Michael Lowrey


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  • Education not income drove 2016 presidential vote

    That’s Nate Silver’s conclusion. The key points from an informative article for Fivethirtyeight.com: Sometimes statistical analysis is tricky, and sometimes a finding just jumps off the page. Here’s one example of the latter. I took a list of all 98 U.S. counties1 with 50,000 or more people and sorted…
    Michael Lowrey, November 23, 2016
  • The Canes now officially in limbo

    Hard to come up with any other description for the status of Raleigh’s only top-level professional sports team. On Friday night, Carolina Hurricanes president Don Waddell told the press that team owner Peter Karmanos, Jr was now not working to sell the the franchise. However, Waddell also said that:…
    Michael Lowrey, November 21, 2016
  • Charlotte School of Law gets put on probation

    For low bar exam passage rates. Here’s a description of what’s going on from the Charlotte Observer: From the start, the school billed itself as atypical – geared toward giving nontraditional law school applicants a doorway to a career. The cost to students was high – an estimated $60,000…
    Michael Lowrey, November 18, 2016
  • A word (or 101 words) about the rise of partisanship

    Harry Enten of Fivethirtyeight.com offers up five lessons from this year’s election, including that “Party identification is a hell of a drug.” The key point: This year was the first time ever in which every state that voted for a Democrat for Senate also voted for a Democrat for…
    Michael Lowrey, November 15, 2016
  • Charlotte gets yet more Essential Air Service flights

    This time, it’s flights from Staunton, VA, also known as Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. From the airport’s press release: The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) Commission announced today a new partnership with ViaAir offering new daily nonstop service to Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) and one-stop service to Orlando/Sanford, Florida…
    Michael Lowrey, November 13, 2016
  • Nate Silver on polling and the 2016 election

    Silver says that the polls really were pretty reliable and the main problem is that some people refused to accept that Trump actually could win. Sample quote: We also received a lot of criticism from Democratic partisans in the closing weeks of the campaign — more than we…
    Michael Lowrey, November 11, 2016
  • Can cities sue for the damage subprime loans did to them?

    That’s the question before the Supreme Court. Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux describes the issue for Fivethirtyeight.com: In the aftermath of the housing crisis of 2008, big banks such as Wells Fargo shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars to black and Latino borrowers who claimed they were steered into higher-risk, higher-fee…
    Michael Lowrey, November 10, 2016
  • Another sports stadium doesn’t deliver the promised economic benefits

    This time it’s the Triple-A stadium in Gwinnett, just outside of Atlanta. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: When they agreed to spend $64 million to build Coolray Field for the Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett County officials vowed it would be an economic engine, sparking a mix of shops, offices and…
    Michael Lowrey, November 6, 2016