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November 8, 2012

Roundup: How employers reacted (poorly) after Obama was re-elected

  • closed A Bedford, Va. jewelry store owner closed his business on Wednesday, in protest of Obama’s victory. He said he was in mourning. ”I just didn’t feel like coming to work,” R.T. Lyons said. “There are many days I feel like that as a small business owner.”
  • fired In Las Vegas, a man named “David” called up a local radio station and said he had laid off 22 people in an effort to protect his investment. “Well unfortunately, and most of my employees are Hispanic — I’m not gonna go into what kind of company I have, but I have mostly Hispanic employees — well unfortunately we know what happened and I can’t wait around anymore, I have to be proactive,” he said.
  • cutting One Georgia business owner told C-SPAN that he told his employees that he was cutting their hours. “Yesterday I called all my part-time employees in and said because Obama won I was cutting their hours from 30 to 25 a week so i would not fall under the Obamacare mandate,” Stu, who did not give his full name, said.
  • reconsidering After warning his employees before the election that he might lay them off if Obama wins, Westgate Resorts owner David Siegel appears to have changed his mind — at least a little. “We’ll see what happens. Meanwhile I gave everybody in the company a raise this week—the average was 5 percent. I wanted to help them handle the additional burdens the government will put on them,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek
19:34 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012
election:

Infographic: How long Tumblr users waited at the polls
The amount of time 137 ShortFormBlog and Tumblr Election readers spent waiting at the polls to vote today. (We asked earlier tonight.) One unlucky person waited three and a half hours. :(
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

election:

Infographic: How long Tumblr users waited at the polls

The amount of time 137 ShortFormBlog and Tumblr Election readers spent waiting at the polls to vote today. (We asked earlier tonight.) One unlucky person waited three and a half hours. :(

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

(via gov)

0:55 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
19:15 // 1 year ago
in light of the contentious nature of the upcoming election, and some of the rhetoric indicating possible civil unrest, I have decided to close the community gates 24/7.
Cottages of Woodstock, Ga. HOA president Bill Stanley • Saying in an e-mail to residents that they would lock the gates to the community out of fear of civil unrest. The community is made up of people 55 and over. Beyond this current situation, some have previously suggested civil unrest if Obama is elected again. These people are on crack.
9:42 // 1 year ago
November 3, 2012
azipaybarah:

Get ready New York…

Brilliant. Such a show of quiet resiliency. Their best cover since this one.

azipaybarah:

Get ready New York…

Brilliant. Such a show of quiet resiliency. Their best cover since this one.

0:53 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012

Welcome Guest Editors: Ari Melber & ShortFormBlog

election:

Thanks again to last week’s guest editors, safely ensconced on the West Coast: Cord Jefferson and L.A. Liberty. For those of us back east, we may be off to a rocky start for the week due to Hurricane Sandy, so your election-blogging may vary.

However, we’d still like to extend the usual official welcome to this week’s guest editors. They are itinerant commentator and Nation correspondent Ari Melber, plus the voraciously productive and comprehensive newsy known as ShortFormBlog. Big hugs all round.

So yeah, this is kind of a weird week for this. But we’re still going to try our best to make it awesome. Yeah elections whoo!

9:36 // 1 year ago
October 25, 2012
Today in political cartoons with an extra dash of clever: xkcd’s take on electoral precedent.

Today in political cartoons with an extra dash of clever: xkcd’s take on electoral precedent.

22:30 // 1 year ago
October 19, 2012
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October 6, 2012
9:54 // 1 year ago
August 11, 2012
jcstearns:

Just announced! Political Ad Sleuths: Campus Challenge, a national project aimed at shining some much needed sunlight on who is paying for all those political ads on local TV.
We are mobilizing and training political ad sleuths on college campuses around the country from now through the election. And there are prizes!
Interested in learning more? See my blog post here, and email CampusChallenge@freepress.net and please help spread the word.

For student journalists who want to sleuth a little and fans of muckraking.

jcstearns:

Just announced! Political Ad Sleuths: Campus Challenge, a national project aimed at shining some much needed sunlight on who is paying for all those political ads on local TV.

We are mobilizing and training political ad sleuths on college campuses around the country from now through the election. And there are prizes!

Interested in learning more? See my blog post here, and email CampusChallenge@freepress.net and please help spread the word.

For student journalists who want to sleuth a little and fans of muckraking.

17:35 // 2 years ago