Election 2012: Are You Ready?

Election Day is only two weeks away, but it can’t come soon enough since most of us just want relief from those omnipresent political ads!  Both parties are in the heat of the battle, and the last weeks of campaigning will be critical in determining who controls the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.

How do you break through the clutter to learn more about the campaigns?  One of the websites that I like to visit when I want to learn more about the races is Real Clear Politics. This nonpartisan website features political news and analysis from a myriad of online websites, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Hill.  It also compiles the RCP Average, which averages credible, relevant election polls.

The other website I like to visit is FactCheck.org, which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in their TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Do you want to know about the truthfulness of the candidates during the Presidential debates?  FactCheck.org monitors the debates and reports on misleading and inaccurate facts that were mentioned by the candidates.

Enjoy these two websites if you are hungry for more politics.  If not, turn off the TV and radio, pick up a good book, and hope that November 6 arrives quickly!

For more information please contact Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division

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