The French Head to the Polls for the First Round

It is the eve of the first round (should any candidate miraculously surpass the threshold of a majority, it will also be the only round) and the candidates are closing their campaigns as it is a French rule that the day before elections no campaigning or polling is to take place.  French-speaking media outlets in Switzerland and Belgium still will cover the race anyway as the rule does not apply to them.  On Sunday, one may keep track of election results which will start to be released at 2:30 p.m. EDT (8:30 p.m. CEDT - French local time).  A terror strike just days before the election has resulted in three candidates (Macron, Le Pen, Fillon) ending their campaigns one day early.  This week's installment of the 2017 French presidential candidates power rankings sees Emmanuel Macron holding on to the top spot but Le Pen and Melenchon are hot on his heels. READ MORE

The Mayor Visits Staten Island

Bill de Blasio paid Staten Island a visit and held a town hall meeting there while his opponents stumble over each other to figure out a way to make a dent in this race.  Anytime they would get press coverage, a feat in and of itself (potential candidates get more coverage), it was negative.  This week's installment of the 2017 New York City Mayoral Candidates Power Rankings sees Paul Massey holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

The Storming of the Le Pen Headquarters

The only candidate that managed to make news this week was Marine Le Pen but it was all bad news.  The race has become a four way race between Macron, Le Pen, Fillon, and Mélenchon.  The top two vote getters just nine days from now will advance to the second round where they will face off against each other.  This week's installment of the 2017 French presidential candidates power rankings sees Emmanuel Macron holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

The Silent Campaigns

One more candidate jumps into the race dominating the coverage on the campaign for a day or two and then vanishing just like all his competitors.  So this year's mayoral campaign will most likely be a silent one with the Republicans content with Massey and the Democrats settling on de Blasio.  This week's installment of the 2017 New York City Mayoral Candidates Power Rankings sees Paul Massey holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

Flour Power

The candidates held their very inclusive debate (in French) which included six lesser known hopefuls who are polling between zero and five percent.  Aside from that, this was a very uneventful week save for the fact that someone doused Fillon in flour.  This week's installment of the 2017 French presidential candidates power rankings sees Emmanuel Macron holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

Stop the Pressers!

Not much has happened in the past two weeks on the mayoral campaign with the mayor refusing to take questions at a press conference being the most notable event.  By this time, four years ago, Anthony Weiner was pumping the press about his potential disastrous run.  What a difference four years make.  This week's installment of the 2017 New York City Mayoral Candidates Power Rankings sees Paul Massey holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

The Socialists Ditch the Socialist

The French left is in shambles as yet another Socialist Party member ditches the party's candidate to support Macron.  This time it's a former prime minister.  The Socialist candidate really suffered in the last debate but another debate is scheduled for this coming Tuesday that will include lesser known candidates as well.  This week's installment of the 2017 French presidential candidates power rankings sees Emmanuel Macron holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

A Debate That Did Not Answer Many Questions

The candidates held their three hour debate this past Monday and according to polls, not one candidate really stood out as the winner.  Polls also suggest it is a two way race in the first round between Macron and Le Pen, however that does not account for the nearly half of the people having no clue who they plan on voting for.  This week's installment of the 2017 French presidential candidates power rankings sees Emmanuel Macron holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

The Unfunded Campaign

The candidates' financial summaries for the first quarter of the year have been released and there is only one man that has hit seven digits in both spending and raising of funds and he's not the mayor.  Aside from that, Bo Dietl officially kicked off his campaign and Bill de Blasio will not be charged by prosecutors.  This week's installment of the 2017 New York City Mayoral Candidates Power Rankings sees Paul Massey holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

Prosecuting the Presidential Candidates

Prosecutors are the stars of the campaign this week as they are looking into everything and pressing charges left, right, and center.  Fillon's suits are even being investigated.  This coming Monday however, the candidates will get a chance to reclaim the spotlight from all these Clouseaus as they get to debate each other.  This week's installment of the 2017 French presidential candidates power rankings sees Emmanuel Macron holding on to the top spot. READ MORE

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