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    Ontario NDP Party 2023 Leadership Race

    Actually, whatever you think, maybe the lack of challengers reflects the fact that they *are* confident in Marit Stiles. And remember that John Horgan was acclaimed to the BCNDP leadership prior to assuming the premiership.
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    President Joe Biden's United States of America

    Well, there's Fetterman...
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    President Joe Biden's United States of America

    Well, if sai "modern slavery" is abolished, they can always repurpose said private prisons as old-fashioned lunatic asylums for QAnoners, if need be...
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    President Joe Biden's United States of America

    However, I *will* say this re the future potential of "red state Dems"--now that he's in there, watch John Fetterman. With shades of Bernie's '16 (not '20) run, *he* could be the vital pulling-the-heartland impetus the Dems broadly need to put states like Ohio back in play, or in the kind of...
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    President Joe Biden's United States of America

    Though even Ohio had its bright spots--unexpectedly flipping one seat, unexpectingly holding another that was expected to flip GOP. Sure, the *state* legislature might be a harder nut to crack; but it's really more that peculiar US tendency to bake in voter inelasticity and dumbed-down punditry...
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    Of course, it could be said that thanks to Doug Ford (who endorsed neither), Holyday was *forced* into nearly losing against John Campbell. Still, it's true that Holyday could be vulnerable to a centrist--trouble is that on a council level, you can't get much less complacent than Etobicoke...
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    2022 election - who is running for mayor?

    Actually, the lowest turnout tends to be in underclass suburban wards rather than downtown.
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    Though Cressy had name-familiarity incumbent advantage in '18. Plus when all is said and done, with all the condos Spadina-FY isn't *that* much of a natural progressive slam dunk; so the open-ward leakage is to be allowed for...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    It was; but the new building occupied the N end of the blockfront. And I don't know when it did so, but by the end the restaurant had swallowed the hotel at the S end as well...
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    2022 election - who is running for mayor?

    The only wards where somebody other than Penalosa was 2nd were Scarborough-Agincourt and Scarborough North, where the Chinese populace propelled Tony Luk into that position instead. (Chloe came closest to 2nd in Etobicoke North, by 40 votes.)
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    2022 election - who is running for mayor?

    To those who remember the 1988 Toronto mayoral race, she's like this year's Carolann Wright.
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    But keep in mind that Hamilton's in the same jam as Ottawa--a Harris-created unitary-authority Frankenstein that seems designed to kneecap left-of-centre mayoral bids through a whole lot of left-phobic rural/suburban hinterland. (Which David Christopherson found out the hard way when *he* tried...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    It actually lasted until the early 80s or so--in its latter days, incorporated into the Ports restaurant that took up the whole blockfront...
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    Re the matter of voided ballots in Scarborough North, one can roughly "infer" from the difference btw/mayoral and council tallies. So, the total number of council votes was 10,403, a little over half of which went to Jamaal Myers. The total number of mayoral votes 14,892. So if we subtract...
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    Oh, and ho hum, Neethan Shan is back as a school trustee.
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    The *scale* of blowout was a surprise, but TBH I wasn't surprised that she'd have a solid win--from what I can tell, Gonzales' "reach" was limited beyond a circle of Tory-wonks, particularly relative to a ward as naturally left-leaning as Davenport. (As for Bailao, she simply benefited from an...
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    So looks like it's more a sleeper than a status-quo snoozer--when nobody was looking, things shifted left. Of course, some races were status quo; but others weren't. Ward 1: Crisanti, predictably given his previous service. Ward 2: ho hum Ward 3: lo and behold, Morley did it, she upset...
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    2022 election - who is running for mayor?

    Chloe seems to have eaten away at some of Gil's primary-opposition momentum.
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    2022 election - who is running for mayor?

    Mayor Troy vs Mayor Gil
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    2022 Municipal Election: Council Races

    But that's also do to the entrenched, inertia-ridden matter of incumbency and party politics, relative to which point of origin's more incidental than it appears (Though admittedly, to those carrying racialized skepticism, the name "Doly Begum" is less aggressively "ethnic" than "Alamgir Hussein")

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