Blog Profiles: Political Blogs, Volume 1
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I read an amusing post the other day — 15 Things Only People From Northern Virginia Understand.
If you’re from these parts, you know it’s totally true.
We say we’re from DC, even though we’re not actually residents of the District. We also can have varying degrees of political knowledge and enthusiasm.
“People seem to think that because we live close to D.C. that we just absorb all the politics through osmosis,” writes Emma Lord. “And while it’s true that we probably know more than the average citizen, I still can’t give you a comprehensive list of every state senator off the top of my head.”
But we are getting closer to the midterm elections and as candidates take to social media, journalists’ coverage must keep up.
So here are some great political blogs I dug up in honor of the November midterms.
FiveThirtyEight is a blog created by analyst Nate Silver. It was newly launched at ESPN in March and uses statistical analysis and hard numbers to tell compelling stories about science, economics, and sports.
It also has a huge and informative political section.
For example, the site’s Senate Forecast model “combines hundreds of opinion polls with historical and demographic information to calculate odds for each Senate race. We estimate the probability that each party will win control of the Senate by running those odds through thousands of simulations.”
Some recent posts I really enjoyed on FiveThirtyEight include Same-Sex Marriage is Now Legal for a Majority of the US, Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error in Midterm Elections, and Why We Aren’t Talking About the Economy in 2014.
Follow @FiveThirtyEight on Twitter.
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”
“Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding,” the group says.
I like this site because it covers a lot of ground. FactCheck.org features articles, Ask FactCheck, and information about the 2014 elections.
A couple of my favorite posts include Playing Politics with Immigration and Obama’s Numbers October 2014 Update. There also was this fun tidbit on presidential vacations (Question: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama?).
Follow @factcheckdotorg on Twitter.
This is a journal of “news and opinion about US politics, both domestic and foreign, from a progressive point of view.”
This is a fascinating site.
I liked a great number of posts and found it kind of difficult to pare my list down to a handful. But here are the ones that struck me the most: US map showing bed time by county (actually kind of cool), astronauts give tour of the globe from space, and Breaking: 9th circuit strikes down gay marriage bans in ID, NV.
In the bed time piece, for example, some of the findings: The least sleep went to Tokyo, Japan (5hr 44min); most sleep to Melbourne, Australia (6hr 58min); earliest to bed was Brisbane, Australia (10:57pm); and latest to bed went to Moscow, Russia (12:46am). (OK, these findings really were cool.)
Follow @americablog on Twitter.
The Townhall.com blog considers itself the No. 1 conservative website.
“Townhall.com pulls together political commentary and analysis from over 100 leading columnists and opinion leaders, research from 100 partner organizations, conservative talk-radio and a community of millions of grassroots conservatives,” the blog says. “Townhall.com is designed to amplify those conservative voices in America’s political debates.”
Townhall features a poll tracker, columnists, tipsheet posts, cartoons, election results, news, video, and photos. It also offers a link to its monthly conservative print magazine. Columnists include Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michael Barone, Star Parker, Dennis Prager, and Thomas Sowell, among others.
One of the interesting posts I found on Townhall: Poll: 84 Percent of Americans Believe Violence Committed with Guns a Criminal Issue, Not Public Health Issue.
Follow @townhallcom on Twitter.
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Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her @cpcube.