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200px-Stormy_Daniels,_2007_2I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Stormy Daniels, a Lousisiana-born porn star, says she is considering a 2010 run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican David Vitter, whose family-values reputation was marred in 2007 when his name was linked to a Washington prostitution ring.

Daniels’ platform contains a few issues she probably has professional knowledge of – backing efforts to remove child pornography from the internet and keeping minors from viewing adult material – as well as the bread-and-butter issues of many other candidates:

Support for a national sales tax to replace the income tax and pushing to get troops home sooner from Iraq.

If she does decide to run, at least it would be incredibly difficult to shed a negative light on her. At least in a way that no one doesn’t already know. For example:

  1. No one could release racy pictures of her. (Because they are all over the Internet.)
  2. No one could release a sex video. (Because there are already hundreds.)
  3. No one could accuse her of  committing adultery. (Because that’s what does for a living.)

Her chances of winning are probably really slim. But her opposition is not much better.

Vitter has steadfastly refused to discuss the “serious sin” he confessed to after his phone number was linked to Deborah Palfrey, the so-called “D.C. Madam” who committed suicide as she faced prison time for running a prostitution ring that catered to the powerful. His office declined to comment Wednesday on Daniels’ possible candidacy.

If nothing else, a Daniels candidacy could bring colour to the Senate campaign the way adult film star Mary Carey did as a candidate for governor in California’s 2003 recall race, which Arnold Schwarzenegger won. And Daniels could restore the spectacle missing from Louisiana politics since the unabashed gambler, reputed womanizer and now-felon Edwin Edwards left the governor’s office in 1996.

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Photo by Ashley Helliwell

Photo by Ashley Helliwell

For the first time in ASU history, a student has been elected twice for SGA president. So congratulations to Ryan Beaird and Kimberly Winchester for defeating Lark Little and Adrian Everett by 256 votes.

According to Beaird, it was one of the largest voter turnouts in school history as well with roughly 1400 people voting in this year’s election.

“I am glad to have the opportunity again. I loved it so much this year and I couldn’t imagine my senior year without being president,” Beaird told the Herald.

Winchester said that she has never felt so excited about anything in my life. Winchester is a 19-year-old chemistry major from Jonesboro.

“Ryan is a really great guy and has been a wonderful president for SGA,” Winchester told the Herald. “I think he has done a wonderful things and he will continue to do great things for the us at Arkansas State.”

The newly elected officers will be sworn in on April 14.

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The SGA elections will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Union and I want to encourage everyone to be sure to vote.

This is the first time, in a long time, that there have been three parties running for SGA president and vice president. Usually, there are only two teams running.

This is also the first year that an incumbent is running for reelection. Current SGA president Ryan Beaird is running for a second term and has chosen sophomore senato Kimberly Winchester as his running mate.

Brandon Allen, a junior marketing and international business major from Dumas and Kiel Smith, a junior accounting major from Forrest City are also running for election.

Lark Little, a senior nursing major from Jonesboro and Adrian Everett, a sophomore chemistry major from Mcgehee represent the final team running for the election.

Representatives of the teams were on campus today, campaigning for votes. If you walked behind the Wilson building, you surely could not have missed them. I think I was stopped nearly five times.

SAB Multicultural enrichment director Sharnea Diggs was one of the people who I spoke with during one of my trips through. She was proudly supporting Little/Everett campaign and when I asked her why should I vote for them over the Beaird/Winchester group she said ‘experience.’

“I believe [Winchester] is just not qualified enough to become a vice-president,” Diggs said. “Her biggest attribute or achievement is that she has attended every SGA meeting.”

Which is apparently true.

According to the Facebook group, “Elect Beaird*Winchester as SGA President and VP: STILL Serving By Example,” it reads:

“Kimberly has shown perfect attendance to every SGA event and meeting, volunteered for extra duties and responsibilities, and has gone above and beyond every expectation laid upon her.” 

While these are great qualities to have, I don’t think it qualifies someone for a demanding job like the SGA vice presidency. Experience is a heavy factor and I believe Ryan might have a choose a poor running mate for his reelection.

I have not completely made up my mind who I will vote for in the upcoming election. I want what is best for the campus. I am graduating soon but I want to leave knowing that the ASU campus is good hands. What do you think? Who are you going to vote for and why?

Be sure to pick Thursday’s issue of the Herald and be sure to vote on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Union.

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Tuesday night, President Obama addressed Congress and the nation to rally together during these economic hardships.  Obama asked worried  Americans to pull together for recovery Tuesday night and declared reassuringly that the U.S. “will emerge stronger than before.”

According to an articleon Yahoo, Obama said, “Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

The article also said:

“The president aimed to drive home several points:

• He inherited the mess, and a quick turnaround is unlikely. Not only did the recession emerge on Bush’s watch, the Bush approach wasn’t the right one.

• He’s tackling the situation on multiple fronts. Already done: the massive stimulus plan, an overhaul of the separate $700 billion bailout for the financial sector, and a $275 billion rescue for struggling homeowners. On the way: decisions about limping U.S. automakers, a move to broadly rewrite financial industry regulations and perhaps more money aimed at propping up banks.

• Thinking short-term won’t do the trick. Focusing even amid the crisis on longer-term goals such as helping the millions without health insurance and switching the U.S. to greater dependence on alternative energy sources is crucial to the nation’s economic well-being.”

So what do you think? Will President Obama be able to pull us out of this economical ‘depression.’ What do you think of his speech if you watched it?

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