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October 30, 2014

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12:15 AM | Were Our Most Celebrated Leaders All Good, Moral People? (Opinion Piece)
Before I really get into this piece, I just want to warn you that after reading it, you may never look at some of history’s most honored figures the same way ever again. That being said, let’s start off in the present. Next Tuesday, November 4th, Americans will vote in the midterm elections to decide the political fate of the American Congress. As usual, underhanded, and just downright offensive mud-slinging tactics have been being used for political gains all over the

October 29, 2014

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4:58 PM | This Mid-Term Election Can Have Evolutionary Consequences
How can the international community know it is election time in the United States? A whole raft of claims about science and why you should vote one way or the other will be produced. Some people have even claimed politics is hard-wired, which would mean that American Republicans and Democrats are distinct species, having branched off from the rest of the world in 1860.While biologists laugh at the idea that voting preferences are biological, sociologists, psychologists and political scientists […]
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10:30 AM | Is Influencing an Election "Political Science Malpractice"?
So here's an important question: How badly designed and how many obvious laws do you have to break in your study before you stop and re-design it? And is the resulting effect on elections malpractice?Read more...
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1:14 AM | Polling and the wisdom of crowds
From The Fix at the Washington Post: Americans think the Republicans will win control of the Senate. See also the New York Times’ Upshot, which references this paper by David Rothschild and Justin Wolfers. In some sense, by asking me who I think is going to win an election you’re looking at not just who […]

October 28, 2014

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8:38 PM | Constituent Services Give Voters Something To Remember
If played just right, members of Congress can see a political payoff from simply doing their jobs and helping out voters who elected them. It's one reason incumbents fare well come Election Day.
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8:00 PM | Education Doesn't Matter in the 2014 Election
Despite the fact that education issues matter a great deal in policy discussions lately, and despite the fact that, as a reader of this blog, you’re probably pretty interested in education reform, it turns out politicians mostly don't care. An article in the Washington Post explains that candidates for election mostly aren’t saying much about education. This shouldn’t really surprise us, however. According to the piece: A systematic analysis of campaign Web sites for the 139 […]
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1:55 PM | Explainer: Midterm Elections at the State and Local Level
Every two years, midterm elections take place for officeholders and challengers at the federal, state, and local levels. Trace takes a look at elections closer to home, in our states and localities, and offers examples of ballot issues decided there.
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5:54 AM | Republican politicians aren't climate scientists or responsible leaders
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to become the Senate Majority Leader after the forthcoming election on November 4th, although despite hailing from conservative Kentucky, McConnell is in a very tight race. The Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board recently had a long discussion with McConnell and tried to pin him down on the subject of global warming. McConnell wouldn’t directly answer whether he believes in climate change. Enquirer’s editorial board […]
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4:11 AM | Why I’m voting no on the Wisconsin transportation referendum
All attention is focused on Mary Burke and Scott Walker, so I didn’t even realize there’s a state ballot proposition in next week’s election.  And it’s not a trivial one, either. Question 1: “Creation of a Transportation Fund. Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created […]

October 26, 2014

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7:59 PM | Many Tunisians Vote In Key Test Of Arab Spring's Legacy
Voter turnout has been reported at around 60 percent of the electorate, as Tunisians cast votes in their country's first full parliamentary election Sunday.

October 24, 2014

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9:43 PM | Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The...
Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The 2014 Midterm Elections are coming up in the United States so it’s time for another installment of ‘Politics of the Animal Kingdom’. Make sure to start at part one if you haven’t seen them all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo&list=PL7679C7ACE93A5638 By: CGP Grey.
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7:00 PM | No, Ebola Won't Decide The Outcome Of The Elections
Ebola is at the top of the headlines. The elections are eleven days away. Therefore, the Law of Punditry dictates that political commentators must link these two stories together, forecasting that fears of the deadly virus will determine who controls Congress. Here's why they're completely wrong.Read more...

October 22, 2014

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11:22 PM | The Election of 1896 Explained If you are in a United States...
The Election of 1896 Explained If you are in a United States history course and you don’t know about this critical election between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan then come test day, you best be staying home son. By: Keith Hughes.
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12:08 AM | Hong Kong’s Leader: We Have Too Many Poor People to Allow Direct Elections
Since the end of last month, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government’s attempts to maintain its stranglehold on political authority there. In 2017, Hong Kong is set to choose a new chief executive in the first ever democratic election for that position (all the chief executives up to now have been directly appointed by the Chinese government). The only problem: Beijing wants the power to “vet” […]

October 21, 2014

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10:45 AM | In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes
Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

October 20, 2014

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4:56 PM | Keeping cancer on the political agenda – this year’s Party Conferences
We look back on this year's Party Conferences, highlighting our work to keep cancer on the political agenda ahead of the next General Election.
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8:23 AM | Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises
Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

October 18, 2014

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11:43 AM | Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election
The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.

October 17, 2014

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12:49 PM | A tale of immigration
You may be surprised that this month’s blog post is not about public health, nor is it about epidemiology. It’s closely aligned though, in that I’d like to pay a bit of attention to lying with (objective) data. Here in the UK we are gearing up for another election, with the most important theme seeming […]

October 15, 2014

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4:13 PM | Thailand's Leader Hints At Putting Off Return To Democracy
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a May coup, had originally said that elections would be held by late 2015. Now he suggests the date could be pushed back.
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9:42 AM | UK science: look at the state we're in | Stephen Curry
Briefings published today by the Campaign for Science and Engineering highlight science policy issues that should be debated vigorously before next years electionThe conferences are over and with only seven months to go before the election attention is focusing on the policy platforms that will differentiate the major political parties. For now there is a disproportionate clamour over the disruption that may or may not be caused by the UK Independence party (Ukip). But for the research […]

October 14, 2014

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11:44 PM | Elect These Four Californians: Lois Capps, Heidi Hall, Mike Honda, Ted Lieu
This is an endorsement by Climate Hawks Vote, which I support. Climate Hawks Vote is delighted to endorse in four California Congressional elections, joining our prior endorsement of Scott Peters (CA-52, San Diego). In order purely alphabetical, they’re Lois Capps, Heidi Hall, Mike Honda, and Ted Lieu. Lois Capps (CA-24, Santa Barbara) has earned our…

October 13, 2014

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3:00 PM | Election forecasting and big data
Matt Yglesias writes on what he calls the hazy metaphysics of probability as it applies to election forecasting. For example, as of right now, Nate Silver’s forecasts have a 42.2% chance of the Democrats (plus independents) getting the majority in the Senate, while Sam Wang’s forecasts have that same number at 39%. As Yglesias points […]

October 12, 2014

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11:22 AM | Morales Is The Favorite In Bolivia Elections
Love him or hate him, Bolivia's President Evo Morales is expected to win a third term in today's election. Morales has paved the way for his re-election through his skilled handling of the economy.

October 11, 2014

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11:00 AM | Gamers polled on Xbox can predict US election results
Cheaper, faster and able to reach larger audiences than traditional methods, polling through game consoles could predict the outcome of US elections

October 09, 2014

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6:01 PM | Hurricane Simon's Remnants Moving Through Mexico And The US
Tropical Storm Simon, once a hurricane, is expected to bring heavy rain to portions of the central Plains and Midwest on today and tomorrow. Since it is not hitting New York City during presidential election season, it won't be called a SuperStorm and get much national media attention.read more

October 07, 2014

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8:12 PM | Who was Gerry Mander?
Moving the political goalposts – Gerrymandering is the deliberate design of voting districts to achieve a specific outcome other than fair representation in a governmental election. It is named for US Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, who signed the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Bill of 1812 that included several “creatively” drawn districts designed to ensure his […]Who was Gerry Mander? is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer […]

October 05, 2014

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11:01 PM | Neves Will Face Incumbent Rousseff In Brazil's Runoff Election
In Sunday's presidential election, incumbent Dilma Rousseff and right-of-center candidate Aecio Neves came out on top. Marina Silva, the environmentalist Socialist candidate, trailed far behind.

October 04, 2014

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11:55 AM | Brazil's Election Culminates A Season Filled With Shocks
Brazilians head to the polls Sunday in one of the most exciting elections in recent history there. The presidential race pits two women against each other — a first for the South American country.

October 03, 2014

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3:40 PM | Election politics in Lincolnland
As the election season heats up here in Lincolnland, citizens are getting the old GnOPe Rauner-round, promises bereft of any plans or details, as if the how such things will be done were unimportant. Now where is it written that somebody who has made a lot of money in business (He’s rich. Get over it.)  knows anything at all about how to run a government?  These local Trumpettes (There is also Overwhite, the milk magnate.) do have better hair, but apparently no realization that […]
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