With both the Republican and Democratic conventions over and the parties respective candidates named, the American people will spend the next four months debating who should assume the mantle of President of the United States. Saints won’t have to wait until November to cast their vote, as they will participate in one of the most accurate polls in the 21st Century: the Goldklang Group Bobblection. Making its triumphant return to measure the pulse of the voting populous, CHS Field will turn into a political battleground on August 24th as fans cast the deciding vote between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Normal polling places can be dull and boring (though naturally very important). Instead of just a sticker saying “I Voted,” the Saints want to give fans a little more bang for their ballot and that’s exactly what they’ll receive on Bobblection Night 2016. Upon entering the gates fans will be directed to “voting booths” where they will cast their vote, choosing to either “Make America Great Again” or “Be Stronger Together” (there are no write-ins on this ticket).
Once they’ve completed their vote, fans will take home a bobblehead fashioned in the likeness of their chosen candidate. With an equal number for both candidates, the first candidate to run out of bobbleheads will be declared the winner of the election. And Saints fans won’t be alone in picking the next Commander in Chief. From sea to shining sea (or at least from the Atlantic to the middle of the plains), fans in eight different states will participate in this year’s Bobblelection. The nation should get a sneak peak into swing states when fans of the Ft. Myers Miracle (FL) and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (OH) cast their vote. Will traditionally democratic states say “I’m With Her” when Lakewood BlueClaws (NY) and Hudson Valley Renegade (NJ) supporters pass through the turnstiles? Do the loyal followers of the Charleston RiverDogs (SC) and Lincoln Saltdogs (NE) believe that Donald Trump alone can fix America, or will they say, “You’re fired” to the unconventional Republican candidate?
Regardless of political affiliation, it’s a night that will be entertaining for all involved. Though the results from St. Paul will be totaled on that night, the Minnesota vote will be just a part of the two-week Bobblection process. With votes starting on August 23 and running through September 2, the baseball world will be on the edge of their seats as Bobblections are decided one by one all over the country.
Originally started in 2004, the one of a kind Bobblection was an accurate predictor of two incredibly close Presidential Races. Back in 2004, the promotion gained national recognition as George W. Bush took four of seven states to win the first ever Bobblection, with CNN broadcasting results live from the swing state of Florida at Hammond Stadium, home of the Ft. Myers Miracle. The network missed the closest race, which took place at Midway Stadium where John Kerry edged George Bush by just 17 bobbleheads. Three months before the actual election and with exit polls showing the race to close to call, the Goldklang Bobblection got it right.
The trend continued in 2008 with a clean sweep by Barack Obama over John McCain. Though there were some close races in New York and Brockton (MA), the soon to be president-elect was the most popular candidate by a wide margin in ballparks from South Carolina to South Dakota and especially here in St. Paul, winning by the second largest margin at Midway Stadium.
In 2012, the vote of the baseball population differed from that of the American people. Deciding between the Republican nominee Mitt Romney and incumbent President Barack Obama, fans of 10 different teams voted for the former Massachusetts governor to be the next occupant of the Oval Office. While some teams like the Hickory Crawdad’s (NC) gave Romney an overwhelming nod (he won by 14 percentage points), swing states like Florida illustrated how close the election would be, with Obama narrowly winning the vote of the Fort Myers faithful by 0.4 percent.
As a friendly reminder, be sure to visit MNvotes.org to check that you are registered to vote in the actual election on November 8 and know your polling place. But during this election season, while friends and family are pointing fingers and arguing about politics, sit back and shake your favorite candidates bobblehead knowing you’ve done your part in the pre-election conversation.
Happy Hour with Governor Martin O'Malley in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, August 26, 2016
Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 5:00pm – 7:00pm CDT
Happy Hour with Governor Martin O'Malley Blarney’s Pub & Grill 412 14th Ave SE Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Official event Join Governor Martin O'Malley for a Happy Hour on the University of Minnesota campus! Governor O'Malley is here to campaign for our next President, Hillary Clinton. Who knows, we may even get him to play the guitar for us!
Hillary Clinton Campaign Volunteer Appreciation Event with Governor Martin O'Malley in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, August 26, 2016
Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm CDT
Volunteer Appreciation Event with Governor Martin O'Malley Ginger Hop Restaurant 201 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Official event Join Governor Martin O'Malley for a volunteer appreciation event at Ginger Hop Friday evening. O'Malley is here to campaign for our next President, Hillary Clinton and thank our amazing volunteers who will be our key to victory in November!
In New Ad, U.S. Shirtmaker Criticizes Trump for Outsourcing Jobs, Making Products Overseas Small Business Owner: 'Trump Says He'll Make America Great Again While He's Taking the Shirts Right Off Our Backs'
A new Hillary for America television ad set to air this week features a Massachusetts shirt manufacturer who employs more than 60 people criticizing Donald Trump for outsourcing jobs to make his products, including shirts, abroad. In the ad, Robert Kidder, the owner of New England Shirt Company in Fall River, says, "This factory has been here since 1883. We have over 60 people here making shirts labeled 'Made in America,' but Donald Trump's brand of shirts come from China, his suits from Mexico, his coats from India." Going back to the colonial era, Fall River, Mass., has been central to America's textile industry, and the New England Shirt Company remains the oldest operating ready-to-wear shirt manufacturer in America.
The ad, 'Shirts,' joins a previously released ad, "Some Place," in spotlighting Trump's long history of making Trump-branded products outside of America as part of a concerted effort over the past month to contrast Trump's hypocritical business record with Hillary Clinton's agenda to make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. The new ad follows Clinton's announcement Tuesday of new plans to jumpstart small business startups and strengthen small business growth. Kidder, the small business owner, closes the new ad, "Donald Trump says he'll 'make America great again' while he's taking the shirts right off our backs."
The 30-second ad is a part of the campaign's previously announced broadcast buy in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Clinton will make the largest investment in job creation since World War II in her first 100 days in office and has proposed a comprehensive "Make It In America" strategy to boost U.S. manufacturing and crack down on corporations that ship jobs overseas.
Hillary for Iowa Unveils Small Business Advisory Council Business Leaders Highlight Clinton’s New Plan to Help 264,000 Iowa Small Businesses
Hillary for Iowa is unveiling a new Small Business Advisory Council today, highlighting Hillary Clinton’s new plan for small businesses and her efforts to streamline regulation, provide tax relief and simplification, boost access to capital and expand access to new markets. This plan is designed to make life easier for the 264,000 small businesses in Iowa, by allowing them to cut through red tape, get access to loans and reduce paperwork.
“Hillary Clinton understands what it means to run a family-owned small business, because her father ran a small business that provided her with the opportunity for a better life,” said Bryce Smith, owner of Adel Family Fun Center. “Whether it’s making it easier to get financing and find investors, or looking for simpler ways to offer our employees the health care and benefits they deserve, Hillary will fight to support small businesses at every stage of their lifecycle. I am so proud when she says she wants to be the Small Business President, which is why I am with her.”
“Hillary Clinton understands that too often the deck is stacked against Iowa small businesses and it’s easier for big corporations to get a break. It shouldn’t take longer to start a business in America than it does in another country,” said Nassr Muhammad, owner of Nally's Kitchen. “Yet, Donald Trump has made a career of stiffing small businesses, refusing to pay his bills and instead would give large tax breaks to large corporations and the super-wealthy and has manufactured his products in China. Trump is no friend to Iowa small businesses.”
In her new plan released today, Hillary outlines how she will (1) make it easier to start a business by pushing state and local governments to cut red tape and streamline unnecessary licensing programs, (2) make it cheaper and faster to file taxes and provide tax relief by allowing a standard deduction for small businesses and making tax filing as easy as printing a bank statement and (3) make it easier to get financing and find investors, including by streamlining regulation and cutting red tape for community banks and credit unions.
Donald Trump has made a career of stiffing small businesses, refusing to pay his bills and would rather give large tax breaks to large corporations and the super-wealthy. Trump has exploited working people and their families and enriched himself - from a New Jersey plate glass contractor who lost about $450,000 to a Florida kitchen equipment maker who was paid less than he was owed to the architect in New York who was forced to dip into his son's college savings to survive.
Hillary for Iowa’s Small Business Advisory Council includes the following:
Jeno Berta, Berta Lawfirm LLC, Davenport Lisa Fratianni, TLC In-Home Care Services, Inc., Clinton Shawn Gallagher, Adcraft Printing, Cedar Rapids Carolyn Jenison, Speak PR, Des Moines Steve Kraus, Biokinemetrics, Inc., Carroll Melissa Law, Law Automotive, Keokuk Brad Magg, Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City Michelle Magyar, Mid-American Glass Inc., Davenport Joan Minikus, Greener Times Inc., Council Bluffs Nassr Muhammad, Nally's Kitchen, Davenport Mary Oberender, Miscellaneous Possibilities, Dallas Center Tyler Olson, SiteGen Solar, Cedar Rapids Lonnie Ray, Celebrity Styles Wig Club, Davenport Linda and Karl Reichert, Strawberry Farm Bed and Breakfast, Muscatine Cindy Riley, Winans Chocolates and Coffee, Coralville Bill Robinson, Robinson and Son Masonry, Ottumwa Bryce Smith, Adel Family Fun Center, Adel Dawn Sturm, Dawn's Beauty Salon, Manilla Veronica Tessler, Yotopia, Iowa City Nick Westergaard and Meghann Foster, Brand Driven Digital, Iowa City ReShonda Young, Popcorn Heaven, Waterloo & Des Moines
Senator Tim Kaine to Campaign on Investing in Small Businesses, Jobs and the Economy in Florida *Updated
On Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will return to Florida to tour small businesses in Tallahassee and South Florida and host events to discuss Hillary Clinton’s plan to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Small businesses, including 2.1 million in Florida, continue to be the primary generator of new jobs in America, and Clinton's plan would support them at every step of their life cycle.
Local Small Business Tour with Senator Kaine When: 1:00 PM EDT, Friday, August 26 Where: Domi Station, 914 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32310 Due to space constraints, this tour is closed to the public.
Voter Registration Kick Off with Senator Kaine When: Friday, August 26 at 2:15 PM EDT Doors Open: 11:30 AM EDT Where: "The Set", Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), 1628 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32307
Local Mayors and Elected Officials Meeting with Senator Kaine When: Saturday, August 27 Where: Pembroke Pines, FL This meeting is closed to the public.
Local Small Business Tour with Senator Kaine When: Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 PM EDT Where: Design South Florida, 14374 Commerce Way, Miami Lakes, FL 33016 Due to space constraints, this tour is closed to the public.
Additional details for the trip will be released in the coming days.