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Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

Making things worse, the GOP gerrymander used 2 long-lasting tricks, "packing and cracking". Packing puts as many Dem voters as possible into a few districts. Cracking takes the rest and spreads them out as slight minorities in the remaining districts. The result in N.C., with more Dem voters than GOP (2.7 vs 2 M), Dems got only 3 Congressmen out of 13. A recent analysis* shows over twice as many "wasted votes" for Dems as GOP. The wasted vote proportion sheds new light on what was, until now, immeasurable, and, by normalizing to total number of votes, corrects for simply not getting enough votes.

Here's a spreadsheet to compute these measures for N.C. Adapting the original analysis of Wisc. to N.C. gets a similar result, a vote "efficiency gap" between the 2 parties of 19.28%, far beyond the 8-10% recommended allowable maximum.
* https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rX…

I expect, only a non-corporatist, straight shooter, like Bernie Sanders, in effect a level-headed, populist, Scandinavian-style social-democrat, has a hope of getting the young back to the DP to help fix this mess.

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Posted by MBH on 05/25/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Raleigh City Council Kicks the Can on Airbnb Rules … Again

You say "Dickie Thompson, who unsuccessfully motioned to adopt the rules." but what were the other votes?

Posted by MBH on 10/07/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

For an updated pt-by-pt comparison see Updated Snapshot: Hillary/Bernie

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Posted by MBH on 03/08/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

Update to Snapshot: Hillary/Bernie

under Policy diffs only...
fracking: iffy/oppose

Bernie's are longer (beats Trump by more, helping other Dem candidates) based on head-to-head general election polls since 2/10/2016

Some Republicans have switched...
Why this Reagan Conservative Voted for Bernie

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Posted by MBH on 03/07/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

We have the Liberal Plutocratic Party and the Conservative Plutocratic Party. They both serve the same master. Who's more likely to protect us, a multi-millionaire corporate lawyer or a sub-millionaire social democrat?

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Posted by MBH on 03/06/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

3 key issues: trade, war and Wall St., make Bernie's "coattails" longer (beats Trump by more and helps other Dem candidates). Consider head-to-head general election polls since Feb. 10, 2016... http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/why-…

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Posted by MBH on 03/05/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

Here's the sort of info I'd've liked to have seen here...

Snapshot: Hillary/Bernie

Policy diffs only...
Fed.min.wage: $12/$15
healthcare: Obamacare+/single-payer(Medicare for all)
allow to sue gun makers: support/oppose
college tuition: $17.5B in grants/free
marijuana: reschedule lower/states' right to legalize
Soc.Sec.: protect/expand
Glass-Steagall: oppose/reinstate
Wall St.: loan risk fee & hi-freq. tax/risk tax & big bank breakup
ISIS: strongly support locals/leave up to locals
Syrian rebel training & no-fly: support/oppose
US troops in Afghanistan: stay/out
TPP: iffy/oppose
death penalty: support/oppose

total raised: $195M/$96M
small contributions: 18%/71%
personal wealth: $21.5M/$330k


"American voters back ... Bernie Sanders ... over (all viable) Republican candidates by margins of 4 to 10 percentage points in head to head presidential matchups... Hillary Clinton trails or ties leading Republicans in the November face-off..."
Quinnipiac, February 18, 2016


Sanders, Clinton Beat Trump In CNN/ORC Poll (Sanders more than Clinton)
March 1, 2016

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Posted by MBH on 03/03/2016 at 7:37 PM

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