Dave Jamieson

Weight Watchers
October 31, 2009

In New Jersey, any candidate for high office can count on getting smeared over taxes, corruption, the economy, or all of the above. But in this fall's hard-fought gubernatorial race, an unlikely issue has popped up amidst the usual mud-slinging: the portly physique of Republican challenger Chris Christie. Ever since Jon Corzine released his now-infamous attack ad, in which a disdainful voiceover claims Christie improperly "threw his weight around" as a U.S. Attorney, neither candidate has managed to entirely escape the politics of fat.

The Supplicants
December 24, 2008

For Cecelia Prewett, the phone calls and e-mails began pouring in immediately. On November 6, her former boss, Representative Rahm Emanuel, had just been named chief of staff to President-elect Barack Obama. Suddenly, it seemed everyone Prewett had ever met in Washington was getting back in touch with her. Her inbox filled with notes from well-wishers. Her cell phone rang so incessantly that she had to turn it off at work.

Let The Voting Irregularities Begin!
November 04, 2008

We're here in downtown D.C. at the headquarters for Election Protection, a non-partisan group that's fast becoming a clearinghouse for voter panic across the land. A few dozen volunteers are working the phones and laptops here in the call center, listening to tales of electoral woe and advising distressed voters on how to make sure their votes are counted (866-OUR-VOTE). The group is hoping their log of reports will become "the most comprehensive picture of election irregularities" in the country.