Writing Archive

“Blue States” Indiana and Virginia Looking Ruby Red Tonight

Only two states voted for Republican presidents from 1968-2004, and then flipped to Barack Obama — Virginia and Indiana. In fact, the blue tide was so strong in those two states that Democrats enjoyed a 5-4 House majority in the Hoosier State and a 6-5 House majority (and both senator seats) in the Old [...]

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The Battle for Westsylvania

Voters across the state of Westsylvania go to the polls today to select their nominees for the U.S. Senate and to chose a successor to the late Rep. John Murtha. Where, you may ask, is Westsylvania? It was the proposed 14th colony in the western mountains of Virginia and Pennsylvania, whose borders would [...]

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Map of the Day: Oil Fields Now Open for Exploration

[Source: New York Times]
Does President Obama’s call to authorize oil exploration off the Southern coast and in Alaska help him in those states?  Marginally. Maybe in Virginia and Alaska; probably not in Florida.
Does it help him nationally with voters? Most definitely.

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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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Stoking Democratic Fears In Coal Country

Cook’s Dave Wasserman co-wrote this with me for today’s issue of National Journal.  Hope you enjoy.
Democrats’ sorrows in Appalachia aren’t new. But the party’s decline in Buchanan County, Va., which is tucked into the corner where the commonwealth bumps into West Virginia and Kentucky, is a prime illustration of how Democratic fortunes in the [...]

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Initial Thoughts on VA-37 and Redistricting

Democrats didn’t just win a Virginia state Senate special election yesterday.  They won a coveted seat at the redistricting table.  With a 22-18 state Senate majority, Dems will have veto power against Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and the GOP-controlled House of Delegates.
This is a huge win for Democrats, but really all it really means it [...]

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Maryland Geography FAIL

Is Lollar’s platform to steal Virginia’s Eastern Shore???

At least it’s not as bad as Nora O’Donnell’s Virginia confusion.

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Republicans Sweep from Reston to Roanoke

Republicans dominated the Virginia elections on Tuesday, sweeping all three statewide offices and gaining at least three House of Delegates seats.   Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell crushed state Sen. Creigh Deeds by a margin of 59-41% and beat him in 113 of the commonwealth’s 134 counties and cities.
McDonnell dominated every part of the state from [...]

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My Politico Column and Today’s Elections

I’ve been somewhat quiet recently on The Electoral Map.  Part of that is because I’ve had a lot of work at New Media Strategies, where I’m running the “online voice” for The Almanac of American Politics (follow us on Twitter at @The_Almanac and became a fan on Facebook!) among other projects.
Part of it is because [...]

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