New post up at WBUR’s Poll Vault project on the source, and impact, of super PAC and union spending in the Massachusetts governor’s race. The short story is, there’s a ton of it, and also, it’s mostly being spent on the Republican side. Which is a significant change from four years ago. Here’s the data viz that goes along with the analysis.
You guys have you seen Poll Vault yet? It’s a wicked great election season tag-team between WBUR, MassINC Polling and CommonWealth, with a deep focus on data-driven reporting. We’re like Voltron, just way more spreadsheet-ier.
So! Click on over to this awesome map and chart we put together that explains where — and why — Martha Coakley won last week’s Democratic primary. We plotted each Democratic candidate’s winning towns by municipal income, and you won’t believe what happened. Or maybe you will? Steve Grossman won wealthier suburbs. Don Berwick won some super-rich suburbs and also some super-lefty towns out west. Martha Coakley rolled in the cities, posting an 11-point win over Grossman in towns with below-average local incomes. There’s all that, and more, in this super-fancy interactive graphic you see below.
One dataviz to rule them all!
We’ve been covering the hell out of the federal corruption trial of former Massachusetts Probation boss John O’Brien. Problem is, the trial is as inside baseball as politics gets around here. So last week, I put together this handy infographic translating the trial — the dense legalese and the salacious patronage — into English.
Check it out!
This is a map of a data set that became this week’s Globe column on Boston’s recent population boom. It’s based on the Census’s new population estimates. The deeper the green, the bigger the population gains since 2010. Yellow indicates towns growing more slowly than the state average. Towns in red have lost population.
You have questions about Marty Walsh’s Boston Redevelopment Authority. So, so many questions. And now, we have answers. Click on over here for my latest for Boston magazine: a feature about Boston’s new mayor tearing apart machinery of City Hall, and rebuilding it to his own ends. Plus, it features the agency’s current boss saying stuff like this: “Everybody [inside the BRA] has a beef about what we do wrong. There’s no one here who thinks everything is fine. Most have a fairly healthy catalog of grievances.”
Here’s a sampling of data visualizations I’ve put together for work, primarily using public data from elections officials, Census demographics, environmental regulators, and the SEC.
This post will update every now and then, when something interesting pops.