Election 2012

Politics
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Looking at the State Legislative Contests: GOP Hopes to Gain 10 Seats and Majority

  There are no statewide races on the ballot in Kentucky this year: no Senate contests, no constitutional offices. But there are tight contests peppered throughout the commonwealth. Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so.

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Politics
1:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:36 pm

Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008.

But these maps lie — visually speaking.

Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. For example, Montana (three electoral votes) dwarfs Massachusetts (which had 12 electoral votes in 2008).

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Politics
2:39 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

DecodeDC: "Mind Control" in Political Ads?

Today during Here and Now, we heard the second episode of Andrea Seabrook's project, DecodeDC.

Heading into November, we're all being bombarded by p0litical ads around the clock, and this episode looks into the neuroscience behind party politics.  Give it a listen, below.

Politics
1:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Campaign Ads From 3 Democratic Groups Contested For Inaccuracies

Wikipedia Commons

The campaign for control of the state House has taken a nasty turn, with radio and TV ads being pulled because of inaccuracies.

Republicans have successfully knocked radio ads attacking their candidates off the air in the Bardstown and Mayfield areas. And they are working on getting TV ads in Lexington pulled down as well.

The areas where the ads were pulled are considered hot spots for state legislative races, where either the GOP or Democrats are hoping to win seats. 

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