Unexpected Victories for Democracy in Turkey and Mexico
Another election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries last weekend, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two very large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both very important to the United States.
In the run-up to the …
In Northern England, the Tories Look to Regain a Little Lost Ground
Darlington, a market town in County Durham in Englandâ€™s northeast, is the kind of constituency that the Conservative party needs to win if it wants to form a government after the British general election this Thursday, May 7.
Since 1945, in …
Who Was the Democrats’ Stealth Winner In Tuesday’s Election?
The 2014 midterm election is a gift that keeps on giving, offering both good news in se and derivative good news. Larry Hogan’s stunning election as Maryland governor, for example, not only brought coattails for state legislative offices but accomplished something …
The Pro-Illegal-Voting Advocates Begin to Speak
Also in today’s Jolt, a quick look at the coming argument that illegal immigrants voting in United States elections in violation of the law is a good thing:
The Pro-Illegal-Voting Advocates Begin to Speak
A letter to the editor in …
What Happens in Places Without Competitive Statewide Races?
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Looks Like Nevada Democrats Are Sitting This Year Out. Who Else Will?
Let the great Jon Ralston lay out just how horrific the early-voting numbers are for Democrats out in Nevada:
GOP Candidate Fires Gun in New Ad
Joni Ernst is back with another eye-catching campaign ad, and this time she’s taking aim and ready to “unload” a round on Obamacare.
After sharing her pig-castrating past in a previous ad, the Iowa Republican senate candidate takes target practice …
Do We on the Right Still Trust the People?
The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt, making its way through the piles of snow mostly rain in northern Virginia, features the death of Hugo Chávez, Donald Trump joining the roster of CPAC speakers, the administration’s claim that …
Not Less Painful as the Day Goes On
The last Morning Jolt until November 19:
And Now, the Most Depressing Morning Jolt Ever
I wish I could point to silver linings, reasons for optimism, areas to build in the future, and so on. But I’m not going …
Democrats’ Advantage in Voter Registration Slipping in Key States
This news release – announcing that there are now roughly 20,000 more registered Republicans in Iowa than registered Democrats – suggests that Hawkeye state Republicans can crow about a dramatic turnaround, pointing out that back in January 2009, Iowa Democrats enjoyed a 110,000 …
Off-Year Elections, the Preseason Football of Democracy
Off-year elections: Catch the fever!
Fairfax County, Virginia: “Eight hours after polls for Tuesday’s elections opened in Fairfax County most precincts have seen just 200 to 400 voters pass through their doors, county election officials said. General Registrar Cameron Quinn said …
I was delighted to read this sentence in a story on elections near where I live: “A crowded field of five Democrats are in a race to replace Del. Rob Krupicka (D), who announced he wonâ€™t run for reelection …
What’s It Like to Lose an Election to a 17-Year-Old Girl?
For West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump, the 2014 midterm election brought an additional sting beyond the pain that normally comes with being a man of a certain age. The libertarian-leaning Republican had to watch the person who defeated him in …
Witnessing Election Shenanigans? There’s an App for That.
Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote, appearing on NRANews.com on Monday, said:
Our election system presumes honorable activity, and it presumes ethical behavior [among participants].#…#As you look at some groups have intentionally subverted the process, like ACORN, these …
Double-Check Your Final Ballot When You Vote!
Stories like this are just pouring gasoline on a fire:
The [Maryland Republican] party said Tuesday that it has received complaints from about 50 voters in 12 Maryland counties who say machines at early voting centers “flipped” their Republican votes to count …
Jaw-Dropping Study Claims Large Numbers of Non-Citizens Vote in U.S.
This study’s claim is pretty eye-opening…
Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). Its large number of observations (32,800 in 2008 and 55,400 in 2010) provide sufficient samples of the non-immigrant sub-population, with 339 non-citizen respondents in 2008 and 489 in 2010. For the 2008 CCES, …
Wasserman Schultz: ‘We’re on Offense’
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said Sunday that the Democrats are in a strong position for the midterm elections despite a growing litany of wobbly statements from party officials, elected politicians and liberal commentators.
Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the …
How Do Conservatives Want to Talk to Non-Conservatives?
Jeff Goldstein asks a couple of questions in response to today’s piece, focusing upon, “Why doesn’t progressive contempt cost them many votes?”
First, are we so certain it doesn’t? Would anyone dispute that the Left’s constant …
Past Performance Is No Guarantee of Future Results!
The Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt examines what looking at recent history can, and cannot, tell us about the likely course of this year’s presidential race.
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Why 2012 Probably Won’t See 1980-Level Results
I would love to see a presidential election result this year that reminds us of 1980, but there are some pretty big differences between the America that elected Ronald Reagan to the Oval Office and the one we live in today. …
The Election and the Economy
A couple of thoughts for a pre-election Friday afternoon:
1. The End of . . . Clintonism: The all-but-inevitable historic pounding that the Democrats are about to suffer is, of course, a repudiation of Obama’s overreach specifically, of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi model of unified …