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Puerto Rico endorses US statehood

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States?

 

Lost in the election day enthusiasm throught much of the United Statees was coverage about Puerto Rico.  A 'non-binding referendum' was on the ballot to reconsider the 114-relationship with the United States as a territory.  54% voted for a change, while 46% favored the status quo.  The second question was asking how to change that relationship: 61% voted for statehood, 33% endorsed a sovereign free association, and 5% for independence.  President Obama has gone on record stating that he'll support the will of a clear majority.  We'll see what this means, but we are a lot closer to 51 states than we've ever been before.  For more information, see Matt Rosenberg's assessment.

 

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Election Day was Historic

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More women than ever have been elected to both the House and Senate. 


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Map of Racists Tweets following Obama's re-election

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A map compiled by Floating Sheep shows the shocking demographics of racist 'hate tweets,' many of them collected from states that were won by Romney.

 

Not shocking, but still discouraging. 


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Jeff F's comment, November 11, 2012 3:31 PM
That band going through the deep south. It looks awfully famillar.

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Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 4:59 PM
Well, I would like to say is that is a great President to this country and I don't think that it's a good idea for people to make racist remarks about Obama's re-election. Even though people the right to Freedom of Speech in this country but however, racism is against the law in the United States.
Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 4:59 PM
I mean that Barack Obama is a great President to this country.
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Why Are States So Red and Blue?

Why Are States So Red and Blue? | American Government | Scoop.it
Theories about our right-wing and left-wing mind-sets don't explain why they are tied to geography.

 

While not endorsing all the cultural assumptions in the article, this is still an interesting exploration into expalining why distinct places are are politically aligned with particular parties. 

 

Questions to ponder: What portions of the author's argument do you agree (or disagree) with?  What do you see as the reasons behind the spatial distributions of "blue" and "red" in the United States? 

 

Tags: political, place, USA, culture, unit 4 political.


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BraydenJulietteGeo's comment, November 21, 2013 1:26 PM
this is a extremely interesting article on how certain portions of our country are know for voting for certain political party's during presidential elections. We have seen this political pattern all through our history, and can now almost always guess what states will be red or blue when it comes time for elections. Because this talks about political party's I have put this under political
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Exit polls 2012: How votes are shifting

Exit polls 2012: How votes are shifting | American Government | Scoop.it
See how much voter groups have shifted in the 2012 exit polls, compared to 2008. Early numbers are preliminary and may change significantly until midday Wednesday, when poll results are finalized.

 

The 2012 election mostly went as predicted (given Virginia and Florida's voting pattern, I'd invite you to re-think the "Where Does the South Begin" or at least to contextualize the political and cultural implications for the defining the vernacular region of "the South").  I'm sure we've all seen the electoral college map, but this great graphic shows the demographic groups voting patterns that produced that map. 


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Puerto Rico endorses US statehood

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States?

 

Lost in the election day enthusiasm throught much of the United Statees was coverage about Puerto Rico.  A 'non-binding referendum' was on the ballot to reconsider the 114-relationship with the United States as a territory.  54% voted for a change, while 46% favored the status quo.  The second question was asking how to change that relationship: 61% voted for statehood, 33% endorsed a sovereign free association, and 5% for independence.  President Obama has gone on record stating that he'll support the will of a clear majority.  We'll see what this means, but we are a lot closer to 51 states than we've ever been before.  For more information, see Matt Rosenberg's assessment.

 

Tags: USA, political, states, autonomy. 


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Redistricting Results

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While this cartoon is flippant, the attached Washington Post article is not.  In the culumative congressional voting, Democrats have more votes but won fewer seats than the Republicans.  Many are starting to question the redistricting process after the 2010 census. 

  

Tags: gerrymandering, political, mapping, census.


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Growing Young Voters (Without Boring Them) - - Education Experts

Growing Young Voters (Without Boring Them) - - Education Experts | American Government | Scoop.it
At Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury, Connecticut, all seniors take a year-long Civics and Current Issues course that weds the study of the U.S. government with a curriculum covering some of the chief global challenges ...
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US elections: Three meaningless political debates | Intrepid Report ...

US elections: Three meaningless political debates | Intrepid Report ... | American Government | Scoop.it
That globalization is a fact of capitalism totally embraced by business and government during the last two decades, Democrats and Republicans holding hands on this issue? Is either candidate in favor of reverting to the ...
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The entire third 2012 presidential debate

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The entire third and final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on October 22, 2012.
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The Trouble with the Electoral College

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Primary Elections Explained

How primaries, caucuses, super delegates and more work in US Primary Elections. **NEW: T-Shirts now for sale!** Help support making more videos: http://goo.g...
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Death to Pennies

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Changing Face of the US/Mexico Border

Changing Face of the US/Mexico Border | American Government | Scoop.it

This lesson plan was specifically designed with Arizona examples and aligned to the Arizona state standards, but it be easily adapted.  I saw a presentation based on this lesson at the NCGE conference as was incredibly impressed.  Also, you'll note that like this one, there are many other lesson plans freely available on the Arizona Geographic Alliance website.  

 

Tags: K12, borders, political, landscape, migration, unit 4 political.


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oyndrila's comment, October 14, 2012 11:40 AM
I found very useful resources on the website. Thank you for sharing it.
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This is an important lesson, especially for those who actually live in Arizona/Mexico and have seen the border itself. Learning about the Arizona/Mexican border is important and shouldn't be left solely to teaching it only in those areas. The maps included in the lesson plan are efficient and could be used in the high school setting.

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US presidential endorsements: Where we've stood | The Economist

US presidential endorsements: Where we've stood | The Economist | American Government | Scoop.it
And this choice turns on two questions: how good a president has Barack Obama been, especially on the main issues of the economy and foreign policy? And can America really trust the ever-changing Mitt Romney to do a better job ....
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Illegal Immigration

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Illegal immigration is always a very touchy political topic that is all about cultural geography and communal identity.  This chart shows how various demographic consituencies feel about illegal immigration.  As this article insinuates, the Republican platform does not resonate with most of the voting public.   


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Manifest Destiny in 141 Maps

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This data visualization project is a great way to demonstrate the geographic expansion of the United States.  This is much more interactive than the typical time lapse video since you can scroll through the maps and explore each map through the interactive features. 

 

Tags: historical, USA, visualization, mapping.


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Matthew Jones's comment, November 5, 2012 11:20 AM
This is a great. Definitely a great tool for students in various different levels of school that can show you the evolution of the United States over a period of time. Very cool, very useful.
Matt Mallinson's comment, November 5, 2012 11:24 AM
I really like the display of these changes in our country throughout the years. It's a great way of showing centuries of change into something easy to understand. This would help young students in a social studies class for sure.
Lisa Fonseca's comment, November 6, 2012 10:35 PM
i LOVE THIS! I can see this being such a valuable tool to use in a classroom. Students get the visual and written representation. Having the visual changes that took place in the United States is a better way to present to the students instead of them just reading a book. Will definitely save this article for future reference.
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Election Results Map

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Live election results from The Huffington Post. Romney vs. Obama, Senate, House and ballot measures.

 

This is one of many election maps that I am continually refreshing.  When I lived in California I would always try to stay up for the results--now that I'm on the East Coast I don't think that is going to happen tonight (FYI: I've refreshed this map too many times to count). 


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Jeff F's comment, November 9, 2012 4:41 PM
I projected this map for President Obama a few months ago. After his first debate disaster I said Florida would probably go to Romney as well.
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The Urban Electorate

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"Why Republicans Can't Afford to Concede the City Vote Ever Again."

 

Not trying to make a political statement, just bringing the geography into an analysis of the political landscape: the United States is an urban country and any political party hoping to win a national election must capture at least some of the major metropolitan areas of the country. That isn't ideological; that's simple urban geography and demographics making it's way into national politics.  "The math of assuming that the cities will go to Democrats is just a losing game going forward for Republicans."


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Republicans in American can't afford to lose metropolitan areas, yet don't have the greatest pull in these areas making it an uphill battle. The metropolitan vote is important to US elections. The functional region of urban areas make ideas move faster and come together, making it ideal for political gains.

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Top 10 foreign policy issues facing a new president - NBCNews.com (blog)

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Top 10 foreign policy issues facing a new presidentNBCNews.com (blog)The Afghan government has been propped up by American and NATO troops and money but has failed in its basic functions of establishing national trust, security and unity.
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Latin America Ignored At Third US Presidential Debate - Huffington Post

Latin America Ignored At Third US Presidential Debate - Huffington Post | American Government | Scoop.it
Latin America Ignored At Third US Presidential DebateHuffington PostThe U.S.
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Watch now: The Choice 2012 | FRONTLINE | PBS Video

FRONTLINE presents the definitive portraits of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
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Mixed-Member Proportional Representation Explained

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How the Electoral College Works

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What If the Presidential Election is a Tie?

What happens if the Electoral College is tied?
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The Trouble with the Electoral College

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