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Social media: On the outside looking in at presidential debates

Social media has been a wild card in presidential politics since at least 2003, when liberal, tech-savvy activists used blogs and early social networks to lift from obscurity Gov. Howard Dean’s anti-war challenge to front-runner Sen. John Kerry. But so far, social media has played a minimal role in the most decisive campaign news events – the presidential and vice presidential debates held in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Cubs Win! (access required)

And by that I mean the City of Mesa’s voters agreed to fund an $84 million training complex for the Chicago baseball institution, allowing the team to continue preparing for 30 more heartbreaking and frustrating seasons of futility.  Or maybe ...

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Still mad at Arizona, mostly (access required)

On Twitter, you find a lot of people who are still mad at the Grand Canyon state, and tonight just made them madder.  Here are a few that I found in the past few minutes — censored as needed: From ...

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Weed whacked in CA (access required)

While Arizonans await news about Proposition 203, the medical marijuana proposal, here’s a related story from the state next door: California voters appear to have rejected Prop. 19, an effort to legalize marijuana and allow local governments to tax the sale ...

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Another long-serving House Democrat undone (access required)

Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), who has served in the House for 34 years and was chair of the House Armed Services Committee, was defeated tonight by Republican Vicky Hartzler, a former schoolteacher. Earlier this week at a campaign stop, Hartzler outlined ...

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Surfing for “AZ Vote” tweets (access required)

I’m looking for interesting, suggestive, penetrating, wisdom-of-the-crowds tweets about Arizona’s election. And look what I found, from someone who calls himself homosapiens2: Weird. Founf out when I went to vote that I’m not in AZ-05, but AZ-06. Flake is my ...

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Robocall says “Relax” (access required)

Would this work if it was tried on you?  The phone rings. It’s a pre-recorded voice, saying: “I’m calling to let everyone know that Gov. O’Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met. The polls were ...

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