Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Links (12/3/09)

1. Remember the Idaho Republican Party's complaint? Well, they are moving forward with their court case to close their primaries:
By January 15, the Republican Party will present a summary of the evidence it will be presenting at the upcoming trial. This will include a copy of the expert report by one of the party’s witnesses, Michael Munger, who is a professor of political science and an expert in political parties. Then, there will be another status conference on January 26 to set the details for the upcoming trial.
FHQ might try and pull some strings and get a hold of that report if possible.

2. What exactly happened to those Chris Daggett supporters on November 3? David Redlawsk (at the Eagleton Poll) has a go at explaining it.

3. The Democrats got their man in North Carolina to challenge Richard Burr. We'll see how that turns out. They thought they had their man in 2002 with Erskine Bowles. That didn't work out well in 2002.

...or 2004. But FHQ is on the ground here in the Old North state and has a vested interest in a competitive race.

4. Also, notice that State of Elections (the blog of the William and Mary Election Law Society) has been added to FHQ's blogroll. Welcome State of Elections.

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The Links (12/1/09)

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Robert said...

The jobs report looks good for the President. Have we passed the peak last month or this just another blip we saw in July? As of 8 o'clock this morning I saw no indication of a predicted decrease in the rate.

Josh Putnam said...

No, this was unexpected. Nothing I've heard in the last few days has indicated anything other than a worsening picture (where the status quo could also be viewed as worsening). But to only lose 11,000 jobs and have the overall rate decrease to 10.0% is a nice bookend for the administration to yesterday's jobs forum.

Though it was before the numbers were released, the talk on NPR this morning was about 10.4% or 10.5% ultimately being the peak. I'm of the opinion that this will be a blip on the road to that point.

Still, from a micro perspective, this has to be viewed as good news by the administration.

Robert said...

I think we have peaked and will be coming down in the next year, but only the numbers will clear it up for us.

Josh Putnam said...

Time will tell. Certainly, if the peak has occurred, we'll be hearing an awful lot about it from Democrats on the stump in 2010.

It may also embolden the remaining John Tanners and Dennis Moores of the Democratic Party to pull back from the brink.