Election Round-up

I’ve been somewhat remiss in saying anything about this election – largely because others have said so much (and I don’t mean that in an altogether nice way, either). It would be interesting, I think, to get some sort of statistical fix on just what percentage of the English-language blogosphere has been devoted to the…

The 2008 Minnesota Overseas/Military Absentee Ballot Follies – UPDATED

[NOTE TO REGULAR READERS: If you’re interested in how US absentee election ballots are handled, this post is for you. If not, and you stopped by expecting to see China content … might I recommend Dee Dee Pass’s excellent “The New China Price” in yesterday’s Star Tribune? A nicely reported piece.] [UPDATE 09-09: Below, Minnesota…

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According to today’s edition of my hometown newspaper, it is now illegal to sell Chinese-made American flags in Minnesota – punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a US$1000 fine. The spirit of the law is well-expressed in the lede: That American flag you’re buying in Minnesota for this July 4th will be…

US Democracy in Absentia: Overseas Voters Still Count Less

On November 6, 2007, municipalities throughout the great US state of Minnesota will hold local elections for offices such as mayor, city council, and school board. These are relatively minor affairs (so long as you don’t care about street lights and education policy), and nobody outside of Minnesota is going to pay much attention to…