An article published by CNN confirms that the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey closed its doors as of Monday, October 10. This decision is expected to cost an estimated 3,000 workers at the casino their jobs. The casino is actually owned by financier Carl Icahn, and Donald Trump only has rights to the name itself.


Over the past few years, there has been a significant infusion of financing into the casino, but efforts to save the operation fell short of its losses in revenue. The casino first opened in 1990 and has weathered the economic turmoil that has plagued Atlantic City in the decades since. Several other casinos faced a similar fate, and two of the seven remaining casinos in Atlantic City have recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


The Trump Taj Mahal had previously filed for bankruptcy on several occasions. The state even provided funding assistance back in 1990 because of fears that if the casino industry left Atlantic City, the city would be economically decimated. After years of poor performance by the casino, Trump actually sued to be able to remove his namesake from the casino because he did not want to be linked with the poor financial performance of the casino. His efforts have remained ineffective so far. Even from its very first opening, the casino suffered from serious deficits and was unable to ever fully recover from its rocky financial start. In total, five casinos in Atlantic City have closed their doors since 2014.


Virginia and its capital city, Richmond, are not usually a center stage attraction for national political news; however, the upcoming Presidential Election 2016 provides some interestingly unique observations.

A recent Washington Post article:“Kaine Watch: Obscure Virginia Law Allows A Daring Move” is well worth anyone’s reading time. This August 9th news item contributed by Norman Leahy and Paul Goldman focuses on Tim Kaine and a lesser-known portion of Virginia’s election code. One sentence cited reads that “{n}o person shall have his name printed on the ballot for more than one office at any one election.”

In light of the aforementioned Virginia statute,it should be noted that Tim Kaine’s name will appear on Virginia voting machines as both a Democratic United States Senatorial candidate as well as for Vice-President of the United States.

While Tim Kaine is appearing with Hillary Clinton in cities and towns all across the USA as her vice-presidential running mate, he is still up for reelection to the United States Senate
from Virginia.

This leaves Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe is in a rather precarious position. It appears that Kaine has never officially resigned from his US Senate seat. During a recent interview, Kaine implied that should the Democratic party lose the presidential election, returning to his senatorial duties would not be high on his bucket list. Without official sanction by Kaine, McAuliffe is not in a position to appoint someone in an interim capacity to assume Kaine’s responsibilities on Virginia’s behalf until after election day.

A second crux of this situation regards the “A Daring Move…” portion of the article’s title. In the court of public opinion, the jury is still out relative to whether or not Tim Kaine has knowingly used this obscure code to ensure that Virginia’s 13 electoral votes remain in the Democratic realm.

Already, this has been one of the craziest American election years in recent history. It’s normal to have two politicians that some people like and some people dislike but never has there been two candidates that Americans as a whole despise. With both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party nominating two candidates that are universally disliked, most Americans feel the time has come for a change in the two-party system and start thinking outside the box.

The young voters of America have begun to leave the Democratic Party in droves and migrate to the more progressive Green Party. Even though this independent party is a few years old, they are still required to deal with a lot of red tape to even get their people on ballots across the country. One of the biggest hurdles Green Party candidates face is being required to gather signatures for ballot access.

Instead of simply allowing parties to place their candidates on ballots, which would give the American people more choice in elections, most states require thousands of signatures. In an effort to help gain more ballot access, Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein was recently in New London, CT, speaking with people and showing why she deserves to be the first Madame President. During her recent appearance, Dr. Stein fielded some questions from the crowd and explained some of the major issues of her campaign, such as universal healthcare and cancelling all student loan debt.