Charley and I are back from NYC and we bring you Article 3’s election edition podcast. From voting to governing we cover it all in a super-sleek 25 mins.
On voting, we discuss voter turnout (lower this year than 2008), the changing demographics of the nation and how the numbers impacted the election (the only group Governor Romney won was older white men), and then the Supreme Court’s decision to review the Voting Rights Act this term.
On Congress, we talk about the balance of power in the houses and the new faces. Two new female senators won election, bringing the total up to 20 — the highest ever — and together with more openly gay members, the tide is changing and it doesn’t like it will go the other way anytime soon.
Speaking of, three states (Maryland, Maine and Washington) approved gay marriage, Minnesota rejected a gay marriage ban, and two states (Oregon and Colorado) voted to legalize marijuana. As Charley (and Bob Dylan) said: “The times, they are a’changin’”. California was also in the news for reforming the Three Strikes law but at the same time not outlawing the death penalty.
Finally, we look ahead to Thursday’s “Fiscal Cliff” podcast and share our FYIs for the week. Mine is a love letter to Nate Silver and Charley talks about social media this election — specifically the fact that President Obama’s victory tweet — “four more years” — became the most retweeted message of all time with 670,000 retweets, leaping ahead of the previous king of twitter…Justin Bieber.
Tell us what you think and be sure to tune in on Thursday.
- Why White Men Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote (article-3.com)
- Moving Forward with President Obama (article-3.com)
- Residents in More Than A Dozen States Petition White House to Secede From United States (huffingtonpost.com)
- Voting Rights Debate Promises Burgeoning Partisan Battle (article-3.com)
- Romney Is President (nytimes.com)