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Florida coach Mike White a Coach of the Year Semifinalist

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University of Florida basketball coach Mike White is making a name for himself. White, the second-year coach of the Florida Gators, is 24-6 (14-3 in the SEC), and has done a fine job replacing Billy Donovan. He won 21 games in his first season. This season, White has become one of 10 Naismith Coach of the Year candidates. White is preparing for his first trip to the NCAA Tournament. While at Louisiana Tech, White won three straight league titles but…

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Steve Schale: Florida early vote, a retrospective

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It is time for one last big data piece on Florida 2016. For about 18 hours a day over 2+ weeks, I found myself living and breathing early voting data. So now that all the data have been reported from counties, I wanted to look back at some assumptions, and compare them to the actual voting data. Before I begin, there are five things to keep in mind: 1. Every time I talk in percentages, those percentages are relative to…

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Steve Schale: Notes on Election Day in Florida

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To: Anyone who has been reading my memos, Putin included. From: Steve Schale Re: We survived, and genuine thanks from me. First, thank you all for following along for the last two weeks. This memo isn’t going to be a big data dump. For those, you can go back and read the other 12 versions of this thing. But I want to start with a couple of numbers. First: 67. That is the percentage of the electorate that was white…

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Steve Schale: Final notes on early voting in Florida

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To: The tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free of 2016 From: Steve Schale, Florida Sherpa Re: It is almost drinkin’ time I usually do a timeline here, but since I can’t even imagine life in a post-2016 election cycle world, I am simply going to say, Thank God America, we have damn near made it. Like the weed that I can’t get to stop growing up the side of my backyard fence, admit it, you thought this would…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the tenth day of early voting in Florida

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To: Curious Americans and President Vladimir Putin From: Steve Schale, Proud FloridaMan Re: 5 Days out — and eight years later, POTUS returns to Duval *5 days until the election. *7 days until the first Thursday after the election. *9 days until FSU basketball tips off. *23 days until the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K. *113 days until Daytona 500. Welcome to the last Thursday, and before I begin, a note to Democrats: REALLY? What are you waiting for? Return those ballots! So, beginning today with a point of…

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Which new coach satisfies the Gator fans fastest?

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Who succeeds first? Who can make the admittedly greedy hearts of the University of Florida Gators fans satisfied quicker? Jim McElwain? Mike White? Either? Both? It is a transitory time in Gainesville. The Gators dumped former football coach Wil Muschamp, although they seemed to do so with a tear in their eye, and then longtime basketball coach Billy Donovan decided to bolt for the Oklahoma City Thunder. This time, evidently, he plans on hanging around the NBA for a while.…

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White approval of Obama

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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times pubbed a major piece by Peter Wallsten on the subject of Obama’s growing “problem” with white voters. The article cites a series of developments since the president’s 100-day mark in office–from the Van Jones episode to some comments by Congressman Charlie Rangel to a Ramadan dinner at the White House–as possible contributors to declining white support for the president and his agenda. Nate blogged about this article recently here. Because Obama’s support among…

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