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Georgia’s Sixth: Democrats First Test for Sunbelt Strategy

April 2, 2017

On 18 April, the southern US state of Georgia sees a ‘special election’ to find a new congressman. The election could be a key indicator for the way forward for the Democrats. One of the key questions for the Democrats to face in the aftermath of its electoral defeats last November is its election strategy […]

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US primaries #11: Super Tuesday

February 28, 2016

Tuesday sees the biggest test for the Presidential hopefuls: Super Tuesday where a quarter of the delegates for both parties are up for grabs. So far, the Democrats have elected a total of 156 delegates, and the Republicans a total of 130, through the February primaries. Tuesday’s haul dwarfs those figures: in a single day, […]

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Super Tuesday round-up

March 7, 2012

So, Romney won six out of ten states in Super Tuesday, one less than we predicted earlier this week. He picked up the lion’s share of the delegates: 220 of the 419 on offer.  It is worth pointing out that his figures were inflated significantly in two states though: not having either Gingrich or Santorum […]

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All That’s Left’s Guide To Super Tuesday

March 5, 2012

In my last post, I pointed out that Saturday’s result in Washington state was good news for Mitt Romney in the run-up to tomorrow’s Super Tuesday contest. Super Tuesday this time around is a bit less ‘super’ than in previous years, in particular 2008 when 41% of all the Republican delegates were up for grabs […]

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Week 38: Villain – Georgia

September 25, 2011

This Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the…American State of Georgia In the summer of 2007 Jackie South and I spent a couple of days in Georgia’s capital and biggest city, Atlanta.   I cannot say it was a city I particularly warmed to.   Partly because it is a sprawling city that covers a […]

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Troy Davis – America’s Great Shame

September 22, 2011

In 1989, in Savannah, Georgia, a policeman, Mark McPhail was shot and killed as he worked a shift as a security guard at a branch of Burger King. A short while later, a convicted felon, Troy Davis was arrested and charged with McPhail’s murder. He pleaded not guilty, offering an alibi for the offence, but […]

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Obama’s Threat From The West

May 21, 2011

Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was extremely successful in the western states.  He secured 56% of the vote there, making it his second best region in vote terms after the Democrat stronghold of the North East states. As I stated in my last post, things may well be different in 2012 and this could help the […]

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#114: 1974, Randy Newman, Rednecks

March 12, 2011

In our recent debate about Sweet Home Alabama, both George East and I praised this song on a similar subject from the same year, so I thought it should be my next pick. In this typically mordant track, the Jewish Californian Newman puts himself in the shoes of a southerner watching Georgia governor Lester Maddox’s […]

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