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Small radio stations in Georgia benefit from big spending on U.S. Senate races

Dec 31, 2020
From classic rock to gospel, even music stations are seeing a bump in ad revenue from the Senate runoffs.
A supporter holds a sign during a campaign rally for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff on Dec. 3, 2020 in Kennesaw, Georgia.
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What the USC Daybreak poll got right and wrong about 2020 election predictions

Nov 19, 2020
Asking people who they think their friends and family members will vote for may end up being a close estimate of actual election outcomes.
Social circle polling can be "like having a little window into the people that we may or may not have access to," says Jill Darling, survey director of the USC Daybreak poll.
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Thinking about moving investments because of a new president? You might want to wait a bit longer.

Nov 12, 2020
"It's hard to see how electing any president makes a difference to people's long-term portfolios," says Barry Ritholtz.
"Changing your allocation between stocks and bonds, moving to cash — any big change caused by the headlines, that's an emotional reaction, and emotions are never a good guide star for managing your assets," says Barry Ritholtz.
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Nebraskans vote to cap interest rates on payday loans

Nov 11, 2020
Voters overwhelmingly approved limiting annual interest on small-dollar loans to 36%.
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Public transit emerges a big winner in election

Nov 5, 2020
Even as the pandemic drives down ridership, voters approved more than a dozen local transit measures.
A woman rides a Metro Rail train in April in Los Angeles. The pandemic has led to a plummet in public transit ridership.
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Campaign spending could continue long after Election Day

Nov 4, 2020
Nearly $14 billion will be spent by the parties and campaigns this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than double what was spent in 2016.
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Stock futures, oil prices bounce after Trump falsely asserts he won

Nov 4, 2020
As of 4 a.m. Eastern time, Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden still were locked in tight races in a handful of battleground states.
Trump said early Wednesday at the White House, “Frankly, we did win this election.” That assertion did not match the results and information available to the AP.
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Wall Street follows world markets higher as Americans vote on Election Day

Nov 3, 2020
Markets are up on investor hopes that a Joe Biden victory in the U.S. presidential election might lead to more economic stimulus.
Many investors expect a “Democratic sweep, which is the key to unlocking Congress’s ability to deliver significant fiscal stimulus,” said Stephen Innes of Axi in a report.
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The case for making Election Day an official holiday

Nov 3, 2020
Andrea Hailey, CEO of the nonprofit Vote.org, thinks making Election Day a national holiday would go far in increasing turnout.
"A lot of these businesses know that it's within their business interest to make sure that people can participate and vote," says Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey.
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