Fruits & Votes has been on line at its own dedicated website since August, 2005. However, it has been at this WordPress.com site only since October, 2013, when many rounds of frustration with the original host (PowWeb, which I do not recommend!) led me to seek an alternative. A big thank you to Steven for managing the transition for me!!
Click “home” above to get to the main blog page, or use the search box or links on the left sidebar.
Links to blog posts at the old site will not work anymore (except in selective cases where I have updated them manually). However, all original posts and comments are here; it may require a search or browsing through the relevant category or the archives to locate them.
Contact: If you wish to contact me directly, send email to laderafrutal [at] gmail [dot] com. Please understand that this is an email address I do not check daily, so replies may not be rapid. But I will answer (almost) any email I receive.
Comments are always welcome; even old plantings (posts) normally remain open. It is never too late to join a conversation here! In commenting, please adhere to basic standards of politeness and reasonable debate. I rarely delete comments, but I will do so if I find anything inappropriate. Over the years I have had this blog, I have exercised this right very infrequently. Please understand that if I do delete a comment (or block someone for serious or repeated nastiness) there is no appeal. You can always get your own blog or social media page on which to rant. Please also see this note on comment moderation, which occasionally has been a problem.
Various pages from the original site remain up, including:
- My academic site
- Madison, Jefferson, and the Mission of Fruits and Votes
- Henry Droop on the “moderate non-partisan section”
- Photos (at Flickr)
While this is primarily the blog of Matthew S. Shugart, a Professor of Political Science at UC Davis (and fruit-grower), I have at times invited various co-bloggers to contribute. Unfortunately, the transfer of the blog from the old site to this new one resulted in former co-bloggers’ posts (e.g. Alan, Steven, and Tom) being credited to me instead. In the future, this might get fixed.
Reminder: Most old blog-post links at fruitsandvotes.com will no longer work; this includes some links within pages linked above. The actual posts and pages are still up, but the migration to a new site resulted in all of them getting new URLs. This is regrettable, but at least the site is still alive and growing!