Writing Archive

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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New Jersey as the American Dream?

Daneil Jelski gushes about the Garden State at New Geography today, flatly concluding that “New Jersey embodies the American Dream.”
He exalts the state’s many virtues: It is “extraordinarily wealthy,” ”a fabulously wealthy state,” “a beautiful state,” looks as if “the streets were paved with gold,” “entrepreneurial,” “very nice,” “wonderful,” “patriotic,” “living proof of the universal principles [...]

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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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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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More on the Geography of the “No” Votes

1. “Sun Belt 1, Manhattan 0″
I wrote on Tuesday that representatives from the financial hubs mostly voted “Yea” and those from poor urban cores and fly-over states mostly voted “Nay.”
This is true, but it there may be a few more cross-currents at work here.
The folks at Observationalism noticed while the New York delegation was the [...]

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Chuck Todd’s Latest Electoral Map: Obama 217, McCain 189

Chuck moves Oregon and New Jersey from “lean Obama” to “likely Obama” and moves Iowa from “toss-up” to “leans Obama.”
I’d say that’s about right. The Oregon and Iowa adjustments speak to Obama’s strength in the Upper Mississippi River Valley — or “the ‘region’ of Illinois,” as Chuck puts it — and in the Pacific [...]

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McCain Opens the Meadowlands of Campaign Offices

Newsday’s Dan Janison isn’t happy about the location of John McCain’s recently-opened New York office. In a blog post on Spin Cycle today, he takes the GOP candidate to town for first promising to “campaign all over this magnificent state” and then setting up shop in another.
“When it came time to set up his New [...]

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The Wealthiest States Trending Democratic

The Post had a great article over the weekend about what it called the nation’s “New Political Geography“: poorer, rural areas trending from the Dems to the GOP and more affluent metro areas trending from the red to blue.
It’s a well-documented phenomenon, but I think the Post has some unique and interesting features that are [...]

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Washington Post’s “Lowest Common Denominator” Map

WaPo’s Dan Balz has an A1 story today explaining the 2008 electoral map to what one might call casual observers of the race. So the article covers most of the CW — Obama will target new battlegrounds like Virginia and Colorado, McCain has his sights on Michigan, the Midwest is pivotal, and so on… [...]

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Blue Jersey?

Republican pollster David Winston had a insightful column in Roll Call on Tuesday about the prospects of John McCain putting California into play, but he also had these interesting comments about New Jersey:

“McCain may have been at odds with a part of the GOP base on immigration and other issues. But as it turns out, [...]

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