Author Archives: Kenton Ngo

JPEG Compression Shows Success of Viral “Equal Sign” Profile Picture

If you’re friends with enough political activists on Facebook (as I am), you may have noticed your friends switching their profile photos by the hundreds to a red equals sign ahead of the Supreme Court oral arguments on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Like a game of digital telephone, every time an […]

Interactive Map: Gainesville Mayoral Election

Results by precinct from the March 19, 2013 election for Mayor of Gainesville, Florida are below. The top two candidates in this nonpartisan election will proceed to a runoff. Mouse over the map to display labels for precincts and roads. You can also use the legend or data table to select precincts by clicking on […]

Legislative Shadow Day at the Florida State Capitol

Once a year, students in my master’s program at the University of Florida follow a member of the Florida Legislature for a day. I was hosted by State Senator Maria Sachs (D), who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach County. While Congress is famed and derided for its gridlock, in the 50 state legislatures, […]

Happy Birthday T-Mac: Ken Cuccinelli Talking to an Elephant

Former DNC chairman and current candidate for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe turns 56 today. My birthday gift to him is reposting this video from 2007 of his Republican opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, telling a toy elephant that he needs some help. Cuccinelli’s team released this video as part of a fundraising pitch while he […]

Terrible Charts in Political Science Literature

I’m in my fifth week of political science grad school here at the University of Florida, but I’ve already noticed a few baffling, confusing, and poorly drawn data visualizations in the assigned literature. This isn’t particularly surprising, given the publishing constraints of academic journals and the academic audience, but even in academia good dataviz is […]

GIF: Deeds’ and Hanger’s 24 Year Redistricting Dance

State Senators Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) were the only two Senators in last week’s Republican-proposed mid-decade redistricting to be thrown into the same district. Should both seek re-election without moving, they would battle each other for the new 24th District in 2015, 24 years after Deeds defeated then-Delegate Emmett Hanger for […]

MAP: New Proposed Senate Districts with 2012 Election & 2010 VAP Race

I have updated my previous visualization of 2012 polling-place returns in Virginia that showed a serious racial divide between diverse precincts and white precincts to include the mid-decade district lines rammed through the State Senate on Monday. See previous for comparison maps and old to new district redistribution figures. Areas are shaded by their total […]