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Emails be damned; Hillary Clinton will be a Great President

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The constant drip, drip, drip of Hillary's and her staff's emails being released by hackers is simply a distraction from the real issues of the campai...

Californians Call for a Grand Jury Investigation of the Primary

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

WatchtheVoteUSA.com is taking declarations from Californians, to show a jury of their peers the various ways in which voters were disenfranchised.

Snagged Votes In Los Angeles

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

In California, people who identify as 'independent' register as No Party Preference, however, they are allowed to vote for president using a special Democratic, American Independent Party, or Libertarian crossover ballot in counties which opted to use them.

Why Both Parties Hate Independent Voters

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

For the parties, affiliation is akin to control. If they can get someone to join their team, it's much easier to influence that person in favor of their candidate and against their opponent.

Bernie Sanders Is Never Going to Roll Over

Taylor Gipple | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Taylor Gipple

The recent happenings at the Nevada State Democratic Convention have made abundantly clear that a significant portion of Bernie Sanders followers will never fall in line and support Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee.

Trump's Dilemma: Tough Talk and Reality Show Antics Could Lead to Reagan-Like Electoral Landslide for Clinton

Areva Martin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Areva Martin

With six months before the general election, Clinton of course can't take anything for granted, but if trends among women, minorities and moderates continue in this direction, these voters could feasibly launch her to the White House with an electoral landslide not seen since Reagan in 1980.

Does a Third-Party Candidate Have a Real Chance at Winning?

Kicker | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Kicker

The only president ever to win as a third-party candidate: George Washington. (Wikimedia Commons) This election season, with its angry comments secti...

African American Woman Enters Race for President

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Audrey Addison Williams

On Wednesday. May 4th in Santa Barbara I officially entered the race for President of the United States of America running as an Independent. I am in the race to win, and my platform is unity and a revival of the spirit of free enterprise.

When Independents Can Vote, Bernie Sanders Wins

Brian Hanley | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Indiana on Tuesday. The Senator from Vermont cashed in on his overwhelming support from independent voters, who are allowed to participate in Indiana's open primary.

Bernie, the Little Bird, and What May Be Our Last Best Chance to Get It Right

Tom Weis | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

Hillary represents timid incrementalism at a time when the people are restless for bold transformational change, and at a time when such dramatic change is needed to ensure our survival as a species. Fortunately, we have another choice.

Signs You Might Be a Bernie Bro

Lee Lee | Posted 04.28.2016 | Women
Lee Lee

I went to a casual gathering of Democrats yesterday morning and came away with some honest-to-goodness real-life "You Might be a Bernie Bro" jokes. Yes, YOU might be a Bernie Bro if...

Bernie's Last Stand: California's June Primary

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

At the moment, Hilary Clinton is favored to defeat Bernie Sanders in California's June 7th Democratic Primary. To win, Sanders will have to woo "no party preference" voters as well as Hispanics and women.

New York State of Mind

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tomorrow's New York primary will be the decisive one, the pundits tell us. It will join a long list of other primaries and caucuses which were also deemed to be the crucial one which would decide the whole race.

Why 2016 Could Be A Record Year For Third-Party Candidates, And What Pollsters Can Do About It

Matt Dabrowski | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Matt Dabrowski

Like never before, 2016 voters tell pollsters how much they dislike the major political parties and their presidential candidates. Will these voters support a third-party candidate? Voters routinely tell pollsters this too, yet it rarely works out that way in November. But one classic work of political science tells us which voters are really open to independent candidates, and how pollsters can gauge this support in real-time.

5 Things Hillary Supporters Don't Get About Bernie Supporters

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Kim

To me, all of these questions stem from the fact that Hillary supporters assume that they and Bernie supporters are fundamentally on the same team. Doesn't the fundamental rule of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" still apply?

Competing Perceptions of the Republican Race

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How it all turns out is anyone's guess at this point, but at least one Republican faction will be able to say "we told you so" at the end of the process. The questions are who is going to be right, and what it will mean for the party going forward.

The End of Climate Denial?

William S. Becker | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

Although you wouldn't know it from the GOP's presidential candidates, there are signs that more conservatives are warming up to the idea that global warming is real and we really need to do something.

The Revolution May Not Be Televised, But Bernie Sanders Is Going All The Way

Tom Weis | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

Between now and March 26, voters who are feeling the Bern in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove the pundits wrong by propelling Sanders toward victory in Philadelphia. We need our strongest fighter in the ring this fall. That fighter is Bernie Sanders.

Obama's Approval Hits 50 Percent In Gallup Poll

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama is enjoying some of the highest ratings of his second term in office. A new Gallup poll out on Thursday shows that 50 percent o...

Clinton vs. Trump: First Impressions

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Clinton has wrapped herself in the mantle of Barack Obama and is running to guarantee a third-term for his policies. But Trump is running as the political maverick.

Tancredo Thinks He Might Be Useful to Cruz Later

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.19.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In a Feb. 2 radio interview with KNUS 710-AM host Peter Boyles, former Rep. Tom Tancredo said GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz never took him up an...

Ignore Pundit Speculation, Evidence Favors Bernie Sanders

Ben Spielberg | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Given that a lot of people think about electability, it's worth looking at some evidence. The numbers indicate that the Democrats' electoral prospects would be better under Bernie Sanders than under Hillary Clinton for two important reasons.

An Open Letter to Independents: Can You Really Be That 'Undecided'?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

But this phenomenon confounds me. In fact, I think it's 100% bogus. I find the concept of "undecideds" fundamentally disingenuous. Sorry, but I think you're nothing more than a bunch of attention-seekers who drag candidates, the media, your friends, family and co-workers into one very long ass-kissing marathon until election day. And you love every minute of it.

Bernie Sanders Initials, BS, Is the 'Snake Oil' He Is Selling

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat and has never been one and if he becomes the Democratic nominee at the head of the ticket Democrats on the ballot below him from school board to U.S. Senate will be running for the hills.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America

Tom Weis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

If you've watched the Democratic debates (I feel your pain if you've suffered through the rancor of the Republican ones), you've probably noticed something else about Bernie Sanders: he's tough, but he's not a gutter fighter.