2016 Election Observer: Lloyd Mayer

first_imgLM: Students should be paying careful attention to the actual policy positions of the candidates, including whether their current positions appear to be sincere ones based on their ideological commitments and past positions or instead positions adopted simply to win the next election. Student should also educate themselves about the issues, so they can form independent opinions about important areas over which elected officials have significant influence, taking into account not only what policies will best help them economically but the moral dimensions of policy choices. Finally, students, like all citizens, need to take what they learn, and apply it not only in the ballot box, but in between elections through involvement with politically active organizations and government bodies. The media may turn most of its attention elsewhere after Nov. 8, but citizens should not.Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Republican convention LM: At the moment the biggest issue ​for many voters is the economy, including the apparent fragility of the economic recovery, the rapid pace of change in the workplace, and the resulting uncertainty for many workers and their families. Related concerns include immigration, education, and healthcare costs, but events could easily shift this picture. The most obvious example would be a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, which could elevate national security and related issues such as immigration to the forefront.ROG: Taking it back to college campuses, particularly here at Notre Dame, primaries in many of our home states are coming up. What is something we, as college students, should be paying particular attention to? LM: If Trump does not have a majority of pledged delegates​, then the likely result of the first delegate vote at the Republican Convention will be no majority winner. ​I say ‘likely’ because some delegates, primarily Republican National Committee members from certain states, are not formally pledged and so are free to vote for the candidate of their choice, even in the first round. If there is no majority winner on the first vote, at that point delegates are technically released from their commitments based on the primary or caucus results of their state. Even so, many delegates may feel bound by those results for subsequent votes, while others will have been chosen in a manner that ensures their loyalty to the candidate for whom they voted in the first round. At this point it is therefore very difficult to predict the likely results. The key issue will be ​how far the leadership of the Republican party ​is willing to go to block a Trump nomination, which could include trying to change the rules I just described, so as to disadvantage Trump.ROG: In your research and opinion, what do you think will be the most important issue in the general election? Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this eighth installment, Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady asked Notre Dame Law School professor of election law Lloyd Mayer about the possibility of a brokered GOP convention.Rachel O’Grady: Trump just pretty handily won a number of states [last night]. What does this mean for the Republican party down the road? What are the implications of a Trump nomination?Lloyd Mayer: Short-term, it makes it likely that Trump will have the most delegates going into the Republican Convention, but it is less clear whether he will have a majority of delegates. If Trump is nominated, it does not mean that the Democratic Party nominee will definitely win — no one is willing to make such predictions anymore, given how wrong just about everyone was about where the race would be at this point. But his presence at the top of the ticket will alienate some voters who otherwise would vote Republican, likely hurting turnout for Republicans and negatively impacting Republican candidates across the board. If he loses, the Republican Party will have a lot of ground to make up with voters before the next presidential election.ROG: Hillary is gaining serious momentum, but Sanders could win the nomination yet. What are your predictions?LM: Much smarter people than me have been dead wrong when making predictions for this election year, so I am hesitant to claim any ability to foresee the future here. Clinton will have to keep pushing hard to cross the finish line, and it is still possible that some unexpected development or disclosure could derail her campaign. The odds are in her favor, but it will not be over until it’s over. ROG: The potential for a brokered convention is becoming increasingly more likely. Could it happen? What’s the result if it does?last_img read more

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Fatigue strikes Syracuse in 2-2 draw with New Hampshire

first_img Published on October 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Watching his players skate up and down the ice during the third period and overtime, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan could tell they were tired.A team that had put 30 shots on net through the first two periods failed to get to pucks and spent most of its time during the final two frames in the defensive zone.“It’s a wake-up call for some of them that really struggled to perform later in the game today,” Flanagan said. “They were out of energy, so that’s something we’ll have to take care of.”Almost halfway through the third period, New Hampshire (1-3-1) tied Saturday’s game at the Tennity Ice Pavillion, 2-2. That score would hold until the end and for the second night in a row, Syracuse (1-1-2) finished with a tie.Again, the Orange failed to ever take more than a one-goal lead, despite having the chances. Much like Friday’s game against Northeastern, SU couldn’t close it out and let its opponent tie the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was really disappointed with our squad,” Flanagan said after Saturday’s draw. “You got to learn how to put a team away … I think we were lucky to get out of there with a tie.”Just a minute and a half in, freshman Stephanie Grossi played a puck near the corner with two defenders on her and passed it to junior Nicole Renault, who was crashing the net. The pass hit Renault on the tape of her stick and she sent the first shot of the game into the back of the net.But at the halfway point of the first, New Hampshire scored on a scrum in front of the net. SU goalie Jenn Gilligan couldn’t see the puck because of the players in front of her, but heard the shot as it was taken. She thought it went by her and as she got up, the puck slid in.Off the opening faceoff of the second period, junior Melissa Piacentini muscled past two defenders and made a move on UNH goalie Vilma Vaattovaara. But the forward couldn’t lift the puck over the goalie’s leg.“A few times I shot right in the goalie’s pads and it could’ve been a game-winner,” Piacentini said. “It could’ve been another goal.”After many chances, Grossi finally put Syracuse on the board again in the second, this time with a goal. She stepped off the bench, picked up a lose puck and quickly fired a wrist shot for the score.But despite doubling New Hampshire’s shots through the first two periods and maintaining possession in the offensive zone, Syracuse only had a one-goal lead to show for it.“It was just frustrating that we didn’t put the puck in in the second and first periods when we were dominating,” Renault said. “Those are the chances and the times we really just got to bear down and put the puck in the net.”New Hampshire took over in the third. It created more rushes and got shots off from the point.After a Syracuse turnover in the offensive zone, UNH forward Jonna Curtis took a shot from beyond the left circle. The puck hit off Gilligan’s glove and went into the net.As some of her former teammates celebrated, Gilligan — a junior who played two years at UNH — skated out of the crease, shaking her head.“Got to love those ones,” Gilligan said sarcastically. “You think you have it and it’s just by you and in the net.”The team stayed out on shifts too long in the second period, Flanagan said, and that’s why they let up at the end of the game. He said the players were selfish and need to be smarter about coming off the ice.Said Grossi: “We just got to play a full 60-minute game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Helping Patriots fans deal with Tom Brady’s departure, in seven steps

first_imgTom Brady announced on Tuesday he’s leaving the New England Patriots after a 20-season run that included six Super Bowl championships.The other 31 teams might be singing a different tune, but New England fans will be experiencing the emotions that only come along when a Hall of Fame quarterback puts on a different jersey. I’m here to help — I’ve been there with Brett Favre. I detailed all the abnormal things I did because of Favre during his playing career, and I have experience in dealing with the seven stages of grief that come when your hero leaves for another team.MORE: Why did Tom Brady leave the Patriots?Let’s walk through these together.DenialPatriots fans will experience that today. You will try to figure out if it’s a burner account. Maybe Gisele tweeted It? Maybe it’s all part of Bill Belichick’s master plan. There’s no way Tom Terrific would want to play for Tampa Bay or Los Angeles.Hey, at least you didn’t have to go through Favre waffling about retirement every year. When the retirement rumors sparked after the Packers went 4-12 in 2005, I remember yelling at a news editor that, “Brett wouldn’t do that to me.”Of course, Favre played for the Packers for two more seasons before bolting for New York, and then Minnesota (we’ll get to that in a bit).My advice? Start picturing Brady in another jersey now. It will lessen the pain, which is the second stage.PainOh, that news conference — whether it’s in Tampa or Los Angeles or Las Vegas — is going to hurt. You’ll feel pain when he holds up another jersey. You’re going to blame yourself for that 20-13 loss to Tennessee in the AFC Wild card game. Be prepared for all of that once he leaves.You’ll be trolled, and it will be worse now because of social media. When Favre left for the Jets, most of my coworkers left me alone out of respect. Let’s call it fear. My best friends? Not so much. I chose not to watch Jets games and was lucky that Green Bay didn’t play them that season.AngerFor Brady fans, it’s going to depend on which team he plays for. Look at next year’s schedule. The Buccaneers aren’t on the schedule. The Chargers and Raiders are. Maybe Brady goes to Vegas, and gets the return to Foxborough over with. If he goes to the Chargers, then that becomes a serious contender.My advice? Be prepared to get angry. You’re going to lash out at Bob Kraft. Maybe even Bill Belichick, too.At least it’s not the freaking Vikings. At least you won’t have to watch him light your ass up in the Metrodome on Monday Night Football then come into Lambeau Field and do it again. Favre passed for 515 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in those two 2009 games against the Packers. Nobody remembers Aaron Rodgers getting even the next season.Favre fractured the fan base for those two seasons, and that took a long time to get over. Brady won’t do that to the Pats. Will he?Sorry, had to.MORE: The hit that started Tom Brady eraReflectionListen, there are far more important things to worry about in our country with the spread of coronavirus, and that can have devastating effects on those who deal with depression. That is where our focus is right now. It’s OK to take your mind off that with sports whenever you can. For Patriots fans, it’s better to simply reflect on what Brady did for your franchise. The records. The AFC dominance. The Super Bowl wins. It will never be the same. It hasn’t been the same for 49ers fans since Joe Montana left.Favre fans got lucky. Aaron Rodgers picked up where he left off, and it’s my rooted-in-faith personal belief that Trevor Lawrence will pick up where Rodgers leaves off. That’s the easiest coping mechanism of all.Upward turnFor Patriots fans, it’s putting your trust in Belichick. Hey, Matt Cassel went 10-5 in 2008 when Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Former New England quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo just played in a Super Bowl. Belichick has a plan. He always has a plan. Those are the thoughts that should get Patriots fans through.Rodgers was that for the Packers. I remember people doubting him that first season when Rodgers went 6-10 as a starter. I kept a spreadsheet with names of people who said the Packers made the wrong move. I knew Rodgers would be fine when Green Bay beat Chicago in his first start.Make no mistake: That first start for whoever is next is a huge tone-setter.ReconstructionIt starts with Brady playing a game in a different uniform. OK, that happened. What do we do now? Keep in mind Brady turns 43 in August. This is only going to last for one or two more years. The bigger question now is how much longer Belichick will coach and whether the Pats have what it takes to compete long term with Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes II in the AFC.That is where your focus needs to be. Rodgers made it easy for Favre fans — at least for the first three years. He led a Super Bowl run in 2010 and has matched Favre with four NFC championship appearances. Favre played in two Super Bowls. Trying to get back to the Super Bowl has been the painful part for Rodgers.New England fans might feel some of that, depending on how long it takes to get back.MORE: Remembering Brady’s last play for the PatriotsAcceptanceIn the end, Patriots fans can only control so much. Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time, is gone. He’s moving on.Sporting News ranked the 26 modern-era Hall of Fame quarterbacks when Kurt Warner was inducted. Of the top five, Montana, Favre and Johnny Unitas finished their career in different places. John Elway and Dan Marino did not. That’s OK. Brady has more Super Bowl championships than Elway and Marino combined. It was a great run, and it had to come to an end.There’s no way Brady’s exit produces as much animosity and friction within the fan base as Favre leaving did with former general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy. It took me a long time to get over the Vikings thing with Favre. It wasn’t until Favre was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 that I got completely over it, mainly because I was there. I shook Favre’s hand after his news conference, then immediately called my wife Kimberly to tell her that happened. I could barely talk. All of the good memories flooded back, and it was overwhelming. Hey, reporters are human, too.Yeah, there were Falcons, Jets and Vikings jerseys. The Packers jersey, however, dominated Canton that day. Brady fans will get that moment, too. When he’s inducted in Canton, there are sure to be more Patriots jerseys than whatever one he puts on next.Trust me, I’ve been there. And don’t worry — I’ll be back again whenever Rodgers leaves Green Bay.last_img read more

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