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05/13/05 :: By Scott Shields
Democratic Governors Popular In Red States
Categories :: Elections Well, I'll be damned....

05/04/05 :: By Scott Shields
The Next Big Thing
Categories :: Elections In 2004, there were a number of cool little internet tools candidates and campaigns used to their advantage. The most obvious was MeetUp, of course, but by the fall, the political scene had bled well into Friendster and MySpace as...

12/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
John Conyers Urges Release of Exit Poll Data
Categories :: Activism :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections

As the mystery of the supposedly inaccurate early exit polls indicating that Senator John Kerry was beating President Bush in several key states including Ohio in last month's election begins to fade from our memory, at least one Congressman is refusing to ignore this blatant irregularity.

12/08/04 :: By Tom Ball
Ukraine Opposition Yushchenko Confirmed Poisoned
Categories :: Elections

Medical experts have confirmed that Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s opposition leader, was poisoned in an attempt on his life during election campaigning, the doctor who supervised his treatment at an Austrian clinic said yesterday.

12/05/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Is Air Conditioning to Blame?
Categories :: Elections

Geographer James Wiley suggests that air conditioning may be at the root of our electoral woes:

12/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Amend This!
Categories :: Elections :: Government :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Could Arnold Schwarzenegger really become President? The Governator's growing popularity in California, coupled with a 51% Republican "mandate" and overwhelming support for the Bush Administration and the Republicans in the slave states (and states open to slavery), brace yourselves--you ain't seen nothing yet.

11/22/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Ukraine and a Whole New Level of Irony
Categories :: Elections :: Foreign Policy :: Hypocrisy Yes, it's true. The US is threatening to re-evaluate its relationship with Ukraine because of accusations of vote fraud in Sunday's run-off election. More than 100,000 Ukrainians poured into the streets of Kiev to protest against an election they believe...

11/19/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Appealing to the Irrational Voter
Categories :: Elections :: Framing 101 :: Progressive Strategy

Digby has a post referring to a lengthy article by Christopher Hayes (TNR, subscription required) analyzing the voting behavior of "undecideds." (The piece is also cited over at Pandagon.) The heart of the matter is that undecided voters do not vote based on policies, they do not even vote in any rational manner.

11/11/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Action Alert! Ohio To Be Recounted
Categories :: Activism :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Reader Interaction

Yesterday Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb confirmed that he would demand a recount of all the votes cast in the Presidential Election in the state of Ohio. Since David Cobb's name appeared on the Ohio ballot, it is his legal right to ask for a statewide recount.

11/08/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Who Let The Bush Win?
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Polling :: Progressive Strategy :: Reference

In order to effectively frame the dialogue and shape the language necessary for progressive change, we must first take an introspective and honest look at both who and how America voted in last week's election.

11/07/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Voting Referenda Proposal
Categories :: Elections :: Progressive Strategy Over at Ishbadiddle, they have an original proposal, which I think very much merits consideration and discussion. Our own SF Liberal sent me an email from a friend of his: "What do you think about refendenda in swing states to...

11/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Lay of the Land
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Campaigns :: Criminal Acts :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Humor

We all know how much the Republicans love redistricting. So welcome to the United State of Texas bordered by the newly succeeded bordered Canadian regions of Baja Canada, Michigan, Mini Willinois and New America!

11/01/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Touch Screen Turmoil
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Humor

Humor can be a good prescription for whatever ails you. And what better place for it than amidst the excitement and trepidation of Election Day, especially with the world watching with baited-breath what the Americans will decide.

10/31/04 :: By Bonnie Yarbrough
Democracy’s New Challenge
Categories :: Elections

The release of the OBL tape has generated mixed, if somewhat muted, responses in the mainstream media’s last full news cycle of the Presidential election. Fortunately, the Internet community operates under fewer restraints regarding copy deadlines. As political consultants scramble to re-shape strategies for each tarmac touchdown, any glitch in the expected daily framework presents an opportunity. But for a brief moment, pundits, campaigns, and viewers alike appeared to be caught in mid-stride, interrupted before heading into the final weekend before the big finish. Although both political candidates responded to the tape’s release in understated comments, the differences were subtle but telling.

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Reclaiming Humanity: A Progressive Pep Talk
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections

Many of us have been literally counting the days to November 2, 2004 and we must not let the onslaught of problems occurring at the polls across the country break our stride. None of this should be surprising. They did it last year and most of us knew they were going to do it again this year. We've come much too far to let the devastating reports of deliberate disenfranchisement overwhelm us. Don't let "Defeatism" on our part be Bush's October Surprise!

10/29/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs of the Right
Categories :: Criminal Acts :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Republicans

This year's election theft tactic isn't limited to illegally purging Black voters from the voter rolls. This time the Republicans are challenging the federally guaranteed use of provisional ballots. This is crazy because the reason some voters are requesting a provisional ballot is because they were erroneously purged from the voter rolls in the first place!

10/25/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Categories :: Elections

The entry of Bill Clinton into the election 2004 fray makes me envious of all those people in Philadelphia that get to see him. His appearance on Good Morning America was remarkable not because he looks the thinnest I have ever seen him but his insight about his life and the recent operation. It is that remarkable moment when it stops becoming all about him and becomes about others. I saw that in what Clinton had to say this morning.

10/13/04 :: By Stu Finkel
GOP Firm Shredding New Voter Forms in Nevada
Categories :: Elections :: Republicans :: Tactics

GOP hired voter registration firm in Nevada is accused of ripping up new Democratic voter registration forms.

09/27/04 :: By Tom Ball
Pre-Debate Electoral Prediction
Categories :: Elections

Time to put my money where my mouth is.

KERRY: 306 (22 States + DC)
BUSH: 232 (28 States)

This is my prediction of the 2004 Presidential Election based on the most recent state polls, state idiosyncrasies, and John Kerry's history as a very strong closer.

09/26/04 :: By Stu Finkel
McCain NRSC Team Player of Week
Categories :: Elections

John McCain was named National Republican Senatorial Committee team player of the week, which should put to rest any lingering threads of infatuation that some unfortunate liberals once had with the so-called maverick.

09/23/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The GOP: The Party of Hate
Categories :: Elections

The GOP is at it again in 2004. Check out the mailer (thank you Steve Clemons and Washington Note) sent in West Virginia and evidently also Arkansas. So where is the national media on this story? Where is the fact finding and the investigation into who is doing this? Ed Gillespie of the RNC says he doesn’t know anything about itm but the return address on the mailer is, you guessed it: the RNC.

09/21/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Media Credibility Gap
Categories :: Elections For those of you that don’t know by now, I am a middle-aged white male, with two masters and a PhD, a veteran, a life-long Democrat. I’m married to a woman, owned by two dogs and two cats, and live...

09/21/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Gender Gap Disappears?
Categories :: Elections

NPR's Cokie Roberts reported today that not only has the gender gap disappeared, but Bush is actually winning the women's vote.

How many people actually believe this? Democrats have been winning the women's vote for 20 years. If any Republican is going to erase it, it won't be Bush.

Further evidence that the polls are useless this year.

08/22/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Poll Shows Kerry Trouncing Bush Among Jews
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: Elections :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

A recent survey shows Kerry leading Bush 75 to 22 among likely Jewish voters, despite the GOP's enormous efforts to win over the Jewish vote, which has been -- and apparently remains -- an overwhelmingly Democratic constituency.

07/29/04 :: By
Big Re-allignment Comming?
Categories :: Elections

Big Re-alignment Coming?

Hello friends. This is my first post and I wanted to introduce myself to all of you. First off, i wanted to congratulate everyone for being part of a great movement. I believe that the 2004 election will go down as a major landmark in the history of progressive movement politics. This is not empty optimism from a coach giving a fake “pep talk” before a big game. I believe we could see a major Re Alignment of the American Electorate as the Republicans face a Democratic TIDAL WAVE. The Dems could run the tables and take back the House, Senate, and win the white house by a double digit margin in the popular vote, perhaps even by as many as 20% points!

I’m sure a few of you may be asking, legitimately, I may add, “is this guy real? Is he high or smoking something?”

Well, I actually don’t smoke and I’m dead serious about this!

Here’s the basic reasoning:

07/28/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Progressive but Moderate I am So why are the Republicans Chasing Me?
Categories :: Elections

I guess I am the voter that George Bush and Karl Rove are looking for in this election. I have received all sorts of mail from the Bush/Cheney 04 campaign. Remember I have always voted and I have always been registered Democrat. At first I was shocked and accused some of my friends of sending my name into the campaign.

07/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The Perils to the Republicans if Bush Loses
Categories :: Elections

As a historian I try to resist speculating about the future and try to focus on the past. However, my earlier life as a politician, the appointed type, inspires me to speculate about the future. The 2004 election has been cast as a do-or-die for the Democratic Party. This election is considered part revenge for 2000 and part disgust with the direction of George W. Bush, but also a last ditch effort to remain a force in national politics. What most analysts have not examined is the peril to the Republican Party if it loses the White House and more significantly if it loses one or both of the houses of Congress.

07/26/04 :: By
Greens and Democrats
Categories :: Elections

Where the author intruduces himself, then goes on to talk about Greens and Dems and all the fun they have together.

07/22/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Election Direction: Kerry Wins Bush Loses
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: Elections :: Kerry, John

Charlie Cook’s new article “Off to the Races” in the National Journal states that the stability in the presidential race polling numbers poses a problem for President Bush. Incumbent presidents that poll below 50% have a serious problem and Bush has polled below 50% approval rating for months.

07/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Demons of Disenfranchisement: America's Dark History of Voter Purging
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: History

The purging of felony voters from voter rolls across the country reminds us that even in the 21st century African-Americans continue to fight for the right to vote.

06/11/04 :: By William Hare
Jefferson to Schwarzenegger and the Dumbing Down of America
Categories :: Elections

When President John F. Kennedy hosted a dinner for Nobel Prize winners he remarked that never before had so much cumulative brain power been assembled at the White House “except for those occasions when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” The witty comment was apt. Jefferson helped found the Democratic Party, wrote his country’s Declaration of Independence, served as America’s third president, as well as founding the University of Virginia. He was also an architect, designing the domed Virginia state capital as well as that of Virginia University, along with his home in Monticello. He was also a lawyer, a legal scholar, a philosopher, a diplomat, and inventor. Jefferson is also noted for saying that if it came to a choice of having a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government he would infinitely prefer the latter over the former.”

06/04/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Voting Wrongs: How Touch Screen Voting is a Catastrophe in the Making
Categories :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: Government :: Republicans :: Tactics

If the Canadians can use paper ballots in their presidential election and count their votes in four hours, why are we having such a difficult time counting and deciding how to count our votes in the United States? When did this become so hard for us to do?

05/22/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Bring Back the Rapid Response Team
Categories :: Elections :: Kerry, John :: Tactics

The current marathon presidential campaign, which Senator John McCain has already labeled as the nastiest he has ever seen, is reminiscent of several other noted campaigns. Two of them date back to the second decade of the nineteenth century.

05/21/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Remember 1964?
Categories :: Elections :: Kerry, John :: Tactics

American politics is replete with historical precedents. Victory is often achieved by how astutely a candidate can read today’s tealeaves through the prism of yesteryear’s politics. Senator John Kerry should take a reflective look back forty years at the presidential campaign of 1964 and adopt it as a blueprint for victory against George W. Bush in 2004.

05/20/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush Alienating Crucial Cuban Electorate
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Cuba :: Elections

Bush owes much to the Cuban-American voters, particularly in Florida. Cubans are the only Latin American demographic which clearly favor Republicans and they are a voting force in Florida -- a necessary constituency if Bush hopes to pull Florida out of the bag once again.

05/18/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tactic: Support the Opposition Underdog
Categories :: Elections :: Tactics

Say you are running for office and your opponent is formidable (maybe even superior). How do you most easily undermine his or her candidacy?

05/15/04 :: By Tom Ball
The Importance of Voting Along Party Lines
Categories :: Elections

Many people become aghast at the mere mention of voting along party lines. "How could you?" "Why don't you think for yourself!" blah, blah, blah. I encourage these people to first take a deep breath and second to think deeply about how American government works.


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