Readers — It’s time to get active in this election cycle — with foundational legislation like the Renewable Fuel Standard under challenge.
Who do you support — who does the fast-growing advanced bioeconomy support? Let’s find out.
We’ve assembled three pieces in our coverage today. First, a story from pollsters on the attitude of Iowans towards the Renewable Fuel Standard and the influence it will have on their voting preferences. That story is here.
Second, a Decision2016 guide to the candidates including who stands where on the foundational legislation of the Advanced Bioeconomy, the Renewable Fuel Standard. Who’s for it? Who says “phase it out!” and who says “end it!” That Decision2016 Guide is here.
Third, you can participate in the Digest presidential election cycle, which runs a little faster and is a little easier for you than the actual primary and general elections — but in all the important ways, runs exactly the same. In short, it’s time to look at the candidates views and shine a light on your favorite, via your vote.
VOTE! Here’s how it works.
1. You vote for your “primary season” candidate in our secret ballot, here. And, you add in your state of residence. And you’ll rank the other candidates in order of preference just in case your primary candidate “falls by the wayside”.
2. Each week, we’ll apply your votes towards our slate of primaries and caucuses. We’ll have the same number of primaries and caucuses, in the same order (different dates), and the same number of delegates will be at stake. We’ll have winners and non-winners.
Here’s our schedule:
Tuesday, 11/3: Iowa caucuses
Tuesday, 11/10: New Hampshire
Tuesday, 11/17: Nevada South Carolina Republican primary, Washington Republican caucuses
Tuesday, 11/24: South Carolina Democratic primary
DIGEST SUPER TUESDAY Tuesday, 12/1: Alabama, Alaska Republican caucuses, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota caucuses, North Dakota Republican caucuses, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming Republican caucuses
Tuesday, 12/8: Kansas, Kentucky Republican caucuses, Louisiana, Maine caucuses, Nebraska Democratic caucuses
Tuesday, 12/15 Hawaii Republican caucuses, Idaho (Republicans only), Michigan, Mississippi, Washington, DC, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio
Tuesday, 12/22: Arizona, Idaho Democratic caucuses, Utah Democratic caucuses, Utah Republican caucuses, Alaska Democratic caucuses, Hawaii Democratic caucuses, Washington Democratic caucuses
Tuesday, 12/29: Wisconsin, Colorado Republican convention, Wyoming Democratic caucuses, New York
Tuesday, 1/5: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Tuesday, 1/12: Indiana, Nebraska (Republicans only), West Virginia, Kentucky (Democrats only), Oregon
Tuesday, 1/19: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota Democratic caucuses, South Dakota, Washington, DC, Utah
General election: Voting opens 1/19, closes 1/31.
The Road to the Bio-White House
1. Each week, we’ll eliminate 1 candidate (or more), the candidate with the lowest number of convention delegates (or, in the case of a tie, the lowest number of votes).
2. Candidates will accumulate delegates towards nomination, and we’ll finalize that at the end of the year.
3. In January, we’ll go through the “general election”, and you’ll vote again, this time through the party nominees, as you select your (Bioeconomy sector) President. We’ll have that all wrapped up by the time of the actual Iowa caucuses, which will be held on February 1, 2016.
4. So, vote early, and help your preferred candidate along some. Each of them, in real life, can use all the boosting they can get, so they’ll thank you for adding to their visibility and credibility.
5. Then, enjoy as the election season unfolds before you and we explore who the bioeconomy wants to be president.