The now-widely acclaimed New York Times electoral guru Nate Silver has analyzed the Nov. 6 results and notes that Florida moved furthest left. . .presumably because of the state’s “fast-growing, non-Cuban Hispanic population,” but Mitt Romney “substantially over-performed.” John McCain in Indiana and Missouri: “Both were battleground states in 2008 but were largely uncontested in 2012,” notes the stats-obsessed blogger. “Left alone by the campaigns, Indiana and Missouri seem to have reverted to their normal Republican lean”. . .The choice of two GOP stars loomed large in Branson in the last few days. Rudy Giuliani appeared at the Branson Convention Center in support of the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks and was introed by Sen. Roy Blunt; former first lady Laura Bush spoke at the College of the Ozarks convocation: “As familiar as the White House was to us, nothing could have prepared us for taking up official residence there”. . .Broken hearts abound as soccer star David Beckham of the L.A. Galaxy has called the MLS Cup 2012 his final game. . .The Walmart folks are at it again in Florissant. They made a presentation to the City of Flowers’ planning and zoning on Monday night to move the store, approved earlier this year, away from the Coldwater Creek and closer to the Lowes location. Company officials have asked the court to allow the Transportation Development District to fund the project. Officials at Flor. city hall are not too pleased with the latest move having told the developer months ago no possibilities of TIF and CID. . .Shake hands with former P-D sportscribe, Keith Schildroth, who has just inked an agreement with Skyhorse Publishing to update the 2005 version of “St. Louis Cardinals: Where Have You Gone?”, set for release in Feb. ’13. . .The City of St. Louis is getting frugal! In years past, the refuse division placed 8.5×11 stickers on rolll-out trash dumpsters used in most residential nabes, listing the pick up schedules for trash, yard waste and recycling. Word is that tight budgets mean the stickers will no longer be provided. They may, however, apparently be downloaded from the city’s website.