Nate Silver http://wfpl.org en Nate Silver Gives Alison Lundergan Grimes One-in-Five Chance in Senate Race http://wfpl.org/post/nate-silver-gives-alison-lundergan-grimes-one-five-chance-senate-race <p>Election <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/poll-king-nate-silver-talks-science-forecasting-future">guru Nate Silver </a>is giving Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes a 20 percent chance of beating Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's election.</p><p>The Democrats hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate and are expected to regain the New Jersey seat later this year.</p><p>But the early speculation is Republicans will pick up at least three seats in 2014.&nbsp; It's possible the GOP have enough to gain the majority, but Silver puts control of the Senate as a "toss-up" overall.</p><p>In regards to the Bluegrass, he says McConnell's seat could be vulnerable given his noted unpopularity, but the "fundamentals" favor the GOP leader over Grimes.</p><p>From <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/senate-control-in-2014-increasingly-looks-like-a-tossup/?smid=tw-fivethirtyeight&amp;seid=auto">FiveThirtyEight</a>:</p><blockquote><p><strong>Kentucky.</strong> Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, has only break-even approval ratings, and Democrats got one of their better potential recruits in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:28:08 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6129 at http://wfpl.org Nate Silver Gives Alison Lundergan Grimes One-in-Five Chance in Senate Race Nate Silver: Louisville Cardinals Have 23.8% (and Best) Chance of Winning NCAA Tournament http://wfpl.org/post/nate-silver-louisville-cardinals-have-238-and-best-chance-winning-ncaa-tournament <p>Five Thirty Eight's Nate Silver is famous for accurately forecasting presidential elections, but he also correctly picked the 2012 NCAA men's basketball champion—the Kentucky Wildcats.</p><p>This year, Silver is<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/03/18/sports/ncaabasketball/nate-bracket.html"> forecasting that the Louisville Cardinals have the best chance of winning </a>the NCAA Tournament, though he cautions that they're not overwhelming favorites.</p><p>The Cardinals chance of winning is 23.8 percent, Silver writes.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:40:53 +0000 Joseph Lord 4566 at http://wfpl.org Nate Silver: Louisville Cardinals Have 23.8% (and Best) Chance of Winning NCAA Tournament Strange Fruit: Going Home Gay for the Holidays http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-going-home-gay-holidays <p></p><p></p><p>It's a story we heard several times during WFPL's <a href="http://wfpl.org/topic/defining-fairness">Defining Fairness</a> series: a young person leaves his or her rural town for college in a bigger city, meets other LGBTQ folks, and comes out! But for some folks, when the holidays roll around and they head home for Christmas... they have to go back into the closet.&nbsp;</p><p>This week we spoke with <a href="http://stage.louisville.edu/education/departments/ecpy/faculty/budge/budge.html">Dr. Stephanie Budge</a> from UofL, who recently taught a workshop on coping with the holidays as an LGBTQ person. She says while some families do overtly antagonistic things (like using the wrong pronoun for trans folks, or refusing to let their LGBTQ family member bring a partner to holiday functions), what she hears about the most is simply ignoring. A young person might come out as queer to their family only for the response to be silence, and an unwillingness to acknowledge their identity.</p><p>Dr. Budge gave us some coping strategies we can all use during moments of holiday stress and family conflict, how to take full advantage of your chosen family's love when your family of origin doesn't support you, and how to tell when things are so bad or unsafe it might be better to skip going home altogether.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:36:10 +0000 Laura Ellis 3106 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Going Home Gay for the Holidays In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine http://wfpl.org/post/hindsight-those-presidential-polls-looked-just-fine For as much criticism as pollsters endured in the run-up to Election Day, a look back shows many of them hit very close to the bull's-eye for the presidential race — but some did better than others.<p>Take the venerable Gallup. It had Mitt Romney at 49 percent and President Obama at 48 percent in a <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/158519/romney-obama-gallup-final-election-survey.aspx" target="_blank">poll published Monday</a>, a day before the voting. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:51:04 +0000 Scott Neuman 2428 at http://wfpl.org In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine