Writing Archive

What is Ground Zero Dust Like?

I think Bob Dylan said it best in 1962 without even knowing it:
I’ll take all the smog in Cal-i-for-ne-ay,
‘N’ every bit of dust in the Oklahoma plains,
‘N’ the dirt in the caves of the Rocky Mountain mines.
It’s all much cleaner than the New York kind.

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Map of the Day: Capital of the World

When Michael Bloomberg warned yesterday that the U.S. “is committing national suicide” by stalling on immigration reform, what he may been thinking is that immigrants are as elemental to the New York City as air and water. The so-called Capital of the World would suffocate without them.
About 2.9 million of New York City’s 8.2 million [...]

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Map of the Day: You Thought Incumbency Protection in the U.S. was Bad?

British Liberal Democrat Mark Pack notes that if you’re under age 40, “nearly half the seats in the [U.K.] have never changed hands since you were born.”  He has a companion map showed that 31 seats haven’t changed parties since 1895.
Even though we often complain about a lack of competitive seats here in the States, [...]

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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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Who is In Charge of the Map at the NRCC?

The Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that the NRCC sent out a press release on Monday hitting Rep. Glenn Nye, Democrat from Tidewater Virginia, for screwing over the taxpayers of New Mexico:
“If New Mexico taxpayers thoughts they had seen the worst of Glenn Nye’s fiscal recklessness, today’s White House budget proposal makes it clear that [...]

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400 Years of New York Maps in One Book

If you’re a map lover, New Yorker, or if you’ve ever watched Gangs of New York and wished you had a map of the Five Points, then I highly recommend Mapping New York, a new book from Black Dog Publishing.
I received a copy in the mail recently and said I’d write a review.  I expected [...]

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Swing State Project = Redistricting Animals

In a quest to gerrymander every Republican possible out of a House seat, the crew at Swing State Project has been playing around with dream scenarios for Democratic redistricting.  Their latest project is NYC Metro, which really only means finding a way to slice-and-dice up the only Republican seat left in the metro area, the [...]

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GOP Regains Control of New York State Senate

Wow, this could have HUGE ramifications for redistricting.  NYT reports:
ALBANY – Democrats appeared to have lost their majority in the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for a party that has controlled the chamber for barely five months.
A raucous leadership fight erupted on the floor of the [...]

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Efficiency Through Consolidation?

Tom Brokaw recently penned a column in the New York Times suggesting that this recession is an opportunity to press the reset button and that one aspect we should focus on reforming is the efficiency of government. Specifically, Brokaw suggests that state governments could save billions by consolidating municipal governments in the way that [...]

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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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