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When my girlfriend told me that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had suggested that Barack Obama choose Chet Edwards–my former (and George W. Bush’s current) congressman–as his running mate, I thought she was pulling my leg. But, she was serious, and–as usual–she was right. Here’s the video from Newsweek (although you can watch commercial-free…

I’ve been pretty open here about my support of Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency, but one issue I certainly disagree with him on is his support of corn ethanol subsidies. Unfortunately, it looks like that this is one issue he’s unlikely to improve on, as The New York Times reports today that ties to…

Last night was a historic night, with Barack Obama finally effectively clinching the Democratic nomination by surpassing the “magic number” of required delegates. Barring any last-minute fight over delegate rules from Hillary Clinton’s campaign (something that I think is not likely to happen), Barack Obama in the Democrats’ nominee. Of course, we knew from the…

From today’s New York Times: WASHINGTON — A special three-judge court ruled Friday that Congress acted constitutionally when it extended the law requiring sections of the country with a history of racial discrimination to get federal approval for any changes in voting procedures. The unanimous decision upheld a central provision of the Voting Rights Act,…

When I was a student at Texas A&M University and active in politics there, I spent a lot of time on voter registration. Much of this effort was devoted to the community outside of the university, but my primary focus was on students at the university. And, although some people would contend that college students…

This just in: John Edwards has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president. It’s a little late (since Obama has had the nomination all but wrapped up for a couple of months now), and I’m not sure what kind of an impact this will have, but I still find this exciting. Although I’ve been an Obama…

As the media circus over Jeremiah Wright continues, it should give us pause that the media hasn’t decided to focus on John McCain and his embrace of a wide range of religious bigots. Although McCain once called these men “agents of intolerance” in 2000, he has since done a total flip-flop and openly embraced them…

This morning, I had to wake up to another article about John McCain’s and Hillary Clinton’s proposal to temporarily waive the gas tax this summer. That’s it. I’m just going to have to come out and say it: this is a really, really, really stupid idea. Period. I’m not an economist–far from it–but you don’t…

Scientists and Engineers for America has announced a workshop for scientists interested in running for office or working on a political campaign. The workshop will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on May 10th. Despite the focus of my blog, I would have still thought that training scientists to run for office would…

Back when I was at Texas A&M University, I knew plenty of Democrats who would vote in the Republican primary instead of the Democratic one. Although I refrained from such activity, their rationale was totally reasonable: in such a conservative area, the real contest was almost always the Republican primary. By the time the general…