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  1. ^ I appreciate the update. It'd be great to get more photo updates of some of the larger projects getting built around town. If this was going up in Cleveland, we'd have a solid 3 pages devoted to just pictures of the damn crane being assembled lol.
  2. edale

    Immigration

    ^ That is about Trump's approval ratings. The damn headline would tell you that the point of the article is that Kavanaugh has given GOP congressional candidates a boost, but that Trump has not experienced a similar bump. The quote I provided shows an 8 point increase in Republican voter enthusiasm because of the Kavanaugh hearing. That is a poll showing this boost to be real. Are you being purposefully obtuse about this? If no, not sure why. It doesn't behoove Democrats to stick our heads in the sand and say things don't exist when they clearly do. Not to mention Pod Save America again, but I just was listening this morning, and they were talking about how the picture has changed for democrats in recent weeks/days. It was thought that many Republicans were going to stay home for this election, and Democrats (who are more energized than normal) would have a relatively easy path to securing the House. Now, it's clear that is not the case, because Republicans are showing similar levels of enthusiasm. We have polls saying that Kavanaugh directly led to an 8 point bump in Republican enthusiasm. Pretty clear there was an effect. Whatever, I guess if saying sh*t like 'BUT MUH KAVANAUGH BUMP' makes you feel better, go for it.
  3. edale

    Immigration

    Hmmm "According to a poll this week from NPR and Marist, Republican voter enthusiasm jumped by 8 points between July and October. Several other polls have shown a similar rise in the number of GOP voters who say the November elections are "very important." Voter enthusiasm translates almost directly into voter turnout. And It's hard to overestimate how important turnout is to Republicans this year." https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/13/kavanaugh-bump-is-boosting-gop-senate-candidates-but-trump-is-a-different-story.html
  4. edale

    Immigration

    No, I wanted to find out what is specifically causing this caravan to be so large. Has there been a flare up of gang activity and violence? Has there been a recent natural disaster? Political upheaval? Nicaragua has been a poor and violent country for many, many years. If people are in agreement that this caravan is significantly larger than previous such mass migrations from the country, the natural question is why. What different circumstance has led to this caravan being larger than similar migrations in the past?
  5. edale

    Immigration

    I don't get why you keep saying this. Isn't it true that Republicans did receive a sizable bump from the Kavanaugh hearing? It seems like Democrats had a full head of steam before that whole ordeal, and now it seems like Republicans are definitely on better footing than they were. I believe you're trying to say that things like the Kavanaugh hearing are just Washington DC insider baseball, right? I could see that for Warren's stunt, but I think the Kavanaugh hearing did wake up and stir the Republican base a bit. It also could have provoked some Deomocrats, especially women, to come out and vote, but I think most of them were pretty motivated before, anyway.
  6. edale

    Immigration

    I don't think the migrant caravan can be looked at as the 'Democrats blowing it'. It's just terrible timing for Democrats, especially in key races like Beto vs Ted Cruz. Warren is an idiot and pulled an idiotic stunt in her usual style (imo). When even Native groups are saying, "ehhh this ain't it", you know she fu**ed up. I don't think she really had an impact on the midterms, but it was unnecessary distraction, and allowed Trump and Co. to use that story to control the media narrative for a couple days. With 2 weeks until midterms, we need to be staying on message the entire time, and we can't afford to be drawn into the sideshows, let alone creating our own. As the guys from Pod Save America have been saying, Democrats need to keep reminding people that Republicans want to take healthcare away, and pillage medicare and social security, so they can give more tax cuts to the absurdly wealthy and corporations. That is the message. Not whether Elizabeth Warren actually has Native ancestry. But I suppose this isn't very relevant to a conversation about immigration...
  7. edale

    Immigration

    Where did I say I wasn't able to find information on what they're fleeing from? Edit: To add, I know that there has been violence in Nicaragua for many years and generations. It was happening in the 80s and 90s, too. LA has, I believe, the largest Nicaraguan community in the US, and I have personally met many who fled and legally took up residence here. I made reference to articles I've seen where people have admitted they are not fleeing violence and persecution. Like this: "Guillermo has no passport. Unlike many other caravan members, she is not fleeing the violence of drug cartels or the political oppression of the Honduran government so it is unlikely that she will qualify for refugee status if she ever reaches the United States." https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/22/americas/mexico-migrant-family-crosses-river-weir/index.html
  8. There was recently an article in the Enquirer that said streetcar ridership continues to fall. This time, some of the blame was placed on.....bird scooters. The streetcar feels like it's sinking fast. As more development comes online around it, ridership surely should not be decreasing. What the hell is going on here? Has the mythical traffic study been completed yet? Are supporters (hello, John Schneider, where are you?) still fighting for improvements, or have people kind of given up? It's depressing to think that something so many of us fought so hard for is proving to be quite a letdown.
  9. edale

    Immigration

    I agree. I think whatever chance we had at the 'Blue Wave' happening has been greatly diminished by this damn caravan. The timing couldn't be worse. I've read quite a few articles about this story, trying to figure out if these caravans are routine, and what these people are specifically fleeing from in Nicaragua. Many of the articles I've read have interviewed people in the caravan who say they aren't fleeing violence or persecution, but that they just want a better life for themselves and their families, and they believe the US is the best place to find that. I understand the desire to move for greater opportunity, I really do. My ancestors left Ireland and Italy and Czechoslovakia poor as dirt and looking for a better life, too. But these people are attempting to get to the border and then claim asylum. When people are openly admitting they aren't fleeing from anything that would present a valid claim for asylum, it's clear they're just trying to illegally immigrate, and circumvent our immigration laws. I 100% believe we need to welcome more immigrants through legal channels, and I sincerely hope we do reform our immigration laws to allow for more people to come here to seek a better life, like in generations past. But the current reality is that we have immigration laws in effect, and this caravan should not be able to get around those laws just because they have numbers and press. For the record, Mexico doesn't have an open immigration policy. Progressive Canada has a more restrictive system than we do. If you're poor or uneducated, forget about getting into Canada. I think countries have the right to set their own immigration policies, and the US should not be obligated to take in this caravan just because they show up at the border. And I know I risk sounding a little too Fox Newsy for my own taste with this, but I find it a bit unsettling that much of the imagery from this caravan shows people holding and waving Nicaraguan flags. If they are so intent on fleeing that country and coming to ours, why march with the Nicaraguan flag? Do they want to come to the US to become Americans and contribute to our society, or are they simply interested in being Nicaraguans in a safer, more prosperous country?
  10. I haven't seen too many photos of the building. Has steel construction started yet? I believe the garage portion was just about complete when I saw it at the beginning of September, so I would imagine they have a floor or two of steel by now. The Downtown Kroger instagram appears to have been abandoned.
  11. Has construction started on the building at Madison and Whetzel yet?
  12. So...are you asking a question? It sounds like you have your answer, no? I remember having this conversation in another thread on UO, and I too was surprised Columbus had so many more visitors (or at least hotel nights) than either Cincinnati or Cleveland. I would be very curious to see a more detailed breakdown of how these numbers are calculated, and what accounts for such drastic differences. Is Columbus in the same tier as Indy when it comes to conventions? Are most visitors from within the state or from other states? What is the average length of stay? Without knowing more information, it's hard to draw any conclusions about tourism or the impact of convention business, I think.
  13. This, combined with the 4th and Race project, could really help transform this part of 4th St. Removing old, obsolete office space from the market is a positive thing, and with a lower vacancy rate for office space, maybe we will finally see the office pad at the Banks built on spec.
  14. edale

    The Republican Party

    ^ Why would that be a good thing?
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