Monthly Archives: November 2014

fact-checking: vote three times for the same party and you’re hooked for life?

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12It is widely held that if a person votes three times in a row for a given party, she will always vote for that party. (For instance, a CNN “Election Night” segment in 2012 began with that … Continue reading

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a sign of peace?

Facebook26 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 26It is no secret that I spend a lot of the day looking around the earth on Google Street View while talking on the phone. If you are one who calls me, rest assured that this is the … Continue reading

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nostalgia for now

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17Even in Kyoto hearing a cuckoo Basho missed Kyoto Basho missed Kyoto which is just a word to me but I hear Basho I hear Basho when the rain beats the windshield and I miss the rain … Continue reading

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Participatory Budgeting in Vallejo

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(Washington, DC) Alana Samuels has a great Atlantic piece about Participatory Budgeting in the California City of Vallejo. Participatory Budgeting is an important democratic innovation with lots of potential, and Samuels movingly describes residents of Vallejo working … Continue reading

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what do the Democrats offer the working class?

Facebook55 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 55You’d swear that progressives have a quota for the phrase “white male.” It’s like their Benghazi. — Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) November 6, 2014 According to the Exit Polls, 64% of white people without college educations, and also … Continue reading

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CIRCLE’s youth turnout estimate: 21.3%

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7This is what we work through Election Night for (my colleagues more than I): an exclusive, preliminary youth turnout estimate. It shows at least 9.9 million young Americans (ages 18-29), or 21.3%, voted in Tuesday’s midterm election, … Continue reading

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talking about young voters of color

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22Here is the footage of WCVB-TV’s Karen Holmes Ward, UMass-Boston’s Erin O’Brien, and me, talking about young people in the 2014 election last Sunday. CIRCLE is the place to come for youth voting statistics tonight and tomorrow morning.    

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postcolonial reaction

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2Two recent articles by Pankaj Mishra put very different valences on the same fundamental story. In “Modi’s Idea of India” (The New York Times, Oct 24), Mishra decries the “intellectual insecurity, confusion and aggressiveness” of Hindu nationalists … Continue reading

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