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My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me [...]

Capitol Tea Party Rally Cheers for Unrepentant Patriot Act Republicans

Did Michele Bachmann really apologize for her YES vote on the Patriot Act? Unfortunately not: that was an April Fools’ Day joke. But Rep. Bachmann really did appear, along with Representatives Allen West and Mike Pence, before a crowd of about 300 assembled in Washington DC on March 31 2011.

That crowd was gathered [...]

Prediction Markets Suggest GOP Candidates for 2012: Romney, Palin, Pawlenty and Pence

With pretend play money at Inkling Markets and with actual money at Intrade, people are placing bets on the probability of all sorts of future events, including events in politics. Shares for possible outcomes are bought and sold, with the price for a share set in a market based on demand for that share. People [...]

Poll: What would Mike Pence and Sarah Palin give You?

“What a dream ticket: Mike Pence and Sarah Palin. That would give the liberals heartburn!”

So said fundamentalist Christian activist Tony Perkins last night as he took the microphone to announce the presidential and vice presidential straw poll results from the 2010 Values Voter Summit.

But what does he know? Come on, you liberals, [...]

Wow! Pence edges out Huckabee in a nonrepresentative poll with a 36% response rate!

That’s what the pundits really should say on this morning’s news shows about the Mike Pence – Mike Huckabee squeaker. When nearly two-thirds of the already unusual set of people attending a conference don’t even bother to cast a vote, a 2% margin of “victory” in a presidential preference straw poll doesn’t mean squat.

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