I've been thinking and I've noticed that this lack of writing just happens to coincide with my decision to stop drinking alcohol. Following that train of thought logically (It's common sense! I'm been saying it for years!), it would appear that I published most of this blog while under the influence of alcohol.
Most or all of it should probably be ignored.
You've been warned.
I think the voters of the Marianas are getting a not so gentle shafting right now. After TinFrica submitted their petition to redraw the districts on Saipan and reduce the number of Representatives in the House, the Supreme Court decided to redraw the districts and increase the number of lawmakers.
Paying for the salaries associated with those two seats alone will increase the Marianas budget by half a million dollars.
Even worse, the people of the Marianas are paying for this shafting because the Court decided to reimburse TinFrica for their expenses.
Now with less than three month until Election Day, the Election Commission has to redraw the precinct lines, educate the public about the changes, and recertify candidates who have been moved to a new precinct. They also had to reopen the candidate application process. Potential candidates now have until August
That gives the Election Commision barely two months to certify all candidates, inform voters of who is running, and so on and so on.
This half ass, last minute attempt to change the makeup of the Legislature is only going to hurt and disenfrancise voters.
...and I'm not running for office. I'm not eligible.