Today is Election Day in a wide variety of states, and the marquee event is the governor’s race in Virginia between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie. Tonight, we’ll be looking at several key counties for early clues to whether Northam or Gillespie are meeting the benchmarks they’d need to win.
The usual way of writing about politics, at least at the mainstream media level (and even here at Daily Kos, for the most part), is to frame it is as two massive teams, one red and one blue, facing off at the nation’s 50-yard line. Maybe the framing includes a few unicorn-like “swing voters” in the middle, who can make the difference in a close election, but the usual depiction is two homogeneous masses with uniform beliefs in total opposition to each other.
On this Labor Day, let’s talk about one of the most aggravating aspects of many people’s jobs: the business of getting to and from work. Earlier, as part of Daily Kos Elections' ongoing "Most District” series, we talked about the congressional district with the shortest average commute: the largely-rural 1st district in Kansas. That may leave you wondering what the flip side is. In other words, which district’s unfortunate residents must wile away the most time on the nation’s worst commutes?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".