Elections and Campaigns

Arizona Latino Voter Suppression

After years of Arizona elected officials hiding behind the rhetoric of border security to defend what has been a wholesale systemic oppression of Latinos their true motives may receive the light of a beacon of truth.
In the dusty and dark back room of the Arizona Secretary of State’s office lay the hopes, dreams and aspirations of over 80,000 voters in the form of ballots which are decidedly still uncounted to this day.
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Election Returns 2012 California Initiatives

adminCalifornia November 6, 2012 Ballot Measures (Preliminary Results)as reported by the California Secretary of State
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Probing the Depths of Poll Work

Cathy CockrellEARC researchers Karin Mac Donald and Bonnie Glaser — with poll-worker training materials from 58 California counties. (Cathy Cockrell/NewsCenter photos)About a million Americans — 100,000 of them in California  — will spend Election Day ...
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I Have Questions; The Candidates Don’t Have Answers

Most of the questions—and responses—in the three presidential debates had been asked—and answered—several times during the campaign. But there are critical questions that were not asked. Let’s begin with Foreign Policy.
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Latinos Voting Early, Enthusiastic in Final Week

The latest impreMedia-Latino Decisions tracking poll shows that Latinos are more enthusiastic and more likely to vote than ten weeks ago when the initial poll was fielded. Forty-five percent of Latino voters say they are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 compared to 2008.
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Party and Newspaper Endorsements for CA Propositions

California Proposition Endorsements made by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party as well as analysis and the endorsements of individual propositions by CA newspapers.
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Obama, Progressives Are Winning on Issues

President Obama’s 2012 campaign is giving the progressive base something it has not experienced since FDR: a clear cut ideological victory for progressive economic strategies and values. And Republicans know it. That’s why the GOP is already redefining the election so that it is not a test of failed and unpopular conservative policies, but rather is an example of what happens when these failed and unpopular policies are not effectively promoted.
Remember when conservatives demanded in 2008 that John McCain let “Palin be Palin”? And some even claimed that a liberated Palin would have led the ticket to victory? Now they are insisting that Mitt Romney “Let Ryan be Ryan,” despite the VP nominee’s politically destructive Medicare positions.
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Polls, Sham Polls, and Linguistics

Though scores of Republicans are looking at poll numbers and moving to the sidelines or outright jumping ship, at least two imaginative Romney cheerleader/pundits — Hugh Hewitt and Dick Morris — maintain a different view. They say Romney already is ahead.
In fact, the stronger the president’s poll numbers, the more fervently these guys act as though a Romney victory is not just likely, but in the bag.
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CA: Look, Boss, The Train

A while back, 1863, actually, in San Jose, California, citizens and business people got together to build a railroad from San Jose north to San Francisco.
At the time, the only transportation available to span the 50 miles between the two cities (although San Jose wasn’t really large enough to be called a city) was by wagon or by steamship. So farmers bringing produce and animals to market in San Francisco or people having business in one of the cities or just visiting, had to put up with the steamship’s all-day transit time, or several days travel by wagon.
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