While we're waiting for the votes to be tabulated in Florida, maybe we can cast ballots on this: Is Internet voting the panacea for what ails us?
Ever since interactive Web sites became a reality, Internet voting has been like the early days of the laser beam - a solution looking for a problem.

Even with the ultimate result still unclear, last week's election showed some contradictory things about the state of progressive politics in the United States: They still matter, and there's a lot of work to do if the movement is going to overcome its fragmentation.

Nearly two-thirds of Scott County voters decided the fate and direction their country, state, and county will take in the future. Of 112,075 registered voters in Scott County, 63 percent cast ballots. A mere 56 percent of voters (24,530 out of 13,729) in Bettendorf and a disheartening 49 percent (32,588 out of 66,685) in Davenport could be bothered to vote.

Mike Bladel's short, strange trip from Scott County sheriff (and unopposed candidate for re-election) to Davenport police chief ended November 1 with a unanimous stamp of approval from the city council. But the ease of confirmation didn't wipe away lingering questions about the failure of a nationwide search, the actions of the city administrator, and the motivation for Bladel's move east down Fourth Street.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Evans: I would use the budget surplus to ensure the future of Social Security and Medicare, as well as provide a prescription-drug benefit under Medicare.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Moroney: Teacher-pay legis lation should not dilute local control; parents need more options for their children, not fewer.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Ryan: Taxes - property, pension, Social Security benefits, federal deductability.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Sunderbruch: Taxes - relief in property, pension, Social Security benefits.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Ewoldt: Economic development is always important and the board needs to continue to work with all municipalities in the county to attract new and expanding businesses to enhance our tax base.

Rosemary Gordy: Candidate did not provide answers to survey questions. She did, however, send the following letter:
Although I found your questionnaire interesting, you asked for specifics that are based on suppositions on issues that may or may not arise.

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