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Isolation: Where in America Do They Want You to Just Go Home?

A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker in Central Maine that read, “Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!” It didn’t take me too long to react emotionally to that statement; I hear some version of that sentiment almost every day living here in Maine. Whether it’s someone talking about what “real Mainers” would [...]

Long After Reaching Threshold, Unanswered Snowden Petition Still Adds 100s of Signatures a Day

217 days ago, the official petition to President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed 100,000 signatures. That number matters because President Obama and his White House staff promised explicitly that after petitions garner more than 100,000 signatures “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and [...]

Where the Hoaxes Live: the overlapping Geography of Obama Urban Legends

Google Correlate is a new research tool used to find out where in the United States the entry of certain search terms is concentrated, and which search terms’ levels of popularity are correlated with one another across the 50 states. The first idea is pretty straightforward: where are people more or less likely to be [...]

Resource: List of Campaign Finance Disclosure Websites State by State

Transparency shouldn’t be opaque.

For the life of me, I haven’t been able to find a current list of campaign finance websites covering local political donations in the 50 states of the USA. The best I could find was an old list helpfully compiled by the Campaign Disclosure Project. It’s a good start, but it [...]

15 American States Mostly Dismiss Religion

A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals that, in 15 states in the USA, a majority of people say that religion is not a very important part of their lives.People living in these states represent about 30.4 percent of the population. [...]

Which States Are Most Heavily Warehousing Your DNA? Why?

This spring, the FBI expanded its practice of warehousing DNA sample data, expanding from samples of criminal convicts to samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime. As a result, the FBI has been adding new samples to its database (which goes by the names of CODIS and NDIS) at [...]

For a Good Bill, Call Me at 207-SEN-COXX

The Idaho Senate shares the home phone numbers and addresses of its members. The Alabama Senate, Arkansas Senate, Iowa Senate, Kentucky Senate, Maine Senate, the Mississippi State Senate, the Montana Senate, the New Hampshire Senate, the North Carolina Senate, the South Carolina Senate, the Vermont Senate and the Wyoming Senate also share home addresses and [...]

Families Split Apart By States Rights Approach

President Obama loves to say that he supports civil unions will full legal rights, though he opposes same-sex marriage. What he doesn’t say is that states cannot grant full legal rights to civil unions, even if they want to. [...]

35 Blue States? 5 Red States? Gallup Data Offers Fear-Fueled Glimpse, Not Fixed Truth

In a press release that has already caused significant hubbub, the Gallup organization has released polling data from 2008 in which Americans are asked to identify themselves as Democratic, leaning Democratic, leaning Republican or Republican. Gallup finds that majority of its respondents identify as Democratic or as leaning Democratic. Furthermore, they use their data to [...]

A Map of John McCain's Real America, Diminished

As you may be aware, multiple elements within the McCain campaign have decided that only some parts of America — the parts of America that coincidentally support John McCain — are “Real America.” The rest of America is fake America.

A map of “Real America” on the morning of October 22, 2008, based on estimates [...]