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We Weren't Living in a Fool's Paradise. America Has Changed.

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.27.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In a strong post-election piece titled "Farewell, America," on, Neil Gabler wrote this: If there is a single sentence that characterize...

Democrats Don't Need White Men to Win

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate must mobilize the new American majority. If they do, they won't need to carry blue-collar white men to win. In 2012, Obama got the votes of only 35 percent of white men.

Let's Cut to the Chase: Sanders vs. Trump

David Edmund Moody | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

So hold onto your horses. It's going to be a wild ride from here until November. But in the process, the whole psychology of the 2016 voting public will be exposed, and the opportunity for fundamental change will be up for grabs.

Why Candidates Shouldn't Ignore Asian-American Voters

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Andrew Lam

Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are a fast-growing population, and as a voting bloc, their numbers have nearly doubled since 2000, but political candidates continue to ignore them, according to a new study.

Warning to Dems: Be Smart When Mobilizing Young Voters

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

Yes, smart Democratic campaigns should do everything possible to turn out every eligible African-American, Hispanic and single-woman voter, but the issue of turning out young voters is much trickier and demands closer examination and specific voter research for every campaign.

Got a Voter ID?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Do you have a government-issued identification card? Like a driver's license? Yes? Well, so do I. But not everyone does. And when it comes to voting, "most of us do," should not be sufficient.

GOP is Blowing-up Last Chance With Hispanic Voters

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The national GOP is going through a scaled-up version of the politically fatal Pete Wilson syndrome.

Hispanics And Asians Are Key

Bloomberg | Posted 04.15.2013 | Latino Voices

As Hispanic and Asian-Americans account for a growing share of the U.S. electorate -- one in four of all American voters by 2020 -- Republicans face a...

Was This a Transformational Election After All?

Jerry Lanson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

America's voters didn't only choose a new president Tuesday. They also gave notice that neither money nor intimidation can turn American politics back to either the last century or old power relationships.

An Election to Get Sentimental Over

Carl Pope | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

Democracy served us well last night. But we put it to a fairly extreme test. Now it's our job to reform the system so the voters don't need to be quite as heroic next time. And it would be nice of the airwaves were selling us new American cars rather than retreaded political lies.

Dysfunctional Electorate

Jacqueline Coleman | Posted 01.03.2013 | College
Jacqueline Coleman

Be accountable on November 6th by exercising your right to vote. When the candidate you elect follows through on a campaign promise, be mindful of your reflection. Washington might be broken, but whether we like it or not, Washington is a reflection its electorate.

Dialogues in Democracy: Commitment to Truth

John Hart | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
John Hart

We need, as responsible citizens, to demand truth in the policy positions being advanced by those seeking to obtain our vote, those seeking to hold a public trust. But the rules will not change if don't demand it.

Janell Ross

Defiant Joe Arpaio Still The Leading Candidate For Sheriff | Janell Ross | Posted 05.18.2012 | Latino Voices

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 79, will vie for reelection in November. The five-term Phoenix-area sheriff appears to remain the frontrunner, unf...

Time for the Final (Etch-A) Sketch

Abby Huntsman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

For instance, yesterday I found that when you type "Romney" as a search term on Google, one of the first auto-complete suggestions is "Romney attacking President." Could a consistently negative tone be part of his messaging problem?

Why Do So Few of Us Vote?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Last week I arrived in the Los Angeles City Hall parking lot to visit a high-ranking, elected City official. When I told the parking attendant who I was there to see, she had absolutely no idea who I was talking about.

Why Democrats Compromise When Republicans Won't

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

In the short term, like it or not, much Democratic compromise is an unavoidable consequence of democracy: current politics dictate it. But going forward, Democrats can change the politics by campaigning more effectively.

Leaders on Political Right and Left Should Sign on to Chuck Hagel's View of Public Service

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The political atmosphere of late is too toxic, too spoiled and defined by gotcha antics, than by serious and thoughtful leaders putting smart ideas for the country on the table.

Our Electorate: America's Greatest Challenge

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

American voters are terribly misinformed. But they still get to vote; even though they're insufficiently qualified.

George Allen Could Make Comeback In Virginia: Poll

The Washington Independent | David Weigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Public Policy Polling releases a fascinating survey of the Virginia electorate, one that gives former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), defeated in a razor-t...

Next President Has "Open" Opportunity

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The issue of a government-led artificial restriction on access to information has more or less flown under the radar screen but it won't remain that way; it can't.

We Can't Afford to Lose a Single Vote

Cheryl Howard Crew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cheryl Howard Crew

Don't fool yourselves, we may be the good ole' US of A, but we need international election monitors as much as any third-world government today.

The Upside of Economic Apocalypse

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

I wouldn't wish the current economic situation on ourselves. But we're here, and I can find real cause for optimism in an electorate that suddenly understands what we're up against as a country.