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The Plight/Myth of the "Angry Non-college Educated White Male": Who is to Blame?

Washington Osiro | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

Shortly after Tuesday's election, I had a long heart-to-heart with someone I consider not only a good friend, but a good being. Matt (not his real n...

The Opportunity Of A Trump Presidency-From A Liberal

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Michelle Manning Barish

A friend of mine just said, why don't you come up with an idea as to how we can create change instead of just saying where we went wrong. Alright, va...

The 2016 Election: Views From A Red State

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Mary Anne Mercer

It's hard to think clearly about how we in the progressive community can actively resist the potential disasters of a Trump presidency.

Greed Is Destroying K-12 Education System

Harlan Green | Posted 10.21.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

We now know the results of rampant greed among the politicians in those states that are cutting education budgets in their K-12 school systems. They would rather preserve the wealth of the wealthiest one percent than see any value in governments or governing of any kind.

Red State Blues: You Have More Power Than You Think

Justin Seymour | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Justin Seymour

Many Democrats in red states may feel that there is no reason to participate politically because it will make no difference in the results of the election. However, liberals have never done things simply to win.

Don't Be Ridiculous, Bernie Supporters

Byron Williams | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

Sadly, the obstinate behavior exhibited by the Bernie or Bust troops only proves it would prefer to contribute to extending the stagnation, fortified by their hubris, than do the work required to achieve meaningful change.

Politics of Porn

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.11.2016 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Chances are there's a conservative politician under your bed or on your favorite news show screaming that sex, and the sex industry, are the cause of ...

The Big Myth of Small Government in Red States

Capri S. Cafaro | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Capri S. Cafaro

If I had a dollar for every time one of my Republican colleagues have said, "federal money is not free money," I think I would be able to single-handily help reduce the national debt

Activism, America's Cold Civil War

Joseph Anthony | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Joseph Anthony

In 2016, activism is finally cool again. For the Millennial generation who are coming of age in this election cycle, taking to the streets in protest for something you believe strongly in, is somewhat becoming a right of passage.

Predicting Tuesday's Primaries

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Calling Florida is pretty easy, on both sides of the aisle. Hillary Clinton will dominate, continuing her sweep of the South. The big news here, however, is going to be Donald Trump beating Marco Rubio in his home state.

Sanders Is Winning Blue States, Clinton Red

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

A Democratic candidate that loses a majority of historically Democratic states is unequivocally not more electable.

Actual Votes v/s National Polls for President 2016

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Neil B. Chambers

The Electoral College will determine the next president of the United States. Not polls, and not even primaries. Campaigns have to answer the questio...

The Gun Culture: A View From Within

Mary Wald | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Mary Wald

There is a conversation to be had on the gun issue, not between NRA lobbyists and Senators and Congressmen, but from the ground up. The people who profit from gun sales, and the candidates using fear of "the government taking your guns" to sway votes can wait in the hallway.

Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

Alan Singer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Parents in high-performing states like New York and Massachusetts must insist that the federal government not abandon the education of poor and minority children in the old-new South and southwest bright red states.

Blue State Governors to Decide Whether to Accept Red State Refugees

John A. Tures | Posted 12.08.2016 | Comedy
John A. Tures

On Friday, President Obama directed blue state governors to accept 10,000 refugees not from Syria, but from red states. But the leaders of these Northern states asked for increased screening measures to be implemented first.

Here's Why States That Depend On A Safety Net Are Electing Politicians Who Shred It

ProPublica | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increas...

What I Learned on My Red State Book Tour

Robert Reich | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

I intended to put into practice what I tell my students -- that the best way to learn is to talk with people who disagree you. I wanted to learn from red America, and hoped they'd also learn a bit from me (and perhaps also buy my book). But something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say -- and I agreed with them.

Single Payer 'Universal' Health Plans, Versus What?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.01.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Perhaps it's time to bust the myth that universal, or government-run, or 'socialized' medicine is somehow less desirable than the present U.S. system of private health insurance.

Donald Trump Campaign Comments On Sexism And Megyn Kelly

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 08.10.2016 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, the Donald Trump campaign comments on sexism accusations against Fox News Host Megyn Kelly and being dis-invited to the Red State forum by Eric Erickson.

Taking Patriarchy by Storm

Lori Sokol | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Lori Sokol

As Stop Patriarchy plans to fan out around Mississippi, it will be mobilizing outreach and disruptions to businesses against all forms of patriarchy and women's oppression -- from abortion rights to eliminating rape culture.

How to Advance LGBT Rights in Red States

Steve Urquhart | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Urquhart

The narrative playing out in the media and in state capitals across the country is that LGBT freedom advances only at the detriment of religious liberties, and vice versa. That doesn't have to be the case. By bringing both sides together with mutual respect, we were able to move Utah in the right direction.

Here Are the Most Conservative and Liberal States in Congress

Graphiq | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

Texas and California are frequently used to epitomize America's red and blue divide, but they're not actually the most partisan states when considering how the population votes in congressional elections.

What Might Have Been

David Morris | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Since its passage in 2009, ferocious opposition to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) had proven a devastatingly effective electoral strategy for Republicans.

To Young Liberals in Red States: Stay

Madison Lawson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Madison Lawson

It's tough living in a red state as a young liberal. However, for each liberal that leaves a red state, there is, consequently, one less liberal in that state. One less liberal to fight for, and vote for, change.

The Chekhov of the Red States

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 01.11.2015 | Home
M.W. Jacobs

Antonya Nelson is her name. If you haven't heard of her yet, that may be because she's still something of a writer's writer with book jackets full of arias of praise from the likes of Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace and Raymond Carver.