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In a priceless comeuppance for Republicans who tried to suppress the Democratic vote in the 2012 election, black voters, who are overwhelmingly Democrats, turned out at a rate that surpassed that of whites for the first time on record.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 66.2 percent of eligible blacks voted, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible non-Hispanic whites.
And among all racial...Read more »
Noam Bramson’s entry into the Westchester county executive race today presents an interesting dilemma for Democrats: Will a primary help or hurt their efforts to oust Republican Rob Astorino?
Some Democratic insiders say no, as long as the campaign isn’t a battle royal of flying elbows and super slams before the main November event.
Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick said a...Read more »
When President Barack Obama hit the stage in Chicago Wednesday morning to chants of “Four more years! Four more years!” you had to wonder if that even sounded appealing to him.
After four years in one of the toughest jobs on Earth and having just completed his second presidential race, you half expected to hear Obama say, “Four more years? Man. How about four weeks off, and then we’ll talk.”
Instead,...Read more »
Nate Silver, and data, won this presidential election. And really, hard as it might be for charlatans, fortune tellers and political hacks of either party to believe, data always wins.
Silver is a blogger and former professional poker player who has made a name for himself (and pretty decent cash) by devising a statistical system to analyze professional baseball, and then by devising a system...Read more »
No matter who wins the presidential election, I can tell you who the losers are in coverage of the big night: intelligence and common sense.
I’ve been watching CNN early on, and in its hunger to provide viewers with that ultra-niche information they can’t get on Fox News or MSNBC (but might well be able to garner from a Magic 8-Ball) they’ve been asking exiting voters questions they appear...Read more »
I’m calling Georgia for Mitt Romney. As well as South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and a whole bunch of other former Confederate states that I’ll think of in a minute. Texas. And also Oklahoma. Ooh, and all the Dakotas. North Dakota, South Dakota, East Dakota, West Dakota, I’m calling them all for Mitt.
Lest I be accused of being partisan, I’m also calling New York for...Read more »
So the presidential election is upon us and you’re still undecided? Perhaps you’re put off or confused by the rhetoric and the ads, and tuned out months ago.
Don’t despair. ISideWith.com is here for you.
The website was developed earlier this year to help voters sift through the issues and find a presidential candidate who holds their views. It’s the brainchild of two friends in Los...Read more »
If only we had those manual lever machines, then Tuesday’s election night count would be easier to tally.
Those days are long gone.
Officials in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and New York City are facing unprecedented challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and since this is a presidential election year, those problems will only be compounded as turnout will be larger than normal.
But...Read more »
Hurricane Sandy has forced a time-out in the increasingly nasty presidential campaign.
Sandy-anticipation has essentially shut down the New York City region and much of the East Coast. But to borrow a cliché, “It’s an ill wind that blows no good.” The consequences of the storm are yet to be assessed, but for now, the public could use a break from this mean-spirited race as it enters the homestretch.
A...Read more »