“It sounded like thunder, but it felt like an earthquake,” Tracey Truitt, a lawyer who was working in a nearby building, tells the Kansas City Star about an explosion Tuesday evening that leveled a restaurant in the city’s Country Club Plaza.
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate. But advocates say the fact that her sexual orientation wasn’t part of the campaign is the real signal of change.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The president’s campaign fine-tuned its appeal to a younger, less-white electorate and got its supporters to turn out in much larger numbers than Republicans had anticipated. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was hurt by a lack of money at a critical moment.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
President Obama, in his victory speech, noted that the hours voters had to wait in line are something “we have to fix.” One solution: Spend more on equipment and poll workers. But that would be tough in this fiscal climate. Another is to expand early voting. But states such as Ohio have had their early-voting laws challenged in court.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Tuesday offers a smorgasbord of possible history-making opportunities across the nation — from New Hampshire, which could end up with the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation, to Arizona, which could elect its first Hispanic U.S. senator.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Superstorm Sandy, the October surprise no one anticipated, throws a monkey wrench into the final days of the campaign. NPR’s Ken Rudin and Ron Elving spend the final pre-Election Day podcast scouting the key presidential battleground states and have a forecast of control over the House and Senate.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
A hurricane is no time for campaigning. That naturally gives an advantage to the incumbent, whose job is leading the cleanup and recovery efforts. The media will eventually turn its gaze back to the campaign, but there isn’t much time left.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The effects of Sandy the superstorm could hurt turnout in blue states, but maybe for both parties. It raises the prospect of limiting the popular vote for President Obama. And while electoral votes are what matter, the popular vote still could come into play in giving the winner some sense of a mandate.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us