Video 8 Apr
Video 8 Apr
Photo 1 Jul A new project with @craigkirchoff

A new project with @craigkirchoff

Photo 30 Jun And this is another version of the Rambo data that I did, but ultimately did not submit.

And this is another version of the Rambo data that I did, but ultimately did not submit.

Photo 30 Jun My entry in FlowingData.com’s “Visualize This” contest.

My entry in FlowingData.com’s “Visualize This” contest.

Quote 3 Jun
Our analysis finds that public votes on salient policy questions (ballot initiatives, referenda) may act as a stimulus that engages the interest and attention of some peripheral voters (i.e. low turnout, non-partisan) when the stimulus of a presidential campaign is absent. Absent salient ballot measures, episodic independent voters may not be engaged in politics in midterm elections and may not turn out to vote. In high-stimulus presidential elections, peripheral voters do not exhibit greater awareness of and interest in ballot measures, we suspect, because the stimulus of the presidential election crowds out the effect of ballot measures on peripheral voter interest.
Photo 29 May 1 note Ed Kilgore put together a great analysis on the 2010 elections and redistricting, first in the Democratic Strategist and then again at FiveThirtyEight.  The information, however, is tough to digest when rendered only in text.  To make it easier to comprehend I put it into this visualization.
Download the PDF here: http://bit.ly/2010redist

Ed Kilgore put together a great analysis on the 2010 elections and redistricting, first in the Democratic Strategist and then again at FiveThirtyEight.  The information, however, is tough to digest when rendered only in text.  To make it easier to comprehend I put it into this visualization.

Download the PDF here: http://bit.ly/2010redist

Link 22 May Pew Political Values Study»

Pew’s update to their comprehensive Political Values study…ultimately a must read for anyone interested in politics, but nonetheless, I’ve compiled a few of the most compelling findings below:

  • The proportion of independents now equals its highest level in 70 years.
  • On an annual basis, the only previous year when independent identification has been this high was in 1992 when Ross Perot ran a popular independent candidacy (me: it is truly remarkable that IND numbers are this high without a cult of personality to anchor it).
  • The lowest level of professed affiliation with the GOP in at least a quarter century.
  • BUT little evidence that as the number of Republicans has decreased they have become much more conservative (me: this was surprising…it certainly feels like this isn’t the case).
  • The Republican Party is facing formidable demographic challenges. For the first time in at least two decades, Republicans are older than Democrats on average.

This is only a handful of the great data in this report.  I encourage everyone to check the rest out for themselves.

Photo 13 May A chart of the Extended Republican Network from the aforementioned paper, Partisan Webs.

A chart of the Extended Republican Network from the aforementioned paper, Partisan Webs.

Link 13 May Partisan Webs: Information Exchange & Party Networks»

How do conservatives share lists?  This academic paper tracked how political organizations exchanged donor lists using social network analysis.  Some of the more interesting/relevant findings:

  • (in ‘04/’05) DEM organizations were more actively involved in list exchanges than GOP orgs.
  • Human Events only org to list share w/apolitical orgs: they sold list to “Health & Healing” and “Mountain Home Nutritionals”
  • GOP list network would be much smaller & less active w/o conserv news mags like Weekly Standard and National Review.

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