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Election 2008 Odds and Ends -- Waiting for Missouri and Alaska, Pro-Marijuana Initiatives and More...

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have had a virtual news blackout on what is going on in the two states we're waiting for -- Missouri's presidential results, and Alaska's senatorial results. Here is what I managed to find out.

Friday Talking Points [54] -- Republican Fossilization

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to Friday Talking Points. Of course, the big question on everyone's mind right now is: What is going on up in Minnesota? Al Franken is t...

Final Electoral Math -- My Election Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

About the Cartoonist  |  Reprint Policy Because it's Election Day, I'm not going to give a detailed analysis of the past week's polls, as I...

Barack Obama Is Smarter Than Us

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama campaign did not leak, and they did not squabble amongst themselves in public -- right there, two astounding feats that no other candidate in the race could manage.

BOO!! Two Spine-Tingling Tales Of Terror

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[Today's Hallowe'en column is in two ghastly parts -- one frightful, fingernail-chewing tale for each side of the corpse-ridden and zombified politica...

Electoral Math -- Obama Has Closed The Deal

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the penultimate Electoral Math column. OK, I admit, I just like correctly using the word "penultimate." Plus, it's fun to say! Try it! If...

Talking With The F.B.I.'s Undercover Source In Alaska's VECO Corruption Case

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Prewitt: "It's going to be a tight race, but Stevens could still win this thing. Stevens has been around so long, and we do have a very partisan situation up here in Alaska."

Friday Talking Points [53] -- Why McCain Is Losing, And Why Democrats Shouldn't Say So

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain is losing the race for the White House. Now, this doesn't mean he has already lost it -- we've still got to go vote, after all. I'll cov...

Electoral Math -- Obama Holds His Lead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

More and more, it is looking like Virginia will be the state that decides Election Night in Obama's favor. Sure, it could be Florida or Ohio, but my guess is that the vote-counting is going to take a while in both of them,

"Video Your Vote" On PBS And YouTube

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

if you spot (and record on video) something unusual at your polling place, you will have an easy way of uploading it to a place where journalists will have immediate access.

Friday Talking Points [52] -- What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I started blogging over two years ago. That is to say, right about the time the 2008 presidential campaign began. OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration...

Electoral Math -- Obama Lead Insurmountable?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's going to be all but impossible to continue the "we're in a dead heat" nonsense if Barack Obama decisively wins Florida and Virginia when the East Coast returns come in.

Exclusive Interview: Frank Prewitt, Author Of Last Bridge To Nowhere

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Prewitt: The book is my experience working as the confidential source who spent nearly four years helping the F.B.I. pry the lid open on the sordid world of political corruption in Alaska and Washington.

Friday Talking Points [51] -- Some Positivity

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we're all waiting for someone to leak the Palin Troopergate Report (which is reminiscent of waiting for "Fitzmas" during the whole Scooter Libby...

Electoral Math -- Obama Landslide?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to admit, that's a pretty provocative title. And enumerating the poultry before they emerge from the ova is always risky... as the saying goes.

You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Whatever you believe about Bill Ayers and the Weathermen, the fact remains that he is not running for president. But John McCain doesn't really have any other arrows left in his quiver.

Friday Talking Points [50] -- Can I Call You Joe?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I refuse to get too wrapped up in the question of who "won" the debate. In general, unless one candidate obviously self-destructs, this question is answered subjectively and personally. That's not to say I didn't think Biden did better. I did.

Electoral Math Looking Good For Obama

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama has made some gains since last week, to put it mildly. While he hasn't wildly increased his Strong numbers, at least the trend is in the right direction.

In Defense Of Sarah Palin

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to at least try to defend the point she was (so badly) trying to make. Alaska was on the front lines of the Cold War. It's a valid point, especially with a newly-resurgent and newly-belligerent Russia.

Friday Talking Points [49] -- Before And After The First Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[UPDATED -- See part 2 in the Talking Points section.] This week's column will be presented in a sort of semi-liveblogging fashion. What you're getti...

Electoral Math Update -- Obama Bounces Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today was a banner day for Obama in the national polls (especially the one that puts him up nine points, 52/43) -- but they are largely meaningless, since that is not how we elect our president.

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

Electoral Math Checkup -- Obama's Low Point?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The national trend for Obama may have turned around in his favor in just the last couple of days. So even though things look grim here, Obama is already starting to bounce back.

More Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Please

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Her performance was so strong and so well focused that it would be foolish not to immediately send her out on the campaign trail and/or to as many television interviews as she can squeeze into her schedule.

Friday Talking Points [47] -- Our First Anniversary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Surprise! It's our first anniversary column! But before we get to that, I have to pass on this information, in the hopes nobody will get stung by a v...