Writing Archive

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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Political Geography Week in Review: Happy Holidays

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday vacation.  If you were like me and took a few days off from news, then you may have some digging out to do.  So I pulled together a review of some of the biggest stories in political geography from the last few weeks.  Here it goes:
We learned [...]

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Republicans Win Key Tennessee Redistricting Battle

A special election today in Tennessee won by a Republican candidate will give the GOP control of the state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction and with it a significant advantage in redistricting.  The governorship is still controlled by Democrat Phil Bredesen, but his term ends in 2010 and the state leans red.
In today’s [...]

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“State Sovereignty” Resolutions Increasingly Popular

A trio of Nebraska state senators are worried that the “federal government is overstepping its bounds,” and have introduced a resolution to reaffirm “state sovereignty,” according to the Omaha World-Herald.  I thought it was interesting, but a sentence about halfway down the article really caught my eye:
Seven states passed resolutions this year affirming their sovereignty, [...]

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Greetings from the State of Franklin

I just got back from a much-needed weekend of biking and fishing in the state of Franklin, otherwise known as northeast Tennessee (pics below).  Why, you may ask, is it called Franlkin?  Well, in the 1780’s eight counties on the North Carolina frontier broke away and formed a state originally called Frankland.  The settlers were [...]

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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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Morning Reading – 8 Days to Go

[MAP] Nate Silver maps out a win for McCain that doesn’t go through Pennsylvania.
[MAP] Obama will spend his final week in six states where Bush won by an average of 9.2%.
[MAP] The Caucus moves Colorado from tossup to lean Obama; moves Indiana and Missouri from lean McCain to tossup. And The Fix predicts an Obama [...]

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Obama Running Ahead of Kerry in 41 States

Governing.com’s Josh Goodman has a good look at how Barack Obama is running ahead of where John Kerry was four years ago today in 41 states, according to data from Pollster.com.
It’s not surprising considering that Bush is about as popular as the Dallas Cowboys at a Redskins game and considering the fact that Obama makes [...]

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Georgia Wants to Redraw Border with Tennessee

It’s always been about “states’ rights” in the South. This time, Georgia state legislators say they have the right to water from the Tennessee River, citing a faulty 1818 survey that placed the Georgia-Tennessee border over a mile south of where it should be.
The border should have been set at the 35th parallel, but according [...]

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Huck Looks for the SEC Sweep

From Mike Hucakbee during his press conference:
“It’s tough for this ole Razorback to say things like ‘Roll, Tide, Roll,’ but I’m doing it tonight. And it’s tough for this ole Razorback to look over there at the state just to the East of us and say that ‘We’re, too, Volunteers.’ I think before the [...]

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