Writing Archive

Forecasting the Oil Spill

The New York Times eviscerated Obama over the weekend, editorializing, “The president cannot plug the leak or magically clean up the fouled Gulf of Mexico. But he and his administration need to do a lot more to show they are on top of this mess, and not perpetually behind the curve.”
The president may not be [...]

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Map of the Day: Mitt Romney (R-Detroit)

The Wall Street Journal’s most p0pular story today was about how Mitt Romney’s childhood home at 1860 Balmoral Dr., Detroit, Michigan is one of 10,000 houses that Mayor Dave Bing has pledged to knock down. Romney called it “sad” and blamed it on “liberal social policies” that have forced jobs out of the Motor [...]

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Map of the Day: What Would Willie Talos Do?

The seed money for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company came from $25,000 in profits from ping-pong paddle sales.  But many other small business that rely on the Gulf’s  natural resources don’t have this kind cash flow and are going to take a huge hit from the BP oil spill.
In a gloomy report called “Oil Slickonomics,” David [...]

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Map of the Day: Spill Baby Spill

Charlie Crist didn’t just change his party affiliation today.  The governor of a state with over 2,200 miles of tidal shoreline also abandoned his support for offshore drilling in the Gulf.  After a 90-minute flight above the oil spill set off by the collapse of a BP platform that exploded and sank, he told the [...]

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Map of the Day: Jobs Beyond the Space Coast

Per the Orlando Sentinel: “The impact will be felt far beyond the Space Coast. Space is a $2 billion industry in Florida, supporting jobs in 47 of 67 counties.” Something for the White House to chew over.

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Map of the Day: Oil Fields Now Open for Exploration

[Source: New York Times]
Does President Obama’s call to authorize oil exploration off the Southern coast and in Alaska help him in those states?  Marginally. Maybe in Virginia and Alaska; probably not in Florida.
Does it help him nationally with voters? Most definitely.

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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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Astonishing Stat of the Day

H/T Barry Ritholtz:
Just 6 states account for 62% of US total foreclosures:  California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois and Michigan are the leading states in terms of receiving foreclosure filings. As the chart above shows, California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada have the greatest foreclosure activity.
For what it’s worth, five out of six, with the exception of [...]

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What do Elkhart, Ft. Myers and Springfield Have in Common?

Two things:
1. Obama visited all three communities this week to campaign for the stimulus package.
2. They all have unfortunate superlatives relating to the recession.  Elkhart, Ind. has one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.  Ft. Myers, Fla. has the highest rate of home foreclosures nationwide.  And Springfield, Va., if you ask me, has [...]

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32,000 Vote Shift in Duval County, FL

Duval County (Jacksonville) is a place of some strange happenings — it has the only Northern-flowing major river in America for instance — but check out its bizarro voting shifts.  In 2004, Bush won 58-42% there; he won 220K votes to John Kerry’s 158K.
But in 2008, the county split about 50-50%.  McCain won 188K votes [...]

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