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Electoral Reform

What a Bloomberg Run Would Mean For 2016

Conor Lynch | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Conor Lynch

It is still very likely that Clinton will get the nomination and Bloomberg will sit out, but a three- way race between two billionaires and a democratic socialist would certainly be ironic; not just because the socialist would be facing two billionaires, but because one billionaire would probably hand the other billionaire the election, further exposing how the political system favors the very rich.

Changing the Electoral Culture in Olympia: Marco Rossi and the Ladder of Progress

Eoin Higgins | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

In Olympia, Washington, Marco Rossaire Rossi is running for mayor, but he is running as much to change the culture of electoral politics in Olympia as he is for office.

Matt Sheehan

Here's The Backstory Of Hong Kong's Failed Electoral Reform | Matt Sheehan | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

Pro-democracy members of Hong Kong's legislature blocked passage of a Beijing-backed proposal for electoral reform in the city on Thursday. The propos...

John Paul Stevens: 95 and Going Strong

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a man of many accomplishments, comes across as a man of few regrets. The latter might be summed up in two words: Ci...

Don't Let Ferguson Turnout Numbers Fool You. America, We Have a Problem.

Rob Richie | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

Let's cheer for Ferguson -- but keep our eye on the bigger truth that our representative democracy is weakened when voter turnout is so low and so poorly reflective of our citizens. But before we rush to make any sweeping conclusions, keep in mind that "argument by anecdote" is dangerously seductive.

"Corruption" vs. "Systemic Corruption" -- and Why the Latter Is Much, Much Worse

Brian Boyko | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

New Zealand -- like all democracies -- has corruption. But it doesn't have systemic corruption like the United States does. Systemic corruption is when politicians must give favors to the donors of their campaigns, but here the favors (if any) were due to personal connections.

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.

5.85 Million People Who Can't Vote But Can They Still Complain?

Marlon Peterson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Marlon Peterson

In 2014, where Blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly subjugated to carceral punishments, is it sensible to make the claim that if you don't vote you can't complain?

Beyond Ferguson -- Unrepresentative Democracy in City Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

Every community will have its own solutions, but it's time to act. Such turnout disparities are simply unacceptable -- and as shown in Ferguson, have real consequences on neighborhoods across the country.

We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Anniversaries are normally a cause for celebration. But there is no joy in Latino communities across the country over this week's one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court Case case known as Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

A Tale of Two States: Hurricane Sandy's Toll on Voting

Jon Sherman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Recently, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer, approved the Elections Preparedness Requires Early Planning , which would require each state to develop contingency plans to address emergencies or natural disasters that threaten to disrupt the administration of federal elections.

Dear Mr. President, the Time Has Come For You to Tackle America's Biggest Problem -- Congress

Timothy Eden, MSW | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Timothy Eden, MSW

We elected you to make these changes. But, no true reform will ever precede election reform. This can be your legacy.

Forming the Renaissance Preparation Committee

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

We need to be thankful for the lumbering old patriarch that is our current electoral finance and candidate selection process. It has guided us through many generations successfully. But the time has come to accept and collaborate on an updating of this system.

Parenting and the Electoral System

Grant Calder | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Grant Calder

No matter how many times I explain it to them, my kids can't seem to grasp that the people's choice in the world's oldest democracy is not necessarily the one who assumes the country's highest office, but they're only 10 (twins).

Stay in Line

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.02.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

So what can we do, just a few days out from a critical election? Stay in line. Don't let the wait discourage you; there is too much at stake for our community and for your family. Be proactive and make a plan.

Call It Democracy 2012: An Electoral Storm

Matt Kohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Kohn

There is no better time than the present for American citizens to take a look at the history of presidential elections through the lens of the Electoral College.

Why the Constitution's Framers Didn't Want Us to Directly Elect the President

Eric Black | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

The strange tale of how the electoral system came about puts some of its weird features into context. Once you get this context, it is at least understandable what the Framers thought they were doing.

Voter Suppression Series Part II: Florida

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

After an electoral spanking last cycle that was largely the backlash to neoconservative overreaches in the Bush Jr. years, Republicans were reflecting on how to deal with the surge of new and minority voters.

Enfranchising Americans Through Electoral Reform

Howard Barbanel | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

We need to move toward a one-day national primary, just as we have a one-day national election. There's no reason to have a protracted six-month primary schedule with states jockeying with one another for the distinction of being one of the first.

Occupy the Constitution 2.0

Peter M. Shane | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

I cannot say that my earlier suggestions for a pro-democracy constitutional amendment have ignited a firestorm of grassroots activity. They have, how...

Why We Remain Stuck With the Electoral System

Grant Calder | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Grant Calder

Every four years, we are reminded that we employ a completely outmoded method of selecting our chief executive. So why haven't we resolved this problem?

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

Steven Hill | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was corr...

Personal for Mike Bloomberg

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

This letter, available as a document online, was written before the No Labels "show," which flopped big time as you now realize. I won't belabor the ...

Citizens Fiddle, Obama Dances

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it. -- Bob Seel...

A World That Works for All

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Building on last week's review of Buckminster Fuller's 1928 Ideas & Integrities, this week I want to honor one new book and reinforce that book with m...