September 13, 2012 |
Finally, scientists have documented that spending time on Facebook isn't all about posting pictures of cute kids and running virtual farms - it can actually be useful to American society. A single election day message, sent to more than 60 million users of the social networking site, increased turnout in the November 2010 congressional election by 340,000 votes, researchers reported Wednesday. It may not sound like much, but in a close election - such as Florida's contested presidential vote in 2000 - that kind of bump could make the difference between a win and a loss, said UC San Diego social network researcher James Fowler, leader of the unusual experiment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2012 |
Days after Tuesday's primary election, four congressional and 11 Assembly races -- as well as Proposition 29, a proposed cigarette tax -- still are undecided. In most of the candidate contests, it's not yet clear who finished second -- a crucial position in the state's new "top-two" elections system. The 15 unsettled races, one of which hung by two votes Friday, represent a significant jump from the typical three or four in past elections, according to Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the nonpartisan California Target Book of state contests.
May 4, 2012 |
Six months from Tuesday, Americans will reset the power equation in Washington, and not only for the presidency. Control of Congress is also at stake. In each of the last three national elections, voters opted for change, and they may be about to do so again. In 2006, they turned the House of Representatives and the Senate from Republican to Democrat. In 2008, they did the same at the White House. Then, in 2010, they flipped the House back to the Republicans. Amid a sluggish economic recovery that has yet to reach millions of Americans, the Democratic president is now a vulnerable incumbent and his party's control of the Senate is in jeopardy. The House, at least for now, seems less likely to flip again.
April 22, 2012 |
The Angry Buddhist A Novel Seth Greenland Europa Editions: 400 pp., $16 paper Seth Greenland's "The Angry Buddhist" begins with two sexy American women getting matching tattoos in Puerto Vallarta - and then it swiftly jumps forward into the madcap final week of a congressional race out in the desert around Palm Springs. The incumbent, a wily and infinitely pragmatic political sleazebag named Randall Duke, finds himself facing a new kind of problem, namely, an opponent who might actually defeat him. Her name is Mary Swain, and here she is, observed at a rally by the angry Buddhist of the title, one of Randall's brothers, the busted cop called Jimmy Ray Duke: "She glides to the microphone and Jimmy notes the burnished skin, the blinding smile, the five hundred dollars' worth of blond highlights, fitted red blouse set off against the matching white linen skin and jacket that wraps her like cellophane.
September 13, 2011 |
Democrats suffered a stunning blow Tuesday as voters in New York's 9th Congressional District chose a novice Republican to replace disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in an election that became a referendum on President Obama. With more than 90% of precincts reporting, Bob Turner, a retired television executive best known for producing "The Jerry Springer Show," had 53% of the vote in unofficial returns, election officials said. Democrat Dave Weprin, a state assemblyman from a politically connected family, had 46%. Weprin did not immediately concede.
July 25, 2011 |
Rep. Mike Ross, one of the few conservative Democrats who survived the midterm elections of 2010, announced Monday he won't stand for reelection in 2012. In a letter announcing his decision, Ross cited the "tough political environment" he'd face in seeking a seventh term, and he bemoaned the current state of Congress. "While I have worked hard to bring folks to the middle to craft common-sense solutions to the many problems that confront our nation, Washington is mired in gridlock, gamesmanship and constant partisan bickering," he said.