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December 2, 2011
By Tatenda Musapatike Change has arrived in Hopkinsville.  Typically the news of Christian County, Kentucky consists of reports on the various crimes that have been committed and the local sporting events between the local high schools.  All of those things are still going on;...
December 2, 2011
By Jim Williams and Amanda Duckworth Crime is often a problem during recessions and Darlington County, South Carolina has not been exempt from this trend. One person was killed in a recent shootout in Darlington City, a Minority Central community in Patchwork Nation. This may speak to the...
November 30, 2011
By Adam Weidman and Toby Awalt The biggest news out of Lincoln County, a Mormon Outpost in Patchwork Nation, regards the impending redistricting for the State House of Representatives and Senate. The need for redistricting came about because of the growth experienced by areas in Lincoln County...
November 30, 2011
By Melanie Buck and Emily Knight As the primary season quickly approaches, Lincoln City Oregon has finally joined the political dialogue by voting on several local issues in the special elections held recently. Voter turnout for this month's special election hovered just above 50% -...
November 29, 2011
By Graham Brookie and Jack Doherty Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign brought New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Nashua, a Monied Burb in Patchwork Nation, to campaign for him. Christie praised Romney for working with Democrats as Governor in Massachusetts and blasted...
November 29, 2011
By Anthony DeLuise and Colin Campbell With much the country still fighting unemployment rates in double digits and mounting fears of a double-dip recession, the Labor Department’s news last week that unemployment rate had fallen .01% in October was greeted with relief across the country...
November 27, 2011
With all the uncertainties around the 2012 presidential race there seems to be one sure thing: The fight for the White House will be about the economy. After four years of recession, a stalled recovery and growing tensions, it is issue No. 1 with the voters – and probably issues Nos. 2 and...
November 21, 2011
For anyone with an eye on 2012, President Barack Obama’s poll problems are not new. Survey after survey shows Mr. Obama with job approval numbers below 50% and a difficult re-election bid ahead. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds Mr. Obama’s approval rating at 44%. But...
November 19, 2011
Over the last four years, scanning the nation's business headlines has become something best done with a pack of Tums at the ready. From housing to unemployment, looking at the numbers has become a test of intestinal fortitude. But the last few days have brought some bright spots. The stock...
November 18, 2011
By Tiffany Sam and Austin Green This last Election Day in Lake County, voters headed to the polls to choose candidates in six Lake cities. Candidates were vying for open spots in Groveland, Lady Lake, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde and Mount Dora.  The results are in! And there was a...
November 18, 2011
By Boris Santos Sun City, Maricopa County is where to be if you love golf courses, thrift stores, low taxes and the “slow paced” life. With all the technological texting and blogging and prying in the US, one thing is for certain, Maricopa County offers an escape route. Sun Citian...
November 17, 2011
By Emily Guilfoil Last week in Clark County, Nevada, a Boom Town in Patchwork Nation, many of the big stories focused on pedestrian road safety. According the Las Vegas Sun, there has been a recent uptick in deadly accidents befalling pedestrians. In Las Vegas during the past two weeks, four...
November 17, 2011
By Russell Bar and Sandra Flores In what qualifies as surprising of news out of the liberal Campus and Careers community Ann Arbor, Michigan, someone who is not a Democrat recently won an election.  Jane Lumm, a well-known Republican running on the Independent ticket, garnered a spot on...
November 16, 2011
By Chris Meadows and Heather Ginsberg In recent weeks, much national attention has been on the 2012 election and the quickly approaching Republican primary.  Several debates have been televised and new scandals are coming out about some of the candidates.  However, this is not...
November 16, 2011
Hayley Miller and Lauren Reddington While it was a clear, sunny day in Philadelphia on November 8, the city had a low voter turn out for the election. The polls opened in Pennsylvania at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. An article from Philly.com reports, “At the Amos Rec Center at 16th and...
November 10, 2011
Tuesday was a good day to be a Democrat. A year after a massive electoral defeat and months of polls showing their president is in for a tough fight for re-election, a string of wins in states raging from Maine to Ohio to Mississippi gave the party faithful reason to smile. Even in Virginia,...
November 8, 2011
The hard economic times of the last few years have been felt widely, but not uniformly. As we have often noted on Patchwork Nation, American communities that relied heavily on specific slices of the economy -- housing, manufacturing -- were particularly hard hit. A new report from The Brookings...
November 4, 2011
The 2012 primary contests have not yet begun, but one trend has emerged in the early stages of the campaign. In national polls, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sits firmly in the 25 percent support range. Why? Romney's struggles are not in character with the traditional path for...
November 3, 2011
While analysts often talk about the Republican Party’s base as a monolith, in reality it has many components. There are fiscal conservatives and social conservatives, Main Street Republicans and Wall Street Republicans – and traditionally there has been a slice of that base concerned...
October 31, 2011
AS THE 2012 election approaches, one question is on every candidate’s mind: What exactly are the American people thinking? The question has never seemed more pertinent. The recession has come to look more like a long-term reshuffling, the Tea Party is up in arms about spending, and...