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Veteran journalists Mary Hickey, Bill Hogan, Kim Keister, Patrick J. Kiger, Susan Milligan, and Bernard Ohanian write about this year's campaign.

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Exit Polls in Ohio: Romney Carrying Seniors . . . So Far

Posted on 11/6/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsExit polls for Ohio, widely considered a make-or-break state in the presidential race, show that GOP candidate Mitt Romney is ahead by a hair among voters ages 50 to 64, with 50 percent of their votes to 49 percent for President Obama. Among voters 65 and older, Romney leads by 55 percent to 44 percent. Exit polls, it should be mentioned, are a snapshot of a small portion of the electorate, and the final results may differ considerably. —Patrick J. Kiger

How Empty Nesters Are Voting

Posted on 11/6/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWNYC, a public radio station in New York City, is offering an intriguing angle on voting results, by breaking down the data according to different lifestyle demographics, from “monied burbs” to “tractor country.” We’re following one particular demographic group–”emptying nests,” or communities that are home to aging baby boomers and retirees whose children are grown. So far, like much of the rest of the electorate, the map shows this group is splitting closely between the two candidates. With 13 percent of the …

How to Follow the Election Online

Posted on 11/6/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhether you’re a hard-core political junkie or just an ordinary citizen who’s concerned about the outcome, there are a wealth of ways to follow election night 2012 on your laptop, tablet or even your smart phone. Here are some suggestions: News websites. will be offering a dizzying array of information, from live streaming of its regular TV election-night coverage, to an interactive map that will allow viewers to track real-time results in key battleground states, and “Breaking Hashtags,” a feature …

Revisiting the Political Playbook on Medicare

Posted on 11/2/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt was once accepted conventional wisdom in politics that messing with federal retirement programs would sink a candidate with older voters. Want to win retiree-rich Florida? Then just attack your opponent as a threat to Social Security or Medicare or both. During the 1992 Democratic presidential primary, Bill Clinton took one little paragraph from Paul Tsongas’ treatise, “A Call to Economic Arms,’’ in which his rival floated the idea of a 1 percent reduction in cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security. …

12 Senate Races to Watch: Update

Posted on 11/2/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn an Oct. 24 post we looked at how the future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by the outcomes of 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations. Here are some updates on how those races are playing out in the final days of the 2012 campaign. Each entry includes excerpts from — and links to …

How to Make Sure That You Get to Vote

Posted on 11/2/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsYou may feel energized and passionate about the 2012 election, but that enthusiasm isn’t going to have much impact if you don’t actually cast a vote. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you make a personal impact on the nation’s future. Make sure you know where to vote., a website created by the League of Women Voters, allows you to find your polling place by typing in your address. Once you’ve got that, Google Maps can …