Post from April, 2011

Hayek v. Keynes, Round 2!

Thursday, 28. April 2011 14:56

Awesome! D.GOOCH

UPDATE: Some background readings on the economic issues raised in the rap.

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The Politics of Star Trek

Wednesday, 27. April 2011 14:33

Awesome. D.GOOCH

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Sheldon Richman on Public Schools

Monday, 25. April 2011 15:59

Our speaker from last Friday does a spot for Reason.tv:

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Tornado Alley

Monday, 18. April 2011 16:06

Ummm, note to self, sitting in a truck as a tornado heads right for you: not reccomended. D.GOOCH

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Wisconsin Aftermath

Friday, 15. April 2011 19:44

In Wisconsin, some evidence that turnout machines have less effect on election results than many think. The unions attempted to win a check against Republican Governor Scott Walker’s recently passed collective bargaining bill by flipping the Wisconsin State Supreme Court from 4-3 conservative to 4-3 liberal by throwing their organizational support behind Joanne Kloppenberg in a judicial election (judicial elections in Wisconsin were traditionally low-key non-partisan affairs) against David Prosser, the sitting justice and former Republican state legislator. Despite a great deal of effort to turn this election into a referendum on Walker and his bill, the unions failed — Prosser’s narrow 7,300 vote victory was certified today following the conclusion of the post-election canvas. Despite polling data showing Walker underwater in the state and opposition to his collective bargaining bill, the emotional protests of early 2011 — marked by the occupation of the state capitol for a number of days by protesters — did not translate into electoral success. Analysis of the election show that turnout was up significantly in the election, but turnout was up across the board. Union efforts to turnout their supporters out also galvanized the opposition. This certainly doesn’t bode well for union-sponsored recall efforts against Republican state senators in Wisconsin.

Interestingly, initially it appeared that Kloppenberg had earned a narrow victory. After the initial count, Koppenberg held a 200 vote lead over Prosser. She declared victory the next day, despite the fact counties had not yet certified the election and a margin of victory which would have triggered an automatic recount. Embarrasingly, during the canvas, a county clerk in Wisconsin failed to submit the results from an entire city, and thus was missing from the unofficial count. Once the error was discovered, the addition of these votes (from a heavily Republican city) resulted in an insurrmountable lead for Prosser and he declared victory today following the completion of the canvas.

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Slaying the Dragon

Friday, 15. April 2011 8:46

Sir Barak the Valient

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Heaven

Monday, 4. April 2011 14:40

Taken from the plane on my way back from Chicago:

Heaven

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Partisan Polarization in Congress on Abortion

Monday, 4. April 2011 14:27

Some data using Senate NARAL Interest Group scores:

Senate Partisan Polarization on NARAL Scores 78-2006

Note the increasing polarization on abortion over the time series.

Standard Deviation Trend Intra-party on NARAL scores

This graph shows the decreasing variance within each party on abortion over time. Both Republicans and Democrats have become more consistent on their position on abortion since the 1970’s, with Republicans casting fewer ‘pro-choice’ votes and Democrats casting fewer ‘anti-choice’ votes. D.GOOCH

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