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December 9, 2013
12:10 // 4 months ago
October 29, 2013
I don’t know a lot about McAuliffe, but I do know a lot about Cuccinelli, and I don’t want him to win.
Mickey, a Virginian voter not affiliated with any party. This pretty much sums up the Virginian gubernatorial race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe is on track to crush Republican Ken Cuccinelli, despite the fact that McAuliffe isn’t particularly well-liked himself. Cuccinelli rose to prominence along with the Tea Party in 2009 and was considered an early favorite for this race, but his hard-right positions on social issues—particularly abortion—have resulted in a collapse in support, with women voters in particular going for McAuliffe by 24 (!) points. This article also says that Cuccinelli, at a recent rally, “used playful voices to encourage supporters," which is something we’d really like to know more about. source
13:58 // 5 months ago
October 28, 2013
20:59 // 5 months ago
October 18, 2013

Shutdown badly damaged GOP’s 2014 standing

  • 14 House races moved in Democrats’ favor since the government shutdown, according to elections forecaster Charlie Cook. source
18:07 // 6 months ago
September 22, 2013
We broke the great race barrier with President Obama but it’s time that we also really ask ourselves deep down what it’s going to take to elect a woman president. And I will certainly do what I can when that time comes to elect somebody – whoever that somebody might be.
Hillary Clinton teases the American public at a Miami speech, continuing to sideline a definite answer on whether or not she’s running for United States presidency come 2016. Here’s a more direct answer from Clinton herself. 

(Source: ap.org)

13:10 // 6 months ago
As a result of the relative lack of interest in state elections, we now have the most polarized political system in modern American history. It’s also the least functional. […] Nate Silver wrote in the The New York Times after the 2012 election that while there had been earlier periods of great partisanship, in particular between 1880 and 1920, ‘it is not clear that there have been other periods when individual members of the House had so little to deter them from highly partisan behavior.’ Under these circumstances, it’s harder than ever before to put together bipartisan coalitions to pass major legislation, as had long been done for civil rights bills and other major changes in economic, social, and even environmental policy.
Journalist Elizabeth Drew writes on the upcoming November midterm elections and the current state of the United States political sphere in Washington. 
9:15 // 6 months ago
July 11, 2013
This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

20:22 // 9 months ago
January 24, 2013
We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before…Simple ‘outreach’ a few months before an election will not suffice. In fact, let’s stop talking about ‘reaching out’—and start working on welcoming in.
Planned remarks by Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus for the group’s upcoming winter meeting. Since November, we’ve heard a lot from the GOP about “re-calibrating" its message to appeal to demographics it lost in 2012 (Hispanics, women, young people, African-Americans, LGBT folk, and others). What we haven’t yet heard is how, if at all, those recalibrations will manifest themselves policy-wise. Will Priebus, or anyone else at this RNC meeting, be able to articulate what policies the GOP has to offer the people who voted to reelect President Obama last year and expand the Democratic majority the the Senate? Or will they insist that it’s just a matter of messaging? Speaking of messaging, Priebus probably isn’t too happy about Republican darling Allen West’s latest. source
10:51 // 1 year ago
November 16, 2012
charliewarzel:

BRUTAL Twitter burn. Also, hilarious.

Plus, all he’s selling is a stupid book, one you have to mail something in to buy and giving away a personalized bookplate to go with. He’s totally missing out on an opportunity to sell sleepwear — you know, a Karl Robe.

charliewarzel:

BRUTAL Twitter burn. Also, hilarious.

Plus, all he’s selling is a stupid book, one you have to mail something in to buy and giving away a personalized bookplate to go with. He’s totally missing out on an opportunity to sell sleepwear — you know, a Karl Robe.

0:00 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012
breakingnews:Obama wins Florida, tops Romney 332 to 206 in electoral votesBarack Obama has been declared the winner in Florida, topping Mitt Romney in the final electoral vote tally 332 to 206, AP reports.Florida officials said Obama had 50% of the vote to Romney’s 49.1%, a margin of about 74,000 votes.Photo: President Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night rally in Chicago, Nov. 6, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)It’s official, guys.

breakingnews:

Obama wins Florida, tops Romney 332 to 206 in electoral votes

Barack Obama has been declared the winner in Florida, topping Mitt Romney in the final electoral vote tally 332 to 206, AP reports.

Florida officials said Obama had 50% of the vote to Romney’s 49.1%, a margin of about 74,000 votes.

Photo: President Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night rally in Chicago, Nov. 6, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

It’s official, guys.

13:10 // 1 year ago