Writing Archive

Migration Nation

When the Minnesota North Stars packed their bags and moved to Texas to become the Dallas Stars, the sports world cried foul, but the franchise was really just doing what millions of Americans were doing: abandoning the Rust Belt for promise in the Sun Belt (they ended up winning a Cup five years later).
In 2011, [...]

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The Season for Perfect Games and Party Activists

Two of the biggest trends of 2010 so far have been incumbents getting tossed and pitchers having career years.  The balance of power in politics has shifted away from insiders and to activists, and the balance in baseball in the post-steroid era has gone from hitters to pitchers.
Summer is barely a week old and we’ve [...]

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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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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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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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Motor City Stalls Out

Politico’s Playbook notes this morning that Detroit is on the cover of both TIME and Fortune this week.

I’m planning on writing a longer-length story about the Motor City and what its decline means for American politics.  I’ve always had sort of a morbid fascination with Detroit, partly because I love cars, partly because it’s extraordinary [...]

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The Scope of GM

General Disarray, Government Motors… call it what you want, but anyway you look at it, the GM bankruptcy is a mess. A new Detroit News map show thats the fallout isn’t going to be limited to just the Motor City:
GM Plants

GM Suppliers

GM Retirees

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Dave Bing Wins 85% of Detroit Precincts

I don’t know much about Detroit beyond the Red Wings and auto industry, so if anyone else can interpret this map better than me, please chime in. What is up with the few precincts in south Detroit that Bing lost?
From the Detroit News: “The blue precincts represent those won by [Ken] Cockrel. The pink [...]

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Should We Cede Michigan to Canada?

Bill Simmons thinks so:
Think about it. Canada gets the spiritual lift of purchasing one of the 50 states, as well as musicians like Kid Rock, Bob Seger and Eminem, a second NBA and MLB team, two Big Ten schools, another NHL team, its first NFL team and, of course, more territory. Canadians would be flying [...]

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