Writing Archive

Louisiana is the Most Suspicious of Obama of Any State

Obama certainly hasn’t received high marks on his handling of the BP oil spill from wide swaths of the American people.  In Louisiana, he has probably gotten an “F.”   But it appears that even if the oil spill had never happened, Louisiana would still be the most suspicious of Obama of all the 50 states.
“Suspicion” [...]

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An Oil Slick in Hurricane Alley

If you were anywhere outside in the DC area this weekend, you know that summer is officially upon us.  And that means that in the next few months, it’ll be thunderstorm season around the mid-Atlantic and hurricane season in the Gulf.
One of the many devastating aspects of the oil spill has been that it’s physically [...]

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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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FLASHBACK: New Orleans Dispatch

In honor of WHO DAT NATION bringing the Super Bowl to the Crescent City (the parade starts at 4 pm local time today), I thought I’d post an article I wrote about the 2006 New Orleans mayoral election.
I was in town working on a Habitat for Humanity-type project with my church and did some side [...]

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What are the Most and Least “Nativist” States?

These are the states with the highest percentage of native-born residents (color-coded by political competitiveness):
Louisiana – 79.5%
Michigan – 75.7%
Pennsylvania – 75.5%
Ohio – 75.0%
Iowa – 72.5%
These are the states with the fewest native-born residents:
Nevada – 22.7%
Florida – 33.6%
Arizona – 35.4%
Alaska – 38.9%
New Hampshire – 42.0%

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The Week in Political Geography: Jackonsian Belt

Democrats are in big trouble in the Jacksonian Belt stretching from southern Pennsylvania through Appalachia to Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Redistricting post-Katrina Louisiana is going to be a mess.
The geography of smoking: Utah and West Virginia bookend the spectrum.
A map ranking, er, Californiaishness.
The Bay Area is shrinking and Pelosi has the smallest district in the state. [...]

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The Non-Southern Cabinet

After 16 years of administrations with Southern accents, Obama has named only one Southern to his Cabinet: New Orleanean Lisa Jackson.

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Could Obama Really Win a State in the South?

If Barack Obama wins any of the states in the former Confederacy, it’ll probably be Virginia or North Carolina. But a few analysts have suggested that he could boost African-African turnout across the rest of the south — the Deep South, mind you — to make some really red states competitive. Chuck Todd [...]

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Schumer Bullish about the Senate Electoral Map

First Read reports:

“[Sen. Chuck] Schumer [N.Y.], chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said the DSCC is challenging in 17 of 23 GOP-held seats, including eight he believes Democrats have a solid chance in and nine others where he thinks they can be competitive.
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“Here’s the picture for the DSCC provided by Schumer: Top targets: VA, [...]

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