Monthly Archives: November 2006

politics as a spectator sport

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In the Baltimore Sun on Nov. 5, Michael Hill wrote a piece entitled “Insiders’ game: More and more, governing has become a process that leaves ordinary Americans watching from the sidelines.” He began: This time of the … Continue reading

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an analogy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 The Sixties The 2000s 1960 election: Reflects unusually high degree of ideological consensus. The main issue is the personality of the incumbent VP versus "change." 2000 election: Reflects unusually high degree of ideological consensus. The main … Continue reading

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the long-term political trends

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here are trends for Democrats versus Republicans and liberals versus conservatives over several decades. The sources are National Election Studies for 1952-1992, and exit polls thereafter. Democrats lost their advantage in registration during the 1990s, mainly because … Continue reading

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service-learning: why we do it, and how to show it works

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Below the fold is a speech I gave on November 1 at the annual convention of the grantees of Learn & Serve America, the federal program that supports community service tied to education. I used the opportunity … Continue reading

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youth turnout sharply up

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Washington, DC ? An estimated ten million young Americans under the age of 30 voted in Tuesday?s midterm elections, an increase of at least two million compared to 2002, according to exit polls and early published tallies … Continue reading

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early exit poll results (because I can’t resist)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Based on the national exit poll and some simple math, it appears that voters went for the Democrats over the Republicans in all U.S. House races by 54.6% versus 44%–which should translate into substantial gains for the … Continue reading

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youth turnout in ’06

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is the place to come to find out how (and whether) young people vote. CIRCLE calculates the youth turnout after each national election, and we’ll put estimates on the CIRCLE site as soon as we can … Continue reading

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what to do with a majority

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0There is a raging debate about how the Democrats should use a House majority, if they win one on Tuesday. On the left, some are framing the question as whether the Democrats will have the “courage” to … Continue reading

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how to report voting problems

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is a working form that collects real stories of problems at the polls. To put the same gizmo on your site, please visit VoterStory.org.

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the power of reputation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’s an observation about networks. Some people know a lot of others within a field or community and are very widely liked. It is difficult to criticize anything they do or say, either in their company or … Continue reading

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