Politics, government and public life for Southern California

INFOGRAPHIC: Who do iPhone users vote for? Android users?

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An Android and an iPhone side-by-side.

According to a recent study by Localytics, 70 percent of the most active iPhone states vote Democrat, while 70 percent of the most active Android phone states vote Republican.

California, one of the so-called blue states voting Democratic on a regular basis, is also an iPhone state. However, fellow west coasters in Oregon and Washington are predominantly Android dominated.

How about the swing states? In a good sign for those looking for Mitt Romney support, 7 out of 9 swing states are Android states, including crucial swing states like Florida and Ohio.

Check out more of the data that could make 2012 the mobile election in this infographic from the Engine Yard cloud computing company:

Courtesy of: Engine Yard


'Dollar, Dollar, Bill' website makes California political spending easy to see

Dollar, Dollar, Bill

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One of the most useful study aids I used in my college days (before personal computers) was my big set of multi-colored marking pens. I simply learn and understand things better when I copy them out, draw them, map or chart them.

A website that helps people like me better understand who is putting money into California's election campaigns does just that.

Dollar, Dollar, Bill is the nonpartisan off-the-clock hobby of Ryan Hughes, an attorney who works in the office of Assembly Speaker John Perez. The site has been live for just over a month.

The site checks the Secretary of State's campaign finance website three times each hour, grabs the most recent donor, spending and independent expenditure reports, and adds them to the charts for each of the California legislative and ballot measure campaigns. It also Tweets the numbers.


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In Profile: 100 Years In US Presidential Races

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This composite image shows Barack Obama (L) and Mitt Romney.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet for the first presidential debate tonight, and you can watch it on live streaming video here starting at 6 p.m., listen at KPCC 89.3 and take part in the discussion in the comments below, on our Facebook page and on Twitter (just "@" mention @KPCC if you'd like us to share your tweet). This debate is scheduled to focus on domestic policy.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: marijuana ban repealed, Richard Alarcon to trial, LAPD pays out $3.2 M in shooting

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The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to repeal its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to repeal its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. According to the Los Angeles Times, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has cancer, asked his colleagues, "Where does anybody go, even a councilman go, to get his medical marijuana?"

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was ordered to stand trial on charges of voter fraud and perjury. Alarcon and his wife face a total of 23 felony charges for allegedly living outside the councilman's city council district. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Which Way , LA?


Presidential campaign creeps into sitcomville on 'New Girl': Schmidt poses as Mitt Romney son 'Tugg'

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New Girl's Schmidt does his best impression of a Romney son.

You're used to the presidential campaign dominating "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" or "Saturday Night Live." But five weeks before the election, you don't expect it to show up on a hit sitcom.

Last night, on Fox's "New Girl," the character Schmidt found a new way to pick up women: be a Romney. Not Mitt.  One of the sons. Specifically, the one you never heard of: Tugg.

He does look like he could fit into the family — not a bad idea (and pretty funny).

Ladies in bars, beware!