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Matthew Segal
Matthew Segal is the co-founder and President of OUR TIME (, a membership organization that stands up for the economic and civic interests of Americans under 30. Matthew previously was the founder and executive director of the Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE), a national civic engagement effort with over 10,000 members and chapters on more than 40 college campuses. He also founded and served as the national co-chair of 80 Million Strong, a coalition of leading youth organizations committed to addressing the youth unemployment crisis. Matthew has testified on multiple occasions before the U.S. Congress, serves as the only young leader on numerous boards and commissions, and is a frequent commentator in the press—appearing regularly on CNN and MSNBC. He also is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. Matthew is a native of Glencoe, IL, and graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Entries by Matthew Segal

A reporter asked Jay Carney if the President's Funny or Die video hurt the dignity of the White House. Here's how he should've responded...

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:57 PM

I arrived back in D.C. last night from the South by Southwest conference and turned on the car radio, where I heard C-SPAN replay the "daily briefing" with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Normally this type of radio serves as an appropriate soporific after a long and arduous travel...

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Why Republicans Should Love Weed

(59) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson are no longer pariahs for their pot proclivities: as new polling indicates, a majority of Americans now agree with them that marijuana should be legalized. And if there was ever a small opening for the GOP to win the hearts and minds of...

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Millennials vs. Millionaires

(11) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 9:01 AM

If you ask the average American about the upcoming Supreme Court case McCutcheon v. FEC, you'll probably get a blank stare. Here is the gist: an Alabama millionaire named Shaun McCutcheon is challenging a long-standing law on how much money individual donors can give directly to candidates and party committees....

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Magic Juice: How Millennials Are Rebooting Democracy

(8) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 12:13 PM

We young Americans, long seen but not always heard, are now flexing our muscles at the ballot box. An estimated 23 million of us turned out last November, comprising 19 percent of the American electorate -- that's more than seniors over 65 (17 percent), and a greater share than we...

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What You Don't Know About Voting Reform...

(5) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:04 AM

President Obama has now used his election night victory, Inauguration, and State of the Union address to highlight the injustice of long voting lines and voter suppression in America. The question is now what? While it's certainly commendable to direct public airwaves to our nation's archaic electoral process, recent history...

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Shaping the Election: Youth Vote 2012

(11) Comments | Posted November 10, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Despite year-long talk of a youth "enthusiasm gap" this election, millennials had other plans last Tuesday. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, an estimated 22-23 million young voters turned out, comprising 19 percent of the American electorate -- 1 percent larger...

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CNN: N/A Is Still Not OK

(18) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 3:10 PM

Earlier this week CNN/Opinion Research released a series of national polls that seemed to represent young Americans (under the age of 35) marginally at best, if at all. Specifically, they listed respondent data on questions pertaining to "the legalization of marijuana" and "marriages between gay and lesbian couples"...

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Catalina For The Weekend: Guide To Catalina Island

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 8:45 PM

Text courtesy of Los Angeles Magazine's Weekender Guide to Catalina. For more of the best of Los Angeles, check out

By Matthew Segal

The island may be part of L.A. County, and it looks a lot like the Santa Monica Mountains. But to master Santa...

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Taking Back the Microphone

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM

By Ari A. Matusiak, Matthew Segal, & Hilary Doe

There is a tired truism in politics: if you are not heard above the din, you have not spoken. Such is true for the national debate on health care reform these past few weeks, driven and derided by din. Whether...

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80 Million Strong!

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 12:46 PM

By Matthew Segal, Caitlin Howarth and Maya Enista

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act yesterday by a vote of 321 to 105, a major victory for young people. Similar to its Senate companion, the Serve America Act, this bill will expand access...

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How Long Do You Have to Stand In Line to Vote Before Your Civil Rights Are Violated?

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 5:29 PM

It's time we reclaim the media narrative: it seems as though every 15 minutes, a different news network is decrying how the integrity of our elections has been marred and how, no matter what happens now, the result of November 4th should be called into question.

Well, they are right...but...

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The Case for the College Voters

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 4:54 PM

About a month before my friend Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones passed away last August, she spoke before a large student gathering and prophetically read the words of Bernice Johnson Regan: "The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on," she said, "is when...

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A Tribute To My Friend, Stephanie Tubbs Jones

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 11:54 AM

Most everybody who is a friend or colleague of mine has come to know of my friendship with Stephanie Tubbs Jones over the past few years. I liked to talk about her — the loud and proud gentlelady from Ohio, the sassy fighter for social justice who always wore bright...

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Breaking News: The Millennial Generation Wants New Media Coverage

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2007 | 11:10 AM

I must confess: when reading Thomas Friedman's October 10 article "Generation Q," I couldn't help but think of a lyric from Bob Dylan's song "Troubled and I Don't Know Why," in which Dylan sings, "Oh what did the newspaper tell?/ Well, it rolled in the door/ And it laid...

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"We Card Hard": Voter ID Laws Surface in States

(11) Comments | Posted October 11, 2007 | 7:45 AM

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus project.

Two weeks ago, September 25th, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider a case on voter ID laws. The case, appealed in the seventh circuit court, requires registered voters in the state of Indiana to provide a...

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Actual Evidence of Voter Fraud is Minimal

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2007 | 6:10 PM

Last Tuesday, September 25th, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider a case on voter ID laws. The case, appealed in the seventh circuit court, requires registered voters in the state of Indiana to provide a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Proponents of the law...

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