In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2020


In-person voting starts in Wisconsin, Hawaii and Utah on October 20. Only one should have you on the edge of your seat. Wisconsin. Donald Trump won in Wisconsin by a small margin in 2016 but polls show the state is leaning towards Joe Biden. As for Hawaii, in 2016 it was one of only two … Continue reading “In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person”

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As a Florida voter, here’s my two cents on the chorus of doom for the election

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2020


As a Florida voter, I recently cast my vote, sending my overseas ballot on its way, tracked and signed for. It cost me £7.50 to ensure that my ballot gets to its intended destination well before election day, November 3. While marking my ballot, I had to choose between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. I … Continue reading “As a Florida voter, here’s my two cents on the chorus of doom for the election”

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Yes, Donald Trump is the commander-in-chief – but of ‘citizen soldiers’

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2020


President Trump’s fellow Republican, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, has been on the airwaves to champion “citizen soldiers”. Presumably the senator meant people like 17-year-old Trump-supporter Kyle Rittenhouse, who crossed state lines from Illinois into Wisconisn with an assault rifle, which he used to shoot dead two anti-racism protesters in Kenosha last week. The senator … Continue reading “Yes, Donald Trump is the commander-in-chief – but of ‘citizen soldiers’”

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Trump has said nothing about Jacob Blake & his family’s pain. That tells us all we need to know

by Rashmee

Posted on August 26, 2020


Today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) the international news media is making much of US First Lady Melania Trump’s emollient speech to the Trump convention. The BBC reported that Mrs Trump “made a plea for racial unity”. “Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” she said, “Stop the violence and … Continue reading “Trump has said nothing about Jacob Blake & his family’s pain. That tells us all we need to know”

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Wisconsin and South Korea – a tale of two elections

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2020 / The Focus


April began with a textbook example of how not to hold an election and progressed to a well-run national poll during a pandemic. There’s a big gap between Wisconsin, which voted on 7 April, and South Korea, which conducted the first big election of the coronavirus era eight days later. It’s about tech-savvy governance and … Continue reading “Wisconsin and South Korea – a tale of two elections”

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US 2020: The most battleground state of them all

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2019


America’s most battleground state in the next election has to be Wisconsin in the mid-west. Consider why. It’s less Republican than swing states such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa. It went for Donald Trump in 2016 but was leaning Democratic in the two years leading up the November 2018 mid-terms. But then in … Continue reading “US 2020: The most battleground state of them all”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK