Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Most Dangerous Cities: DUIs, Deaths and Your Insurance

DUIs have a high cost, both human and financial. In 2012 alone, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-related vehicle accidents. There’s also the staggering economic cost of drunk driving — an estimated $199 billion a year in the U.S. And the financial burden after receiving a DUI can be crippling for drivers, who have to pay expensive fines and court costs, then pay again after their car insurance premiums increase.

Drivers in some cities are disproportionately affected by these costs. For example, you are more likely to encounter a drunk driver in Tulsa, Oklahoma, than in San Francisco, California. Even so, the cities with the highest number of fatal alcohol-related vehicle crashes per
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The political moderate is dead. Long live the moderate.

By Philip Bump, July 11

Two key bits of partisan data have been highlighted this week. First, from the liberally inclined Vox.com: “moderates are largely a statistical myth.” Second, from the libertarian-minded folks at Reason, Millennials are “less beholden to two parties dreamed up before the Civil War” who “would support a candidate who is both socially liberal and fiscally conservative.” Ergo, they are moderates?

Moderates are dead; long live the moderates. Or, better: The way we talk about politics has way more rough edges than we admit.

Vox’s Ezra Klein lifts up a paper from University of California at Berkeley political scientist David Broockman. Broockman’s research suggests, in short, that the way we compile poll responses
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