State of the States: Wyoming

When you think of the perfect state for Donald Trump, Wyoming probably isn’t your first thought, and not just because the state ranks with Delaware on the list of states many Americans forget about when trying to list all the states. But it was his best state in 2016, and there’s no reason to think …

State of the States: Florida

For any Democrats who were still under the illusion this was going to be easy, a new Florida poll from NBC/Marist ended that consideration yesterday. Among likely voters it was a dead heat, 48/48. Immediately, memories of disappointments in 2016 and 2000 returned, along with various statewide contests, most recently the 2018 GOP wins for …

State of the States: Hawaii

You haven’t spent much time thinking about who will capture Hawaii’s four electoral votes. Partly because you never think about Hawaii unless you’re planning a vacation. Partly because if you accidentally thought about it in election terms, you quickly remembered Biden will win by a lot. There’s never been a famous Hawaii caucus or primary. …

State of the States: Michigan

Welcome to the the first of 51 (D.C. has electoral votes too) reviews of the states that are choosing the next president. At various times in American history, the popular vote and electoral vote line up almost precisely. This isn’t one of those occasions. The drama is all on the state by state tabulation side. …

A Statement of Intent

If you aren’t Black and the past couple weeks haven’t made you think, at least a bit, about what your responsibilities as a human and an American citizen are, then I’d question what will. I’m at least as guilty as millions of others of keeping my thoughts to myself. In my writing, in my interactions …

Bye Bye Bernie

He had to leave. There was zero justification for sticking around. We won’t see the Wisconsin results until 4/13, but Joe Biden won. Again. And this was a good 2016 Bernie Sanders state. If you’re mad he’s gone, don’t blame Rona. Yes, his media bandwidth shrunk. But he was set to lose just about everywhere. …

The End of Small Business in America?

Since colonial times, the United States has heavily relied on small business. An independent/family farmer is a small business. Unlike most of the world where the majority of land was held by an aristocracy and most laborers were in their employ or at their command, small, independent landholdings were a huge part of America from …

Employment Apocalypse Now

If you’re reading this, you’ve seen the numbers. Ten million new unemployment filings in a two week period. That moves the national unemployment rate from the mid-3s to about 10%. Bad enough, and historically unprecedented in this short a time. But we’re only part way there. Expect another 8 to 10 million filings in the …

To Linger, or Not to Linger?

Bernie Sanders is done. Cooked. Flambeed. Fricasseed. Idaho was his fifth best 2016 state. Yesterday he lost it. Washington was #6. If he manages a narrow escape, it’s only because many ballots were mailed in before his non-Biden opponents dropped out. He almost won Missouri last time. This time, he lost every county. As he …

Heat Check: Who Lost Best?

We’re down to two. Plus Tulsi lol. A week ago, there were seven. A lot can happen in a few days. This seems like a good time to look back on the almost thirty candidates who are no longer with us and ask ourselves: Who Lost Best? To answer, we need to think about what …