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Yarn Capitol

Spotted at the Nassau County Democrats annual Low Country Boil: a yarn-based replica of the U.S. Capitol. Everything down to the shrubbery is knitted.


Surely useful as a metaphor for how Congress is tied up in knots. (I’ll be here all week, try the veal!)


Dahlia Lithwick on Slate:

The court’s liberals voted to find a ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws for religious schools and churches; ruled against the EPA in a wetlands case; and, as Adam Liptak points out, the court’s liberals pretty much crushed the Obama administration again this term. Yet you don’t find liberals burning their Stephen Breyer Pokémon cards, in part because liberals don’t have Stephen Breyer Pokémon cards in the first place. We can’t really be bothered.

Is that so?

Bill Clinton and Alvin Brown at the Times-Union Center

Former President Bill Clinton joined his former adviser and now Mayor of Jacksonville Alvin Brown at the Times-Union Center to discuss job creation.

Redistricting Trounces Incumbents in Pennsylvania Primaries

Pennsylvania’s stagnant population growth led to the Republican-controlled legislature drawing two Democrats out of existence. In Southwestern Pennsylvania’s 12th District, two Democratic incumbents were drawn together. Rep. Jason Altmire was given a substantially larger portion of the new district he fought for with Rep. Mark Critz, but Critz was able to win his home base by such an overwhelming margin that he overcame this geographic disadvantage. Strong geographic splits were also evident in the 17th District, where Rep. Tim Holden, a Blue Dog Democrat previously in a marginal seat, was given a Trojan horse of a blessing: a new district full of Democrats who were chomping at the bit to primary him from the left.



Orlando Mayoral Election

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, a Democrat, won re-election on April 3. Dyer drew strong support in the minority areas of the City of Orlando, while his main opponent did better in high-turnout white areas. Dyer cleared the 50% required to avoid a runoff.


County-Level Map: Republican Primary & Caucus Turnout Down 9%

2008-2012 Republican Primary Turnout v1
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Total turnout of this year’s moody Republican voters in caucuses and primaries is down 9%, with a majority of contests showing a decrease. Incompetence and poor turnout have plagued caucus states especially, with especially anemic showings in Nevada and Minnesota. This year’s Missouri primary was made nonbinding, in contrast to 2008, leading to an astonishing 57% drop in participation.

Florida and Minnesota show total collapses in most of the state except for rural counties away from major metropolitan areas. The entire Atlantic coast of Florida from Jacksonville to Miami joined the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in shunning the contests. The base might be angry, but they’re not coming out to vote.

Going into tomorrow’s Washington caucuses and the Super Tuesday states, will we see a Republican electorate finally waking up to its nomination contest, or fatigue and disenchantment? This map might give Newt Gingrich a (lately rare) ray of hope: his home state of Georgia so far is surrounded by green.

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2012 Amelia Island Chili Cook-Off

The 2012 Amelia Island Chili Cookoff in Fernandina Beach featured 27 contestants to benefit the Amelia Island Montessori school.

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