Category Archives: Elections News

Using Digital Platforms to Influence the Future of Obamacare

In case you haven’t heard, the Supreme Court engaged in oral argument this past week to address the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a March 2010 act of a Democratic Congress that mandates that all individuals … Continue reading

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Election Special: Pre-election Media in a Post-war Context

In the US, new media forms are diverse – tablet magazines, tweets, and facebook, to name a few – and discussions abound about how they are changing our consumption of news and affecting politics. Yet two aspects of the new … Continue reading

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In the “Data Election” 2012, Romney has No Chance of Catching Obama Online

Former Governor Mitt Romney showed a strong victory this past week in Illinois, reaffirming his position as the frontrunner in the Republican Primary 2012.  Illinois television stations are still thanking him for his visit after he (and his super PAC) … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Go Newt

If Newt Gingrich happens to read this blog post by some miracle then I’ll ask only this Newt, please end your campaign. Pretty please end your campaign. Today I went to www.newtsnetwork.com where you can “share information, build teams in … Continue reading

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Cell phones may be the key to the 2012 Ghanaian Election

According to Internet World Stats, there were approximately 2 million internet users  in Ghana at the end of last year. Half of these Ghanaian internet users have a Facebook profile, indicating that social media is a big part of Ghana’s … Continue reading

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Momentum and the Media: an unhealthy relationship

  Let’s take another look back at the GOP primary contest. As Shunori pointed out, the race has been an extremely volatile one: each candidate takes his or her turn “building momentum” in the polls, hitting a peak before a … Continue reading

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Romney’s (hot and?) cold affair with the media

Full disclosure: I am a Romney supporter. But this candidate has had some trouble with the media. In an article on Politico from last week, Reid J. Epstein says, “It’s the worst-kept secret of the 2012 campaign: The candidate who … Continue reading

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Whistlestop Helps Politicians Ride the Social Media Train

The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the back of their train car. On these tours, candidates spoke to … Continue reading

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Short Email Interview with Alex Benard – 3/11/2012.

Short email interview with Alex Benard, President and founder of Whistlestop. Litman: How will Whistlestop increase transparency? Benard: Whistlestop increases transparency by providing more widespread access to information.  Digital activists can use Whistlestop to easily see which candidates have a strong … Continue reading

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