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Truly Astounding

What's up with Indiana? We did a couple double takes this afternoon when we first heard this story because it didn't seem like it could possibly be true. And yet it is. The Indiana state ethics commission has ruled that state officeholders may not use state-owned property for political or campaign activity (sounds reasonable enough) ... unless they put specific policies in place allowing themselves to do so.

So no using tax payer resources to run your campaign for reelection unless your write yourself a rule that says you can.

Peak Dinesh

I was in our Washington office and I noticed Dinesh D'Souza on MSNBC. So I figured, I probably need to be punished for something I did wrong. So I'll turn up the volume to see what he has to say. After about 90 seconds I started thinking: are imbeciles reproducing quickly enough to sustain D'Souza's business model? After a bunch of stuff about Saul Alinsky, he went on this new theory: progressives pretend to attack the 1% but really they attack immigrants. Okay that makes sense. Watch.

Is That Really What It Shows?

Let me start this post with a bundle of qualifiers. The NYT's Upshot is a great new data/explainer journalism project. I'm jealous (but don't count us out in this game yet.) I'm a big fan of Nate Cohn. And I think the point of his article here - that the efflorescence of partisan polls is creating a serious challenge for poll aggregation - is right on the mark. It's actually been something we've been trying to think through in our own approach to poll aggregation and averaging at PollTracker. But let me show you this one collection of data about the Arkansas Senate race because I think something doesn't quite add up.

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