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Impact of Citizen's United

01 September 2014 - 01:17 PM

Study: Citizens United elected more Republicans

The 2010 Supreme Court decision that helped usher in a new era of political spending gave Republicans a measurable advantage on Election Day, according to a new study.

The advantage isnt large, but it is statistically significant: The researchers found the ruling, in Citizens United v. FEC, was associated with a six percentage-point increase in the likelihood that a Republican candidate would win a state legislative race.

And in six of the most affected states Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee the probability that a Republican would be elected to a state legislative seat increased by 10 percentage points or more.


J24 Keel shape

01 September 2014 - 12:40 PM

Lake level going down so boat's coming out. The last big project on my list is moving and fairing the keel. There was a recent discussion in which it was proposed that using the class offsets and maximizing the cord length and minimizing length resulted in good keel shape (of course, moved max forward). Any experience or comments? I'm leary of starting the project without a good shape for the templates.

Wooden boat yards/surveyer

08 August 2014 - 11:01 AM

A friend of mine is considering the purchase of a 40 wooden boat in Michigan. Are there any good wooden boat yards in the region he might contact to see if there's some info on the boat? I seem to remember a yard near Milwaukee that did woody work but it's been too long to remember the name. My advice to him was to get a good survey but don't have any idea on how to find a surveyer that would be knowledgeable about wooden boats. Any help? Yes, I told him that it will be more work than he's imagining but he is still considering the purchase.

Fair Sailing and Paint

11 July 2014 - 10:51 AM

Has anyone ever heard of a Fair Sailing protest over a paint job? When I bought a 70's J24 a hole in the bow was repaired with white gelcoat (tan hull), after a few years of working on the boat painting the bow finally worked it's way up the list. I covered the repair on the port bow with white paint and painted the starboard with the same white paint. Yes, I copied the line of the bow having seen more than one colored hull painted the same way. Last night a competitor informed me of his intent to file a Fair Sailing protest since the paint was "intended to deceive the RC and gain an advantage" (timing the protest for the end of the year to take me out of contention for winning the fleet). While not a common practise, I've seen boats with this type of paint over the years but did I really violate a basic rule or is this a tempest in a teapot?