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by Michael Barone

Category: Politics and Government
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Author: Michael Barone
ISBN: 0892341009
ISBN13: 978-0892341009
Language: English
Publisher: National Journal Group (November 26, 2002)
Pages: 1776
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The Almanac of American Politics is a reference work published biennially by Columbia Books & Information Services

The Almanac of American Politics is a reference work published biennially by Columbia Books & Information Services. It aims to provide a detailed look at the politics of the United States through an approach of profiling individual leaders and areas of the country. In 2015, Columbia Books & Information Services became the publisher.

Michael Barone, a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. The principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics (National Journal Group), he has written many books on American politics and history. Barone is also a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner. Barone has also written for many major market Michael Barone, a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections.

Michael Barone is clearly a man of immense energy and political insight. His biennial "Almanac of American Politics" has been a Washington tradition for 30 years now; and it keeps getting better

Michael Barone is clearly a man of immense energy and political insight. His biennial "Almanac of American Politics" has been a Washington tradition for 30 years now; and it keeps getting better. I first discovered the Almanac in 1992 and have purchased copies every two years since. com User, June 12, 2002

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Michael D. Barone is an American conservative political analyst, historian, pundit and journalist. He is known for being the principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, a highly detailed reference work on Congress and state politics; it has been published biennially by National Journal since 1972. The Almanac has been called "definitive and essential for anyone writing seriously about campaigns and Congress.

He talked about various sections of the book that examine the changing landscape of American politics, explore individual congressional districts and look at political trends nationwide. He also responded to audience telephone calls, faxes and electronic mail.

"September 11 changed everything." How often have we heard or thought that since that awful morning? Yet for 14 months, September 11 seemed to have changed very little in American politics; the nation's electorate still seemed split evenly between the parties, divided along cultural lines. But as the results of the 2002 elections came in, it became clear that something had indeed changed, as Republicans made down-the-line gains from the statehouses to Capitol Hill.The Republican romp is only one of the topics treated in the 2004 edition of "the bible of American politics." In his introduction to this new edition, Michael Barone describes how and why the nation came to elect Republican majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate in 2002—and what it will mean for politics and governance. Barone's introduction leads off the completely redesigned Almanac of American Politics 2004, which contains all the information journalists, politicians, academics, and citizens have come to expect from the nation's leading political reference work. With insightful and colorful profiles of every governor and every member of Congress as well as updated narrative profiles filled with economic, social, historical and political background information about all 50 states and 435 House districts, The Almanac of American Politics remains the indispensable guide to the American political scene. The 2004 edition also includes a look at how redistricting will alter American politics over the course of the next decade; photographs of all 535 members of Congress and the 50 governors; and voting records on important legislation, including congressional vote ratings by National Journal and a dozen influential interest groups."Michael Barone is to politics what statistician-writer Bill James is to baseball, a mix of historian, social observer, and numbers cruncher who illuminates his subject with perspective and a touch of irreverence."—Chicago TribuneMore features of the 2004 Almanac:*Updated Census data and richly detailed congressional district maps*2002 election results for each member of Congress*2004 election analysis*Presidential results by state and by congressional district
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Pruster
I bought my first Alamanac of American Politics in 1988 at the tender age of 15 and even then, it quickly became my favorite book. Every two years, I saved up my money in order to splurge on each new edition and I also haunted every public library in town searching for past editions. Though a great deal of the Alamanac does repeat itself from edition to edition (after all, how many new things can you really write about Strom Thurmond?), its still interesting to see how it has changed from the original 1972 edition. Whereas the first editions of the Almanac (most of them under 500 pages long if you can believe it!) tended to ignore going into a great deal of detail about individual politicians (instead choosing to focus on their district and their votes), later editions have become jam-packed with just about everything you could possibly want to know about the nearly six hundred men and women detailed within its pages. And to their credit, the Alamanac's editors haven't allowed these changes to dilute any coverage of practical matters like voting records and election results. In short, for those of us who can't get enough political news (regardless of whether its hard news or just gossipy rumors of scandal), this book is priceless. Within its now nearly 2000 pages, you'll find information on every single Congressman, Senator, and Governor along with a fully detailed analysis of their states and districts. Its an amazing undertaking. As well, the 2002 edition managed to keep up with most of the developing political news up to the point of its publication (i.e., the Jeffords party switch, upcoming special elections). In short, with this Alamanac, you won't have the experience of reading a detailed analysis about an obscure but important politician just to later discover that politician happened to die a few months before the Alamanac was shipped to book stores -- a frequent occurance with previous editions. Still, this latest edition is out-of-date on two events, one a gossipy scandal and the other much, much more. No mention is made of Gary Condit's troubles but, even more hauntingly, this edition was completed and released shortly before the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center. As much fun as the latest Alamanac is, its hard to read it without considering how much the political landscape has been forcefully (and traumatically) changed in less than a month. The Alamanac can be accurately described as a portrait of America and its sad to realize that the 2002 edition -- the most up-to-date edition yet -- is still a portrait of an America that doesn't quite exist today.
On another note, many more liberal readers have complained over the past few years that the Alamanac's editor, Michael Barone, is unfairly biased against Democrats. It is true that Barone is a self-declared conservative and its also true that over the years, his more liberal co-editors have moved on to other projects and more or less left Barone in charge of the entire project. So, basically, yes -- Barone is definitely far more critical of Democratic politicians than of Republicans. But, honestly, so what? Essentially since Watergate, the national media has been blatantly biased against anyone who happens to be a Republican. After several decades of being described as an intolerant, heartless crook (and worse) because of my party registration, its hard to build up much sympathy for people who get upset because Barone might occasionally be too quick to point out that an unsuccesful Democratic candidate didn't run an effective campaign. Its hard to see how Barone saying the Paul Wellstone seems "awkward in the Senate" is somehow more offensive then the national media's refusal to identify Gary Condit as a Democrat. But even beyond such partisan bickering, the Alamanac of American Politics is released specifically for people who love to follow politics, for people who make a point to remain politically savvy. People who aren't into politics probably aren't going to spend fifty bucks to get any of the past or present editions of this book. In short, the Alamanac will be read by people who are smart enough to recognize bias (liberal or conservative) and capable of making up their own minds. To get upset because Barone, in the process of putting together perhaps the greatest political resource available today, doesn't go out of his way to defend Al Gore's demands for a Florida recount is just plain silly.
Samutilar
A complete list of parlamentary of USA, with short biografy and result of last elections and total cost of each postulation.

Need summary statistics and complete primary elections information.
Ffel
Michael Barone is clearly a man of immense energy and political insight. His biennial "Almanac of American Politics" has been a Washington tradition for 30 years now; and it keeps getting better.
I first discovered the Almanac in 1992 and have purchased copies every two years since. My '92 edition is dogeared, with pages falling out, yet I still consult it regularly.
Barone's in-depth background information in each state and Congressional district is a feature hard to find anywhere else (certainly not all in one place). His invaluable biographical information on members of congress (and governors) is essential to understand where these people are coming from, when one sees them on CSPAN.
But the statistical information is what I treasure most. The Almanac is a quick and easy reference for finding out how vulnerable an incumbant is, who ran against them before, how their state or district leans at the presidential level, etc. These statistics are really essential for a deep understanding of congressional politics today.
In the last few years, Barone has also been providing more information about state governments. Recently, he's added the names of the leaders of every state legislature and given longer biographies of the governors. In this era of devolution, such information is greatly needed.
Another newer addition is the predictions of Charlie Cook. Cook's analysis is appreciated although I wish he would be a little more creative in his writing ("...belies the competitive nature of the district" over and over).
Barone and Cook have an excellent track record in predicting elections, but naturally they are wrong at times too. For instance, they both considered Gov. Jesse Ventura a good bet for re-election (and Barone even hinted at a Presidential bid in 2004). Of course Ventura is not seeking re-election due to low approval ratings. Since the Alamanc comes out a year before the election its focused on, it is fun to follow along and see how accurate its forecasting ends up
Granted, Barone is a conservative and his bias does occassionally surface. This can be distracting and poorly placed at times (especially for an angry leftist like me). But objective journalism is basically non-existent in this country and Barone should be applauded for staying focused and unbiased more than most.
All said, the "Almanac of American Politics" is absolutely crucial for anyone who wants more than a superficial understanding of national politics today. Read it and you'll watch "Face the Nation" and "Meet the Press" in a whole different light. Buy it; it's more than worth the price.
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