A blog from the New York Times last Fall showed President Obama had raised $139 Million compared to Mitt Romney's $57 Million and Ron Paul's $26 Million. It's gone up exponentially since then. When did it get so expensive to run for president? Do you have to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to be a contender? Perhaps we should ask Rick Santorum that. As of last Fall, he'd only raised $2.2 Million. That amount has increased a lot since his wins earlier this month. Now, we've got the wildcard of fundraising with the PAC's. One PAC has vowed to raise $250 Million to defeat Obama. Another claims the unions have raised $500 Million to keep Obama in Office. How high will these figures go? We're going to talk about the money along the campaign trail with our Political Expert Jim Moore Monday morning about that. Join us.
I was surprised by all the answers. It seems a lot of people like his stance on reducing the role of government in our daily lives. Some like his foreign policy which is basically stay out of the business of other countries.....don't get involved in nation building etc...
Others like Ron Paul because he is NOT like any other candidate. Still some think he's a little too quirky to be running a super power like the United States.
Either way, he's stirring up debate in the Northwest. Enjoy your visit, Ron.
Do you do anything special on this day? I must say, I didn't get any talking hearts this year like I normally do and I hope the stores are selling discounted boxes tomorrow! Not everyone likes Valentine's Day, saying it is just a made up holiday so people will buy greeting cards and candy, but why is that such a bad thing? :-)
Steve and I just want to say thank you! We raised about $800 including online and cash donations for our Polar Plunge. The money goes to Special Olympics which is such a great organization. The turnout was great despite the fact that it had to be 38 degrees when we jumped in. If you're wondering what it was like to jump in that water, I'll tell you. It was FREEZING! My legs instantly felt like they were freezing up. Steve's did too because when he was trying to run back out of the water, he face planted. It's on video somewhere.
Having said all that, I have to tell you I'd do it all over again. It was a great way to wake up and it felt good to be part of such a great event. We couldn't do it without you so, thank you once again.
Taking the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics is something I've thought about for a long time. I even took my son down to the Columbia River just to watch all the action last year. This year, when our promotions gal asked if I wanted to do it this year, I said "sure."
The next couple of weeks, Steve Leader kept asking me if I'd thought about how cold it was going to be when I hit the water. Finally, I called him out on the air. I said "You're going to do it with me." I just have to talk him into wearing a silly costume. There are often hilarious costumes at these events.
Either way, I can't think of a better (quicker?) way to wake up then by hitting that cold water on a Saturday. Come down and see all the fun! If you want to make a donation, just click the banner on the right hand side of the KXL home page.
Thanks in advance and I'll see you down there!
A West Linn High School student took her own life this week and some of the news coverage specifically named her. Throughout my career in broadcast journalism every radio station I've worked for had a standard that you never identify a suicide victim, especially if it's a minor. (As a matter of fact most news organizations won't even identify minors arrested for crimes.)
Why? Part of the reason is to spare the family additional grief, but another rationale is that by giving public recognition to someone for killing themselves you might be glorifying them. If other teenagers who are considering suicide see that victims get their names on the news and their friends are shown saying nice things about them, could that encourage other people to follow suit? How many of us know what's going on in the mind of a depressed teenager?
I just personally feel uncomfortable naming names in cases like this. What's to be gained?
From a purely competitive perspective, some of my colleagues say "well, other media have revealed the name so what's the difference if we withhold it?" Others point out how social media spreads the identity of the victim instantaneously, so the name is already out there among the close-knit group of friends and family.
Do you as a news consumer want to see the name of a teenage suicide victim? Should we even report individual cases of suicide? Please give us some guidance!
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