California’s Senate race is not living up to voters’ expectations. The contest is a battle for the most coveted elective office in the state. The winning candidate is set to replace retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer. In the past, the state of California has had many memorable Senate face-offs. The most notable ones include the Dianne Feinstein-Mike Huffington and Jerry Brown-Pete Watson race. This year’s race to the Senate office is poised between Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez.

 

Harris is a former San Francisco district attorney. Sanchez is a two-decade Orange County congresswoman. Harris has been leading the race with an average of 13 percent points in every poll. The interesting fact is that both candidates are Democrats. A recent survey conducted among the state’s residents concluded that 42 percent of the Republicans would not bother to vote.

 

Harris and Sanchez held their general election debate last week at Cal State, Los Angeles. The debate was too regimented. The moderators were at fault for trying to cram in many questions. Therefore, the candidates had less time to reply to the issues raised. Many of the viewers were frustrated by the fact that the channel airing the debate was more concerned with keeping on schedule instead of drawing out substance from the candidates.

 

The debate was aired the same time as the San Francisco Giants wild-card playoff game. The unfortunate timing led to few people watching the debate. The contest was funny when Sanchez exhibited a hip hop “dab” move. The contest was boring because both candidates were boring. Sanchez is a nonconformist. Her counterpart is overly cautious. Both candidates had minor differences on policies because they are both Democrats. Another reason why the Senate debate did not sparkle is that the Presidential race is consuming all the political oxygen. Moreover, there are more serious propositions on the ballot that made the contest a shadow of what it should have been. One can conclude that the race for the California Senate office is dull because the national political parties are not interested. The winner will be a Democrat in the end.

 

In New York City’s Harlem, there is an exciting new spin (pun intended) happening in the traditional exercise world. As reported by the New York Times’ Tariro Mzezewa in her article (here), Harlem Cycle is a fitness organization that recently opened in NYC’s famous Harlem district. Harlem Cycle aims to combine the area’s musical and cultural history with spinning classes, as well as other fitness exercises. They are able to combine fitness and culture by playing music that is reminiscent of Harlem’s great musical influence. They even have named certain classes after famous areas of Harlem, like its popular class “Striver’s Row”.

 

As well as providing historical perspective on the are of Harlem, Harlem Cycle endeavors to provide a community atmosphere in its gym, located on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. Another unique aspect of Harlem Cycle its actually its lack of something which most gyms have in abundance: mirrors. The founder of Harlem Cycle, Tammeca Rochester, does not want the fitness center’s members to constantly focus on how they look, but rather focus on how they are feeling. This is a bold shift away from the conventional, nation-wide gyms which are usually overflowing with mirrors.

 

Harlem Cycle is also getting involved with the community by participating in events like Harlem Week. The studio also plans on hosting theatrical performances this month, which is well in line with its Harlem roots.

 

All in all, Harlem Cycle is a unique fitness center, which focuses not only on the fitness and well-being of its members, but also the history and culture of the community which it is situated in.

October 29, 2016 · Election Campaign · (No comments)

The landscape of the U.S. Presidential election has recently undergone a major change that has not been seen since the 2004 election when iconic hedge fund manager George Soros made a great splash with his political donating. Over the course of the 2004 election George Soros donated over $20 million to Democratic campaigns in a bid to defeat Republican President George W. Bush, but the failure of the election campaign prompted Soros to reduce his political giving during the 2008 and 2012 election campaigns.

In 2016, George Soros has returned to political giving in a way few expected with over $25 million provided to the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on nytimes.com for her bid to become the first female President of the U.S. Aides close to the former First Lady have revealed Soros has privately admitted making a mistake in supporting President Barrack Obama during the 2008 Presidential nomination process; Soros was a prominent absentee from lists of donors during the 2012 reelection campaign of the President, and reportedly gave only $1 million to the campaign of President Obama.

George Soros has spent almost $25 million over the course of the 2016 Presidential election cycle with a number of donations made to Super PAC’s supporting the Democratic nominee for the Presidency. Understanding the election process is something George Soros has become an expert in through his work with the Democracy Alliance, which was established in 2005 to focus the work of left leaning political donors on specific areas of election campaigning; Soros has provided almost $5 million towards the Immigrant Voters Super PAC, which is dedicated to increasing the number of minority voters attending the polls who have traditionally supported Democratic candidates and policies.

The second coming of George Soros as a political donor comes at a time when the survivor of the Holocaust during World War II has also returned to active investing at the age of 85. A legend in the hedge fund industry, Soros made a major splash during the 2004 Presidential campaign when he provided around $27 million in funding in a bid to defeat incumbent President George W. Bush; many believe the work of Soros as a donor during the 2016 election campaign on Forbes shows the faith he has in Clinton after being provided with open door access to the Presidential candidate over future policy decisions.

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