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Just when you thought political polarization could not get worse, even autumnal flavors and scents have a partisan divide. Pumpkin spice emerged as a flavor and scent phenomenon at Starbucks in 2003, and has since become a consumer juggernaut appearing in everything from cookies to condoms. But recently its proliferation has been stalled by a […]

Few political figures in American public life can boast the staying power of Nancy Pelosi.  A key member of the House Democratic caucus for well over a decade and a member of the House for three, Pelosi made history as the first woman House Minority Whip and later the first woman Speaker of the House.  […]

Immediately following President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address in January 2002, in which he branded Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as constituting an “Axis of Evil,” Gallup surveyed Americans’ favorability toward various countries (it has done so annually since 2000).  Not surprisingly, Americans’ perceptions of these countries in early February 2002 reflected […]

Even though I only played a small part in the Georgia CD 6 special election (did two surveys there for a SuperPAC), the win by Karen Handel was supremely satisfying.  Competitive special elections receive an inordinate amount of attention because they are the only game in town (yes, South Carolina CD 5 happened the same […]

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