Writing Archive

A Philadelphian Rest His Hope on Steelers Country

During World War II, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers came together to form the Pennsylvania Steagles. It was about the last time the cities united on anything.
Despite both being Keystone State cities, Philly and Pittsburgh have always been cultural and political rivals. Philly is a Metroliner city founded by English aristocrats that [...]

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The “Blue Blood vs. Blue Collar” Rift

“It’s over,” mumbled Peggy Noonan at the 2008 Republican National Convention when she found out that McCain had nominated Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate.  The remark wasn’t supposed to have been public but the columnist was caught on an hot mike saying what most of the Wall Street Journal Republican wing felt about [...]

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Tea Party Caucus Officially More Southern and Western

Michelle Bachmann might hail from the Land of the North Star, but most of the members of the Tea Party Caucus that she formed last week represent the southern and western wing of the Republican House delegation.
The geographic center of gravity for the Tea Party Caucus — or the average geographical location of the hometowns [...]

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House Republicans Look to Areas Where Kerry Outperformed Obama

Robert Gibbs caused quite a stir on Sunday when he warned that Republicans could take back the House — a comment very likely meant as warning shot to a Democratic base that is not nearly as fired up and ready to go as their Republican counterparts.
The Democratic base has looked shaky in areas [...]

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Map of the Day: The Thin Network of Tea Partiers

Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith have a great article today with the traffic-generating headline, “The tea party’s exaggerated importance.”   Coincidentally, Dante Chinni at Patchwork Nation has a great map illustrating their claim that tea party numbers are overblown.
Last week I offered a Map of the Day that showed they are geographically balanced.  This may be [...]

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Map of the Day: Tea Party Movement is Geographically Balanaced

Slate dove into the 575 self-defined Tea Party groups on Meetup.com and produced a heat map of the 5,288 meetings they’ve conduced in the last year. Visit the original post to get the heat over time, but this cumulative map shows that it’s a pretty geographically balanced movement.

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The Week in Political Geography: Land of Lincoln

Politico’s new election maps page with Governor, Senate and House maps form 2000-2010. Illinois primary results.
Gallup: Only 5 Republican states [Daily Kos]
N.C.’s shifting electoral map [Salisbury Post (N.C.)]
Michigan’s Blueprint for America [National Review Online]
The 2010 Census: New Demographics, New Approach [Ad Age]
Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston [The Electoral [...]

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The Week in Political Geography:

Politico’s new election maps page with Governor, Senate and House maps form 2000-2010. Illinois primary results.
Gallup: Only 5 Republican states [Daily Kos]
N.C.’s shifting electoral map [Salisbury Post (N.C.)]
Michigan’s Blueprint for America [National Review Online]
The 2010 Census: New Demographics, New Approach [Ad Age]
Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston [The Electoral [...]

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Who is In Charge of the Map at the NRCC?

The Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that the NRCC sent out a press release on Monday hitting Rep. Glenn Nye, Democrat from Tidewater Virginia, for screwing over the taxpayers of New Mexico:
“If New Mexico taxpayers thoughts they had seen the worst of Glenn Nye’s fiscal recklessness, today’s White House budget proposal makes it clear that [...]

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Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston

The RNC’s short list of possible sites for the 2012 convention is down to Tampa, Phoenix and Salt Lake City (UPDATE: Hotline OnCall’s Reid Wilson’s is reporting that Houston is also in the running).  The committee will reportedly make a decision in late summer of 2010.  Convention committees often look at number of factors in [...]

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