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Wahoo!! The Ducks are Rose Bowl Champions! Had a blast last night as I watched the game with family and friends. Couldn’t be happier about how the game went. As always, I love my Ducks.

Now, if that weren’t enough excitement, the Iowa Caucus is tonight. As many of you know I really like the excitement of politics and I genuinely believe that government has the capacity to do a lot of good. I know, I’m weird and probably a total nerd for saying that.

Here’s an example of my point: Sen. Wyden raised +$10 million in 2010 to fund a shelter in Portland for human trafficking victims. Human trafficking is an issue I care a lot about; however, I on my own could never raise this kind of support, but because of their position, politicians can.

Government can put the manpower behind the causes you care about, whether it’s education, poverty, technological innovation, job creation, etc. Problem is that there are SO many politicians who care way more about the fame and the money than they do about their constituents.

While they are in the minority, there are a select few who actually work hard every day for you, for me and for the next generation of Americans. We’re very blessed here in Oregon as Sen. Wyden and Sen. Merkley are two of those people. They are genuine policy geeks and could care less about the perfect photo op. Love it.

Saw this pic today on Ari Shapiro‘s Facebook and just loved it. Now, what could be better than politics and Ryan Gosling? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Why does the Iowa matter so much tonight and in the general election? John King from CNN does a nice job of explaining it in this video.

Regardless of your political leanings, I beg of you to not only to vote, but to be an informed voter. I know that so far, it’s been a bit of a circus, but tonight is when things really start getting interesting.

Sit down and make a list of the issues that matter most to you, rank them and then research which candidate’s values align with yours. WARNING: There is no perfect candidate, just like there is no perfect person. Stunning, I know. It’s kind of like dating. You decide what your “deal breakers” are and go from there.

Voting is an incredible privilege and I encourage you to take it seriously. You can watch the live coverage tonight on CNN at 7 p.m. EST.