Trying to keep up

I have been listening to a podcast called Culture Differences & Culture Diversity lately. I think the subject is very interesting and it complements my studies in Consumer behavior in a way, seeing that different cultures can effect our consumption behavior.

In one episode they were talking about the subject of getting to know and understand the other culture in a better way. The guy interviewed was a successful serial entrepreneur who was managing a company with Virtual Assistants in Philippines. They talked a lot about the importance of communication. Being straight forward. Call and ask if there are misunderstandings instead of continuing the email conversation. He also spoke about the importance of keeping up with the news of that country. Which I 100 procent agree on. First of all it gives you material to conversations and second of all you get information about things that may or may not effect those living in that city or country.

Long intro, but that being said – last week on May 8th it was Primary election in Ohio. Ohio is a swing state in presidential elections, but Republicans have dominated state politics for three decades, and held the governor of office for 24 of the last 28 years.

Knowing very little about Primary elections, or the political voting system in general in the states, I felt like I had to start learning some about it.

I think this article described the reason (and importance) of the election very well. Short summary – the general election is the very end of the road. There are plenty of steps along the way, like Presidential primary where one Republican and one Democratic gets elected to represent their party for the Presidential run, the last one being Hillary against Trump. In the Presidential primary you have a lot of different candidates to choose from. Those candidates could be from your state. Which in that case would have been voted on in the state primary election.  That means you could be voting for the country’s next president by register and vote in the state primary election, which in Ohio occurred last week.

There are two main types of primaries, closed or open. In a closed primary a registered voter is only allowed to vote within that party that he/she is affiliated with, for example a democrat can only vote for a democrat and vice versa. In an open primary the registered voter may vote in either primary regardless of party membership. Ohio law provides for open primaries.

I feel like I’m on a kids level when it comes to knowledge in this area so I was really happy when I found this website, which explained things in a very simple and fun way – for kids 😆

This is what I end up looking at when my mind needs a break from topics like this – the worst ad campaign by a Republican candidate running for Senate in West Virginia haha I wonder if we are going to see anything like this from the Swedish parties in the election this year….


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