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New Cook PVIs Show Big Opportunities
for Conservatives in the House

RedState, by Daniel Horowitz

Original Article

Posted By:DaddyO, 10/11/2012 6:13:21 PM

For all you political junkies, this is the type of news that will brighten up your day. Charlie Cook has finally revised his partisan rating index for House districts to reflect the new congressional districts post-redistricting. The index factors in the average vote totals for the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees during the past two election cycles in each district and compares them against the national average. (snip) The Cook Report concludes: If both parties hold all their “strong” districts, Democrats would now need to win 73 percent of all “swing” districts to achieve a majority

Comments:
Good luck with that, dems.

FTA:
Unfortunately for Democrats, this year's index tells a dire story of what can happen when a party suffers an ugly election cycle right before redistricting. Democrats couldn’t have picked a worse year to than 2010 to get clobbered: they lost not only 63 House seats but also more than 680 state legislative seats – empowering Republicans to draw ten-year maps in four times as many districts as Democrats.

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Boundaries of Budget, Science
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Posted By: DaddyO- 7/28/2013 11:08:12 AM     Post Reply
A large banner hangs from the front of the stadium-size building that houses the world´s most powerful array of lasers: "Bringing Star Power To Earth." For the past four years, physicists at the National Ignition Facility, or NIF, in Livermore, California, have been trying to harness nuclear fusion, the same reaction that powers the sun and the stars. Supporters of the $3.5 billion facility believe that a successful outcome to the experiments could help usher in an era of nearly limitless energy. But the ambitious fusion research program at NIF now faces an uncertain future, both politically and scientifically.

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Posted By: DaddyO- 7/21/2013 10:18:01 AM     Post Reply
A week after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin, the backlash continues, with nationwide protests and calls to boycott Florida. President Obama spoke some undeniable truths when he noted that the African-American community’s reaction must be seen in the context of a long, terrible history of racism. But there is another context too: that of an ideology-based, media-driven false narrative that has distorted a tragedy into a racist outrage. This narrative has transformed Zimmerman, a man of racially mixed heritage that included white, Hispanic and black roots

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