Writing Archive

Map of the Day: Obama All Alone in the Lone Star State?

There are two parts of Texas, according to Jack Burden. “The part where the flat-footed, bilious, frog-sticker-toting Baptist biscuit-eaters live.” And the “part where the crooked-legged, high-heeled, gun-wearing, callous-assed sons of the range live.”
Both parts are a long way form Hyde Park.
Burden’s descriptions of Texas reflect the contempt that many outsiders have always felt toward [...]

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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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Map of the Day: Houston Oilers

“Houston, right on the edge of the pines, and only inches above sea level, is a swamp of heat and humidity only an air-conditioner repairman or an oil engineer could love,” wrote Joel Garreau in his 1981 landmark book The Nine Nations of North America.
In other words, Houston wouldn’t be what it is without the [...]

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Perry Dominates from the Red River to the Rio Grande

The question wasn’t whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry would win the Republican primary on Tuesday against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Tea Partier Debra Medina.  The question was would he break 50% and avoid a runoff.
Perry tallied 51% to Hutchison’s 30% and Medina’s 19%, and routed his opponents in every part of the state.
Texas is [...]

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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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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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Secessionists Go Online

Can you imagine Robert E. Lee writing a blog?
Of course not – It’s hard to imagine the Marble Man hacking away at a Blackberry, or even for that matter broadcasting his daily routines to the mass communication device of that day – a newspaper.
But these days, a few secessionist movements have decided that the best [...]

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What if Texas Did Secede?

Everyone seems to be writing about Texas secession since Gov. Wingnut Perry hinted at the idea during a Tea Party rally. In reality, we know that Texas is not going to secede, but I thought it’d be fun to look at some possible scenarios.
North Korea Model
Say Texas did break off; what kind of relationship [...]

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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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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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