Writing Archive

Different Shades of Peach State Politics

Atlanta has reinvented itself in the last 50 years as the “city too busy to hate.”  It has the nation’s busiest airport; it’s home to the headquarters of several global mega-brands, such as Coca-Cola; and it’s the hub of an emerging megapolis stretching to Charlotte.
But race still provides the backdrop to politics in the state [...]

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My Column in New Geography Today

Loyal TEM readers know that I posted the column “Southern Piedmont: Where NASCAR Meets the NASDAQ” here last week.  Today it goes lives on New Geography – Check it out here, complete with a map, and send around if you can!
Also, as a new media strategist, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t [...]

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Southern Piedmont: Where NASCAR Meets the NASDAQ

When Andrew Jackson roamed the hills of the Carolinas, northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee, it was still frontier, and for generations the southern Piedmont remained economically and culturally isolated.  Today, however, Old Hickory might be surprised to learn what this area has become.
Atlanta, a railroad junction with a few thousand souls before the Civil War, [...]

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Morning Reading List – 10 Days to Go

[MAP] Nielsen finds Obama aired 150% more ads than McCain in seven key swing states.
[FL-27] McCain makes a sweep down the crucial/vital/pivotal I-4 Corridor.
[PA-21, OH-20] Obama launches the OSU vs. PSU Challenge.
[GA-15] InsiderAdvantage has a tie in the Peach State.  And Bob Barr predicts McCain will lose it.
[VA-13, CO-9] Chuck Todd moves Virginia and [...]

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Is Georgia Really in Play? Rhodes Cook Thinks So

UVA’s Rhodes Cook has a great column today about the ebbs and flows of party registration and how the Dems have added over 700,000 new voters since 2004 while the GOP has lost nearly a million.  In Pennsylvania alone, Dems have gained nearly 268,000 new voters while the Republicans have lost over 220,000.
Interesting column, [...]

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Can Obama Really Win Georgia?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “He cannot win Georgia. Nohow, no way.“

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Electoral Map Daily Compass

The Daily Compass is back!

ALASKA: Nate Silver lays out the argument for an Obama trip to Alaska [FiveThirtyEight.com]
GEORGIA: InsiderAdvantage has Obama tied with McCain [Southern Political Report]
IOWA: McCain and Bush tour the Hawkeye State 60 miles apart [New York Times]
IOWA: SurveyUSA says Obama/Webb is the strongest Democratic ticket; McCain/Bloomberg is the best GOP one [Race [...]

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Obama Camp Says It Doesn’t Need Ohio or Florida

If you’ve lived in Miami, Ohio or Miami, Florida during the last few election cycles, you’ve probably grown accustomed to being lavished with attention — or maybe annoyed to exhaustion — by the political campaigns.
Well, last week the Obama camp declared that its road to the White House won’t necessary run through these behemoth battlegrounds. [...]

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Bob Barr Could Make Georgia and North Carolina Competitive

A new poll for a former adviser to Newt Gingrich suggests that Libertarian candidate Bob Barr could pick off enough votes in Georgia and North Carolina to make the two states competitive for Barack Obama.  The InsiderAdvantage survey found Barr picking up 8 percent in Georgia and 6 percent in North Carolina, putting Obama within [...]

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Georgia Wants to Redraw Border with Tennessee

It’s always been about “states’ rights” in the South. This time, Georgia state legislators say they have the right to water from the Tennessee River, citing a faulty 1818 survey that placed the Georgia-Tennessee border over a mile south of where it should be.
The border should have been set at the 35th parallel, but according [...]

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