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Democrats Rewrite Education Platform Behind Closed Doors, and Abandon Core Party Values

Peter Cunningham | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The Democratic Party has always stood for one thing: we fight for the little guy. In the field of education, the little guy is the student. He can't v...

The Life Of The Parties

Thomas Frank | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Thomas Frank

It is true that Americans are more cynical about Washington than ever. To gripe that "the system is rigged" is to utter the catchphrase of the year. But it is important to understand just how little difference such attitudes make here in the nation's capital.

Open Primaries: A Wrong Idea

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is reported that one of the reforms that Bernie Sanders would like to see implemented in the Democratic Party is the idea of "open" primaries. That...

Election Fraud Hits Roque De La Fuente, Presidential Candidate

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

For Tuesday's primary, Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente will appear on the ballot as a Presidential contender for the Democrats. A millionaire businessman a...

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.

GOP 2016: the collapse of another party system?

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Carla Gardina Pestana

United States political history (at least its first half century) was punctuated by collapsing party systems. Political parties organized, pursued th...

Trump, Hillary Haters Take a Hard Look at the Constitution Party

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Speaking in a southern drawl from Memphis, Tennessee, Darryll Castle, Presidential nominee for the Constitution Party answered my questions.

Hip Hop Artist Runs for President

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Powerful and fit like a boxer, 43-year-old Hispanic/Native American Presidential candidate Robert Ornelas uses music to rap with students in the 'hood...

Candidate for POTUS Warns of Russian Invasion of Alaska

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

John Richard (J.R.) Myers, who lives in Alaska, warns that the Russians are claiming large areas of the Arctic. He's on the ballot in the California J...

Prohibition Again?

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

I interviewed James Hedges, Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States to find out why he was running for POTUS.

American Independent Party Presidential Candidate Wiley Drake

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Southern Baptist pastor Wiley Drake, of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park in California, spoke with me over the phone about his run for ...

How to Be a Write-in Candidate for POTUS

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Disappointed in your "two choices" for President of the United States? Don't like the Tea Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party or any party for that matter? How about voting for a write-in candidate?

Learn a Lesson From the Panglong Conference

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

On April 27, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi held a meeting with the Joint Monitoring Committee, a body representative of the army and eigh...

Worried About Undemocratic Electoral Politics? The Founders Weren't, and Party Leaders Aren't Either

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Carla Gardina Pestana

The system, especially at the primary level, has been widely declared to be "broken."

The Convention Legitimacy Debate Reflects Misunderstanding of the Election Process

Robert Hardaway | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

There is, of course, nothing in the Constitution that forbids the creation of political parties, and in fact the First Amendment rights of association gives parties the right to make their own rules for how it selects a nominee.

Political Parties are Under No Obligation to Operate Democratically

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Supporters of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are flocking to local town hall meetings asking why their U.S. Representative or Senato...

The Waning Influence of American Political Parties

The Conversation US | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Does the fact that young people ignore or dislike parties tell us something about youth and their culture, or is this more about the parties and how they have changed?

Andrew W.K. Submits The Necessary Paperwork To Form 'The Party Party'

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 04.07.2016 | Comedy

Someone today asked me if I thought this story about Andrew W.K. creating a new political party, The Party Party, was real. I said, "Sure, why wouldn'...

Review: Are the Democratic and Republican Parties Both Imploding at the Same Time?

The National Book Review | Posted 03.29.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: Listen, Liberal By Thomas Frank Metropolitan Books 320 pp. $27 By Jim Swearing...

European Political Party Think Tanks: Channels for Illegal Campaign Finance?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

A study released last week by the Observatorio de Think Tanks reports that think tanks tied to political parties in Spain lack financial transparency,...

End the Duopoly: America Needs a Major Political Realignment

Jesse Benn | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Jesse Benn

There's a real chance to bring an end to the duopoly that is US politics, and for people on the Left and Right to carry out a mass exodus from both major political parties. If the specter of a Trump nomination isn't enough to motivate this among Republicans, I'm not sure what is.

The Wildcatters: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Kirby Goidel | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

We can debate how well this system has worked in prior presidential elections but the 2016 election cycle has been a case study in a broken presidential nominating process. It is past time to revisit the rules.

We the Portuguese People: Fighting For What Matters

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.15.2016 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week the Portuguese people learned that their former Ministry of Finance accepted a job at Arrow Global -- a leading global debt purchaser and ma...

Is the GOP a Far Right Party?

Cas Mudde | Posted 02.28.2016 | Politics
Cas Mudde

The problem for the GOP is that Trump is not the only major candidate whose core beliefs are at odds with liberal democracy, in particular minority rights. Each of the remaining five presidential candidates has proposed to limit the rights of minorities, including the gay community and Muslims.

Weekend Roundup: Politicizing the 'Rule Of Law' in China -- And the U.S.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Ironies abound. While America is engaged in a bitter partisan battle during this election season over who will control the "non-partisan" U.S. Supreme Court, China's Communist Party authorities are arresting lawyers in the name of establishing the "rule of law." (continued)