendments to vote for and positions up for election. This has been set to Troy University's location.

If you don't get anything else out of this, it's to VOTE. Exercise your most basic right as an American and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Pete Buttigieg Is On Everybody's Radar Now, But Can Mayor Pete Really Become President Pete?

Charisma, polyglot and success in reviving a Midwestern city make him a viable candidate for president. But will this hold?

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At the time of writing this, at least 18 people are vying for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Donald Trump during the Presidential election in 2020. This includes some heavyweights, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker. There are also fringe candidates, like Andrew Yang. Then there are the formerly fringe candidates. One person fits that bill: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Pete Buttigieg has erupted as a potential candidate for the Presidency. He recently took 9% of a recent poll in Iowa, the state that begins the general election season. The question is this: why has he gained so much traction? There are several potential reasons.

First, Mayor Pete has, at least compared to Trump, significant governmental experience as the mayor of South Bend. He has been mayor since 2011. He began his time in office at the age of 29 and has since been re-elected with 80% of the vote in 2015. His success in the city has shown: the city experienced significant growth following a population decline between 2000-2010.

The Mayor has also spearheaded some rebirth projects in the city, including converting the old Studebaker plant in town into a tech hub, conversion of the city streets downtown, and millions of dollars of private investment into the city. As a result, Mayor Pete can tout his success here as examples of why he could be president.

Other supporters claim that he is immensely talented and intelligent (though I do not like this reasoning). Mayor Pete was a Rhodes Scholar after attending Harvard. He knows myriad languages, including Norwegian. He is well-acquainted with various philosophies, including that of well-known intellectual Antonio Gramsci, whom his father has written on.

Though this line of thinking is flawed (I mean, Julian Castro attended Stanford, Cory Booker was also a Rhodes Scholar and Elizabeth Warren lectured at Harvard Law School), it is easy to see WHY he resonates: when compared to the President, Pete is levels above him.

Finally, a lot of what he says resonates with people. He speaks about his faith with fervor and honesty, something I appreciate greatly. He talks about the virtues of progressive politics and supporting policies like universal healthcare, labor unionism, combating climate change among other policies. His youth ideals combined are valued by many.

However, Pete still has his critics. Concerns about the gentrification of the city, wiretapping, and targeting of vacant properties that led to accusations of targeting of minorities in the city are what concerns many people. There were also previous issues with the police chief in the town, who recorded conversations, and who he demoted, which raised concerns for racial bias.

Whether or not this affects the primary at all is anyone's guess. However, he has momentum. Maybe Mayor Pete will become President Pete someday.

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