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Chris Kromm

Entries by Chris Kromm

What Happened in North Carolina?

(25) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 6:47 PM

Few were surprised that North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment which says "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized."

After all, polls had shown the amendment had majority support. Across the country, even the most progressive...

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Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?

(87) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 6:19 PM

Last week, right-wing pundit Matthew Vadum created a stir when he argued that -- as his piece at American Thinker is titled -- "Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American." Here's how the piece starts:

Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?


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Tea Party Leader: Denying Vote to Those Without Property 'Makes a Lot of Sense'

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 8:44 AM

When critics charged that tea party groups like True the Vote may have been trying to disenfranchise voters with their aggressive tactics in the 2010 elections, the allegations were often waved off as a hysterical exaggeration.

But at least some leaders of the national tea party movement openly...

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Why the "Voter Fraud" Myth Won't Die

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 2:34 PM

Most serious political experts know that real, documented voter fraud is an extremely small problem. Five years after the Department of Justice under President Bush launched a crackdown on fraud in 2002, it only had 86 convictions to show for the effort. That's .00007 percent of the 122 million...

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Art Pope and the Corporate Takeover of Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 11:22 AM

Ask a casual political observer to name the nation's biggest Republican operatives, and a few would come readily to mind. Most could you tell you about Karl Rove, the legendary Bush adviser and GOP strategist who this year aims to spend $52 million by November to help elect conservative...

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Houston, We Have a Voting Problem

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 4:32 PM

"The voting system is under attack now. The movements that are focused on voter fraud and the integrity of elections are crucial at this point. This really, this is a war."

So begins an ominous video on the front page of the website for True the Vote, a...

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What Can We Still Learn From Katrina?

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 3:17 PM

Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast, inflicting unprecedented damage in coastal communities and unleashing a chain reaction of events that would permanently transform the region -- and continue to shape its future to this day.

The people of the Gulf were first devastated by Katrina's...

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Why the Gulf Oil Disaster Is Far From Over

(5) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 1:49 PM

Over the last week, a curious media spin on the BP spill has taken hold, which suggests the impact of the disaster has been more hype than reality. It started with conservative bloggers, and soon rippled into Time, The Wall Street Journal and other major media, who now...

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Blacklash Grows Against BP Efforts to "Buy Up" Gulf scientists

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 5:22 PM

On July 1, a video appeared on BP's website featuring renegade scientist Ivor van Heerden -- a marine specialist who was fired from LSU in 2009 when he blamed the flooding of New Orleans after Katrina on the Army Corps of Engineers' shoddy levees.

Van Heerden's gadfly role...

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Will Congress Take Money From Katrina Victims to Pay for BP Spill Costs?

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 12:40 PM

For many in New Orleans, it was the ultimate insult: On July 1, the U.S. House passed an emergency spending bill -- largely for the war in Afghanistan -- that would take back $400 million from Louisiana's Road Home program, the chief initiative to help homeowners rebuild after...

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Alternatives, Baby, Alternatives! How to Win the Offshore Drilling Debate

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 5:26 PM

One of the most striking things I learned meeting with community leaders in the Gulf Coast recently is how deeply conflicted coastal residents are about offshore oil drilling.

All of the people and groups I talked to -- from Dulac, Louisiana to Moss Point, Mississippi -- were suffering in some...

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Life in the Gulf Dead Zone

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 4:26 PM

For the hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf of Mexico who depend on commercial and sport fishing (directly and indirectly), the assault on sea life from the BP oil disaster has been a serious blow. But it's hardly unfamiliar.

That's because even before the spill, up to...

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Should You Boycott BP?

(13) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 12:35 PM

In the eight weeks since BP's Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, many have come to the conclusion that there's only one way to send BP a message: stop buying their gas.

According to one national poll, 51% are ready to boycott BP, and a

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Outdated Law Gives Oil Companies Incentives to Spill

(9) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 6:32 PM

No one knows how much economic damage the Gulf oil spill will inflict on fishing fleets and coastal states: Most observers simply say it will cost "billions" of dollars, and this week President Obama only allowed that the economic consequences will be "substantial" and "ongoing."

But how much...

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