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Entries from January 27th, 2019

The Electoral College: Origins, Consequences, and Flaws

January 27th, 2019, 11:14pm by Sam Wang

I have some thoughts on the Electoral College. I hope you don’t mind the Twitter format! You can also see a single-page version here thanks to ThreadReaderApp. Actually, no. For example, in 2016 the minimum number of jurisdictions needed to reach Hillary Clinton’s popular majority was 39 states plus DC. But let’s get serious. Let’s […]

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Tags: President · U.S. Institutions

Politics & Polls: talk back to Julian and Sam

January 22nd, 2019, 4:19pm by Sam Wang

In our Politics & Polls podcast, Julian Zelizer and I talk to our guests, and sometimes to each other. This week we want to hear from you. Do you have questions? Ideas that interest you? Email them to politicspolls@princeton.edu. Do it now! (For regular commenters: you can use the comment thread here too.)

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Correcting the Economist: Partisan gerrymandering, still going strong

January 21st, 2019, 9:44pm by Sam Wang

The Economist ran a Graphic (January 5th) purporting to show that in the 2018 election, partisan gerrymandering was overcome by a wave of opinion. However, this is simply not true. In the November Congressional election, Democrats took over the House despite about a dozen seats being safely Republican by nefarious means. I wrote them a […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

Fault Lines: an interview with Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse on their new book

January 10th, 2019, 7:44pm by Sam Wang

I got to discuss America’s political divide with my colleague Kevin Kruse, as well as his co-author – and my co-host Julian Zelizer. Julian and Kevin are co-authors of a new book on contemporary American history released this week, “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.” This was a good one – […]

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Tags: U.S. Institutions

Say “hasta la vista, baby” to gerrymandering

January 10th, 2019, 8:45am by Sam Wang

In Los Angeles, the Schwarzenegger Institute for Public Policy is hosting the Terminate Gerrymandering Summit. This is its actual name! A launch for their new project, the Fair Maps Incubator. It’s focused on redistricting commissions. and it will be livestreamed! There are some great speakers and panels (schedule here). To name a few: Arnold Schwarzenegger […]

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Tags: Redistricting

Coalition for smarter redistricting in New Jersey

January 7th, 2019, 9:47pm by Sam Wang

I’m pleased to announce that the Princeton Gerrymandering Project is joining a working group to evaluate and make recommendations for New Jersey’s legislative redistricting process. Our press release is here. Our working group follows on an unpopular proposal that would have changed the composition of the reapportionment commission and inserted a formula for compliance. PGP […]

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Tags: Princeton · Redistricting