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A Loss for Gerrymandering

Illinois’ 17th is one of the ugliest gerrymandered districts in America. It was carved out by Democrats in 2001 to connect union-heavy manufacturing towns such as the Quad Cities with the urban centers like Springfield.
But in 2010, Republican Robert Schilling will beat Democrat Phil Hare by over tens points. Call it a win for [...]

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Chicago’s Quilted Constituencies

For the first time since Harry Truman was president, Chicagoans will vote in a mayoral election with no incumbent next year.  Rahm Emanuel is obviously getting most of the buzz, but an open-answer poll by the Chicago Tribune released last Friday found that he garnered only 7%, behind Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (12%) and state [...]

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A City as Blue as Lake Michigan

“The strength of the Democratic Party of Cook County is not something that just happened.” – Richard J. Daley
The Daleys had many highs and many lows during their 42-year perch above Chicago, but from the electoral crunch of the 1960 election to the landslide of 2008, they were always successful in making Chicagoland one of [...]

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Blue States Most in Debt

Forbes:
The five states in the worst financial condition–Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California and New Jersey–are all among the bluest of blue states. The five most fiscally fit states are more of a mix. Three–Utah, Nebraska and Texas–boast Republican majorities and two–New Hampshire and Virginia–skew Democratic.**
I point to three factors.  First, states like New York, Illinois [...]

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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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A Republican Resurgence in George H.W. Bush States?

George W. Bush unveiled plans this week for his presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and according to architects’ renditions, it will have a front yard that is designed to look like a prairie.  Judging by the imagery surrounding W., one would think that his forefathers fought at the Alamo.
But as most astute [...]

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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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The More Chicago Politics Change…

Chicago has enjoyed a lot of attention the last couple of years thanks to the White Sox fan in the White House.  A couple of examples: On the left, HuffPo has a “Chicago” section on its front page, and on the right, major conservative publications like the Weekly Standard have dedicated thousands of words to [...]

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NBC News Calls Pennsylvania for Obama

Already?! Before a single vote has been counted?!
They also call all of New England — including New Hampshire — New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Illinoins for Obama; and call South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Oklahoma for McCain.

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