This is an interesting article on using Facebook to try to predict elections. Apparently in 2012 higher Facebook fan engagement was correlated with winning close elections, so political scientists are looking what this might mean for 2014.
|By: Frances E. Lee Saturday January 11, 2014 2:00 pm|
A book this broad-ranging is valuable for a variety of purposes. Political junkies will find many great anecdotes that they have never encountered before. There are many well-drawn sketches of important senators of the past, from Dirksen to Mansfield to Conkling to Sumner. People interested in understanding how contemporary Senate practices in various areas evolved can turn to the relevant chapters. History, political science, and civics teachers will find useful examples to give students entree into previous eras. Anyone who reads the book will have a better, more multi-faceted understanding of the Senate and its role in American politics.
|By: Phoenix Woman Sunday November 10, 2013 8:00 pm|
The results of last week’s Virginia election are still being tallied five days later. The position of state Attorney General, the person who draws the redistricting maps and governs how elections are carried out, is still undecided.
|By: Attaturk Monday September 23, 2013 1:30 am|
The Roberts’ Court, yet to meet a dollar they did not love more than humanity.
|By: RJ Eskow Saturday July 13, 2013 1:59 pm|
The word “corruption” does not appear in the title or subtitle of the latest book by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, which is called Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. But the word resonates on every page. American democracy has been profoundly corrupted by the – usually legal – infusion of billions of dollars into the political process, and this jeremiad against corruption comes at a critical historical moment.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday February 27, 2013 9:50 am|
Rosa* lost her mother just a few weeks ago.
Her elderly parents lived at home in New York. A home health-care aide helped Rosa’s father with the burden of caring for her mother, who had Parkinson’s disease and had suffered a major stroke just over two years ago.
“We didn’t want to keep her in a nursing home, for financial reasons, for germs. They basically told us to take her home,” Rosa told RH Reality Check.
The home health-care aide didn’t have paid sick days, so she came to work sick one day, and Rosa’s parents both wound up with the flu. Her 88-year-old father recovered; her mother did not.
“My dad lives with guilt that he allowed the person to stay,” Rosa said. “I’m living with guilt because I came to work that day to make a few pennies.”
|By: DSWright Friday January 25, 2013 11:05 am|
Now Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not just giving a prominent Republican (and likely 2016 presidential candidate) a platform to speak with employees and be associated with a major brand – he’s helping fill the campaign war chest.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 10, 2012 12:40 pm|
Markets in Italy are freaking out today, mainly because of the pronouncement of one man, Silvio Berlusconi. The former Prime Minister plans to run for office yet another time, and Mario Monti, the current caretaker leader, has resigned, setting up new elections probably in February.
|By: Pam Spaulding Monday November 19, 2012 4:10 pm|
In one of the many post-election assessments of how the GOP failed to see the demographic shift as a significant factor this time around, a Reuters piece by Andrea Shalal-Esa brings up an interesting proposition that crossed my mind some time ago — what if the Republicans, a group that thinks an inch deep on real ways of changing to attract new voters as its base ages and dies off, decided the fastest path to bring in votes from Latinos and Asians is to cultivate animus and division against blacks to break up the voter coalition that did them in in 2012?
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 15, 2012 2:53 pm|
What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure that nobody of the Latino persuasion would be allowed to vote. And they used a variety of tactics to ensure that result. That’s pretty much what’s going on.