In the middle of last summer, as the presidential race was heading into its home stretch, there was a flurry of news about layoffs at Ohio coal mines owned by Murray Energy, whose more than 3,000 employees make it the largest privately-headed coal-mining concern in the country. Murray announced that it was going to shut down one mine entirely in September or October -- the Red Bird West mine, a surface-mining operation in Brilliant, Ohio that employed 56 people under the subsidiary name OhioAmerican Energy. READ MORE >>
An Idaho woman could change the course of American abortion law.
Jennie Linn McCormack was 14 when she had her first baby. It was 1993, and she was in junior high in southeast Idaho, where she’s always lived and where she still lives now. Blond, petite, and fine-featured, she did tap, ballet, drill team, and cheerleading. She started spending time with an 18-year-old boy in her group of friends. Because he was older and she was a virgin, she trusted him when he said nothing bad would happen if they had sex. The first time they did, she got pregnant. READ MORE >>
If you were hoping for state by state predictions, tough luck. Since I mainly trust the polls, my "predictions" aren't really mine (they're the polls) and they don't really add much value unless I'm dissenting. And if you’ve been following this blog and the polls, you can probably guess the basic outline of what I think will happen on Tuesday night. So here are 27 random predictions that might be more thought provoking than repeating some variant of the current polls. When it was close or defensible, I tried to go with a somewhat interesting answer... READ MORE >>
The Mormonizing of America: How The Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop CultureBy Stephen Mansfield (Worthy Publishing, 264 pp., $22.99) People of Paradox: A History of Mormon CultureBy Terryl L. Givens (Oxford University Press, 414 pp., $29.99) Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet By Jane Barnes (Tarcher, 294 pp., $25.95) READ MORE >>
IT IS BOTH a pundit’s truism and a mathematical reality that Mitt Romney’s path to the White House runs through Ohio. And that path, in turn, runs through a firm called Murray Energy. READ MORE >>