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Alex Palombo
Alex Palombo is the Communications Specialist at AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) in Washington, D.C. Before AFGE, Alex worked for progressive consulting firm Democracy Partners, and as a fellow for progressive super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, where she was in charge of organizing and managing their video archives. Alex also interned with progressive social media consultants Well and Lighthouse LLC, and with the Rochford and Southend East Labour Party in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK during the 2010 Parliamentary elections.

In her spare time, Alex sings with the Congressional Chorus. She also competes in and serves as the communications team for District Karaoke, a social competitive karaoke league.

Entries by Alex Palombo

Another Citizens United

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Should the rich have a larger say in the outcome of elections? It sounds like a silly question to ask, but with the decision of Citizens United v. FEC, the answer seemed to be a resounding "yes." With the latest campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, the rich might have...

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Why, Oh Why, Ohio?

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Are you a minority, a low-wage worker, a student, or a senior citizen in Ohio? Were you hoping to vote on Election Day? Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you.

From Think Progress:

"Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has followed through on promises to restrict voting...
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Net Neutrality? It's Not Complicated, AT&T

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:08 AM

It's been a bit since I've written about net neutrality (really, it's been a while since I've written anything), but it seemed right to bring the topic up again with regard to AT&T's new toll-free data proposal:

"AT&T Inc., the country's second-largest wireless carrier, announced Monday that it's...
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What 19th Amendment?

(1293) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:35 PM

It's a trend lately, that if a party is afraid of losing an election, they pass legislation barring key groups in their opponents' base from voting. And clearly, it's something Texas has taken to heart. Right after Wendy Davis declared that she was running for governor, Texas Republicans set out...

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Default Is in Our House

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 1:28 PM

After years of watching our country claw its way back from the Great Recession, these debt ceiling and government shutdown are foreign to me. Why would we ever want to put our country in the position to default on our loans? Why is this even an argument?

And yet here...

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Mr. Bonavia (Hopefully) Goes to Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from two of my old bosses from the UK - Kevin Bonavia and Ian Gilbert. Both were writing me for the same reason: Kevin was standing for Parliament again - in a different district this time, Greenwich and Woolwich...

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Sitting Down or Standing Up

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 10:39 AM

I was inspired to pick up the pen (well, type) and write another blog post by my good friend, Kimberly McGuire at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Last week, she and dozens of other brave women -- young, old, black, white, Latina, mothers, sisters, daughters --

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SnapChatting Around the Issues

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 4:57 PM

In the aftermath of Anthony Weiner's most recent sexting scandal, I keep hearing this argument for better technology from pundits and late night hosts. Something along the lines of "Why didn't he just use SnapChat? Those photos on only last up to 10 seconds! Any middle schooler who has ever...

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Show Me the Evidence

(160) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 5:14 PM

Last night I had the pleasure of live-tweeting during Congressman Rush Holt's "Geek Out Live!" event, an interactive online panel of Congressman Holt and other scientists talking about the economy, the environment, education, and other issues facing our nation. And my biggest takeaways from that event were these:

  1. Rush Holt...
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Pro-Life vs. Pro-Birth

(286) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 9:57 AM

I've gotten called some awful things when I tell people that I'm both a practicing Catholic and an advocate for women's choice -- from baby killer to hypocrite. But hear me out.

I was raised with a strong sense of faith in a "cafeteria Catholic" family -- that is, a...

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We've Made It a Hassle to Get a Tassle

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 9:54 AM

We hear constantly from politicians and candidates for office that young people are our future, and that we need to invest in our future if we want to grow our economy, and if we provide more training and education we can boost people out of poverty. So on, and so...

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Where Girls Grow Strong -- and Boy Scouts Follow

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 7:05 PM

Today was a sort-of victory for LGBT youth: the Boy Scouts of America lifted the ban on LGBT scouts today, after gathering over a million signatures to allow homosexual scouts to join. From The Huffington Post:

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay...
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The Student Loan Interest Rates Are Too Damn High

(26) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Like many other twentysomethings, I was watching The Daily Show the other night to see what news Jon Stewart and his crew were mocking/making sense of, and the middle segment hit a little close to home.

Obviously, this is meant to be a goof. Education is a wonderful...

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Block the Vote

(40) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 2:32 PM

A few months back I wrote about how Republicans were trying to keep college students from voting - they removed voting booths from campuses, they tried to knock kids off the voter rolls for using their dorm addresses, tried to institute photo ID laws, plus a dozen other...

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Tragedy, Bigotry, and Hope

(16) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 1:51 PM

First and foremost, my thoughts are with Boston today. I hope your friends and family were as lucky as mine were to avoid any harm, and my prayers are with those who were not as lucky.

Watching the news was horrific for anyone who turned on a television or browsed...

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Fall Into the Gap

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 4:50 PM

In case anyone missed it today, I wanted to take the time to point people towards the Center for American Progress's fantastic interactive feature "The Game of Wages." It's fun, it's visually fantastic, and it drives home a problem that shouldn't exist: that in 2013, women are still getting...

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Monsant-Oh No!

(120) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:12 PM

With every bill passed in Congress, there is good news and bad news. The good news of HR 933 passing the House: we avoided a government shutdown (for now). The bad news: Congress authorized a provision known as the "Monsanto Protection Act," protecting the agricultural giant from litigation.


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Generation Poor

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 9:07 PM

This month, the Urban Institute put out a study called "Lost Generations? Wealth Building Among Young Americans." In the report, the Institute confirmed what most of Gen X and Gen Y already knew: we're poor.

"Today, those in Gen X and Gen Y have accumulated less wealth than...
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New Coke Republicans

(47) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:49 PM

This week, the Republican National Committee released its Growth & Opportunity Report, a compendium of all of the lessons the party learned from the 2012 elections, and what the Washington Post calls an "autopsy" of what went wrong.

If you break it down, the report focuses most on...

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The Voting Rights Act: We Still Need It

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:03 PM

I was scrolling through Talking Points Memo this morning on the metro when I came across a story titled "Overturning The Voting Rights Act Would Be Seminal Moment For Conservative Legal Movement," detailing how conservative groups are hoping to overturn the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law...

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