A Twenty-something Looks at Politics

As if you guys couldn’t get enough political articles to read, here’s my two cents (or less if you bargain with me) on the matter.

As the title suggests, I am a twenty-something (25-soon-to-be-26 to be exact) who lives in Florida with my husband. Yes, we are a hetero white couple who live in a major city (Orlando) and both have jobs. My husband works at a small business, which he has been with since its infancy ten years ago. I’m the product of a middle-class family and went through the public education system here in Florida. So, if one were to guess based on these few facts, it may seem like I would probably lean toward the right politically, wouldn’t it? Continue reading

Does Electability Matter?

I recently came across a very interesting post on YouGov, a polling data site, that analyzed whether electability makes a difference in Republican voters’ candidate preferences. Political scientists usually agree that in a two party system, there’s a sophisticated pattern of strategic decision-making that happens when people vote, whether consciously or unconsciously. The prevailing idea is that when the winner only needs to earn the most votes, people don’t want to “waste” their votes on a sure loser. In the YouGov piece, John Sides and Alex Lundry tested this hypothesis with the prominent Republican candidates running in the 2012 Presidential race to see whether hearing potential chances of winning would make voters more likely to change their preferences. The results were interesting, although not surprising. Continue reading

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Voting, Day One

Welcome back! It’s Monday, and we’re about to embark on a week of really harsh decisions.  To make the pain of having to pick a little less, we’ll only be voting on two pairs each day this week, with the Elite Eight revealed on Friday.  Next week, we’ll create the Final Four on Monday and Tuesday, vote on the two Final Four pairs on Wednesday and we’ll have our final, GRAND CHAMPION OF ALL THE LADYHEROES vote on Thursday.

This means the winner will be declared on April 1, and I promise whatever our plans may be for April Fool’s Day, we won’t fuck with Middlemarch.

Here’s a link to the most recent Middlemarch Bracket, in case you need it.

And here’s a recap of the ladies in the Sweet Sixteen:

The Taming of the ShrewThe Handmaid's TaleMacbethLittle Women

Kate, Offred, Lady Macbeth and Jo March in Adult Fiction

Good OmensMists of AvalonWitches AbroadMists of Avalon

Anathema Device, Vivianne, Esmerelda Weatherwax and Morgaine in Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

His Dark MaterialsHunger GamesA Wrinkle in TimePisoner of Azkaban

Lyra Belaqua, Katniss Everdeen, Meg Murray and Hermione Granger in YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopia

To Kill A MockingbirdSloppy FirstsAnne Of Green GablesHarriet the Spy

Scout Finch, Jessica “not so” Darling, Anne of Green Gables and Harriet the Spy for YA Fiction.

And finally…

The New Poll

Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 8: Ones v. Sixteens

Welcome back! We’re about to tackle our last poll for the first round, on Monday we’ll begin knocking the final 32 into the Sweet Sixteen.  I don’t know about y’all, but I am having so much fun with this I can hardly stand it.  Last night’s voting wasn’t even close, in any category, so I’m not sure how many surprises you’ll find after the cut. Continue reading

Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 4: Fives v. Twelves

Hello! We survived yet another server move! This one was touch and go for awhile, I thought I’d sent our girl Persephone to the underworld for good a couple of times. Since I made you wait on Friday, when we learned we had to move, I couldn’t make you all wait until tomorrow to find out the results and get back on the Madness train. Have I built the suspense enough? Click on! Continue reading

Middlemarch Madness Voting, Round 2

It’s seven o’clock, which means it’s Middlemarch time! After the cut I have last night’s winners, and updated bracket AND the polls for the 7s v. 10s.  So don’t say I never gave you anything.  Last night’s battles were all super, super close with no more than 10 votes separating the individuals.   Curious? Click on!

After exchanging leads multiple times, these are your results from last night.

Junior SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Luna Lovegood defeats Ginny Weasley

Junior Fiction Division: Laura Ingalls defeats Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia

Adult SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Angua defeats Fran from The Stand

Adult Fiction Division: Francie Nolan barely defeats Nora from A Doll’s House.

http://persephonemagazine.com/images/Middlemarchmadnessbracket2.pdf

And for tonight’s poll: