Tales from the Trail

Washington economic indicator: political finger-pointing

August 19, 2010

How do you know the economy is souring?

One indicator that doesn’t come wrapped in a government report is political finger-pointing.

Twitter opinion analysis shows midterm ‘enthusiasm gap’

August 19, 2010

In order to gauge the mood of voters as the midterms approach, Reuters has joined with market research company Crimson Hexagon to conduct a detailed assessment of the political mood as expressed by Twitter users. As a first step in this process we’re taking a look at the feeling expressed by Twitter users toward the Democratic and Republican parties in general.

Slurpees and an economy car for Obama on the campaign trail

August 18, 2010

What is it about a Slurpee?

The frozen beverage so popular at 7-Eleven convenience stores has become the biggest laugh line of President Barack Obama’s campaign speech for Democrats running in the midterm election. 

Democrats disagree on NY mosque, White House says no problem

August 17, 2010

Barack Obama and Harry Reid agree on most things.

They both favored stimulus measures to boost the economy. They both want climate change and comprehensive immigration reform to pass the Senate — at least someday.

Washington Extra – housing gloomy

August 16, 2010

Gloomy housing data today with home builders’ optimism hitting almost a 1-1/2 year low in August, which along with other recent economic reports suggests the slowdown continued in the third quarter. More to come tomorrow when July housing starts are reported at 8:30 a.m. Even if starts edge up a bit, the number to watch is building permits which are an indication of things to come. OBAMA/

Meg Whitman’s Facebook ad nets 20,000 clicks — and a message about jobs

August 3, 2010

USA/Republican Meg Whitman’s campaign says the results are in from her innovative Facebook “polling ads,” which asked Californians to choose the issue most important to them. The message came back loud and clear:  Jobs.

Meg Whitman breaks new virtual ground with Facebook ‘polling’ ads

July 28, 2010

USA-POLITICS/CALIFORNIA

In 2010 a candidate would be ill-advised to ignore the Internet, especially if he or she wants to reach younger voters who aren’t paying attention to more traditional campaigns — or, even worse, are tuning out politics entirely.

Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama approval at 48 pct, disapproval at 48 pct

July 27, 2010

Americans are evenly split over whether President Barack Obama is doing a good job or a bad job — and few are on the fence.

California city’s mess a golden opportunity for Jerry Brown?

July 26, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown has taken some heat, even within his own party, for his seemingly minimalist campaign for California Jerry_Browngovernor — which so far has involved few rallies, speeches or even TV commercials — and which some say has allowed Republican Meg Whitman to make critical inroads with Latinos and other voting blocs in a race with national political implications.