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Experimental ballot kinda works

Experimental ballot kinda works

11/10/11 04:18PM

Portland, Maine, chose its first elected mayor this week, using the crazy-looking ballot below -- a 15-way, instant runoff race. Voters were asked to select their choices in order of preference, one through 15.Personally, I agreed with the side that didn't expect this to work so great. When the city first fed in the data from this logic puzzle of a ballot, the computers choked. The instant runoffs, apportioning preference until someone reached 51 percent, took most of a day. read more

A visit (and swag!) from Iowa

11/10/11 02:33PM

Our own Anthony Terrell, who left us earlier this year to be an NBC News campaign embed based in Iowa, came back to TRMS World HQ today. In addition to regaling us with behind-the-scenes nuggets from the campaign trail, he also brought us some of his favorite goodies from Iowa--NOT including deep-fried butter. read more

Group read: The Nixon testimony

Group read: The Nixon testimony

11/10/11 02:15PM

Today the federal government released records from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. Among them is President Richard Nixon's testimony about Watergate to a grand jury.Your challenge is to read some of these files -- there are a lot of them -- and report your finds in the comments. For the love of the TRMS, please include the name of the file you're citing. This is a monster job. read more

Austerity Wisconsin

Austerity Wisconsin

11/10/11 01:55PM

Three related headlines from Wisconsin. First, regarding Wisconsin education, "Survey finds school districts have taken hits, Walker touts reforms."The loss of aid was supposed to be made up with flexibility passed by the Legislature that allows school districts to impose an increased share of costs for health insurance and pensions on employees.Some districts, however, were locked into labor contracts that pre-empted the new state law.Second, regarding Wisconsin proposing to charge the poor more for health coverage, "Medicaid changes would drop 65,000 state residents."Rep. read more

The many minds of Mitt Romney, the blank mind of, of...

11/10/11 09:22AM

Texas Governor Rick Perry says that he's not quitting and that his inability in last night's to remember his own burn-it-down platform for governing won't finish his presidential campaign. But when a politician is seemingly so bent on such a complete remaking of government, he can look remarkably unserious in a hurry if he can't remember the third pillar he intends to knock down. Gail Collins, bless her heart, knows where her sympathies lie: read more

Morning Maddow: November 10

Morning Maddow: November 10

11/10/11 08:17AM

Perry: "This ain't a day for quitting nothing."Americans for Prosperity says its reimbursements to Herman Cain's campaign were legal.Sen. Rand Paul to try to block EPA regulations today.Senate Judiciary votes on DOMA repeal.Greece names a new Prime Minister.Police try to disband "Occupy" encampment at UC Berkeley.Penn State student rally in support of Joe Paterno gets out of hand.As promised on last night's show: Christmas-birthday-graduation-anniversary-Hogmanay for Civics dorks comes today.  read more

Hairline fractured reality

Hairline fractured reality

11/10/11 02:20AM

Inspired by the fine work at Moustair, here's our contribution to the mustache-as-hair genre.I kinda went for uni-brow with Cain.ADDING: Here's the video in case you're finding this in the future and wondering what the heck this is all about. read more

You might think you're having a tough week...

11/09/11 10:38PM

...but at least you didn't accidentally set off 20 minutes worth of fireworks all at once at the town festival.(I know the explanation is "technical hitch" but can you imagine the poor guy standing next to the switch after this happened?) read more

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