About an hour agoIn a world where Twitter and Facebook often dominate political discourse, 2-by-3-foot yard signs are hardly a sign of the times. But when it comes to local elections, those roadside placards rule. As the primary campaign season heats up in anticipation of May 21 balloting, they are as much an indicator of spring as dandelions. Although several studies question the signs sway even 2% of voters, campaigns continue to post them. “The emphasis is on size and color now, but absolutely they are doing more of it,” said political scientist Joseph DiSarro. The Washington & Jefferson College professor said campaigns that once confined their signs to highway intersections and neighborhood yards are asking businesses that may support a candidate to also post them. DiSarro said signs for D Raja and Pam Iovino literally lined streets in Allegheny County’s southern suburbs in the days leading up to the April 2 special election in the 37th state senatorial … [Read more...] about Campaigns embrace tradition of political yard signs
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This question is part of Curious Texas, an ongoing project from The Dallas Morning News, which invites you to join our reporting process. The idea is simple: You have questions, and our journalists are trained to track answers.You can also send us your Curious Texas questions by texting “DMN” to 214-817-3868. Follow the prompts and introduce yourself to us, share your story or questions and we’ll text you with information as we report the story. We turned to Facebook and Twitter to ask Texans why they’ve decided to keep their signs, and we received several responses.The amount of time Texans can keep their political signs on their yard depends on where they live. Some homeowners associations and cities, like Frisco, require residents to pull their signs within 10 days of the election. Other cities, like Dallas, have no restrictions.Research studies have previously stated that political yard signs are as effective as direct mail, according to The … [Read more...] about Why are Texans keeping their political signs up after the election? Curious Texas investigates
By Rachel Alexander In the 2000s, the Parkers thought they were buying their dream home. It was advertised at an excellent price and came with customizable options. The home was located in Peoria, Arizona, adjacent to Phoenix. The development was new, with an HOA managed by a management company. While the Parkers were viewing the house, they asked the salesperson if they would be able to expand their three-car garage to a four-car garage. The sales person said yes, that would be no problem. In 2016, the Parkers proudly put up a campaign sign in their front yard for Donald Trump, the only homeowners in the development to do so. Mr. Parker was elected to the HOA board for awhile, but left after getting frustrated. But while there, the family learned the rules for additional building on the property and complied when they started their garage addition. This meant sending a letter requesting permission to the HOA board along with a copy of the plans and the permit from the … [Read more...] about After They Put Up a Trump Yard Sign, Their HOA Targeted Them
Political signs are seen near the exit two ramp of Interstate 89 off Clinton Street last week. Law prohibits placement of political signs on the interstate highways, including entrance and exit ramps. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff By DAVID BROOKS Monitor staff Monday, September 03, 2018 Print Election 2018 Earlier this summer the woods were full of mushrooms but in recent weeks a different colorful ground-hugging species has erupted in New Hampshire: Campaign yard signs. The approach of the Sept. 11 party primaries seems like a good time to remind ourselves of a few salient facts about the most grassroots (quite literally) part of political advocacy.Q. Good grief, there are a lot of these signs around. Do they even work?If they don’t, a lot of money is being wasted.The cost of these signs depends on their type – coroplast? polycoated posterboard? polybag? – as well as the number of colors used, whether they include art, and the number of signs … [Read more...] about Everything you always wanted to know about political yard signs but were afraid to ask
GEORGETOWN – The conversation unfolding before a campaign event for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz here last week echoed similar ones popping up among Republican groups around Texas. With a mixture of frustration and bewilderment, attendees were discussing the proliferation of black-and-white yard signs in their neighborhoods brandishing a single four-letter word: BETO. The signs have become a signature calling card of Democrat Beto O'Rourke's bid to unseat Cruz. While Democrats posting yard signs for candidates is nothing new, even when it happens in some of Texas' most conservative enclaves, what's been different this summer is the extent to which O'Rourke's signs have seemingly dominated the landscape in some neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Cruz signs are far tougher to spot, and many Cruz supporters have become increasingly agitated by their inability to obtain signs to counter what they see on their daily drives. Once the event in Georgetown got started, one of the earlier speakers — a … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke yard signs are everywhere. Where are Ted Cruz’s?