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.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 12, 2012 1:35 pm|
When the information on just how lucrative our elections are for the ad placement agents and strategists who manage them, I suspect this anger will go through the roof. And it should, on both sides. If the arms race continues to bulk up, we may have to add “electoral” to the familiar line about the military-industrial complex.
|By: inoljt Sunday November 11, 2012 5:00 pm|
Absentee ballots are increasingly being used throughout the United States. They are especially popular in the West Coast; elections are entirely absentee-ballot in Oregon and Washington, for instance.
The general reasoning behind absentee ballots are that they increase voter turn-out. The theory goes that voters too busy on election day can vote before the election. Absentee ballots make voting simpler, people say. If it is true that absentee ballots increase voter turn-out, then this would be a substantial advantage.
There is another great advantage to absentee ballots, however. Absentee ballots enable voters to make informed decisions, especially about local elections and measures which nobody has heard of.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 8, 2012 7:00 pm|
When people can vote, liberals win. I think that’s one of the major takeaways of the night. Take a look at the historic victories for marijuana legalization, a blow against thirty years of the war on drugs. The measure passed in Washington and Colorado. What’s the unifying thread? Washington is 100% vote-by-mail, and Colorado has enough vote-by-mail and early voting options that 80% of the electorate voted before Election Day. Marriage equality and LGBT rights got validated at the ballot box for the first time ever in four states. What’s the unifying thread? Maine and Minnesota have Election Day registration. Washington, as noted before, is 100% vote by mail. Maryland has ample early voting. Expanding the voter universe with online voter registration completely changed the political landscape in California.
|By: Eli Thursday November 8, 2012 8:21 am|
So yeah, the Democrats had a pretty good election on Tuesday: Electoral vote landslide for Obama, wins for progressives like Liz Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Alan Grayson, and losses for misogynistic Tea Party buffoons like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Allen West and Joe Walsh. Better yet, as the minority and youth votes grow, it looks like these kinds of results could be the new normal.
|By: Pam Spaulding Tuesday November 6, 2012 3:20 pm|
A woman’s blatantly racist tweet, and others’ retweets, is why people need to get off of their @sses and vote…because she is. It makes me sad to see stuff like blind-rage stuff like this.
|By: Pam Spaulding Tuesday November 6, 2012 10:28 am|
The voter shot video from his phone of what occurred — he selected Obama, and it highlighted Romney.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 5, 2012 1:00 pm|
Large states like California, New York and Texas were swing states as recently as 30 years ago. Now, the self-sorting of the electorate into coastal and interior enclaves means that the states that “matter” have condensed.