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August 3, 2012

Self-funding: Is it really worth it?

    • 58 political candidates gave $500,000 or more to their own campaigns in 2010
    • 11 of those 58 actually ended up winning their elections (roughly $19%)
    • $130Mtotal amount of self-donations to 2012 campaigns—so far source

    » Not much bang for the buck: Tons of money is needed to get a political campaign off the ground, but that doesn’t mean being rich out of the gate is a sure-fire win for wannabe politicians. In 2010, wrestling magnate Linda McMahon spent $50 million on her own Senate campaign only to be crushed by Richard Blumenthal, who’d raised a (relatively) modest $8.7 million. More recently, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost the GOP primary after giving $24 million to his own war chest—the most so far of any candidate this cycle. But this doesn’t seem to be discouraging wealthy candidates: McMahon is running for the Senate again this year, and her $8.8 million contribution constitutes 90% of what she’s raised so far.

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    7:22 // 2 years ago
    August 1, 2012
    12:54 // 2 years ago
    July 18, 2012

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    Capturing Libya: Through a Hipstamatic Lens

    To photojournalism purists, it was pure blasphemy: a prestigious prize, third place for photo of the year, granted to a New York Times photographer who’d used not a 35mm to document U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but simply, his iPhone — and an app called Hipstamatic. Immediately, traditionalists went berserk: “What we knew as photojournalism at its purest form is over,” one photojournalist lamented. Using Hipstamatic in a news report, another commentator proclaimed, was “cheating us all.”

    And yet, to Ben Lowy, a conflict photographer who has made a career out of a certain brand of iPhonography — and will debut the first ever photojournalism-inspired Hipstamatic lens with his namesake later this year — the award was a well-needed wake-up call for photojournalism fundamentalists. Last February, Lowy set out to capture the uprising in Libya from his iPhone (alongside millions of protesters who’d document the Arab Spring on their mobile devices) in photos that would fuel reporting from the region in outlets around the globe. In October, Lowy’s Hipstamatic images of everyday life in wartime Kabul were published in the New York Times Magazine, prompting the magazine’s photo editor, Kathy Ryan, to defend their use on the paper’s 6th Floor blog. And since then, Lowy has published an iPhone photo a day — from dramatic images of war to mundane life in Brooklyn — on his Tumblr, captured under the title, iSee.

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    That he’s found a home on Tumblr suggests that Tumblr is a place for new approaches.

    9:25 // 2 years ago
    July 6, 2012

    Libyans make Americans look bad with potentially high electoral turnout

    • 80% approximate percentage of eligible Libyan voters registered to cast a ballot in Libya’s first democratic election since the 1960s
    • 36% percentage of the American electorate who failed to vote in the ‘08 elections; oh, and that was a record-breaking low source

    » By ballot or by bullet: Threats of militia violence are the only thing expected to lower the Libyan voter turnout in their first major democratic move since Muammar Gadhafi was overthrown. In the U.S., meanwhile, voting restriction laws have been passed in over a dozen states, which might make 5 million eligible voters’ trips to the ballot box much harder this November.

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    11:00 // 2 years ago
    June 24, 2012
    Egyptian election results bring cheers of joy, waves of worry
Egypt reacts to elections: Supporters of Mohammed Morsi celebrated in Tahrir Square as election results were read over loudspeakers. “We’re finally going to be respected, we’ve been oppressed for too long,” said, Adham Lotfy, a 28-year-old owner of a parking garage. However, not everyone is as ecstatic as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. ”I’m very sceptical, and I fear what is still to be done,” said an anonymous woman to Al Jazeera reporter, Evan Hill. source
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    Egypt reacts to elections: Supporters of Mohammed Morsi celebrated in Tahrir Square as election results were read over loudspeakers. “We’re finally going to be respected, we’ve been oppressed for too long,” said, Adham Lotfy, a 28-year-old owner of a parking garage. However, not everyone is as ecstatic as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. ”I’m very sceptical, and I fear what is still to be done,” said an anonymous woman to Al Jazeera reporter, Evan Hill. source

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    20:40 // 2 years ago
    June 12, 2012
    Some of those people used to be her supporters. But now Ron has his own team that’s energized to make sure he gets across the finish line on Tuesday, and Gabby is very excited about that.
    Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly • Discussing her meeting with volunteers for her former district office director, Ron Barber, on Sunday. Barber faces a tough election battle to fill Giffords’ former seat tonight. Giffords’ opponent in 2010, former Marine Jesse Kelly, lost by a mere 4,000 votes, and he’s facing Barber. By pure numbers, the Republican may have an easier time reaching victory — there are 26,000 more Republicans registered in the district (in and around Tucson, Arizona), than Democrats. But Barber has the support of Giffords, and that might make all the difference.
    10:37 // 2 years ago
    June 10, 2012

    France: François Hollande’s Socialist Party nears majority in parliament

    • 289 number of parliament seats France’s Socialist party needs to get to earn an absolute majority
    • 275-315 number of parliament seats the party is predicted to gain, based on first-round results Sunday source

    » If they get close, the Greens can help: French President François Hollande appears to be close to earning a mandate to handle the country’s fiscal issues as his party seems fit thanks to these early results, but if the Socialists can’t pull it off but get close, the party could form an alliance with the Green Party, which would make the party less-reliant on hard-left parties to make up the deficit. According to early results, the Socialists hold 47 percent of the vote in the parliament, with the right getting 35 percent and the far-right Front National at 13 percent.

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    20:24 // 2 years ago
    June 5, 2012
    I wish all elections had this turnout. This should be the norm, not the exception.
    Madison, Wi. resident Tom Bartelt • Offering a bipartisan message that everyone can probably agree with. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that the city’s 53rd ward had significantly high numbers of newly registered voters on Tuesday — 500 in total, out of 1,500 total voters. (click for more)
    21:35 // 2 years ago
    The Washington Post’s Jon Cohen notes that exit polls show the split between conservatives and liberals is roughly the same in Wisconsin between the 2010 election and tonight. (click for more)

    The Washington Post’s Jon Cohen notes that exit polls show the split between conservatives and liberals is roughly the same in Wisconsin between the 2010 election and tonight. (click for more)

    21:29 // 2 years ago
    stfuconservatives:

aestas-eos submitted: “I voted a few months ago, but hey, I voted.”


Awesome idea by STFUConservatives to take submissions from folks who voted today. Great work, STFU.

    stfuconservatives:

    aestas-eos submitted: “I voted a few months ago, but hey, I voted.”

    Awesome idea by STFUConservatives to take submissions from folks who voted today. Great work, STFU.

    20:23 // 2 years ago