Power Grid: Election

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When Dede Scozzafava endorsed Democrat Bill Owens for Congress in upstate New York, most of her voters went with her.The returns from the North Country, where Owens narrowly defeated Conservative Doug Hoffman, provide a few valuable takeaways about the strength of the Republican base, and the Democrats’ ability to win competitive elections in traditionally conservative upstate New York. Scozzafava’s endorsement also proved crucial in swinging GOP votes from 2008 to the Democratic column in 2009.The maps below provide an illustration.Owens… [More]

Council Delegation Inadvertently Helps Broker Peace in Ireland

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When Catholics and Protestants signed a historic accord establishing a joint government in Northern Ireland last month, they had a little help from unexpected quarters: the government delegation led by Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and four other members of the City Council.

Quinn went to the Emerald Isle to march in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The organizers of New York's parade have barred her from marching as an open lesbian, and so Quinn has refused to...… [More]