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Here's one reason why the Democratic Party "blue wave" may be more illusory than real.

Following the shooting at Parkland school, one analysis shows that youth registration has surged.

A new TargetSmart analysis of voter registration data in the 39 states with available data show that registration rates for voters aged 18-29 have significantly increased in key battleground states over the last seven months, presaging the increased impact youth voters may have on the upcoming midterm and presidential elections.

Using February 14, 2018, as a reference point ­­– the date on which the Parkland shooting happened, which spurred a youth-led movement to register young voters across the country — TargetSmart’s analysis found that the share of youth registrants nationwide has increased by 2.16 percent, a potentially impactful surge in youth enrollment. With more than a dozen states’ primaries still left and months until voter registration deadlines, the findings are an early quantitative sign that youth turnout is on the rise in this year’s midterm elections.

The state-by-state analysis shows that younger voters are poised to have an outsized impact in key battleground races. Pennsylvania – which has November elections for U.S. Senator, Governor, and many critical House races – saw youth voter registration surge by over 16 points after February 14, jumping from 45.2 percent to 61.4 percent of new registrants.

Other states with critical elections that may decide control of the U.S. Senate and House also showed large increases in youth registration, including Arizona (+8.2 point increase), Florida (+8), Virginia (+10.5), Indiana (+9.9), and New York (+10.7).

This spike in voter registration activity comes on the heels of the grassroots movement to address gun violence issues.

I'm in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp. Every midterm election, Democrats tout huge voter registration gains among blacks, Hispanics, the youth, single women, etc.

Lo and behold, on election day, they don't show up to vote.

Maybe some election, they will. But until those registration numbers translate into actual political power, I'l stick with history and expect little change in turnout among those groups.

This should make everything more irritating:

More from Deadspin:

Even after it officially approved a new helmet rule for the 2018 season, the NFL quietly made a significant change to the wording of a related rule that addresses the applicable penalty. The change was an attempt to provide clarity by distinguishing prohibited hits to the helmet from incidental contact. But there’s still a whole lot of confusion about how the rule is going to be enforced, which means there’s still likely going to be a flurry of flags thrown early in the year as players, coaches, and officials adjust to a change that has the potential to profoundly affect the way the game is played.

The main issue at hand is whether the penalty will apply to linemen, who hit and block each other helmet-to-helmet on just about every play. And, in a total reverse from what we have come to expect from the NFL, the confusion comes from the relative simplicity of the rule.

When the NFL isn't trying to ruin one of the greatest sports ever with politics, it's busy coming up with confusing rules to mitigate collisions and violence in a game that people tend to watch for the collisions and violence. That will always be the core problem: the nature of the game is violent, and all the rules changes in the world won't make that go away unless the fundamental way it's played is radically overhauled. As long as players are supposed to be tackled, however, players are going to get hurt.

Laugh until you cry:

That's no doubt in response to this story, which once again proves that American liberals are nearly impossible to parody anymore.

This slope will get more slippery with time.

Were any of these pronouncement and policies issued by Facebook and Twitter administered even somewhat fairly this might all be for the greater good. Both platforms, however, have repeatedly shown that they don't care about anything bad happening to conservatives.


The Verge:

The idea is that you would be engrossed in a particularly thrilling episode of Jane the Virgin or Black Mirror and potentially miss a call for evacuation sent to your phone. But if Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and others get on board with this bill (if it were to make it into law), they could interrupt your content with the crucial information you need to stay safe. Of course, the system would need to be secure from hackers and free of bugs, so that the partnership wouldn’t just lead to more false alarms.

The bill is one of the many measures that lawmakers are looking at after a false missile alert in Hawaii was sent to millions of residents back in January. It took 38 minutes to issue a correction to assure people that a missile was, in fact, not hitting Hawaii, so officials are looking into better training procedures and ways to fix the aged emergency alert system.

If the endgame here is to regulate away bureaucratic inefficiency, that mission is doomed from the start. The real problem with the Hawaii situation wasn't not having adequate platforms with which to disseminate information. Twitter was abuzz with the situation almost immediately. The state surely could have gotten out an "Oops" tweet in less than 38 minutes. If they couldn't handle something that simple, the ability to interrupt streaming broadcasts probably isn't going to make them sharper.