Well, it’s good to see that the folks on Right Wing Avenue — the folks whose “think tanks” and corporate lobby brigade have had our government under their collective thumb for decades — are at least keeping things in perspective when it comes to the re-election of the President.
If you get a chance, be sure to read Fannie Florio’s column in the Charlotte Observer in which she laments the the sad state of our politics and the depths to which things have fallen in the post-Citizens United world.
Lest you think, however, that reading it will simply be a depressing bummer, know that it actually does feature an upbeat conclusion. Here’s a sneak preview: Read more
Governor-elect Pay McCrory just concluded his first Raleigh press conference since his election on Tuesday. All in all, it was a relatively smooth performance in which he avoided controversial topics, got mostly easy questions and did his best to project an image of action, frugality and, for lack of a better word, “down-to-earthness.”
All in all, he gets a B.
There were only a few red flag moments that stood out: Read more
In addition to gerrymandering, there appears to have been another built-in advantage for conservative candidates in Tuesday’s election: It’s easier to vote in conservative, Republican areas.
This from Talking Points Memo:
“Voters across the country complained about long waits in states around the country, as long as seven hours in quadrenially troubled Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott dramatically reduced early voting days despite similar issues in 2008.
If Democrats think measures like Scott’s in Republican-controlled states depress their vote specifically, they may be onto something. A Hart Research study sponsored by the AFL-CIO found wait times were disproportionately longer for Democrats and Democratic-leaning demographics by huge margins in 2012. For example, 16 percent of Obama voters reporter lines longer than 30 minutes, versus just 9 percent of Romney voters.”
And obviously, this was all a great big, unintentional coincidence.