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The Problem of Independent Expenditures

Jay Mandle | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

By making large campaign donations to candidates for office and political parties, rich people are able to gain disproportionate influence over the political process. But in the past that power was at least somewhat constrained.

Looking to Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Election

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament. The election will be held on August 17; a new parliament will gather on September 1. Yet what happens next is still far from clear.

Illinois 18th Congressional Candidates Support Climate Action in Democratic Debate

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.24.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The two Democrats running to replace Aaron Schock in Illinois' 18th Congressional district supported action on climate change in a recent debate sponsored by several news organizations.

A Senator's Turn Against Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Conservatives candidates tend to stay conservative in office and progressives stick to their beliefs, too. Moderates pretty much stay moderate. But last week, we witnessed the exclamation point of a radical shift when U.S. Senator Mark Kirk cast the deciding vote to gut a critical climate measure.

Something Rotten (And Fascistic) In Denmark

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Paul Gordon

I see a giant chasm between the incomprehensible American stereotypes of life in Denmark versus the reality here. I think this comes from a wish for easy fixes to the screwed up American system.

Seven Myths About Democracy in Morocco

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Judging by media stories and think tank reports, many foreign commentators seem unable--or unwilling--to see beyond the reformist image that the Moroccan leadership seeks to project abroad.

Dispelling Mexico's Mid-Term Myths

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

One has to give it to the PVEM; its gamble to break the rules from day one paid off handsomely in the face of an ineffective INE. But the MC proved that you can do as well without such blatant disregard to the law.

Daydreaming About Erdogan's Foreign Policy Opportunities

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Despite the number of political obituaries that have been prematurely written about President Erdogan as a result of the shellacking his AKP took, foreign policy remains the one area over which he can continue to exert leadership.

Samantha Lachman

As Hillary Pitches Voting Rights On The Trail, Her Counsel Looks To Fight For Them In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The general counsel for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign is heading up three high-profile lawsuits against R...

Maine Leading the Way on Government of, for and by the People

Benjamin T. Brickner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Benjamin T. Brickner

Public campaign financing has encouraged more diverse candidates to run, kept campaign costs under control, and enabled candidates to spend more time with voters, instead of the wealthy donors, corporations and PACs who fund traditional campaigns.

No, Jeb Bush Is Not the Wiser Bush Brother

John A. Tures | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

After George W. Bush's tenure in office came to a conclusion, Republicans who were hoping Jeb Bush could succeed him in 2008 and 2012 asked me about his chances. "He'd do better, right? He's the smarter of the two, right?" Sadly, as Jeb's 2016 campaign struggles, it has confirmed the responses I gave several years ago. He's not the wiser brother.

'Government of Few' Report Highlights New Tools Exposing Our Broken Democracy

Rob Richie | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

The first step to change is admitting the problem. Although we focus on the "Decided Dozen" states in this report as emblematic of what is wrong with elections in the United States, these problems extend across all 50 states.

Money in Politics: The Solutions Are Here and Voters Are Ready for Leaders

David Donnelly | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
David Donnelly

It has been hard to avoid the similarities between the alleged corrupt activities of top officials at soccer's ruling body, FIFA, and the way American political candidates are wholly dependent on huge gifts from wealthy donors to run for office.

The Theft of Democracy's Memory

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In this coming election season we need to challenge ourselves and candidates of whatever party and at whatever level to recall the work of citizenship. And we need to ask candidates to stop pretending they will fix our problems by themselves. These are the questions to pose:

Assessing Turkey's Most Consequential Elections

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Turkey's election, held last Sunday, will go down in history as one of the most consequential for the young democracy. After months of listening to candidates and pundits, millions of Turkish citizens flocked to the polls to cast their votes in an election many saw as a foregone conclusion.

Turkey Votes In A Crucial Parliamentary Election

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of ...

Could a Turkish Islamist Party Siphon Votes From Erdogan's AKP?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John A. Tures

As story after story emerges about the potential game changing 2015 election in Turkey, one party is virtually being ignored. But it has a good chance of playing the spoiler for the ambitions of the ruling AKP and its autocratic President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it's a party once led by a former Erdogan all

What Will Matter to Me in the Coming Presidential Election

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
The University of Central Florida Forum

A few weeks ago I made an early morning trek to a college campus two hours from where I live. I was scheduled to facilitate a discussion about academic leadership with colleagues around the state.

Mexico's Midterm Elections: The Unanswered Questions

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

This will be the first time that voters will have the opportunity to express their frustration against a government that has been mired in an ongoing political crisis following the Ayotzinapa kidnappings in September 2014 and the corruption scandals that shortly followed.

Samantha Lachman

Attempts To Limit Voting Rights Stunted As Efforts To Enhance Voting Access Prevail

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of state legislatures are adjourning, and supporters of expanded access to the ballot box may be sighing in relief as they see ...

Analysis From Turkey: Their Biggest Political Decision in 100 Years

John A. Tures | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Now, the current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks a presidential system that would resemble the French regime with its potent presidency, wielding power George W. Bush or Barack Obama could only dream about.

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina Put On Lawsuit Notice Over Declining Voter Registration

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slate of civil rights groups put North Carolina on notice Monday, writing in a pre-litigation letter that the state must meet its vote...

3 Very Specific Things a 'Small Business President' Should Do

Gene Marks | Posted 05.28.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Last week, Hillary Clinton made news saying she wanted to be the "small business president." Politics aside, what exactly does it mean for someone to be a "small business president?"

Open Letter to All Potential Mayoral Candidates (A Response Would Be Nice)

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Kenny Imafidon

With a population of more than 8.6 million people, the world's most diverse city is also home to 46 percent of the UK's ethnic minority population and over 300 languages are spoken here.

Ahead of Turkey's Crucial Election, Citizens Take Action to Protect Their Vote

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

This is a historic moment where a single vote could possibly shape the course of Turkey's bloodiest conflict and its future regime type, with repercussions beyond the country's borders. With so much hanging on the outcome, this is also a crucial test for Turkey's embattled electoral system.