Why Republicans Lose

The inability/refusal to institute best practices when it comes to electoral data collection and analytics is one reason: A key element in the Democratic win in Virginia this week was the ability to adapt Obama campaign capabilities to integrate historic voter file data and recent data from field organizers and partner groups with analytics capabilities …

Read John Sides on the 2013 Elections

Some smart commentary here. I certainly have little problem agreeing with the key takeaway from Point 4: . . .¬†Commentators often overestimate the willingness of parties to roll the dice with a presidential candidate from the fringes of the party.¬† But in basically every competitive presidential primary since 1988, the GOP has nominated a relative …

A New Low in Police Overreaction

A University of Virginia student bought "bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream," and got approached by state Alcoholic Beverage Control in plainclothes, who thought that she was purchasing beer--apparently, the agents thought that the student was underage. One apparently pulled a gun and the student, unaware of who they were, tried to flee. They …