Electoral College

When we talk about leaders, the most popular one at the moment to us is our own president. Recently there was an election and then a big push by the losing team for the Electoral College votes to overturn the votes. So the Victor crew wanted to know a little more about what the Electoral College is all about. For this we turn to CGP Grey on YouTube to see how he explains it.

Here is his first video on How the Electoral College Works:

Here is the second part video called The Trouble with the Electoral College

He has an updated video of the second part that was uploaded just last month:

Here is some further reading: http://history.house.gov/Institution/Electoral-College/Electoral-College/

Biography: Donald Trump

The Victor crew is remaining neutral on the upcoming election but wanted to do a short bio on each of the upcoming candidates.

Donald Trump was born in Queens, NY in 1946. He was the fourth of five children born to Frederick and Mary Trump. Frederick was a real estate developer and builder. Donald attended the New York Military Academy when he was 13. He graduated in 1964 and went on to Fordham University. After two years he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics.

He worked with his father in the summers while a student in the real estate business. In 1971 he started with building projects in Manhattan when he went off on his own to Manhattan. In 1973 his business practices were called in question and there was a Fair Housing Act complaint against him. It was settled in 1975.

In 1980 he opened the Grand Hyatt. He also acquired property in Atlantic City which eventually became known as Trump Plaza. In 1982, he opened Trump Tower. There are many more holdings and hotels.

In 1999, he formed an exploratory committee to see if he wanted to seek nomination of the Reform Party for the 2000 race. When he had a poor showing in the California primary, he withdrew.

In 2004 he started the series The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and became famous for the catch-phrase “You’re fired.”

He became the Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016. He chose Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate for Vice President.


Ronald Reagan

#40. Ronald Reagan. When we remember his presidency, we think of prosperity. His economic policies were dubbed “Reaganomics” and spurred economic growth. Starting his presidency in 1981, he went on to a second term in 1985, which he won by a landslide.

He was born February 6, 1911. He was raised in a poor family in Northern Illinois. After graduating from Eureka College in 1932, he went on to work as a sports announcer. After he moved to Hollywood in 1937, he became an actor. He has 80 credits according to imdb.com, his first credit being Love Is on the Air in 1937, and the last TV series he did was Death Valley Days in 1966. In 1940, he playyed George “The Gipper” Gipp in Knute Rockne, All American and the nickname “The Gipper” stuck throughout his career.

Reagan spent some time on active duty from 1942 to 1943. He was again ordered to temporary duty in New York City where he remained until the end of WWII. He returned to California the end of 1945. Due to his eyesight, he never was on duty outside of the United States.

In 1940, he married actress Jane Wyman. They had two children, Maureen and Christine (who only lived a day). They also adopted Michael who was born in 1945. Wyman filed for divorce in 1948. Reagan met Nancy Davis in 1949. They were married in 1952. They had two children, Patti (1952) and Ron (1958). People who knew them as a couple said they had genuine affection for each other and they never stopped courting.

Ronald Reagan started out as a Democrat but changed to the right in the 1950s and became a Republican in 1962 when he emerged as a conservative spokesman in Goldwater’s 1964 campaign. He supported Harry S. Truman and endorsed the campaigns of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

Reagan was Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. In 1976 he tried to become the Republican Party’s candidate for president against Gerald Ford. This attempt failed. In his 1980 bid against incumbent President Jimmy Carter, he stressed lower taxes to stimulate the economy, less government interference, state’s rights, and a strong national defense.

During his presidency, Reagan tried to bring back school prayer but it was once again banned by the Supreme Court. He continued to try to bring back prayer calling it a Moment of Silence. In March, 1981, there was an assassination attempt on him. He was quickly stabilized and released a couple weeks later from the hospital.

Reagan overhauled the income tax code in 1986 eliminating deductions and exempting low income earners. Overall, the years during Reagan’s presidency we saw peace and prosperity.