Welcome to Every Second Year. This is a blog about power — the people seeking it and how voters decide who deserves it.
Specifically, it’s about the race for the 2020 United States House of Representatives — the 435 members who, according to the Constitution “shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States”.
The blog has three parts:
1. Analyses of closely contested contested 2020 races. These posts are labeled “2020 Battlegrounds”. They will look at the 2018 election, explain what’s going on in the current election cycle, profile 2020 candidates and review the district’s demographic & electoral data .
2. Candidate interviews to complement “2020 Battlegrounds” posts. There will be both edited & condensed interviews, with only the most interesting parts of the conversations, as well as extended interviews, which will include the messy, unedited parts.
3. Big picture analyses of the 2020 House Race. These posts will use electoral history, trends and data to understand the state of the 2020 election. They’re aptly labeled, “The Big Picture“.
I occasionally write about other political topics: Presidential primaries, scandals, Cardi B’s views of the government shutdown. You know … the important stuff. These come without more rarely and are labeled “Fun Posts“.
Be warned: other than in candidate interviews, this is a policy-light blog. It was almost named “Horse Race House” to really lean into the non-policy angle. But that seemed a bit heavy handed. But how we choose our leaders is important! It matters for our country’s short-term policies and long-term survival. Democracy is not predetermined. Societies can — and usually do — break down.
And on that light note, it’s time to wrap up. Before I do, I want to give credit to the journalists and news outlets upon which I am building my writing style and analysis.
- FiveThirtyEight — This is where I started and continue to learn about electoral politics. Much of my writing/analysis will emulate their style. My writing format— using lots of internal footnotes plenty of links — will also come from them.
- Nathaniel Rakich — His blog Baseballot gave me the idea to start one of my own. He showed that it’s okay to put your work out there before you’re an expert and to learn along the way.
- The Washington Post’s “The Trailer”, Politico’s “Morning Score” and The Daily Kos’s “Morning Digest” — These newsletters keep me up to date on the latest campaign and electoral news.
It’s a bit scary posting online these days. Once you put something out there … it’s really out there. There’s no turning back. You can pretty much count on someone having a screenshot of your most embarrassing online moment. So, Future Seth, if something on this blog comes back to haunt you, take this as Past Seth’s apology.
Every Second Year is written by Seth Moskowitz. Seth graduated from Emory University in 2016, after which he stayed in Atlanta to work on a mayoral campaign and for the City Council. He is now the Communications Fellow at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.
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