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'16 GOP Primaries: A Preview of Demographic Disaster?

Greg Speed | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Greg Speed

Every day, America grows more racially diverse and becomes much, much younger. These trends are highly interconnected. Nearly six in ten Hispanics are...

Why Young Voters in the U.S. and Europe Are Forsaking Old Politics

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

Something interesting has emerged in voting patterns on both sides of the Atlantic: Young people are voting in ways that are markedly different from their elders. A great divide appears to have opened up, based not so much on income, education or gender as on the voters' generation.

America Needs a Female President

Anushay Hossain | Posted 01.12.2016 | Women
Anushay Hossain

In the current 114th Congress, there are 20 women who serve as senators and 84 women who serve as representatives. That's only 19.4 per cent of the total 535 seats in Congress. And of course, to top it all off, the U.S. has never had a female Head of State.

Americans Should Push Back Against Voter Suppression Laws

Greg Speed | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Greg Speed

But while election modernization has helped break down barriers, it won't fix the gap in protections for minority voters. We can't have a truly modern voting system if our voting rights laws lack the power to stop states from enacting 21st Century equivalents of poll taxes the VRA was intended to prevent.

What Nate Silver's Analysis Misses About 2016

Greg Speed | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Greg Speed

Psychology matters in elections. Throughout my career I've seen how having confidence from start to finish impacts campaigns. Understanding your strengths puts the wind at your back. It emboldens candidates and allies, and energizes volunteers, donors and supporters. And it can set the stage for sweeping victories.

Six Years to Win Back the States

Greg Speed | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Greg Speed

When partisan dominance can defy the popular vote and lock down years of control, it's clear this is no longer just a problem for progressives -- it's a problem for our democracy as a whole. How do progressives begin to turn the tables in this climate?

Right or Wrong, 'Likely Voter' Polls Show Importance of Turnout

Greg Speed | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day." This well-worn campaign cliché is taking on new meaning in this midterm election. Polls this year are differing sharply based on various assumptions of who will actually turn out.

In 2014, Politics May Be Local. Really.

Greg Speed | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

What if this means that to some extent, as the old adage goes, all politics are once again local in 2014? Will this year be determined more by state and local dynamics, issues, and candidate qualities than the two previous midterms?

Fox Adds A New 'Idol'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.27.2014 | TV

Justin Bieber is currently set to bring his swaggy moves to "So You Think You Can Dance" this season to introduce a new element to the show: dance cre...

Secretive Liberal Group Bankrolled By Anonymous Donors

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity Even as top Democrats denounce Charles and David Koch’s political “dark money” organizations, ...

Sam Stein

A Leading Progressive Group Is Getting A New President. Here's What It Means.

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's leading progressive advocacy groups, America Votes, will have a new leader for the first time in five years this fal...

Liberal SuperPAC Had Secret Bain Ties

BuzzFeed | Ben Smith and Evan McMorris-Santoro | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

A top liberal SuperPAC in the 2012 election had undisclosed financial ties to the private equity firm Bain Capital — something that some people clos...

Sam Stein

Dem Donors Roll The Dice With 2012 Campaign Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Key players in the progressive universe have reached the conclusion that the 2012 elections can be won only with a gamble. Rather than m...

An Interview with Erica Payne, Author of The Practical Progressive

Julian Brookes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian Brookes

Erica Payne's book, The Practical Progressive: How to Build a Twenty-First Century Political Movement, is the essential guide to what's happening, who's who, and how to get involved in the new progressive "infrastructure."