All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Elections’

Here’s Who Small Businesses Are Voting For, According to Yelp

Here’s Who Small Businesses Are Voting For, According to Yelp

Yelp recently released its first annual Small Business Pulse survey finding that most small businesses expect to have a good year in 2016. The company reached out to U.S. 900 small businesses, finding that 85% that are active on Yelp expect revenues to grow. You can read more about the findings and check out a related infographic here. Yelp is …

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Ashley Swearengin Loses Close California Controller Race

Fresno, California Mayor Ashley Swearengin lost a close race for California state controller on election day this week. Swearengin, a Republican, received 47.3 percent of the state’s votes, falling short of the 52.7 percent Democrat Betty Yee received. In a message posted to her campaign website on Wednesday Swearengin thanked supporters and campaigners. She praised her campaign for the close …

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Marijuana Legalization Was Facebook’s Most-Discussed Topic on Election Day

On Election Day, with hotly contested House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races happening all over the country, social media chatter was turned up to 11. According to Facebook, Tuesday’s midterm elections saw 85 million interactions (posts, likes, and comments) from 27 million people. Some of that conversation can be attributed to Facebook’s “I’m a Voter” prompt that had people sharing their …

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Where Do I Vote? Google’s Election Day Doodle Answers That Question With Polling Place Lookup Box

You may be wondering, “Where do I vote?” Google knows this question is on many people’s minds across the United States today as the midterm elections are underway. Google is taking the opportunity to turn its homepage into a tool for would be voters, who may not know exactly where they need to go. Rather than making the doodle take …

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Twitter Launches 2014 Elections Hub with Curated Tweets and Data

As Twitter has done in the past with big events (both national and global), it has just launched a new activity hub for the 2014 elections. And while some of its past attempts to organize conversation around certain events (for instance the World Cup) merely provided a place to browse relevant tweets and accounts, the new #Election2014 site is more …

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Obama Approval Rating Doesn’t Do Democrat Candidates Any Favors

A recent Rasmussen poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating numbers leave a lot to be desired. The numbers from the Rasmussen Daily Tracking poll as of August 27 are: Strongly Approve: 21% Strongly Disapprove: 41% Total Approve: 46% Total Disapprove: 53% If you follow that link above and scan down the daily numbers, you will see that Obama’s approval …

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Angela Merkel Regrets Rise of Populism in EU

On Sunday, 21 of the 28 member-states of the European Union held votes for seats in the European Parliament, a vote which occurs every five years. The European Parliament is effectively the legislative body of the European Union and is second largest democratically-elected electorate in the world behind India’s Parliament. As such, these elections are one of the most important …

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Romney Shows Up At Sundance Premiere For Netflix’s ‘Mitt’

Mitt, the Netflix documentary following former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, premiered at Sundance over the weekend, and Romney himself made a surprise appearance. “The ending I probably won’t like, but nonetheless, I think it will be a good experience and probably give my family and others a chance to see what it’s like to run for president, which by the …

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Director Of Netflix’s ‘Mitt’ Amazed At How ‘Cheap’ Romney Is

While The Square is getting a lot of publicity this week for its Oscar nomination, another Netflix original documentary will debut next week on the 24th. Mitt follows the six years that filmmaker Greg Whitely had exclusive access to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Here’s the trailer Netflix put out last month: Reuters has put out an interview with Whitely …

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Bharatiya Janata Party Wins Big in India Elections

Yesterday, the ruling Congress Party in India was dealt a huge blow by losing four state elections in India. The more-liberal Congress Party, which has been the primary ruling power in India since its independence in 1947, lost handily to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party). The BJP is an emerging conservative party, with a Hindu-nationalist, self-sufficient platform, …

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The Next Election May Be Funded By Bitcoin

Bitcoin is the currency of the future, or at least that’s what crypt-anarchists and futurist would have you believe. On the other hand, the government seems like it doesn’t know what to do with the digital currency. Well, at least most of the government that is. The Hill reports that the Federal Election Commission has proposed that election campaigns be …

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Televised Presidential Debates Do Matter, Shows Study

Ever since John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon appeared in a televised debate in 1960, TV debates have been powerful moments in U.S. presidential campaigns. In recent years, however, the purpose and influence of presidential debates has come into question as the events have become ever more staged. This week, a new study has shown that such debates are still …

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Chris Christie Easily Wins Reelection in New Jersey

Republican governor Chris Christie won reelection last night, beating his opponent by getting a whopping 60 percent of the vote. State senator Barbara Buono only managed to garner 39 percent of the vote. While the election victory doesn’t come as much of a surprise, the landslide victory has put Christie one step closer to a 2016 presidential run. I love …

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Tony Abbott PM-elect party wins Australian elections

Australians learned election results Saturday and it was an overwhelming victory for the conservative opposition party. Early Sunday reports indicated the coalition would win a clear majority of 88 out of the 150 House of Representative seats. Labor would probably win 57. Projections in the Senate are less positive for the Liberal party. The win for the Tony Abbott-led opposition …

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Ghana: President Mahama’s 2012 Victory Confirmed

“I’d always known that I was legitimately elected, and I knew that eventually justice will be served,” newly confirmed President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama said in a Friday interview. On Thursday, the Ghanaian Supreme Court upheld Mahama’s victory from elections in 2012. Mahama declared the ruling and preceding debate a democratic test that Ghana passed. “The people of Ghana… …

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Hasan Rowhani To Replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad As Iran’s President

Hasan Rowhani has won his election bid and will replace Mahmoud Amadinejad as president of Iran. Rowhani, a cleric backed by reformist groups within Iran, won the election with over 50% of the popular vote, thus precluding a two-man runoff, according to Iran’s Interior Ministry. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current president of Iran, has been a profoundly controversial figure during his …

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Here’s What Yahoo Is Doing For Election-Related Searches

Yahoo put out a blog post outlining the various things it is doing with its search results for election-related queries. If you search “2012 Presidential Polls,” Yahoo will show you the latest national poll numbers at any given time: If you search for “swing state polls” specifically, you can see how the swing states are trending at that moment. You …

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Sergey Brin To Election Victors: Withdraw From Your Parties, Become Independent

Google co-founder Sergey Brin had some thoughts about today’s presidential election, and shared them on Google+ last night. Here’s what he had to say: Sergey Brin6 hours ago I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.Not because of who might win or lose.Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually …

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“Where Do I Vote” Is Today’s Google Doodle Topic In The U.S.

Google is running an Election Day doodle in the U.S. today, as the nation works on electing its president for the next four years. The doodle this time does not take us to “Election Day” results, however. It takes us to results for “Where do I vote,” which provides a built in tool on the search results page for users …

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The Electoral College Explained (In TED Video)

TED has put out a new video explaining the Electoral College, for those of you who would like to see how it works. It’s not a usual TED Talk-style video, but rather a five-minute animated clip with a voice over by Christina Greer. “Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state’s electoral vote in different …

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Psychos Are Keeping Jimmy Wales From Voting

Someone on Quora recently asked who Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would be voting for in the upcoming election. His answer may surprise you. He won’t be voting. That’s not because he doesn’t care about voting, mind you. It’s not because he has no vested interest in who the President of the United States is. He simply doesn’t want to register …

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Bing Launches Its Own Elections Site

Bing announced the launch of Bing Elections at Bing.com/elections. It includes “real-time” algorithmic news results from what Bing calls “key national, partisan and non-partisan sources.” It also features an interactive map with national, state and local election results from the Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics as it’s reported. There are filtering options and social data from Twitter and …

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Romney Blimp Crash Lands in Florida

A blimp carrying a political message in favor of U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney crashed (but didn’t burn) in a field in Davie, Florida on Sunday. The aircraft made an emergency landing and deflated after high winds prevented it from moving forward. The FAA is currently investigating the incident. Along the side of the blimp, Romney’s face and the message …

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Swing State Votes Key For Both Obama and Romney

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released statistics showing that unemployment isn’t just falling on a national level, but falling in several key election swing states as well. Unemployment in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina are down, while Virginia’s rate remains unchanged. While such a revelation would seem to bolster President Obama’s reelection chances, the economies in many …

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French Tweeters Use Code Words to Flout Election News Ban

Last week French Twitter users were warned against reporting results from the French Presidential election before polls were closed. France has a strict law banning exit poll results from being published or broadcasted before voting has ended. It was asserted that election results published on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook could fall under the law and incur fines of …

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French Twitter and Facebook Users Warned Against Posting Election Exit Polls

Kim Wilsher of The Guardian is reporting on the conflict between the instant communication social media enables and the French government. With the French presidential election beginning this week, there are worries that a French law designed to prevent the media from influencing elections could also be invoked against individual citizens who use their Twitter or Facebook accounts to publish …

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President Obama’s Facebook Page Flooded By Egyptian Protesters

In the past 24 hours, Egyptians have deluged U.S. President Barack Obama’s Facebook page with comments protesting a recent development in Egypt’s presidential elections. The outpouring of comments comes as a result of Egyptian presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail, who represents the Muslim fundamentalist Salafis, having been disqualified from the election due to the discovery that his late mother was …

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YouTube Launches Channel To Follow Burma Elections

Burma (or the Republic of the Union of Myanmar) is opening up its doors to the rest of the world and allowing media to take part in chronicling this year’s by-elections. On April 1st, millions will vote, and YouTube has set up an elections channel to cover it. On Sunday, April 1, millions of voters in Burma will cast a …

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Helvetica Use On Twitter Nearly Leads To Row Between U.S., Russia

The comedic art of Twitter parody accounts is reliably known to have only a few rules: be funny, be crass, and – this according to Twitter – be obvious about being a parody. Regarding that last rule, the most one should shoot for is to run amok for a few days while making people laugh at the expense of some …

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Richard Branson Puts Maldives President On Notice: Twitter Reactions

Virgin founder, media tycoon, and fabulously haired billionaire Richard Branson penned an open letter to interim Maldives president Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to express his shock upon finding out that Waheed was involved in the military coup that unseated the previous president, Mohamed Nasheed. After saying how pleased he was to have met Waheed and his wife, Branson went on: …

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