Writing Archive

Big Labor Flops in Land of Wally World

Big Labor was a big fan of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who lost a runoff election to Sen. Blanche Lincoln on Tuesday, 52%-48%.  The major reason “organized labor flushed $10 million down the toilet” in supporting him (as one administration official put it), was because of Lincoln’s opposition to Card Check and support for Wal-Mart.
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Bringing Home the Bacon to Razorback Country

Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln will likely become the third incumbent senator tonight to lose a primary this cycle.  What’s amazing is she’s Ag chairwoman and this is a big-time Ag state that relies on federal farm subsidies – and they still want to toss her out.
Poinsett County, for example, received $555,667,375 in subsidies in the [...]

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The Week in Electoral Maps

No fancy maps today, just the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas primary maps for your records.  It took a Canadian blog called World Elections to produce these great ones (which should come as a challenge to all American cartographers and political junkies).
In “the alcoholic republic,” on the Democratic side, Jack Conway cleaned up in the Louisville [...]

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Map of the Day: Democrats On Notice in Clintonian Belt

One of the best predictors of Democrats’ fortunes in the Fall is the ole Clinton vs. Obama electoral map.  Incumbents in what can be called the Clintonian Belt are on notice.  Last week, 18-year Rep. Alan Mollohan (D) was defeated in a primary in northern West Virginia, a state where Clinton won with 67%.
On Tuesday, [...]

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Morning Reading – 8 Days to Go

[MAP] Nate Silver maps out a win for McCain that doesn’t go through Pennsylvania.
[MAP] Obama will spend his final week in six states where Bush won by an average of 9.2%.
[MAP] The Caucus moves Colorado from tossup to lean Obama; moves Indiana and Missouri from lean McCain to tossup. And The Fix predicts an Obama [...]

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Schaller Leans Too Much on Numbers to Suggest Dems Can’t Win the South

Tom Schaller has a solid column in the New York Times today arguing exactly the opposite of what the paper has suggested repeatedly — that Obama can win deep red states in the old Confederacy by inspiring and mobilizing unprecedented African-American turnout.
In his piece “The South Will Fall Again,” he dispels two popular myths about [...]

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Obama Has No Chance in Arkansas

In the wake of Democratic Rep. Dan Boren’s (D) refusal to endorse Barack Obama, Arkansas News columnist John Brummett suspects that the Oklahoma congressman’s uneasiness with Obama extends across the border:
“Obama can’t compete in Arkansas without Hillary as his running mate. Obama is going to get pummeled in Oklahoma either way because Oklahoma is Arkansas [...]

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Regional Reporters Lower Expectations

Each state tends to have a marquee political reporter who sets the tone for campaign coverage but also serves as occasional cheerleader for that state’s electoral importance.  Think Des Moines Register’s David Yespen skewering a candidate for downplaying the caucuses or the New Hampshire Union-Leader’s John DiStaso defending the Granite State’s treasured first-in-the-nation status.
Even Arkansas [...]

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Electoral Map Daily Compass: Left Coast Edition

Some interesting developments in the Golden State.

Romney looses all of south Missouri… except for Rush’s home county. [Politico]
California GOP’s Electoral College measure falls short. [Sacramento Bee]
Asian-Americans love Hillary. Who knew? [Salon]
Have Huck and Hill made amends in Arkansas? [Arkansas News]
McCain took 51 of 53 congressional districts in California [Real Clear Politics, Politico, California Secretary of [...]

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Huck Looks for the SEC Sweep

From Mike Hucakbee during his press conference:
“It’s tough for this ole Razorback to say things like ‘Roll, Tide, Roll,’ but I’m doing it tonight. And it’s tough for this ole Razorback to look over there at the state just to the East of us and say that ‘We’re, too, Volunteers.’ I think before the [...]

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