2012 Election

'Dozens of Blacks' Vote in Maine, GOP Leader Demands Investigation

Maine Republican Party chairman Charlie Webster saw "dozens of black people" voting in Maine on Election Day 2012 and would like to get to the bottom of this travesty!
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What Effect, If Any, Did Voter ID Laws Have on the Election?

Elaine Schmottlach has been a ballot clerk in the small southeastern New Hampshire town of Nottingham – population, 4,785 – for the last 25 years. Yet when it came time for her to vote on Nov. 6, she had to show valid photo identification as required under a new state law.
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Audio of Romney's 'Gifts' Comments; Jindal Slams Romney

Audio of Mitt Romney's "Gifts Comments and see below for Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) slamming Romney for these "insulting" and "completely unhelpful" remarks. You know things are bad when even a right wingnut like Jindal thinks Republicans are being "the dumb party" and that the 2012 Republican nominee for president is hurting the party. Me, I'm just popping up some more popcorn and enjoying the show! :) ...
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Leader Pelosi Isn't Going Anywhere

In the history of the Congress, there have been few leaders like Nancy Pelosi. Besides the obvious, her history-making role as the first female Speaker, she has been a powerhouse in many other ways. She leads a caucus with a wide range of opinions, yet she emerged from one of the most progressive districts in the country. Through sheer strength of will she was able to be the guiding force to pass health care reform.
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Everything We Know (So Far) About Obama’s Big Data Tactics

For the past nine months, we’ve been following how political campaigns use data about voters to target them in different ways. During the election, the Obama campaign, which had assembled a cutting-edge team of data scientists, developers, and digital advertising experts, refused to say anything about how it was targeting voters.
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Redistricting Gave Republicans a 7.5% Headstart in House Elections

Yesterday, I wrote about the Republican sketchy claim of having won a mandate in the House of Representatives where they will hold about a 40 seat edge despite losing the popular vote. I explained how redistricting process undermines Democratic representation by wasting Democratic votes in huge super majorities.
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Paul Ryan Blames 'Urban Areas' For Obama Win

In his first time speaking since he and Mitt Romney lost the 2012 Presidential election, Paul Ryan blamed Obama's win on "urban areas".
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Crazy Right Wingers Want Their States to Secede

Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Kentucky, Montana, Arkansas, North Dakota, Mississippi, New York. North Carolina, Missouri, Oregon, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, South Carolina, and Florida. Those are the states whom, so far, have had someone file a "We the People" petition to secede from the United States of America in response to Obama winning the 2012 Presidential election. Texas is the only one to reach the 28,000 signatures needed to warrant a response from the Obama administration and Governor Rick Perry has weighed in.
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Nate Silver Ranks the Best and Worst Pollsters of 2012

Does Nate Silver ever sleep, or even rest? Apparently not. Even after a grueling election season in which he (rightfully) became a superstar, and also somehow found time to write and promote a new book (The Signal and the Noise, which I'm currently reading), he's still hard at work.
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Mapping Racism Through Digital Media

With the re-election of President Obama, white people who rooted for the other guy took to various forms of digital media and unleashed their disappointment. Some white folks went a good deal farther than disappointment into overt racism, like this white woman from California who posted her racism on Facebook.
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