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In the first episode of the series, political blogger, Bella Pori, explains what the primaries are, how one caucuses, and why on earth Iowa is still relevant.

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In which John seeks to understand the strange and labyrinthine process used by the Republican and Democratic parties to select a nominee for President, focusing on the great state of Missouri, where the races were close but the delegate counts weren't. Along the way, there's a bit of discussion about political parties in U.S. politics, congressional redistricting and gerrymandering, superdelegates, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.

A little more historical background on the emergence of primaries and caucuses in American politics: http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2015/07/kennedys-nomination-was-a-big-moment-for-the-primary-system/

All the delegate math you can handle: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/election-2016/delegate-targets/ and all the primary polls/forecasts you can handle: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/election-2016/primary-forecast
Know your superdelegates and who (if anyone) they've pledged to support at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P16/D-Unpledged.phtml
Lots of information on redistricting in Missouri after the 2010 census: https://ballotpedia.org/Redistricting_in_Missouri
More information on how the Missouri Republican party allocates its delegates for the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P16/MO-R

Thanks to Rosianna for illustrations (http://youtube.com/rosianna) and Stan Muller for the video title and help understanding political parties in the U.S.

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No matter what your political affiliation is, it probably isn't represented by the mainstream media. By trying to please everyone, the media - like the political establishment it has come to serve - pleases no one. For most American people, until recently they just had to put up with this situation. Until the invention of political blogs, there was simply no good news analysis that did not try to tow a moderate party line. Thanks to politics blogs, however, that has all changed. No matter what ideological position you are coming from, you can find a political blog that is written for you.

I have been reading liberal political blogs for about three years now, and I feel like they have really enhanced my understanding of current events. We live in such a conservative society that much of the real news of what is going on is censored by the mainstream media. In these free political forums, however, the news can finally be heard by the public that is hungry for it. Unfortunately, political blogs don't have the budget to do some of the things that the more mainstream news outlets do. They cannot have correspondents all over the world, for example, ready to report any event that happens. What they can do, however, is access a wide range of different media and try to put together a more complete picture than any single publication does. News analysis is a valuable service, and one that is completely neglected by the mainstream media. Thanks to political blogs, we can get beyond the the facile analysis provided by most of the news pundit shows.

But some blogs are not based on facts. So it will be your job to know which political blogs are based on proof or spoofs. Of course, the problem with personal blogs is that they do not have the same standards of proof as some of the media outlets do. While most political blogs are at least as dependable as Fox news, when they are compared to legitimate media outlets, many of them falls short. This is why you have to pick and choose carefully when you are reading blogs. Anyone can write anything they want on a political blog, and it is very hard for someone to call them on it. After all, free speech is a right, and posting on the Internet is simply an extension of that right. People have just as much right to blog political fiction as fact, and rumormongers abounds. As always, it is up to you to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Rowena J is a regularly contributing author at the Politics Political Blog with her articles available at http://www.politicspolitical.com/ You'll find many articles on diverse topics such as Political Candidates for which she has written articles.

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