Vice Chair, Riviera Chapter

Because elections have consequences . . . 

  • is hosting Political Wine in April 2018-03-03 07:56:46 -0500

    Political Wine in April

    This social event is open to all our members and guests.  We welcome you all to come and interact with fellow Americans in the region and engage in American political discussions.  We will give a brief presentation particularly where these issues stand in the Washington political discourse.  Join us to formalize our viewpoint as Americans living abroad. Our entry fee ($5) includes drinks, such as wine and water.

    Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Grimaldi

    Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: GrimaldiCongrès-JoffreCongrès-Promenade

    April 04, 2018 at 7pm
    Holy Trinity Church Hall
    11 rue de la Buffa
    Nice 06000
    Google map and directions
    €5.00 EUR · rsvp

  • Celebrating Memorial Day with Food and Voter Registration

    This social picnic is open to all our members and guests.  DA France - Riviera Chapter invites you all to come and interact with fellow Americans honoring Memorial Day. There won’t be any formal brief presentations, just a time to relax and enjoy a casual meal together celebrating our American heritage. Also you can register to vote using the correct form to send to your home state in time for the November mid-term elections.

    After submitting your RSVP below, we will send out further instructions on how to bring a food item to share with all who attend.

    May 26, 2018 at 12pm
    Holy Trinity Church Hall
    11 rue de la Buffa
    Nice 06000
    Google map and directions

  • Bernie is crushing Hillary in a (real) primary no one noticed.

    It’s interesting to note the strength Obama and Sanders both show among Democrats Abroad. Perhaps Democrats living in other countries have gained perspective on political possibilities in other places? Or a keener sense of global social injustice? Or, more prosaically, could it be that more moderate and conservative Hillary voters are more motivated to obtain and send in absentee ballots?

    Read the full Daily Kos article here.

  • Primaires US: les démocrates azuréens ont voté ce samedi

    Une centaine d'Américains ont participé au scrutin permettant aux membres du parti démocrate vivant à l'étranger de désigner les délégués qui éliront leur candidat à la présidentielle.

    Read the full Nice-Matin article (in French) here.

  • Democratic and Republican Voters Have Vastly Different Priorities

    Early exit polls showed a wide difference between Democrats and Republicans on whether they wanted a candidate to "have experience" or to "be an outsider." And that trend bore out across states — across the first nine Democratic contests, 74 to 86 percent of voters wanted a candidate who had experience. On the GOP side, it was only 34 to 46 percent.

    And though Sanders is by no means inexperienced in politics, Clinton is the clear choice of Democratic voters who prioritize experience. Trump, meanwhile, is the quintessential outsider.

    Given this stat, it's not at all a surprise that Clinton and Trump had such strong nights.

    Read the full 4 Takeaways From The Super Tuesday Exit Polls NPR article here.

  • 'FiveThirtyEight' Statistician Nate Silver Reports On The 2016 Election

    Oh no, I have to say that on balance, I'm worried about the state of polling right now.

    So traditional telephone polls - and let's take the best polls, like Pew Research, for example, who do call cell phones. Their response rates - so how many people actually respond to the poll, the ones they would like to respond - has gone from about 35 percent 20 years ago to I think it is 9 percent now. So they're kind of hoping the 9 percent of people they do reach are representative of the 100 percent of people they would like to reach.

    In some sense, it's worked remarkably well. I mean, the polls were pretty good in the past two presidential elections. But we've seen cases in other democracies, such as the United Kingdom, for example, Greece, Scotland, Israel, where the polls were pretty far off on election day. And I think that should worry people.

    Eventually, I think, like everything else, we'll lead our lives online, and online polling will be the standard. But people haven't really figured out what the kind of gold-standard methodology is for online polling.

    Listen to the full NPR - Fresh Air interview here.

  • Voter Registration at Monaco U.S.A. - New Hampshire Primary

    Members of Democrats Abroad have been cordially invited to Monaco U.S.A.'s New Hampshire Primary Night event.

    We will be welcoming all Americans in the region to register themselves to vote in the federal elections in November. DAF - Riviera will be promoting our non-partisan web site that makes voter registration simple and easy for Americans living abroad.

    09FEB @ 18h00
    Stars n' Bars, quai Antoine 1er, 98000 MONACO

    RSVP directly on their official Facebook page.

  • No, Coin Flips Did Not Win Iowa For Hillary Clinton

    Gone unmentioned so far is that even if Clinton won that Miracle Six — and there were no other coin tosses — it would make little difference in the outcome. That is, in part, because of the complicated way Iowa Democrats allocate their delegates — and what was being reported on election night and what wasn't.

    Read the full story here on NPR.


  • published Narcissism - Good or Bad for Candidates? in News 2016-01-11 06:49:41 -0500

    Narcissism - Good or Bad for Candidates?

    As the election year of 2016 kicks off, it is a good time to reflect on how we will vote.  Not only are issues important but also the character of a candidate and how they approach decisions.  Here's an interesting article that highlights how to approach the polling box:

    • Do applaud careful reflection.
    • Don't applaud insults.
    • Do applaud feelings.
    • Don't applaud manipulation.
    • Do applaud collaborative behavior.
    • Don't applaud black-and-white thinking.
    • Do applaud apologies.
    • Don't applaud evasiveness.
    • Do applaud curiosity.

    Read the full article here.

  • published POLITICAL WINE: WHO IS HILLARY CLINTON? in News 2016-01-04 03:27:53 -0500


    We are months away from our Democrat Global Primary where YOU get to cast your vote for the person who will be our Democrat presidential candidate in 2016.  To support Americans living on the Riviera in making an informed vote in our local Democrat Global Primary, join the DAF - Riviera's Political Wines (first Wednesdays) to engage in an in-depth analysis of each candidate.  Through a random selection, each month will focus on a different candidate and their viewpoints on current political issues, particularly those directly impacting Americans living abroad.

    Please join us at our new location!

    Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Grimaldi
    Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: Congrès/JoffreGrimaldi, or Gustave V

    There is no formal entry fee to participate except to support our host, Bazar Café, by ordering 1 drink minimum.
    To help DAF - Riviera coordinate this event, we ask that you RSVP - even if you are a 'maybe'!

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