Mike Hendricks

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Mike Hendricks recently retires as social science, criminal justice instructor at McCook Community College.

The Nebraska Democratic presidential caucus

Friday, March 4, 2016

Have you made up your mind who to vote for in this year's presidential primary and general election?

Do you consider yourself an informed voter?

Try today's quiz:

(1) This candidate wanted to be an astronaut as a child -- even wrote to NASA -- and admittedly can't carry a tune.

(2) This candidate met his wife when she was working on George W. Bush's 2000 campaign, and clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

(3) This candidate is 12 years older than his wife, and often refers to his "good friend, Bono."

(4) This candidate's wife is a former NFL cheerleader and while his family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was 8, he later returned to Catholicism.

(5) This candidate has worked as a carpenter, filmmaker, writer and researcher, and once released a spoken word folk album.

(6). This candidate was once part owner of a professional football team and was quoted as saying "sometimes you just have to give up and walk away."

None of the answers should be enough to sway our votes one way or another, but they do show just how much information is instantly available if we take time to do the research.

Too many us us make our most important decision as American citizens on the basis of a fuzzy reasoning, irrational emotion, thoughtless tradition or information as trivial as the above quiz.

Not many will take the time to get involved in Saturday's Democratic caucuses, or even heated coffee shop discussions, but those type of activities are vital to our future as a nation.

Let's do the homework required to be informed voters, and then go to the polls and vote.

Here are the answers; how did you do?

(1) Hillary Clinton, (2) Ted Cruz, (3) John Kasich, (4) Marco Rubio,

(5) Bernie Sanders, (6) Donald Trump

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  • Mike as a loyal Democrat, you should go to the causus. I do understand that a caucus takes hours to complete. Folks that actually have jobs most likely can not attend them. Looking at who votes Democrat, polls may indicate those without jobs are more than likely to vote D. Maybe that is why Democrats like caucuses. Go, vote more "free" stuff.

    -- Posted by dennis on Sat, Mar 5, 2016, at 10:32 AM
  • Really Dennis!!! disparaging again.

    -- Posted by S&P1958 on Sat, Mar 5, 2016, at 6:40 PM
  • True or not, yes that was mean spirited. Sorry.

    -- Posted by dennis on Sat, Mar 5, 2016, at 9:22 PM
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