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Kedar and I have been working semi-religiously on perfecting the 2008 Election Tracker (so much so that we both conspicuously missed Saturday’s debate (OOPS!)). Anyway, our spiffy new graphs are really, really neat and can be found below. Democratic Primary Race (click the thumbnail to enlarge via lightbox): ^^^(NOTE: I re-keyed Gore as greeen in [...]

I made one final update to the 2006 Term Case Index. I’ll be sad to see it go but I have big plans for it’s 2007 incarnation. I very recently (this morning) calculated the number of days between oral arguments and a decision being handed down in each of this year’s cases. I think a [...]

When I checked DailyWrit today, I cannot even begin to describe how utterly shocked I was at not seeing any posts about Ann Coulter. I mean, I figured Tex would at least have something hilarious to say. So I quickly rainchecked the topic… Yao: how come nobody has written about ann coulter on dailywrit Yao: [...]

Who would’ve thought that millions of dollars in blood money could manufacture more votes than my endorsement? Turns out Dallas didn’t quite agree with me on the Oakley issue. You can read an article analyzing how Leppert won here. Basically, he’s not gay. In equally unnewsworthy news, today is the last day of Laura Miller’s [...]

Senator Barack Obama gave a speech at the national meeting of the United Church of Christ on June 23. He talked about the role of religion in politics, and you’ve probably heard something about it via popular news sources. The Associated Press reported that Obama told the church crowd, “right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and [...]

Earlier this week, the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News endorsed Tom Leppert in the Dallas mayoral runoff election to be held June 16. Unsurprisingly, they got this one wrong. The best candidate is City Hall veteran Ed Oakley. Oakley, 54, is an experienced city councilman who currently serves as chair of the Trinity [...]

8:00: Larry King is scheduled to have some big guests soon, but I’m done liveblogging for the night. 8:00: The debate is over. 7:57: They are glorifying Reagan. Romney is totally dodging the issue. I’m not impressed. Hunter made some crazy claims against McCain, Romney, and Giuliani. I dont know if any of them really [...]

Preview of GOP Debate

Given I’ll be stuck somewhere up in the proverbial arse of the Continental Divide during the debate tomorrow and consequently won’t be able to watch it, I’ll give my version of a preview for tomorrow’s Republican showdown. Take note that this will be inevitably more offensive than anything CNN or MSNBC will put out. First, [...]

The winner of yesterday’s Democratic debate was Al Gore, who presumably napped in New York while Clinton and Kucinich stood (literally) on soapboxes. On the whole, the few candidates who seemed even remotely likable appeared that way for mere seconds, and even then only while spewing rehearsed and prodigiously irrelevant nonsense. I was most charmed [...]

My thoughts on the Democratic debate tonight: First, the frontrunners (Clinton, Obama, Edwards) certainly played it very safe. I suppose you could say that they approached it in classic politician format: not giving any definitive answers. Playing it careful is probably a good idea, but it’s giving too much ground for the fringe candidates to [...]



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