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Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread and Links

Happy Leap Day! February kind of flew by, right? I hope you all had a good one. What are you up to this weekend? Last night (Friday) Drew and I enjoyed a private dinner party at a restaurant that our friends won in an auction and invited us to, which was pretty cool. Now we’ve got a sunny – but cold – Saturday that will likely involve a play date or two, maybe making some soup, and reading my newest book from the library (thank you to whoever recommended Nickel Boys, by the same author, which I finished last week and loved). Later today, I’ll be watching the South Carolina primary results and keeping my fingers crossed that my gal, Warren, has a solid standing ahead of Super Tuesday, just a few days away. Are you voting this week? Have you decided on a favorite candidate?

Anyway, hope you enjoy the weekend, and here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

The Case for Elizabeth Warren

My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga

In this week’s Modern Love column, Nancy Meyers, director of romantic comedies, writes about her renewed friendship with the man she divorced over 20 years ago in “Life Isn’t Like the Movies (Even if You Write the Movies)”

These Women in Afghanistan Killed Their Husbands. Now in Prison, They Feel Free.

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to wendy@dearwendy.com and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!
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  • Skyblossom February 29, 2020, 5:54 pm

    Our primary isn’t next week but it is in March. We declare a party affiliation when we arrive to vote and then we are given the appropriate ballet for that party. I was intending to vote in the democratic primary. I very much want to help choose the democratic nominee.

    My problem with that is that we have some far, far right nut jobs trying to take control of our county. They tried to take over our school board last fall but failed to get any of their candidates elected. Then they started demanding that the school board do what they wanted or they would get them recalled, which can’t happen in our state. They like to make demands and threaten that if their demands aren’t met they will remove the office holder. So far that hasn’t worked. Now they are running a candidate for sheriff and another for a judge. I absolutely don’t want to give either of these guys any power or authority in our county. The current sheriff is more conservative than I would like but a good guy who takes care of people. As an example, last winter when we had a power outage that would take time to fix he immediately set up a warming center for the residents of a trailer park just up the road from us. He’s also a volunteer fireman. He’s very much into taking care of people. The man who currently is a judge seems to be a narcissist. He’s somewhat like a mini Trump. His opponent is much more moderate and not a narcissist. The current judge is trying to run on a platform of the opponent being a democrat who is trying to pretend he is a republican. The current judge is constantly threatening to throw people in jail if they don’t do what he wants. I’m talking about the people who oversee his budget and question some of his spending. An example is that he likes to put up billboards around the county that promote him in some official capacity. He keeps demanding that the county pay for his signs and threatens to throw the people who turn him down into jail.

    I feel the need to vote in the republican primary to do my part to keep our county from going over the cliff.

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    • Skyblossom February 29, 2020, 5:59 pm

      The current judge ended up as judge because he was appointed by the governor to fill the term of a judge who died unexpectedly. He was in office briefly and then ran for election. The day after the primary, where there was no contest, he started showing his true self. He hid his intentions until the day after the primary. There was no one running against him in the general election. It was literally the next day when he began making demands and threats.

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      • Vathena March 2, 2020, 12:02 pm

        I think you should definitely do what you can to keep that guy out of office, especially if you’d be okay with any of the current field of presidential primary candidates being on the ballot in the fall!

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  • Kate February 29, 2020, 6:54 pm

    My parents voted yesterday in Boston, for Warren.

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    • Kate February 29, 2020, 6:54 pm

      I will be voting for her on Tuesday.

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  • TheLadyE February 29, 2020, 10:35 pm

    We have early voting in NC; today was the last day of it and it saves so much time on the actual Tuesday. I stood outside in the FREEZING WIND (ok, it was 46 degrees, but the wind was soooo cold) for an hour and a half to be able to vote early. I hope Warren wins NC – I certainly tried to help that!

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  • Dear Wendy March 1, 2020, 6:35 am

    Ugh, the South Carolina primary results weren’t surprising, but still such a disappointment. I wish I felt more optimistic but I don’t see a path to victory for Warren at this point. I guess we’ll see what happens on Super Tuesday but Bernie, whom I like, is almost assured big wins with Biden being the frontrunner for the moderate/establishment side of the ticket. It will almost surely be between the two of them and I predict Biden, who seems to have the African American vote cinched up, will be the nominee. He’s fine – I’ll vote for him in the general (duh!), but I find him the least exciting and inspiring of all the candidates we’ve had in the race, including those who have dropped out.

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  • Lucidity March 1, 2020, 2:59 pm

    The link for the women in Afghanistan who killed their husbands is taking me to the Lady Gaga’ s boyfriend story, anyone else?

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    • Dear Wendy March 2, 2020, 6:47 am

      Oops, sorry about that! It’s fixed now.

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      • Lucidity March 2, 2020, 7:19 am

        Thank you!

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