The Times is running a story at the moment arguing against direct election for police authorities (see also Jackie Ashley in today’s Guardian) . The story picks up on the BNP’s claims that they are going to seize control of police authorities if direct election is introduced. The BNP are quoted as saying We have […]
Brian Goldsmith has a short but interesting thinkpiece at Politico. He argues that the results of the election should bring an end to Palin-mania. The Alaska Governor, currently in the public eye again, can be demonstrated to have harmed the Republican candidacy, and failed to deliver any of the groups she was meant to attract, […]
Whether you supported President-Elect Obama or not (and according to the Economist, most people did), the international celebrations of his election are heartening to supporters of democracy and participation. In the US, turnout increased, and people partied in Grant Park. Abroad, they have sent two positive messages about the change that democracy can bring. First, […]
The early voter turnout analysis is out – shown in the graph below. Not the record-breaker that some were predicting, but not far off. A pretty PDF of the same chart is available here. It shows a strong uptick in voting over the last few years, presumably driven by the polarising effect of the Bush […]
So, the polls are open and Election Day is underway in the US. Exit polls are going to be out from 0001 UK time tomorrow morning, and if you’re having an election night party, I hope it’s a good one. If you want to know what to expect when on the night, this New York […]
Whatever your political views, the nightmare result of tomorrow’s elections in the United States is another drawn-out court battle about the results. Although elections have to be conducted under the rule of law, courts are not meant to be democratic spaces. It’s a sign of failure to have election results decided there. Unfortunately, some of […]
Will Straw writes on the topic at the Times.
A list of useful sites and resources at Salon.com.
In a story about a potential Sarah Palin run in 2012 (at The New Republic Politics blog), a commenter gives some interesting historical background: Only two failed Vice Presidential Candidates have won their party’s nomination. FDR, after losing on the Cox ticket in 1920, ran and won in 1932, and Dole, losing with Ford in […]
What are the two main candidates’ positions on the big issues, and how have they voted on and spoken about them in the past? You ask, Congressional Quarterly answers.