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Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Why Tuesday? on Rocketboom… Again

Our Un-Caucus report is running today on the New York Times of vlogs, Rocketboom, as part of a larger piece of independent reporting on the election. Other contributors to the report: my fellow Rocketboom field correspondents Chuck Olsen and Steve Garfield from The Uptake. Take a look.

Why Tuesday? on Rocketboom

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

In NH: CA SOS Debra Bowen

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last night I caught up with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen here. She was in town to monitor elections. Secretary Bowen seems particularly interested in a rare type of voting machine here: a number two pencil. (more…)

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Candidate Challenge: Mitt Romney

MANCHESTER, NH — Increasing voter turnout is vital to a healthy American democracy… or in the words of Mitt Romney a “strong America.” We rank in the bottom 20% of nations in voter turnout despite spending billions of dollars on our elections. Why isn’t Romney, like 13 other candidates, talking about it? (more…)

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Iowa Un-Caucus; NH is Next

We’re looking forward to the New Hampshire primary, but we’re also taking a look back. Despite record-high voter participation in last week’s Iowa caucuses, voter turnout in Iowa didn’t break 17 percent. Watch the video to see who were the un-caucusers, and why. (more…)

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Why Tuesday? on Wonkette… Kinda

Wonkette Photo

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — I’m sitting in between bloggers Jim Newell, Associate Editor of Wonkette, and Dean Barker, Managing Editor of Blue Hampshire.

Wonkette is running the photo at right in which Dean (in sweater vest) and I are hard at work bringing you the content you’re seeing now… including the video of our trip here by horse-drawn carriage, and Dean’s liveblog of the debate. Also, if you haven’t already, check out Barnett’s post from here in the spin room about voter participation in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Photo via Wonkette

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Liveblogging from the ABC/Facebook Debates in New Hampshire


MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – There are many lessons to be learned from the Iowa Caucuses for tonight’s Candidates at the ABC/Facebook Debates. Iowa Caucus turnout has never risen above 6.8% of eligible voters. In 2000, a race that is more similar to the 2008 race, Iowa caucus turnout was 6.1%. In 2008 the records have been shattered. 16.4% of eligible Iowans showed up to Caucus… that is an additional 222,757 voters! So you might ask: Where did these Iowans come from – because they did not materialize out of thin air? (more…)

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

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In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

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