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Frank Dwyer | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Let them do what they're good at. Harding answered mail, Obama campaigns....

The Founding Fathers and Campaign Civility

Harry Graver | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Harry Graver

We seemingly jump from crisis to crisis as harsh rhetoric replaces substantive reform. However, the lack of civility certainly apparent today is far from new. In fact, it is as old as our republic and, historically speaking, much tamer.

The Low-Down on Downers and the USDA

Gene Baur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gene Baur

Now is our chance to let the USDA know that we demand that action is taken to prevent downed animals from being abused and slaughtered for human food.

WTF Is an Independent Voter?

Mike Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Larsen

Campaigns are misguided to think they can reach these disparate types by adopting some middle of the road, wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all position. Instead, the groups need to be marketed to in different ways.

Final Dispatch on Upton Sinclair's Wild 1934 Campaign -- and Why it Was One of Most Influential Ever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The lesson of Upton Sinclair's 1934 gubernatorial run is that sticking to principles and running hard from the left -- if backed by the grassroots -- can get results from a president, even if the candidate in question loses.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's Final 'Attack Ad' Sparks Riots

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

As Election Day neared, Hollywood's crusade against Upton Sinclair, the Democratic nominee for governor, hit a new low.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Dirtiest Race Ever Reaches Its Peak

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today virtually ordered all member businesses to close up shop on Election Day and get out the vote for Merriam against Upton Sinclair in the California gubernatorial race.

PRISON ART: Portraits of Inhumanity by Laurie Jo Reynolds

Gregory Sholette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gregory Sholette

Two years ago this November, President Obama appeared on "60 Minutes" and reiterated his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.  This ...

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: When FDR Sold Out Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

An official at one movie studio posted this sign next to a time clock: "If You Expect to Punch This a Week from Now Don't Vote for Sinclair."

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Kate Hepburn, FDR, Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Sinclair finally wrote an angry letter protesting unprecedented tactics by Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer and others.

The 2010 Negative Ad Rodeo

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Campaigns are a lot like bull riding. Survival depends on being able to hang on for a couple of seconds while the negative ad tries to buck you off.

Is There Room for a Pro-Life Democratic Woman? The Case for Kathy Dahlkemper

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Kathy Dahlkemper is not a professional politician. She spent the last dozen years working with her husband running their Erie, PA landscaping busines...

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Hearst Rips Upton Sinclair, As Heywood Broun Warns of 'Fascism'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

William Randolph Hearst was back at San Simeon after an absence of five months and ready at last to select a candidate in the California governor's race. His papers had been crucifying Upton Sinclair for the past month.

What's at Stake for Women in the Midterms: Part 2 -- Hundreds of GOP Candidates With Women Problems

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

At stake this election is defeating a wave of anti-woman Republican candidates who have in common insensitivity, suspicious ties to violence, and open beliefs in gender inequality.

When A Famous Author Ran for Office -- And Politics Changed Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Upton Sinclair succeeded where greater writers failed -- he nearly got elected to high office, and, even in losing, had a profound effect on an American president and the future of politics in America.

Why You Should Read Meghan McCain's Dirty Sexy Politics

Jamie Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jamie Hughes

She didn't fit the bill of a presidential hopeful's daughter, and it had become a problem. Her hair was too blonde, too much like a stripper's, she says, and her clothes and language weren't refined enough.

Mind the (Gender) Gap: How Women Can Stave Off Big Democratic Losses

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Make no mistake, more women will vote Democratic this November. That's been true in presidential elections since 1980, and it has been true nationally in House races in the last eight cycles examined.

Political Facebook Game Encourages Users To Get Engaged

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Campaigns, a new "virtual election" game, aims to connect players with real-world politics through a familiar environment: Facebook. The game launches...

Swing Women Voters & The Midterms

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

As we hurtle toward the midterms, campaign-watchers are beginning to speculate whether women hold the key to the next House majority. Recent press st...

It's Time To Reform The Senate

Paul Hodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hodes

As I travel across the Granite State on this campaign, there seems to be one thing the people of New Hampshire can agree on - Washington is broken. It...

Your Chance to Replace a Conservadem in the Senate

Wade Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

Letting an incumbent who worked against progressive values go without a primary challenge sends a message to other Senators that we, the democratic base, can be ignored.

45 Photos Of Politicians And Their Ice Cream

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Man's nearly universal fondness for ice cream has made it a staple for politicians of all stripes -- and nations -- on the campaign trail and in their...

Change for Chickens (and the Nation)

Gene Baur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gene Baur

In Ohio, half a million citizens signed petitions this year to place a measure on the statewide ballot to outlaw veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages.

Important Progress for Farm Animals in Ohio

Gene Baur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gene Baur

Over the past year, more than 500,000 Ohio citizens signed a petition aimed at placing an initiative on the statewide ballot this November to ban cruel factory farming practices.