Posted on July 22, 2016 by Palmer Gibbs The Democratic National Convention kicks off its four-day meeting on Monday, July 25, just a few days after the dust settled on the Republicans’ respective gathering. Democrats will rally the faithful in Philadelphia, finalizing their presidential nominee as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and marking the first time a woman will sit at the top of the ticket for a major political party. Although the Republican primary grabbed more headlines for its salty language and internal discord, the Democratic race didn’t exactly feature “Kumbaya” singing circles. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders...Read More
Posted on July 15, 2016 by Palmer Gibbs Republicans and the reporters who buzz around them will descend on Cleveland July 18 for the GOP National Convention, a four-day event that will culminate in the party’s official nomination of businessman Donald Trump for president. The Republican primary was a rollercoaster ride for the ages. Questions of a so-called contested convention haunted the process until early May, after Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled the plug on their respective campaigns and cleared the path for Trump. Republicans who remained decisively anti-Trump — popularized in the #NeverTrump...Read More
Posted on June 20, 2016 by Palmer Gibbs Donald Trump is coming off one of the worst weeks of his presidential campaign. The presumptive Republican nominee’s polling numbers and favorability scores are suffering another dip after he made a string of eyebrow-raising statements about a federal judge, Muslims and the shooting in Orlando. News outlets have reported conservatives are reigniting an attempt to block Trump at the Republican convention in July. And Trump recently fired his longtime campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. As the InsideGov visualization shows, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Trump by about 6 points as of...Read More
Posted on June 13, 2016 by Palmer Gibbs Early Sunday morning, right around last call, a gunman walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire with an assault rifle and handgun, killing 49 people and injuring 53. The suspect, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, allegedly was upset about seeing two men kissing in Miami, and his father said that might be related to the attack. Mateen also claimed loyalty to the Islamic State during the attack, according to various news outlets. The violence marked the deadliest mass shooting in American history, and has reignited the debate about gun...Read More
Posted on June 8, 2016 by Palmer Gibbs After a long and contentious primary process, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in American history to be a major party’s presidential nominee. A string of victories on the final Super Tuesday of the primary calendar pushed her total delegate count past the 2,383 threshold. The former secretary of state won Democratic primaries in California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, putting her total delegate count at 2,755, as you can see in the InsideGov visualization below. The biggest prize of Tuesday night was California, where 548 total delegates were...Read More
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