Election 2012

Democrat Murphy Wins Senate Seat From Connecticut

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

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDemocrat Chris Murphy has won a hard-fought Senate race in Connecticut and captured 51 percent of voters ages 50-64, the biggest single age group in the Nutmeg State. Republican Linda McMahon took 46 percent of that vote in the battle for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Murphy won by the same margin among 65-plus voters, who make up 19 percent of the state’s electorate. President Obama, as predicted, won Connecticut — but didn’t do as well …

Older Voters Help Nelson Hold Senate Seat From Florida

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Bulletin Today | PoliticsDemocratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida will keep his job after fighting off a challenge from Republican Congressman Connie Mack, with the incumbent winning with strong support from age 50-plus voters. Floridians aged 50-64 — who comprised 28 percent of the vote — favored Nelson over Mack by 55-43 percent, according to exit polls. People 65 and older, 25 percent of the Sunshine State turnout, also went for Nelson, though by a narrower, 51-47 percent margin. The two Senate candidates …

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. ABCNews.com 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. Vote411.org, 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 …